Our Story Begins Here

The Partnership launched in 2007 as a collaboration between LA Unified, our founding donors Richard and Melanie Lundquist, the City of Los Angeles, and other public and private partners. Today, our story continues as we strive to accelerate achievement for the students in our schools and across our school system.

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August, 2007

Partnership launches

Los Angeles officials, District administrators, donors and community partners collaborate to create a new 501(c)3 non-profit supporting LA schools.

September, 2007

Lundquist gift announced

Melanie and Richard Lundquist announce a 10-year, $50 million founding gift to ensure the Partnership’s sustainability.

July, 2008

Partnership begins managing schools

The Partnership launches with ten initial schools in the network.

July, 2009

Mendez joins the Partnership

Mendez High School, a newly-built campus in Boyle Heights, joins the Partnership for the 2009-10 school year.

July, 2010

Three additional schools join

Huerta Elementary and Carver Middle School in South LA, and Griffith Joyner Elementary in Watts, join the Partnership.

July, 2011

Jordan joins the Partnership

Jordan High School in Watts joins the Partnership.

October, 2012

Partnership MOU renewed

The Partnership’s initial Memorandum of Understanding with LA Unified is renewed, affirming the progress at Partnership schools.

June, 2013

Joan Sullivan named CEO

Joan Sullivan, former LA Deputy Mayor of Education and founding principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters, succeeds Marshall Tuck as Partnership CEO.

April, 2014

Reed settlement reached

Reed v. California is settled, providing additional supports to 36 high-need LA Unified schools, including six Partnership schools.

July, 2015

Parent College grows

Parent College expands to new school networks in LA and beyond, serving additional communities for the 2015-16 school year.

August, 2015

The Partnership welcomes 107th Street

107th Street Elementary in Watts joins the Partnership.

October, 2015

Cruz settlement reached

The CA Board of Education settles Cruz v. California, providing thousands of students at high-need schools with many extra hours of instruction.

August, 2016

Partnership network expands again

20th Street and Grape Street, elementary schools in South LA and Watts, join the Partnership.

Our Mission and Goals

Our mission is to transform schools and revolutionize school systems to empower all students with a high-quality education. We have accelerated student achievement while scaling successes across our network and beyond. Looking forward, we have set the following ambitious goals to guide us towards 2020.

Student Achievement

Double proficiency rates in Math and English Language Arts.

Ensuring Success

Exceed the LA Unified graduation rate and have half of our seniors accepted to a 4-year college.

Build a Movement

Build a movement to transform schools with support from more than two-thirds of our school and classroom leaders.

Systems Change

Champion more equitable district policies and practices, that cut the achievement gap for the highest-need schools in LA Unified.

Sustainability

Ensure that our organization is sustainable.

Our Team

The Partnership staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, but each team member is driven by our mission and works as an advocate for equity. The Partnership team includes educators, school leaders, lawyers, policy experts, non-profit professionals and more. Our combined expertise allows us to draw upon best practices from across the education sector and beyond in service of our students and families.

  • Our Staff
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Executive Leadership Team

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Ian Guidera

Chief Academic Officer

Over the past 20 years, I’ve taught every grade and subject K-8, served as a middle school principal, and directed a school and district turnaround center — all of which have led me to being Chief Academic Officer of the Partnership’s Academics Team. I began my career teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools, and in 2003 joined KIPP Academy of Opportunity (KAO) as a founding teacher, where I earned KIPP's teacher of the year award. I later become the principal after attending the KIPP Leadership Program at UC-Berkeley in partnership with National-Louis University, earning a Master’s in Administration and Supervision. During my tenure at KIPP, I also received a Doctorate in Education Leadership at UCLA. Deeply, I believe our democracy requires striving for a true meritocracy, which can only be achieved once we have justice and equity in all our schools. The work of the Partnership is at the core of who I am, yet if I was forced to do something not in education, would be happy competing in expeditionary races, playing in the NBA, or being a full time dad.

