Valiente College Preparatory is an independent 501(c)3 organization governed by a Board of Directors which brings more than seven decades of combined experience in diverse professional fields including education, school administration, finance, law, marketing and management. Directors are all volunteers - they receive no compensation for their work in support of Valiente, and are bound by the same conflict-of-interest and transparency laws as all school boards in California.
The founders of Valiente College Preparatory have come together because we share a passion for helping others achieve through educational opportunities. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Board chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deena Mangrum (formerly Williams), Board Chair
Deena Mangrum is a Los Angeles native who brings expertise in human resources and community development to the Founding Board of Valiente College Prep. She is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition at College Track. And, in the past she served as the Deputy Director for Recruitment of the Broad Superintendents Academy at the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. Mrs. Mangrum identifies and recruits talented executives to enter a training program which prepares them to lead state education systems, large urban public school systems, and large charter management organizations. Previously, she served as an Admissions Director for MBA admissions at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She began her career in finance with the Walt Disney Internet Group. She holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Jennifer Bunn Hayden, Board Treasurer
Los Angeles native Jennifer Bunn Hayden is a litigation attorney at Hueston Hennigan LLP. Ms. Hayden began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Josephine Staton of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, Ms. Hayden was a Teach for America Corps Member in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught fifth grade. During her undergraduate and law school years, Ms. Hayden also worked for the Los Angeles Mayor's Office and Los Angeles City Attorney. Ms. Hayden holds a BS from the Wharton School and a BA from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada- Las Vegas, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Jessica Boro, Board Secretary
Los Angeles native Jessica “Jess” Boro's experience as an acclaimed educator, charter school administrator, and educational consultant lend expertise in school design and management to the Founding Board of Valiente College Preparatory. She has previously served as the Founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Valor Academy, a charter middle school in LAUSD founded by Building Excellent Schools Fellow Hrag Hamalian. Valor Academy maintained an API over 800 in all four years under Ms. Boro’s leadership, including its founding year. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and the recipient of numerous prizes and honors for her work as an educator, including the Los Angeles Lakers Principal of the Month award and the LAUSD Local Hero in Education award. Ms. Boro holds a Professional Clear Teaching Credential and a California Tier II Administrative Credential. She earned her BA at Spelman College and MA in education at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Education Leadership, Administration, and Policy at Pepperdine University.
Carmen Avalos is the City Clerk for the City of South Gate and President of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees who has led a career spanning public health, education, and politics. As City Clerk, Ms. Avalos has worked to end corruption, educate others on fair political practices, and lead trainings on the Brown Act for local organizations. Ms. Avalos was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Southern Mexico, and was raised in the Southeast Los Angeles area, graduating from South Gate High School in 1987. She holds a BS in Biology from CSU Dominguez Hills, Master's in Education from CSU Long Beach, a Master's in Public Administration from CSU Northridge, and a Clear California Teaching Credential in biological sciences.
Teodoro “Ted” Olivos is a Los Angeles native who brings expertise in learning design and development to Valiente College Prep Board. Ted is currently the Deputy Director of Knowledge Management at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems and a Learning Consultant for Southern California Edison. In the past he served as an instructional designer in the private sector and a teacher in the public sector. Ted brings a unique lens of having worked with students of all ages and abilities, spending much of his career teaching and advocating for students with disabilities before teaching AP courses at the high school level. In addition, he has the experience of being a Latino in the K-12 California education system and understands the challenges facing our schools and students in working toward educational equity. Ted holds a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in education from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Pamela Christian, PhD
CEO Phronesis Management Consulting (PMC) Incorporated
Dr. Pamela M. Christian, a native of Los Angeles, California, is a first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in History from Seton Hall University, an M.A. in Educational Counseling from California State University, San Bernardino, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University. With over 25 years of experience leading diversity initiatives within both academia and industry, she has been recognized for her expertise designing, implementing, and evaluating diversity strategic plans. She was awarded the competitive American council on Education Fellowship and participated in the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Her administrative and teaching experience spans community college, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education within both public and private institutions. She has experience teaching American and international students in five countries including Mexico, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Egypt. Her portfolio encompasses responsibility for: strategic planning; diversity and inclusion program development and evaluation; community outreach and partnership development; academic program review; curriculum development; accreditation reports; faculty development; student retention and success; student, staff, and faculty recruitment; grant writing and management; and budget development and management. She is a proud mother and enjoys travel, cycling, and beach outings.
In March 2020, Dr. Christian founded Phronesis Management Consulting (PMC) Incorporated, with the mission to equip individuals and organizations to realize their full potential by valuing the people they serve, employ, and lead.