The Partnership Staff
Board Officers (non-voting)
Phyllis Bradford joined the Partnership after 25 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Over the course of her career, Ms. Bradford has served as an elementary teacher, a Title One Coordinator, an assistant principal and an elementary school principal. In addition to her school site experience, she brings seven years of administrative experience in Human Resources. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University-Hayward, a teaching credential from the University of California-Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Education from Pepperdine University. She now serves as the Partnership’s Senior Director of Human Resources.
Claire Brown recently completed a Master of Public Policy degree at USC, where she focused on education policy issues. Over the past two years, she co-directed USC’s ReadersPlus tutoring program for the University Park neighborhood elementary schools and was part of the 2010 Education Pioneers fellowship program. Additionally, Ms. Brown served as a member of a USC practicum team that researched a variety of talent management strategies for LAUSD. She began her career as a third grade teacher with Teach For America in Phoenix after having completed her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
L.J. Carusone is the Development Manager with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Before joining the Partnership, he was living in central Mexico where he raised funds to establish an Internet company that serves rural communities. Mr. Carusone also worked independently as a consultant for many years fundraising for political campaigns and social justice organizations. He is committed to civil rights and has worked extensively on coalition building and grassroots organizing throughout California to push for gender parity and LGBT equality. A native of upstate New York, Mr. Carusone holds a BA in English from the University of Vermont.
Luz Maria Castellanos is the Communications Manager. She has over a decade of experience working in public relations and marketing. She kicked off her career as a publicist in New York City managing campaigns for international music stars and later headed up publicity for the launch of Si TV. She helped re-launch NBC Universal's highly successful Latino network mun2 and between 2008-2011 Ms. Castellanos was President and Founder of LMC Media Consulting, a dynamic agency dedicated to developing and executing successful public relations and marketing campaigns in the U.S. with a focus on the growing bilingual Latino market. Luz Maria is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.
Carl Christopher joined the Partnership in August 2011 and is currently the Director of Operations and Impact. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic delivery of high quality operational support and data management to the Partnership schools. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Christopher was an Executive Director at Kaplan Inc., where he was responsible for managing school operations as part of Kaplan's Higher Education division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Christopher was also an Associate Director at the Stanford University School of Education, where he supported education reform efforts in school redesign, small school start-ups and performance assessment. Mr. Christopher holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics from UC San Diego. He enjoys golf, running and travel in his spare time, and loves spending time with his wife Cristina, son Casey and daughter Courtney.
Doc Ervin has dedicated his career in education to setting a high standard of excellence that is conducive to increasing student achievement in every classroom, every day, every year. Prior to joining the Partnership staff, Mr. Ervin served as principal at a high performing high school, Heritage College Ready Academy High School, which outperformed all local high schools by 120 API points. Prior to his appointment as principal of Heritage, Mr. Ervin was Principal at Colton High School and Yucca Valley High School. During his career, he has also served as an Assistant Principal as well as a teacher at Mesa Verde Middle School in Poway Unified School District. Mr. Ervin holds a Masters in Education Administration and a Bachelors in Liberal Studies.
Adam Fletcher will serve as Manager of Strategy and Special Projects at the Partnership. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing strategic planning to improve the Partnership's interaction with LA Unified and other key external partners and to drive system-wide policy change. Mr. Fletcher is also a current Broad Resident. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Fletcher was a Senior Associate at Irell & Manella, LLP, one of the nation's top law firms, where he was responsible for leading large trial teams representing many Fortune 500 corporations in matters with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. Mr. Fletcher also devoted himself to pro bono work, including participating on the board of an aspiring charter school and representing an organization working on behalf of charter schools, representing victims of mortgage fraud, and working to ensure that veterans receive appropriate health care and benefits. Mr. Fletcher holds a master's degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he graduated with honors.
