Micah Ali

Micah Ali

President
Board of Trustees


Born and raised in Compton, California, President Micah Ali has served in key leadership roles over a broad range of public policy issues and as a part of a wide variety of public and nonprofit institutions, with an emphasis on education, environmental protection, and public health and safety policies.
 
In addition to being a national leader on educational policy, Ali has been at the forefront of legislative efforts to broaden access to Early Care and Education for low-income children, establish school-based health centers to make health care more readily available to children in local communities, and expanding opportunities for academic excellence in public schools
 
Elected to the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board of Trustees in 2007 and overwhelmingly reelected in 2011 and 2015, Ali brings to the District a keen grasp of complex issues facing urban school districts, strategic policy acumen, and an unwavering commitment to fight for working families and public schools.
 
During his tenure, CUSD eradicated a $39 million debt and has historically improved graduation rates across the district. Ali has worked to include teachers’ involvement in decision making that impacts classroom instruction. He also has fought to create safe classroom environments for students, teachers, and classified employees.
 
Ali serves on several boards and is widely sought after for his expertise on issues of education, public policy, and community well-being. He is the national Chairman of the Council of Urban Boards of Education, a Member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the California School Boards Association. He also serves on the state’s Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Commission as an appointee of the California State Senate.
 
In addition to the above, Ali also serves as President of the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District Board of Trustees. The Mosquito Abatement District works to prevent and address any outbreak of the Zika and West Nile viruses among its constituents.
 
Prior to his service in education, Ali worked with the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-37) as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC, and with various other California Democrats, including Compton City Councilwoman Delores Zurita, and the late Assembly Member Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.
 
Ali studied at Stanford University and Yale University before earning his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
 
Ali strongly believes the primary purpose of Compton’s Schools is to meet the needs of our students and to prepare them to have bright and prosperous futures, and contends that, “I was reared in Compton, am a product of our schools, and believe strongly that the most important thing I have to do is to make sure our children receive a quality education!”

If you have ideas that can help Ali in his efforts to improve our schools, please E-mail him at mali@compton.k12.ca.us.

Members
Micah Ali
Satra Zurita
Margie Garrett
Alma Pleasant
Charles Davis
Mae Thomas
Sandra Moss
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