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Margaret Fortune

Margaret Fortune is President/CEO of Fortune School. In 2010, under Fortune’s leadership, the organization launched a network of K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with the mission to close the African American achievement gap. The network currently includes seven public charter schools with a combined enrollment of more than 1,500 students. Fortune also operates the Rex & Margaret Fortune School of Education, a graduate school that credentials teachers and school administrators for over 50 public school systems with the goal of addressing the state’s teacher shortage by producing quality, diverse teachers in high-need subject areas. The graduate school’s charter school leadership program has also been critical in developing a pipeline of strong educators in the movement. In 2017, Fortune opened 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’s degree upon graduation. Fortune is a state and nationally recognized education advocate. She led the 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 education adviser to two California governors. Fortune is a Trustee Emerita of the California State University, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and board chair for 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.



Bonnie Bensen

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 x107
Cell: 916.215.3720
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Michelle Grace

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 x112
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Shonda Moore

Director of Marketing and Communications

Phone: 916.924.8633 x119
Cell: 916.273.0818
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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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Derek Swafford

Athletic Director

Phone: 916.924.8633 x135

Cell: 916.953.3574

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Matt Taylor

Director of Data and Analytics

Phone: 916.924.8633 x124
Cell: 916.212.5917
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Roque Neto

Co-Dean Higher Education

Phone: 916.924.8633 x120
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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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Sara Williams and Beverly Bryant

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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