Rahm Emanuel, Eli Broad featured at Los Angeles schools conference pushing corporate 'school reform'

On the same day the Chicago Board of Education held its monthly meeting, filled with proteges of the Broad Foundation holding executive seats, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Eli Broad and others in Los Angeles for what was billed as a "School Reform Summit." Emanuel's participation in the event was to appear on a panel discussion with the other featured "education mayors" -- Newark's Cory Booker and Los Angeles's Antonio Villaraigosa. At Substance press time on February 28, transcripts of the conference, sponsored by the United Way of Los Angeles, were not yet available, but the program is below:

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 United Way of Greater Los Angeles will host a national discussion with key leaders on how we can strengthen low-performing schools through partnerships in our classrooms and communities.


Afternoon panel discussion with “The Education Mayors”: Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles.

Morning panel discussion with Eli Broad, Founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of LAUSD, Móníca Garcia, President of LAUSD School Board and Casey Wasserman, President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation.

Mayoral Candidates Forum on the future of education in L.A. with City Councilman Eric Garcetti (invited), City Controller Wendy Greuel, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and Financial Analyst Emanuel Pleitez.

Special tribute to Mayor Villaraigosa recognizing his impact on education in L.A.

Event Details. When:. Wednesday, February 27, 2013. 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where:. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM – Registration

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Opening Session (Breakfast will be served)

Opening remarks from Dominic Ng, Chairman and CEO of East West Bank; plus, a panel discussion on what’s working at the local and national levels to improve struggling schools and what businesses and communities can do to help.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – What are businesses doing to help struggling schools?

Session 2 – How can we support principals and teachers in today’s environment?

Session 3 – Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates Forum

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Closing Session (Lunch will be served)

Special Tribute to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Panel discussion with the “Education Mayors”: Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles. *Please note that this is a preliminary list of speakers and panelists, so be sure to visit our website again for the latest news and event updates!

Featuring the “Education Mayors”

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark. As mayor of the largest city in the state of New Jersey, Cory A. Booker has spearheaded Newark’s mission of urban transformation by targeting its resources to increase security and economic abundance while fostering an environment that is both nurturing and empowering for local residents. Mayor Booker has also garnered widespread attention for his continuing efforts at educational reform which have significantly expanded high-quality public education options for families and led to the creation of valuable academic and career development opportunities for the city’s underprivileged youths. Last year, in recognition of his brilliant leadership, Booker was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME Magazine.

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago Prior to taking office, Rahm Emanuel served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked as both a Senior Policy Advisor to President Clinton and White House Chief of Staff for President Obama. As Mayor of Chicago, Emanuel has enacted groundbreaking education reforms allowing elementary school students to gain an additional two weeks of instruction per year while launching a $7 billion plan to revitalize the city’s roads, rails and runways, creating thousands of new jobs for Chicagoans in the process.

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles. Since being elected in 2005, Antonio R. Villaraigosa has advocated innovative approaches to creating jobs, improving public education and spurring economic development – making Los Angeles a national model of growth and sustainability. Under his leadership, the city implemented far-reaching educational reforms such as the passage of a $9.1 billion initiative to rebuild and modernize California schools and a doubling in the number of LAUSD campuses which meet the state’s academic performance goals. Villaraigosa is also founder of the Partnership for L.A. Schools – one of the country’s largest school turnaround organizations working to boost student achievement at low-performing campuses while piloting programs that can be replicated throughout the District.

Education Summit 2013 Speakers and Discussion Leaders


Lisa Alva Wood

English Teacher

Roosevelt High School

Eli Broad


The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Dr. John E. Deasy


Los Angeles Unified School District

Warren Fletcher


United Teachers of Los Angeles

Mónica García

School Board President

Los Angeles Unified School District

Carmen Moch

Group Vice President


Dr. Judith Perez


Associated Administrators Los Angeles

Evan Stone

Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer

Educators 4 Excellence

Casey Wasserman

President and CEO

Wasserman Foundation


Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., Ph.D.

Dean & Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

UCLA School of Public Affairs

Dr. Raphael Sonenshein

Executive Director

Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs


Alan Acosta

Director of Strategic Initiatives

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Maria Brenes

Executive Director

InnerCity Struggle

Abraham Carons

Financial Advisor

Merrill Lynch

Aida Cardenas

Executive Director

Building Skills Partnership

Joanne Carrillo


John Liechty Middle School, LAUSD

Joseph A. Collins

President & CEO

Inner-City Arts

Oscar Cruz

President and CEO

Families In Schools

Nichole Curtis

Business Consultant

KCurtis Group, Inc.

