Satra Zurita

Satra Zurita

Vice President
Board of Trustees


Satra D. Zurita, Vice President,  is serving her fourth term on the Board where she was overwhelmingly re-elected on November 8, 2017.  Upon her re-election in 2017, Zurita stated, “We have received national recognition for the Compton Turnaround, now it is time to focus on ensuring that our students are achieving at the rates they should. I am especially interested in developing efforts to raise the achievement of African American students, a group that has been persistently underperforming and in need of our focused attention. We are seeing marked improvements among our English Language Learners year over year, so now we must work to ensure that our English speaking students are also growing in achievement.  I would like to see our English-speaking students taught Spanish with the same fervor we teach Spanish-speaking students English.  I also believe that good life skills are important for our students to learn, and that we need to teach our students etiquette, so they are prepared to successfully navigate different social contexts with grace and ease as well as be great ambassadors for the Compton Unified School District. Finally, one other important element to student success is for parents to be effective and knowledgeable so they can assist and direct their students. With that said, I believe a robust Parent Education Academy effort is in order.
 
“I am going to work with the entire Board to continue to do everything possible to make the Compton Unified School District the best it can be, including providing a quality education, which every child deserves to receive and can receive regardless of their zip code. Among our greatest challenges to tackle include ensuring that parents are engaged and able to follow their children’s academic progress electronically, continuing to increase the graduation rate, which is currently over 86%, and increasing the number of students entering and eventually completing college.”
 
Zurita is a native of Compton who was educated in Compton schools. SHE IS A PRODUCT OF THE COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, and a Compton High School Alumni.  She has served four terms in the position of Board President, two terms as Clerk, one term as Legislative Representative and is currently serving her fourth term as Vice President of the Board.

She represents students and their respective families in neighborhoods stretching from Compton to North Carson, including communities of East Rancho Dominguez, Enterprise, Mona Park, Rosewood, Stevenson Village, West Rancho Dominguez and Willowbrook.

As a 3rd generation resident of Compton, Zurita hails from a family that is distinguished by their service to the Compton community. She is the oldest daughter of retired public administrator Clarence Zurita and retired two term City Councilwoman Delores Zurita. She has one sister, Compton City Councilwoman Janna Zurita (the other half of “Compton’s Sister Act”), and is the proud mother of a daughter, Armani Delores, and an aunt to one niece, Chanel Grace.
 
She represents students and their respective families in neighborhoods stretching from Compton to North Carson, including communities of East Rancho Dominguez, Enterprise, Mona Park, Rosewood, Stevenson Village, West Rancho Dominguez and Willowbrook.
 
A champion for educational equality within Compton’s schools, Zurita has earned a reputation as a passionate advocate who faces head-on complex issues on behalf of students and their families. Even prior to being elected, Zurita was a staunch advocate for strategies to close the academic achievement gap. 
 
Zurita believes we must emphasize the importance of the community as a whole assuming accountability for the momentous task of educating Compton Unified School District’s children.
“While school officials and public administrators are called to, and must, embrace accountability, there is a shared responsibility for learning, as well as achieving, which must exist between students and their families and the schools, district officials and the community in general. Compton will cannot wait for others to set our standards. We will set high standards for ourselves, academically, operationally and ethically, in pursuit of assuring student achievement,” says Zurita.
 
Zurita describes herself as an “atypical Board Member”. “I believe children should be culturally knowledgeable, as well as academically, when they matriculate from Compton.  We should be educating the whole child,” says Zurita.  Board Vice President Zurita is an advocate for higher education.  Her passion on the school board has been working to increase the graduation rate and she is actively working with California State University, Dominguez Hills and El Camino College Compton Center to increase the number of students entering and finishing college.  
She led the effort to open Compton Early College High School, where students can graduate from high school not only with a diploma but also with two years of college already completed.  This prestigious school has become an incentive for students to attend high school in the Compton Unified School District.

Zurita began her community service as an early teen, volunteering in the Meals On Wheels Program, which was directed by her mother for over 43 years. Satra served as their volunteer fundraiser for over 22 years.

Here are a few of the many honors Zurita has received throughout her distinguished career:

  • California Democratic Party Delegate
  • California School Board Delegate
  • Board of Directors – Jefferson Foundation Los Angeles
  • 2011 Los Angeles County Democratic Party 52nd Assembly District Woman of the Year
  • Member – 52nd Assembly District Advisory Commission
  • Member – 52nd Assembly District Democratic Club
  • Vice President, Emeritus – AFSCME Local 2325, City of Compton Management Employees
  • Member – New Wave Democratic Club
  • Lifetime Member – NAACP
  • Board of Directors – Ester’s Rosecrans Manor
  • Board of Directors – Compton Council of Campfire, Inc.
  • Board of Directors – Boys and Girls Club
  • Board of Directors – Jarambe Community Housing Development Organization
  • PTA President – Drew Child Development Corporation
  • Assistant Director – Compton Summer Arts Program
  • WOW Award (Woman of Water) – Water Replenishment District
  • Vehicle of Change Award – Top Ladies of Distinction
  • Vehicle of Change Exemplary Achievement Award – Congresswoman Laura Richardson
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Brotherhood Crusade
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Brothers of the Sun

Zurita’s career began in private enterprise and later transitioned into an expanding career within her own community. Zurita currently serves as a Senior Administrative Analyst with the City of Compton’s Water Department.

Her former work experience includes:

  • General Manager – Compton Ramada Hotel & Convention Center (258 employees)
  • Assistant General Manager – Compton Lazben Hotel
  • Sales Manager – Compton Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Facility Manager – Martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Center
  • Project Manager – Federal Aviation Administration
  • Project Manager – United States Air Force Base, El Segundo, CA
Zurita’s career began in private enterprise and later translated into an expanding career within her own community. Zurita currently serves as a Senior Administrative Analyst with the City of Compton’s Department of Public Works. She efficiently manages contracts of the City’s Renaissance Transit; Dial A Taxi; the Los Angeles County Animal Control; the City’s Graffiti Abatement Program; and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. Additionally, Zurita serves as manager of the City’s Film Permits.

Her former work experience includes:
  • General Manager – Compton Ramada Hotel & Convention Center (258 employees)
  • Facility Manager – Martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Center
  • Project Manager – Federal Aviation Administration
  • Project Manager – United States Air Force Base, El Segundo, CA
  • Professional Manager – Zurita Management – managing children in the entertainment industry
 Zurita has completed undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine; Loyola Marymount University, California State University, Long Beach; and California State University, Dominguez Hills. She holds certificates in Meeting Planning and Special Event Coordination from California State University, Long Beach.

Members
Micah Ali
Satra Zurita
Margie Garrett
Alma Pleasant
Charles Davis
Mae Thomas
Sandra Moss