Board of Trustees

Our mission at PUC Schools is to develop and manage high quality charter schools serving at risk students. Create school programs and cultures that result in college graduation for all students. Focus on developing secondary schools partnered with strong feeder elementary programs. Uplift Communities through Educational Partnerships.

Board Members

Ms. Juana Maria Valdivia, Board Chair

Director of Student Outreach and Recruitment, California State University, Northridge

Juana Maria Valdivia was born and still lives in the city of Pacoima.  She is the youngest of nine children raised by hard working parents who migrated from Guanajuato, Mexico.    Even though, her parents did not speak English and only completed some grammar school they knew an education would make a difference in the life of their children.   She obtained a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from CSUN.  She currently provides leadership and guidance for the Student Outreach and Recruitment team at California State University, Northridge.  She has worked in the field of higher education for more than 18 years, promoting college awareness to students and parents. She is a proud parent of two students at PUC Triumph Charter Academy.

Mr. Jesse Almeda, Treasurer

Marketing Coordinator for Alta Planning + Design

Jesse completed his B.A. at UCLA and is also a PUC alumni who was part of the founding class of PUC CALS Early College High School in Northeast Los Angeles, which was the first PUC high school. Jesse, like the other alumni on the board, embodies a solid commitment to and understanding of the mission, vision and goals of PUC.

Ms. Genesis Morales, Board Member

Marriage and Family Therapist

Genesis is a PUC alumni who completed her undergraduate work at the University of CA Santa Cruz and earned her Marriage and Family Therapist certificate at USC. Genesis attended PUC schools in Northeast Los Angeles from grades 6 -12 and as such brings a deep knowledge, understanding, and commitment to the board.

Ms. Angelica Morales Brody, Board Member

Angelica Morales Brody grew in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and attended Polytechnic High School. After graduation, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA and attended the UCLA School of Law and eventually became a practicing attorney. Ms. Brody worked at a law firm and then at Southern California Edison as an in-house regulatory attorney. Ms. Brody also worked part-time for PUC as a behavior intervention services team member, serving as an outstanding role model for students. Ms. Brody was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2018.

Mr. Martin Nava, Board Member

Martin Nava is currently the CEO for the Old Timers Housing Development Corporation, a non-profit housing corporation in Huntington Park. Mr. Nava has a great deal of experience in the health field, in the non-profit sector, and in working with and serving his community. A native of Boyle Heights, he attended Roosevelt High School and is an alumni of California State University, Northridge. Early in his career, Mr. Nava served as an elementary school teacher. He has worked in various jobs within the non-profit sector and within low income communities. He has been a social worker, working with HIV/AIDS patients, and has worked extensively in management. Currently, he is managing a $35 million budget. Mr. Nava has been a dedicated and enthusiastic board member since his election to the Board of Trustees in December 2018.