Executive Director/Co-Founder, Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), Los Angeles, CA
Susan Taylor Batten
President & CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
Former President, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Director of Administration & Finance, Hyams Foundation
Eileen de los Reyes
Former Deputy Superintendent for Academics, Boston Public Schools
Carlos Rojas Álvarez
Director of Special Projects, Youth on Board
Carolina Espinal is a seasoned strategist with expertise in public affairs, issues management, and inclusion & diversity. Most recently, she served as a senior advisor with Brunswick Group, a global strategic communications firm supporting Fortune 500 companies in a range of sectors including education. As a lead architect of an inclusion & diversity specialist offer, she supported the launch of CEO Action on Diversity & Inclusion™ - the largest CEO-driven initiative focused on D&I in the workplace. In the public sector, she has worked closely with leading nonprofit organizations in the U.S. including the NAACP, Unidos US, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Maisie Chin is Executive Director and Co-Founder of CADRE – Community Asset Development Re-defining Education, an independent grassroots 300-member parent organization in South Los Angeles led by African American and Latino parents/caregivers of public school children. CADRE’s mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. A native Californian and child of Chinese immigrants, Maisie has been in the social justice movement for more than two decades, dedicated to fighting structural racism. For the past 15 years, CADRE parent leaders have been fighting to end the pushout of low-income families of color from public schools and into the school-to-prison pipeline, using human rights-based community organizing and policy advocacy. CADRE has changed school discipline policy both in the nation’s second largest school district and in California, and is also a committed movement builder as a founding member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a national coalition actively shifting the political landscape to end school pushout federally and in over 20 states. Laser focused on supporting criminalized parents to be the leaders in systemically dismantling the practices that in turn criminalize their children, CADRE envisions a South LA with humanizing schools and transformative responses to poverty and trauma that redefine education and our society. CADRE is evolving into a long-term parent leadership development center towards this end. Maisie is a board member of Justice Matters Press, a social and racial justice press by and for people of color, and of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Maisie holds both a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Masters of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Susan Taylor Batten has over 25 years of experience directing, evaluating and advising public and philanthropic efforts to improve outcomes for children and families. She joined the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) as President and CEO in January 2009. In this role, she leads the organization’ s philanthropic advising and programming on responsive philanthropy in Black communities for foundation leaders, donors and aligned partners. Prior to joining ABFE, Ms. Batten was a Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she served as staff in the Community Change Initiatives Unit and coordinated a portfolio on equity, diversity and inclusion. In the public sector, Ms. Batten worked as a Senior Analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she directed research and evaluation on food assistance programs. In 2008, she was named Change Agent of the Year by The Schott Foundation for Public Education. She is a co-founder of the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group and also serves on the Board of the United Philanthropy Forum.
Valeria Do Vale is the Lead Coordinator of the Student Immigrant Movement. She is a John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science graduate, and currently double majoring in Sociology and Political Science Northeastern University. Originally from a small under-resourced village in Northern Brazil, Valeria is a passionate advocate of immigrant rights and economic justice.
Jackie Jenkins-Scott is a nationally recognized leader with more than three decades of experience in senior and executive leadership positions in both the public and non-profit sectors. She is President Emeritus of Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts, where she served as President from 2004-2016. Under her leadership, Wheelock increased undergraduate enrollment, added new areas of study, internationalized the campus experience for students, improved campus facilities, and successfully concluded the largest fund raising effort in the history of the College.
In 1983, Jenkins-Scott became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Ma, one of Boston’s first and now, one of the largest community-based health and human service organizations serving diverse, vulnerable populations. Under Jackie’s leadership, Dimock emerged from the verge of bankruptcy to become a highly successful and sustainable benchmark institution that successfully integrated comprehensive health and human services including new programming in workforce development, primary and behavioral healthcare, child and family-centered services, transitional housing, and a community-based research program to develop innovative strategies for meeting the priority needs of inner-city residents.
Her personal commitment to improve society extends to active community and civic engagement. She is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Center for Community Change, John F. Kennedy Foundation, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and the Century Bank and Trust Company. Jackie raises public awareness about education and other public sector issues on a national and global scale by speaking and writing in a variety of media.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Jenkins-Scott received her B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters of Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work, and completed a Post Graduate Research Fellowship at Radcliffe College. She received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Wheelock College in 2003 when she served as the Commencement Speaker. In addition to Wheelock she holds Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Suffolk University, Northeastern University, Bentley University, Mount Ida College, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has received numerous awards and citations including Boston University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
She and her husband, Jim Scott, reside in Belmont, Massachusetts and have two adult children.
Mark Paley joined the Hyams Foundation in 2001. Before coming to Hyams, he was the CFO at YouthBuild USA where he helped to build the national youth servicing non-profit to a nationally recognized network of groups working with out of school youth. His first position in Boston was with Boston Neighborhood Housing, which financed affordable housing rehab projects in three Boston neighborhoods. Mark was part of the initial steering committee of the Non-Profit Financial Managers Group, which continues to meet monthly. Mark earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Management at the University of California, Davis.
Eileen de los Reyes is the former Deputy Superintendent for Academics for the Boston Public Schools; she retired summer 2017. Previously she served as the Assistant Superintendent for English Language Learners (ELLs). She also worked as a Research Associate at the Mauricio Gaston Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston and from 1996 – 2002 was an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. de los Reyes was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the US in 1972. She is the co-author of Pockets of Hope: How Students and Teachers Change the World (Bergin & Garvey), which focuses on the creation of democratic classrooms where students are educated in the practice of social and political change.
Carlos Rojas Álvarez is the Director of Special Projects for Youth on Board where he is spearheading the ListeningWorks project to address the nation’s current political climate of hate and division. Prior to that, he served as the interim Director for the Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA), which he helped to establish while in high school. As a student, Carlos became a leader of the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) and Youth on Board’s Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) program, where he led major advocacy campaigns and sat on the Boston School Committee as the student representative in 2011-2012. When his status barred him from enrolling in college, he became an Education Policy Associate at Youth on Board and the New England representative to the National Coordinating Committee of the United We Dream (UWD) Network. He served as SIM’s Campaign Coordinator from 2013-2016 before becoming the Student Field Director for the successful Save our Public Schools campaign.