Leadership Team

Margaret Fortune, President/CEO


Margaret Fortune is changing what's possible when you create excellent educational options for Black children. Fortune's work is pointed towards one North star to close the African American achievement gap as the president/CEO of nine K-12 public charter schools in Sacramento and San Bernardino counties with a combined enrollment of more than 2,300 students. Fortune has founded some of California's top majority African American public schools. Fortune established an early college high school partnership with Cosumnes River College, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students can earn a high school diploma and associate degree upon graduation.


Fortune also operates Rex & Margaret Fortune School of Education, a graduate school that credentials teachers and administrators for over 60 public school systems to address the state's teacher shortage.


Fortune is often invited to participate in or lead conversations detailing the Fortune School approach to successfully educating Black children as a nationally sought-after education expert. She was a catalyst for efforts that resulted in the State of California budgeting a $300 million block grant in 2018 for the lowest-performing students. Fortune, a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, served as an education adviser to two California governors. Fortune is a Trustee Emeritus of the California State University, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and former board chair of the California Charter Schools Association. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for her substantial contributions to education.


Fortune was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame for her role in reopening schools during the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history. The seven public schools Dr. Fortune was responsible for reopening during the Camp Fire were the only ones to open on time during the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 regarding insured losses.


Fortune continues to increase her national footprint through her work as the Co-Chair of the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools, a national organization founded to protect the right of "self-determination" for parent choice for Black and Latino families. Dr. Fortune is a proud member of the board of directors of the National Action Network Sacramento Chapter. 


Management Team




Bonnie Bensen

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 


Michelle Grace

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 916.924.8633 




Dr. Roque Neto


Phone: 916.924.8633 




Kellie Bliss

Program Director – Early Childhood Education

Phone: 916.963.4362

Cell: 916.955.5321


Vendetta Dozier-Brown

Program Director – Higher Education

Phone: 916.924.8633 

Cell: 916.956.2669


Jerold Ligons 

Director of Facilities

Phone: 916.924.8633

Cell: 916.508.2207


Shonda Moore

Director of Marketing & Communications

Phone: 916.924.8633 

Cell: 951.963.4362


Latrice O'Gilvie

Program Director- Special Education

Phone: 916.924.8633

Cell: 916.704.2015