Anna Carlstone-Hurst - Founder and Head of School

Ms. Carlstone-Hurst first served as a Teacher For America corps member at a middle school in the Bronx, New York. She remained at the school three years beyond her placement to continue to teach, lead a Parent Outreach Committee, and create a “school within a school” with three team members, building a culture of high expectations, standardized classroom procedures, and culture-building activities for over 200 students. With the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, Ms. Carlstone-Hurst observed at over 40 high performing charter schools across the country to design and lead Libertas College Prep, a school that will change the outcomes for each student that enters its doors. Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the academic achievement of underserved students in our nation's urban centers. BES accomplishes this by supporting relentless entrepreneurs to design, found, lead, and sustain excellent charter schools in underserved communities nationwide. Ms. Carlstone-Hurst earned a B.A. in English and in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.

Why Libertas?  
"As a long time 8th grade English teacher at a large middle school I taught many students who were incredibly intelligent, but lacked several foundational skills. Students made incredible growth in one year, but if they didn’t graduate 8th grade at or above grade level, they struggled in high school. I wanted to found a middle school that was designed to target any skill gaps early on, build on student strengths, and accelerate student learning so that all students graduate on a college track." 

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Eleisha Nelson - Deputy Director of Resident Training, The Broad Residency
Board Chair

Ms. Nelson is the deputy director of resident training for The Broad Residency in Urban Education. In this role, she is responsible for the design and execution of curricula for the residency professional development sessions. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Ms. Nelson worked for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas where she served as assistant director of curriculum-community programs, a curriculum writer, professional developer, classroom teacher, and instructional coach. In addition, Ms. Nelson served as a consultant for the Educational Testing Services as an item writer for the TAKS reading assessment and worked with Greenwood/Heinemann to provide feedback on K-12 education manuscripts and book proposals submitted for publication. Ms. Nelson holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Rice University and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.

Why Libertas?
"I am passionate about improving educational outcomes for all children.  Far too often, a child's life choices are dictated by the presence (or absence) of a great educational experience.  Upon hearing of the mission and vision of the school and the need for high-quality school options in the Exposition Park community, I was compelled to help make Libertas a reality."

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Pedro Noyola - Product Marketing, Telogis
Board Chair

Mr. Noyola was a founding board member of Reality Changers, a mentoring and tutoring organization in San Diego whose mission is to build first generation college students, where he served as Treasurer, CFO, and Finance Committee Chairman. Mr. Noyola began his career at Deloitte and has built and led finance organizations for institutionally-funded companies. He is a CPA (inactive) and earned a B.A. and an M.P.A in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Why Libertas?
"I joined to honor my parents.  As teenagers, they both held full-time jobs to support their families, and although they deeply understood the value of an education, neither had the opportunity to graduate high school or go to college.  From that experience, they made tremendous sacrifices and tough choices to ensure my siblings and I could receive a quality education."

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Sharlene Brown - Consultant, Accenture
Board Secretary

Ms. Brown is a management consultant at Accenture in Los Angeles. Prior to her work in Los Angeles, Ms. Brown was the founding Leadership and Student Achievement Manager at Success Academy Bronx 1 and played various roles to ensure the success of the developing school. Ultimately she worked at the Success Academy network level overseeing professional development and performance reviews of special education staff across nine high performing charter schools. Ms. Brown holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.

Why Libertas?
"My passion for education reform is also personal. As my own parents came to this country in search of better opportunities, I seek to support other families who also aspire to see their children go to college and become successful. I was raised in the Bronx and saw the education inequity firsthand.  I firmly believe that all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, deserve access to an excellent education."

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Tom Musgrave - Consultant, Bain & Company
Board Member

Mr. Musgrave is a consultant with broad experience teaching and managing in the Los Angeles community. After graduating from Duke University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Mr. Musgrave taught chemistry and Advanced Placement chemistry at Dorsey High School as a Teach For America corps member before joining Teach For America's national staff as a program director in the Los Angeles and Miami-Dade regions. In 2013, Mr. Musgrave received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and has since returned to Los Angeles area, where he works for Bain & Company.

Why Libertas?
"Joining the Libertas Board has allowed me the opportunity to continue serving the community where I began my career.  As a former high school chemistry teacher in Exposition Park, I was able to build meaningful relationships with students, families, and fellow educators throughout the community.  As a Board member, I devote my time and skills to ensuring all of our students achieve to the tremendous potential that I know is possible from firsthand experience."

