Who we are

mission statement

preparing Los Angeles students for success in college, career, and life.

Working through a network of high-performing, community-based schools and a portfolio of programs that reach students throughout LA County, the LA Promise Fund creates vibrant community hubs and partnerships that foster motivated, engaged, and directed students poised for academic, professional, and personal success.

vision statement

Increasing educational equity and ultimately closing the opportunity gap for the South Los Angeles community and beyond.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At the LA Promise Fund, we believe that education remains one of the most powerful tools to break century-old cycles of oppression, violence and poverty for students, their families, and communities. We believe education can chisel away at racism by teaching diverse histories and perspectives and by disrupting a predominately white male perspective that has excluded and actively erased the voices and contributions of people of color. Institutionalized racism and systemic injustice pervade many aspects of society today, especially for our African American students and families. We are committed to eradicating racism within our organization, raising our voice against racism, and uplifting our South LA community and beyond.

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meet the la promise fund

Megan Chernin

Co-Chair of the Board

Stephen Prough

Salem Partners

Cathy Bender

Amazon Web Services

Paul de Bernier

Mayer Brown LLP

Donnell Beverly, Jr.

Russell Westbrook Enterprises

Ivelisse Estrada

Univision, Retired

Andrea Foggy-Paxton

Entrepreneur in Residence
Education Leaders of Color

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles
Honorary Board Member

Dean Hallett

Hallett Leadership

Elizabeth Mann

Mann Legal Team

Frank Marshall

The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Brian McNamee

Amgen, Retired

Simon Osborn

Goldman Sachs

Ali Powell

Microsoft

Melissa Stephens

Ares Management

Alison Temple

3AM/Wildcard

Jaime Ernesto Uzeta

Public Allies

Danielle Vick

Citi Private Bank, North America

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Enterprises

Leadership

Veronica Melvin

CEO/President

Michelle Cheang Ed. D.

Chief Program Officer

Kyle Miller

Chief Strategic Officer

Donna Jacobson

Chief Academic Officer

Liliana Vasquez

Chief Operations Officer

Team

Leslie Aaronson

Director of Career Pathway Connections

Gisela Ariza

Associate Director of School Improvement

Antonia Arguelles

School Business Operations Manager,
Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy Middle School

Jonathan Guido-Avila

Director of People & Operations

Wendy Ayuso

Community Representative

Kristen Balagtas

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Renee Bixby

ABE Lab Technician / Site Coordinator,
Orange County Distribution Center

Monica Cardona

Director of Family & Community Outreach

Jaime Chang

Director of Information Technology

Charles Daroy

Technology Manager

Sarah Escajeda

Associate Director of Parent Engagement

Lori Hashimoto

NSI Coordinator / Operations Manager

Janice Herbert

School Business Operations Manager,
Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy High School

Luz Hernandez

ABE Lab Technician / Site Coordinator,
California State University, Channel Island Distribution Center

Alex Karas

Director of Arts Programs

Mahsa Khatibeghdami

Site Director, Amgen Biotech Experience

Kirk Kirkwood Ed.D

Senior Director of College Success

Gina Lutcher

Principal,
Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy High School

Camly Nguyen

Associate Director of Data & Analytics

Alex Rincon

Associate Director, Career Pathway Connections

Nico Rosario

Associate Director, Career Pathway Connections

Justin Shahbaz

Principal,
Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy Middle School

David Spitz

Director of Finance

Karin Steinhauer

ABE Site Coordinator/Lead Lab Technician, Pierce College Distribution Center

Jade Stevens

Director of Communications

Giovanna Tomat-Kelly

ABE Site Coordinator/Lab Technician, Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator Distribution Center

Leslie Tresun Ed.D

Director of Grant Management

Chris Valenzuela

Data & Analytics Manager

Stacy Zamora

ABE Site Coordinator/Lab Technician, LA Trade Tech College Distribution Center

SPONSORS

The LA Promise Fund would like to thank all of its donors for their generous support and give special recognition to our partners that contributed over $10,000 in the last year. We are especially grateful to Amgen, a longtime sponsor that has made considerable contributions to the organization’s fiscal and organizational health.

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$100,000 and over

20th Century Fox

AEG

The Albertsons Companies Foundation

Amgen Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

Marina Berti & Steven Prough

Louise Bryson Family Foundation

California Community Foundation

Chernin Family Foundation

Entertainment Industry Foundation

Food Research Action Committee (FRAC)

Getty Foundation

Guess? Foundation

JMB Realty Corporation

Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall

Kissick Family Foundation

Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation

Metro

$50,000 to $100,000

AT&T/DirecTV

California Emerging Technology Fund

The California Endowment

Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg

Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation

County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors

Flora Family Foundation

Mellody Hobson & George Lucas

Goldman Sachs Gives

Ghada & Ray Irani Family Foundation

Joseph Drown Foundation

Kevin Sharer

NoVo Foundation

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

$25,000 to $50,000

Ares Operations

Boeing Company

Citi Bank

Disney

Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

The Green Foundation

Susan & Robert Kozlowski of L.I.F.T. Foundation

Lazara

Jill & Brian McNamee

Microsoft

The Moriah Fund

Ralph’s

Ressler/Gertz Family Foundation

United Way

Wells Fargo

$10,000 to $25,000

Bain & Co.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Frank Baxter

Allison & Bennett Rosenthal

Giancarla Berti

Bloom Hergott

Boston Consulting Group

CAA Foundation

Americo Cascella TTEE

City National Bank

Eos Foundation

Dean Hallett

Hauptman Family Foundation

Home Box Office (HBO)

Maria Hummer-Tuttle

JP Morgan Chase

Kaiser Permanente

Meredith & David Kaplan

Martha & Bruce Karsh Family Foundation

Latham & Watkins

Los Angeles Clippers Foundation

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Lionsgate

Morgan Stanley

NBC Universal

Pacific Gas & Electric

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Robert Day Foundation

David Sachs

Samsung

Schultz Family Foundation

Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas)

Alison Temple

Uber

Univision

Vanguard Group

Verizon

William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Mark Zucker

$5,000 to $10,000

SoCal Edison

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