After graduating from a top Ivy League school — Harvard University — Ian Mirisola has returned to La Cañada Flintridge with a goal of improving his hometown’s public school district. He is running for one of three open seats on the La Cañada school board on Nov. 5.
The 23-year-old attended Palm Crest Elementary School and La Cañada High School. Mirisola sat down with the Valley Sun in his home to chat about his campaign.
Valley Sun: Why did you choose to come back to La Cañada? What are your plans?
Mirisola: I really like this community and I wanted to take a break here before I went to law school.
I’m applying to law schools in November and December. If I get [a seat on the board], it would obviously weigh me more toward staying in California.
What is your motivation for running?
I thought it would be a great way to serve my community. It’s a community that I love. I’ve grown up in it; gone through all the schools. I’ve seen first-hand what the education system is like. I thought, maybe I’ll make a difference on the board.