Miguel Ángel Segura (MÁS) is a public school teacher raised by a line of immigrant service workers and farm laborers. His grandfathers worked in Central and Northern California as part of the US-Mexico Bracero Program, and his parents worked in the service industry as restaurant and housekeeping workers. Miguel was born and raised at the intersection of Westlake, Echo Park, and Historic Filipinotown. He attended all Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Schools, including Union Ave Elementary, Virgil Middle, and Belmont High, and carries the legacy of his father, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings who also attended LAUSD.
During middle and high school, Miguel volunteered on his first campaign, supporting candidates for LA City Council and LAUSD’s Board of Education. His exposure to local politics sparked his participation in national impact and volunteered for his first presidential campaign.
Miguel went on to pursue his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and Chicano/a Studies at California State University, Northridge. He was elected Student Body President with a campaign platform focused on transforming the Associated Student Body to a diverse slate of racial backgrounds, student majors, and student organizations.
After graduating, Miguel taught in Pico-Union and South Los Angeles, two of the most disproportionately sidelined communities of LA. While teaching, Miguel conducted financial capacity workshops for his students’ parents. In his off-time, he interned for the LA City Council and Office of the Mayor to connect resources to his community. While Miguel loved the teaching profession, he knew broader impact was needed.
Miguel later worked for the State Assembly uplifting constituent concerns to the Assemblymember and assisting families with access to workforce and income resources. His visibility at the State urged him to remain connected to his home neighborhood. In 2013, Miguel was elected to the Westlake North Neighborhood Council.
After seeing increasing income and education disparities, Miguel left the Assembly in November 2015 to support the Hillary 2016 campaign. He spoke with voters in the lowest-income neighborhoods of Nevada, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and New York. After the election, Miguel was contracted by New York to support the creation and design of a healthcare enrollment system for high-need families.
Miguel came back to Los Angeles and worked for LAUSD’s Board of Education for three years. He built trusting relationships with District leaders and capacitated parents to advocate for themselves. After leaving LAUSD, he worked for a parent advocacy organization to support parents of English-Learners, students with disabilities, and immigrant families.
Most recently, Miguel rejoined the Advance Staff to support the presidential campaigns of Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, closing with Biden-Harris for 2020. Immediately after the campaign, at the peak of the pandemic, Miguel lost his dad to COVID-19. After time off from grieving, he was ready to carry on the hard work of his father. He joined the staff of US Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, on a special effort to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on schools, colleges, and universities in several states across the country. Above all, he witnessed the exhaustion of educators persisting through pandemic conditions. This pushed Miguel to return to his home of Los Angeles, renew his credential, and teach in LAUSD schools as a response to our educator shortage. Today, Miguel is running for the vacant Board District 2 seat at LAUSD as the only candidate with public school teaching experience.