Chief Executive Officer
Oliver was named the 2006 Teacher of the Year in the Boston Public Schools. Shortly after, he moved to Chicago to help start the expansion of the Noble Network of Charter Schools and founded UIC College Prep, the #1 non-selective high school in Chicago. He was then appointed onto the executive cabinet as Chicago Public School’s first Chief Portfolio Officer where he led the city’s strategic efforts of opening new schools, closing low performing schools and converting the district to operate as a portfolio of schools. Oliver attended the University of Southern California and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As Chief Executive Officer of Ednovate, Oliver is responsible for overall leadership of the organization and the continuous development of our student centered instructional model. Outside of work Oliver loves running, golf, reading, outdoor concerts, quality time with loved ones and searching for the world’s best nachos.
Principal, USC College Prep, Orange Campus
Rosa Elena Alanis was born and raised in North East Los Angeles and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Over the course of her career, she has been an elementary school teacher, Literacy Coach, Dean of Students, and Principal. For the last eight years,Rosa has been part of a transformative educational movement that is defying statistics for low-income students of color in Chicago. As the principal of the Noble Campus- Golder College Prep, she led her school to be among the top ten open enrollment high schools in the city of Chicago when it comes to ACT scores for 5 consecutive years. She is thrilled to finally be coming home to Los Angeles to join the Ednovate team as a founding principal. Rosa has a B.A. from the University of California Riverside in Liberal Studies, an M.A. from Pepperdine University in Education, and an M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles in Education Administration. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, zumba, and spending time with her husband and three young boys: Antonio, Emilio, and Manolo who are all under the age of 6.
Principal, USC College Prep, Santa Ana Campus
Evelyn Castro began her journey in education as a Teach for America corps member and founding teacher at Alliance Health Services Academy High School, in South Los Angeles. Through this role, she was able to support the school in the development of a positive school culture and rigorous instructional program. During this time she also founded several programs including RISE (Rising Inner-City Students through Education), a program dedicated to providing students and families with college support and guidance. For three consecutive years, Evelyn took three cohorts of high school students in RISE to the East Coast to visit top universities. Evelyn transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal at the same school, where she led teachers in implementing a rigorous curriculum, reinforced strong school-family communication, and led the school to full WASC accreditation. She graduated the first three senior classes of Alliance Health Services Academy High School, prior to joining Ednovate. Evelyn is a passionate school leader who believes in creating and nurturing environment where every child is valued and where each student’s strengths, areas of growth, experiences, and passions can inform a truly personalized learning experience. She received her B.A. in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her M.A. in Urban Education-Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Today, Evelyn is excited to be a part of a successful and growing network and is honored to lead the third Ednovate high school in the community of Santa Ana. In her free time, Evelyn enjoys cooking, traveling, and going on hikes with her two boxers, Rocco and Sasha.
Principal, USC Brío College Prep
Jeanie Cho is the first in her family to go off to college, studying mathematics and education at Azusa Pacific University. She grew up with Korean immigrant parents who worked relentlessly to provide a better future for their family and who taught her to have a similar spirit and attitude toward pursuing her own dreams. She joined Teach For America- Chicago, where she taught high school math at CICS Northtown Academy. After a few years, Jeanie continued teaching math at UIC College Prep before transitioning into college persistence work. As the College and Alumni Counselor, Jeanie learned of her high school alumni's gaps in knowledge and skill necessary to persist in college. Her passion to ensure students developed in these areas throughout their high school career led her to join the School Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time on the east coast, she served as a principal intern for Cambridge Street Upper School. Now, Jeanie is the founding principal for USC Brío College Prep and works with first-generation college attending students. When Jeanie is not working, she recharges through listening to podcasts, practicing yoga or salsa dancing.
Principal, USC East College Prep
As principal of USC East College Prep, Drew brings tremendous excitement for working with students on the East side of LA and helping them make their own Positive Multigenerational Change. Prior, he was the Principal Intern at CatalystMaria High School in Chicago. For the previous four years, Drew served as a science teacher, 11th grade level chair and science department chair at UIC College Prep, a campus of Noble Street Charter Schools. Drew is most proud of his 14 advisees – 100% of his advisory attended a 4 year university! – and of all of his 11th graders in Chicago – they earned the highest average ACT scores of any nonselective enrollment school in the city of Chicago for 3 years running. A proud Blue Devil, Drew graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and later earned his Master's Degree from National Louis University. In his free time, Drew loves to stay active – he's been learning how to surf!