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Shauwea Hamilton

Chief External Relations Officer

From the bottom of my heart, I believe that all kids can achieve at the highest levels. I am excited to bring over 15 years of external affairs and communications experience to my role as Chief External Relations Officer, where I work to spotlight our organization, model, and successes across a variety of stakeholders to ensure our sustainability and to build our influence in the education sector. I have worked in a variety of sectors including public education, energy, and healthcare, and most recently served as the Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships and the Superintendent’s Office at Newark Public Schools (NPS), New Jersey’s largest school district. Prior to joining NPS, I was the Manager of Community Affairs at Public Service Enterprise Group, an energy company, where I also served as the Program Officer for the Corporate Foundation in both Education and Community & Economic Development. I received my BA in Psychology and Art History from Rutgers University and earned a graduate Certificate in Communications from LaSalle University, with a focus on Public Relations. I hold an MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business with concentrations in Marketing and Management. I’m a Jersey girl, a collector of experiences, an avid reader, and a world traveler.

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Joan Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer

I am grateful to serve as the CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. I previously served as Los Angeles’ Deputy Mayor of Education, where I worked closely with the superintendent and school board to support the nation’s second largest school district. I arrived in Los Angeles after spending more than a decade in the South Bronx as the founding principal of a high-poverty, high-performing public secondary school - the Bronx Academy of Letters - and as a high school social studies teacher. Before entering the classroom I worked on Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign, documenting my experiences in a memoir entitled An American Voter, published in 2002. I began my career working for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a New York City agency charged with investigating police misconduct. I hold a M.S. in School Leadership and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Yale College, where I earned All-American honors in lacrosse.

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Mikelle Willis

Chief Strategy & Operating Officer

I am most passionate about people and equity. These are the key ingredients to bring about transformational change and where I feel I can have the greatest impact in this work. For the past two decades I focused on a wide variety of experiences such as school leadership, leadership development, and organizational strategy. This includes over 17 years of experience in K-12 education, including a strong balance of school-site and system-level leadership. I began my career teaching at Jane Addams Elementary School in Long Beach before joining Teach for America, Los Angeles as Director of Operational Support. I then spent five years as a middle school principal before becoming the Director of New Site Development at the KIPP Foundation, and most recently served as the Senior Director, Principal Preparation Programs, where I oversaw the leadership development of all aspiring school leaders for KIPP nationally. I received an MBA from Pepperdine University.

At the Partnership, I work to ensure ALL students have access to an education that will afford them an equal chance in life by overseeing talent, finance, operations, technology and ourlegal strategy. In my free time, I love lifting heavy weights and spending time outside in the sun.

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Academic Team

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Rachel Bonkovsky

Senior Director of School Transformation

I come to the Partnership by way of Boston Public Schools and Los Angeles Unified. I have over 16 years of experience in education, which began as a secondary science teacher and later principal in Boston, before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 and joining LAUSD as Director of the Pilot School Initiative. At LAUSD I also worked in the Superintendent’s Office as Program and Policy Development Advisory and as the Executive Director of the Division of Intensive Support and Intervention. I hold a BA in Biology and English from Amherst College, a Masters in education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Outside of work I'm all about being a great mom and partner with some hiking thrown in on the side.

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Willa Clifton-Posey

Coordinator of School Transformation

Prior to joining the Partnership I served in districts that mirror the communities I am now fortunate enough to serve in a larger capacity. I have over 17 years in education, beginning with the Inglewood Unified School District, followed by serving in several roles at the district level which included coaching teachers, administrators, and providing professional development around K-12 English Language Arts Instruction, curriculum, and support for English language learners. Two years ago, I returned to the classroom as a Partnership teacher, Common Core Lead, and Blended Learning Model teacher at Joyner Elementary School. I obtained a BA in Sociology from California State University Dominguez Hills, an MEd from National University, and an MS in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University. Outside of work I am a proud wife, mother, and Mimi to Sir Alex; reader, walker, tea enthusiast and avid slam poetry audience member.

