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Leadership Team

Margaret Fortune

Margaret Fortune, CEO, Fortune School of Education Margaret Fortune is President/CEO of Fortune School of Education. Under Fortune’s leadership, the organization launched a network of K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties, focused on closing the African American achievement gap. The network currently includes six schools with combined enrollment of over 1700 students. Fortune also operates a graduate school of education, credentialing teachers and school administrators with a focus on charter school leadership. In 2003, Fortune turned around Sacramento High School, changing the campus into a charter school. The college-going rate has increased from 20 percent before the reform to 90 percent today. In 2017, Fortune will open a middle college high school in partnership with Cosumnes River College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Students will be able to earn their high school diploma and their associate’s degree upon graduation. Fortune will open a new middle school named after State NAACP President Alice Huffman. Both campuses will be located in Elk Grove, CA. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Fortune served as education adviser to two California Governors. Fortune is a Trustee Emerita of the California State University, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and a Board Member for the California Charter Schools Association.



Bonnie Bensen

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 x107
Cell: 916.215.3720
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Michelle Grace

Chief of  Operations

Phone: 916.924.8633 x112
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Lisa Strong-Dodson

Chief of Human Resources

Phone: 916.924.8633 x102
Cell: 916.215.6377
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Mallory Haug

Director of Fiscal Services

Phone: 916.924.8633 x114
Cell: 916.969.9941
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Shonda Moore

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: 916.924.8633 x119
Cell: 916.273.0818
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Jerold Ligons

Director of Facilities

Phone: 916.924.8633 x116
Cell: 916.508.2207
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Wesley Pepper

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 916.924.8633 x118
Cell: 916.969.9989
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Dr. Kristy Pruitt

Director of Teacher Education

Phone: 916.924.8633 x120
Cell: 916.205.9199
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Andre Slade

Director of Special Education

Phone: 916.684.0100

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Matt Taylor

Director of Data and Analytics

Phone: 916.924.8633 x124
Cell: 916.212.5917
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Toiya Allen

Hardy Brown College Prep

Phone: 909.884.1410

Fax: 909.889.5002

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Kim Howard

Fortune School

Phone: 916.287.4470

Fax: 916.287.4477

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Joseph Gambino

William Lee College Prep

Phone: 916.273.1030

Fax: 916.273.1035

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Minh Owens

Alan Rowe College Prep

Phone: 916.684.0100

Fax: 916.684.0121

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Marcus Atkins and Melissa Javinar

Ephraim Williams College Prep Middle School

Phone: 916.262.8083

Fax: 916.273.1035

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Tamara Williams

Hazel Mahone College Prep

Phone: 916.273.1030

Fax: 916.273.1035

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Odisa Nyong

Rex and Margaret Fortune Early College High School

Phone: 916.753.1170

Fax: 916.753.1171

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