The Boulder Fund

2019 Recipients

Marvin Pierre
Founder & Executive Director
Eight Million Stories
Houston, TX
B.A., Trinity College
M.Ed., University of Houston
Young people, especially young men of color, are disappearing—from schools, communities, and the workforce. Fueled by zero-tolerance policies and in-school policing, the school-to-prison pipeline is sweeping disproportionately high numbers of youth into the criminal justice system. Eight Million Stories aims to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in the city of Houston, Texas, through a holistic educational program for disconnected youth ages 16 to 18. Eight Million Stories provides youth who have been pushed out of our school system with an opportunity to complete their education and obtain meaningful employment, in order to drastically reduce the recidivism rates of justice-involved youth in the city of Houston. Eight Million Stories also advocates for policy change around school discipline reform and support services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Marvin Pierre began developing Eight Million Stories during his year as a TNTP Bridge Fellow and has served as Executive Director since its inception in 2017. Prior to founding 8MS, Marvin was the Assistant Principal at KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys in Houston and served as Dean of Students at Excellence Charter School, Assistant Dean of Students at Summit Charter School, and Director of Student Life at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School, all in Brooklyn, NY. He also worked as an Investment Banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Andy Canales
Founding Executive Director
Latinos for Education
Houston, TX
B.A., Pepperdine University
M.Ed., Hunter College
Latino students make up more than half of the public-school population throughout the Greater Houston area, yet are significantly underrepresented in positions of decision-making power and influence in the education system. Latinos for Education seeks to correct this by investing in local Latino leaders with the launch of two new programs: The Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship which accelerates the trajectory of Latino leaders in education by providing access to strong networks and skill-building focused on identity development, advocacy, and management competencies; and the Latino Board Fellowship which identifies, trains, and matches Latinos working successfully outside and inside education with governing boards of education nonprofits and charter schools. By harnessing the talent and passion of Latino leaders to advocate for Latino students and to engage and empower families, Latinos for Education aims to ensure more Latino students achieve their full potential—in the classroom and in life.

Andy Canales leads Latinos for Education in Greater Houston. He previously led the Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation for Children at Risk, a statewide children’s research and advocacy organization in Texas. He also served as a founding director of the Commit Partnership in Dallas, the region’s collective impact organization, where he led the flagship initiative to improve early literacy outcomes for over 8,000 low-income children. Earlier in his career, Andy worked in corporate philanthropy and as a teacher in high-need communities in New York City and Miami as a Teach For America corps member.

Larry Irvin
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Brothers Empowered to Teach
New Orleans, LA
B.A., Louisiana State University
A.A., Delgado Community College
Black students are more likely to complete high school and college when they have had even a single Black teacher, yet black men comprise less than 5 percent of the national teaching force. Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) works to increase the number of Black men teaching in Louisiana through a unique three-year pre-teaching fellowship for college students. The fellowship includes paid teaching opportunities, academic support through college, and sustainable pathways to classroom careers, including access to direct certification programs and a specifically designed professional development curriculum. Over time, BE2T Fellows will become an important force of the education landscape for Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as they support and mentor each other and future teachers of color, and they become key stakeholders shaping education reform efforts.

Larry Irvin co-founded BE2T in 2014 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Larry was raised by an early childhood educator who emphasized educational attainment and a deep commitment to her community, which Larry carried over into his work in the classroom as a teacher and football coach. Larry is a 2016 Camelback Fellow and also a member of the WKKF Kellogg Leadership Network.

Margeaux Randolph
The Los Angeles School of Creativity and Technology (C-Tech)
Los Angeles, CA
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.P.P., University of Southern California
M.B.A., Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business
The Los Angeles School of Creativity and Technology (C-Tech) was designed in response to community concerns about the outdated school system and the overwhelming presence of chronically underperforming schools serving Black and Latino students in South Los Angeles. C-Tech will launch its first school in 2020 and will become a family of innovative public charter schools offering the first comprehensive required computer science and entrepreneurship core curriculum in California to Black and Latino students in South LA. Serving grades TK-16, all C-Tech students will engage in an engineering, product-based curriculum concentrating in robotics, virtual reality, game design, and music engineering; start a company or nonprofit, and apprentice at a Silicon Beach technology company. By 2040, C-Tech will graduate more than 2,000 work-force ready computer scientists of color in South Los Angeles.

Margeaux Randolph was the Chief Program Officer at Reframe Labs, where she supported the growth of aspiring school launchers in L.A. while concurrently planning the launch of C-Tech. Before joining Reframe, Margeaux co-founded edDataZone, a consultancy focused on strategic planning, school market analysis, and school facilities planning. Previously, she served as director of the Louisiana state voucher program and was a Senior Manager at Leading Educators, where she built data systems and supported expansion of teacher leadership development programs in Kansas City, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. Margeaux also taught middle school math and led the implementation of math software programs in the Fontana, Inglewood, Los Angeles Unified School Districts.

Christine DeLeon
Founder and CEO
Moonshot edVentures
Denver, CO
B.B.A., University of Michigan
Ed.L.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
There is a persistent and growing opportunity gap between students of color and their white peers within Metro Denver, and—though 75percent of DPS students are children of color—most teachers and school leaders identify as white. Further, most of Denver’s ed reform efforts fall within a narrow framework of “comprehensive” or “college prep” models which are not effectively meeting the diverse needs of students of color. Moonshot edVentures surfaces and supports underrepresented and underestimated local leaders to design, or redesign, new learning environments of tomorrow in Metro Denver via its School Launcher Fellowship, a cohort-based program that combines leadership development, school design, and pathways to launch that results in more diversified school leadership and a wider variety of high-quality school options for families.

