National Board of Directors
Marlene Canter - Board Chair
Former LAUSD Board President
Marlene Canter has spent the majority of her career in education: first as a special education teacher, then co-founding and helping to run a teacher training company (Canter and Associates, now Laureate Education, Inc.) for 25 years, and, finally, serving eight years on the LAUSD School Board as a policy maker. She retired in 2009. She is currently the Board Chair for Green Dot Public Schools National and serves on the Board at City Year Los Angeles. Marlene divides her time between her chaplaincy studies, her leadership roles in education reform, and being with family and friends. Ms. Canter is now in school at the Academy for Jewish Religion where she is pursuing an MA in Jewish Studies and a Chaplaincy degree. She was motivated to take this path as a result of watching the challenges that people faced in their day to day life and was interested in becoming more skillful at helping people to find meaning in their lives. Ms. Canter has two married children and two beautiful granddaughters. She resides in Los Angeles.
Jess Womack - Board Vice Chair
Attorney, former Inspector General to LAUSD
Jess Womack, an attorney, most recently served as Inspector General of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest public school district in the United States. Previously, Mr. Womack assisted the LAUSD’s General Counsel in handling substantive matters for the office and assumed the duties of the General Counsel in his absence. Prior to joining LAUSD in 2002, Mr. Womack enjoyed a 30-year legal career with the Ford Motor Company and the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), where he managed the Environmental Law Department. Womack retired from ARCO in 2000. He has an extensive background in litigation, environmental law, labor law, administrative law and school construction law. Mr. Womack has also served as General Counsel for the Los Angeles Community Development Bank. Mr. Womack received his B.A. from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and served in the United States Army as a Platoon Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
Brad Rosenberg - Board Secretary
Chairman, Imagine LA
Over the past 40 years, Brad Rosenberg has created and managed a variety of businesses - ranging from manufacturing, real estate development, management and commercial services. Since 1990, he has been president of SBR Investments, Inc., a real estate and investment company. He has used this business expertise to aid several philanthropic and non-profit organizations become more effective in their missions. Mr. Rosenberg has served as Chairman of the Board Imagine LA, where he developed a framework for a business model that achieves the non-profits’ mission and goals to help homeless families into long-term housing and self-sufficiency. Since 1967, he has served as a member of the board of Trustees for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles/Camp Max Straus where he had also served as Interim Executive Director and Chairman. He was founding Chairman of Save-Our-Mountains and Glendale/ La Crescenta V.O.I.C.E., both groups organized to protect local wilderness recreational areas. Mr. Rosenberg holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.
Former Governor of Colorado and Superintendent of LAUSD
Roy Romer was the 39th Governor of Colorado, serving from 1986 to 1998. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. A veteran business and political leader and a national leader in education policy, Gov. Romer also served as Colorado State Treasurer from 1977–87 and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. He served in the Colorado House from 1958–62 and the Colorado Senate from 1962–66. He has also served a general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999. Governor Romer received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Colorado State University in 1950, and a law degree from the University of Colorado in 1952. He also studied ethics at Yale University. A member of the U.S. Air Force, he was a military prosecutor in Germany.
Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Paul Miller is a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he was a Program and Policy Development Specialist in the Human Resources Department of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Paul Miller joined LAUSD after serving as Chair of the transition team for Superintendent John Deasy. Prior to joining LAUSD Paul Miller served Teach For America as Executive Director of the Los Angeles region from 2009-2011. Paul Miller came to Teach For America after spending the previous two years leading economic development efforts in Camden, New Jersey, first as President of the Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association, and subsequently, as President of the Board of Directors and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Camden Empowerment Zone Corporation. Paul has worked and studied in the UK, earning an M.S. at the London School of Economics and pursuing a Ph.D. in International Studies at Cambridge University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology.
Faculty Member, Cal State Northridge
Timothy Wahl has more than 40 years’ experience as an attorney specializing in banking and finance, business law and compliance issues in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Wahl currently serves as a faculty member at California State University at Northridge teaching an advanced course in business law. Prior to this, he was a consultant to a private equity firm and earlier, served Fidelity Capital Market Services as Vice President for Capital Markets compliance. Previously, Mr. Wahl was General Counsel for Citigroup Capital Strategies and earlier served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for First Nationwide Bank and General Counsel for Citigroup’s consumer bank. His background includes the position of senior attorney at several U.S. government agencies, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the Justice Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Mr. Wahl also serves on the Board of Directors for Green Dot Public Schools. Mr. Wahl earned a B.A. from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a law degree from California Western School of Law.