Sergio Flores comes to us with a variety of leadership experiences over the past nineteen years. Since 2010, he has served as assistant superintendent in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District where he led the human resources division and also worked directly with principals on their instructional programs. Prior to his time in Santa Maria, Mr. Flores served as principal at Fontana High School (Fontana Unified), William Workman High School and Sparks Middle School (Hacienda-La Puente Unified), and started his career as a bilingual teacher in the Pomona Unified District. While serving as principal, Mr. Flores built a track record of transforming schools by creating a strong student centered culture and increasing student achievement, particularly through growing students’ access to college-ready curriculum, increasing teacher leadership and collaboration, implementing strong talent management systems, and consistently using data to drive instructional decisions. He holds a BA in Spanish Linguistics and an MS in Education Administration from California State University, Fullerton and an Ed.D. in Leadership in Urban Schools from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Sofia Freire was the former Complex Principal at Roosevelt High School, and current Sr. Director of Transformation with the Partnership. Her position allows her to continue to work with Roosevelt while supporting and mentoring additional Partnership principals. She also leads the development of systems and structures to ensure Roosevelt’s small schools remain on the path to excellence.
Tatiana Gonzalez joined the Partnership team after being an intern and became part of the Instructional division a year ago. She previously held a three-year teaching assistant position at Grant Elementary School in Hollywood. She possesses an Associate’s degree from Pasadena City College and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Learning from Cal State University-Los Angeles.
Mark Kleger-Heine joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office in 2007 to help launch the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and is now the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Mark joined the Partnership after four years at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. At McKinsey, Mr. Kleger-Heine counseled senior executives in nonprofit, government and advocacy organizations on major strategic issues they were facing. He also advised senior management at large biotech and medical device companies.
Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Kleger-Heine was the Deputy Director for Project GRAD Los Angeles in the northeast San Fernando Valley. He also has worked in several community-based nonprofit organizations working in partnership with public schools, and he began his career teaching math to 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th graders in Brooklyn, New York. Mark graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Psychology. He is a graduate of the Broad Residency, received an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with a concentration in Domestic Policy.
A former teacher, Silvia Lopez is now the Partnership's Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement. Prior to her joining the Partnership, she worked at Sunrise Elementary School, coordinating the school's family engagement work for two years. Under her guidance, Sunrise was awarded the most creative and most improved school, she was awarded FACE Teacher of the Year during the 2011 FACE Awards as well. Ms. Lopez has 15+ years of teaching experience in Mexico and the United States, with 9 of those years at Sunrise as a Special Education Teacher. Ms. Lopez possesses Bachelor's Degree in General and Special Education, and a Master's Degree in Play-Family Therapy. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Administration at Concordia University, Irvine.
Anana Lozano joined the Partnership in October 2012 as an Instructional Coach. Ms. Lozano spends the majority of her time in the field working directly with teachers in all our elementary schools to support the implementation of our key strategic initiatives. Ms. Lozano has experience in varying grade levels in both district and charter schools and comes to the Partnership with a strong background in literacy and math. Ms. Lozano attended USC, where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching.
Karen Lucero is a Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement. Ms. Lucero taught for past six years and came to us from Gabriella Charter School where she was a fourth grade teacher. Prior to that, Ms. Lucero taught at our very own Ritter Elementary School where she had experience teaching at the third, fourth and fifth grade levels and was a a co-leader of the Ritter Family Action Team. She was also awarded the 2010 Family and Community Engagement Teacher of the Year at last year’s FACE Awards. She attended UC Irvine as an undergraduate and received her Master’s in Education at UCLA and multiple subject teacher credential.
Zoe Melczer joined The Partnership in May 2011. Prior to the Partnership, she worked in the development department of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. She is interested in enhancing educational and social opportunities for youth, having volunteered at Free Arts for Abused Children and The Chase Foundation. She received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University in Metropolitan Studies, and her Master of Public Administration from University of Southern California, with a focus in nonprofit management.
