Sr. Program Manager, National Organizing
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Alicia Ross is the Sr. Program Manager, National Organizing at Innovate Public Schools. Alicia works closely with and supports the Director, National Organizing to lead Innovate’s goal to build the field of parent-led community organizing nationwide. She brings more than a decade of experience in community organizing, including nearly 10 years with the PICO National Network.
She started initially at PACT San Jose working on school reform efforts in the Alum Rock School District and led the organizing effort to launch ACE Public Schools. She then served as executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) for six years, where she expanded ACT’s “Stand Together Campaign” to decrease youth violence by helping to spearhead a campaign to generate city resources for youth and piloting the Boston Ceasefire Strategy, which successfully reduced gang violence in South Sacramento.
Before joining Innovate, she served as National Director of Parent Leadership at Rocketship Education, where she created and implemented a school-based organizing model for Rocketship’s schools and startup regions. She also led organizing efforts to successfully open two new Rocketship schools in San Jose as well as led Rocketship parent leaders and other charter partners in organizing the largest mayoral candidates forum in San Jose.
Alicia has a B.A. in Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Santa Clara University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Spirituality from Naropa University
I’m passionate about ______ because ______.
I’m passionate about the organizing work at Innovate because I’ve seen its power to not only make a dramatic impact on the local political landscape but also to transform people on a personal level. I love supporting the leadership development process of organizing staff and parent leaders.
“A radical is someone who loves the people unconditionally.” – Saul Alinsky