This week, Nick Melvoin, candidate for Board District 4 of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), released his semi-annual fundraising numbers. Since he announced his candidacy in late February, he has raised over $124,000. This is significant achievement for a first-time candidate, far outpacing 8-year incumbent and Board President Steve Zimmer, who raised just over $7,000 in the same period. Melvoin also has a convincing advantage in cash on hand, with more than $100,000 to his opponent’s $6,100. The results further show that Melvoin is building a strong coalition of grassroots support – 70% of his donors gave $100 or less to the campaign.
“I’m grateful to all the individuals who have supported this campaign so far,” said Melvoin. “I’ve just begun to share my vision for improving public education in Los Angeles, and I look forward to working on behalf of all the communities in the 4th District to turn those plans into real change.”
Nick currently works with students, parents, teachers and advocacy groups to rethink the future of our city’s schools and improve training and support for California teachers. He is as an adjunct professor of education at Loyola Marymount University where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Urban Education. He also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, Brentwood Community Council, and the Union of Reform Judaism, and serves as a director of Camp Harmony, a nonprofit camp for homeless and underserved children. A graduate of Harvard University and the New York University School of Law, Nick previously held positions with the ACLU, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.