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.

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

Ivelisse Estrada

Univision, Retired

Andrea Foggy-Paxton

The Broad Center

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles

Dean Hallett

Hallett Leadership

Robin Kurtzman

School Committee Member

Elizabeth Mann

Mayer Brown LLP

Frank Marshall

The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Brian McNamee

Amgen, Retired

Simon Osborn

Goldman Sachs

Ali Powell


Melissa Stephens

Ares Management

Alison Temple


Jaime Ernesto Uzeta

Public Allies

Danielle Vick

Citi Private Bank, North America


Veronica Melvin


Michelle Cheang Ed. D.

Chief Program Officer


Leslie Aaronson

Director of Career Pathway Connections

Maribel De Anda

Director of College Access

Gisela Ariza

Data & Analytics Manager 

Antonia Arguelles

School Business Operations Manager, LACPMS#1

Jonathan Guido-Avila

Associate Director of Operations

Wendy Ayuso

Community Representative

Kristen Balagtas

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Monica Cardona

Director of Family & Community Outreach

Jaime Chang

Associate Director of Technology

Kevin Doyel

Associate Director of Career Pathway Connections

Sarah Escajeda

Associate Director of Parent Engagement

Santiago Gonzalez

College & Career Coordinator

Brianna Henriquez

Associate Director of Development

Janice Herbert

School Business Operations Manager, LAPCHS#1

Donna Jacobson

Director of Schools

Alex Karas

Director of Arts Programs

Mahsa Khatibeghdami

Site Director, Amgen Biotech Experience

Gina Lutcher

Principal, LA Promise Charter High School #1

Margarita Luviano

Program Coordinator, Network for School Improvement

Cynthia Maravilla

Associate Director of College Access

Grace Montgomery

ABE Coordinator & Lab Technician (PBC)

Camly Nguyen

Data & Analytics Manager

Isa Ortega-Reyes

College & Career Coordinator

Scarlett Park

Countywide Program Manager

Alex Rincon

Program Manager, Career Pathway Connections

Nico Rosario

Associate Director, Career Pathway Connections

Justin Shahbaz

Principal, LA Promise Charter Middle School #1

David Spitz

Director of Finance and Anayltics

Karin Steinhauer

ABE LA Distribution Coordinator & Master Lab Technician (Pierce College)

Jade Stevens

Director of Communications

Charles Daroy

IT Technician, LA Promise Charter Middle School #1

Chris Valenzuela

Data & Analytics Manager

Liliana Vasquez

Director of Operations


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.


$100,000 and over

20th Century Fox


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


$50,000 to $100,000


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


Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

The Green Foundation

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


Jill & Brian McNamee


The Moriah Fund


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)


Morgan Stanley

NBC Universal

Pacific Gas & Electric

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Robert Day Foundation

David Sachs


Schultz Family Foundation

Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas)

Alison Temple



Vanguard Group


William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Mark Zucker

$5,000 to $10,000

SoCal Edison