Board meetings are conducted monthly and are governed by the Ralph M. Brown Act. For information about the Larchmont Schools Board of Directors and its governance, including a calendar of meetings and archived meeting materials, please visit the Board of Directors website.
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Board of Directors Profiles
A passionate advocate for education and Larchmont Charter School, Ali Baird is a founding parent who has taught multiple grades in both public and private schools including 1st grade and middle school English and Social Studies. She left teaching to work for the non-profit Engaging Schools, which helps schools develop improved discipline practices, better engage students and implement advisory programs, and supports schools with programs on bullying, peer mediation, conflict resolution and diversity.
Ali is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Antioch University. She has counseled adults, children, couples and families at The Southern California Counseling Center and supervised teenagers at TeenLine, a peer-to-peer crisis hotline. Ali graduated from Groton School in Massachusetts, and she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where she focused on the effects of social justice and diversity on education.
Board Vice Chair
Jesse Noonan is the Chief Academic Officer for Youth Policy Institute (YPI), where she oversees academic departments, including extended learning, college and career services, academic support, Early Head Start, and the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood, President Obama’s signature educational anti-poverty initiative.
Jesse has over 16 years of experience in education, working in a variety of roles all focused on ensuring equitable academic outcomes and closing opportunity gaps for all students. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching as well as an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. She lives in Echo Park with her husband and son.
Jeremy George is an assurance partner in PwC's Asset & Wealth Management (AWM) practice, where he serves as an engagement partner and business adviser for alternative investment funds and SEC registered investment companies. He also has experience serving PwC's higher education clients, which maintain significant endowments that invest in a variety of strategies, and has national practice roles leading PwC's AWM staff learning and development program, overseeing its AWM-specific standardized audit programs, and in certain people and technology transformation initiatives. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California and New York. He has two daughters attending LCS Hollygrove.
Frances has over 20 years experience as a Brand manager, combining strong marketing and management skills to create profitable and compelling consumer brands. Her senior executive roles include Communications, Business Development, Creative Content, and Corporate Strategy, and span Fortune 500, mid-range and entrepreneurial settings. Most recently, Frances led the marketing team for Quickoffice, the highest-grossing worldwide app on the iPad®, which was subsequently acquired by Google. She continues to run an Independent Marketing firm, partnering with clients who want to seize market opportunity and achieve results in a rapidly evolving environment. Her non-profit work includes serving on the Board of multiple youth sports organizations, focusing on increasing access and opportunity for urban youth. Frances graduated from UCLA with Honors with degrees in Communication and Psychology, and received her MBA from Wharton.
Jennifer Berry is the Chief Operating Officer at After-School All-Stars, a national nonprofit organization that supports transformative educational and enrichment programming to nearly 90,000 low-income youth across the country. Jennifer oversees the strategic direction and effective implementation of local and national operations and human resource infrastructure to support these efforts.
Jennifer has more than 20 years of management experience, focused primarily on talent development, business development, education management, and operations. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Quantum Learning Network, an organization that collaborates with school districts across the country to accelerate their current initiatives and create a high-performance culture of student success. Jennifer was also previously the Vice President with SCORE! Educational Centers, Kaplan Test Prep (K-12 and College Prep), Kaplan Bar Review, and Quantum Learning Education. Jennifer’s passion for education comes in large part from her grandmother, who was an award-winning teacher in New York and continues to be fueled by her daughter, Jyla and love of lifelong learning.
Jennifer holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona and an M.P.A. from California State University, Fresno. She is personally dedicated to youth education, live theater, dance, and various activist groups. Jennifer is a strategic and operating consultant for Quantum Learning Education, a certified Gyrotonic instructor, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the West Valley Playhouse (WHCT) as well is the lead choreographer for the theatres musicals, and is the casting director for MOXIE Theatre in San Diego as examples of her further commitment to her passions.
Lara Goldstone currently serves as a Literacy Curriculum Specialist for Green Dot Public Schools. Her work focuses on closing the achievement gap for historically under-served students through increasing student engagement with reading and writing in the secondary classroom. Prior to assuming this role, Lara served in a variety of leadership positions in local charter schools, including Common Core Lead and Director of Middle School Instruction. Lara spent the first decade of her career teaching children in Oakland, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Lara holds a Bachelor’s in Literature from Yale and a Master’s of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard. She lives in South Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Ben Howell is General Counsel at Caruso, a privately held real estate development company based in Los Angeles. Mr. Howell oversees Carusoâ€™s legal affairs, representing the company and collaborating with its outside counsel on business and real estate transactions and litigation and land use matters. Prior to joining Caruso, Mr. Howell was an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP and served as a law clerk to Hon. Harold Baer, Jr. of the Southern District of New York. Mr. Howell is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley School of Law. Mr. Howell is also on the board of The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit dedicated to developing urban parks and community gardens in underserved neighborhoods in greater Los Angeles.
Rebecca Hutchinson has 20 years’ experience in public relations and marketing communications. Most recently, she has consulted with several non-profits and start-up organizations, developing and executing short- and long-range communications programs. Her specialty is cause-related communications. Previously, Rebecca developed and managed broad, strategic communications plans as vice president at JS2 Communications, a bi-coastal firm focused on lifestyle, entertainment and F&B (food and beverage) public relations. Prior to joining JS2Communications , Rebecca worked at Porter Novelli, a top ten global public relations agency, and also worked as a consultant. Rebecca earned a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College and a M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. She has served as communications and outreach advisor to the Larchmont Schools since 2005 and has been a member of the Board of Directors on and off since 2005.
