About the SSB

The Alliance Foundation Scholar Success Board (SSB) is a group of young professionals in fields ranging from consulting, finance, and tech to entertainment, education, and more. The SSB works to gather philanthropic-minded civic leaders who believe education is important, are aware of the critical issues facing our public schools, and want to help scholars in LA’s most systemically oppressed communities.

Our mission is to inspire Alliance scholars to elevate their college ambitions and to develop resources to make those ambitions attainable.

Our purpose is to empower our scholars to be examples for their families and communities of what is possible with a strong academic foundation.

What We Do

The SSB collaborates with the Alliance board, Alliance staff, and Alliance’s 26 high-performing, tuition-free, open-enrollment middle and high schools to:

  • Raise money for Alliance to fund college scholarships and other student-facing initiatives (Fundraising and Marketing)
  • Organize new scholar events and resources and assist with existing college and career events for Alliance scholars (Scholar Advocacy and Support)
  • Engage and build the SSB member pipeline (Membership)

Over the past decade, the Scholar Success Board has raised more than $1.5 million in college scholarships.

Calendar of Events

AugustFiscal Year Goal Setting
September – October:Alliance School-Based Volunteer Opportunities
November: ‘Leaders of Change’ SSB Fall Fundraiser
December:‘Black, Proud, College Bound’ Volunteer Opportunity
January – February:Scholarships Volunteer Recruitment
March: Reading and Scoring Scholarship Applications
April:Scholarships Interview Day
May:‘Heroes Among Us’ Spring Fundraiser
June:Scholarships Culmination Event
July:  Summer Recess


Tamara Keller, The Sax Agency 
Jessica Massa, Producer, Director, Story-Teller 

Members at Large

Christine Bae, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Hannah Cannom, Walker Stevens Cannom LLP
Rebecca Chin, Airbnb
Irina Constantin, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Will Craig, Capital International Investors
Zach Friedland, Live Nation 
Dr. Reginald Hill
Erik Kronstadt, Accenture
Alex Lujan, Family Engagement Lab

Roopali Malhotra, Ellison Institute 
Roxana Muñoz
Eric Pedroza, Meta
Omar Prudencio Gonzalez, Abundant Housing LA
Ixchel Quiroz, Accenture
Abbey Raish, Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
Andrew Sahn, SB Projects 
Darin Smith-Gaddis, CEA CAPA Education Abroad 

Join Us

Be a part of the movement to transform the public education landscape in LA!
For more information on how to get involved, contact Kari Sartorius at ksartorius@laalliancefoundation.org or (818) 877-8225.