In 1995, energized by the excitement of discovery and new beginnings, we founded a school based upon fundamental commitments to diversity, opportunity, open-minded exploration and caring, and responsible engagement with the world within and beyond the boundaries of our campus. We did this because it was right, and we believed in it. Today it is still right, we believe in it more than ever, and it has become a practical imperative in our rapidly evolving, increasingly interconnected world. We no longer live in insular communities – tangible or virtual; we participate in a worldwide economy and a globalized marketplace, making diversity and comfort with all that diversity entails a basic requirement for 21st century education and existence.

Although New Roads is no longer “new,” those of us who are charged with maintaining the school’s mission remain energized and focused on the possibilities ahead to discover new paths to excellence, opportunity, and engagement with the issues of our time.

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Board of Trustees 2019-20
Emily Alexander*, Chair of the Board
Lee Fox Beauregard
Bryan Biniak
Christen Hebrard
Carlos Hernandez*, Secretary
Glen E. Kraemer
Justine Schreyer Lewin*, Vice Chair
Pam Litvack
Marla Mayer*, Treasurer
Ora Nadrich
Melissa Rowe
Andy Rose*, Member At-Large
Carlos Salas
Dr. Manali Shendrikar
Elliott Williams
Honorable Mark E. Windham
*Executive Committee
    • Chair

      Emily Alexander


Emily Alexander has two children at New Roads. Emily is a partner at Thomas, Alexander, Forrester & Sorensen LLP, a law firm located in Venice, CA. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2013.

Why I Serve
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve New Roads because in addition to providing a superb progressive education to my girls, the school serves a purpose beyond that of a typical independent school -- a purpose that some may view as overly idealistic and out of reach. We disagree: for over 20 years, New Roads has provided a place where students, faculty and staff of genuinely diverse backgrounds, economic status, ethnicities, learning styles, beliefs, and experiences (among other differences) can learn together in an environment of respect and authentic kindness. This is not simply a “good” thing to do; it adds unique richness to the educational experience that all of us (including me as a parent) will reap the benefits from for the rest of our lives. For me it is imperative that a community like New Roads exist, and I chair the Board in order to support the school in every way I can. New Roads gives back many multiples of what you put into it; I and my children are extremely fortunate to be its beneficiaries. Thank you New Roads.
    • Lee Fox Beauregard

      Lee Fox Beauregard

Lee Fox is a New Roads Trustee as of school year 2019-2020. With its deep community ties, empowerment of student-voice and dynamic approach to learning, Lee joins her daughter's enthusiasm in becoming a member of the Jaguar family!

Why I Serve

Having participated across multiple for-profit and non-profit boards within the philanthropic, education and technology sectors, I am excited to dedicate myself to New Roads. The learning here goes beyond academic rigor as it is both purposeful and meaningful. Under the leadership of our Head of School and the Board of Trustees, New Roads has already lived up to its name, forging new pathways for each and every individual student.
    • Secretary

      Carlos Hernandez


Carlos Hernandez graduated from New Roads in 2003. He has gone on to lead as a non-profit administrator in healthcare.

Why I Serve

I am honored to serve as New Roads’ first alumni Trustee. Having graduated in 2003, I was a member of one of the first graduating classes of the school’s history. As a first generation low-income student from Southeast Los Angeles, my New Roads experience was essential to my development as a person, critical thinker, and advocate for positive social change. New Roads also helped me work towards achieving the dreams that my immigrant parents had for me. I serve as a way of expressing my gratitude for New Roads’ unmatched commitment to diversity and social justice and the impact it has had on my family. I hope to do my part to support all families at New Roads including those that share a story like mine.
    • Glen Kraemer

      Glen Kraemer

Among their three children, Glen Kraemer and his wife Natalie have one New Roads School graduate (’14), and one current Upper School student. Twenty years ago, Glen co-founded the law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, an employment law and higher education boutique dedicated to ensuring institutional “best practices” in preventing and responding to discrimination, harassment, bullying, and campus and workplace violence. Glen co-manages HK’s offices in Santa Monica, San Francisco and Napa. In addition, following many years as a Vice President of the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors, Glen had the honor of serving as the first Chairperson of the OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Board of Directors. This is his second year serving on the Board of Trustees.

Why I Serve
Working with the New Roads Board brings together two passionate interests: the welfare of children and the education of young adults. I am dedicated to the support of the essential ideals associated with the New Roads educational philosophy. In my professional work as Pomona College’s external General Counsel, I see first-hand the results of a pedagogical commitment to nurturing an authentic global perspective, honoring the power and resonance of diversity in cultural, racial and social experience, and providing a compassionate educational foundation fostering intellectual curiosity, innovation, and academic and moral empowerment for all New Roads students and families.
    • Treasurer

      Marla Mayer


Marla Mayer joined the New Roads Board of Trustees in 2014. She has had two children at New Roads: Aidan is in college and Helena will graduate in June 2020. They have been at New Roads since 2013 when the family moved from New York City. Marla spent 18 years of her career at Goldman Sachs and has been fully engaged in investing, philanthropy and family since she left.

