I am thrilled to work to improve outcomes for our state’s most underserved students through innovation and continuous improvement. As a leader, my passion and focus have always been building capacity in others to get better at what they do through strong professional learning and collaborative experiences. I look forward to creating sustainable change in our pubic schools in Los Angeles and throughout California by supporting the development of leaders and fostering equity and access for our students.

Dr. Alicia Montgomery,
Executive Director

Dr. Montgomery is an innovative thought leader focused on systems leadership and change with a lens of equity.  She is education leader with deep experience in instruction, facilitation, and administration. Most recently, she was Senior Manager, Training at the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. Previous leadership positions include Educational Services Executive for the Association of California School Administrators; Principal Network Facilitator for San Juan Unified School District; and Director, Innovative Career/College Options for Twin Rivers Unified School District.  Through her work she lifts up the key role leaders play in systems change and stability.  Thus, she been dedicated to building the capacity of leaders by mentoring, providing guidance and support, and by supporting the pipeline to leadership for women and leaders of color-especially those that are black. 

Dr. Montgomery has worked at every level of the education system from PreK to College, and at the state level providing her with a perspective from every seat in the system.  She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and her M.S. degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development from National University, and her Ed.D in Organization Leadership at Brandman University.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio- she has seen the impact of institutional racism on communities of color. She has dedicated her life to the systematic dismantling of injustice and barriers in school systems preventing students from accessing and realizing their fullest potential. She is an expert in organizational change and development, and building leadership capacity. 

 She has three grown children, who live in various cities in California.  She loves to read, listen to live music, and watch sci-fi when she is not advocating for and supporting educators who serve our most vulnerable student populations.