BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michelle Bennett: Michelle Bennett is currently a Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Master's Program at California State University, Northridge, a program designed for educators who are interested in school leadership. Michelle is a consultant for the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, an organization representing all school administrators in Los Angeles, and Columbia Teachers College. Michelle is a pioneer in the charter movement serving as the Principal of Westwood Charter Elementary School for over two decades. Under her leadership, the school became one of the first 10 charter schools in Los Angeles and was awarded the title of California Distinguished School. Michelle served as a Director in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer overseeing ten divisions in LAUSD, Administrator of Instruction, Director of School Services, Instructional Coordinator for all K-12 schools in the San Fernando Valley, mentor to new principals. Michelle also served as Co-Director for The Los Angeles School Development Institute, an organization dedicated to school transformation and turnaround work. Michelle has presented at many educational conferences.
Daniel Chang (President): Recently appointed to Chief Operating Officer for MLA Partner Schools, a nonprofit organization working to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in Los Angeles’ most disenfranchised communities. Mr. Chang previously served as Vice President of New School Development for Green Dot Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization that operates 19 high schools in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Green Dot, he held business development and product marketing positions at enterprise software companies Model N and Desktop.com. Before Model N and Desktop.com, Mr. Chang served as a Financial Analyst at Broadview International, a division of the investment bank Jefferies & Company focused on the IT, communications, healthcare technology and digital media industries.
Tess Ramin: Ms. Ramin has worked as a freelance e-commerce marketing executive for the last decade. Prior to that, she was a freelance segment producer on various television productions. Other professional experience includes real estate development and property management. Ms. Ramin graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in Communications and Business Administration. She has two children who graduated from Valley Charter Elementary School.
Bill Roberts (Treasurer): A First Founding Parent of Valley Charter Elementary School, Mr. Roberts is a senior finance and operations executive currently serving as the Global CFO of Panavision Inc. Previously he served as COO/CFO of Laser Pacific LLC, a major post-production company in Hollywood. His background also includes leadership roles in various music industry companies over the past 20 years. Mr. Roberts started his career as an associate in investment banking after earning his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Angie Saldivar (Secretary): Mrs. Saldivar is currently the Sr. Director of Customer Experience at Viacom. Angie leads the team responsible for providing timely, fun and friendly service to online customers. The team maintains close relationships with internal product teams to ensure the voice of the customer is being heard. In her time at Viacom, she has overseen the customer service strategy and on-boarding for all digital products. Angie is passionate about customer service, digital media, technology, and online safety. Throughout her career, Angie managed several teams at Myspace and consulted for startup companies. Her leadership has extended the .com and mobile space, including; customer service, moderation, law enforcement response, online safety, and security.
Carolyn Yaffe: Mrs.Yaffe currently serves as the Executive Director for Program Development at School Empowerment Network, a national educational non-profit organization focused on leadership and new school development work. Carolyn spent the bulk of her career -17 years- with the New York City Department of Education; highlights of her tenure include serving as Executive Director for School Quality and as the founding principal of the Academy for Young Writers, a 6-12 school located in East New York, Brooklyn. She began her career teaching high school English Language Arts in the Bronx and holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Baruch College.