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Tommy Chang Joins GPSN

Tommy Chang Joins GPSN

Dec. 9, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA)- Great Public Schools Now today announced that Dr. Tommy Chang will join the nonprofit organization as Senior Advisor of Strategy and Programs. Chang recently served three years as the superintendent of Boston Public Schools and previously was a senior administrator at L.A. Unified and a policy director at the California Charter School Assn.

“Education has played a central part in my entire life, and I am excited to be part of Great Public Schools Now and to work to ensure that every student in Los Angeles has a great public school to attend,”  Chang said. “I look forward to continuing my previous relationships in Los Angeles, as well as forging new ones with Supt. Austin Buetner, board members, and educators to find innovative ways to increase educational opportunity for all children.”

GPSN has partnered with L.A. Unified on many projects, including investing to replicate three high-quality campuses in South L.A. that currently serve nearly 700 students.

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Ana Ponce to Lead Great Public Schools Now

Ana Ponce to Lead Great Public Schools Now

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy CEO to join GPSN on Feb. 1st

Nov. 29, 2018 (LOS ANGELES, CA) - The Board of Great Public Schools Now announced today that it has chosen Ana Ponce as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ponce is the Chief Executive Officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a network of high-performing schools in the MacArthur Park area.

Ponce will join GPSN after almost 18 years at Camino Nuevo, where she led the organization as it grew from one to eight schools. Camino Nuevo currently serves more than 3,600 students from Pre-K to 12th grade and has graduated more than 1,200 alumni. At Camino Nuevo, nearly 80 percent of students enter school as English language learners, more than 97 percent graduate high school, and nine in 10 go on to college. For her efforts, Ana was named one of the top seven most powerful educators in the world by Forbes magazine in 2011.

Ponce grew up in Los Angeles and holds multiple degrees from Middlebury College, Columbia University, UCLA, and Loyola Marymount University. She spent a decade as a classroom teacher and founding team member of the first startup charter school in South L.A. before joining Camino Nuevo in 2001. She is also a national board member of UnidosUS, a national advocacy organization, and a founding member and advisory committee member of EdLoC, an organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices, and influence of people of color in education and to improving public education through more inclusion efforts.

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