A native Angeleno and graduate of LAUSD’s El Camino High School, USC, and Cal State Dominguez Hills, James Waller has spent more than 20 years working to improve K-12 education in inner-city Los Angeles. Waller spent the first ten years of his career on the front lines of education, both teaching (history and ESL) and coaching fellow eteachers.
From 2006 – 2016, Mr. Waller served as the principal of Gertz-Ressler, an Alliance College-Ready High School. Under his leadership, Gertz-Ressler was the only LAUSD National Blue-Ribbon Award recipient in 2011. In 2017, Waller took on a new role, that of Vice President of Secondary Student Achievement at ICEF Public Schools. He is passionate about closing the achievement gap for African American youth in Los Angeles. Waller lives with his long-term partner in Los Angeles.