Episode 4: Jane Patterson & John Matich

April 6, 2016.

Today we’re talking to the Co-Founders of Core-Inovate, the startup behind Mozi.

IMG_5210Jane is a seventeen year veteran of public school transformation, Jane gains her inspiration from the educators in the field who strive to make learning and life better for young people. Jane was a Senior Director at LA’s most influential education non-profit, the Los Angeles Education Partnership. During her tenure she was an advocate for teacher-led transformation, for educational equity, and for access to high-quality arts education for all students. In 2013 Jane launched the LA office of Exploring the Arts, Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto’s high-impact arts non-profit. In 2014, Jane and her long-time collaborator, John Matich, launched Core Innovate. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Doctorate of Education from UCLA.


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John is recognized in Los Angeles and beyond as one of the most influential leaders in professional development for teachers and thought partners for school and district leaders. During his twelve-year tenure as the Director of Professional Development at the Los Angeles Education Partnership, John led a team of coaches who catalyzed high-impact change at some of the region’s most struggling schools. John’s work strengthens the human relationships required to honestly assess challenges, to make necessary changes, and to sustain transformation through rigorous discourse. John co-founded Core Innovate to expand his impact to include schools throughout California and beyond. John is an agency trainer for the Center for Adaptive Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State Dominguez Hills and an administrative credential from the state of California.

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Episode 3: Albert Valdez

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We spoke with Albert Valdez, the Education Coordinator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  Albert received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design and went on to share his love of art and his passion for creating opportunities for expression with kids at LACMA.  We loved hearing about the great work Albert is doing and thinking about whether arts access is a social justice issue.

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Learn more about LACMA’s education programs or email Albert directly.

Episode 3: Albert Valdez

Episode 2: Jennie Carey

March 19, 2016.

09b30bdWe are thrilled we got to talk to our good friend Jennie Carey this week.  Jennie has been in the field of education, youth development, leadership, and community development for over 17 years. During this time, she has worked in public schools as a tutor and teacher, with non profits such as National Council of La Raza and Youth Venture. She has facilitated various workshops and conferences on youth development, leadership, and social entrepreneurship; immigrant parent engagement; empowering young Latino males; college access; and community schools. She received her Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Currently, Jennie is the Director of Development for the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), serves as a Core Team Advisor to the Coalition for Community Schools, and is on the Executive Board of Youth Speak Collective.

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Visit LAEP’s website to find out more about volunteering, trainings and to support. Also, be sure to check out the great work the Youth Speak Collective is doing in Pacoima.


Episode 1: Carlos Moran

March 1, 2016.  We are so excited to share our first podcast with you. We had a great conversation we had with Carlos, who in addition to being a new Dad, is doing some really awesome things in an old bread factory in South LA!

20150819_093613Carlos Moran is Director of Operations at Weber Community Center, a division of SSG.  His work experience in the nonprofit sector includes clinical practice, community development, non-profit development, management and evaluation.  He is a founding and active Board Member of Pathways Community School.  Carlos serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the USC School of Social Work. ​

Learn more about Weber Community Center or connect directly with Carlos.

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Episode 1: Carlos Moran