Jose Paolo Magcalas, School Board Member/Teacher
Dr. Jose Paolo Magcalas was elected in November 2016 and represents Trustee Area 3 (the southwest region). Dr. Magcalas brings energy, passion and diverse experience to the Anaheim Elementary School Board. He is an Anaheim native and graduate of Clara Barton Elementary School. He teaches Ethnic Studies and United States history at Loara High School. He also teaches part time in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Chapman University. In 2016, Dr. Magcalas was named Top 25 Teachers in Orange County according to O.C. Parenting Magazine.
He is proudly affiliated with the Paulo Freire Democratic Project, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the American Education Research Association (AERA), the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES), the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA).
Dr. Magcalas has presented his research in numerous national and international conferences and his work was even published in UCLA’s Center X Education Journal. Dr. Magcalas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, Master of Arts degree in Education from Pepperdine University and his Ph.D. in Education from Chapman University. He was also awarded the Paulo Freire Outstanding Graduate Student Award from Chapman University. Currently, Dr. Magcalas is turning his dissertation into a book. He is also working on his Administration Credential from California State University, Fullerton.
Ed Lopez, NOCCCD Board Member
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Irvine Valley College
Former Social Security official in the Clinton Administration; former Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
Indiana University, B.A., M.P.A., J.D.
Georgetown University, LL.M.
AFFILIATIONS AND PUBLIC SERVICE
City of Anaheim Budget Commission, Vice Chair
Los Amigos of Orange County
West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council
Anaheim LULAC Council
California Teachers Association
Democratic Party of Orange County, Central Committee member
Marisol Ramirez, Council Aide
Marisol Ramirez is a 28-year-olds and Anaheim City Council Aide to Councilmember Moreno. Her background consists of civic engagement, grassroots community organizing and advocating for social justice issues that she is passionate about.
Marisol is the daughter of immigrant parents from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She first began organizing as a senior in high school. Born and raised in the city of Anaheim, she was witness to the disparity of resources amongst low-income immigrant families and neighborhoods within a city that developed in prosperity.
She gathered the majority of her organizing experience as a Community Organizer with Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, in which she organized neighborhood unions that advocated for improvements in safety and preservation of their prospective neighborhoods. Marisol ran successful campaigns to Get-Out-the-Vote for policy measures, that which included the formation of District Elections in Anaheim. This brought local government closer to the people and allowed city resources to be allocated to neighborhoods that historically were disenfranchised. In 2016, the OC Weekly named Marisol as The People’s Organizer in Anaheim. She has also co-authored a chapter in a revolutionary subject: Pedagogy of Women of Color and Indigeneity.
Ramirez currently serves on the board of Latino Health Access, is an active member of Los Amigos of Orange County, and Secretary for the Anaheim Democratic Club. Marisol chose to run for Central Committee to continue her mission to advocate for the diverse voices that have been unheard within the Democratic Party so everyone has a seat at the table. She is a candidate on the Party of the People Slate that is reflective of grassroots community leaders that are engaged in various spaces organizing on the ground for the causes Marisol believes in and supports. Voting for Marisol will mean supporting a new generation of leadership that strives to keep the Party alive by encouraging others to get involved and uplift new faces to take leadership into their own hands and work collectively with others to build people power.
Mike Rodriguez, Teacher
Mike Rodriguez is a high school history teacher, husband and father who believes in change from the bottom up. He advocates for Health Care 4 All, a Green New Deal, affordable housing, Ethnic Studies and Universal Education for K-16, and to Abolish ICE.
Andy J. Lewandowski, Business Owner
Born and raised in Southern California, Andy Lewandowski has been a resident of Orange County for over 50 years, and is a graduate of Servite High School. He is Vice President and part owner of a manufacturing business in Anaheim founded in 2000. Andy semi-retired as the company’s General Manager in 2018 with 30 years experience in production control and operations.
As an employer who worked his way up from seasonal labor on a shop floor in the Irvine Spectrum district in the mid-1980s, Andy understands the needs and struggles of both Orange County’s increasingly diverse working class and business communities, and how our progressive values can be advanced to everyone’s mutual benefit.
Andy spends most of his free time volunteering as a community organizer. He has been a member of the OC Women’s March coalition since 2017 and co-organized the From Charlottesville to Laguna Beach: We Stand Together unity rally in August of that year. He also coordinated logistics and resources in 2018 for the student led March for Our Lives in Santa Ana with keynote speaker Gavin Newsome, and was a lead organizer of the Families Belong Together march on the James A. Musick detention facility in Irvine.
Most recently, Andy has worked closely with 2019 OCYD Obama Award honorees VietRISE on their ongoing #BringHumanRightsHome campaign and the October 2019 #WeCelebrateSanctuary festival.