Executive Director: Before joining East Palo Alto Academy Foundation, Elisabeth Landa served as Aspire Public Schools’ regional director of development for the Bay Area and director of development for Aspire’s East Palo Alto schools, where she oversaw strategic leadership, board development, donor cultivation, and fundraising, and worked directly with students and families, advisory boards, foundations and community partners. Prior to joining Aspire, Elisabeth was program director for Feeding America San Diego, where she managed agency relations, child programs, nutrition, advocacy, and volunteer/intern programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego. In 2014, she was recognized by Senator Marty Block for her years of service in San Diego County.
College Success Counselor: Before joining East Palo Alto Academy Foundation, Amy Wong served as founding biology teacher, department head, and advisor at Luis Valdez Leadership Academy. From 2009-2013, she was a biology teacher and advisor at East Palo Alto Academy High School. She has advised two cohorts of students on a four-year advisory cycle and supported them academically, socially, emotionally, and in their college-going process. Amy has also coached cross-country and track, and provided tutoring services for ACT, SAT, Math, and college applications. As Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program coordinator, Amy organized outdoor excursions for her students; she also served as an instructor for Golden Gate National Parks. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from UCLA and her master’s degree in education from Stanford. In 2015, she was honored by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for her dedication to her students.
College Access Family Liaison: Nancy Alvarez has been living in East Palo Alto for the past 20 years, and is actively involved in her community and in the education of her two daughters; she is proudly a Stanford mom. She is passionate about social work, and strongly believes in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty and injustice in low-income communities. Nancy worked as a parent liaison at Cesar Chavez Elementary School for 13 years, and is a board member of Ravenswood Family Health Center and an advisory board member of the Rosalie Rendu Center. Additionally, she is an ambassador of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Nancy holds an associate's degree in early childhood education and a bachelor's degree in social work from San Jose State University.
Program Associate: Prior to joining the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation team, Co Tran served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at East Palo Alto Academy. In this role, she managed volunteers, connected high school students to resources in the College Career Center, provided academic support, and led the yearbook committee. From 2014-2017, she worked as a teaching fellow at East Palo Alto Stanford Academy, leading middle-school courses in English/language arts and the songs of social movements, and organizing local community service opportunities. She holds a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in psychology from Stanford University.