About the Foundation

The Alliance Foundation is a hub of engaged, enthusiastic philanthropists and advocates that are helping propel Alliance into the top echelons of public schools systems in California and Alliance scholars to college completion. We bring together diverse leaders and communities to transform the public education landscape in Los Angeles to one that puts equity, justice and achievement at its center. 

Since our incorporation in 2019, we have remained steadfast in our mission to raise resources and visibility for the Alliance network of schools, advocate for policies that improve quality public education for historically underserved youth, and build partnerships to strengthen Alliance schools and the communities that Alliance serves. We believe in the unlimited potential of our scholars and work to shine a bright light on what is possible for all public schools.

About Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools has set the pace in public education for nearly two decades. One of the largest and most successful public charter school networks in the country, Alliance schools defy the odds, closing the opportunity gap for more than 12,000 scholars who attend our 26 middle and high schools in Los Angeles’ most underserved communities. Ninety-three percent of incoming 6th grade scholars arrive at Alliance four grade levels behind. Yet, year in and year out, 97% of Alliance seniors are accepted to college, with 85% admitted to a four-year college or university.

Alliance schools now look to the future, setting an ambitious goal to ensure Alliance scholars not only get into college, but that they thrive in and graduate from college. The Alliance aspiration is that 75% of scholars earn a four-year degree.

Learn more about the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools here, and through our Annual Report.

Board of Trustees

The Alliance Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of a diverse array of Los Angeles area civic, business and education leaders who champion educational equity and share a deep commitment to helping our scholars realize their dreams. They recognize that every child in our city deserves access to a high-quality education and a shot at a bright future, regardless of a child’s zip code or socioeconomic background.

The members are: 

Brett
Brewer

Co-Chair

Kara
Sax

Co-Chair

Jennifer
DiGrazia

Vice-Chair

Michael
Woronoff

Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee

Dale
Okuno

Secretary

James
Andrews

Board Member

Peter
Bachmann

Board Member

Frank
Baxter

Board Member

Gilbert
Dávila

Board Member

Lauren
Edgerton

Board Member

David
Fisher

Board Member

Marcos
Gonzalez

Chair, Nominating Committee 

Erik
Kronstadt

Chair, Audit Committee

Sabrina Leichtman-Levine

Board Member

Roopali
Malhotra

Board Member

Jeff
Marine

Board Member

Pedro
Martí

Board Member

Joe
McDevitt

Co-Chair, Development Committee 

Walter
Mosley

Board Member

Glenn
Rotner

Chair, Mentorship Committee

Harry
Smith

Board Member

Eva
Stern

Board Member

Milton
Valera

Board Member

Craig
Vaughan

Co-Chair, Development Committee 

Foundation Staff

Catherine Suitor

Executive
Director

Tiffany Markarian

Vice President,
Development

Kari Sartorius

Director, Events & Annual Giving

Kristen Laskaris

Director, Institutional
Giving

Dulce Appiagyei

Manager, Foundation Operations

Samantha Parham

Manager, Communications & Development

Naomi Broder

Development
Associate