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Austin Beutner

Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

THE LATEST: A former investment banker, Beutner was chosen in May 2018 to lead the Los Angeles Unified School District. In January, thousands of LAUSD employees walked off the job for nearly a week after United Teachers Los Angeles union members went on strike for the first time since 1989. The district and union eventually agreed to a contract that gives teachers a pay raise and reduces class sizes.

BACKGROUND: Beutner previously served as co-chairman of the Los Angeles Unified School District Advisory Task Force. He served as first deputy mayor of Los Angeles under Antonio Villaraigosa and as publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Prior to entering public service, Beutner became the youngest partner at the Blackstone Group and founded investment banking advisory firm Evercore Partners.

WORTH NOTING: In 2012, Beutner founded Vision to Learn, a nonprofit that provides low-income children with free eye exams and glasses.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 4

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