Board Members

Board of Directors 2015-2016


Peter Schoenfeld, J.D., Board President, has been continuously involved with the development and operation of charter schools in California since 2003. Before serving in education, Mr. Schoenfeld was President of Universal Studios New Media Group and responsible for developing and managing all television on-demand and interactive businesses for Universal Studios and CANAL+ outside Europe.  Prior to the New Media Group, Mr. Schoenfeld was Executive Vice President and Group Strategic Director of Universal Studios Television & Networks Group, building television businesses worldwide and leading television strategy for Universal Studios.  Mr. Schoenfeld earned his Juris Doctor at Columbia University School of Law (New York) in 1985 and his Bachelor of Science in Economics at The University of California, Los Angeles in 1982.  Email:  Term Expires: June 30 2016


Helene Brown, MS, Chief Financial Officer, is the Director of Community Applications of Research of the Division of Cancer Control, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, a senior lecturer at UCLA School of Public Health, and one of the foremost spokesperson for cancer control and research nationwide. Ms. Brown has won the prestigious American Cancer Society Medal of Honor and the Scripps Cancer Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a graduate of UCLA.  Term Expires: June 30 2016


Kelli-Ann Agner, MS, Board Secretary, is currently the Field Work Coordinator at Mount Saint Mary’s University, School of Education where she helps to prepare K-12 teachers for urban settings. Ms. Agner worked previously as an elementary teacher and principal in Los Angeles. Email:                               Term Expires: June 30 2017                                       


Erin Keller, MBA, is currently the Director, Recruitment and Selection at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a nationwide leadership development program. Ms. Keller builds awareness through digital marketing and event outreach efforts. Prior to joining The Board Center, she was a Service Director at City Year LA, where she oversaw the service delivery and quality for 200 school-based corps members. Ms. Keller also taught high school in LAUSD and worked as the AVID Coordinator. Email:                            Term Expires: June 30 2016      


Octavia L. Miles, MBA, retired from UCLA in the fall of 2013, after 19 years as a Project Director at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research.  Her entire career at UCLA was spent working with the late Dr. Antronette Yancey, on health disparities intervention research, promoting worksite wellness at county and community-based organizations by educating employees about health and encouraging the incorporation of physical activity and healthy eating in the workplace routine. Miss Miles began her career in the classroom as a high school teacher for 15 years in New York and Chicago.  She spent the next 20 years in corporate America, with Mattel Toys, Gallo Winery, and Heinz Foods, as Vice President of product development. Miss Miles completed her undergraduate degree in English and History from the University of Michigan, a Masters Degree in History from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Business Administration and Marketing and Management from the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles. Miss Miles has been deeply involved in many aspects of the contemporary struggle for social justice, including the civil rights movement.                             Term Expires: June 30 2017                          


Gail Berlant is a seasoned development professional having spent 23 years supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society through a variety of fundraising, special event, and community engagement initiatives.  She led the organization’s major gift strategy in Los Angeles, including oversight of Hope Lodge Los Angeles, a $25M endeavor to provide temporary housing to cancer patients traveling to Los Angeles for treatment.  In addition, she is responsible for securing over $20M during her tenure to sustain the Society’s research, direct patient services, and community awareness activities.  Having retired from the Society in 2014, Gail now spends her time consulting for other nonprofits, mentoring development executives, and focusing on her personal philanthropic priorities. Email:


Michelle Robson has focused on education and at-risk youth since retiring from the Capital Group Companies in 2010 after an 18 year tenure.  At The Capital Group, she was a senior vice president entrusted with the management of investment portfolios in fixed income. She has served as a trustee for the Partnership Scholars Program and is a trustee of The Willows Community School. She has also volunteered as a mentor for Los Angeles Team Mentoring. Email: