Board Bios

Jerry A. Gonzales II (CHAIR) serves as the Director of Human Resources with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. In this role, he is responsible for the complete provision of work and strategy regarding LMNA’s people – from recruitment to ongoing professional development. Prior to the Lucas Museum, Jerry worked at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), where he served as the Senior Director of Talent, Learning, and Culture.

Jerry was a part of the rapid growth at LEE, expanding the organization by 5x. Previous experiences include positions at The Broad Center and UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services and UCLA’s Community Programs Office. Jerry studied Law at the University of West Los Angeles, has a BA in Asian-American Studies and Anthropology from UCLA, and is pursuing his MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a certified Senior HR Professional through both the Society of Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a certified mediator through Eckerd College. Jerry lives in the Los Feliz community in Los Angeles, California with his family.

Betsy Chapman

Betsy Chapman (SECRETARY) is a parent of two amazing CalCreative alumni. She has a BA in Theatre from the University of New Orleans and also studied at the Summer Theatre Workshop with the Atlantic Theatre Company. Her training began in acting but her organizational and leadership skills led her to thrive in the technical arts . Upon relocating to Los Angeles she worked with several theatre companies including Theatre of NOTE, Circle X, and The Burglars of Hamm as a stage manager, board operator, assistant director, and in other production roles. She has been Bookkeeper and Office Manager for several small companies, including Bon Vivant Events, where she worked for 11 years until they closed. She has volunteered on many boards in several roles, including as Chair of Fundraising and President of Hilltop Nursery School (a co-op in Silverlake), as Parliamentarian, Treasurer, and President of the CalCreative PTA, and as Membership Chair for the Highlands Council of PTAs. She ran the biggest LFCSA fundraiser, the Jogathon, for many years, served on several hiring committees, performed outreach, and wore many other hats within the CalCreative community. She is CalCreative’s biggest cheerleader – literally. Her hobbies include pottery, cooking and reading cookbooks.   

Margeaux Randolph

Margeaux Randolph is Vice President of Leadership Development at Reframe Labs, where she has coached and trained over 40 education entrepreneurs to design and launch innovative schools in Los Angeles. Margeaux conceptualizes and executes the strategic vision of Reframe Labs to build 21st century future-tech schools that prepare all students for life success. Prior to Reframe, Margeaux co-founded, edDataZone, where she used advanced data and analytics to coach charter school executives and governing boards on strategic planning, school market analysis, and school facilities planning.

Her mapping studies have been featured in the L.A. Times and the L.A. School Report. Some of her prior clients include the Broad Foundation, California Charter Schools Association, Great Public Schools Now, Para Los Ninos, ICEF, and Green Dot Public Schools. Previously, as Executive Director at I CAN Learn Education Systems, she oversaw implementation of Algebra software systems in Inglewood and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and worked with the executive team to raise over $6M in funding to expand Algebra software programs nationwide. She also served as Director of the Louisiana state voucher program, and as a Senior Manager at Leading Educators, where she helped the organization secure over $2.5M in funding to expand teacher leadership development programs in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. Margeaux has also served as a middle school math teacher and coached teachers in over a dozen schools in LAUSD, Inglewood, and Fontana Unified to reach significant gains in mathematics using advanced technology. In 2006, Margeaux was a recipient of an American Planning Association Award, Proclamation from the City Council of New Orleans, and honored at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy for her work on post-Katrina redevelopment. Margeaux earned her Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Michele Montano

Michele Montano holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Land Use Planning andGIS from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She creates interdisciplinary projects focused on community outreach, collaboration and partnership development. Michele is an “out-of-the-box” thinker who enjoys learning, sharing her knowledge and is unafraid of innovation and experimentation. Having decades of management experience, she is flexible, quick on her feet and is a dedicated team player. Her understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary teams and unconventional partnerships helps to create robust and successful projects. Michele’s commitment to the communities she works in is exceptional, she is always first when it comes to sharing knowledge and training.

Mariana Lavezzo

Mariana Lavezzo

Mariana Lavezzo (PARENT REP) is a fluent Spanish speaker having grown up in several countries in South America before moving to California in 6th Grade. She has a Master of Architecture from UCLA and a Bachelor of Psychology & Minor in Psychological, Social & Cultural Factors in Architecture from UC Berkeley. Mariana is a K-12 school planner and designer for DLR Group, the country’s largest and most progressive K-12 architecture and engineering practice that uses research informed design to elevate both the student and teacher experience. A big part of my job is working with focus groups and large groups facilitating workshops.

She became a parent at CalCreative in October 2019. Upon joining the CalCreative family, she volunteered to help the Site Build Committee execute their project at the Eagle Rock campus and then served on the Next Stage Planning Committee and the Rebranding Committee this past summer. It has been wonderful to interact with educators and parents who believe in project-based learning through arts integration and the importance of Social Emotional Health to empower students to become experts at learning and thrive as lifelong learners. Successful implementation of this learning model occurs in a very small percentage of schools in America. She looks forward to positioning CalCreative to serve as a model not just for Los Angeles but also to have a ripple effect on the country.

Cindy Lin

Cindy Lin is a technology professional that looks at the world through the lens of data analysis and product solutions. In their current role as Data Product Manager at HopSkipDrive, they are the driving force of the Data Culture initiative whose aims are to improve the overall data literacy of the organization. They have translated their B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, another educational institution where project-based learning is a core pillar, into a multidimensional career with experience in business analytics, product management, engineering, and operations. Past roles include Product Manager at TSIA, Product Strategy and Analytics Consultant at GameCake Studios, Business Analyst at Victorious, and Business Intelligence Manager at Avery Dennison RBIS.

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