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Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day 2019 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day is a catalyst for relationships between local businesses and schools that bring volunteers, resources, and motivation to our students and enrich our community.

In its 14th year, Principal for a Day has now involved more than 450 community members and helped build lasting relationships between the schools, businesses, and the wider community.  Participants spend a morning on a campus shadowing a PUSD school principal, giving them a rare and valuable perspective of running a public school.

Pasadena High School is excited and proud to host Judge Lance Ito and Mrs. Alejandra Font and as part of PEF's "Principal for a Day" program. 

Judge Lance Ito Lance Ito - Judge, retired

Lance A. Ito was appointed to the Municipal Court of the Los Angeles Judicial District in December of 1987 by Governor George Deukmejian and served as a member of that court executive committee and as the supervising judge of the Traffic Court, one of the busiest courthouses in the nation. He was elevated by Governor Deukmejian to the Los Angeles Superior Court in July of 1989 and has served twice of the member of that court’s executive committee. From 1993 to 2000 Ito served as chair of the Judicial Council Court Interpreters Advisory Panel and has taught the course on the effective use of spoken language interpreters at the B.E.Witkin Judicial College for the past two decades. He remains an ardent advocate for equal language access to the courts. Ito was the court Vienna Convention on Consular Relations compliance coordinator. Ito has served on assignment on three occasions with the Second District of the Court of Appeals. He has served as the emergency preparedness coordinator for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Judge Ito attended John Marshall High School (in Los Angeles), r received his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ito began his legal career with Irsfeld, Irsfeld & Younger, a medium sized law firm then located in Hollywood where he handled civil litigation, family law and intellectual property matters. In 1977 he joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and was assigned to Branch & Area Operations, Complaints, Central Trials and Organized Crime divisions. Ito was one of the original four lawyers to staff the Hardcore Gangs Unit, now a nationwide model for gang crime investigations. He met his wife, then an LAPD Homicide Detective, at 3 a.m. at a gang related homicide crime scene in Eagle Rock.

Now retired, Ito resides in Pasadena with his wife, Margaret York, retired Chief of the Los Angeles County Police and Deputy Chief of the LAPD.


Superior Court Trial Judge of the Year
Career Achievement Award Los Angeles County Bar Association / Criminal Justice Section
Lifetime Achievement Award
Orange County Asian Pacific Bar Association
Public Service Award American Cancer Society Spirit of Diplomacy Award
International Protocol Officers Association
Daniel Inouye Trailblazer Award National Asian Pacific Bar Association
Robert Takasugi Judicial Excellence Award Criminal Courts Bar Association Asian Americans for Equality Leadership and Public Service Award
John Marshall High School – Los Angeles Distinguished Alumni Award

Alejandra Font Alejandra Font - CEO

Alejandra Font has over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and has a deep passion for transforming people’s lives through health and fitness. Within the past 7 years Alejandra has led a team in opening nearly 100 Camp locations nationally and in Mexico with her prime focus being in developing teams, sales and staff mentoring. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology and has competed in four fitness NPC Bodybuilding competitions, where she has consistently placed between 1st and 2nd place.

For a complete list of participants in this year's Principal for a Day program go here.