Our Team

Jeanne Fauci

Executive Director

Jeanne Fauci, Executive Director is a co-founder of the Center for Powerful Public Schools, overseeing all operations and programs. She supports the development of Pilot Schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), coaches educators on all aspects of designing and implementing small district and charter schools and works to establish the conditions within […]

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Jana Schmieding

Education Specialist

Jana Schmieding is a high school English and Film teacher from New York City where she taught in the South Bronx for 10 years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her hobby in the media and performing arts. Jana is dedicated to bringing equity to the Entertainment Industry by activating arts and arts education […]

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Myrna Reyes

College and Career Pathways Liaison

Myrna Reyes works at the Center for Powerful Public Schools as college and career pathways liaison at Community Health Advocates School (CHAS), located in South Central Los Angeles, where she grew up.

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Michael Key

Director of Finance and Operations

Michael Key serves as the Director of Finance and Operations where he utilizes his expertise in accounting and finance to improve processes and drive innovation to support the work of Center for Powerful Public Schools. Prior to joining the Center, Michael was an Education Pioneer fellow working as the Budget Manager/Assistant Controller at the Achievement […]

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Nancy Rodriguez

Administrative Manager

Nancy Rodriguez manages the Center’s accounting, human resources, and operations department.  She previously worked for the Children’s Bureau, a non-profit agency that serves the West Adams community with child development training, education, resources and adoption services funded by First 5 LA. She provided administrative support for the Family, Friends, and Neighbors Program, who provide in-home […]

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Dr. Talma Shultz

Director of Strategic Innovation and Programs

Dr. Talma Shultz develops curriculum, supports district-wide Linked Learning implementation and coaches career-themed high schools to prepare students for college and career. Dr. Shultz was a school coach and curriculum developer at Facing History and Ourselves, worked for Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations as Senior Human Relations Consultant developing and implementing cultural diversity […]

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Kelly Gallagher Nick

Director of Educational Services

Kelly Gallagher Nick oversees the Linked Learning implementation for LAUSD schools and supervises the Program Associates coaching pathways. She also works with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and community partners to support the development and efficacy of new teachers and mentor teachers in the schools that the Center for Powerful Public Schools supports. She […]

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Sarah Schuler-Brown

Education Specialist

Sarah Schuler-Brown is a Pasadena native competing her dissertation at the UCLA Graduate School of Education on the transition of students from high school to community college. While at UCLA Sarah worked with Center X to increase and enhance the computer science learning opportunities in LAUSD and with The Civil Rights Project on issues of […]

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Grace Cruz

Education Specialist

Grace Cruz serves as an Education Specialist, having previously taught history and serving as a school leader in middle and high schools in New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Honolulu and Los Angeles.   While at the New York City Museum School, Grace was part of the team that developed multi-year, interdisciplinary, project based courses that […]

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Amber Green

UCLA IMPACT Program Coordinator

Amber Green is the UCLA IMPACT Program Coordinator, serving in partnership with UCLA Graduate School of Education’s Center X and Los Angeles Unified School District. As a secondary science educator with over 15 years of experience teaching STEM in both private and public schools, Amber has served as a mentor teacher, instructional coach and program […]

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Ryan Goins

Education Specialist

Ryan Goins is a career-long educator serving as a Linked Learning specialist. Prior to arriving at the Center, he created professional development seminars and online course suites for Renaissance Learning, where he also coordinated a number of photo and video shoots in classrooms across the country. Ryan taught humanities and business courses as a founding […]

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Carlos Ibarra

Administrative Coordinator

Carlos Ibarra serves as the administrative coordinator at the Center. He is a recent graduate of the CSU system where he was conferred dual degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. As an undergraduate, Carlos pursued spaces to openly discuss educational inequities, the achievement gap, and constitutional law. He believes an interdisciplinary lens provides a greater […]

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Sara Maldonado

Communication and Social Media Specialist

Sara Maldonado specializes in digital communications and client relations. At Center for Powerful Public Schools, she oversees the organization’s communication strategies and digital channels. Previously, she worked at the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), where she managed the agency’s website and content creation. Prior to DC PCSB, Ms. Maldonado worked at the National Hispana […]

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