"When you talk about a woman of influence in Compton, Satra Zurita is often the first name that comes to mind,” said Pastor Michael J. Fisher of the Greater Zion Church Family. “Her long service to this community and her extraordinary leadership on the School Board have made a difference that will benefit Compton for many years to come.”
Zurita has long believed that the entire community must assume accountability for educating Compton's children.
"It's is truly a great personal honor to receive this recognition, which wouldn't have been possible if not for the many people in Compton who support our work." said Zurita. "The fight to transform our schools and our community goes on. While there is more to do, it is greatly satisfying to look back and see how the lives of our students and their families are already being improved by our work."
Board President Zurita, who is a third generation resident of Compton, comes from a family that is rich in community service. She has been on the School Board for over a decade and has been a driving force in the turnaround underway in the Compton Unified School District.
“I have worked with Satra Zurita for many years. She is hard working, diligent and has always fought for public education and the students in the Compton Unified School District, said Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson. “She is definitely a Woman of Influence and deserving of this award.”
“I'm very proud of this recognition for my sister," said Janna Zurita, a member of the Compton City Council. "We were raised in a home that encouraged us to get involved and make a difference in our community. Satra has done so many good things for Compton and it's just outstanding that she's received this award."
Test scores and graduation rates have been increasing in the Compton Unified School District in recent years as the Board and Administration have honed in on student success as a top priority.
"President Zurita is richly deserving of this recognition. She has been one of the main architects of the turnaround in the Compton schools, and it is gratifying to see that her great work is being acknowledged," added Micah Ali, Compton Unified School Board Vice President.
The Men and Women of Influence award acknowledges members of the community that have used their respective platforms to create or work with grassroots organizations to support the improvement of the quality of living in the greater Los Angeles area.