Education Summit 2013


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On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 United Way of Greater Los Angeles will host a national discussion with key leaders on how we can strengthen low-performing schools through partnerships in our classrooms and communities.

Afternoon panel discussion with “The Education Mayors”: Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles.

Morning panel discussion with Eli Broad, Founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of LAUSD, Móníca Garcia, President of LAUSD School Board and Casey Wasserman, President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation.

Mayoral Candidates Forum on the future of education in L.A. with City Councilman Eric Garcetti (invited), City Controller Wendy Greuel, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and Financial Analyst Emanuel Pleitez.

Special tribute to Mayor Villaraigosa recognizing his impact on education in L.A.

Event Details

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM – Registration

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Opening Session (Breakfast will be served)

Opening remarks from Dominic Ng, Chairman and CEO of East West Bank; plus, a panel discussion on what’s working at the local and national levels to improve struggling schools and what businesses and communities can do to help.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – What are businesses doing to help struggling schools?
Session 2 – How can we support principals and teachers in today’s environment?
Session 3 – Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates Forum

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Closing Session (Lunch will be served)

Special Tribute to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Panel discussion with the “Education Mayors”: Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles.

*Please note that this is a preliminary list of speakers and panelists, so be sure to visit our website again for the latest news and event updates!

Featuring the “Education Mayors”

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark

As mayor of the largest city in the state of New Jersey, Cory A. Booker has spearheaded Newark’s mission of urban transformation by targeting its resources to increase security and economic abundance while fostering an environment that is both nurturing and empowering for local residents.

Mayor Booker has also garnered widespread attention for his continuing efforts at educational reform which have significantly expanded high-quality public education options for families and led to the creation of valuable academic and career development opportunities for the city’s underprivileged youths.

Last year, in recognition of his brilliant leadership, Booker was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME Magazine.

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Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago 

Prior to taking office, Rahm Emanuel served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked as both a Senior Policy Advisor to President Clinton and White House Chief of Staff for President Obama.

As Mayor of Chicago, Emanuel has enacted groundbreaking education reforms allowing elementary school students to gain an additional two weeks of instruction per year while launching a $7 billion plan to revitalize the city’s roads, rails and runways, creating thousands of new jobs for Chicagoans in the process.

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Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles

Since being elected in 2005, Antonio R. Villaraigosa has advocated innovative approaches to creating jobs, improving public education and spurring economic development – making Los Angeles a national model of growth and sustainability.

Under his leadership, the city implemented far-reaching educational reforms such as the passage of a $9.1 billion initiative to rebuild and modernize California schools and a doubling in the number of LAUSD campuses which meet the state’s academic performance goals.

Villaraigosa is also founder of the Partnership for L.A. Schools – one of the country’s largest school turnaround organizations working to boost student achievement at low-performing campuses while piloting programs that can be replicated throughout the District.

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Education Summit 2013 Speakers and Discussion Leaders


Lisa Alva Wood
English Teacher
Roosevelt High School

Eli Broad
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Dr. John E. Deasy
Los Angeles Unified School District

Warren Fletcher
United Teachers of Los Angeles

Mónica García
School Board President
Los Angeles Unified School District

Carmen Moch
Group Vice President

Dr. Judith Perez
Associated Administrators Los Angeles

Evan Stone
Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Educators 4 Excellence

Casey Wasserman
President and CEO
Wasserman Foundation


Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., Ph.D.
Dean & Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
UCLA School of Public Affairs

Dr. Raphael Sonenshein
Executive Director
Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs


Alan Acosta
Director of Strategic Initiatives
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Maria Brenes
Executive Director
InnerCity Struggle

Abraham Carons
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Aida Cardenas
Executive Director
Building Skills Partnership

Joanne Carrillo
John Liechty Middle School, LAUSD

Joseph A. Collins
President & CEO
Inner-City Arts

Oscar Cruz
President and CEO
Families In Schools

Nichole Curtis
Business Consultant
KCurtis Group, Inc.

