Ms. Schwartz has been with the Foundation for Educational Excellence since 2008. Before moving to Colorado in October of 2007, Ms. Schwartz lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of Los Angeles, California with her M.A. degree in Social Research Methodology, from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in June 2007. While in graduate school, Ms. Schwartz consulted with First 5 LA, the Los Angeles County Proposition 10 Commission, with their School Readiness Initiative which administers $134 million to 42 diverse communities within the county. Before attending graduate school, Ms. Schwartz spent three years as the School Readiness Program Director with a non-profit agency serving a densely populated Hispanic neighborhood in the Los Angeles metro area. Ms. Schwartz began her career in education and the non-profit field as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in 1997.
In total, Ms. Schwartz has more than fifteen years of experience working with various educational programs in all grade levels. Her work has centered on the goal of increasing student outcomes in low-income, low-performing schools through collaborative, family support and public-private partnerships.