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 2020-21
Emily Alexander*, Chair of the Board
Lee Fox Beauregard
Bryan Biniak
Christen Hebrard
Carlos Hernandez*, Secretary
Evelyn Hou
Glen E. Kraemer
Justine Schreyer Lewin*, Vice Chair
Pam Litvack
Jason Parry
Melissa Rowe
Andy Rose*, Member At-Large
Carlos Salas
Dr. Manali Shendrikar
Trina Venit
*Executive Committee
    • Chair

      Emily Alexander

      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.
    • 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

      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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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.