About Us

About Us

Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC Los Angeles) is a community of public charter schools serving the communities of West Hollywood, Silver Lake and Mar Vista. We currently have three schools, CWC Hollywood (K-5), CWC Silver Lake (K-6), CWC Mar Vista (K-4). In the Fall of 2015, we will launch CWC’s first sixth grade program at CWC Silver Lake. To enroll your child in one of our schools, click here.

All of our schools are tuition free, non-religious public schools committed to socio-economic, cultural and racial diversity. The success of our work relies on our highly-engaged parent community, as well as the support of key partnerships at the school and regional levels. At our schools parents and the greater community volunteer countless hours to on-campus activities as well as financially contribute to support each school’s operating budgets.

Our work began at Citizens of the World Hollywood, the first school in the CWC Los Angeles region. CWC Hollywood was founded by a community of individuals including our co-founders, Mark Gordon and J. Kriste Dragon.

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Organization & Structure

CWC Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization, governed by a local, Board of Directors. We partner with Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWCS), a national nonprofit organization that provided our schools with start-up support, and continues to provide support to the CWC Los Angeles region and each of the schools.

Learn more about CWCS.



Our Founders

Mark Gordon, Co-Founder, Honorary Chairman of CWC Hollywood

Mr. Gordon is an award-winning producer with more than 70 motion picture and television projects to his credit. For television, Mr. Gordon is currently executive producer on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, as well as the CBS drama Criminal Minds and Lifetime’s Army Wives. Mr. Gordon is a five-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards, and won two times. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. The film also won Best Picture honors from the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London and Broadcast Film Critics, among others, and brought Mr. Gordon a Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America.

Mr. Gordon’s other motion picture credits include the Roland Emmerich-directed films 10,000 BC, The Day After Tomorrow (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid), The Patriot (Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger), Paulie (which won a BAFTA Award for Best Children’s Film), Broken Arrow (John Travolta) and Speed (Keanu Reeves); Talk to Me (Don Cheadle), The Hoax (Richard Gere), Casanova (Heath Ledger); The Painted Veil (Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) and Hostage (Bruce Willis), Prime (Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman), The Matador (Pierce Brosnan), Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan; and The Jackal (Richard Gere, Bruce Willis and Sidney Poitier).

Mr. Gordon also has produced more than a dozen long-form television projects, including the HBO film Warm Springs about Franklin Delano Roosevelt (16 Emmy nominations, winning five, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie), HBO’s And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself (nine Emmy Award nominations) and The War Between the Classes (Emmy for Best Children’s Program). He also directed and produced the Emmy nominated Children Remember the Holocaust.

Mr. Gordon is the former chairman of Teach For America Los Angeles, and a former board member of The Holocaust Documentation and Information Center, and The UCLA Lab School. He is the current Vice President of the Producers Guild of America and is a board member of the Virginia Film Festival, The Archer School for Girls, The Jewish Television Network, Chrysalis and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. Mr. Gordon is a graduate of New York University Film School.

 Kriste Dragon, Co-Founder & Founding Board Chair, CWC Hollywood

Kriste is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens of the World Charter Schools. Kriste began her work in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in South Los Angeles. She later served as Executive Director of Teach For America Los Angeles and Vice President of regional operations for six of Teach For America’s western regions. In that role, Kriste managed the then-largest community of Teach For America regional leaders, with responsibility for the placement and ongoing support of over 900 Teach For America corps members. She has also served as professional development coordinator at UCLA’s Center X, developing mathematics curricula and training more than 4,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kriste served as vice chair of Community Magnet Charter School for five years, and a board member of Larchmont Charter Schools for eight years. She has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Alabama. Kriste is a Fellow at the Broad Center for Management’s first cohort of Education Leaders and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow for the spring of 2013 cohort.