Dr. George McKenna III

Board District 1



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During Dr. George McKenna’s tenure as principal of Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles, students, parents, and community members witnessed firsthand the transformation of an inner-city high school that had been torn by violence, low achievement, and lack of community confidence into a school with an attendance waiting list and nearly 80% of the graduates enrolled in college.

Because of his success, Dr. McKenna’s programs have been widely modeled throughout the nation. In addition, his story of advocacy, commitment, and dedication to education has been documented in the award-winning CBS television movie entitled, “The George McKenna Story” starring Denzel Washington. His accomplishments have been featured in a wide variety of media, including Time, People, and Ebony magazines, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Detroit News. Dr. McKenna has appeared on “The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,” “Nightline” with Ted Koppel, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Nightwatch,” and in the documentary film entitled “Chaos to Calm” produced by the California State Attorney General’s Office.

Dr. McKenna has received international recognition for his work having received over 400 citations and awards from a host of civic, legislative and professional organizations. He was also recognized by President Reagan, who invited him to the White House to participate in a panel on school discipline. The President further acknowledged Dr. McKenna’s leadership at the 68th Annual National Convention of Secondary School Principals, where the President praised him as a “hero with faith in common-sense values.” Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis mentioned Dr. McKenna’s achievements during his presidential nomination speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Featured in the 1988 Miller Brewing Company Calendar of Great Black Educators, Dr. McKenna was the 1989 recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Chairman’s Award and was inducted into the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ Hall of Fame in 1997. He is the author of California legislation, which permits parent release time from work to visit schools.

A scholar and athlete, at a young age McKenna’s passion for civil and human rights activism was nurtured in his hometown of New Orleans. He attended Xavier University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the age of 20. He earned a teaching fellowship to Chicago’s Loyola University, where he went on to earn a M.A. in mathematics. He holds a Doctorate of Education from Xavier University.

Dr. McKenna began his career in education when he accepted a position in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a mathematics teacher. Simultaneously, he also worked as an engineer for North American Aviation on the Apollo Moon Shot Project, but ultimately his love of teaching led him to completely devote himself to the field of education.

While continuing his own education at Loyola University Law School, UCLA, and California State University, Los Angeles, he continued to teach at the secondary school and college levels within the LAUSD moving up the ranks of secondary school administrative positions.

In addition to his well-documented teaching and administrative career in the LAUSD, McKenna served as Superintendent of the Inglewood Unified School District, Deputy Superintendent of the Compton Unified School District, and Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. He currently serves as an educational consultant providing professional development and support to school districts and community organizations throughout the country.

A strong advocate of building stable communities from within, Dr. George McKenna believes that an educational system that emphasizes justice, equal opportunity, and non-violence, is the primary vehicle for positive change in a pluralistic and technological society.

Dr. Sharon Valear Robinson

Dr. Sharon Valear Robinson

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Dr. Sharon Valear Robinson is an ex-retired LAUSD educator. She has retired and returned to the District 4 times. She is now the Chief of Staff to Board Member, Dr. George Mckenna, Board District 1. She earned a Doctorate in Educational Technology and has developed training for Instructional Technology which included digital content, assessment, online learning and professional Development. Sharon has been a life long educator as a classroom teacher, School Psychologist, Principal and a Local District Superintendent. She also served as Special Assistant to Superintendent Romer and to Superintendent Ray Cortines. She served as Vice-Chair of the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission for the State of California. She has been a leader in Educational Reform and Change. Additionally she led LAUSD in acquiring over 75 million dollars in grant funding to implement school based programs for change.

PMarshall McKenzie

Patrice McKenzie

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Patrice Marshall McKenzie is skilled professional adept in the Legislative Process, public affairs and media relations. She is known by many in the government and public sector throughout California, and has access to many of the most powerful people within the public policy landscape.  Ms. McKenzie is also an adept facilitator, thought leader and visionary in the public affairs arena.


Patrice currently serves at the Deputy Chief of Staff for Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Dr. George McKenna. In that role she is responsible for the development and implementation of policy priorities, intergovernmental relations and supervising staff. Previously, Ms. McKenzie held the position of Field Representative with the office of Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass where she served as a direct liaison and local spokesperson between key stakeholders of the 47th Assembly District and the Member.


Patrice’s professional career is augmented by an equal portfolio of community service. She is passionate about supporting and promoting efforts to elect women into elected and/or appointed office. Additionally, she is also committed to furthering the education of youth so she actively participates in a myriad of outreach and recruitment activities via the California Alumni Association.


Ms. McKenzie is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in African American Studies and a Minor in Critical Pedagogy. She also holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Bernard M. Baruch School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York.

Paubla L. Romo

Paubla L. Romo

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Paubla Lucia Romo is a proud product of LAUSD, having attended Marvin Avenue Elementary and graduated from Hamilton High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with special emphasis in Spanish from the California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Ms. Romo is currently a Field Deputy to Board Member Dr. George McKenna III.  She has served Board District 1 for the past thirteen years, establishing strong relationships with the schools, parents and community members within the catchment area.  She is especially adept in facilitating the development and management of parent centers within schools.


Carolyn Fowler

Carolyn Fowler


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Ms. Fowler is currently Government Relations Advisor to Board District 1 member Dr. George Mckenna III. She is also Managing Partner for Daltek Global Solutions, LLC and has provided consulting, training, meeting facilitation, focus groups, speaking and organizational development services to nonprofits, corporations, political and public sector entities. Carolyn has marketing, sales and political outreach experience received as a 28 year retired AT&T Executive. She also served five years as the Chief Operating Officer for The Smiley Group, Inc., a communications corporation established in support of human rights and related empowerment issues. She is currently appointed to the LA County Voting Systems Assessment Project Advisory Committee (VSAP) and the Community Voter Outreach Committee (CVOC).

She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and has also completed the Wharton Global MBA International Certificate program at Pennsylvania State University.

Jewett Walker

Jewett L. Walker, Jr.

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Rev. Jewett L. Walker, Jr., is a man who wears many hats.  He is Pastor of New Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, President and Chairman of the Board of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and a Senior Advisor to Los Angeles School Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III.

On Dr. McKenna Staff, his responsibilities include being a Liaison for schools in the Dorsey and Crenshaw Complex, and Dr. McKenna’s office.  Also, he is a Liaison for LACES and Hamilton High School.  He also has communication and political responsibilities and also works directly with members of the Faith-Based Community.

He is a former Board Chairman of the Southeast District of the American Red Cross; Member of the New Frontier Democratic Club; Advisory Board Member United Negro College Fund; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and a host of other community-based groups and organizations.  He works tirelessly in mentoring underserved students throughout Los Angeles County.

Rev. Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach in Speech Communications with a minor in Personnel Management; A Masters Degree in Divinity with an emphasis in Church Administration from Ministerial Training Institute; and is a Doctoral candidate in Divinity for 2016.