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Beth Davis-Dillard

Director of School Transformation

My career in education has given me the opportunity to serve varied and diverse communities in New York City and Los Angeles as both a teacher and school leader. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I had the honor of serving as the founding principal of Success Academy Bed-Stuy 2, an elementary school in Brooklyn. I am passionate about supporting public schools to provide the best possible education to all students, regardless of the zip code in which they live. My belief that every single child deserves access to a phenomenal public education, and is capable of learning at the highest of levels, has always guided my work in education.

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Tanya Franklin

Director of School Culture & Restorative Communities

Supporting school culture and restorative practices is an incredibly meaningful and relevant way for me to promote educational and racial equity for all young people. As a social justice educator/lawyer serving in the school district I attended as a student and taught in as a middle school teacher, I’m privileged to work alongside change-makers in classrooms, on school teams, and across the city. I first worked at the Partnership as an Education Pioneer in the summer of 2011 and then part-time during my final two years in law school, where I also served as the inaugural UCLA School of Law Education Law Public Service Fellow at Mental Health Advocacy, Services, Inc. In addition to my J.D. from UCLA School of Law, I hold an M.A. from Loyola Marymount University and B.A. from Columbia University. I serve in leadership roles on Teach For America’s Alumni of Color Collective, the Education Pioneers Los Angeles Alumni Board, and the Del Rey Neighborhood Council. In my free time, I like to distance train: half marathons, 15+ mile hikes, road trips, and long novels.

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Jeffrey Garrett

Senior Director of Leadership Development

Prior to the Partnership, I spent my career in urban education working primarily in New York City as the Principal of the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, which consistently produced some of New York City’s highest college readiness metrics. Prior to that, I worked as an instructional leadership coach, and a high school social studies teacher in East Harlem and the South Bronx. I began my career as a college admissions officer at my alma mater Dartmouth College (Go Green!). A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota I firmly believe in the importance of a quality, public education in a democratic society.

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Marcus Hughes

Coordinator of Teacher Leadership

A native of South LA and father of three, I am passionate about ensuring an excellent education for all kids in our city. I was drawn to the Partnership’s mission to transform schools and revolutionize school-systems.I join the team with over a decade of educational experience, most recently coaching and developing teachers for Teach For America. Entering my final year of LMU’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice doctoral program, I hope to find time to enjoy my other passion of coaching youth sports.

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Felix Jones

Coordinator of School Transformation

Prior to joining the Partnership, I spent 14 years in education in Fontana as a middle and high school special education math teacher and a math intervention specialist. What excites me about working with Partnership schools is the potential I see; the teacher leaders and support staff exhibit a commitment and dedication that I haven’t experienced in my 15 years of being an educator. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family.

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Karlo Silbiger

Coordinator of College-Going Culture

As the Coordinator of College-Going Culture, I work with teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and community partners at all 18 schools (K-12) to support our students in preparing for and transitioning to college after graduation. Previously, I was a classroom teacher for 16 years in Los Angeles and Boston, teaching Music and Social Studies classes, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. I also ran the College Readiness program, working with all Juniors and Seniors to prepare for and complete their college application process. I received my Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Social Studies Education from Boston University. My Master’s Degree is in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. Most recently, I received my Doctorate of Education Leadership from UCLA, focusing on union and management collaboration in reforming teacher evaluation. I am also very active in my Culver City community, where I served for four years as an elected member of the School Board, and where I currently serve on their Homelessness Committee.

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Katy Reiter

Coordinator of School Transformation

Prior to joining the Partnership, I was a proud teacher, instructional coach and administrator within the Los Angeles Unified School District. I taught for 12 years in various grade levels, in Local District East. After my years in the classroom, I became an Instructional Coach in Local District South. Most recently, I was a Common Core Expert and then an Assistant Principal in Local District Central. I was drawn to the Partnership because my passion lies in ensuring a high quality education for all students, especially those in high-needs areas. I attended California State University, Northridge, where I obtained a BA in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After teaching for a few years, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Education Administration and an Administrative Services Credential from National University. In my free time, I love to read, binge watch Netflix, and beach camp with my husband and 3 daughters.

