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Aarthi Sowrirajan

Board Co-Chair & Treasurer, Finance Committee (Chair)

Director, Turner Impact Capital, LLC

Aarthi Sowrirajan is a Director at Turner Impact Capital and Regional Director of Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Sowrirajan manages the Fund's business development efforts for the West and Southwest regions, including identifying high-performing charter school partners. In addition, she is responsible for underwriting, structuring, negotiating and executing investment opportunities, managing Fund finances, investor relations and the various strategic needs of the Fund. Prior to joining Turner-Agassi, Ms. Sowrirajan was an Associate at Deutsche Bank Securities in the Structured Products Group, underwriting deals and structuring debt financing for non-prime mortgage originators and credit card companies through bond offerings in the capital markets. She has also held a position as a Summer Associate at Credit Suisse within various Equity and Debt Sales and Trading teams. Ms. Sowrirajan is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A., Honors, Economics) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.).

 
 
 
Claudia Chung Sanii

Board Co-Chair, Development Committee (Chair), Governance Committee

Character Technical Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Chung Sanii joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2012 as a character technical director, specializing in character simulation. Claudia was the Simulation Supervisor for Zootopia. She also tailored costumes for Oscar winners Big Hero 6 and Frozen. Prior to her role at Disney, Chung Sanii spent 10 years at Pixar Animation Studios, where she contributed to Oscar winners Brave (as simulation supervisor), Up (as character cloth lead), Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Chung Sanii attended University of California, Berkeley, majoring in computer science, with a passion for special effects and animation.

 

Oliver Bajracharya

Board Member, Governance Committee (Chair), Audit Committee (Chair)

Attorney, Christie, Parker, Hale, LLC

As a patent and trademark attorney, Mr. Bajracharya counsels clients with respect to their intellectual property assets and helps them manage and grow their portfolio. He has worked extensively with domestic and international companies specializing in various areas of technology, including medical devices, consumer electronics, sporting equipment, and apparel. Mr. Bajracharya works at Christie, Parker & Hale, a Pasadena law firm specializing in intellectual property, and in his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and cooking. Mr. Bajracharya received a BS in Mechanical (Biomedical) Engineering from Cornell University and a JD from Tulane Law School.
 
 
 
Julie Troletti

Board Member, Academic Committee (Chair)

Principal, Our Community Charter School

Julie Troletti has spent the past 12 years in education, starting in the classroom and working her way into administration. Along the way, she has earned a Master of Education in Elementary School Education, a Master of Education in Administration Services, a Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership, and clear credentials in both Multi-subject teaching and Administrative Services. Additionally, she attended the federally funded Charter & Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) through the California State University system. Currently Julie serves as Principal at Our Community Charter School She is an alumni of the University of La Verne, CSU Dominguez Hills, and University of Southern California.

 

Alyssa Valentine

Board Member & Secretary, Academic Committee, Audit Committee

Realtor, COMPASS

Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Valentine moved to Los Angeles over 10 years ago after beginning her real estate career in Lake Tahoe. Having learned the business from a few top West-side agents, she obtained her license in 2005 and focused her attention on the East-side communities she has always loved. With a recent move to Nourmand & Associates, she and her husband serve a variety of clients throughout greater Los Angeles ranging from first time buyers, experienced investors and everyone in between. Throughout her career, Ms. Valentine has earned numerous sales awards for top production. As a Keller Williams Realty agent, she served for two years on the Agent Leadership Council, a board of the top agents nominated to serve the needs of the community and assist in the education of new trainees. She has also compiled extensive renovation experience having fixed and sold nine properties in 2010 & 2011 in addition to her traditional real estate business. Ms. Valentine is a graduate of Indiana University.

 

 

 

Tyler Bell

Board Member, Governance Committee

Consultant, Annenberg Foundation


Tyler Bell is a graduate of Morehouse College where he earned his degree in Political Science. After college, Tyler has actively continued to pursue his passions in people, education and technology. He has taught high school, worked on Capitol Hill, and helped lead a startup to achieve incredible success serving as their Head of Talent. Currently, Tyler is serving as a Consultant for the Annenberg Foundation where he is utilizing his skills and background to scale Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts across the Tech and Venture Capital ecosystem in Los Angeles.

