About Erik Miller
Erik is the candidate of solutions and new ideas. He will bring experience and a passion for positive change in our community to the Board.
I Believe in Public Education
Why I’m Running
I am running because I want all students to have what I had: schools with caring adults who lovingly help them become the people they want to be.
As a product of the LBUSD and with a growing family who will also be LBUSD students, I have a personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of our school system for the next generation.
Erik Miller was born and raised in Long Beach and currently lives with his wife, Rachel, and 1-year old daughter Abigail in the Cal Heights Neighborhood. The former All-Moore League Football Player graduated from the LBUSD and went on to be the first in his family to go to college, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Woodbury University.
Erik Miller is the Executive Director of PVJOBS, a county wide initiative that provides employment opportunities for the at-risk. This multi-million dollar nonprofit has served over 20,000 people throughout the county and is helping people break the cycle of poverty through employment. Erik began his career as an Architectural Designer with Steinberg Architects in Los Angeles where he learned to manage major construction projects and work with large budgets. He took these project management skills to the non-profit sector 11 years ago where he started as a Director of a Long Beach based mentoring organization focused toward education.
In response to the gang and gun violence crisis in Central and West Long Beach, Erik joined the Long Beach GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention) Taskforce where he served as Chairman from 2012-2014. As the chair, Erik worked to implement a federal grant focused on youth programs that have reduced violence throughout the city. He currently serves as a mentor with Operation Jump Start.
Making Sure our Schools have the most up-to-date Resources
For our students to be successful, our schools and facilities need to have the proper tools and resources to provide the best learning experience. I will make sure that our District is allocating the necessary funding for every school to have the right equipment and programs in place for all of our students to prosper. Providing the most current and modern strategies to help our students succeed should not be a question of funding.
Implementing Policies for more Student Safety
I believe it is imperative that students have a safe and secure environment to learn and grow. I want to work with all the cities in the School District and find ways to implement different after school programs. Also, we can accomplish this by working with our community partners such as charity groups and non-profits to help with establishing programs that help supervise students' after school activities.
Increasing Communication between District, Families, and Community
Our School Board meetings take place at an awkward time and mostly at the same location, and that can be very problematic for most of the community. When I am elected, I would like to alter the meetings so they take place at different middle school auditoriums and rotate between different board areas. This way parents and community members from all over the City can have an easier chance to attend a meeting and have their voices heard. It would also be beneficial for the timing of the board meetings to be changed to a later time, allowing more parents an opportunity to attend.