BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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.

The Board of Trustees cultivates an open dialogue with our community. Please contact board@newroads.org to share your thoughts.

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Board of Trustees 2021-22
Emily Alexander*, Vice Chair
Isabel Aranda
Lee Fox Beauregard
Bryan Biniak
Carlos Hernandez MPH*, Secretary
Evelyn Hou
Glen E. Kraemer
Justine Schreyer Lewin*, Chair
Jason Parry
Arik Prawer
Andy Rose
Melissa Rowe
Carlos Salas*, Treasurer
Dr. Manali Shendrikar
Trish Torrey
Erin Whalen

*Executive Committee
    • Emily Alexander

      Vice Chair

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.
    • Isabel Aranda

Isabel Aranda currently has one daughter at New Roads Middle School. A graduate from USC in Public Policy and Management and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, Isabel is Assistant Director at the University of Southern California, Latino Alumni Association. Born and raised in Mar Vista she has committed her life to social justice issues in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles by becoming involved in various community organizations.
 
Why I Serve
New Road’s commitment to “diversity, opportunity, open-minded exploration, caring and responsible engagement with the world and beyond” is why I embrace serving on the Board of Trustees. My daughter’s experience is a testament of how New Roads has truly changed her life and those around her. She’s become an independent thinker, is in a rigorous academic learning atmosphere, and at the same time she’s become immersed in issues of social justice, appreciation of diverse cultures, intellectual ideas and globalization. These are the opportunities that every child deserves regardless of their socioeconomic, ethnic, race, culture, ideology, sexual orientation or other diverse background. It is for such reason that I am devoted to increasing community access to the excellent education New Roads offers, and to serve an educational learning village that is so important and needed in today’s society.
    • 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.
    • Carlos Hernandez

      Secretary

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.
    • Evelyn Hou

Evelyn Hou has been a member of the New Roads School Board of Trustees since 2020.

Why I Serve
New Roads is a very special and unique place. The school provides a safe place for its students to learn, take risks, fail, question, challenge, communicate, problem solve and grow. Students are given the space to find out who they are and who they might aspire to be. They are stretched to view the world through multiple lenses and to also understand their responsibility in challenging and changing injustice. Academics play a critical and central role in shaping the mind, but success is personal and unique to each individual. The special design of a New Roads education is created through thoughtful intention and continual reflection that drives the decisions and direction of teaching, its leadership, and the community. Since its inception, the school has always had a deeply rooted commitment to diversity and inclusion, core values that continue to weave through the student body and families at the school today. I am honored to be a part of the New Roads Village and I serve to protect the mission of New Roads School.

    • 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.
    • Jason Parry

Jason Parry has two children at New Roads, and joined the Board in 2020.  For 20 years, he served on commissions and task forces on urban planning and housing in the City of Santa Monica. 

Why I Serve
I’m inspired by New Roads’ teachers, and how they respect young people for who they are.  I am moved by the school leaders who know that it’s not enough to help only New Roads’ students grow; we must also share our stories broadly and advocate for the wellbeing of all students.  And, I am drawn into service by New Roads’ young people, forces of empathy that the world desperately needs.  These people, and the bridges we seek to build together, are why I serve.
    • Andy Rose

Andy Rose and his wife Diane have two children who began New Roads in kindergarten (class of 2020 / 2026). Andy Rose is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist and has written and produced music in a variety of genres and mediums over the years. He has served on the New Roads Board of Trustees for 8 years.

Why I Serve
I believe New Roads has a role to play in the betterment of the world. I feel blessed to have two very different children who have each experienced a uniquely personal education, rooted in authentic acceptance and a deep passion for learning. New Roads taught me that education can be a partnership between teacher and student, based on understanding and mutual respect. I believe that is rare and magical. Our society and world need a young generation that can communicate and collaborate with diverse minds on solving the persistent problems of our time in humanistic ways. After 14 years as a New Roads parent, and 8 years serving on the Board of Trustees, I have taken the core New Roads commitments to heart. I continue to dedicate myself to this profound school by trying to help secure its future while maintaining the essence, soul, and core beliefs that have made it extraordinary since the beginning.
    • Carlos P. Salas

      Treasurer

Carlos P. Salas and his wife Alison have sent two daughters to New Roads. Carlos has focused his career on private equity investment and leading financial services companies. An immigrant to the United States at a young age, he went on to study philosophy at NYU and law at the University of Chicago before pursuing a career that has included roles in finance, law and executive management.

Why I Serve
Education is the precondition for individual opportunity, and a well-educated society is the precondition for a just society. I therefore believe providing access to a quality education to the children of our greater community is the most impactful way to improve the world around us. I was fortunate to benefit from a private school education, thanks to family sacrifices and philanthropy, and I know first-hand the difference it makes. Because New Roads is unique in its commitment to increasing community access to an exceptional private education, it is my pleasure to pay my privilege forward by helping advance the school’s mission.
    • Justine Schreyer

      Vice Chair

Justine Schreyer Lewin has been a New Roads parent since 2017 and now also represents the alumni parent community, having a son who graduated from New Roads with the Class of 2022. Justine is a Clinical Social Worker who presently devotes her time and energy to serving in leadership at several institutions, both for-profit and nonprofit, and volunteering in communities that she embraces, New Roads being a priority.
 
Why I Serve
My dedication to New Roads is both personal and philosophical. 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 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.
    • Trish Torrey

Trish Torrey has been a New Roads School Board Member since 2020.

Why I Serve
When my daughter graduated from New Roads in 2017 after starting there in kindergarten, I knew she was ready to leave the nest and start her next journey. The education, the opportunities and the authentic life gifts she received from New Roads were invaluable. For me, it was more difficult to leave the family and community that had been such a vital, compassionate, relevant and inspired part of our lives. I am honored to return and give back to my New Roads family as a board member.
    • Erin Whalen

Erin Whalen is the Executive Director of Da Vinci RISE High School. He graduated from New Roads School in 2008.

Why I Serve
As a Santa Monica native and proud alumni of New Roads High School, it is an honor to be able to pay it forward to a school and family that largely impacted my professional and personal trajectory. It is not every day that schools successfully foster safe, empowering and rigorous learning environments for their youth. More specifically youth of color, queer youth and youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. This is not a coincidence, but a revolutionary decision that takes tact, perspective, integrity and critical thought. This is the type of school that New Roads is. Because I was able to be a part of such a community, I had the foresight to imagine a similar community for the most at-promise youth in Los Angeles; Da Vinci RISE High School. These dreams do not brew themselves, they take a village of courageous leaders and revolutionary thinkers to lead the way. This is exactly what New Roads is, and that is why I am proud  to serve.