Arturo Nagar is the Office Manager for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mr. Nagar served as Office Manager at The Solis Group, overseeing the administration and accounting departments of three businesses and one private foundation. He served as a key advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, guiding the companies to their most profitable years in business during his tenure. In the early 2000's, Mr. Nagar worked as Campaign Manager for Pangaea Marketing, Inc. where he and his team lead the company in revenue generated from the moment he entered the company to the moment he left. Arturo holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Communications and one in Philosophy, from Fordham University in New York.
Katherine Nelson joined our team as Senior Director of School Transformation. Ms. Nelson will work directly with several of our elementary schools and lead our network efforts around effective teaching, including the teacher development/evaluation pilot.
Ms. Nelson comes to us with twenty years of professional experience, where for the past five years she served as the director of the Watts Learning Center Charter School. Under Ms. Nelson's leadership, Watts Learning Center maintained an API of over 800 for the past five years, was named the California Charter School of the Year in 2007 and received a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award in 2007-09.
Ms. Nelson started her career in LAUSD as a teacher at 96th Street School and also worked as an instructional coordinator at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary (both schools were part of the “10 Schools Program”) and as an assistant principal at both LaSalle Avenue and Wilmington Park Elementary Schools. Ms. Nelson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of data analysis, alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessments, teacher development and collaboration, and parent engagement – all critical areas for successful school transformation.
Marishka Nunez joined the Partnership in July 2012 as our new Director of Teacher Development. Ms. Nunez has a strong and varied background that has focused on teacher development from both the policy and practice perspective. Most recently she served as an instructional assistant principal at a Partnership to Uplift Communities (PUC) middle school where she focused primarily on teacher development and implementation of a multi measure evaluation process. Prior to her time at PUC, Ms. Nunez served as a School Director for Teach for America and as a teacher, intervention and literacy specialist for two high performing schools within the Aspire Public Schools network. Ms. Nunez began her teaching career at 49th Street Elementary where she served as a first and second grade teacher for four years. Additionally, Ms. Nunez served as an accreditation research intern with the Boston Plan for Excellence where she did extensive work with the Boston Teacher Residency, one of the premier urban teacher residency programs in the country. Ms. Nunez also served as an Education Pioneer with the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence and spent one year as the program coordinator for the Accelerated School and Wallis Annenberg High School in Los Angeles. Ms. Nunez attended Scripps College for her undergraduate program, UCLA Graduate School of Education for her teaching and administrative programs, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education for her degree in education policy and management.
Colleen Oliver is the Partnership's Chief Academic Officer (CAO) overseeing the organization's Instructional team. Prior to joining the Partnership, Ms. Oliver served as the Senior Program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Education Division (US Program). As a member of the effective teaching team, Ms. Oliver worked with the newly formed Intensive Partnership Sites (IPS) – a deep partnership that the foundation formed in 2009 with four sites (Memphis, Pittsburgh, Hillsborough County, a group of Charter Management Organizations in Los Angeles) to support effective teaching reforms. Ms. Oliver lead the IPS work in Memphis and also managed the foundation’s education grants in Chicago.
Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Oliver served as a regional director for instructional leadership and support with the KIPP Foundation. The majority of Ms. Oliver's career has been spent in public education. She served as the Middle School/K-8 Education Director with Seattle Public Schools and was a middle school principal, high school assistant principal, and teacher within the Shoreline School District which is located just north of Seattle.
Saskia Pallais is the Director of Family & Community Engagement for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. She leads the Partnership’s family and community engagement strategy, empowering thousands of parents to understand their roles, rights and responsibilities. Before joining the Partnership, Mrs. Pallais was the Director of Development with Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools in Washington DC. There, she helped the school expand from a single high school serving 250 students in temporary facilities to three permanent campuses serving 1,300 students. In 2007, Mrs. Pallais left DC to work for Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the first woman President. She worked as the State Scheduling Director in Nevada, California, Texas and Indiana. Prior to her work at the Chavez Schools, Mrs. Pallais worked with a private foundation on a program called Women Waging Peace Network, where she conducted research, training, and consultations for women leaders nationally and internationally. Mrs. Pallais holds a master in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a BA in theology and women’s studies from the University of Florida. Born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami, Mrs. Pallais brings a bi-cultural experience to her work.
