Leslie Aaronson is the Chief Program Officer at LA Promise Fund. She joined LAPF in 2016 as the GirlsBuild program manager and then became the Sr. Director for Career Pathway Connections where she built career readiness programming with South Los Angeles schools and expanded The Intern Project into a year-round program.
Aaronson’s passion for the work and the community stemmed from being the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy where she was awarded Teacher of the Year by LAUSD for her work. She sits on the advisory board for CS Ed Week, SciGirls Code, the Computer Science Department of El Camino College, and the California Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC). Prior to teaching, Aaronson was the Production Manager for Blue’s Clues International at Nickelodeon.
Aaronson holds two Career Technical Education Credentials in Information Communication and Technology and Arts, Media, and Entertainment, plus a Single Subject Credential in English and a Master’s degree from CSUN in Administrative Leadership. She also has a master’s degree from New York University in Education, Communication, and Technology and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Anthropology.
Aaronson is passionate about equity and access for all in education. Her philosophy for student success is to make it matter for all audiences and build confidence and community in students and schools.