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Marlene Canter (September 2009-Present)

     Marlene Canter is a Los Angeles native who began her career as a special education teacher at Alta Loma Elementary School. She was the co-founder of Canter & Associates, now Laureate Education, Inc., a teacher training company that has developed a catalogue of professional development programs, distance learning graduate courseware, and resource materials for teachers, administrators, and parents. Canter co-owned and co-managed this company for 25 years before transferring her ownership and being elected to serve as a member of the Los Angeles City Board of Education in June 2001.

     As a LAUSD Board member, Canter authored resolutions to ban sodas and junk food in Los Angeles schools, the first large urban district in the nation to approve such bans. She also worked to improve the District’s human resources practices, creating the Board’s Human Resources Committee to review and create policies to attract, hire, train, retain, and evaluate district staff, including teachers and principals. Canter also assisted in the development of charter school policies, review of charter school petitions, and provision of support for innovative partnerships. Canter was elected by her fellow Board members to serve as President of the school board from 2005-2007.

     Canter was named “Woman Executive of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006. In 2008, Canter received the Government Leadership Award by the Los Angeles League of Women Voters for her dedication to public service. She has served on the boards of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Kehillath Israel Synagogue of Pacific Palisades. She also served on State Superintendent of Schools’ P-16 Council and is also an advisor to the Children’s Partnership, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan child advocacy organization. She is currently on the boards of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services and the CHIME Institute. She was recently named as a 2010 remarkable woman by the National Women’s Political Caucus.

     Canter was appointed to the Ethics Commission in September 2009 by City Council President Eric Garcetti to fill the remaining three years of former Commissioner Michael Camunez’s five-year term. She will be eligible for reappointment to a full five-year term in 2012.

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