Matthew J. Eandi, Esq., Eandi Law Group APC. Mr. Eandi is an attorney at the law firm of Eandi Law Group APC. His practice areas include business and individual dispute resolution, receiverships, secured transactions, landlord-tenant, real estate, construction law, fraud and crisis management. He also serves as “outside general counsel” to smaller, entrepreneurial businesses. As a Los Angeles-native, Mr. Eandi is passionate about the growth and development of the City of Los Angeles and the economy of the State of California. He began his work with Resolute Academy as a founding member in 2012. He believes that a strong academic foundation is not only pivotal in opening opportunities for individual success, but also betters communities by empowering the students who reside there to contribute to the community.
Kurt Gramm, Plant Manager at Haskel International. In his role at Haskel International Kurt helps companies and departments reach their objectives and goals by analyzing current processes and encouraging team members to provide more effecient methods in reaching the desired results. My participation on the Resolute Academy Board all started when an admired past cohort of mine and a current Resolute Board member asked me if I would be interested in joining, and if so, I needed to talk to Natasha. After talking to Natasha I was inspired by her passion and vision for the academy, I just knew I wanted to be a part of the team. Being part of something larger than myself and giving back to the community was just what I was looking for and so far I have not been disappointed. My background and expertise in accounting and financial processes seemed to be what the Board members were looking for, so it felt like a perfect fit. This experience has introduced to me to new world, for I have worked mostly in a for-profit manufacturing environment and I am learning how to translate those skills into a non-profit educational setting.
Kedisa Johnson, Managing Director and Project Consultant at Synthesis Enterprise Management Group, contributes expertise in nonprofit program management, organizational development, and community-building to the Founding Board. Having led various initiatives related to global and community-based education and economic development, Ms. Johnson's experience ranges from partnership and donor development to strategic planning and stakeholder management. In her current role as Managing Director and Project Consultant at Synthesis Enterprise Management Group, a consultancy of independent subject matter experts serving the nonprofit, civic, public and private sectors. She works with organizations to develop their strategic plans, fund and donor development strategy, capacity building framework, and collaborative partnership structures. An active community member, Ms. Johnson seeks to have continued impact and serves as the Los Angles Liaison for the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Project Management Institute. Ms/ Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and she is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration at Mt. St. Mary's College. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps and the Riordan Leadership Institute.
Jason Mandell, Director of Advocacy Communications at the California Charter School Association, whose mission is to advance the charter school movement throughout California. Mr. Mandell handles media and communications, with a particular focus on the organization's efforts to advocate for equitable policies for all students and raise public awareness. A former journalist, Mr. Mandell has reported on a wide range of political, economic and social issues for L.A. Weekly, L.A. Downtown News and other publications. Reporting on efforts to transform struggling schools led Mr. Mandell to seek out a role in education advocacy. He has also mentored and tutored elementary school students as a volunteer with School on Wheels and Young Storytellers. Raised in New York, Mr. Mandell received a Bachelor's degree in English from Pomona College.
Analee Villalpando is the Director of Resident Services at Thomas Safran and Associates (TSA), a Southern California-based affordable housing company. In this position, Ms. Villalpando coordinates on-site educational, exercise and social programs for over 10,000 residents that reside within the TSA apartment communities. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Villalpando has applied her passion and skills to provide underserved communities, such as inner-city students and immigrant families, with the tools and resources they needed in order to enhance their quality of life. After graduation from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts, she focused her efforts on helping the many under-served communities of Los Angeles, and in 2009 became an After-School Site Coordinator for the nationally recognized non-profit Youth Policy Institute. There, Ms. Villalpando oversaw the year-round academic, enrichment and athletic after-school programs that took place at Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, a high-performing school in inner-city Los Angeles. Ms. Villalpando brings a variety of skills such as community outreach, social services, program development, event and fundraising coordination, and hiring to the Resolute Academy Board of Directors.
Leigh is an interdisciplinary project manager, evaluator, and grant writer who has engaged in a variety of research and teaching experiences over her career. She is a passionate advocate for education reform, currently working with the California Charter Schools Association as their Director of Grants. Prior to her work with CCSA, she was a researcher in science education and was the Assistant Director of the Nashville site of the NASA-sponsored Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) from 2006 until 2009. In her spare time, she serves on the board of Resolute Academy Charter School in South Los Angeles as well as volunteering with the Santa Monica-based nonprofit Beautify Earth, previously serving as a longtime moderator of reddit's AskScience site and spending several years as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. Leigh received her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and her M.S. in the Biological Sciences both from Tennessee State University, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University with a minor in Art History. She currently lives in Santa Monica with her husband, teenage son, and three dogs.
Amy Spade Silverman, Education Program Officer at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, works to improve educational equity and access in public schools for poor students and students of color. She oversees middle school and high school programmatic initiatives to raise graduation rates and to ensure that students graduate college and career ready. Ms. Silverman herself grew up poor in Detroit, was a first generation college graduate, and became a career independent schools educator. She taught and served in administrative roles at high schools in Houston, Detroit, New York City, and Palo Alto before settling in Los Angeles with her family. Ms. Silverman holds a BA from University of Michigan and an MFA from University of Houston.