Leadership Team

Margaret Fortune, President/CEO

Margaret Fortune is changing what’s possible when you create excellent educational options for Black children. As the President/CEO of nine K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with a combined enrollment of more than 1,800 students, Fortune’s work is pointed towards one North star—to close the African American achievement gap. Fortune has founded some of the top majority of 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 are able to 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 with the goal of addressing the state’s teacher shortage.

 

A nationally sought-after education expert, Fortune is often invited to participate in or lead conversations detailing the Fortune School approach to successfully educating Black children. She was a catalyst for efforts that resulted in the State of California budgeting a new $300 million block grant in 2018 for the lowest-performing students. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Fortune served as an education adviser to two California governors. Fortune is a Trustee Emerita of the California State University, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and 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 the field of education.

 

Most recently, Fortune was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame for pioneering the development and growth of charter schools, implementing innovative ideas, and inspiring others in the movement. 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.

 

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 Chiefs

 

Bonnie Bensen

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 x107

 

Michelle Grace

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 x112

 

Wesley Pepper

Chief Academic Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 x118

  

Directors

 

Stefon Dubose

Music Director

Phone: 916.924.8633 
Cell: 916.956.4468

 

Shonda Moore

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: 916.924.8633 x119
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 x135

Cell: 916.953.3574

 

 

Dominic Zarecki

Director of Data, Analytics and Strategy

Phone: 916.924.8633 x124
Cell: 916.215.3241

 

Deans

 

Roque Neto

Dean Higher Education

Phone: 916.924.8633 x120

Cell: 916.956.2069

 

 

Principals

 

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 and Monisha Blake

Ephraim Williams College Prep Middle School

Phone: 916.262.8083

Fax: 916.273.1035

 

 

Hazel Mahone College Prep

Phone: 916.999.8187

Fax: 916.999.8196

 

Odisa Nyong

Rex and Margaret Fortune Early College High School

Phone: 916.753.1170

Fax: 916.753.1171

 

Tamara Williams and Corryn Hamakawa

Tecoy Porter College Prep

Phone: 916.504.5040

Fax: 916.504.5052

 

Odisa Nyong and Janine Knill

Fortune Middle School

Phone: 916.753.1170

Fax: 916.753.1171