JoJo Reyes, Ed.D. – V.P. of Equity
Jose “JoJo” Reyes, Ed.D., is a dynamic award-winning leader and presenter for the students and staff he serves. Dr. Reyes is currently the Associate Director of program data for the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy, where he leads efforts to use data in order to increase student outcomes throughout California. In addition to this role, Dr. Reyes serves as faculty for CSU Fresno, Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) Advisory Board/Presenter, and facilitator for the California Leadership Network Equity Leadership and Guided Pathways projects. Previously, Dr. Reyes was Chief Administrative Officer at Parlier Unified School District, where he built staff capacity districtwide through Professional Learning Communities. With more than 25 years of educational experience, he was instrumental in developing systems to re-shape Yosemite Middle School at Fresno Unified, which was a Turnaround Model school at the time. He has continued the PLC process Central USD, Mendota USD and Parlier USD. Dr. Reyes has served as a Director of Adult and Special Education, Principal, Vice Principal, Counselor, Mentor, Teacher, and Head Varsity Football Coach.
Dr. Reyes is an Equity Warrior who strives to provide districtwide vision and leadership to support all students and staff. His passions include curriculum and instruction, schoolwide structures, collaboration, student access, increasing staff professional growth opportunities, culturally proficient educational practices, and supporting districts as they strive for collective teacher efficacy. He was certified as a Cultural Proficiency in Educational Practices trainer through the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and completed an 18 month program for Cohort II of the California Academic Partnership Program Leadership Network Focused on Leading Equity and Excellence.
He is a recipient of the Caroline S. Cassida Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council on Adult Education. During his time as an instructional leader, his school was awarded PBIS Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards. Two additional schools under his leadership received the Fresno State Bonner Character Award. Additionally, Solution Tree selected Dr. Reyes as a manuscript reviewer for From Frustration to Freedom (2023), Ensuring Teachers Matter: Eight Must Haves for School Success (2023), Power Enage: Seven Power Moves for Building a Culture of Engagement and Equity (2023), and Becoming a School Equity Leader: What to Know, Say and Do (2022).
Dr. Reyes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Autism from California State University, Fresno.
Roxanna Villasenor – V.P. of Community Development & Outreach
Roxanna Bautista Villasenor is an experienced educational leader with over 23 years of experience in public education, most recently serving the Stockton Unified School District as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services where an approximate 8% increase in graduation rates and 160% increase in the Reclassification of English Learners. Ms. Villasenor began her educational journey as a high school and middle school Science and Math teacher, where she focused on making learning relevant for each individual student. As a site administrator, Ms. Villasenor has served stakeholders at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, resulting in increased student data benchmarks at each of her sites. Ms. Villasenor has also served as a founding principal for a California Public Charter School, where she was able to build strategic systems and structures from the ground up. Ms. Villasenor is passionate about coaching and creating a systems-thinking approach to her work; this mindset has led to staff growth and student success in her previous positions as an Executive Director of
Secondary Education and Executive Director of Student Services, respectively. Ms. Villasenor is active in academia, always pursuing learning opportunities, and is involved with Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) at the state, regional, and local levels.
Suwinder Cooper- V.P. of Professional Services
Suwinder Cooper is an experienced leader in facilitating transformational change in the area of equity, inclusion and intercultural relations. Her work focuses on a broad range of issues related to social justice, educational equity, cultural proficiency and leadership development. As the Vice President of Professional Initiatives for the Center for Leadership in Equity and Leadership (CLEAR) she provides specialized professional development services to build capacity with LEA’s statewide.
Suwinder Cooper is an Education Consultant specializing in addressing educational disparities. By leveraging her expertise in equity, diversity & inclusion she draws upon her broad-based experience in professional development training in education, the arts, human-relations and cross-cultural counseling to assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state in the development and implementation of Compliance and Monitoring (CIM) for Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervention Services (CCEIS) Plans.
As a Technical Assistant Facilitator, she is involved in all aspects of the four step process and activities in the development and implementation of CIM for CCEIS plans. In addition to her role as a lead TA Facilitator with both urban and rural districts, she also works collaboratively with her colleagues to assist with conducting equity walks, empathy interviews, and in the facilitation of focus groups with students, parents and community members. By conducting a thorough analysis of both “street and satellite data” she is able to assist with the identification of potential root causes, success gaps, measurable outcomes and activities.
Suwinder has taught classes in education and counseling at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College, and as an Academic Trainer, trained faculty and teaching assistants at the University of California, Irvine. Suwinder earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Education in Cross-Cultural Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a certified True Colors Trainer and a certified Anti-Bias Trainer with the Anti-Defamation League, Central Pacific Region.
Surabhi Khanna – Director, Student Engagement
Surabhi is a senior at Clovis North High School. As the Director of Student Engagement she represents CLEAR at conferences or meetings bringing the conversation about diverse literature straight to the students. She also performs outreach activities to engage school boards, student representatives, and communities to spread awareness about diversity in literature representation in education in K-12 education.