Board of Education Appoints Three to Senior Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 23, 2016) - The Board of Education voted today to promote two L.A. Unified veterans to top administrative positions and also appointed an experienced labor attorney to oversee labor relations.

Erika Torres, who oversees dropout prevention and recovery efforts as director of Pupil Services, was appointed to be executive director of Student Health and Human Services. The division oversees programs that provide physical, mental and emotional support so that students can achieve their potential.

Linda Del Cueto, chief of the Professional Learning and Leadership Development, will oversee 121 schools and 90,000 students as superintendent of Local District Northeast.

In addition, the board voted to hire Najeeb Khoury, currently the deputy general counsel for Service Employees International Union Local 721, to be director of Labor Relations. The office develops and negotiates collective bargaining agreements with the District’s nine labor partners.

“These professionals bring unique skills and experience to their new positions, along with a commitment to the students of L.A. Unified,” said Superintendent Michelle King.

Ms. Torres joined L.A. Unified in 1999 as a coordinator for a Healthy Start Family Resource Center, and has dedicated her career to ensuring that students are enrolled in and attending school and on track to graduate. She also led the effort to develop and implement a nationally recognized effort to serve foster youth.

A product of District schools and a graduate of Eagle Rock High, Ms. Del Cueto has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator. She also was the District’s chief labor negotiator, facilitating an agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles that established the first 10 pilot schools in L.A. Unified.

In her current role as the District’s chief of Professional Learning and Leadership Development, Ms. Del Cueto oversees career-long training and other supports for teachers, administrators and executives.

With a degree from Harvard Law School, Mr. Khoury has spent the last five years handling litigation and arbitration cases for SEIU Local 721. He previously was a managing attorney for Los Angeles-based Howarth & Smith.

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