Brian began his career as a first grade teacher with Teach For America. This experience in the classroom galvanized him to devote his entire professional life supporting teachers, fighting for educational equality, and preparing our children for the jobs of the future.
After receiving his MBA and law degree from Stanford, Brian became the Executive Director of the Los Angeles chapter of Teach For America, a non-profit national service organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in public schools. During his time there, Brian increased revenues by $5 million annually and tripled the size of his team so that Teach For America could bring in over 700 of the nation’s top college graduates to serve as public school teachers in Los Angeles. These teachers have made a dramatic impact on the lives of 50,000 students throughout our city, including an emphasis on teacher placement in the San Fernando Valley.
Brian currently serves as the Executive Director of the Larchmont Schools, a network of high-performing and racially and socio-economically diverse public schools in Los Angeles. In times of massive state budget cuts, Brian has worked with parents and teachers to build a new middle school, increase enrollment by 300 students, and create new jobs as the schools expanded.
In the midst of this growth, Brian led the schools in the Larchmont Schools network to be named among the highest performing schools in Los Angeles by the State Department of Education. He credits this incredible growth and success during tough economic times to strong fiscal responsibility, a commitment to putting kids first, and actively working with teacher and parent input.
Brian knows that creating jobs and preparing our children to compete in the 21st century workforce must be our top priorities. As our State Assemblyman Brian Johnson, will fight for the opportunities Californians deserve. Just as he does every day, he will lead the fight to ensure that every family has a great public school for their children and that all Californians have quality jobs they can count on. He will work to make sure our government reflects our California values – that it is fiscally responsible, it invests in our future and it protects us when we need it most.
Brian will work to reform state rules and regulations that restrict how local neighborhood schools operate. Brian is committed to empowering parents, classroom teachers and school principals, and allowing them to make their own decisions and do what is best for their own communities.
In addition to his work expanding effective organizations, Brian is very active in our community. He is a member of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education Board of Visitors, serves on the City of Los Angeles Quality & Productivity Commission, and is the Education Chair of a local Neighborhood Council. He is a former Trustee of Princeton University and is a resident of Studio City.