Dr. Octavio Pescador currently teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles and serves as a research associate and co-founder of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He is one of two faculty members selected by the UCLA Chancellor to serve on the Governing Council of the K-12 UCLA Community School. He has also taught education and social science at USC and Cal State LA.
Over the last decade, Octavio has worked extensively with students, community service non-profits, and immigrant groups within the 13th district. He has worked as an advisor to various organizations including the California Department of Education, Families in Schools, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and Thomas Jefferson Senior High School.
He also serves as a political commentator for local and international media including ABC 7, AP, CNN, EFE, La Opinión, MSNBC, NBC 4, Univision, and many other outlets.
Dr. Octavio Pescador has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a M.A. in International Development from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.
He is married to Ana Pescador, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Latino Museum. They have three beautiful children: Ana Paula, José Ángel, and Octavio Augusto.
Over the past twenty years, I have worked closely with my students, my family, and my neighbors to improve our streets and encourage our young people to make a difference in their community. I have a unique collection of experiences that have prepared me for this moment. I am ready to bring all of our communities together to move L.A. forward.