Mae Thomas

Mae Thomas

Board of Trustees

Mae Thomas has lived in Compton, California for 59 years. She is the mother of 5 children (2 deceased), has 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was a classified employee of the Compton Unified School District for 18 years as an Instructional Assistant. Mae also served as a CSEA union representative at a school site. Mae Thomas also worked for the City of Compton for 3 years as a Drug Prevention Intake and Parenting Facilitator. She was very devoted in helping parents being motivated and having pride and self-esteem, letting them know the most precious gift besides life is their children. Mae Thomas retired from the Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health as a financial screener and formerly Los Angeles County Health Services for over 26 years of which she served as a shop steward. Mae was strongly involved in the fight not to close the Martin Luther King Hospital. She has many certificates from labor studies and a master’s in Board Governance studies from the California School Board Association. She is a member of Love and Unity Christian Fellowship Church, Compton, California under Apostle Ronald C. Hill and Co-Pastor Osie Hill.

Mae Thomas was elected to the Governing Board of Trustees in November 2003 to represent the Compton Unified School District. She has served nearly 18 years on the school board, 1 term as Board President, 1 term as Vice President, 1 term as Legislative Representative and 2 terms as Board Clerk. She fought to return buses to the students, fought to grandfather all aides (2003), fought for union raises, fair hiring and testing, fought for Project Labor Agreement and minorities working on bond contracts, and fought against teacher lay-offs (2009). She has been in the battle for many issues that affect labor and the community, most recently Health Care for everyone. Mae was also elected as Executive Board of Director of formerly SEIU Local 660 (now SEIU Local 721) by her bargaining unit Financing Health Services 729.

Mae Thomas feels strongly that the students of the Compton Unified School District deserve dedicated and qualified teachers. Her goal is for every student to reach their full potential in a safe environment with improved infrastructure. She has promised for every student to have books, no teacher layoffs, better treatment and involvement of parents, all employees of the Compton Unified School District to be treated fairly in promotions, jobs and wages, and improved school site facilities.

Serving as a Board of Trustees for Compton Schools, has afforded me an opportunity to “Keep My Promise” I have represented our students, parents, employees and citizens with honesty, and not be a rubber stamp, or part of a Special Interest Group or corruption. My voting record over the years will clearly indicate my passion for doing “what’s right” for the citizens and taxpayers, whom I serve. I will continue to believe that schools are the foundations upon which our community can grow stronger and more prosperous, with resources for all to share.

As in the words of Maxine Waters, who is my role model “If you believe in something you must be prepared to fight, to argue, to persuade”. I believe in fighting for what is right.

Membership, Affiliations and Leadership

Bargaining Committee (729), formerly SEIU 660
Stewards Council
SEIU Local 721 Steward – Retired Member
Political COPE
African American Committee
Women’s Committee
Vice President, City of Compton Personnel Commission
Compton College Personnel Commissioner
Compton Block Club Commissioner
Compton School Board Policy Chair Committee
Executive Board Member, Compton Welfare Rights
L.A. County Democratic Central Committee
President, Compton Standing Committee on Crime
Former Executive Board Member, NAACP
Centennial School Site Council
Centennial School Advisor Board
Regional Chairperson, 37th Congressional District, 1992
Criminal Justice Task Force
Southern Area Clergy Council
Certified Parenting Counselor
Executive Board Director for Local 660
Woman of the Year, Political Labor Affairs
Mother of the Year, Hub City News
Communicator of the Year
Certificate for Recognition, Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Congressman Walter Tucker
Award for Positive Community Influence, Kids Against Drugs
Award of Excellence and Recognition in Schools, Mark Twain
New Frontier Democratic Club
Recognition Award, Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke
Black Women Network
MLK Democratic Club
Honoree in Education, St. Timothy’s Episcopal School, Compton
Compton Community Leadership Award (Compton City Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux)
Member of Mother in Action
Brotherhood Crusade
Sponsor, Compton Titans Football
Compton Initiative, Certificate of Appreciation
CUSD, Division of Facilities & Departments, Certificate of Appreciation
Community Service & Support Award (formerly Delores Parks Family Daycare)
Golden Apple Community Service Recognition, Mid-Cities Schools Credit Union
Certificate of Recognition Community Service CUSD, AACCCT Dr. Deborah LeBlanc
Member of the 55/50 Senior Club – Dollar hide
PTA Former President – Van Guard
PTA Former Member of Seven Schools
Nominated Woman of the Year 2021 by Compton College

Board Members
Micah Ali
Satra Zurita
Charles Davis
Alma Pleasant
Mae Thomas
LoWanda Green
Sandra Moss