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.

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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. Martin Nava, Board Vice President/Treasurer

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.

Mrs. Monica Monge-Garcia, Board Secretary

Dean of Student Learning, Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA

Monica Monge-Garcia is a native of the San Fernando Valley. Born and raised in Pacoima and San Fernando, Mrs. Monge-Garcia attended the local area public schools. She attended Los Angeles Mission College before transferring to Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena where she received her Bachelors and Masters of Arts degree in Human Development with a specialization of Social Change. Monica has worked in Higher Ed for the last 18 years. Currently, as a Dean at Moorpark College, her areas include English, Humanities, ESL credit/noncredit, Student Activities, Student Conduct and chairs the Behavioral Intervention Team. She is now ecstatic that she has the whole spectrum of education as a board member for PUC Schools. Her passion is in providing access to education to children and adults and being a board member allows her to serve her community.

Mr. Antonio Pizano, Board Member

Biography coming soon.

Mr. Xavier Reyes, Board Member

Mr. Reyes is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alta Public Schools, open-admission, tuition-free, public, International Baccalaureate charter schools that serve inner-city Los Angeles students. Mr. Reyes previously served at the California Charter Schools Association as the Director of School Development and Outreach. In his capacity at the CCSA, he created and administered a statewide program called Charter Launch that trained and assisted charter school development teams to start their schools in San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Bernardino and Oakland. Before his tenure at CCSA, Mr. Reyes worked at the LAUSD as a New Facilities Outreach Organizer concentrating in the South and Southeast part of LAUSD as part of a new schools development team. He also has over fifteen years of marketing and business development management experience.