Chief Executive Officer
Oliver was named the 2006 Teacher of the Year in the Boston Public Schools. Shortly after, he moved to Chicago to help start the expansion of the Noble Network of Charter Schools and founded UIC College Prep, the #1 non-selective high school in Chicago. He was then appointed onto the executive cabinet as Chicago Public School’s first Chief Portfolio Officer where he led the city’s strategic efforts of opening new schools, closing low performing schools and converting the district to operate as a portfolio of schools. Oliver attended the University of Southern California and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As Chief Executive Officer of Ednovate, Oliver is responsible for overall leadership of the organization and the continuous development of our student centered instructional model. Outside of work Oliver loves running, golf, reading, outdoor concerts, quality time with loved ones and searching for the world’s best nachos.
Principal, USC College Prep, Orange Campus
Rosa Elena Alanis was born and raised in North East Los Angeles and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Over the course of her career, she has been an elementary school teacher, Literacy Coach, Dean of Students, and Principal. For the last eight years,Rosa has been part of a transformative educational movement that is defying statistics for low-income students of color in Chicago. As the principal of the Noble Campus- Golder College Prep, she led her school to be among the top ten open enrollment high schools in the city of Chicago when it comes to ACT scores for 5 consecutive years. She is thrilled to finally be coming home to Los Angeles to join the Ednovate team as a founding principal. Rosa has a B.A. from the University of California Riverside in Liberal Studies, an M.A. from Pepperdine University in Education, and an M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles in Education Administration. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, zumba, and spending time with her husband and three young boys: Antonio, Emilio, and Manolo who are all under the age of 6.
Principal, USC College Prep, Santa Ana Campus
Evelyn Castro began her journey in education as a Teach for America corps member and founding teacher at Alliance Health Services Academy High School, in South Los Angeles. Through this role, she was able to support the school in the development of a positive school culture and rigorous instructional program. During this time she also founded several programs including RISE (Rising Inner-City Students through Education), a program dedicated to providing students and families with college support and guidance. For three consecutive years, Evelyn took three cohorts of high school students in RISE to the East Coast to visit top universities. Evelyn transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal at the same school, where she led teachers in implementing a rigorous curriculum, reinforced strong school-family communication, and led the school to full WASC accreditation. She graduated the first three senior classes of Alliance Health Services Academy High School, prior to joining Ednovate. Evelyn is a passionate school leader who believes in creating and nurturing environment where every child is valued and where each student’s strengths, areas of growth, experiences, and passions can inform a truly personalized learning experience. She received her B.A. in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her M.A. in Urban Education-Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Today, Evelyn is excited to be a part of a successful and growing network and is honored to lead the third Ednovate high school in the community of Santa Ana. In her free time, Evelyn enjoys cooking, traveling, and going on hikes with her two boxers, Rocco and Sasha.
Principal, USC Brío College Prep
Jeanie Cho is a child of Korean immigrants who taught her the spirit of brio- a determined attitude and relentless pursuit of her dreams. She was the first in her family to go off to study mathematics at Azusa Pacific University. After graduating, she returned home to Chicago and joined Teach For America- Chicago, where she taught high school math at CICS Northtown Academy. After a few years, she continued teaching math at UIC College Prep, where she led her sophomores to achieve the highest ACT-aligned math scores in the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Jeanie transitioned into college persistence work as the College and Alumni Counselor, where she developed a passion for seeing her students through college completion. This inspired her to join the School Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also served as a principal intern for Cambridge Street Upper School. Now, Jeanie is the founding principal for USC Brío College Prep and works with first-generation college attending students. When Jeanie is not working, she recharges through listening to podcasts, practicing yoga or salsa dancing.
Principal, USC East College Prep
As principal of USC East College Prep, Drew brings tremendous excitement for working with students on the East side of LA and helping them make their own Positive Multigenerational Change. Prior, he was the Principal Intern at CatalystMaria High School in Chicago. For the previous four years, Drew served as a science teacher, 11th grade level chair and science department chair at UIC College Prep, a campus of Noble Street Charter Schools. Drew is most proud of his 14 advisees – 100% of his advisory attended a 4 year university! – and of all of his 11th graders in Chicago – they earned the highest average ACT scores of any nonselective enrollment school in the city of Chicago for 3 years running. A proud Blue Devil, Drew graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and later earned his Master's Degree from National Louis University. In his free time, Drew loves to stay active – he's been learning how to surf!
Olumide (Mac) Macaulay
Principal, USC Hybrid High
Olumide (Mac) Macaulay is a Trojan graduating in 2001 from the University of Southern California. Macaulay is also an alumnus of Teach for America Los Angeles. He spent seven years at Markham Middle School in Watts, where he taught seventh and eighth grade science, leadership, and Youth Lead Gang Intervention. Prior to joining the Hybrid High team, Mac served as Founding Dean and Assistant Principal at Animo Locke II Charter High School, a Green Dot Public School in South Los Angeles. Mac joined USC Hybrid High in 2012 as a founding science teacher. He achieved such impressive results in the classroom, that he was appointed to serve as Assistant Principal for Hybrid High in April 2013 and then as Principal in July 2014. Today, he continues to work to inspire young people by providing them intellectual nourishment, academic rigor, and personal attention.
