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
CEO & Founder
Russ Altenburg is CEO and Founder 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 a Pahara NextGen Network Fellow and currently serves on the board of Speak UP, a Los Angeles parent advocacy organization.
Ruben Alonzo is the Founder and Head of School of Excelencia Charter Academy, a TK-8 school in Boyle Heights. Ruben is a native of Crystal City, TX, one of the poorest counties in America. A third-generation migrant farmer, he worked throughout his childhood to help support his family, all while attending school and working toward his goal of attending college. After completing his graduate degree, Ruben relocated to Pharr, TX as a 2012 Teach For America Corps member. He was a founding teacher at IDEA Pharr College Preparatory School and served in multiple roles ranging from grade team leader to content leader. In his first year of teaching, Ruben’s students achieved a 98% passing rate on their STAAR Algebra I EOC (compared to a 78% state average). He was then selected to serve as IDEA Pharr’s Assistant Principal of Instruction, where he coached and developed 14 teachers. Ruben holds a B.S. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.Ed. from both Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia University.
Hattie Mitchell is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Crete Academy, a TK-6 school in South Los Angeles. As principal of Crete, Hattie's mission is to serve children who are experiencing homelessness and living in poverty. Prior to founding Crete, Hattie worked for a national charter management organization expanding their portfolio of charters. During her tenure as an educator, she has served as a second and fifth grade teacher, Dean of Students and worked on education policy at both the state and federal level. In her state role, Hattie served as Chief of Staff for Federal Programs at the Louisiana Department of Education where she oversaw the state's Race to the Top program and a billion dollars in federal funds. In her federal capacity, she interned for the Obama Administration and led the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention. Hattie holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Learning and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California State University Los Angeles, a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Margeaux Randolph is the founder of The Los Angeles School for Creativity and Technology, a TK-8 public school that will open in Westmont, South Los Angeles, in fall 2019. She served as Chief Program Officer at Reframe Labs, where she supported the growth of aspiring school launchers in L.A. while concurrently planning the launch of her own school. 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. Margeaux earned her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Sean Markin was formerly VP of Advocacy & Communications at Reframe Labs and now serves as an advisor. 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kate Ford – Board Chair
Board Member | Santa Barbara Unified School District
Kate Ford is a member of the school board for Santa Barbara Unified School District. Kate was the former Area Superintendent of Aspire Public Schools, where she led 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, managing education grants to charter management organizations and to the state departments of education of California, Tennessee, and New Mexico. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she was the Executive Director/Principal of Peabody Charter School in 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. He is also a board member of The Samburu Project, which has drilled over 100 wells in Kenya to provide clean drinking water to over 100,000 people.
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.