Board of Trustees
Micah Ali is a new leader for today’s challenges. He is currently President of the
Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees. The lifelong Compton community
advocate is focused on improving the public schools, and thus, his community and
Elected to the Compton Board of Trustees in 2007 and overwhelmingly reelected in
2011, Ali uses his intellect, grasp of complex issues and strategic policy acumen
to fight for working families, public schools, and to energize the economies of
Ali strongly believes that “The primary purpose of the Compton Schools is to meet
the needs of our students and to prepare them to have bright and prosperous futures.”
With that in mind the CUSD president has become an avowed supporter of early childhood
education, believing passionately that greater access to the creative arts, such
as music and dance, can vastly improve the academic performance of young children.
Meanwhile, as a leader in the field, Ali has earned a reputation as a champion of
students’ rights. As Compton’s schools succeed through improving graduation rates,
test scores and professional development for teachers and staff, he believes all
of California will take notice.
"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 that our children receive
a quality education," Ali noted.
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 is a strong advocate for special education and after-school programs.
“Young people who are involved in extracurricular activities like sports, band,
and performing arts do better in school and have a better chance of graduating.
I believe that the development of well-rounded students is a key to the growing
success in Compton’s schools”.
Under Ali's watch, Compton's school budgets have stabilized and investments in school
modernization have increased. This is good for our students, our families and the
local economy. A champion of working people, he led the fight to pass a resolution
supporting the Employee Free Choice Act and successfully fought efforts to repeal
the school district's project labor agreement with dozens of trade unions. He also
has been leading the effort to identify and reduce wasteful spending and excessive
Ali also serves as Vice President of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association,
an organization to which trustees from 84 Los Angeles County school districts belong.
This enables him to work collaboratively with colleagues across Los Angeles County
to promote the betterment of urban student’s educational opportunity.
Second only to his passion for improving public schools is his commitment to creating
jobs in the community. “I emphatically support policies that attract businesses
paying livable wages to Compton; it is essential for growing opportunities in our
city,” stated Ali.
Ali believes in public service. Beyond his work on the CUSD Board of Trustees and
the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, he serves as: President of the
Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District Board of Trustees, a position he was nominated
to by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and confirmed unanimously
by the entire Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Member of the Board of Directors
of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, whose mission is to champion the restoration
and protection of natural habitats like the Compton Creek. Member of the South Coast
Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Environmental Justice Advisory Group.
In the past, Ali has also served as:
Member on the Board of Directors of the Wilmington
Medical Clinic. Chairman of the Compton Community College District Personnel Commission
(2003-2006) Vice Chairman of the Compton Unified School District Personnel Commission
(2006-2007). It was in his role as a Compton Personnel Commissioner, Ali earned
state-wide recognition and distinction as a guardian of California’s Merit System,
a system that ensures employees are hired in accordance with Personnel Commission
Rules and Regulations on the basis of merit and fitness, without favoritism, interference,
Ali first developed an interest in governmental affairs and public policy when as
a teen he was appointed to the Compton Youth Commission. Later, while serving as
a staff liaison to the Compton City Council, he developed an understanding of policy
formulation and its impact on the quality of life.
Subsequently, he went on to work with Compton’s Community Redevelopment Agency (RDA),
where he was responsible for managing various successful projects. Many of these
redevelopment projects represented new economic investments in the City.
And in 1998, Ali worked with the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-37)
as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC. He has also worked with numerous other
California Democrats, including Compton City Councilwoman Delores Zurita and the
late Assemblyman Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.
"I will continue to be a champion of big ideas and to be a problem solver for our
youth, our families and our schools. I am very proud of Compton and honored to be
a part of the historic turnaround in our schools."
Ali studied at Stanford University, Yale University and received his Bachelor of
Science Degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
If you have ideas that can help Ali in his efforts to improve our schools, please
E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.