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Los Angeles, CA –  Center for Powerful Public Schools was chosen for the Social Venture Partners Los Angeles (SVP) inaugural class of their Systems Change Accelerator, a 9-month intensive program designed to bolster the work to shift social inequities on a broad range of issues.

Center for Powerful Public Schools is addressing the issue that public school students – particularly those from historically underrepresented populations and/or living in poverty – are not adequately prepared for success in postsecondary education and 21st Century jobs.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the first SVPLA cohort and are looking forward to working with leaders invested in social change and equity,” said Jeanne Fauci, Executive Director of Center for Powerful Public Schools.

This unique program will bring together nearly 100 SVP “Partners” – business leaders, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders – to coach and mentor five emerging leaders to create powerful social change.

“There is a powerful opportunity to channel the networks, expertise, and capital of private sector and nonprofit leaders – we believe the synergy will be catalytic to accelerating profound social change across Los Angeles.” said Christine Margiotta, Executive Director of SVP.

The participants were chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, who went through a rigorous review and selection process by SVP Partners. Participants will receive training and coaching to strengthen their infrastructure, hone their intervention, craft their pitch, and build their capital.

“As an SVP Partner and social entrepreneur, I see the opportunity to leverage my skills and capital for social good. I believe the result will be far greater than the sum of our parts, and our Partners, who come from such diverse professional backgrounds, are thrilled to contribute in this way” said Way-Ting Chen, SVP partner & board chair.

For more information on the Systems Change Accelerator, visit


Social Venture Partners L.A. (SVP) connects venture philanthropists in L.A. with emerging leaders on the front lines of social change. They invest time, resources and funding to help nonprofits large and small reach the next level of impact. One of their most popular programs has been the annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch competition, in which non-profit leaders participate in an intense program of coaching and training over three months and ultimately make a pitch before a panel of judges and live audience, with the winners receiving funding for their organizations. Their new Systems Change Accelerator adds a new focus on systemic change that will address the root cause of pressing social issues.
Founded in 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools provides services to public districts and schools in Greater Los Angeles and across California to improve learning and teaching by equipping educators with the resources they need to ensure youth are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century. To learn more about the Center, visit