Brent lives in Pico Rivera just down the street from where he grew up next door to his grandparents. In college, Brent realized that most students did not have the luxury of his educational opportunities; instead, their zip code was the biggest determinant in their educational opportunities. As a result, he entered the classroom as an eighth- grade history and science teacher in South Los Angeles before being laid off in 2009.
Even though he had a master’s in education from Loyola Marymount University, Brent was unable to find a classroom to further his teaching career. Unemployed for the entire 2009-2010 school year, Brent decided to focus on helping create more equitable systems. In the fall of 2010, he enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy, where he studied local government and educational policy. Upon graduation, Brent joined Leadership for Educational Equity as the director of Los Angeles regional impact to empower current and former teachers.
Drawn to the work of empowering teachers to lead in policymaking, Brent has been shaped by his experiences, particularly that of being powerless in the layoffs of 2009. He is excited to support teachers in building their voice and power to impact the largest system of impact in our region: public education.