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.
Jason Mandell, Account Director at Larson Communications, provides strategic communications guidance to education organizations across California and the nation. Mr. Mandell has served as a communications director at numerous nonprofit organizations that advocate for education reform and for ensuring an equitable and high-quality education for under-served students. 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.
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.