Parent Revolution Team
Seth Litt, Executive Director
Seth joined the Parent Revolution team having spent his entire adult life working tirelessly with families, students, educators, and community partners toward educational opportunity and equity. 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 in American Studies, with Thesis Honors, 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
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.
Gabe Rose, Chief Strategy Officer
Gabe has been with Parent Revolution since April 2009, playing a variety of key leadership roles in the organization’s growth and evolution over the last seven years. Before joining Parent Revolution, he was selected for and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Los Angeles, a national experiential leadership-training program. Gabe is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as undergraduate student body president during his senior year. Outside of Parent Revolution, he currently serves on the board of Coro Southern California and volunteers in support of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America.
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 at Chapel Hill, 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.
Aida Rodriguez, Organizing Director
Aida joined the Parent Revolution team in 2012, and has served as an Organizer, Lead Organizer, and Deputy Organizing Director before taking on her current role. After earning her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Aida worked at the State Bar of California and volunteered at the ACLU’s Prisoner’s Rights Project. Aida also earned a Political Science BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Aida lived for two years in Guatemala and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Africa. In addition to her work for Parent Revolution, Aida serves as a Board Member on her neighborhood residents' association and at an East Los Angeles community center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for low-income families by providing essential education, social, and health and wellness services.
Mehul Patel, Program Director
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.
Bianca Hunter, Human Resources Manager
Bianca is currently the Human Resources Manager for Parent Revolution. Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Bianca was the Development & Celebrity Relations Coordinator for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. She has worked with a number of non-profits throughout her career, including the Jenesse Center, Prevent Child Abuse of Riverside County, and the Assistance League of Los Angeles. A native of Pasadena, CA, Bianca graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a BA in English. Bianca has certifications in Development, Grants, Fundraising, and SkillPath. Bianca is passionate about children receiving a high-quality education and giving a voice to the voiceless.
Maria Alvarado, Organizer
Maria joined the Parent Revolution team in 2011. She came to Parent Revolution after more than 15 years as a long-standing parent activist in her community of Lynwood, helping to start and lead the organization Lynwood Save Our Schools (LSOS). Television news reports of the first-ever Parent Empowerment campaign in nearby Compton, CA inspired Maria to start coming out and volunteering to help the parents of McKinley Elementary, and months later, she wound up joining the Parent Revolution organizing team to dedicate herself full-time to organizing parents throughout LA County to improve their schools. As an advocate for parents and students, Maria has dedicated her personal and professional life to organizing and supporting parents to become more involved in the education of their children and their communities.
Hector Blanco, 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, 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, Organizer/Choice Navigator
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, Organizer/Choice Navigator
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, Organizer/Choice Navigator
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.
Sam Henstell, Development and Communications Associate
Sam joined the Parent Revolution team in March 2016. Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Sam taught ninth and tenth grade science at Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy in Washington, DC as a Teach For America Corps Member. Sam also interned at the District of Columbia Public Schools Central Office and at the Clinton Foundation, where she worked towards improving access to quality school nutritional services. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Public Health and a BS in Society and Environment, as well as a minor in Global Poverty and Practice.