Myeisha Phillips joined The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in late 2009. Prior to coming to the Partnership, Ms. Phillips worked for UCLA Center X as a Math Coach, Teacher Leader, Professional Development Provider, and Institute Director. Ms. Phillips continues to keep a very close relationship with UCLA Center X, primarily working with the UCLA Math Project and some work with UCLA Writing Project. Her most recent work with the UCLA Math Project includes serving as Co-Director of the Supporting Teachers to Increase Retention(STIR) Grant. Ms. Phillips' classroom experience includes seven years as a teacher at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. During this time she taught both 6th and 8th grade math/science, served as Math Intervention Coordinator and teacher, Computer Lab Teacher, and served on various other Leadership committees. She completed both her Undergraduate and Graduate work at UCLA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Minor in Education, and a Masters in Education with a focus on Urban Schools.
Stephanie Schmier has been working with under-performing schools as an instructional coach for the past 10 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher and technology coordinator in LAUSD. Most recently, Stephanie completed her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, during which time she worked as a literacy advisor in small high schools in the Bronx and taught university level teacher education courses. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Schmier coordinated and implemented technology professional development for K-12 teachers at the UCLA IMMEX project. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Rossier School of Education at USC. Dr. Schmier’s recent publications include Multimodal Pedagogies: Playing, Teaching, and Learning with Adolescents’ Digital Literacies and Multiliteracies in Action: Integrating Technology into the Balanced-Literacy Classroom.
Morgan Sheppard joined the Partnership in January 2013 as the Operations Associate. Before joining the Partnership, Ms. Sheppard managed a research project on the south coast of Kenya evaluating ways to improve reading skills in primary school through peer-to-peer learning methods. Prior to that position, her roles in education outside of the classroom included research, writing, and monitoring and evaluation for international non-profit organizations working in Africa and Latin America. Ms. Sheppard is a certified primary school teacher and has taught in a variety of public school classrooms including Durham, North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; Quito, Ecuador; and Muhuru Bay, Kenya. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and her Master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Patrick Sinclair joined the Partnership team in late 2009. For more than two decades, he has handled major public affairs, public relations and financial communications assignments for clients ranging from the governments of the Netherlands and Hong Kong, to corporations such as Aetna, Marsh, Inc., Jardine Matheson, Pacific Dunlop and Racal Electronics.
Mr. Sinclair worked for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as Executive Director of Progress LA, a city-wide campaign to reform the land use process. He has also served as head of investor and financial communications for Ketchum, and as a vice president at Gavin Anderson & Company. In addition to a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School, Patrick holds a BA degree from New York University. A native of Missouri, Patrick has three children and currently lives in Playa Del Rey, CA.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for LA Schools, Joan Sullivan oversees all aspects of the organization to ensure students receive a quality education. Prior to her post as CEO, Ms. Sullivan served as the Deputy Mayor of Education for Los Angeles. In that role, she oversaw Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s education policy agenda, working closely with the superintendent and board president to transform the nation’s second largest school district. She also oversaw the Partnership to accelerate student achievement at scale within the district’s lowest performing schools.
Ms. Sullivan previously spent over a decade in the South Bronx as the founding principal of a high-poverty, high-performing public secondary school and as a high school social studies teacher, helping during this time to create and support a network of small public schools. Before entering the classroom Ms. Sullivan worked on Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign, documenting her experiences in a memoir entitled An American Voter, published in 2002.
She began her career working for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a New York City agency charged with investigating police misconduct. Ms. Sullivan is a graduate of the Broad Fellowship for Education Leadership, holds a M.S. in School Leadership and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Yale College, where she earned All-American honors in lacrosse.