Olumide (Mac) Macaulay
Principal, USC Hybrid High
Olumide (Mac) Macaulay is a Trojan graduating in 2001 from the University of Southern California. Macaulay is also an alumnus of Teach for America Los Angeles. He spent seven years at Markham Middle School in Watts, where he taught seventh and eighth grade science, leadership, and Youth Lead Gang Intervention. Prior to joining the Hybrid High team, Mac served as Founding Dean and Assistant Principal at Animo Locke II Charter High School, a Green Dot Public School in South Los Angeles. Mac joined USC Hybrid High in 2012 as a founding science teacher. He achieved such impressive results in the classroom, that he was appointed to serve as Assistant Principal for Hybrid High in April 2013 and then as Principal in July 2014. Today, he continues to work to inspire young people by providing them intellectual nourishment, academic rigor, and personal attention.
Director of Family Engagement & Strategy
Jenny Aguas, born and raised in Los Angeles, is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants. She is a fierce education advocate working to advance educational equity for all students. Jenny began her educational advocacy assisting high school students in the migrant community of Pescadero, in Northern California. Prior to joining Ednovate, she served the students and families in Los Angeles for ten years with the office of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Mónica García. As Chief of Staff for Board District 2, she helped develop policies that refocused LAUSD to prepare more children to read and write at grade level and to create pathways out of poverty through education. Throughout her tenure, Jenny served in various capacities such as Policy Director, and Director of Community Engagement, to explore collaborative opportunities for student growth and achievement, building partnerships, and engaging parents, community and stakeholders in the process. A proud LAUSD graduate, Jenny received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. In her role at Ednovate, Jenny works with and supports our talented school leaders in the development and strengthening of Family Engagement and Student Recruitment strategies.
Senior Associate of Business Operations
Megan always enjoyed working with youth in outdoor education and wilderness therapy, and was excited to begin her journey in education after completing her B.S. in Psychology at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She started her path in education as a Founding AmeriCorps Fellow at Phoenix Academy Lawrence, tutoring students for the MA state test and supporting the teachers and staff in the first year of the school. The following year, she was the first Operations Manager at Phoenix Academy Lawrence, building systems and running the non-instructional functions of the school. In those years, she learned a lot and fully realized her enthusiasm for school operations and the impact it has on running an excellent school. Looking for a new opportunity led Megan to LA, where she was the Founding Director of Operations at Collegiate Charter High School in East LA. She was happy to get to know the community and learn all the differences of running a school in California. Megan was looking to grow into a new role and was excited to find an opportunity at Ednovate continuing her work in school operations working with several schools to support Positive Multigenerational Change in our schools and communities. Megan also loves to do all things outside, especially hiking, backpacking, snorkeling, and road tripping to explore the beautiful West Coast.
Director of Special Education
A former corporate attorney, Kesso found her passion in education. As an educator, she believes her mission is to ensure all students recognize and develop their unique gifts to make positive contributions to their peers, communities and the world. Kesso began her career in education with the Urban Teachers program, earning a dual Masters in Education and Special Education while working at Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. During her time at Friendship she taught special education in inclusion and self-contained settings as a lead teacher and served as a Special Education Coordinator. Having grown up in the D.C. area, she spends her free time investigating whether the West Coast really is the best coast. She also enjoys time in the sun, practicing yoga and spending quality time with family and friends.
Chief of Schools
Lauryn began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, MD at Westport Academy. After completing her two-year commitment, she worked as a Program Director for Teach for America-Chicago. Desiring a more direct impact, Lauryn returned to the classroom and joined Noble as a Founding Science Instructor at UIC College Prep. In her two years at UICCP, she chaired and facilitated data analysis for the department and co-authored the department’s first, second, and third year curricula. She was then selected to serve as the Founding Assistant Principal at Johnson College Prep before being appointed to found Hansberry College Prep as principal. Hansberry College Prep became Noble’s first campus, and the first charter in Illinois, to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. In 2015, Hansberry College Prep was the highest performing non-selective school on Chicago’s south side and 100% of the class of 2016 earned admission to college. Lauryn received both her B.A. in Public Health Studies and M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University, and completed her Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision at National Louis University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, bowling and traveling with her family.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Katie comes to us from the US Navy, where she focused on aviation operations, maintenance and training. Most recently Katie was a MH60R Seahawk helicopter Instructor Pilot and Aircraft Commander. In her role as an Instructor Pilot, Katie developed a training continuum and curriculum for student helicopter pilots. Her vast experience gave her expertise in operations, project management, data management, and process improvement. Katie holds an MS in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a BS in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy. In her role as Director of Strategic Partnerships, Katie leads the organization's fundraising initiatives and supports facilities operations and strategic growth. Outside of work, Katie enjoys time with her husband and two children, hiking around Los Angeles, going to concerts, and discovering new restaurants.
Director of Technology
The son of two nonprofit administrators, Josh Kinoshita has been committed to serving his community from a young age. While completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science & Sociology at UCLA, Josh spent much of his time as a Director of the school's studentled Special Olympics program. Upon graduation, Josh became a 6th grade math and science teacher and department lead in MidCity Los Angeles. Josh then joined KIPP LA Schools as part of their technology team, helping the organization as it grew from 3 to 9 schools. Currently, Josh serves as a Founding Board Member of Young Education Professionals Los Angeles. In his role at Ednovate, Josh oversees technology planning, support, and infrastructure development and assists in the development of the organization's online presence. Outside of work, Josh enjoys playing music and spending time with his wife and young son.
Director of Talent & Human Resources
Shelley is a Southern California native and the child of a middle school science teacher. After graduating from UC San Diego with a BS in Psychology, Shelley wanted to get a taste of the city life. Always drawn to the education field, she began her career as an HR Assistant at Room to Read in San Francisco. Through Room to Read's mission of Girls' Education and Literacy in low-income countries, Shelley's commitment to a quality education for all children grew and her passion for supporting educators started. She developed a strong HR foundation by learning the ins & outs of recruitment, onboarding, HR technology systems, professional development and more. After 5 wonderful years with Room to Read, Shelley opted for colder weather in a bigger city and joined Uncommon Schools in New York City. Uncommon, a large charter management organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap, operates 50+ schools across 6 regions in the Northeast and has over 3000 employees. As the Director of HR, Shelley focused on managing a team and building systems to support Uncommon's growth to scale. Most recently, Shelley has relocated back to her native SoCal and is beyond excited to have found a home with Ednovate. Outside of work, Shelley is usually spending time with her big family, stopping by Target whenever possible or just counting down days to the next Olympics or World Cup.
Manager of Data Integration & Analysis
Nicole began her journey in the education space by running a STEM outreach program serving over 300 female students during her undergraduate studies at Duke University where she received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Spanish. Her passion for education continued to grow as she began her career in management consulting with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations group in New York. At Deloitte, she developed her analytical, strategic, and project management skillsets while deepening her experience in education through her work with Future Leaders Institute Charter School and Junior Achievement. From there, she decided to pursue her M.B.A. and returned to Duke with the goal of applying her love of data and strategy towards serving students, schools, and families – she is thrilled to have found the opportunity to do so with the Ednovate team. When she’s not getting overexcited about a new data trick that she’s learned, you will likely find Nicole with her nose in a book, running along the beach, or cheering on her beloved Blue Devils!
Chief Operating Officer
Reid Phillips was raised by two school district superintendents and has long had a passion for education. As a Teach For America corps member, Reid was a successful middle school teacher in the South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles where he increased mathematics proficiency by 65% for a cohort of 120 students in one year. Reid combines his passion for student achievement with the skills he acquired through working in the private sector as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. In addition to his role at Ednovate, Reid is currently a Founding Board Member for Summit Preparatory Charter School. Reid holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Reid leads the organization’s financial management, budgeting, real estate search and acquisition, facilities operations, and supports fundraising private and public grants. Reid fills his free time playing tennis, making music and attending LA’s many live concerts.
Senior Associate of Development & External Affairs
Had you asked Alexa in 2012 what she'd be doing today, she would've confidently said, working for a top television network assisting casting and development executives. A TFA recruitment manager was able to get her to abandon her previous goals and once she graduated from USC with a B.A. in Communication and joined the 2013 TFA Chicago corps, where she first got a taste of what it was like to have a direct impact on America's youth each and every single day. Alexa first worked as a special education teacher at Muchin College Prep, a Noble Network Charter School, where the students captured her heart and she fell in love with working in education. After her TFA commitment ended, Alexa moved back to the west coast and has been working for Ednovate ever since. She began as a case manager and special education teacher at USC Hybrid High. After completing her Masters in Education through Johns Hopkins University, Alexa was ready for a change and a new opportunity opened on Ednovate's Support Team, so Alexa started a role this past summer in development and external affairs (a.k.a. fundraising and working with our awesome external partners). In her spare time, Alexa loves to travel, spend money on good food and live music, and attends lots of weddings.