We are committed to giving every child in Los Angeles the ability to reach their highest potential.  We believe that a small number of highly innovative schools can radically improve outcomes for students of high need while acting as lighthouses that inspire powerful transformations in other schools.

OUR STAFF

Russ Altenburg
CEO

Russ is committed to creating & supporting schools that show the world how innovation can close the achievement gap and not just prepare children for the future, but inspire them to create it.   

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 Next Gen Network and currently serves as board president of Speak UP, a Los Angeles parent advocacy organization. 

Margeaux Randolph
VP of Leadership

Margeaux is committed to radically improving student outcomes through integrating cutting edge science and technology into the education. 

She serves as VP of Leadership Development at Reframe Labs where she supports entrepreneurs to launch innovative schools in Los Angeles. Before joining Reframe Labs, Margeaux co-founded, edDataZone, a consultancy focused on strategic planning, school market analysis, and school facilities planning. At edDataZone, she partnered with organizations such as Excellent Education Development (ExED), Great Public Schools Now, California Charter Schools Association, and the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) to support the expansion of high quality schools in Los Angeles. Previously, Margeaux 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 (MIT), and Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California (USC).

Sean Markin
VP of Advocacy and Communications

Sean is passionate about developing bolder student outcomes and using fundamentals like cognitive neuroscience, the mind-body connection, and social attachment theory to design powerful learning experiences for students of all ages. 

Sean is VP of Advocacy & Communications at Reframe Labs, where he helps program participants and Fellows navigate the process of parent and community outreach & political and influencer nurturing.  Sean also guides Reframes efforts to spread knowledge about critical trends around innovation & equity.  Before joining Reframe Labs, Sean co-founded and launched Alma Fuerte Public School.  Alma Fuerte is a TK-8 public school serving the Altadena/Pasadena area.  The school is dedicated to helping each child become a visionary pioneer, ready to operate at the outer limits of human endeavor, in whatever field they choose.  This is done through an in-house developed entrepreneurship curriculum based on 6 Greatness Pillars.  Prior to this Sean worked as Director of Digital Engagement at Parent Revolution, a Los Angeles-based parent advocacy organization.  Sean has also launched several startups, worked at Lexicon Marketing as Manager of Internet Marketing and Senior Technical Project Manager.  Sean began his career doing derivative analysis at Bank One (currently JP Morgan) in Chicago.  Go Bulls, Bears, Cubs, Sox, and Hawks!

Jonathan Tiongco
Principal-in-Residence

Jonathan is tireless in finding new ways to evolve and operationalize the state-of-the-art in learning science to push students forward.

Jonathan is Principal-In-Residence at Reframe in this role, he helps our program participants and Fellows develop novel school model designs grounded in reality.  He also guides our Fellows using his school launch expertise.  Additionally, He serves as the founding principal for Alliance Marine- Innovation & Technology 6-12 Complex, 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 served as Alliance’s network-wide director of BLAST Implementation. In this role, he oversaw Alliance’s portfolio of blended learning schools, which included blended learning pilots, full-school conversions, and a Next Generation Learning Challenges grantee school.

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 University California Los Angeles, and his MA in computing in education from Columbia University.

OUR BOARD

Kate Ford – Board Chair
Area Superintendent | Aspire Public Schools

Kate has dedicated her life to transforming Los Angeles into a home for educational innovation to assure each Los Angeles student has the opportunity to achieve greatness.

Kate is Area Superintendent of Aspire Public Schools and currently leads the “College for Certain” instructional programs and management of eleven schools in the Los Angeles areas of Huntington Park, South Los Angeles, and South Gate. Aspire operates 39 schools throughout the state of California and Tennessee in low income communities of underserved populations. 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, she was the Executive Director/Principal of Peabody Charter School in her hometown of Santa Barbara. She spent twenty years as a Director/Principal in public, charter, and private elementary and secondary schools in Lodi, San Jose, and Phoenix; and she was a middle and high school English and drama teacher for fifteen 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.

Emilio Pack
Founder | STEM Prep Schools

Emilio Pack is dedicated to creating the next generation of engineers in Los Angeles. 

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 the Alliance College-Ready Public schools, he founded his own CMO, 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

Marisa Quintanar
Vice President | Red Hook Capital

Marisa has dedicated her life to providing equal educational opportunities for all of Los Angeles’s children. 

As Vice President of Red Hook Capital, Marisa brings a deep understanding of school and community politics and 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 process. Marisa previously worked for the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) a non-profit 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.

Doug Smith
Litigation Associate | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Doug fights to assure that students across Los Angeles get their right to a first-class education. 

Doug 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 a passionate advocate for great educational opportunities, particularly for low-income and minority students who too-often do not have access to them.

He is the founder and president of an independent consulting firm that helps school systems and non-profits 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 bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from UC San Francisco.