Leadership Team

Margaret Fortune, President/CEO


Margaret Fortune is changing what's possible when you create excellent educational options for Black children. Fortune's work is pointed towards one North star to close the African American achievement gap as the president/CEO of nine K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with a combined enrollment of more than 2,300 students. Fortune has founded some of the top majority African American public schools in the state of California. Fortune founded an early college high school in partnership with Cosumnes River College, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students can earn a high school diploma and associate degree upon graduation.


Fortune also operates Rex & Margaret Fortune School of Education, a graduate school that credentials teachers and school administrators for over 60 public school systems to address the state's teacher shortage.


Fortune is often invited to participate in or lead conversations detailing the Fortune School approach to successfully educating Black children as a nationally sought-after education expert. She was a catalyst for efforts that resulted in the State of California budgeting a $300 million block grant in 2018 for the lowest-performing students. Fortune, a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, served as an education adviser to two California governors. Fortune is a Trustee Emeritus of the California State University, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and former board chair of the California Charter Schools Association. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for her substantial contributions to education.


Fortune was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame for her role in reopening schools during the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history. The seven public schools Dr. Fortune was responsible for reopening during the Camp Fire were the only ones to open on time during the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses.


Fortune continues to increase her national footprint through her work as the Co-Chair of the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools, a national organization founded to protect the right of "self-determination" for parent choice for Black and Latino families. Dr. Fortune is a proud member of the board of directors of the National Action Network Sacramento Chapter. 



Bonnie Bensen

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633


Michelle Grace

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633


Wesley Pepper

Chief Academic Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633




Vendetta Dozier-Brown

Program Director – Higher Education

Phone: 916.963.4362

Cell: 916.956.2659


Stefon Dubose

Music Director

Phone: 916.924.8633 
Cell: 916.956.4468


Odisa Nyong

Regional Director of Schools

Phone: 916.924.8633

Cell: 916.215.6401


Shonda Moore

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: 916.924.8633
Cell: 951.963.4362


Andre Slade

Director of Special Education

Phone: 916.684.0100

Cell: 916.214.8622


Derek Swafford

Athletic Director

Phone: 916.924.8633

Cell: 916.953.3574


Dominic Zarecki

Director of Data, Analytics, and Strategy

Phone: 916.924.8633
Cell: 916.215.3241




Roque Neto

Dean Higher Education

Phone: 916.924.8633

Cell: 916.956.2069





Toiya Allen

Hardy Brown College Prep

Phone: 909.884.1410

Fax: 909.889.5002


Kim Howard

Fortune School

Phone: 916.287.4470

Fax: 916.287.4477


Joseph Gambino

William Lee College Prep

Phone: 916.273.1030

Fax: 916.273.1035


Beverly Bryant

Alan Rowe College Prep

Phone: 916.684.0100

Fax: 916.684.0121


Joseph Gambino 

Ephraim Williams College Prep Middle School

Phone: 916.262.8083

Fax: 916.273.1035


Carla T. Galbraith

Hazel Mahone College Prep

Phone: 916.999.8187

Fax: 916.999.8196


Akele Newton

Rex and Margaret Fortune Early College High School

Phone: 916.753.1170

Fax: 916.753.1171


Akele Newton

Fortune Middle School

Phone: 916.753.1170

Fax: 916.753.1171


Tamara Williams 

Tecoy Porter College Prep

Phone: 916.504.5040

Fax: 916.504.5052