PUENTE learning Center Board (PLC)
Charter School Board (CSB)
Click on the Board members’ photos or names to see full bios.
PUENTE learning Center Board (PLC)
Charter School Board (CSB)
Click on the Board members’ photos or names to see full bios.
Raul Amezcua joined the Stifel-California Public Finance team with Stifel’s acquisition of De La Rosa & Co. in April 2014. Previously, Raul spent 11 years helping to manage and grow a small regional firm into a major competitor in the California Public Finance business and, prior to that, spent 12 years in California working for bulge-bracket, New York-based investment banks. During 25 years in California public finance, he has completed well over 100 senior-managed debt financings with an aggregate par value exceeding $20 billion.
Raul received an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in 1991 and a Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Southern California in 1987.
Raul has served on the Board of the PUENTE Learning Center since 2001, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for eight years.Close
Jeremy Stern is currently a Business Development Manager at Google Fiber. His work focuses on video content licensing and acquisition for the Google Fiber TV service. Previously, Jeremy worked as a business development executive in the digital music and digital video space, practiced communications and Internet law and worked as an executive in the cable television industry. He founded Stern Digital Strategies and served as a consultant and board advisor for digital media companies. He also served as a Vice-President of Business Development for MOG, a music subscription service (acquired by Beats) and Audible Magic Corp., the leading company in automated content recognition.
Jeremy served as Managing Partner for the Los Angeles office of the communications law firm of Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP. He represented media, telecommunications and Internet companies, advising them on novel issues of copyright, FCC law, telecom infrastructure and digital media.
Jeremy began his career after college in the cable industry, working in various sales, corporate development and law and public policy roles.
He attended Georgetown University Law Center where he obtained his Juris Doctors degree and the University of Michigan where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts Degree.
Jeremy has also served on the PUENTE Learning Center Board of Directors for 18 years and served as a prior Chairman of the Board. He lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with his wife and four sons. He enjoys open water ocean swimming, cycling and triathlons, studying foreign affairs, music and guitars.Close
Brian Ramsay started with W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. of California as a Project Engineer and established its high tech niche in the Design-Build aerospace market sector. He quickly progressed in the company and was promoted to Project Manager directing field operations and then to Project Executive. In 1999, Brian successfully oversaw the launching of a new subsidiary office located in Denver, Colorado, and in 2003, a California subsidiary located in Ontario, California. In 2000, Brian was recognized by Heavy Equipment Magazine as a top leader in the industry. In March 2003, Brian was promoted to President of the California office.
Brian’s diverse management experience, drive and dedication in the construction industry have been the keys to his success. He has built great relationships with many peers and colleagues and has helped establish the W.E. O’Neil name nationwide. As of March 2014, Mr. Ramsay serves as the Chief Executive Officer of O’Neil Industries, Inc., the parent holding company for W.E. O’Neil Construction. His career continues to flourish with his new role as CEO of O’Neil Industries, Inc., and will continue to grow over the coming years.
Brian has served on PUENTE’s Board of Directors since 2013.Close
Ken Yood is a partner in the Corporate practice group in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s Los Angeles office. Chambers USA ranks him highly for healthcare, where he was commended for his "broad-based ability in the regulatory area."
Ken represents a wide range of healthcare providers and healthcare companies, including specialty and general acute hospitals (including local district, nonprofit and for-profit facilities), home health agencies, pharmaceutical vendors, nursing facilities, and health information and management providers.
Ken has experience in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and certification, state licensing, and federal regulatory compliance. Additionally, he counsels clients on physician referral law limitations, state and federal fraud and abuse issues, and state and federal false claims and program fraud matters.
Ken helps clients both establish and operate health care compliance programs. He has developed corporate compliance programs designed to identify Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and certification issues, licensing and federal regulatory compliance matters, fraud and abuse issues, as well other regulatory compliance matters. He has assisted clients in both internal and external investigations of health care facilities and has experience in advising clients on disclosure and reporting obligations and strategies under the various federal and state false claims laws.
Ken has served on the PUENTE Board of Directors since 2014.
Cody Press has over 30 years of public financing experience. He started with Merrill Lynch in 1985 and headed the Western Region Public Finance group from 1991 to 2001. He returned to BAML in 2011. He has worked with a number of municipalities nationally, but currently his main focus is to assist municipal issuers in California. Mr. Press has experience working with a variety of issuers in California such as the State of California, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, San Diego County, City of San Diego, Alameda County, and the East Bay Municipal Utilities District.
Cody’s 2015 transactions include four GBAM Municipal Markets “Wins of the Week, “ including managing $2 billion State of California General Obligation Bonds, serving as senior manager for $550mm refunding for Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles, serving as Co- senior manager for a $250mm refunding for City of Los Angeles’ Wastewater System Subordinate Revenue Bonds.
