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BLACK HISTORY – FEBRUARY 15, 2019: GARY HARDIE JR.
Lynwood, California native Gary Hardie Jr. was born December 6, 1986. He graduated from Lynwood High School in 2005 and continued his studies by attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Marketing. With a genuine heart of service, Gary holds positions as Commissioner for the City of Lynwood, President of the Lynwood Unified Board of Education, and Policy Advisor for the United States House of Representatives.
In addition to these responsibilities, Gary is also the founder of The Village Project – a program aimed at coordinating local resources to break down barriers to success for young men and women of color by providing mentors, job/life skills training, after school programs, civic engagement projects, resources to attend college, and resources and training programs for parents. The Village Project was formed as a response to President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which became a call to action to communities across the nation to expand opportunities for youths of color.
Gary was elected to serve as Governing Board Member to the Lynwood Unified Board of Education in January 2014 after a vacancy was established by outgoing member, Jose Luis Solache, who was elected as a member of the Lynwood City Council. Gary has worked tirelessly as an advocate for Lynwood students by building support systems, coordinating resources for scholar athletes, and establishing comprehensive after school programs for the high schools. Since his initial appointment, Gary has lead initiatives for access to higher education through partnerships with local community colleges and neighboring universities. He also participates in local and national conferences to advocate for policy that will encourage the success of minorities. On December 6, 2018, Gary was elected to serve as President for the Lynwood Unified Board of Education.
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