Liz Dick
Regional Managing Director
Resources Global Professionals

Doris L. Dunn
Director of Community Relations
Farmers Insurance

Yolie Flores
Former School Board Member

Lynn Forese
Senior Practice Leader, Information Management
Resources Global Professionals

Drew Furedi, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Talent Management Division, LAUSD

David Green
Executive Board Member, Secretary
SEIU 721

Jana Waring Greer
President and CEO
SunAmerica Retirement Markets, Inc.

Blanca Gomez, MSW
Regional Vice President of LA County
Executive Board Member, SEIU 721

Rod Hamilton
Board Chair
Los Angeles Education Partnership

Reed Harris II
Project Manager
Neutrogena Corporation

Karin Harwood
Manager, International Tax Services

Patricia Hausknost
Senior Vice President
City National Bank

Elizabeth Heger
Executive Director
MFT, The Soldiers Project

Jordan Henry
Santee Education Complex, LAUSD

Matt Hill
Chief Strategy Officer, Office of the Superintendent
Los Angeles Unified School District

Min. Zachary Hoover
Executive Director
LA Voice – PICO National Network

Dr. Irvin Howard
Director, Schools to Watch
California League of Middle Schools

Carol Jackson
Vice President, External Affairs

Tyrone Howard
UCLA School of Education and Informational Studies

Trebor Jacquez
Leadership Teacher
Santee Education Complex, LAUSD

Laurence O. Karsh
Karsh & Associates Inc.

Mark Kleger-Heine
Chief Operating Officer
Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Stewart Kwoh
President & Executive Director
Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Jonathan J. Larsen
Regional Managing Principal
Cassidy Turley

John Lee
Executive Director
Teach Plus, Los Angeles

Ben Lewis
Area Sales Manager
UPS, Central California District

Ralph Lippman
Executive Director

John W. Mack
Los Angeles Police Commission

Peter Manzo
President and CEO
United Ways of California

Noel Massie
President, Central California District

Veronica Melvin
President and CEO
LA’s Promise

Amy Morales
Procurement Manager
Unisan Products

Dr. Donna Muncey
Chief, Intensive Support and Intervention
Office of the Superintendant, LAUSD

Molly Munger
Co-Founder and Co-Director,
Advancement Project

Ama Nyamekye
Executive Director
Educators 4 Excellence

Sissi Dinh O’Reilly
Clinton Middle School, LAUSD

Lisa Cleri Reale
Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates

Lisa O’Rourke
Marketing & Communications, Executive Director
Loyola Law School

Marco Petruzzi
President and CEO
Green Dot Public Schools

Mark Darren Phair
Vice President and General Manager
Valero Wilmington Refinery

Dr. Ana Ponce
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

Antonio Plascencia, Jr.
Program and Policy Development Advisor
Intensive Support & Innovation

Courtni Pugh
Executive Director
SEIU Local 99

Alberto Retana
Executive Vice President
Community Coalition

Christina Rico
Hollenbeck Middle School, LAUSD

Virgil Roberts
Managing Partner
Bobbitt & Roberts

Luis A. Sanchez
EC Consulting

Carla Sanger
President and CEO
LA’s Best

Miguel A. Santana
City Administrative Officer
City of Los Angeles

David Silver
College Track

Dixon Slingerland
Executive Director
Youth Policy Institute

David Snow
Executive Director
Upward Bound House

Angelica Solis
Executive Director
Alliance for a Better Community

Carolyn Spaeter
Account Management Executive Consultant
Anthem Blue Cross

Russell A. Stacey

Mike Stryer
Vice President, Programs
Teach Plus, Los Angeles

Joan Sullivan
Deputy Mayor of Education
Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Tammy Tucker
Vice President, Large Group Account Management
WellPoint Health Networks, Inc.

L.C. “Chris” Strudwick-Turner
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Los Angeles Urban League

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter School Association

Allison Graff-Weisner
Executive Director
City Year Los Angeles

Carolyn R. Williams
Manager, Corporate Community Affairs
Sempra Energy

Amelia Williamson
Magic Johnson Foundation

Marguerite N. Womack
Director of Workforce Development
JVS Marina Del Rey WorkSource Center

Steven A. Yatauro
Technical Division Manager
ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery