On January 1, 2020 Alliance transitioned to a new, simplified governance structure in order to comply with California’s new state law on charter oversight SB 126 and to best meet the needs of scholars, staff, families, and communities. The new Alliance Governing Board of Directors will offer expertise in facilities, finance, legal, and education. Their knowledge will strengthen the strategic direction, academic success, sustainability, and accountability of Alliance.
One of the primary goals in this governance transition has been to preserve autonomy and flexibility at our schools, which has been a hallmark of Alliance’s success since our founding in 2004. The Governing Board will have strong ties to stakeholders at each school site through the School Site Advisory Council (SSAC). The council provides a platform for peer-elected scholars, teachers, staff members, families, and community members to participate in decision-making at their school with their principal, and will maintain a feedback loop with the Governing Board through a representative process.
The first board meeting will be held in February 2020 and will be open to the public. Check back soon for more details.
MEET THE ALLIANCE GOVERNING BOARD
The founding members of our new governing board represent the racial and experiential diversity of our scholars and are fully invested in our mission that all scholars can succeed in college and beyond. We are still looking to build our Alliance board so if you know exceptional candidates who meet the proposed criteria outlined on this submission form, please nominate them.
MICHELE SIQUEIROS, President, The Campaign for College Opportunity
Michele Siqueiros oversees the Campaign for College Opportunity’s strategy, policy priorities, fundraising, and serves as the organization’s leading spokesperson. Ms. Siqueiros has been with the Campaign since 2004, serving first as the Associate Director and then as President for the past 11 years. Michele is an alumna of LAUSD schools and a proud parent of a LACES senior and of an alumnus of Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School.
VIRGIL ROBERTS, Managing Partner of Bobbitt & Roberts
Virgil Roberts has served on the current Alliance Board of Directors since its founding in 2004. Mr. Roberts is a highly respected civil rights attorney and community leader. He is currently the managing partner of Bobbitt & Roberts, a law firm he helped form. Mr. Roberts is also the co-creator of UCLA’s African American Studies Center and has a background in the entertainment industry, including formerly serving as president of Solar Records.
Dr. Clarence G. Miller is one of our community’s most accomplished and respected educational leaders. After a distinguished career in telecommunications, Dr. Miller began a career in secondary education in Texas and California, later serving at Alliance as a principal for five years at Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School. During his tenure at Simon Tech, and every year since, the school was recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top high schools in America.
TOM HEYMANN, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Notary Association
Since 2012, Mr. Heymann has led the National Notary Association which has trained, served and advocated for nearly 200 million public notaries since 1957. He has more than 40 years of experience in executive management and corporate governance in operationally complex, service-intensive environments spanning a variety of industries and geographies.
JOE DRAKE, Chairman, the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Joe Drake has served on the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools’ Board of Directors since 2012 and has demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to Alliance school’s communities through his leadership and direct mentorship. He is one of Hollywood’s most respected studio executives. As Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Mr. Drake is responsible for overseeing its feature film business. Mr. Drake has deep expertise in strategy, executive leadership, and change management.