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Public Policy Forum: Marshall Tuck, Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in Conversation with Cara Esposito, Executive Director, Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation

Monday, October 1, 2018
9:30am - 11:00am PDT
California Community Foundation Joan Palevsky Community Center
281 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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California’s voters will head to the polls on November 6, 2018 to cast a ballot on a wide array of issues, including leadership of California’s Department of Education. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Director of Education is in charge of executing Board of Education policies and leads the Department of Education. The Department of Education regulates and operates education for over 6 million public school students, as well as after school programs, summer programs and career and college readiness programs.

Mr. Tuck will be interviewed by Cara Esposito, Board Member of Southern California Grantmakers and Executive Director of the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation.

Note: We continue to work with the Office of Asm. Tony Thurmond to schedule a future session. This will be an opportunity for funders to learn more about their vision and goals. This is a nonpartisan event for educational purposes only.


  9:30 am: Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking
10:00 am: Marshall Tuck in conversation with Cara Esposito
10:40 am: Question and Answer
11:00 am: Conclusion


Cara Esposito, Board of Directors, Southern California Grantmakers; Executive Director, Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation

Cara Esposito is the Executive Director of the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, which funds innovative projects and initiatives that serve to benefit Los Angeles County and improve the wellbeing of its communities. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Esposito spent nine years as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, with special emphasis in Juvenile Prosecutions. She currently sits on the board of USC’s Price School of Public Policy and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Arts High Foundation, the first public/private school partnership founded in 1985 by her grandmother, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson.



Marshall Tuck, Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Marshall Tuck worked for public schools for 15 years. Most recently, as Educator-in-Residence, Tuck directed various school improvement efforts with the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nonprofit organization working with school districts to help develop and retain effective teachers and principals. Prior to that, Tuck was the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and LA Unified School District which operates 18 elementary, middle and high schools serving 15,000 students. Under Tuck’s leadership, these schools raised four-year graduation rates by more than 60 percent, and had the highest academic improvement among California’s school systems with more than 10,000 students.



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