Staff Profiles

Board Member Steve Zimmer and staff

Tammy Camarillo
School and Community Coordinator

Tammy Camarillo is actively involved in addressing constituent concerns and promoting the Board Members’ vision and goals.

After graduating with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California Los Angeles she applied and was accepted to Teach for America, a non-profit that places Corp members in socio-economically depressed areas where teachers are needed the most. She taught 5th grade in Gallup, New Mexico, for two years. During her time as a teacher in Gallup, she was part of small team that designed a district wide test to help fifth grade students prepare for state testing. Her students made significant gains in Math and English as a result.

With her students in mind, she obtained a Masters in Urban Planning with an emphasis in Community Economic Development and Housing from the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to working with Board Member Zimmer’s office she interned and eventually worked with Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education, where she codified training curriculum.

Celia Lopez
Administrative Assistant to Steve Zimmer

Celia joined Steve Zimmer’s staff in July 2009. She organizes and manages the day-to-day operations in the board office, a job that requires her to maintain the board member’s schedule, organize meeting materials and maintain communications with other board offices and with the parents and teachers who contact the office. It’s a complex job but Celia’s years serving in administration at all levels of the District has prepared her well. She has served as lead administrator in the offices of other school board members, run local district offices and been in charge of administration at school sites. Celia is married and the mother of two girls, eleven and eighteen years old.

Claudia Vizcarra
Chief of Staff

Claudia brings both hands-on and academic experience to her policy work. The mother of two school-age children, she has been active in their schools, as ELAC President and co-PTA President at Edison Language Academy, a Spanish immersion public school in Santa Monica. Before joining Mr. Zimmer’s staff, Claudia worked for five years at UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, where she published the Education News Roundup - a daily compilation of California education policy media coverage. As a deputy with Los Angeles City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, her policy work focused on economic development. Prior to this, she managed economic development programs in San Francisco, East Palo Alto and Oakland. Claudia is one of the founding members of the Just Economics collective which provided trainings on economic policy to activists around the country. She also trained Spanish speaking immigrant women on how to start their own business. She holds a B.A. in Communications and another in Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. A native of Mexico City, Claudia is now a U.S. citizen.