Lance Izumi is a Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy. He is the co-executive producer of a highly praised film documentary, author and co-author of several critically acclaimed books, and the author of numerous major Pacific Research Institute studies. In 2008, he served as an online contributor for The New York Times on the presidential race and education issues. Izumi has also served as a member of the professional development working group of the California Legislature's Joint Committee to develop a master plan for education and as chief speechwriter for Governor George Deukmejian. He also serves as president of the U.S. Army's Community Relations Board for Northern California and serves on the Executive Committee of the Army’s Los Angeles Grassroots Board. The U.S. Army recognized Izumi’s community outreach in support of the Recruiting Command by awarding the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal to Izumi in 2016—the third highest honor that the Department of the Army can award to a private citizen.
Izumi served as a member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors from 2004 to 2015, including two terms as president from 2008 to 2009. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Law, a master of arts degree in political science from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor of arts degree in economics and history from the University of California, Los Angeles.