The Board of Directors of Center for Powerful Public Schools is pleased to announce that Alicia Montgomery will be its new Executive Director as of November 1, succeeding Founding Executive Director Jeanne Fauci, who is retiring in December after 10 years of successful leadership. Ms. Montgomery and Ms. Fauci will work together for the remainder of 2018 to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board thanks Ms. Fauci for her vision and distinguished service during the last decade to improve public education in Los Angeles and California and is excited to have Ms. Montgomery join the Center. Board Chair Jonathan Eddison said, “Ms. Montgomery brings a combination of experience, dedication, and proven leadership to addressing the challenges facing our young people and educators in our school system.”

Ms. Montgomery is a multi-faceted education leader with deep experience in instruction, facilitation, and administration. Most recently, she was Senior Manager, Training at the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Previous leadership positions include Educational Services Executive for the Association of California School Administrators; Principal Network Facilitator for San Juan Unified School District; and Director, Innovative Career/College Options for Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Ms. Montgomery has been on the faculty of University of Phoenix and began her career as a pre-K and elementary school teacher with a focus on literacy and English Learners.  She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and her M.S. degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development from National University. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Organization Leadership at Brandman University.

In accepting the appointment, Ms. Montgomery said, “I am thrilled to join the Center and build on its efforts to improve outcomes for our state’s most underserved students through innovation and continuous improvement. As a leader, my passion and focus have always been building capacity in others to get better at what they do through strong professional learning and collaborative experiences. In my new role, I look forward to creating sustainable change in our pubic schools in Los Angeles and throughout California by supporting the development of leaders and fostering equity and access for our students.”

“I am so pleased to welcome Alicia as our new Executive Director. Her career exemplifies our shared commitment to equitable education for historically underrepresented youth, so they can thrive in the 21st century. Her 30 years of experience as an educator, school leader and statewide leader of professional development will bring the Center a wealth of opportunities to expand our mission to support and sustain powerful public school teachers, leaders and schools,” said Jeanne Fauci.

Founded in 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools is a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to building capacity in public schools to achieve equity, access and choice. An acknowledged leader in school reform, the Center serves schools and districts in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. Working closely with educators, the Center provides resources and co-creates educational programs to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life in the 21st century. The Center believes that powerful public schools are essential to an equitable society, economy, and democracy. For more information, visit