 

Josephti Cruz

Board Member, Finance Committee

Wealth Management Advisor, TIAA

Josephti Cruz has been a Wealth Management Advisor with TIAA for 6 years, both in in their Los Angeles and New York offices, where she specializes in providing financial planning solutions for her individual clients. Having served In the financial services industry for over 19 years, most notably with AllianceBernstein, Josephti held a variety of client service, marketing, and management roles in their Private Client, Institutional and Retail divisions as a Vice President. Prior to joining TIAA, she was a financial advisor at Chase Private Client and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where she worked with high net worth individuals to streamline and simplify their financial lives. Josephti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA. She holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 registrations in addition to maintaining licenses Life, Accident and Health insurance and Variable Annuities in all appropriate jurisdictions.

 

Nyanza Shaw

Board Member, Academic Committee

Principal, Shaw Esquire

Nyanza Shaw, Esq., Principal of Shaw Esquire, is a well-respected entertainment and business attorney with a wealth of experience in the areas of entertainment and business law, intellectual property, technology, media, and brand strategy. The firm provides legal representation to creatives, businesses, brands and founders as well as providing brand management and business consulting services.   Nyanza currently serves as Chair of the John M. Langston Bar Association, Entertainment Law Committee, is a member of the California State Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology Executive Committee, and is a Board member of Our Girls Enrich, a nonprofit initiative designed to instill self confidence in girls through workshops & mentoring. She received her BA from Mills College and her JD from UC Hastings College of the Law.

 

Brett Snyder

Finance Committee


Founder, Cranky Flier LLC

Mr. Snyder is the founder of Cranky Flier LLC, a company focused on assisting air travelers via its Cranky Concierge (crankyconcierge.com) air travel assistance service and CrankyFlier.com website. He has an extensive background with the travel industry, having worked for USAir, America West, Eos, and United in the areas of revenue management, marketing, sales, and strategy. Prior to founding his own company, Mr. Snyder worked for PriceGrabber.com, a comparison shopping site with more than 24 million unique users per month, where he built and managed the travel site in addition to managing new products for the site and community efforts. In his younger days, he was the youngest known travel agent in the United States at the age of 12. Mr. Snyder has a BA in Marketing and Tourism Studies from The George Washington University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
 
 
 

Sonia Slutsky Faulkner

Development Committee

Producer and Director, Documentary Television and Film

Sonia Slutsky Faulkner is an Award-Winning Producer and Director of documentary television and film. As an accomplished Showrunner, she has helmed a number of successful series covering a wide-range of styles and formats. She has produced over 150 hours of programming for networks including CNN, A&E, Discovery, ABC, PBS and Bravo. Currently she is the executive producer for a new ground-breaking CNN documentary series with Van Jones about Restorative Justice. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she graduated with honors from Vassar College with a degree in American Culture Studies. Sonia is a dual US and UK citizen.

 

Kim Ishikawa

Development Committee

Director of Annual Giving, LACMA

Kim Ishikawa is the Director of Annual Giving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She has the privilege of connecting with the museum’s supporters to share the impact of their philanthropy and engage them with LACMA’s collection and exhibitions, curatorial projects, and educational programs. During her four years at the museum, she has helped raise over $8 million in revenue. Kim is a native angeleno with a career in nonprofit development, previous organizations include National Public Radio (NPR) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Kim holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA.

 

 

Carlos Zamora

Development Committee


Marketing Director, Multiquip

As a firm believer in education, Carlos Zamora welcomes the opportunity to join Equitas Academy’s Development Committee. He previously volunteered at UCLA assisting a Development team raise funds to provide scholarships to underprivileged students, medical services to downtown’s impoverished community and renovation to school facilities. He majored in Communications at Chapman University and is interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree in the future. Carlos has worked on marketing teams and ad agency accounts across Los Angeles including Sony Pictures, Boeing and Princess Cruises. Currently, he is Marketing Coordinator at Multiquip, an international construction manufacturing and distributing firm. In his free time, he enjoys learning more about his field of study, playing guitar and reading. With family living in Pico-Union since the 80s, he is happy to serve the community.