Liz Dick

Regional Managing Director

Resources Global Professionals

Doris L. Dunn

Director of Community Relations

Farmers Insurance

Yolie Flores

Former School Board Member


Lynn Forese

Senior Practice Leader, Information Management

Resources Global Professionals

Drew Furedi, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Talent Management Division, LAUSD

David Green

Executive Board Member, Secretary

SEIU 721

Jana Waring Greer

President and CEO

SunAmerica Retirement Markets, Inc.

Blanca Gomez, MSW

Regional Vice President of LA County

Executive Board Member, SEIU 721

Rod Hamilton

Board Chair

Los Angeles Education Partnership

Reed Harris II

Project Manager

Neutrogena Corporation

Karin Harwood

Manager, International Tax Services


Patricia Hausknost

Senior Vice President

City National Bank

Elizabeth Heger

Executive Director

MFT, The Soldiers Project

Jordan Henry


Santee Education Complex, LAUSD

Matt Hill

Chief Strategy Officer, Office of the Superintendent

Los Angeles Unified School District

Min. Zachary Hoover

Executive Director

LA Voice – PICO National Network

Dr. Irvin Howard

Director, Schools to Watch

California League of Middle Schools

Carol Jackson

Vice President, External Affairs


Tyrone Howard


UCLA School of Education and Informational Studies

Trebor Jacquez

Leadership Teacher

Santee Education Complex, LAUSD

Laurence O. Karsh


Karsh & Associates Inc.

Mark Kleger-Heine

Chief Operating Officer

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Stewart Kwoh

President & Executive Director

Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Jonathan J. Larsen

Regional Managing Principal

Cassidy Turley

John Lee

Executive Director

Teach Plus, Los Angeles

Ben Lewis

Area Sales Manager

UPS, Central California District

Ralph Lippman

Executive Director


John W. Mack


Los Angeles Police Commission

Peter Manzo

President and CEO

United Ways of California

Noel Massie

President, Central California District


Veronica Melvin

President and CEO

LA’s Promise

Amy Morales

Procurement Manager

Unisan Products

Dr. Donna Muncey

Chief, Intensive Support and Intervention

Office of the Superintendant, LAUSD

Molly Munger

Co-Founder and Co-Director,

Advancement Project

Ama Nyamekye

Executive Director

Educators 4 Excellence

Sissi Dinh O’Reilly


Clinton Middle School, LAUSD

Lisa Cleri Reale

Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates

Lisa O’Rourke

Marketing & Communications, Executive Director

Loyola Law School

Marco Petruzzi

President and CEO

Green Dot Public Schools

Mark Darren Phair

Vice President and General Manager

Valero Wilmington Refinery

Dr. Ana Ponce


Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

Antonio Plascencia, Jr.

Program and Policy Development Advisor

Intensive Support & Innovation

Courtni Pugh

Executive Director

SEIU Local 99

Alberto Retana

Executive Vice President

Community Coalition

Christina Rico


Hollenbeck Middle School, LAUSD

Virgil Roberts

Managing Partner

Bobbitt & Roberts

Luis A. Sanchez


EC Consulting

Carla Sanger

President and CEO

LA’s Best

Miguel A. Santana

City Administrative Officer

City of Los Angeles

David Silver


College Track

Dixon Slingerland

Executive Director

Youth Policy Institute

David Snow

Executive Director

Upward Bound House

Angelica Solis

Executive Director

Alliance for a Better Community

Carolyn Spaeter

Account Management Executive Consultant

Anthem Blue Cross

Russell A. Stacey



Mike Stryer

Vice President, Programs

Teach Plus, Los Angeles

Joan Sullivan

Deputy Mayor of Education

Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Tammy Tucker

Vice President, Large Group Account Management

WellPoint Health Networks, Inc.

L.C. “Chris” Strudwick-Turner

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Los Angeles Urban League

Jed Wallace

President and CEO

California Charter School Association

Allison Graff-Weisner

Executive Director

City Year Los Angeles

Carolyn R. Williams

Manager, Corporate Community Affairs

Sempra Energy

Amelia Williamson


Magic Johnson Foundation

Marguerite N. Womack

Director of Workforce Development

JVS Marina Del Rey WorkSource Center

Steven A. Yatauro

Technical Division Manager

ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery