Brad Wright Board Chair Mr. Wright was born and raised in the Miracle Mile district in Los Angeles California. He graduated from Daniel Murphy High School before accepting a Basketball scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1981 and graduated 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the History department. During his Sophomore year, he took the initiative to create the campus safety group the Security Alliance for Everyone or "S.A.F.E" that was formed to combat a recent series of assaults on women. During his senior year 1984 he accepted a volunteer position from the former Mayor Tom Bradley to become his Ambassador to the youth of LAUSD furthering their education. He entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft and was selected by the NBA's Golden State Warriors with the 49th pick of the 1985 NBA draft. He continued his 15-year career with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets followed by playing professionally 10 years in France, Italy, and Spain. Upon retirement after a brief coaching stint as an assistant basketball coach at Orange Coast College, he was recommended by Coach John Wooden (UCLA) and accepted the task of reviving a 15-year dormant basketball program at L.A Pierce college in the position of Head Basketball Coach where teaching a Physical Education class was added to his duties. During his tenure at Pierce college 85% of the student /athlete graduated under his strict academic guidance. He was then offered the Head Coach/President of Basketball Operations position with his former NBA team Golden State Warriors American Basketball Association (ABA) affiliate the Ontario Warriors where he assumed the business responsibilities of running the administrative office and budgeting , community relations as well as coaching. The next season he accepted the offer from the Los Angeles Clippers minor league organization "The Anaheim Arsenal" as their Vice president where he focused on Community relations as well as fundraising. Mr. Wright has always been involved in community projects and events as he served on the Advisory board of The United States Marine Corps Program for adolescents "The Devil Pups" for 12 years in which he not only attended as a youth in 1976 but returned and contributed as a voluntary active member during the summer boot camps at Camp Pendleton California. In 2003, he accepted an invitation by then Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton to join the department as a member of the "Jeopardy Program" as a civilian special reserve which focused on at risk /underprivileged kids. His passion for serving the community resulted in him partnering up as minority owner for 3 years with a traveling circus and added to their format the focus of raising awareness and money for all foster children in Southern California. In 2013, he enlisted the help from El Camino Real Charter High School in this venture where together they raised money as well as started a toy drive that served hundreds of needy children. This Partnership with ECRCHS led him to a relationship in which he and his wife sponsored over 10 of their exchange students from other countries in their home for a full school term throughout the years. Mr. Wright who has been a member of the local community for over 30 years is married to his wife Meshun and has 3 children in the LAUSD system. He is very honored, humbled, and appreciative to be serving as a Board Member at El Camino Real Charter High School. Representing the Community is his passion and he has an open-door policy where he can be reached by his email 24/7 for which he will reply to all inquiries as soon as possible to ensure that all concerns and suggestions presented are priorities that will be considered and discussed before and during Board meetings.
Alexandra Ramirez Board Member Ms. Ramirez is a native New Yorker living in the West San Fernando Valley for over 20 years. Ms. Ramirez earned her BA in Economics from Barnard College at Columbia University and an MBA in Finance from Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. Ms. Ramirez currently heads the Fund Operations and Treasury for SDS Capital Group, an asset management firm dedicated to managing impact funds that help transform underserved communities while alleviating poverty and promoting economic prosperity. Ms. Ramirez has always been involved in the community through PTO memberships at her kids' elementary school and other volunteer services. Ms. Ramirez comes with a great deal of financial and operations experience and is very excited to be a community representative for the El Camino Real Charter High School Board.
Daniela Lopez-Vargas Board Member Ms. Vargas joins the ECRCHS board with 6 years of charter school experience. Currently, she works for a charter school back-office provider where she supports charter schools across the state in the different areas of compliance, student data, and finance. Prior to that, Ms. Vargas worked at ECRCHS as a Fiscal Specialist supporting the Business Office and Technology Office. Ms. Vargas is a lifelong learner and was recently part of the School Business Management Program (SBMP) at USC's Rossier School of Education. The SBMP allowed her to earn the designation of Certified Chief Business Official from the California Association of School Business Offices (CASBO) in 2021.
Danielle Centman Board Member Danielle Centman is a native to the San Fernando Valley, who recently joined the board of El Camino Real Charter High. She brings a wealth of experience and a passion for community well-being. With a son who graduated in 2023 and another in elementary school, Danielle is deeply committed to the betterment of physical and mental wellness. Having spent nearly two decades in the healthcare sector, she possesses a strong understanding of the importance of mental and physical health. Her background has honed her ability to empathize and advocate for the well-being of students and their families. In addition to her healthcare career, Danielle plays a pivotal role in running the financial side of her husband's business within the motion picture industry, showcasing their versatility and leadership skills. With a heart dedicated to the cause, she aspires to use their position on the board to raise awareness about mental and physical health. Her vision is to ensure that every student and their family has access to the resources and support necessary to lead a balanced and healthy life.
Gregg Solkovits Board Member
Ronald Laws Board Member Mr. Laws is a husband and father of 2 beautiful children. He was born in Los Angeles, UCLA Hospital on June 17, 1972. Growing up in Malibu during most of his formative years he graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1990. His family moved to the Valley in the early 90"s. A long-time resident of Calabasas/Woodland Hills, Mr. Laws is a proud community leader and advocate. He decided to join the ECRCHS board because he cares about the community and the next generation. He's driven by the challenge and exciting environment this will present and looks forward to utilizing his proven knowledge and people skills. Licensed as a Profession Real Estate Agent and Certified Residential Appraiser in the State of California lend themselves to that goal. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the largest Corporations and Retail banks in the nation (Bank of America, Corelogic, Countrywide, Washington Mutual). This experience has provided him with an understanding of the corporate world, mortgage/lending and economics. Being in Real Estate for over 25 years he understands how to navigate the entire scope of a real estate transaction. Mr. Laws understands the challenges that may be presented during any transaction and how to provide a solution. Always looking for ways to challenge himself, in more recent years, he has specialized in the high-end and luxury market. "I believe the professional approach to real estate is the best way to present yourself to a client. Treating others, the way you want to be treated is a tried-and-true method I live by."
Steven Kofahl Board Member Mr. Kofahl has lived in the Woodland Hills/West Hills area since 1976, and even taught Math at ECR in 2 (nonconsecutive) semesters. Mr. Kofahl spent the majority of his educational career at Birmingham High School, where he taught for 30 years, including 10 years as Math Department Chair and 15 years as UTLA Chapter Chair. Mr. Kofahl is familiar with and has experience in School Based Management, Learn, Write, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, New Math, Integrated Math, Back to Basics, and Common Core. Mr. Kofahl was also involved in Birmingham becoming a charter school, sitting on every committee and participating in the interview of almost all candidates. Mr. Kofahl also took an active role when LAUSD tried to revoke Birmingham's charter. He considers the biggest challenge at the time was getting UTLA to treat Charter School teachers as equals and not as adversaries. In addition to his time as an educator, Mr. Kofahl has been active in community service, having been the founding President of the Emerald Bay Association, a non-profit organization that has raised funds in support of Camp Emerald Bay of Catalina Island for over 40 years. He has also hired, over the course of 20 years, more than 200 of his students to work in his family's passenger boat business. Now retired, Mr. Kofahl continues to instruct in navigation and seamanship as a volunteer mate with Sea Scout Ship 16 in Marina del Rey.