Born and raised in San Pedro, Mike Lansing has been committed to the expansion of quality youth programs and facilities his entire adult life. Mike started teaching and coaching youth at the age of twenty and continued in that profession for eighteen years. In 1988, Mike founded the San Pedro Youth Coalition, a volunteer non-profit agency that promotes youth issues and sponsors youth development programs. Mike served as president of this organization for its first seven years, returned as president in 2001 and retired from the board in 2003. The Youth Coalition he founded still thrives today.
In 1995, Mike became executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Pedro. Mike is an alumnus of the Club and also served on its Board of Directors for three years. Since he has taken the leadership staff position of the organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Pedro has seen tremendous growth. Capital expansion of over $12,000,000 included two new computer labs, a Family & Youth Counseling Center, 3 College Bound Centers, operation of a recreation center, 2 recording studios, a public housing center serving 600 public housing families, 3 STEM Centers, a new Sports Arena, 4 modular classrooms including a K/1 Center, Maker’s Studio and the fully modernized Wilmington Boys & Girls Club. In addition, Mike led the initiative to merge the San Pedro organization with both the Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs (2004) and the Harbor City/Gateway Boys & Girls Clubs (2019) into one stronger organization. The resulting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH) now operates “19” program sites in these three communities including twelve school sites. Attendance growth is evidenced by 150 members attending the Club each day in 1995 to 2,600 youth attending daily in 2019. Budget/capacity growth is exhibited by a $270,000 operating budget in 1995 growing to $8.7 million for 2019-2020. Major programs developed under Mike’s tenure are the nationally recognized College Bound program as well as their expanding “Career Bound” program, the Arts Academy project including the aforementioned digital recording studios, 5 Fine Arts Centers and 5 Music Centers, STEM & Maker’s Studios, and the prioritization of “teens” via the construction of four separate Teen Centers sponsoring comprehensive teen programming. In 2015, Mike was chosen to serve on the “Higher Education Task Force” for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
In 1999, Mike was elected to the Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District representing District 7. Besides served as the Chairman of the important Facilities committee which oversaw the construction of over 80 new schools within Los Angeles, Mike initiated many new programs for his district over his eight years in office including the District 7 Grants Program, the District 7 STAR Awards, the Future Leaders of Los Angeles Awards and Community Development Block Grant projects at three of his high schools. In addition, Mike began a Library Initiative in coordination with the Wonder of Reading Foundation. During his tenure, 52 of Mike’s schools received new library facilities valued at over $2 million and nearly $500,000 of new library books. Mike also spearheaded a major facility addition at each of his seven high schools at a value of over $20 million. Mike was re-elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in 2003 and retired in 2007.
Mike is a graduate of San Pedro High School (1974) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from California State University, Long Beach. He received his California Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in School Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.