The Southern California team is composed of four individuals whose passion for serving their communities and dedication to bridging the education gap in America are unparalleled. Their work at College Summit takes them across Los Angeles County, from the valleys of San Fernando to the South Bay, in pursuit of higher college enrollment rates and stronger college-going cultures.
In turn, the staff is supported by an Advisory Board that truly “walks with a purpose.” They come from a diversity of occupational spheres – entertainment, business, education – to leverage their influence in the fight for equity in education.
As College Summit’s Program Manager, Ed is responsible for cultivating and maintaining SoCal’s school partner relationships and managing the delivery and implementation of College Summit’s curriculum and services. A graduate of Howard University (BA ’95) and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (MSJ ’02), Ed began his career as a reporter. He has written for various publications, including the Orange County Register, Vibe magazine, and The Source magazine. Most recently, he served as the Program Manager for Youth Opportunities Unlimited in Los Angeles, where he supervised Y.O.U.’s Youth Point of View newspaper. Ed’s history in education includes teaching fifth grade and high school English in Los Angeles. He enjoys working with youth and currently runs a mentoring program in Los Angeles.
School Partnership Manager
As College Summit’s School Partnership Manager, Teresa works to cultivate and implement the College Summit curriculum at our partner schools. She collaborates with students and teachers to build school cultures where college is an expectation for all, not just a few. Teresa began her career in education at UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach programs. After graduating, she was promoted to Site Coordinator. In this role, she managed and coordinated the implementation of student-centered activities and outreach efforts in six local high schools, and conducted workshops on admissions requirements, academic advisement, college readiness, and other college preparation topics. Later, as a Social Science teacher in South Los Angeles, she worked primarily with English Language Learners and low-income families. Teresa graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies, and earned her teaching credential and MA in Bilingual Education from Loyola Marymount University.
School Partnership Manager
Kevin Sully serves as a School Partnership Manager, supporting schools in their implementation of the College Summit program. Kevin began his career in education in the classroom as a part of the Teach for America in Los Angeles. He taught high school English and AVID at Locke High School for five years. During his tenure at Locke, the school was transitioned from a public school to a charter school. As one of the few teachers that remained, Kevin stepped up and performed college counseling duties for his students, while also serving as the school’s Cross Country and Track coach. A former press intern for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, received his BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Oregon (’06), and his M.A. in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. Kevin brings to College Summit substantial experience in the classroom and a positive team energy.
Community Engagement Coordinator
As College Summit's Community Engagement Coordinator, Brian works to recruit and mobilize the organization’s growing volunteer and Alumni Leader base while supporting sales initiatives, program implementation, and event coordination. He also leads public relations efforts for the region, maintaining key media relationships and directing social media engagement. A student of Psychology and Spanish at UCLA (BA ’07), Brian has worked with diverse populations in Los Angeles, including Latino children with cancer, pediatric palliative care patients, and at-risk teens and their families. Brian received his Masters of Social Work from Columbia University (’11), where he conducted individual, group, and family therapy with teen youth in the South Bronx, and supported the Development Department at a community-based non-profit in Upper Manhattan. Brian joined College Summit in 2011, seeing the organization as a place to bridge his passions for social justice, empowerment through education, and grassroots community building.
The Southern California Advisory Board is currently composed of five leaders in their fields. We thank our board members for their enthusiasm, commitment and time.
Position: Vice Chair
Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Melanie Lundquist is one of the leading philanthropists in Southern California, where she gives her support to various education and health care initiatives. Most notable among her philanthropic activities is her generous support of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Mrs. Lundquist and her husband Richard own the Continental Development Corporation and various upscale shopping plazas around Southern California. Mrs. Lundquist is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned her BA and MA.
Los Angeles Unified School District Board President
Mónica García was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in 2006, becoming the third Latina to serve on the Board in its 155-year history. In affirming her commitment to a quality and equitable educational system, Ms. García supports initiatives that provide all students access to a college preparatory curriculum and to career and technology pathways. She has earned a reputation as a bold, optimistic, and aggressive leader in education reform.
Position: Corporate Partner Liaison
Principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Jeffrey Mischka returned to Southern California several years ago to lead Deloitte’s Media and Entertainment consulting practice in the Pacific Southwest. His clients include several of the largest media conglomerates in the United States and abroad and he has earned several awards for Quality and Risk Management over the course of his career. Mr. Mischka plays an active role in volunteer and community efforts, including leading Deloitte’s formal mentoring program for City Year Los Angeles for three years.
J. Lloyd (Bud) Jacobs
Position: Community Organization Liaison
Former Executive Director, Communities in Schools of Los Angeles West
J. Lloyd (Bud) Jacobs has always been very active in the Los Angeles community through business, university and civic engagement. After earning his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree from UCLA, Bud served the Los Angeles Unified School District for over thirty years. He had a distinguished career as a high school teacher, department chairperson, district instructional specialist, and secondary school administrator with both middle and high school experience. Recently Bud recently served as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Los Angeles West (CISLAW), the newest of 200 Communities in Schools affiliates in America.
Position: Corporate Partner Liaison
Lisa Amster, Director, joined Barclays in 2011 from Goldman Sachs, where she spent almost a decade. Lisa focuses on customizing hedging and trading strategies for high net worth individuals, family offices and foundations. She was a Private Wealth Advisor in the Markets Coverage Group at Goldman Sachs for the past eight years, and before that, was in Goldman Sachs’ Equity Research department covering small cap stocks. Lisa interned at The White House under the Clinton Administration and holds a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Student, California State University, Northridge
Raúl served as a Peer Leader during his senior year at Sylmar High School (’10). In high school, Raúl was an outgoing leader, both in College Summit and beyond. He played basketball and ran track and cross country, and was heavily active in his community, specifically the Sylmar Neighborhood Partnership. Raúl now attends California State University, Northridge, where he majors in Political Science with an emphasis on Law and Society. He is a founding member of the Phi Lambda Nu (ΦΛΝ) Fraternity, which focuses on supporting male youth in the community. Raúl aspires to attend UCLA for his Masters Degree in Library Science before earning his JD at UCLA’s School of Law.
Timmetrius A. Henry
Timmetrius served as a Peer Leader during his senior year at Inglewood High School (’08), and was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship upon graduation, becoming the first male recipient of this award from Inglewood Unified School District. He recently graduated from UCLA (BA ’12), where he was involved with various groups, including SHAPE, Afrikan Student Union, Unicamp, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, and SEIU. Timmetrius credits his success in high school and college to his participation in College Summit, and is considering careers in education and writing.
College Summit is actively seeking dynamic, passionate, and connected individuals from the Southern California community to serve as volunteer Advisory Board members. Think you've got what we're looking for? Click the link below for descriptions of our open Board positions. To apply, click the second link - "Apply Online." Already overcommitted? Please share this information with friends and colleagues and help support our mission!
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