He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. – University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
He has been a member of the PUENTE Learning Center Board of Directors since 2003 and was a Founder of its Golf Tournament.Close
Garrett Kop has served as a member of PUENTE’s Board for the past six years as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. He has been retired since 2012, and formerly worked four years as Chief Financial Officer of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, where he provided financial and operational guidance to the Congregation for the purposes of advancing the mission and caring for its members.
Prior to that, Garrett worked in various positions for almost 23 years for the St. Joseph Health System, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, most recently spending six years as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. During those 23 years, Garrett was responsible for many aspects of finance, including investment management, cash management, tax-exempt debt financing, accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and capital planning. In addition, he participated in leadership or staff positions on various internal Boards, Advisory and Management Committees at St. Joseph.
Garrett has also served on various external Organization Board and Advisory Committees, including Latino Health Access -Treasurer (2001-present); Religious Communities Trust (New York) - Treasurer (2006-2012); Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet (Los Angeles) - Fiscal Services Committee (2009-2012); Catholic Healthcare Investment Trust (Delaware) - President (2006); and American Hospital Association Treasury Round Table Planning Committee (2004-2007).
Garrett is a Certified Public Accountant and worked from 1981 to 1984 at Ernst & Young, LLP, in Newport Beach.
He attended California State University, Fullerton, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Finance and Accounting. His hobbies include golf, fishing and travel.
Fernando J. Guerra, professor of political science and Chicana/o studies, is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU. Guerra has served on standing commissions, blue ribbon committees, and ad hoc task forces for the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and regional bodies in Southern California. He is a source for the media at the local, national, and international level and has published in the area of state and local government and urban and ethnic politics. He earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan and his BA from the University of Southern California.Close
Greg Gonzalez grew up in Boyle Heights and attended Cantwell High School in Montebello. He was the founding Director of La Academia de España in 2006 and also led the program in 2007 and 2008, after having served as a Program Dean on The Cambridge Tradition in 2005. He earned his BA in History and his MA in Journalism at Columbia University, where he was a star football player, and then entered sports journalism. He was a sports writer for the LA Times for over seven years and freelanced for The New York Daily News and The National Sports Daily.
Greg transitioned into teaching in 1991 as an English and History teacher at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, California, where he was also the Athletic Director. He is currently at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles where he has served as an academic dean and History teacher for over 10 years. He has won the Garrett Harden Teaching Award at Harvard-Westlake and was Varsity Head Football Coach for three years. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.Close
Dr. Jake Gordon is the Principal of the SIATech Academy South. The school has sites in Boyle Heights and Pico Union. Dr. Gordon brings a wealth of experience with the SIATech program and has been a Social Science, Creative Technology, and Senior Projects teacher at the SIATech Long Beach site. Dr. Gordon then made the transition to administration where he served as Principal at SIATech San Bernardino for three years. He was recognized as an Employee of the Year at the Long Beach site and received the SIATech Leadership Employee of the Year award for his work in Los Angeles. In addition to school site administration for SIATech, Dr. Gordon has served as a curriculum developer for Social Science classes and also assisted in developing leadership standards for SIATech.
As an instructional leader, Dr. Gordon was instrumental in incorporating critical pedagogy teaching methods based in Freirean methodology at SIATech sites. As a result of his instructional leadership, students developed community based research projects and shared their findings at UCLA, CSULB, CSULA, and CSUSB. The student research teams also presented their work at SIATech administrative meetings making suggestions on how to improve the program based on their findings. Student research teams also presented their work during workshops for the Reaching at Promise Students Association. In the larger educational community, Dr. Gordon has taught educational leadership courses at Mount Saint Mary's College. Dr. Gordon also guest lectures at various universities discussing his work as a school leader with an emphasis on Freirean Critical Praxis orientated leadership models. He has also presented at the American Educational Research Association and Teachers for Social Justice conferences.
Prior to joining SIATech, Dr. Gordon worked as a social studies teacher in San Jose with the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA). In partnership with students, community, and other teachers Dr. Gordon developed courses such as U.S. Law and Society, Ethnic Studies, Chicano Studies, and a Community Action Research Seminar class.Close
Tyler Press Sutherland is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she practices government benefits law on behalf of Los Angeles’ poor. She previously was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in LAFLA’s Veterans’ Justice Center, where she represented low income veterans in numerous legal matters including employment law claims, student loan discharges, and citation defense.
Tyler graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012, where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Certificate for her commitment to public interest. Tyler was the Senior Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives. She received her bachelors from Harvard College in 2009. Tyler is a former volunteer at the Puente Learning Center.Close