Our August 2014 Speakers – John Franklin and Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra



John Franklin - Principal

Working closely with some of the nation’s top political leaders during the past 13 years, John Franklin has established himself as a senior advisor to members of Congress, assemblymembers, mayors, councilmembers, candidates and non-profit organizations.

As the manager of numerous multi-million dollar political efforts and as a leader of a staff of 4 in his own small business, Franklin is a proven organizational leader.

Establishing the firm known today as Pacific Political in 2006, Franklin’s firm is responsible for raising more than 20 million dollars for national committees of the Republican Party and candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress and the California Legislature.

Franklin was selected in 2014 to serve as Executive Director of The New Majority, San Diego.  New Majority promotes a fiscally responsible philosophy in government and an inclusive mainstream approach towards politics. Through education and contributions, it seeks to inform its membership and contribute resources to Republican and other philosophically aligned candidates and issues that share its mission.

A top aide to Congressman Darrell Issa for more than a decade, Franklin has served in various official and political capacities, including more than 6 years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide. More recently, managing Issa’s political enterprises, Franklin is the ongoing manager of a political operation ranked 5th in the nation among U.S. House members in 2013 for total dollars raised.

Before working with Issa, he began his career at the Missouri State Assembly, and later moved to Washington, D.C. where his experiences included serving in the Capitol policy office of then U.S. House Majority Whip, Roy Blunt and a stint as a junior staffer with one of K Street’s most successful lobbying firms.

An entrepreneur at heart, Franklin spent years in direct sales before entering the world of politics. Years spent in sales prepared him to work with contributors buying what Franklin calls, “the ultimate intangible – investment in better government.”

Franklin and his wife Shanna live in Vista, CA.


New Escondido Union School District Superintendent –


Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra

After a nationwide search, the Escondido Union School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra as its next Superintendent. The position became vacant after longtime Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Walters announced her retirement earlier this year.

After a four-month search, Dr. Ibarra rose to the top, bringing with him a wealth of expertise as a teacher, a principal and district level administrator. His wide range of experiences have helped him oversee the daily operations of large urban school districts, including serving as an Associate Superintendent of Business and Finance, and Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for the Oceanside Unified School District since 2001.

EUSD Board President Marty Hranek commented, “During our community visit last week, people who have worked with him over the last 13 years in Oceanside described him using such words as “respect,” “integrity,” “team-player,” and “student-centered.”  Dr. Ibarra embodies those qualities which are so critical in leading a district and community forward.”

Dr. Ibarra will begin his tenure on July 1, 2014.  “I believe my personal and professional experiences will be a solid fit with the mission and goals of the Escondido Union School District.”

Overseeing finances for the OUSD, Dr. Ibarra was responsible for the management of all business-related functions, including managing the district’s $195 million bond construction program. Under his leadership, the district modernized ten school site projects, all on-time and within budget.

Dr. Ibarra completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos in 2008. He earned his Master’s in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University in 1995, and finished his undergraduate studies with a BA in Liberal Arts from California State University, San Bernardino in 1990.

“I have been blessed to experience the benefits of public education, first as a student learning English and academics simultaneously, and later as a teacher, a school site leader, and now as Escondido’s proud new superintendent. We continue our important work-to provide the best learning experiences to Escondido’s children.”

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