Erica Valencia recently completed her Master of Public Policy degree from USC’s Sol Price school of Public Policy, where she focused on social and urban development. During her time at USC, she conducted research on Public School Choice with the Rossier School of Education. Prior to joining the Partnership, she was the Workplace and Immigrant Rights Program Coordinator for a local non-profit in Orange County and worked to provide pathways to citizenship for immigrant families. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego with a major in International Studies and a minor in International Migration Studies. In her spare time, Erica enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Charlie.
Francisco Villegas has been with the Colton School District, Bloomington High School, for the past twelve years where he has served as a master math teacher (teaching everything from pre-algebra to AP calculus BC), department chair, and Saturday school coordinator. While at Bloomington, Mr. Villegas has consistently increased students’ math achievement, has provided ongoing PD, mentoring and support to all math teachers, and has led a district wide effort to align and enhance mathematics course offerings in order to position students for success. Additionally, over the past four years, Mr. Villegas has more than quadrupled the enrollment in his school’s AP Calculus program and has seen a 100% pass rate four years in a row. This achievement, in a high school with 90% students of color and 74% students eligible for free and reduced price meals, has earned him and his district honors from the College Board.
Margery Weller comes to the Partnership after having served in several capacities within the Los Angeles Unified School District, from Teacher’s Assistant, Teacher, Coordinator, to her most recent role of Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (APEIS). In preparation for her administrative position of APEIS, Ms. Weller was selected to work in LAUSD’s LEAD Academy program. During this time, she shadowed a high performing principal at Grape Street Elementary. During her twenty plus years of school site experience she’s worked in the Van Nuys, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles and Watts communities. Ms. Weller has a Bachelor’s degree in History from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration from National University.
Steve Wilhite is the Partnership’s Director of Educational Technology, a role that is the culmination of his nearly two decades of experience in the education technology domain. Mr. Wilhite began his career in education teaching communications at the high school, college and university levels, recognizing from the start the key role technology could play as a learning enabler. In his teaching and in his work with other educators, he experimented with and promoted the effective use of technology to enhance learner engagement, collaboration, research, critical and analytical thinking, assessment, and more. From 2000 until his joining the Partnership in 2013, Mr. Wilhite worked for various technology startups and large corporations in roles mainly focused on the development and implementation of blended learning programs. One of these roles sparked a deep appreciation for and knowledge of systems thinking, an affinity he applies in his work with the Partnership. Mr. Wilhite received his BA and MA in English from Cal State Long Beach, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His three children inspire him every day with their insights and experiences as highly successful students in public schools.
Adams has extensive administrative and public sector experience for more than three decades. In July 2009, then Mayor Villaraigosa appointed her as the City’s first Deputy Mayor of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, a new position created to provide a close link to the nonprofit and philanthropic communities and facilitate public/private partnerships to address major problems. Adams also oversaw two city departments: the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Public Libraries. Throughout her distinguished career, Adams has served as a member of California Governor Gray Davis’ Cabinet, was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Justice Department where she headed the Office for Victims of Crime, she also worked as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, and served as a Los Angeles City Fire Commissioner for over a decade. Ms. Adams also worked as an award-winning Los Angeles Police Technical Reserve Officer, and co-founded Stuart House, a nationally recognized center for sexually abused children.
Nancy Escobar is the first parent to serve on the Partnership Board of Trustees. She is passionate about education and committed to helping improve public schools in LAUSD. Mrs. Escobar lives within the attendance boundaries that the Partnership serves and two of her children attend Carver Middle School, a Partnership school. This provides her with a unique perspective to the challenges students face in historically low-performing schools. Mrs. Escobar works for Bank of America and is active in the company’s Los Angeles Volunteer Network that performs community service throughout the year.