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Erick Marquez

Manager of Blended Learning

The Partnership allows me the amazing opportunity to give back to the inner-city community that I grew up in. I previously worked for CSU-Dominguez Hills as the Program Coordinator for a hybrid teacher credential program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Prior to this experience, I worked in business development for small businesses and in engineering at Northrop Grumman. I joined the Partnership as a Broad Resident, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from UT-Austin.

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Joy Min

Coordinator of School Transformation

After ten years of teaching and growing as a math educator at Roosevelt High School, I joined the Partnership in 2015 to continue my professional growth and expand my reach for the students of Los Angeles. I strongly believe in the power of caring and effective teachers who can empower our students to become agents of change for themselves and their communities. At Roosevelt I served as the math department chair and taught all levels of math from Math Tutorial Lab to AP Calculus BC. I received my B.S. in Mathematics and Masters of Education at UCLA and am currently in the process of becoming a triple Bruin through the Partnership Leadership Fellows at UCLA's Principal Leadership Institute. When I am not buried in amazing social justice readings, I love to eat healthy (with dessert…) and work out!

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Myeisha Phillips

Senior Coordinator of School Transformation

Prior to joining the Partnership, I worked for UCLA Center X as a Math Coach, Teacher Leader, Professional Development Provider, and Institute Director. As an educator for the past 14 years, I bring a wealth of knowledge and support to the Partnership. I began my career as a teacher at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and did both my undergraduate and graduate study at UCLA, receiving a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a Minor in Education, and a Masters in Education with a focus on Urban Schools. I have a strong passion for math and I believe that all students can achieve at high levels.

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Karin Rinderknecht

Director of School Transformation

I recently relocated back to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C. after serving three years as a Director of School Support for the Achievement Network, an innovative national reform organization that provides direct coaching and services to school leaders and instructional teams. Prior to that, I taught high school English for seven years at three different schools - Green Dot Ralph Bunche Charter, Orthopaedic Hospital Magnet (both in L.A.), and Brandeis HS (in New York City). I am a bookworm at heart, so my drive to support literacy practices and outcomes for the students at Partnership schools comes in part from my own love of reading. I attended Yale for my undergraduate degree and City College for my Masters in education. Outside of my job, I love to travel, eat good food and spend time with my family.

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Julie Stefan Lindsay

Coordinator of School Transformation

With my background in secondary teaching and coaching, I joined the Partnership to be part of a mission-driven organization that supports underserved students and school communities in a sustainable way. I taught ELA and Humanities before becoming a coach and coordinator, and I specialize in educational leadership, professional development, disciplinary literacy, and evidence-based instructional practices. I am currently an Ed.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at UCLA and enjoy reading, baking, fitness activities, and spending time with my husband and daughter.

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Ada Stevens

Senior Director of School Transformation

As a 30+ year veteran LAUSD teacher and administrator, my passion for public education and lifting students out of poverty brought me to the Partnership. I am passionate about challenging the status quo and serving our students, families and communities. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking and gardening.

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Nychelle Toussaint

Coordinator of School Transformation

I have 15 years of experience as an elementary educator, including time as a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, grade level chair and coach. I most recently served as a lead teacher for 3rd grade English Language Arts at KIPP Empower Academy in Inglewood, and have a deep knowledge of literacy instruction and curriculum, blended learning, and culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. Education is lifelong curiosity that builds growth and development. Curiosity pushes my passion for literacy to be provided to all scholars in an innovated model, because they deserve it. I am excited to be a part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to join in the effort of transforming and revolutionizing schools. This is the only way that our children will be college ready and leaders for the future. When I am not working I am busy loving my three beautiful sons, trying new recipes, making time to laugh, and having fun.

