Michael Menjivar is the Vice President of Government Relations for Southern California. He brings over a decade of experience in campaigns, fundraising, and advocacy at both local and statewide levels. With a focus on education, housing, and labor issues, Michael has developed a strong reputation for building relationships across interests – aligning people and causes.
Most recently, Michael acted as Director of Strategic Relations for Central City Association of Los Angeles where he led the development of relationships across LA’s business and non-profit community. Before this, he served the Los Angeles Unified School District where he collaborated across government offices, labor and union associations, non-profits, business, and advocates, guiding the board of directors for the country’s second largest school district as they navigated policies and the changing landscape for education in the wake of the pandemic.
Michael has spent time working with housing advocates as the Public Policy Organizer for the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing and campaigned as a Field Director for the AFL-CIO. He began his career in progressively advancing roles in the University of California, Los Angeles’ development department, concluding his service to the university as Director of Development.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley to parents who immigrated from El Salvador, Michael is a bi-lingual English and native Spanish speaker. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from UCLA and is a regular volunteer with local groups including serving as President of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats and Chapter Director of the New Leaders Council in Los Angeles. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Abundant Housing Los Angeles, LA County Democratic Party Central Committee, as an appointed delegate to the CA State Democratic Party Central Committee, and as Controller of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley.
A Bruin through and through, Michael excitedly supports all UCLA athletics, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers, the Chicago Bears, and is an avid concert-goer. He lives in North Hollywood with his fiancé and their dog, a COVID rescue, Duke.