Born in the Northridge Hospital in 1985 to immigrant parents who prioritized education and civic awareness, Ankur is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District and UCLA. After earning a B.S. in 2007 and briefly making regular public comments at City Hall, he taught English in South Korea to elementary aged students, English to university students and adults in China, and traveled through India.
After returning to Los Angeles in 2010, he sold solar panels, studied ants in the desert publishing a peer-reviewed scientific article, earned a master’s degree focusing on transportation from California State University, Northridge (in District 45), and worked for the National Union of Healthcare Workers in 2012-2013 at Kaiser Permanent. Ankur ran for Los Angeles City Controller in 2013 election and later worked for Food and Water Watch before running for School Board in 2015. He has spent the last 3 years employed by the LA Unified School District.