The Board of Directors for the Center for Powerful Public Schools recently announced the appointment of Alicia Montgomery as Executive Director.  Ms. Montgomery will begin her tenure on November 1, working with current Executive Director Jeanne Fauci, to ensure a smooth transition.  Ms. Fauci will retire, after serving 10 years as the Center’s founding executive director, at the end of 2018.


With over 30 years of experience as a multi-faceted education leader, Ms. Montgomery was the top selection from a pool of over 30 Candidates.  An extensive search was conducted by The Hawkins Company team.  Ms. Montgomery said, “I am thrilled to join the Center and build on its efforts to improve outcomes for our state’s most underserved students through innovation and continuous improvement. As a leader, my passion and focus have always been building capacity in others to get better at what they do through strong professional learning and collaborative experiences. In my new role, I look forward to creating sustainable change in our public schools in Los Angeles and throughout California by supporting the development of leaders and fostering equity and access for our students.”  Ms. Montgomery most recently served as the Senior Manager, Training for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, and has held previous leadership positions with Educational Services, Executive for the Association of California School Administrators and San Juan Unified School District.

Regarding her appointment, Board Chair Jonathan Eddison said, “Ms. Montgomery brings a combination of experience, dedication, and proven leadership to addressing the challenges facing our young people and educators in our school system.”  Ms. Fauci remarked, “I am so pleased to welcome Alicia as our new Executive Director. Her career exemplifies our shared commitment to equitable education for historically underrepresented youth, so they can thrive in the 21st century. Her 30 years of experience as an educator, school leader and statewide leader of professional development will bring the Center a wealth of opportunities to expand our mission to support and sustain powerful public school teachers, leaders and schools.”


Founded in 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools is a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to building capacity in public schools to achieve equity, access and choice. An acknowledged leader in school reform, the Center serves schools and districts in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. Working closely with educators, the Center provides resources and co-creates educational programs to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life in the 21st century. The Center believes that powerful public schools are essential to an equitable society, economy, and democracy. For more information, visit

The Hawkins Company extends a hearty congratulations to Ms. Montgomery!