Eduardo’s Story

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Dr. Eduardo Lara is a professor and faculty union member at Cal State Long Beach. He is running to be our Long Beach City Councilmember to retain and attract local good-paying jobs, keep our homes affordable, while also addressing homelessness as a social justice issue. Eduardo’s dedication to building an equitable community started with his parents who came to the United States to provide a better life for their family.
Their sacrifice and labor inspired Eduardo to commit to giving back to his community and propelled him down a path of public service. As a teenager, he worked as an advocate for Planned Parenthood, taught middle school at LAUSD after college, and later served as an Obama organizing fellow in South Florida.

In 2015 and 2016, Eduardo helped to successfully organize through his union, the California Faculty Association, the Fight for Five, a 5% general salary increase for all California State University faculty. He has also worked to support the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, partnering with then Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez to help pass the Justice Fund in the City of Long Beach. Most recently, he served as a Board Member of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach.

Eduardo is running to be our City Councilmember because he loves Long Beach. He fell in love here, meeting his now husband in downtown Long Beach. They have made a home near Retro Row. Eduardo loves running, but made the switch to cycling, finishing his first AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in seven days. He is most proud of falling off his bike only once, but embarrassed to admit he got picked up by the caboose on day four because he ended up following a taco truck instead of the route.

Dr. Lara holds bachelor and master’s degrees from George Washington University; his Ph.D. in Education is from UCLA.