City Scholars® Foundation Fellows

Our FELLOWS

Our FELLOWS

LEADERS WHO IMPACT + INSPIRE

Formally nominated, rigorously vetted and annually reviewed, our City Scholars® Foundation Fellows inspire us with their passion and commitment to helping each other and the education nonprofits they lead positively transform the lives of more than 55,000 predominantly low-income youth each year.

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Cynthia Breuning - Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

This is the most powerful learning community for taking strategic leadership to the next level. By utilizing what I’m learning, we now serve 29% more girls, having expanded our Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program to include incarcerated girls, caregivers and foster youth; and, we have a more engaged board and higher-quality, more stable staff and volunteers.

Cynthia Breunig, CEO
Girls Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

City Scholars® Foundation Fellow
10,821 youth served/year (80% low-income)
Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

MEET OUR FELLOWS

Amy Friedman

Executive Director
POPS the Club

500 youth served/year
(98% low-income)

Greater Los Angeles

Bill Thompson

Executive Director
Young Storytellers

3,000 youth served/year
(94% low-income)

Los Angeles County

Cesar Navarrete

Executive Director
Child Advocates of San Bernardino County (CASA)

184 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

San Bernardino County

Cynthia Harnisch Breunig

President & CEO
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio

7,300 youth served/year
(80% low-income)

Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

 

Franco Vega

CEO/Founder
The Right Way Foundation

100 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

East & South Los Angeles

 

Jan Marholin

CEO
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley

354 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru

 

Jennifer Jovanovic

Executive Director
GrowingGreat

21,369 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

Greater Los Angeles

 

Kimberly Small

Executive Director
NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship)

6,000 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County

Lindsay Elliott, Esq.

Executive Director
Happy Trails for Kids

400 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

Los Angeles County

 

Matthew Nelson

CEO
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley

600 youth served/year
(80% low-income)

Santa Clarita Valley

Michelle Freridge, Esq.

Executive Director
Asian Youth Center

1,932 youth served/year
(79% low-income)

Greater Los Angeles, Antelope Valley
San Fernando Valley

Nikia Richards

President/Co-Founder
S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations

1,100 youth served/year
(89% low-income)

Greater Los Angeles

Patricia Siqueiros

Executive Director
Variety Boys & Girls Club

2,000 youth served/year
(97% low-income)

East Los Angeles

 

Roberto Martinez

CEO
Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo

500 youth served/year
(85% low-income)

Ventura County

 

Scott Mosher

CEO
Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark

8,988 youth served/year
(54% low-income)

Moorpark

 

Seth Eklund

Executive Director
Bresee Foundation

1,000 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

Los Angeles County

Shimica Gaskins, Esq.

President & CEO

GRACE/End Child Poverty CA

470 youth served/year
(97% low-income)

Los Angeles County

Tige Charity

Executive Director
Kids in the Spotlight

80 youth served/year
(100% low-income)

Los Angeles & Pasadena

 

OUR IMPACT DEMOGRAPHICS

Together, our Foundation Fellows lead 18 out-of-school time and school-based nonprofits that each year help 55,000 predominantly low-income, pre-K to college, ethnically diverse youth succeed in school and in life.
Youth served by our Foundation Fellows are 54% Latino, 17% Black, 15% White, 7% Multiracial, 4% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; and, more than 78% qualify for the subsidized public school lunch program and/or attend Title I public schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura County.
47% of our Foundation Fellows lead nonprofits with annual revenues less than $1 million.
37% of our Foundation Fellows have served as a CEO less than 5 years; and, 21% have served as a CEO more than 15 years.

I love the amazing community of people involved with the City Scholars® Fellowship for Education.  I look forward to each session knowing that I get to network with these individuals, brainstorm and come back with new ideas. The energy in the room is huge.

Jan Marholin, CEO 
Boys & Girls Club Santa Clara Valley
City Scholars® Foundation Fellow
600 youth served/year (100% low-income)
Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru

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