Elected in November 2011, Brent Tercero grew up in Pico Rivera and attended St. Marianne’s Parish School. He then attended Loyola High School of Los Angeles where he learned the value of “being a man for others.” After graduating, he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he earned his bachelor’s in History and Political Science. Immediately after graduation, he was recruited by Teach for America and taught at Los Angeles Academy Middle School in south Los Angeles while earning a Master’s of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University.
While teaching, he gained an appreciation of the importance of public schools and the hardships that many of our nation’s children endure everyday that keep them from attaining a quality education. When Brent was laid off after the 2009 school year due to budget cuts, he realized policy and political decisions could hurt the everyday American, and the everyday Pico Riveran. He decided to switch professions and went back to school at the University of Southern California where he earned his Master’s of Public Policy in 2012. Brent currently works for a nonprofit organization called Leadership for Educational Equity where he works with other former teachers to advocate for policies that positively impact children throughout Los Angeles County.
Brent wants to ensure that Pico Rivera fosters an environment where all citizens feel welcomed. Through partnerships with community members and organizations, he wants to bring extra-curricular educational opportunities to residents, increase the City’s financial stability, and protect citizen participation in the democratic process.