A Life Well Lived

A Commitment to Community

Lloyd Monserratt’s Official Bio

How His Life Should Be Remembered – A True Account of a Life Well Lived

Lloyd Monserratt was a born leader. He was a compassionate man who used his many God-given gifts to honestly help those in need. He believed that anything was possible and more importantly he made you believe. He directly impacted thousands of lives across the State of California and beyond with his unique brand of leadership. He loved life and lived it in service to others.

On January 9, 2003, this brilliant life was cut short. His sudden and unexpected death left the love of his life and his family in shock and devastated questioning how a young man so pure of heart could be taken from one day to the next. Lloyd’s death was tragic and issue-oriented. His fiancée made two phone calls and seventy-seven people flooded the hospital ICU in disbelief that their friend, their boss, their political leader, their community leader, and the hope for empowered grassroots communities was now gone.

Born in Los Angeles, California, on December 3, 1966, Lloyd discovered a love of community at an early age. He began his successful political career while in elementary school. The honor student ran for student council president and won marking his first campaign victory. He took his personal mantra of public service and nurtured it and various the communities he influenced along his path. When it was time for Lloyd to consider a university, he had only one in mind and that was UCLA. Through his involvement during his 5 years at UCLA, Lloyd, a Political Science major, had become one of the campus’ most widely known students.

Lloyd showed his commitment to the community through political action and organizing in his role as a leader and as a resource to students across all groups and ethnicities. He had a powerful ability of bringing people together. He built alliances across all underrepresented student groups. As the Vice President of the University of California Students Association, Lloyd worked with a coalition of students and student governments from across the UC system providing a collective voice for all students through advocacy and direct action.

Following graduation from UCLA, Lloyd was offered many opportunities to either work as an Assembly fellow, attend graduate school, or work in politics elsewhere. Yet, Lloyd chose to stay in Los Angeles where he worked with SEIU Local 660 organizing nurses. Through his early union organizing and voter registration efforts, he worked with many of the current elected leaders in California who were then members of the up and coming community organizing circuit. At the time, it was the natural transition from student leader to community organizer to eventual run for office. It was a time of unity as community leaders came together to organize the “No on Prop 187” campaign. Lloyd was a key organizer with SEIU for the 7,000 strong street march which laid the ground work for future mobilizations.

Lloyd made a name for himself in political campaign organizing known for his unique ability to mobilize people new to the political process. He inspired people to take ownership of their neighborhoods. Given his need to empower neighborhoods, he often chose to run the campaign of the grassroots candidate. After successfully managing the political campaign of student leader turned Principal Vickie Castro (her participation in the high school walkouts of the 1960’s was depicted in the movie “Walkout”), Lloyd became her Chief of Staff at Los Angeles Unified School District. Lloyd succeeded in organizing and implementing the Parents Union, he supported United Farm Workers organizing efforts, and worked with active parents to encourage them to take leadership roles within the local cities. A little known fact is that Lloyd provided the strategy for the successful Proposition BB school repair bond campaign which was approved by district voters in 1997. Due to Lloyd’s efforts, schools across the district underwent much needed repairs and brand new schools were built in areas like South Gate where middle school students were housed in trailers in parks. Due to Proposition BB funding, there are still schools under construction easing overcrowded schools on the eastside and in Northeast Los Angeles.

Looking to take his message to a larger audience, Lloyd joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) team. As the Director of Constituency Services, Lloyd established the programs and the foundation of the Constituency Services department in 1990.

©2009 Michele Monserratt-Ramos
©2009 Michele Ramos

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