Dr. Shane Martin
LMU Dean of Graduate Programs
Shane P. Martin, an educational anthropologist by training and expert in the areas of intercultural education, cultural diversity, Catholic schools, and charter schools, was appointed dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education in 2005 and dean of Graduate Studies in 2012. He was formerly a member of the Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Regents, and Teach For America Los Angeles Board. He is currently chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Catholic Education. Dean Martin earned his Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California, a Master of Theology degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (JSTB) with a specialization in Hispanic Ministry, and his Master of Divinity degree also from JSTB. An LMU alumnus, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1980 and holds his California State Clear Secondary Teaching Credential. Before returning to LMU as a faculty member, Martin’s classroom teaching experience included six years in middle and secondary school settings and work in 17 Latin American countries.
Former KIPP CFO
Over her 30-year professional career, Marie Washington has held senior financial leadership positions within the corporate and non-profit sectors in New York City and San Francisco. Following extended tenures at JP Morgan and Pacific Telesis, Ms. Washington held CFO positions at the KIPP Foundation and the Stuart Foundation. While residing in San Francisco, Ms. Washington was a dedicated Board Member of the San Francisco Day School, the Breakthrough Collaborative, Gateway High School, and Aspire Public Schools, all organizations working to improve educational attainment and college and career readiness within under-resourced urban communities. At present, Ms. Washington serves on the boards of Engender Health, an NGO working to improve reproductive and maternal health in some of the poorest countries in the world, and The California Community Foundation, which is committed to transformative change across Los Angeles and around the world. Ms. Washington is also engaged in initiatives to advance strategic philanthropy in the African American community in Los Angeles and beyond. Ms. Washington completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and earned an MBA from Stanford University. She recently relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco with her husband. They are the very proud parents of three young adults.
President, American Jewish University
Dr. Robert D. Wexler has served as president of the American Jewish University since 1992. He also serves as the Colen Distinguished Lecturer in Bible. Born in Los Angeles, he attended local public schools and received his B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 1971, summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Literature. While enrolled in rabbinical school, Dr. Wexler also earned his M.B.A. degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York with a specialization in accounting. Following his ordination in 1977, he spent a year on the faculty of Princeton University teaching in the Department of Middle East Studies. Returning to Los Angeles in 1978, Dr. Wexler joined the staff of the American Jewish University (AJU), where he occupied a variety of administrative positions before becoming that institution’s president. He earned both a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. from UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages. Wexler was included by Newsweek in its list of America’s 50 most influential rabbis, ranking in the top ten every year since 2007. In 2012, he ranked #6. Dr. Wexler is married to Dr. Hannah Wexler, adjunct professor of microbiology at UCLA, and they have four adult children.
Former CEO, KCET Public Television
Al Jerome spent 18 years as president and CEO of KCET public television. Since then, Jerome has forged an entrepreneurial approach that led the station through a merger with Link Media to form KCETLink. The organization is introduced a new model for independent public media, driving digital innovation, creating sustainable growth and serving the public interest. KCETLink. While still a member station of PBS (before ending the association in 2011), KCET co-produced the first dramatic series on television to feature a Latino family, American Family. Prior to KCET, Jerome had a successful career in commercial broadcasting, including 17 years with NBC that included a decade as President of the NBC Television Station Group. He also served as Vice President and General Manager of WNBC-TV/New York. In 1992, Jerome was recruited to be President and Chief Executive Officer of SpectraVision, Inc., the hotel industryʼs leading provider of pay-per-view entertainment and interactive television programming. A New York native, Jerome is a graduate of Cornell University, with an A. B. in History. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. He is married with three grown sons and two grandchildren.
The Green Dot National Board meets bi-monthly on the following dates. These meetings are free to attend and open to the public
December 10, 2015 (Thursday)
April 8, 2016: All Boards Retreat
June 22, 2016 (Wednesday)