Lance T. Izumi, J.D.

Lance T. Izumi, J.D.

Senior Director, Education Studies

Lance Izumi is Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute.  He has written and produced books, studies and films on a wide variety of education topics.  Most recently, he is the author of the 2017 book The Corrupt Classroomand the 2018 publication An American Education Agenda.


Lance is a regular opinion contributor for Education Week, America’s top education news publication.  Previously, he was a contributor to the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” series.


In 2016-17, Lance served as a member of President Donald Trump’s transition Agency Action Team for education policy.


From 2004 to 2015, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation, and served two terms as president of the Board.


From 2015 to 2018, Lance chaired the board of directors of the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the official non-profit that supports the community college system.


Lance served as a commissioner on the California Postsecondary Education Commission and as a member of the United States Civil Rights Commission’s California Advisory Committee.


Lance served as chief speechwriter and director of writing and research for California Governor George Deukmejian and as speechwriter to United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III in President Ronald Reagan’s administration.


Lance served as a captain in the California State Military Reserve from 1991-96.  During his service, he was awarded the CSMR Commendation Medal, the achievement ribbon and the unit citation ribbon.  He is the president of the Community Relations Board for the U.S. Army’s Northern California Recruiting Battalion and was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2016.


Lance received his juris doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Law, his master of art in political science from the University of California at Davis, and his bachelor of arts in economics and history from the University of California at Los Angeles.