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Stephanie Hurder - Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Treasurer

Dr. Hurder brings to the board a strong background in financial oversight. She is currently a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Los Angeles.  Dr. Hurder has held positions at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Harvard Business School.  For two years, she served on the board of the Harvard Pierian Foundation, and the Alumni Foundation of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.  Prior to joining BCG, Dr. Hurder was an academic economist researching educational attainment, and career and family outcomes for individuals with secondary education.  Dr. Hurder holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, an M.A. in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics, all from Harvard University.

Why Libertas?
"I come from a family of professors with a strong belief in education.  I know it was critical to my success that my parents knew how the system worked and could coach me through every step of the college and graduate school process.  I want to help all children not only set the goal to attend college, but help them get the resources and advice to make that a reality."

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Courtney Danclar - Senior Procurement Manager, Firth Rixson

Vice Chair

Ms. Danclar has a background in manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management.  She is the senior supply chain manager for a United Kingdom based aerospace manufacturer and leads capital improvement projects globally for facility expansions, system upgrades, as well as supplier management.  She is passionate about education and volunteers with national organizations to facilitate STEM workshops with goals to increase awareness of technical and operations opportunities in aerospace manufacturing. In addition, she is a health coach and committed to helping friends and family join her in leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Ms. Danclar earned a B.A. in Political Science and Business at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Why Libertas?
"I am very passionate about education and believe that it is a critical pillar in any thriving community.  The many opportunities I have had in my life resulted from inspiring role models, personal determination, and most importantly a strong educational foundation.  My goal as a Board Member is to ensure students are granted with opportunities that emphasize the importance of lifelong learning so they can continually develop, grow, and achieve at Libertas College Prep."

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Tyler Cesar

Board Member

Mr. Cesar brings engineering, project management, and legal experience to the board. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from USC.  From there, he worked as a project engineering/assistant manager for S.J. Amoroso Construction, where he, with other team members, oversaw the construction of several public works in Los Angeles, including the LAPD’s Rampart Police Station and an LAUSD elementary school. After several years, he returned to school and earned his J.D. from U.C. Hastings, College of the Law, and is now an attorney at the global law firm of K&L Gates LLP. His focus is commercial disputes in the construction industry. He is also a former fellow at Education Pioneers, where he consulted a charter school network on facilities management best practices.

Why Libertas?

"I believe education should provide opportunity and freedom for all members of society. Yet, opportunity and freedom are unattainable by vast numbers of children in Los Angeles because they do not have access to proper education. Libertas is changing that, and I believe in the mission of the school and the high-caliber people behind it."

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Miriam Shapira

Board Member

Ms. Shapira is an educator and transactional entertainment attorney.  As a Teach for America corps member, she taught first and second grade in a bilingual classroom in the South Bronx, New York, and is still close with many of her students today more than twelve years later.  Later in law school, Ms. Shapira became deeply involved in education policy reform, researching and publishing on nationwide postsecondary accountability statutes.  As an Education Pioneers fellow, she represented a new charter school incubator in negotiations with San Francisco Unified School District.  After a yearlong Coro fellowship, Ms. Shapira practiced transactional entertainment law at Warner Bros. for several years.  Currently she is a stay-at-home mother to two young sons.  Ms. Shapira earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an M.S.T. in elementary education from Pace University and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.  She holds an elementary education teaching credential in New York State.

Why Libertas?

"As a former teacher in an underserved community, I have seen the difference that personal attention, support, and compassion can make in a child’s life.  I believe strongly in Libertas and its mission, and I am driven by the passion of the team.  All children deserve access to quality education, and I feel honored to help Libertas create a supportive learning community."

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Baskaran Ambalavanan

Board Member  

HR professional working as Senior HRIS Manager at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP , with 15+ years  HR experience in India, Middle East and the US supporting global employees. Earned Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration from Annamalai University, India and earned M.B.A from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. Certified SPHR-CA, GPHR,SHRM-SCP HR professional, “54”th HR professional in the US to complete California, US and Global Certifications. I am also serving on Society for Human Resources Management -SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on “Technology and HR Management” and Technology Chair for PIHRA South Orange County since 2010.

Why Libertas?

"I have been blessed and want to give back to the community in every possible way I can. Education is the key for generational success, I have seen it in my own and other’s life.Hence I want to be part of  Libertas and contribute the best possible ways to make the difference."

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