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Francisco Villegas

Director of School Transformation

I became an educator to provide disenfranchised children with an excellent education that will empower them to make positive change in their lives and the lives of others. Prior to joining the Partnership I worked with the Colton School District, Bloomington High School, for twelve years as a master math teacher (teaching everything from pre-algebra to AP calculus BC), department chair, and Saturday school coordinator. My passion is working with young people, living in generational poverty, to support their development as confident individuals who see investing in themselves and their communities as a worthwhile and necessary effort. My work with teachers and school leaders is to support them in doing this work.

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Julija Zubac

Manager of Restorative Communities

I am a social justice educator who integrates my passion for teaching, education policy, and restorative justice to advocate for equity. Prior to joining the Partnership, I was an Education Pioneers Fellow with LAUSD, where I served as a strategic planner in the Office of Government Relations, helping design a year-round LCAP community engagement strategy. My career in education began ten years ago in the classroom, teaching social studies at Rosemead High School in the San Gabriel Valley and Locke High School in Watts. I hold a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!) and an MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University. A native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I am passionate about contributing to a more peaceful and just world. Outside of work, I am a devoted auntie, an avid traveler, and an arts enthusiast.

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External Relations Team

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Lydia Abell

Executive Associate

I am a recent Angeleno, having moved out to California after receiving my master’s degree from Texas A&M University. During my time at A&M I worked as both a teaching and research assistant, and also served as a representative on various recruiting and hiring committees. My background is in writing and research, particularly in the arts, and I graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 2013 with Bachelors in both Theatre Arts and English Literature. When I’m not busy working, I love exploring Los Angeles, cooking, reading (Harry Potter… always), and snuggling with my dog, Gus.

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Viviann Anguiano

Manager of Parent Advocacy

I am excited to join the Partnership as Manager of Parent Advocacy. I recently completed my master’s degree in Education Policy & Management at Harvard. Previously I worked as a college access counselor and community outreach specialist with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and as assistant director of admissions at Loyola University in Chicago.

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L.J. Carusone

Director of Development

I have always had a passion for social justice and believe education is a key to promoting critical thinking and reducing inequality. Before joining the Partnership, I lived in central Mexico, where I raised funds to establish an Internet company that serves rural communities. I have also worked independently as a consultant for many years fundraising for political campaigns and social justice organizations, including coalition building and grassroots organizing throughout California to push for gender parity and LGBT equality. I am a native of upstate New York and hold a BA in English from the University of Vermont. When I’m not busy securing investments to move our work forward, I enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, spending time with my dog, and reading about the latest science discoveries in astronomy, archaeology and space exploration.

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Lauro Denis Cons III

Manager of Family and Community Engagement

In my role, I work alongside school leaders to develop practices that will enhance parent engagement and promote student success on their campuses. I most recently served a Thomas Murphy Research Fellow with The San Diego Foundation, working to make green spaces more accessible to community members and to engage youth in efforts to protect natural assets. I am a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP), with training as a community mediator, with a background in youth leadership development and experience in grassroots community organizing. I was born and raised in Downtown Los Angeles and received a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies with a Minor in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. I am a social revolutionary at heart who enjoys anything science fiction-related.

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Cathy Kralik

Director of Communications

I am proud to serve as the Partnership's Director of Communications, and am joining the Partnership with nearly 20 years of communications experience, including on the agency side as well as in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Most recently, I served as Director of Internal and Change Communications at World Vision International, a non-profit focused on global relief, development, and advocacy dedicated to improving the lives of children, their families and communities in 98 countries.

