Parent Revolution Team

 

Seth Litt, Executive Director

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Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Seth spent twelve years working in public schools in the South Bronx. He served as a middle school teacher and union chapter leader, and spent seven years as a school principal, first at a district middle school and then as the founding principal of a charter high school serving over-age and under-credited students who were court-involved or in foster care He comes to Parent Revolution with a deep belief that all students, from all communities and in all kinds of situations, deserve excellent schools and the opportunities afforded by a high quality education.

Seth holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Fordham University. Seth was a 2003 Teach for America Corps member and is a graduate of The New York City Leadership Academy and Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Academy Fellowship. 

Shirley Ford, Co-Founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Shirley is a co-Founder of Parent Revolution and a longtime activist for children and families. Shirley first got involved in education while fighting for the education of her own sons, who were part of the first two graduating classes of Animo Inglewood (a Green Dot school), and become the first in their family to attend college. Since helping to start Parent Revolution, Shirley has played leadership roles in many of the organization’s high profile campaigns, including helping to pass the first-ever Parent Empowerment law in California. She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Shirley is also a minister within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, an active leader within Jacob’s Ladder Fellowship Church in Inglewood, and a member of the National Council of Negro Women. She earned her Bachelors degree in Biblical Counseling from the California University of Theology.

Jody Edwards, Chief Financial Officer

Jody joined the Parent Revolution team in 2011 after more than 20 years of experience in accounting and management within a number of different industries. A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she received her BS in Business Administration. She has a great passion for children, is active in her community, and has a strong commitment to instilling family and community values.

Ashley Lautzenhiser, Director of Communications & Strategy

Ashley comes to the Parent Revolution team with an extensive background in policy advocacy and grassroots campaign management. Most recently, she worked for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients as the Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles public affairs firm Rodriguez Strategies. Prior to Rodriguez Strategies, Ashley worked in Dewey Square Group’s grassroots practice, where she participated in building and implementing statewide campaigns.

Ashley is experienced at executing voter contact programs and has built broad-based coalitions for local, state, and federal issues. Ashley earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. In 2011, Ashley was selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship. Ashley began her career working for United States Senator Evan Bayh in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University.

Mehul Patel, Organizing Director

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Mehul has served in a number of roles since joining the Parent Revolution team in 2012, and is currently a Program Director leading the organization’s Choice4LA work. Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Mehul was an Organizer and Communications Specialist for SEIU ULTCW in Los Angeles. At SEIU, Mehul helped to organize low-income nursing home workers from Chatsworth to Chula Vista, focusing on leadership development, contract negotiations for union members, and empowering low-income workers through knowledge of their rights. A native of Grayson, Georgia, Mehul attended the University of Georgia, where he fell in love with Athens, GA, and began his service in local and national Democratic politics by working on the Obama Campaign and congressional, legislative and statewide races in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Hector Blanco, Community Organizer

Hector joined the Parent Revolution team in 2013. During his time at Parent Revolution, he has played key roles in several major efforts, including the parent empowerment campaigns at West Athens Elementary, 20th Street Elementary, and Weigand Elementary. Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Hector was a a teacher and political activist in his home country of Guatemala for 18 years before being granted asylum in the United States. Hector is a father of two, and his oldest son is proudly enrolled in college at the University of California, Irvine.

Olivia Barajas, Community Organizer

Olivia came to Parent Revolution in 2014 after many years experience organizing both workers and families to advocate for themselves and their communities. Olivia’s experience includes years as an organizer for the United Farm Workers, the School Organic Garden Project, and the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project. She has organized families in Oxnard Unified School District to advocate for their children at the district and state level, and has received awards and recognition for her work by the City of Oxnard, the Oxnard School District, and El Concilio de Condado de Ventura, amongst others. She is a graduate of Conalep Mexicali in Mexico.

Alison Gonzalez, Community Organizer

Alison joined the Parent Revolution team in June 2015. She came to the organization with a strong educational justice background, having taught second grade at Tohatchi Elementary School on the Navajo Nation as a New Mexico Teach For America Corps Member. After her corps experience, Alison used community based theatre techniques to teach middle school youth at a summer camp in Ramallah, before becoming a Leadership for Educational Equity Community Organizing Fellow at Parent Revolution, where she focused on the Parent Power Network and Parent Trigger Campaigns. She graduated from Whitworth University with dual BAs in Peace Studies and Community Based Theater, as well as a minor in Sociology.

Ruth Olivares, Community Organizer

Rush joined the Parent Revolution team in December 2015. Ruth came to Parent Revolution with a strong background in education and social services work supporting underserved and diverse communities. Through positions at Goodwill of Orange County, Easter Seals, and the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, she has worked with adults and children with various disabilities, supporting them to reach greater independence and build workforce skills. She is also an Instructor of History at the Latin American Bible Institute, leading lectures, field trips, and other learning activities for two classes every year. Ruth holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate degree in Mexican-American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. 

Keisha Mitchell, Community Organizer

Keisha joined the Parent Revolution team in January 2016. Keisha started organizing parents around community and educational issues as part of the United Parents Organizing Institute at Green Dot Public Schools. Through United Parents, she found her passion in helping families to work together, build power, and address issues that were affecting their children. Prior to her community organizing work, Keisha spent over a decade as an administrative and accounting professional. Keisha is the proud mother of a son who is in seventh grade at Animo Phillis Wheatley in South LA.

Jafet Diego, Community Organizer

Bio coming soon. 

Gloria Koss, Operations Associate

Bio coming soon. 

Zeke Sandoval, Policy Associate

Bio coming soon.