Alex Caputo-Pearl, a classroom teacher and labor-community organizer for more than 20 years, was elected president of United Teachers Los Angeles in 2014. Under the leadership of the officer team and board of directors, UTLA members are working with parents, students, and community organizations on the Schools L.A. Students Deserve campaign. Caputo-Pearl is a co-founder of the Extended Learning Cultural Model, a nationally recognized school improvement model that connects in-the-classroom learning to outside-the-classroom internships, community advocacy, and small business development. He is a co-founder of the Coalition for Educational Justice and has been key in building the Crenshaw Cougar Coalition and the Bus Riders Union, which has led to campaigns around civil rights and public services. He lives with his family near Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where he taught for 12 years. Caputo-Pearl earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Brown University and a master’s in urban and regional planning from UCLA. He has guest lectured on labor and community organizing at Antioch University.