Our Board of Directors
Dr. Debra Duardo, Chair
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Duardo is the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. Previously executive director of Student Health and Human Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she has more than 30 years of professional experience working with at-promise students and their families. Her unique life experience as a high school dropout able to overcome obstacles drives her passion to ensure that all students receive an education in a safe, caring environment and that every student is college-prepared and career ready.
Gloria Rogers, Treasurer & Secretary
Assistant VP of Business Development, California Credit Union
Gloria Rogers is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development for the California Credit Union where she previously served as a Business Development Officer. Ms. Rogers is responsible for the CCU Annual Scholarship and other programs to support the education community.
Candace Bond McKeever
CEO, Strategic Solutions Group Inc.
Candace Bond McKeever is CEO of Strategic Solutions Group Inc., a small, diversified minority-owned organization specializing in a full array of government and community relations, project management services, and strategic management consulting. With over 20 years of experience as a business development specialist, Ms. Bond McKeever has been retained by leading corporations and non-profits to assist in their overall strategic development. She currently serves as Chair of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation and was recently recruited by CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma to participate on her statewide Housing and Economic Development Committee. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Charles Drew University and the Malibu Foundation and recently served as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education.
Executive Director, LA Civil and Human Rights Dept., City of Los Angeles
Capri Maddox is the Executive Director of the LA Civil + Human Rights and Equity (LA Civil Rights). Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Ms. Maddox to the position in February 2020 to address systemic racism and bias in the areas of commerce, education, employment, and housing.
Previously, Ms. Maddox served as Senior Advisor to City Attorney Michael N. Feuer.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Ms. Maddox served as Executive Director of Partnerships for LAUSD on a loan from the Office of the City Attorney to Southern California Grantmakers. During this one-year assignment, she assisted LAUSD in acquiring over $43 million dollars in resources for students in need and led several equity-based initiatives.
Former Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District
Chris Steinhauser served as superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District between 2002 and 2020. Mr. Steinhauser has more than 40 years of experience in Long Beach’s diverse school system and has earned a national reputation for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps. His school district won the national Broad Prize for Urban Education and has qualified as a finalist for the award five times.
Writer & Television Producer
Cord Jefferson is a writer and television producer from Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Jefferson received a Primetime Emmy in 2020 for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Prior to his work in television, Mr. Jefferson was a journalist. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine. He developed an investment in public education through his experience as a public school student, and through his mother who was a career educator in public schools, both as a teacher and administrator.
Portfolio Manager, Hitchwood Capital
David Sanford is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Hitchwood Capital, a hedge fund launched in 2014. Mr. Sanford leads the west coast office and is responsible for the firm’s investment strategy. His investments are primarily focused on emerging and disruptive technology. Throughout his career, Mr. Sanford has demonstrated a commitment to social impact. While living in New York, he volunteered through the Harlem Children’s Aid Society, tutoring low-income students. After moving to San Francisco he launched the NextGen Leadership Council for the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco.
Executive Director of Communications, LA County Office of Education
Elizabeth Graswich is Executive Director of Communications for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She’s a veteran communications executive in public education leadership, with expertise in public policy, media relations, crisis management, project management, community outreach, social media, marketing, and event planning. Ms. Graswich has 15 years of experience in strategic communications for large, high profile public agencies where she directed crisis management and rapid response, CEO and senior leadership messaging, media relations, parent engagement, initiative leadership, community relations and outreach, brand management, and digital media.
Dr. Monte E. Perez
President, LA Mission College
President of the County Board of Education, Dr. Monte E. Perez is president of Los Angeles Mission College. He was assistant director of Admissions at Stanford University and later director of the Educational Opportunity Program and Student Support Services at California State University, Los Angeles. He serves on the Governing Board for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.