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Virginia Lee

Director of Family & Community Engagement

I am honored to serve as the Partnership's Director of Family and Community Engagement. My life’s work is to support families and communities to be healthy and thrive, and I have worked with non-profits, government, health organizations, and foundations on public health and social justice issues including violence, food access, active living, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use. Prior to joining the Partnership, I was the Senior Manager for Urban Peace Institute and Advancement Project. I also convened the Watts Regional School Safety Collaborative with the goal of promoting safe passage for students and implemented the Watts Latino Leadership Institute which focused on increasing civic engagement among immigrant residents. Quality education is an issue close to my heart, and I am excited to serve and support school communities in reaching their fullest potential.

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Claudia Martinez

Senior Manager of Family and Community Engagement

I joined the Partnership in September 2013, and have dedicated my professional work in building college ready students by advising youth, implementing academic and enrichment programs, and supporting families and schools. I previously worked as Regional Supervisor for Youth Services at the Youth Policy Institute (YPI), and have also worked at Families in Schools and as a college advisor. I am an Education Pioneer Graduate Fellow, and received my Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in nonprofit management and BA in Sociology with a minor in Chicano/a Studies from California State University, Northridge. Outside of work, I love to hike the mountains that surround LA and for the last 6 years I’ve chaired a memorial youth scholarship program that has brought thousands of dollars to deserving teens.

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Nancy Peponis

Manager of Development

Born in Chicago — Go Cubs! — I love Los Angeles because of its palm trees, open outlook and brilliant light. I am proud to have contributed to our city as the the National Immigration Law Center's first director of development and executive director of Learning Rights Law Center, and now as Manager of Development at the Partnership. I am a board member of the SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena, and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. I enjoy music (indie rock, college radio), silent films (Weimar Republic), reading (punk rock, history) and Mexican mochas (extra chocolate).

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Nell Wickstrom

Associate of Academic Programs

While studying for my B.A. at DePaul University in Chicago, I developed a passion for social justice through getting involved in communities through service work and an internship with a local non-profit. Though I spent two years after college working in digital media and communications, I could never shake a deep feeling of commitment to social justice; this feeling motivated me to intentionally shift my professional focus, leading me to spend ten months serving in an East Los Angeles middle school as a City Year Americorps member. Serving in Americorps provided clarity on the shift I needed to make in my career trajectory in order to pursue my passion for equitable opportunities for young people, and social justice in general. At the Partnership, I am able to utilize my skills and grow within an organization committed to equity in education. When I’m not working, I love to eat my way through LA, enjoy the occasional hike, and play with my very high energy cat, Fran!

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Bertrand Perdomo-Ucles

Manager of Family & Community Engagement

Prior to joining the Partnership, I taught 3rd grade in Anthony, New Mexico. Before teaching, I volunteered as an organizing fellow for Obama for America and led civic engagement efforts as a Program Manager for USC Kid Watch, USC Family of Schools, and the USC Safety Task Force. I earned a B.S. Public Policy, Management, and Planning and a minor in Public Health from USC, and in 2010, I was a Fellow at the UC Berkeley Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute. I enjoy learning about the economy, playing soccer, and drinking coffee with a friend.

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Rubi Fregoso

Manager of Arts Education

As the Partnership's Manager of Arts Education, I am focused on the development and implementation of an arts education pilot in our network of schools. My passion stems from early work as a community activist, where I learned the power of the arts and media to forge a space for community identity and action. Over the past 17 years I’ve worked in formal and informal educational settings facilitating opportunities for youth to find their voice and empowering educators to use art & media to enrich their classrooms. My goal in all my endeavors is to harness the power of creativity and innovation and use it as a catalyst to empower students of all ages to see themselves as community leaders. Previously, I was the Manager for 21st Century Learning with Woodcraft Rangers, building partnerships with local colleges and universities and managing the curriculum team’s work to integrate the visual and performing arts with STEM. Prior to that I served as Director of Education for the KCET public television digital series Departures Youth Voices, working closely with students, teachers, and community members to tell their stories and address the needs of communities throughout Los Angeles. In addition I have worked as an associate producer for education and national outreach on several children’s television programs. I started on my path in education as a film teacher with LAUSD at Van Nuys High School Performing Arts Magnet, and I received my education at CSU Long Beach and UCLA.