Gabi Loeb is currently Executive Vice President, Finance & Operations at ZEFR, a Los Angeles-base startup specializing in video software enterprise solutions. Previously, he was Vice President of Finance at The Audience, where he managed finances and accounting. Gabi also served as Vice President of Finance at Fox Interactive Media and MySpace, where he led a global team in all aspects of financial and strategic planning and budgeting, eventually helping to sell the company to Specific Media in 2011.
From 2007 to 2009, he worked in the Corporate Finance group at Gemstar-TV Guide and held several finance and business planning roles at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He spent the early part of his career as a Research Assistant at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and as a management consultant at LEK Consulting in Los Angeles. Gabi holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Skye Patrick was appointed LA County Library Director on February 1, 2016. She has held leadership roles at Broward County, Queens Public Library, and San Francisco Public Library. Ms. Patrick manages the Library’s $201 million annual budget and is responsible for the operation of the Library’s 87 libraries and a 15-vehicle mobile fleet, serving 3.4 million residents in a 3,000 mile area.
Ms. Patrick is committed to break down barriers and increase access for all, she introduced the iCount equity initiative, which ensures that library services and programs address the needs of the diverse community it serves. As the LA County Library Director, Ms. Patrick continues to reinforce the Library’s role in the community as a civic and cultural center, a hub for public information and services, and an institution of literacy, innovation, and lifelong learning.
Ms. Patrick was appointed to the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), in July 2017. In January 2019, Patrick was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, one of the most established industry publications.
Mario Perez serves as the Director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health where he is responsible for guiding a team of more than 320 employees and managing the annual investment of more than $105 million in local, State and federal resources that support the delivery of HIV and STD services through more than 70 partner organizations. He is a leader on State, local, and national HIV policy issues, serving as a past member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS in the Obama Administration, the Board of Directors of the National Minority AIDS Council, a member of the National Council of STD Directors, a member of the AIDS United Public Policy Committee and a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV. Over the last 20 years, he has testified before Congress, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the Los Angeles City Council to address a range of HIV/AIDS issues, including the need for scientifically-proven interventions, adequate resources, and increased accountability. He earned a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Biology from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and lives with his wife Karly and two sons Luca and Milo.
Sheryl Rosenberg is an active trial lawyer and chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.
Combining her acumen in the courtroom and boardroom with her passion for assisting others, she finds success in leading teams with professionalism and civility.
Sheryl's clients include private and public entities facing challenges in the areas of bullying, harassment and abuse, as well as breach of contract and product liability claims. She is personally involved in all aspects of her clients' cases, including pre-trial and trial strategy, depositions, court appearances, trial, and presentations to clients' boards. Frequently opposing high profile attorneys, Sheryl is known for approaching her cases with an eye towards early evaluation and negotiation of complex issues and the ability to litigate those issues that remain.
Scott worked as a high school math/science teacher in New York City and East Los Angeles, and originally joined PCSD in the summer of 2007 as an Education Pioneers Fellow. He rejoined PCSD on a full-time basis as a Project Manager in April 2008, becoming Director of Finance & Operations in 2010 and then Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Scott holds a B.S. in Biology and Mathematics from Georgetown University, an M.S. in Cellular Biology from New York University, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Collette Williams Alleyne
Collette Williams Alleyne, Senior Director of Education, has 18 years of experience in alternative and arts education. Currently, she serves as the Senior Director of Education at Inner-City Arts, in which she oversees all arts instruction programs for K-12 students. Previously, Collette served as the Director of Instruction for Opportunities for Learning and Options for Youth, where she established partnerships with schools to provide students with summer programs to reduce summertime learning loss. Collette joined Opportunities for Learning in 2004 and achieved several promotions in her tenure, having served as: Academic Recovery Teacher, Area Curriculum Advisor, Assistant Principal, Regional Supervisor, and Educational Programs Project Coach. Collette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a Multiple Subject Credential from the University of New Orleans, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Clear California Administrative Credential. Before moving to California, Collette was an Instructor for New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, NOCCA|Riverfront, and Adjunct Instructor at Dillard University of New Orleans.
Robin is currently leading the marketing efforts for a new digital TV platform that is in stealth mode. As the Chief Marketing Officer, she is responsible for brand development, positioning and building the marketing strategy and data infrastructure and audience for the launch of the company.
Prior to this role, she was Playboy's Senior Vice President Marketing of Digital Media, where she led the brand relaunch of this iconic brand’s digital media properties to grow and retain the audience, and make the brand relevant again. Before joining Playboy, Robin led and created digital marketing strategy for leaders in the digital space demonstrating a proven track record of working on emerging digital platforms and driving meaningful business results focused on both acquiring and retaining customers, while reinforcing brand values. At Yahoo!, Robin was the Head of Social Marketing. During her tenure, she built out social marketing as a key channel for the Yahoo’s digital marketing mix. She worked across the teams on products and properties to integrate social strategies. In addition, she held several roles to build advertiser and publisher relationships, with direct impact on multi-million dollar per year revenue streams.
Robin received her MBA from The Anderson School at University of California, Los Angeles. She has been recognized by the Internet Advertising Bureau with a Service Excellence Award for their Paid, Owned, Earned Media initiative. She is currently a board member for Larchmont Charter School. She lives in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California with her husband, two sons and two dogs.
We are profoundly grateful to our former Board Chairs for their exemplary leadership and unwavering commitment to our community:
- Heather Boylston
- Danny Corwin
- Kriste Dragon
- Ben Paul
- Octavio Pescador, PhD
- Alicia Lara
- Paulette Light
- Susan Lee
- Eugene D. Straub
- Lindsay Sturman