Dr. Leticia Tomas Bustillos is the Master of Ceremonies for the 2023 Service to Education Award Fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Montebello Unified School District Foundation (FMUSDF).
Dr. Bustillos was selected to serve as the Master of Ceremonies this year because the FMUSDF Board believes that she embodies the qualities of the most distinguished graduates of Bell Gardens High School. Dr. Bustillos is very intelligent, hard-working, determined and creative. She grew up in Bell Gardens and attended MUSD public schools until she graduated from Bell Gardens High School in 1990. When the Board asked Chuck Norton - - Dr. Bustillos’s high school principal - - for his impressions of Dr. Bustillos, he said that she “was easily the most gifted and capable student I ever encountered during my 38 years in the MUSD.”
After Dr. Bustillos graduated from high school, she continued to excel academically as she pursued her post-secondary studies. She went on to graduate from Columbia University, receive a Master’s in Education from Whittier College, and earn a Ph.D in Education Policy and Administration from USC.
Dr. Bustillos’s professional career has been equally impressive. During the past 15 years, she has developed a national reputation as a talented and prolific researcher, as well as a determined public policy and education advocate who is committed to improving educational access and opportunities for underrepresented youth. Dr. Bustillos earned this reputation over time by serving in positions of increasing responsibility at the following organizations:
· The Los Angeles County Education Foundation
· The National Council of La Raza
· The Campaign for College Opportunity
· American Association of University Women
Dr. Bustillos currently works as Senior Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she serves as the subject matter expert who supports the foundation’s goals of achieving increased equity in college admission, retention, and outcomes for Black, Latino, and Indigenous students.
Although Dr. Bustillos began her career in Southern California, she was recruited by the National Council of La Raza to move to Washington, D.C. in 2012 to serve as their Associate Director of Education Policy. Dr. Bustillos has lived and worked in Washington ever since, but she has never forgotten the Bell Gardens community where she grew up, and she has never wavered from her commitment to advocate for underserved youth.
To ensure each student in the Montebello Unified School District is given the opportunity to receive an excellent education that will lead to becoming a productive and valuable member of society.
The Friends of Montebello Unified School District Foundation (FMUSDF) is an organization that was started by business and community leaders, parents, and former school district teachers and administrators. Our purpose is to provide financial support that cannot be provided by state/federal funding for students and Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) instructional initiatives.
To support the efforts of the Montebello Unified School District in their activities and academic endeavors by engaging the community to pursue resources that will support excellence in education for all students.
Your support and contributions enable us to do the work that we do to achieve our mission. Thank you for making a difference!
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