Why I Serve
New Roads is a school that allows each student to express him/herself fully in an accepting environment. I am proud to serve as a New Roads Trustee not only because my two children have had formative experiences, but also because of what New Roads IS. New Roads IS an incredibly diverse educational community and every day is redefining the future of education -- in Los Angeles, our country and our world.

Our community of families and educators looks like the city of Los Angeles, which looks and acts and thinks like our ever-changing world. Difference is truly part of the New Roads DNA - and all of our students get to experience and celebrate this every day. By the time they graduate, they are ready to be active citizens making an impact. Their voices are heard. They respect differences. They work well with all types of people with a wide range of viewpoints.

All of this exists today in a progressive and rigorous educational environment that prepares them for college and for life beyond. Thank you, New Roads.
    • Ora Nadrich

      Ora Nadrich

Ora Nadrich has two sons who graduated from New Roads, Jake in 2011 and Ben in 2018. Ora is a published author, a certified Life Coach, and a Mindfulness Meditation teacher.
Why I Serve
My family became members of the New Roads community when my older son, Jake, enrolled as a junior in high school. We were so impressed with New Roads’ philosophy of supporting students of diversity, and their unique, progressive education, that we were thrilled to have our son, Ben, enroll the school as a 6th grader. Without hesitation, I knew I wanted to help support the school in addition to being a parent, and I was honored to join the Board of Trustees in 2014. I am excited to be a part of the ongoing growth, and commitment to excellence that New Roads is dedicated to, and happy to support a school that truly believes in helping children of different learning styles, ethnicities, and who come from different economic backgrounds. I not only am committed to supporting New Roads as a board member, but am an avid advocate in bringing other families to the school who can benefit from such a rich, and diverse education for their children.
    • Vice Chair

      Justine Schreyer

      Vice Chair

Justine Schreyer Lewin has two sons currently at New Roads, Evan in Middle School and Jordan in Upper School. Justine is a Clinical Social Worker who presently devotes her time and energy toward volunteering in communities that she embraces, New Roads being a priority. 
Why I Serve
My dedication to New Roads is both personal and philosophic. Our entire family feels so fortunate to have discovered such an engaging, welcoming, and distinct school community where our children are thriving. In addition to being grateful to have joined the New Roads family, I zealously embrace the School's commitment to providing an authentic, rich, and meaningful education to a genuinely diverse group of learners. I truly believe that New Roads' mission is revolutionary, and I am honored to be able to devote my experience, passion, and dedication toward helping ensure the School's ongoing success and vitality.
    • Manali Shendrikar

      Manali Shendrikar

Manali Shendrikar joined the New Roads School Board of Trustees in 2019. She is a practicing family physician. 

Why I Serve
New Roads is the only truly diverse educational community that I have encountered that actually lives the mission. I am a full-time, practicing family physician with a wide range of patient ages and conditions. I attended a very large, public, magnet school in Bellaire, Texas, to be followed by undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania. My own experiences could not be farther from those of our eldest son who is in the Upper School at New Roads. It became very clear to us that New Roads is a unique place where ideas, social justice, and education intersect. Students, teachers, and parents are welcome to give feedback and improve the school's mission. Nothing is rigid and the impact on our son and family have already been profound. I am honored to begin my term as a member of the Board of Trustees this year and look forward to the challenges ahead.
    • Elliott Williams

      Elliott Williams

Elliott Williams is a proud member of the Board. When he is not involved in some form of production, he is embarrassing his daughter by cheering her on in high school.
Why I Serve
I think it is imperative to be engaged in your community and contribute fully to the things you care about. As a part of the parent community at a progressive independent academic institution, it is incumbent upon all able-bodied individuals to fully participate so the organization can make a difference. But it's more than that. I can't see a better way to help the global community than by helping to create the conditions where the next generation can become sympathetic/empathetic contributors to society. Our next generation of leaders must know more than self-centered success and that their major breakthroughs, small or large, need to positively impact other people. At New Roads, the goal is to nurture children who will be reminding us of our social responsibilities while they lead our world in directions we never could imagine. I am happy to make a contribution to that transition.
    • Mark Windham

      Mark Windham

Mark Windham is a Superior Court Judge and parent of a twelfth grader. My family has been actively involved in the school since our son was in Kindergarten. I am serving a second term as a trustee, having previously served as board chair. I helped to create and coach our debate team and continue to serve as its advisor.

Why I Serve
My contributions honor and celebrate the joyous community of our unique school, founded to fulfill a vital mission; a home for individualism with a social consciousness. Our students show uncommon wisdom and emotional intelligence, the intentional result of signature programs delivered by emotionally gifted teachers. Our wonderful parent community reinforces these same humane values which inform the academic and social dimensions of campus life. Our beautiful diversity, coupled with a mission-driven curriculum makes our school unique. What is morally right also enhances learning, through better collaboration and problem solving for a rapidly changing world. This is what inspires my service.

The New Roads Advantage

In a school that mirrors the socio-economic, cultural, and racial diversity of Los Angeles, New Roads students are challenged daily to question their own worldview, assumptions, perspectives, and righteousness. We are inspired by the promise that our students represent for the future of democracy.