Jacqueline Elliot, Ed.D, Co-Founder
Dr. Jacqueline Elliot has been dedicated to public school reform since 1986 when she first became a teacher in Pacoima, California. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration earned at CA State University, Northridge. She also holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change earned at Fielding Graduate University. As a former LAUSD teacher, Jacqueline Elliot was driven by an intense desire to improve the state of public education. She first became acquainted with the charter school movement in 1994 while serving as a teacher leader at Montague Elementary when she co-authored the school’s petition that converted Montague to charter status. Dedicated to creating high quality charter schools for the students in Pacoima, she founded Community Charter Middle School (CCMS) in 1999. The school was the first charter middle school to serve students in Los Angeles and was so successful and well received by the community, that Dr. Elliot subsequently founded several more schools to serve the same geographic area. Dr. Elliot began collaborating with Dr. Ref Rodriguez in 1998. Together they have collaborated and supported each other’s efforts while co-founding Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools), which resulted in the creation of 17 highly successful public charter schools located in NE Los Angeles and the NE San Fernando Valley. She is a fellow of the Pahara-Aspen Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She also serves on the 501c4 board of the California Charter Schools Association and on the Los Angeles Advocacy Council for Charter Schools. Dr. Elliot is also an adjunct professor in graduate studies for the Institute of School Leadership and Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Elliot has been a recipient of the Hart Vision Award from the California Charter Schools Association, as Leader of the Year. In 2013, she co-founded PUC National with Dr. Ref Rodriguez, at which she currently serves as President & CEO.