Cyrus Hadidi is the co-portfolio manager and partner of JMB Capital, an investment firm based in Los Angeles. Along with his partner, he has grown this firm since its founding in 2002 from $32mm in assets to $1.5bn. Mr. Hadidi is a native of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with dual degrees in History and Rhetoric. After working as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers, he attended Harvard Business School and graduated with an MBA in 2002 being awarded the distinctions of both Baker Scholar and John Loeb Fellow in Finance. In addition to his professional responsibilities at JMB Capital, Mr. Hadidi is active in the philanthropic community in Los Angeles. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors for A Place Called Home, which is a community center for at-risk youth in South Central Los Angeles. In addition, he is focused on improving public education, and serves on the Board of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.
Trebor Jacquez has taught computer technology and design courses at Santee Education Complex since 2005. He has an enormous passion for improving student achievement. He inspires his students to achieve at exceptional levels and continually strives to improve his performance. Mr. Jacquez has held numerous leadership positions at Santee, including school site council member and leader of the APEX credit recovery program, which helped lead to a 12% increase in Santee’s 4-year graduation rate last year. Recognizing these and other accomplishments, he was nominated for teacher of the year by UTLA in 2006.
Melanie Lundquist is one of the leading philanthropists in Southern California, where she gives her support to various education and health care initiatives. Most notable among her philanthropic activities is her generous support of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. The Lundquists’ $50 Million gift to the Partnership is the largest private donation ever made to Los Angeles schools. Mrs. Lundquist is a founding member of the Board of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, past chair of the Advisory Board for Teach for America, and is co-chair of a $165 million capital campaign for the California Science Center. In addition, she is a significant donor to the Alliance for College-Ready Schools, a Los Angeles charter organization. She also lends her support to the Fulfillment Fund's endowment fund for college scholarships, and has taken active roles in Inner City Arts, United Friends of the Children, and Alliance for Children's Rights, among others. She established the Cardiovascular Institute at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center where she emphasizes women’s heart health.
Matt Miller is an author, columnist, radio host and consultant whose work focuses on solving some of our country’s toughest challenges. He has a wealth of public and private sector experience that he brings to his work and believes firmly that all students can learn at exceptional levels. Mr. Miller has held numerous senior-level public sector posts, including his service in the Clinton administration at the Office of Management and Budget. He was a White House Fellow and he consults regularly to corporations, foundations and government organizations. He is the author of “The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems In Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love,” other books and numerous columns in national periodicals. He also hosts the public radio show “Left Right & Center.”
As the senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports West and PRIME TICKET, Steve Simpson oversees all production, programming, advertising sales, marketing, communications, online and business operations of the 24-hour regional sports networks. Serving sports fans and the communities of Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii, FOX Sports West and PRIME TICKET together produce more than 800 live sporting events and 2,500 hours of original programming every year. In addition to the Partnership, Mr. Simpson serves on the Board for the LA Sports Council and the Advisory Board for the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission.
Lisa Stevens is an Executive Vice President and has national responsibilities across the country for Wells Fargo. Ms. Stevens is president for West Coast Regional Banking, which includes California and Oregon. She also oversees Customer Experience and Regional Marketing nationally for Regional Banking. In addition, she leads Small Business Banking for the company, which provides a full range of financial services to more than 2.7 million business customers with annual revenues up to $2 million. Ms. Stevens also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the San Francisco Opera, National Boys & Girls Club of America, California Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee of the California Business Roundtable, California Business for Education Excellence, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Advisory Committee for The Shriver Report and The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy.
Carolyn Webb de Macías recently completed 16 months as Chief of Staff in the office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the US Department of Education. She served in this capacity as a presidential appointee of President Barack Obama. As such, Ms. Webb de Macías was the primary advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Education and oversaw office management. Ms. Webb de Macías has a long history in education and politics. Ms. Webb de Macías’s background includes being appointed to the University of Southern California as Vice President for External Relations, serving as Senior Advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa providing counsel in a variety of areas, including education policy, gubernatorial appointee to the California African American Museum and Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.