Our Team and Family

At KIPP SoCal, we believe in reflecting our communities, and are committed to diversity and investing in professional development. 80% of our family and 66% of our leadership team identify as people of color, 79% of our leadership identify as female, and 82% of our leaders are developed from within.

Meet our talented and passionate leaders below.

Senior Leadership

Angella Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

Kevika Amar

Chief of Academics

Joanna Belcher

Chief External Impact Officer

Jenn Miranda

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Rojas-Soto

Chief Talent & Equity Officer

Kyle Salyer

Chief Financial Officer

Belen Sanchez

Chief of Staff

Amber Young Medina

Chief of Schools

Leadership Team

Alvina Aratyunyan, CPA


Mara Bond

Director of Schools

Aisha Bonner

Director of Schools

Lynnzi Brianza

Managing Director of Public Affairs

Lonneshia Burrell

Director of KIPP Forward

Dennis Chao

Director of Finance

Kim Dammann

Managing Director of Student Services

Eric DeSobe

Director of Talent Acquisition

Erik Hagstrom

Director of Real Estate

Dr. Queenie Johnson

Director of Equity

Carlos Lanuza

Director of Schools

Brett Leghorn

Director of School Operations

Cindy Malouf

Director of Marketing & Communications

Dr. James R. Marín

Director of Leadership Development

Carrie Olshan

Director of Special Education

Adriana Rodriguez

Director of Leadership Development

Andrew Simmerman

Director of Community & Donor Relations

Megan Szabo

Director of Talent Development

Cynthia Thomas

Director of Advocacy & Community Engagement

Cesely Westmoreland, Esq.

Registered In-House Counsel

Chelsea Zegarski

Director of Schools

School Leadership

Yesenia Castro

School Leader, KIPP Raíces Academy

Amanda Cavagnero

Co-School Leader, KIPP Comienza Community Prep

John Coleman

School Leader, KIPP Academy of Opportunity

Roxanne Cowperthwaite

School Leader, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

Christine Crawley

Co-School Leader, KIPP Compton Community School

Karla Davalos

School Leader, KIPP Sol Academy

Tricia Dong

School Leader, KIPP Generations Academy

Maggie Estrada

School Leader, KIPP Endeavor College Prep

Libby Gronquist

School Leader, KIPP Philosophers Academy

Tania Hernandez

School Leader, KIPP Iluminar Academy

Danielle Johnson

School Leader, KIPP Ignite Academy

Daisy Lovera

School Leader, KIPP Pueblo Unido

Tommy McConnell

School Leader, KIPP Scholar Academy

Christopher Rozario

School Leader, KIPP Academy of Innovation

Daisy Salazar-Garza

School Leader, KIPP Poder Public School

Liliana Alarid Sandoval

School Leader, KIPP Promesa Prep

Claudia Solórzano

Co-School Leader, KIPP Corazón Academy

Melissa Torres

Co-School Leader, KIPP Corazón Academy

Amanda Tran

School Leader, KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy

Courtney Tyler

Co-School Leader, KIPP Compton Community School

Chinedu Udeh

School Leader, KIPP Empower Academy

Ambar Valencia

Co-School Leader, KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Sara Worthington

Interim School Leader, KIPP LA Prep