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

Jasmin Ampaw

Director of Human Resources

Alvina Aratyunyan, CPA


Mara Bond

Director of Schools

Aisha Bonner

Director of Schools

Lynnzi Brianza

Managing Director of Public Affairs

Dennis Chao

Director of Finance

Kim Dammann

Managing Director of Student Services

Eric DeSobe

Director of Talent Acquisition

Erik Hagstrom

Director of Real Estate

Ms. Queenie Johnson, M.A.

Director of Equity

Carlos Lanuza

Director of Schools

Brett Leghorn

Director of School Operations

Cindy Malouf

Director of Marketing & Communications

James Marin

Director of Leadership Development

Tiffany Markarian

Director of 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

Lonneshia Webb

Director of KIPP Forward

Cesely Westmoreland, Esq.

Registered In-House Counsel

Chelsea Zegarski

Director of Schools

School Leadership

Yesenia Castro

School Leader, KIPP Raíces Academy

John Coleman

School Leader, KIPP Academy of Opportunity

Michelle Cornejo

Interim School Leader, KIPP Corazon Academy

Roxanne Cowperthwaite

School Leader, KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

Karla Davalos

Interim School Leader, KIPP Sol Academy

Tricia Dong

School Leader, KIPP Generations Academy

Amber Fleming-Morales

School Leader, KIPP Promesa Prep

Libby Gronquist

School Leader, KIPP Philosophers Academy

Melissa Helguera

Co-School Leader, KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Tania Hernandez

School Leader, KIPP Iluminar Academy

Danielle Johnson

School Leader, KIPP Ignite Academy

Katelyn Johnson

Interim School Leader, KIPP Pueblo Unido

Monica Madrigal

School Leader, KIPP LA Prep

LeAnna Majors

Co-School Leader, KIPP Compton Community School

Tiffany Moore

School Leader, KIPP Scholar Academy

Courtney Richardson

Co-School Leader, KIPP Compton Community School

Daisy Salazar

School Leader, KIPP Poder Public School

Claudia Solórzano

School Leader, KIPP Corazón Academy

Melissa Torres

Interim School Leader, KIPP Pueblo Unido

Amanda Tran

School Leader, KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy

Chinedu Udeh

School Leader, KIPP Empower Academy

Krystal Vega-Washington

Co-School Leader, KIPP Comienza Community Prep