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Ruby Ramirez

UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellow 2017-2018

I am proud to serve as a UCLA Luskin Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, as I complete my final year of a dual-degree Master’s degree program in Social Welfare and Public Policy. As a committed social justice advocate, first generation college graduate, and product of LAUSD, the experiences of the families the Partnership serves resonate deeply with me. Eliminating barriers in the pursuit of educational equity drives my work and will drive my future policy practice where I hope to impact families in the early care and education sector, so that children enter school prepared to succeed in K-12 and beyond. Prior to joining the Partnership and entering graduate school I worked in non-profit management in Portland, Oregon supporting organizations that champion education.

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Sima Alimadadian

Associate of Development

I’ve always believed that a good education is the keystone of the American Dream and as a product of "Blue Ribbon" public schools, I’ve seen firsthand what our educational systems should look like for all children. My passion for equitable educational opportunities led me to my volunteer positions as a mentor with Kid City Hope Place, a college-access organization in downtown Los Angeles, and as part of the fundraising committee for its parent organization, the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation. I come to the Partnership and the non-profit world from a career in the entertainment industry, where I represented writers for film and television and exercised my advocacy muscles in a completely different way. I’m a proud alum of the University of Southern California and outside of the office, you’ll find me obsessing over Trojan football and Dodger baseball.

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Chase Stafford

Director of Policy & Planning

I’ve worked in several different fields, including research, industrial supplies and international development, but what brought me to the Partnership is a deep commitment to social justice. I love our work because of the dual impact we have – on the schools we directly work with and on the broader system we work within. I previously worked in Ghana as Deputy Country Director of Innovations for Poverty Action, and I received a Masters in International Affairs from UC San Diego and a BA in History from Stanford University. Outside of work I love to run on mountain trails, enjoy the amazing diversity of food in Los Angeles, and play with my sons.

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Shirley Vilca

Associate of Family and Community Engagement

My excitement for my work at the Partnership stems from my passion for empowering young people, education and social change. My background includes case management work with at-risk and refugee youth in Seattle, teaching music to incarcerated youth in Western Washington, crisis counseling for young LGBTQ communities, and delivering LGBTQ literature to educators and students nationwide. I received a liberal arts education at The Evergreen State College and hold a Masters in Nonprofit Management. When I’m not busy organizing the next Parent College, you can find me volunteering as a crisis counselor for LGBT*Q youth, walking my dog Carlos, or catching up on some bad TV.

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Diana Wiley

Manager of Family Engagement Programs

My passion is to create dynamic learning experiences that empower parents and engage communities. Prior to joining the Partnership, I was a Program Manager at Families In Schools, and my role overseeing Parent College at the Partnership allows me to combine this passion with my project management superpowers to transform education for all students. I hold a BA in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and am an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship. I am a lover of good food, books, yoga, and thrift stores.

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Operations Team

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Claire Brown

Director of Talent Management

My personal mission is to ensure that Partnership students get access to the most skilled, curious, and inspiring teachers and school leaders out there. Our team seeks to understand the barriers and obstacles to hiring and keeping the best, in order to develop creative solutions for the short and long-term. I started my career as a third grade teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, and hold a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In my free time, I love exploring Southern California, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and going on adventures with my husband.

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Adam Fletcher

Senior Director of Operations, General Counsel

Prior to joining the Partnership, I was a Senior Associate at Irell & Manella, LLP, where I was responsible for leading large trial teams and took part in pro bono work, including participating on the board of an aspiring charter school, representing victims of mortgage fraud, and working to ensure that veterans receive appropriate health care and benefits. After practicing law for several years, I came to the Partnership because I wanted to spend my time working on the most important issue facing our society today – ensuring that all children have a great education. I come from a family of public school teachers, so coming to the Partnership was a chance to return to my roots. I received a master's degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Alice Gualpa

Senior Manager of Data and Impact

I am passionate about public education and have spent my career focused on using data to improve the educational opportunities for students, working as Senior Analyst with the California Charter Schools Association and an analyst with the Los Angeles Unified School District. I received my B.S. degree in Statistics from San Francisco State University and M.A. in Education from Cal State LA. Outside of work I enjoy reading, hiking, spending time with my husband and two daughters… and I am a proud roller derby parent and fan. Go Angel City!

