Our Team

 

 

Sam Gelinas, MPP

Sam Gelinas, MPP

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHIEF OFFICER OF DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Sam Gelinas is the Interim Executive Director and Chief Officer of Development and External Relations at the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation.

Previously, Sam was the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at Educational Facilities Group, a Los Angeles based firm that led the development of permanent campuses for public schools in California. Prior to that Sam was the Chief Program Officer at the LA Promise Fund, where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of work that addressed issue areas including arts education, girls empowerment, career readiness, college access and success and family engagement. Sam started his career as a Special Education teacher in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools.

Sam received his BA in Sociology and Psychology from Pitzer College. He holds a master’s in education from George Washington University and a MPP from the University of Southern California. 

Alexandra Marmion Roosa, J.D.

Alexandra Marmion Roosa, J.D.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alexandra Marmion Roosa is the Chief Financial Officer at the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation.

Previously, Alexandra served as Senior Director of Operations for Development at the J. Paul Getty Trust, a global cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Prior to her affiliation with the Getty, Alexandra was the Assistant Provost and Director of Research and Sponsored Programs for Pepperdine University. Concurrently, as an adjunct law professor at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, Alexandra developed the curriculum for and taught Law and the Visual Arts.  While in D.C., Alexandra managed a national policy initiative on museum-community engagement for the Board of Directors of the American Association of Museums or AAM [now American Alliance of Museums]. Alexandra also co-authored a legal manual, The AAM Guide to Writing an Employee Handbook, to assist museums and other non-profits with human resource management.

Alexandra earned her B.A. in Humanistic Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. She holds a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a M.A in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California.

Alexandra Halpern

Alexandra Halpern

Manager, Programs and Development

Alex Halpern is the Programs and Development Manager at the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation.

Previously, Alex was the Program Manager and College Coordinator at Neighborhood Youth Association, a community-based organization. There, Alex led the leadership development and college access program for low-income high school students in south and west Los Angeles, where she directed all steps in the college application process and ran programming related to leadership and professional development, as well as led alumni engagement and volunteer management. She worked closely with students and families, and collaborated with community members, educators, and partners to create successful pathways to and through higher education for first-generation students. Prior to that, Alex taught English as a Second Language and built curriculum for English language learners.

Alex earned her Bachelor’s in Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University, and her Master’s in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA, where she focused on equity and equality in the education system.

Kristina Romero, MSW

Kristina Romero, MSW

Manager, Special Projects

Kristina Romero is the Manager of Special Projects at the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation. 

Previously, Kristina served as Manager of Education and Workforce Development at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and its strategic affiliate UNITE-LA. There, Kristina led L.A. Cash for College, the region’s largest financial aid literacy and college information campaign. In addition, Kristina engaged the local business community, K-12 partners, government agencies, and other civic groups to advance financial aid policy reform at the state and federal levels. With a firm grasp of both practice and policy, Kristina advised the L.A. College Promise partners on ways to better address students’ unmet financial needs.  

Kristina earned her bachelor’s in education and psychology at Brown University and her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on community organization, planning, and administration from the University of Southern California.

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