Director of Family Engagement & Strategy
Jenny Aguas, born and raised in Los Angeles, is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants. She is a fierce education advocate working to advance educational equity for all students. Jenny began her educational advocacy assisting high school students in the migrant community of Pescadero, in Northern California. Prior to joining Ednovate, she served the students and families in Los Angeles for ten years with the office of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Mónica García. As Chief of Staff for Board District 2, she helped develop policies that refocused LAUSD to prepare more children to read and write at grade level and to create pathways out of poverty through education. Throughout her tenure, Jenny served in various capacities such as Policy Director, and Director of Community Engagement, to explore collaborative opportunities for student growth and achievement, building partnerships, and engaging parents, community and stakeholders in the process. A proud LAUSD graduate, Jenny received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. In her role at Ednovate, Jenny works with and supports our talented school leaders in the development and strengthening of Family Engagement and Student Recruitment strategies.
Director of Strategy & Implementation
Jessica began her career in education as a teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she led her third graders to achieve significant growth in reading. From the classroom, Jessica joined the team at the KIPP LA Schools network, where she led a variety of projects in the areas of operations, growth, talent recruitment, and grant management. Jessica holds a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her role at Ednovate, Jessica leads strategic initiatives in the areas of operations, compliance, student recruitment, greenlighting and growth, and human resources. When she's not making spreadsheets for Ednovate, Jessica loves exploring LA, putting her passport to use, cooking, and campfire singalongs.
Chief of Schools
Lauryn began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, MD at Westport Academy. After completing her two-year commitment, she worked as a Program Director for Teach for America-Chicago. Desiring a more direct impact, Lauryn returned to the classroom and joined Noble as a Founding Science Instructor at UIC College Prep. In her two years at UICCP, she chaired and facilitated data analysis for the department and co-authored the department’s first, second, and third year curricula. She was then selected to serve as the Founding Assistant Principal at Johnson College Prep before being appointed to found Hansberry College Prep as principal. Hansberry College Prep became Noble’s first campus, and the first charter in Illinois, to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. In 2015, Hansberry College Prep was the highest performing non-selective school on Chicago’s south side and 100% of the class of 2016 earned admission to college. Lauryn received both her B.A. in Public Health Studies and M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University, and completed her Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision at National Louis University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, bowling and traveling with her family.
Director of Talent Recruitment & Development
Sarah started her career in education as a middle school history teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, she has held a variety of teaching and adult leadership roles, including leading the academic intervention program at Camino Nuevo Charter Schools Harvard campus, helping the school dramatically reduce the number of academically underperforming students and attaining its title as a CA Distinguished School. Before joining the Ednovate team, she was the Managing Director for Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America Los Angeles, where she led a team charged with professionally developing 300+ TFA corps members. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Arts in Education from Johns Hopkins University. At Ednovate, Sarah leads our staff recruitment and leadership development efforts, and outside of work she thrives most while outdoors biking and hiking, or cooking meals surrounded by a full house of friends and family.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Katie comes to us from the US Navy, where she focused on aviation operations, maintenance and training. Most recently Katie was a MH60R Seahawk helicopter Instructor Pilot and Aircraft Commander. In her role as an Instructor Pilot, Katie developed a training continuum and curriculum for student helicopter pilots. Her vast experience gave her expertise in operations, project management, data management, and process improvement. Katie holds an MS in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a BS in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy. In her role as Director of Strategic Partnerships, Katie leads the organization's fundraising initiatives and supports facilities operations and strategic growth. Outside of work, Katie enjoys time with her husband and two children, hiking around Los Angeles, going to concerts, and discovering new restaurants.
Director of Technology
The son of two nonprofit administrators, Josh Kinoshita has been committed to serving his community from a young age. While completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science & Sociology at UCLA, Josh spent much of his time as a Director of the school's studentled Special Olympics program. Upon graduation, Josh became a 6th grade math and science teacher and department lead in MidCity Los Angeles. Josh then joined KIPP LA Schools as part of their technology team, helping the organization as it grew from 3 to 9 schools. Currently, Josh serves as a Founding Board Member of Young Education Professionals Los Angeles. In his role at Ednovate, Josh oversees technology planning, support, and infrastructure development and assists in the development of the organization's online presence. Outside of work, Josh enjoys playing music and spending time with his wife and young son.
Chief Operating Officer
Reid Phillips was raised by two school district superintendents and has long had a passion for education. As a Teach For America corps member, Reid was a successful middle school teacher in the South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles where he increased mathematics proficiency by 65% for a cohort of 120 students in one year. Reid combines his passion for student achievement with the skills he acquired through working in the private sector as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group. In addition to his role at Ednovate, Reid is currently a Founding Board Member for Summit Preparatory Charter School. Reid holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Reid leads the organization’s financial management, budgeting, real estate search and acquisition, facilities operations, and supports fundraising private and public grants. Reid fills his free time playing tennis, making music and attending LA’s many live concerts.
Rebeccah Taber Burgin
Director of Quality & Instruction
Rebeccah started her career as a physics teacher at Mastery Charter in Philadelphia, where her students consistently outperformed their peers on district exams. Most recently, she was a Curriculum Specialist and Coach at Green Dot Public Schools, where she developed curriculum and led professional development and coaching for 300+ teachers and administrators. Rebeccah holds a BA in Physics from the University of Illinois, an MS in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. In her role as Director of Quality & Instruction, Rebeccah ensures quality control and consistent improvement in academics and school culture. Outside of work, Rebeccah enjoys practicing yoga, playing piano, and quilting.