Christine DeLeon, Moonshot’s Founder and CEO, began her career at the Boston Consulting Group and later supported school leadership preparation programs at The Broad Foundation. In 2010, she founded the Analyst Fellowship for Education Pioneers, its first year-long fellowship. Christine has also spearheaded efforts for districts, charter networks, and nonprofits to develop and support innovative new school models. She possesses experience in cultivating entrepreneurs as a Harvard Innovation Lab Fellow and is a trained facilitator of Intergroup Dialogues, structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and social justice.

Oscar E. Cruz
President & CEO
Families in Schools
Los Angeles, CA
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Georgetown University
The passage of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013 signaled a new opportunity to elevate family engagement as a critical component of quality schooling (and a requirement for receiving state funds), but many districts across the state have struggled with how to implement authentic family engagement practices that help them create school climates supporting the well-being and academic success of all students. Families in Schools (FIS) aims to improve authentic family engagement across California in three key ways: leading a state-wide effort to establish parent engagement standards and indicators; launching a professional learning network of 7-8 district teams (comprised of staff, students, and parents) who focus on improving outcomes for students and seek to reimagine family and community engagement in schools; and training a cohort of Parent Ambassadors to engage in local and state education decision-making. By establishing clear indicators for family engagement and empowering families and district teams, FIS seeks to push districts to be more innovative in their school improvement efforts and, at the same time, hold districts accountable for incorporating meaningful family engagement, particularly for low-income and immigrant communities.

Oscar E. Cruz serves as President and CEO of Families in Schools (FIS). Prior to this role, he first came to FIS as Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy and then served as FIS Vice President. Oscar has held various management positions including Program Director for Community Partners, where he directed projects in the areas of community technology and civic engagement, and Senior Program Manager at the Center for Civic Education, where he managed an international network of civil society organizations, school districts, universities, and foundations working to implement civic engagement programs for students and youth throughout the United States and Latin America.

Cheryl Camacho
Special Assistant to the Commissioner on Equity
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Boston, MA
B.S. and M.Ed., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ed.L.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education (in progress)
Though nearly 40 percent of the Massachusetts student population identify as children of color, only 4 percent of traditional school district superintendents are people of color—a level that has remained flat for the past decade despite an increasing number of students of color—and the state has disturbing performance gaps between students when disaggregated by race and income. Influence 100 is a project designed to aggressively increase the racial/ethnic diversity of Massachusetts superintendents, senior policy leaders, and the bench to these roles by 100 in ten years, resulting in a 10 percent increase in the number of people of color in superintendent roles and a 56 percent increase in the number of people of color in senior policy leadership at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Influence 100 will begin with a four-year pilot phase and a strategy focused on addressing this challenge through the multiple frames of pipeline repair, network development, and increasing the cultural competence of the environment surrounding aspiring superintendents and senior policy leaders.

Cheryl Camacho, a third-year doctoral student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, has led the research and design of this initiative. Cheryl brings a variety of lenses to the work: former public school student who integrated her elementary school, classroom teacher in a district serving “majority minority” students, principal in a racially and economically segregated school, district-level administrator in the superintendent’s cabinet in a district grappling with balancing the competing commitments between poor and wealthy families, and white families and families of color, and—most importantly—parent to three children of color attending public schools in Massachusetts.

Angela Jones Hackley
Chief Program Officer
Wayfinder Foundation
Washington, DC
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
M.B.A., John’s Hopkins University Carey School of Business
The Wayfinder Foundation was created to address two major problems in education policy and domestic philanthropy. From an education perspective, too many education reform policy solutions seem to revolve around isolating education from other major public policy issues that affect economically insecure families and communities. Wayfinder views education as one issue that intersects with a whole variety of public policy concerns affecting families struggling with economic insecurity. From a philanthropic perspective, the majority of investments in the non-profit sector go to established organizations, run by people with significant race and class privilege. Wayfinder, on the other hand, makes direct cash investments in women of color, whose lives are affected by the issues we discuss, and who are acting as activists on behalf of their own families and communities. Wayfinder’s aim with this project is to build a significant, personalized program for the activists they financially support and provide them with leadership development resources, coaching, and mentorship opportunities which will equip their activists to lead to a groundswell of grassroots demand that acts as a credible force for systemic change in education and other issues that impact economically-insecure families.

Angela Jones Hackley is Chief Program Officer at the Wayfinder Foundation with over 24 years of successful leadership in non-profit management, resource development, advocacy and policy analysis, and philanthropy. Angela has served as the Interim Executive Director of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation and held several leadership positions during her tenure at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, including Interim President and Vice President of Philanthropic Service. A native Washingtonian, Angela grew up in Anacostia, in SE DC and is a proud graduate of DCPS.

Charles Cole, III
Founder & Executive Director
Energy Convertors
Oakland, CA
B.A., California State University, East Bay
M.P.A. & Ed.D., California State University, San Francisco
Energy Convertors (EC) supports high school students across Oakland who are marginalized by economic status, racial stereotyping, neighborhood violence, and/or gender. EC believes in taking negative energy and turning it into a positive, and their Student Fellowship program teaches marginalized youth to tell their authentic stories in a solutions-oriented way, while building their agency as well as literacy and advocacy skills.

Charles Cole, III, is the founder of Energy Convertors, where he aims to better the community where he grew up and specifically to give Black males the support that he lacked. Prior to launching EC, Charles was a Community Engagement Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District, leading district-wide initiatives for the Superintendent and working with the community to build capacity for meaningful change in their schools. He has also served as a social worker, a Director at Teach For America, the Vice Chair of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus, and served as a director for various youth-focused non-profits.