Arlene Inouye was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Los Angeles Unified Schools. Her grandparents emigrated from Japan to Boyle Heights, and her family was incarcerated during World War II. Three generations of her family have attended LAUSD schools.
She has a BA and MA in communicative disorders from Long Beach State University. She has been a Spanish bilingual speech and language specialist for over 18 years. Arlene has been a UTLA Officer for the past nine years.
As Treasurer, Arlene led UTLA through the “Build the Future Fund the Fight” that addressed UTLA’s structural deficit to provide greater support for members and organizational sustainability. And as UTLA Secretary, she has led the UTLA Bargaining Team through a historic strike and contract fight. She has also streamlined organizational procedures and practices.
Through the years she has also been a community organizer, human rights activist, parent educator, multicultural and human relations specialist and leader in progressive educational reform.