Head of Organizational Health & Innovation, The Justice Collective
Lena is an organizer, policy advocate, educator, equity analyst, curriculum and learning systems designer, digital literacy specialist, serial social entrepreneur, leadership development expert, Head of Organizational Health and Innovation at The Justice Collective. She has founded multiple nonprofits and program initiatives through her lifelong commitment to education equity and serves as a consultant and ongoing advisor to administrators and faculty at City College of San Francisco, Sacramento State University, Jobs for the Future, and other education nonprofits. Her expertise is sought after for her leadership development of Black and Brown youth, including undocumented students building collective power to fight for equity and justice and affect change across the statewide community college system. Teaching others to find and use their voices for change has become a hallmark of her reputation. Lena is also a sought-after specialist in community-centered design and implementation of digital and other learning systems.
Lena’s work in support of improving equity for the Students at the Center Hub, a project of Jobs for the Future, resulted in a comprehensive audit report and recommendations that were presented in 2017 at the Deeper Learning Conference in San Diego, CA. Lena later supported the City College of San Francisco to develop, design and implement a digital literacy program to further advance racial equity at the college. With Lena’s guidance, the college implemented its first free computer loan program and digital literacy curriculum, open to all students, but focused on closing the achievement gap for underrepresented students of color, specifically. In addition, Lena has partnered with policy advocates, such as the Campaign for Opportunity and Ed Trust West, and higher education leadership at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to advance a racial equity policy strategy impacting an annual population of 2.3 million students. Her work experience and leadership demonstrates a deep commitment to racial equity and social change, where she has successfully leveraged her knowledge of digital media, education and learning, community organizing, and policy and advocacy to develop equity-driven organizational, political and programmatic strategy. She is an avid hiker and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education, Digital Education specialty, from the University of Michigan.