Board Members

Citizens of the World Los Angeles is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors who are deeply engaged in the strategic governance and management of our schools. Our Board meets once a month, and meeting locations rotate among the three schools.

Board Members

Josh McLaughlin, Board Chair and Parent Representative

Josh McLaughlin serves as both Citizens of the World Los Angeles Chair and parent representative to our Board of Directors. Josh, along with his wife Stacey, initially became involved with CWCH in 09-10 as Founding Parents prior to CWCH opening its doors. In his time away from CWCH, Josh is the Executive Vice President of Peter Chernin Entertainment. McLaughlin was formerly co-head of the motion picture division of The Mark Gordon Company where he produced the critically acclaimed film Talk To Me starring Don Cheadle and written/directed by Kasi Lemmons. Mr. McLaughlin began his career as an assistant at The Gersh Agency and later worked as a Creative Executive at The Mutual Film Company. In his role as a film executive, Josh is constantly working towards bridging both the creative and business sides of the industry in order to execute large-scale projects. In much the same way, Josh has been excited to lend that same expertise and skill-set to Citizens of the World Los Angeles, where there is ongoing and important work to make the inspiring philosophy and creative vision of our school sustainable for years to come.

Heather McManus, Vice Chair

Heather McManus is currently the principal of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy–Harvard. Prior to this current role, she spent three years as assistant principal. Ms. McManus originally moved to Los Angeles as a Teach For America Corps Member in 2005. As a teacher, Ms. McManus taught middle school English at the Foshay Learning Center. Under her leadership as assistant principal and principal, CNCA Harvard has grown over 125 points, from an overall API of 740 to 868. Additionally, the special education API has grown over 200 points, to 714 over the past two years. In 2010, CNCA Harvard was awarded the Effective Practices Incentive Community Gold Gain award for the achievement of students over time. Of the more than 180 national schools competing for the recognition, CNCA Harvard was ranked sixth overall in value add for reading and ranked first overall for value add in mathematics. During her past two years as school leader, CNCA Harvard has also been awarded the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award twice, been named a California Distinguished School, and received a six-year WASC Accreditation term. Ms. McManus was born and raised in Michigan and earned degrees in English, Psychology, and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge.

Rick Esquivel, Member

Rick Esquivel serves as Principal of eCALS High School a school in Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) network. Originally from the Central Valley, Rick attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Upon graduating from UCSB, Rick joined Teach For America – a national teaching corps that recruits undergraduates to commit two years to help close the educational gap in our nation’s most underserved schools. After realizing a strong need for passionate and empathetic educators, Rick decided to continue providing students with meaningful learning experiences as a middle school science teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal in South Los Angeles. Most recently, Rick served as the Founding Principal for Larchmont Charter Middle and High School – an academically high performing K-12 charter school whose mission is to serve a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse group of students. Rick holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge. Rick will also be pursing a doctorate degree from USC starting this fall. He attributes his aspirations to the students he meets everyday and considers himself fortunate to be working towards securing their promising futures. For fun, Rick enjoys hiking and cycling around LA.

Stacey Rossley Staples, Secretary and Treasurer, Parent Representative

Stacey Staples is committed to improving education access and equity, with a focus on helping organizations secure the resources they need to fulfill their missions. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Los Angeles, Stacey served as Development Director for KIPP LA Schools. She has worked for several other education and nonprofit organizations, including the Joseph Drown Foundation and College Match. Stacy holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.

James Rosenblatt, Member & Parent Representative

James Rosenblatt has spent over 15 years in the entertainment industry working as an award winning actor, writer and producer. He received his BA from Duke University and his Masters from the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a Founding Parent for Citizens of the World Silver Lake/Echo Park and has been involved in numerous non-profits. He is a co-founder of the Los Angeles based charity Support the Cure, spent four years as a board member of the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Alumni Board of the American Conservatory Theater. He spent the first year of Citizens of the World Los Angeles ‘s existence co-creating and co-chairing the Parent Action Committee that allowed the parents and administration to work together more effectively. He is also the co-owner and founder of H2R Productions here in Los Angeles.

Ina Barish, Member & Parent Representative

Ina Barish is a corporate attorney licensed to practice law in California and New York. Ina’s career includes experience as in-house counsel in New York and California and as an associate at major law firms in New York. While in New York, Ina served as in-house counsel to Carl C. Icahn and provided legal support in the founding and operation of the first Icahn Charter School in the Bronx. Since its founding, the organization has expanded to seven schools located in New York City. Ina was born and raised in the Bronx and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

Carl Christopher, Member

Carl is a Senior Consultant at  Education First. His work supports education leaders in developing systems that promote capacity building, sustainability, quality school options and effective school governance. He also helps foundations and philanthropists design and execute effective grant-making strategies. Carl’s commitment to education comes from the fact that he is more than an optimist, he is a believer. A believer in what is possible for kids, adults, organizations and communities when we provide equitable access to high-quality public education. Before joining Education First, Carl was a Program Officer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Previously, Carl served as Senior Director of Operations and Impact at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Carl holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from UC San Diego. He also is an alumnus of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Carl enjoys running, fitness and golf in his spare time, and loves spending time cheering for the Denver Broncos with his wife and two kids.

And a special thanks to our former board members.

Brian C. Johnson

Jessica Castillo

Derrick Chau

Yvette King-Berg

Samantha Johnston

Craig Tessler

Gene Straub