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Icela Santiago

Associate of Talent and School Operations

I grew up on the Mexican-American border learning to navigate both languages and cultures. As a first generation college graduate from UCLA, I have a passion for empowering all people to access and enjoy learning and education. This passion lead me to serve two years with City Year at Edwin Markham Middle School, where I reinforced my desire to be a part of this cause greater than myself. Joining the Partnership has allowed me to continue and expand my contributions to improve the quality of education for all students.

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Arturo Nagar

Senior Director of Finance and Business Affairs

My background building and growing start ups, small business enterprises, and consulting firms, with everyone from home owners to public agencies as clients, helped prepare me for the challenges I face at the Partnership. I previously served as Office Manager at The Solis Group, overseeing the administration and accounting departments of three businesses and one private foundation while also working 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. What doesn’t translate from the private sector, and what drew me into the Partnership, is the sense of fulfillment I enjoy from tackling the challenges day-to-day. I hold two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Communications and one in Philosophy, from Fordham University in New York.

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Amber Watson

Associate of Operations

I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Writing. During my time there, I tutored elementary school students which peaked my interest in education policy. I would go on to work for both non-profit and political organizations before finding my place in the Partnership.

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Margery Weller

Senior Manager of Talent

My desire to ensure that all students are college and career ready brought me to this work. I joined the Partnership having served in several capacities within the Los Angeles Unified School District, from Teacher’s Assistant, Teacher, Coordinator, to my most recent role of Assistant Principal, Elementary Instructional Specialist (APEIS). During my twenty plus years of school site experience I've worked in the Van Nuys, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles and Watts communities. I have a Bachelors degree in History from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from National University. I believe it takes a high quality teacher with limitless love to inspire students to achieve, and it excites me that I get the opportunity to identify and assess teacher talent on a daily basis.

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Marc Wilson

Manager of Strategy & Operations

A native of Los Angeles, I previously served as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP and Paramount Pictures. I joined the Partnership as a Broad Resident and am thrilled to be a part of the Partnership team as we generate real change and help ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. I received a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, where I graduated with honors. Outside of work I love spending my time outdoors exploring all of the amazing things that Los Angeles has to offer with my wife and three children.

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Aileen Adams

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Kent Caldwell-Meeks

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Cyrus Hadidi

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Lindsey Kozberg

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Dan Lefler

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Sara Leimbach-Hollingsworth

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Melanie Lundquist

Board Vice-Chair

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Matt Miller

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Raul Ruiz

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Peter Sanders

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Diana Torres

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Marshall Tuck

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Carolyn Webb de Macias

Board Chair

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Alex Kim

Edwin Markham Middle School

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Luis Barraza

Sunrise Elementary School

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Mauro Bautista

Mendez High School

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LaTasha Buck

Carver Middle School

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Daniel Carrillo

Figueroa Street Elementary School

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Jose Espinoza

MSTMA at Roosevelt High School

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Estela Lopez

Dolores Huerta Elementary School

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Mario Garcielita

20th Street Elementary School

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Ben Gertner

Roosevelt High School

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Leo Gonzalez

Stevenson Middle School

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Melanie Edmond

Griffith Joyner Elementary School

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Carlos Montes

David Starr Jordan High School

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Keith Nakano

Grape Street Elementary School

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Katherine Nelson

107th Street Elementary School

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Michelle Rappino

Ritter Elementary School

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Randy Romero

Hollenbeck Middle School

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Courtney Sawyer

99th Street Elementary School

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Susana Ansley-Gutierrez

Santee Education Complex