Veronica Melvin, President & CEO
Veronica Melvin joined the LA Promise Fund, formerly LA’s Promise, as its CEO/President in November 2011. Passion, activism, empowerment, and learning are four key qualities that are present throughout Veronica Melvin’s dedicated work in the fields of education and health for children and families. These attributes, that have defined her life and career, are the reason why she received a Presidential appointment to a White House commission on educational excellence.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of LA Promise Fund, Melvin guides a dedicated, reform–minded education organization with a mission to raise private funds to improve public education opportunities across LA County, while simultaneously leading a network of schools in South Los Angeles.
Known for her organizational leadership and unwavering passion to uplift and empower communities, Veronica Melvin is a champion of children and families. Melvin envisions building a kindergarten-to-college pathway for our students and constructing a career pipeline laid upon a foundation of access to excellent academic, health, and enrichment opportunities for the LA Promise Fund youth in South Los Angeles. She also understands the needs of schools to be provided additional opportunities for students to access enrichment opportunities to ensure every child’s success.
Melvin has a solid track record of building effective coalitions comprising educators, students, parents, and community stakeholders who make a firm commitment to work collaboratively to constantly improve education opportunities for struggling populations of students.
Melvin served as Chief Operating Officer of the national organization Communities for Teaching Excellence, and as Executive Director for the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), an organization working to improve the quality of life for Latinos in Los Angeles through systemic policy reforms. In her management role, Melvin has also been instrumental in launching community–based campaigns to advance issues crucial to student academic achievement and success.
Melvin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley. She earned her Masters of Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.