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Feliza I. Ortiz Licon, Commissioner

Dr. Feliza I. Ortiz-Licon is a lifetime resident of the City of Long Beach. Raised in West Long Beach, Feliza has lived in California Heights, North Wrigley, and currently resides in Plaza West. Growing up in a diverse community contributed to her appreciation and understanding of the city’s diversity, history, population, culture, and needs. This appreciation and understanding  anchored her work in diversity, equity and inclusion and paved the way to the field of education.

A champion of equitable education and opportunities for all students, Feliza has invested more than two decades in the field of education working in various capacities, but primarily focused on issues of access and equity. In 2015, Governor Brown appointed Feliza to the California State Board of Education where she served as a Board Member for five fulfilling years. During this time, she contributed to the creation of the statewide accountability system, curricular frameworks, the passage of the landmark English Learner Roadmap, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, and the submission of the state Perkins V plan.

Feliza holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science, a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in City and Regional Planning, and a doctoral degree in Education Leadership from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ortiz-Licon’s involvement in the Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission is driven by her sense of duty to serve and contribute to a city that has given her opportunities, growth and rewarding experiences.