We're passionate about incubating schools THAT radically improve outcomes for students of high need and act as lighthouses that inspire powerful transformations in other schools throughout los angeles
Russ Altenburg is CEO of Reframe Labs. Previously, he was a program officer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he managed a portfolio of grants in the areas of personalized learning, innovative school models, and state policy. He was also an Education Pioneers Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund. In 2005, he co-founded Global Playground, which has built schools in Uganda, Cambodia, Thailand, and Honduras, and previously worked at JPMorgan advising corporate clients on currency risk management. Russ holds a BSc in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was awarded the John Wooden Leadership Fellowship. He was part of the inaugural cohort of the Pahara NextGen Network and currently serves as on the board of Speak UP, a Los Angeles parent advocacy organization.
VP of Leadership Development
Margeaux Randolph serves as VP of Leadership Development at Reframe Labs, where she seeks out and supports the growth of aspiring school launchers in Los Angeles. Before joining Reframe, Margeaux co-founded edDataZone, a consultancy focused on strategic planning, school market analysis, and school facilities planning. Previously, she served as director of the Louisiana state voucher program, and as a Senior Manager at Leading Educators, where she built data systems and supported expansion of teacher leadership development programs in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. Margeaux has also served as a middle school math teacher and led the implementation of math software programs in the Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Fontana Unified School Districts. In 2006, Margeaux was a recipient of an American Planning Association Award, Proclamation from the City Council of New Orleans, and honored at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy for her work on post-Katrina redevelopment. Margeaux earned her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
VP of Advocacy and Communications
Sean Markin is VP of Advocacy & Communications at Reframe Labs, where he helps program participants and Fellows strengthen their community outreach efforts and navigate the political authorization process. Before joining Reframe, Sean co-founded and launched Alma Fuerte Public School, a TK-8 school in Altadena/Pasadena dedicated to helping each child become a visionary pioneer, ready to operate at the outer limits of human endeavor, in whatever field they choose. Previously, Sean worked as Director of Digital Engagement at Parent Revolution, a Los Angeles-based parent advocacy organization. Sean has also launched several startups and worked at Lexicon Marketing as Manager of Internet Marketing and Senior Technical Project Manager. He began his career doing derivative analysis at Bank One (currently JP Morgan) in Chicago.
Jonathan Tiongco is Principal-In-Residence at Reframe. In this role, he helps our program participants prepare for the challenges of launching a new school. He serves as the founding principal for Alliance Marine Innovation & Technology 6-12 Complex in San Fernando Valley, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools’ newest blended learning model school. He also supports Alliance’s network-wide blended learning initiatives as the senior advisor for Next Gen Learning. Prior to stepping back into school leadership, Jonathan oversaw Alliance’s portfolio of blended learning schools. Before joining Alliance, Jonathan served as the school site co-director of instruction for Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools. During his time as the instructional leader, his school demonstrated some of the largest academic gains in the district. Jonathan began his career as a middle school teacher, technology coach, service learning and leadership coordinator, and marathon leader. He earned his BA in sociology from UCLA and his MA in computing in education from Columbia University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kate Ford – Board Chair
Area Superintendent | Aspire Public Schools
Kate Ford is Area Superintendent of Aspire Public Schools and currently leads the “College for Certain” instructional programs and management of 11 schools in the Los Angeles areas of Huntington Park, South Los Angeles, and South Gate. Previously, Kate was a Senior Program Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, managing education grants to charter management organizations and to the state departments of education of California, Tennessee, and New Mexico. Kate is from Southern California and prior to joining the Gates Foundation, was the Executive Director/Principal of Peabody Charter School in her hometown of Santa Barbara. She spent 20 years as a Director/Principal in public, charter, and private elementary and secondary schools in Lodi, San Jose, and Phoenix; and was a middle and high school English and drama teacher for 15 years before that. In the late 90’s, Kate was Regional Vice President for Advantage Charter Schools, where she oversaw the management and educational programs of several schools located in Texas and Arizona. Kate has received two Educator of the Year awards, and she holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Chapman College, her Clear Administrative Credential from Santa Clara University, and a BA in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Founder & CEO | STEM Prep Schools
Dr. Emilio Pack is the proud son of a single mother who came to the United States from Cuba to seek better opportunities for her son. After helping to launch, staff, and lead charters for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, he founded his own public school network, STEM Prep Schools. In this role, he leverages strategic community, district, and cross-network charter partnerships to increase proficiency, graduation, and college acceptance rates for students of color, while focusing on reversing the under-representation of minorities in STEM-related fields. In 2015, Emilio Pack was profiled by L.A. Weekly Magazine as one of its People of the Year. The Los Angeles Business Journal awarded STEM Prep the Latino Nonprofit of the Year in 2015. Dr. Pack was also awarded the prestigious Hart Vision Award as the Charter School Leader of the Year in 2017.
Vice President | Red Hook Capital
As Vice President of Red Hook Capital, Marisa Quintanar brings a deep understanding of community politics and school facilities to Reframe. She was the former business development manager for EdTec-Southern California, a back office operations provider that works with public schools around the country. She also served as the Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy for the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). In this capacity, she represented over 250 schools throughout the greater LA area as they navigated the Prop 39 facilities process. Marisa previously worked for the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), a nonprofit housing developer that provides wrap-around services for low-income Boyle Heights residents. She started her career as a high school English teacher at El Monte High School.
Litigation Associate | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Doug Smith is a litigation associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles. He holds a Law degree from the William & Mary School of Law, and a Master’s degree in International Political Economics and Bachelor’s degrees in Politics and in International Economics and Finance from the Catholic University of America. Previously he has worked for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Executive Office of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the United States Department of Justice, and the United States Congress. He has also served as a law clerk to Beverly B. Martin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable Richard L. Gabriel and Monica M. Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Luis de la Fuente
Founder & President | Independent Consulting
Luis de la Fuente is the founder and president of a consulting firm that helps school systems and nonprofits achieve greater impact. Luis recently served as Managing Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he guided the strategic direction of the organization: seeking out and investing in high-potential leaders and organizations poised to transform the U.S. public education system. Luis came to the Broad Foundation via McKinsey & Company and, prior to that, Stanford University’s School of Medicine. He holds a BA in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from UC San Francisco.