2016 Principal for a Day



Since 2006, more than 325 community leaders have participated in this nationwide program used to build stronger relationships among schools, businesses, and the wider community. Participants spend a morning on campus shadowing a PUSD school principal, giving them a rare and valuable perspective of running a public school.

This year guest principals include: Mike deHilster, Program Officer of Pasadena Community Foundation. Jamila Hunter, Network Development Executive of ABC Television Network. Elizabeth Jones, President and Co-Founder of Institute for Educational Advancement.  Paul Little, CEO and President of Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Congressional Gold Medal recipient, Dr. Terrance Roberts, a member of Little Rock Nine.

After a day on campus, the 2016 class of "Principal for a Day" graduates will gather for a luncheon and meet other principals and community leaders at Altadena Town & Country Club to share their experiences. Molly Munger a Founding Co-director of Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement will serve as this year's keynote speaker.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Molly Munger




Molly Munger is a Founding Co-director of Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. Founded in 1999 and anchored by a group of lawyers who first met while working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Advancement Project from its beginning aimed to engineer large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility.

Molly’s best-known colleague in this work is Connie Rice, with whom Molly has worked for the past 23 years.  “It all started in the Pasadena public schools,” Molly says of her civil rights work.  “In the amazing, well-funded, interracial schools I was lucky enough to attend—McKinley and Muir—I learned things I have never forgotten.”

Molly brought an extensive background of legal expertise to her work with Connie, including twenty years as a federal prosecutor and business litigator.  Prior to joining Connie at LDF, Molly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a partner in the all-women litigation firm Baird, Munger & Meyers, and a partner in the Los Angeles office of New York- based Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

In 1999, Connie, Molly and and Molly’s husband Steve English, who also helped found Advancement Project, launched a coalition lawsuit, Godinez v. Davis, which won approximately $1 billion for new school construction in Los Angeles and other urban areas – representing the reclaiming of funds previously slated for less crowded, more affluent suburban school districts. Advancement Project was then instrumental in crafting and shepherding three school construction bond initiatives, raising $25 billion for new and renovated facilities throughout the state. As a result of these efforts, over 100 new schools were built in Los Angeles to relieve chronic overcrowding and over 1 million school spaces were created or renovated throughout California.

Molly then became deeply involved in efforts to improve and expand early childhood education in California. Her work was critical to the development of thousands of preschool spaces that serve low income children in Los Angeles County, and California’s Preschool Challenge, her report on statewide preschool space shortfalls, spurred the creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on School Facilities.

Molly also spearheaded the founding of the Water Cooler network of advocates, bringing together diverse stakeholders from across the state to build consensus for policy solutions that support the needs of children from birth to five. Through quarterly meetings and an annual conference that draws more than 500 education advocates, the Water Cooler has elevated the needs of California’s youngest children to the forefront of policy decisions and unites a diverse coalition of unlikely allies to champion their cause.

In 2012, in partnership with the California PTA and others, Molly supported the Our Children, Our Future tax initiative, which appeared on the ballot that year as Proposition 38.  Proposition 38 would have provided dedicated funding to an entire generation of children to restore K-12 public education programs and expand and improve early learning opportunities for children across the state. Though the measure failed to pass, the effort has opened many opportunities and conversations which Molly continues to pursue further.

Molly is a graduate of McKinley Junior High School, John Muir High School, Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Advancement Project and Southern California Public Radio. She is a former commissioner on the First 5 California Commission and former board member at Children Now, Occidental College, and the James Irvine Foundation. 

Here's who is participating...

Click on the school name below and find out more about who is at each school

Altadena Elementary School

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Principal: Ria Apodaca
Principal for a Day: Mike deHilster
Program Officer, Pasadena Community Foundation

Andrew Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet

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Principal Rita Exposito
Principal for a Day: Ivelisse Estrada, Senior Vice President, Univision Communications Inc.

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

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Principal: Dr. Merian Stewart
Principal for a Day: Dawn O'Keeffe
Co-Owner, Blue Field Productions

Blair IB Magnet School

Principal: David Ibarra
Principal for a Day: Dr. Tomás Torices
Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics - CA Chapter 2

Center for Independent Study

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Principal: Jack Loos
Principal for a Day: Lydia Finkley
Chief Investment Officer, FM Capital Group

Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

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Principal: Lori Touloumian

Principal for a Day: Blaine Fetter
Principal, Sameulson & Fetter

Principal for a Day: Jamila Hunter
Network Development Executive, ABC Television Network

Cleveland Elementary School

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Principal: Debra Lucas
Principal for a Day: Darryl Dunn
CEO/General Manager, Rose Bowl Operating Company

Daniel Webster Elementary School

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Principal: Jeffrey Bauer
Principal for a Day: Peggy Bray
Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Don Benito Fundamental School

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Principal: Linda Chang
Principal for a Day: Garianne Dashiell
Tuition Financing Consultant
TIAA / ScholarShare
529 College Savings Program

Eugene Field Elementary School

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Principal: Daniel Bagby
Principal for a Day: Bill Ukropina
Executive Vice President, Coldwell Banker Commercial

Focus Point Academy

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Principal: Michael Bell
Principal for a Day: Stephen McCurry
Executive Director, Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Principal for a Day: Sandy Esserman
Retired Administrator and Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District

Frances E. Willard Elementary School

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Principal: Angela Baxter
Principal for a Day: Dr. Paul Giuliano
Systems Engineer, Boeing Satellites
Adjunct Professor, USC

Hamilton Elementary School

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Principal: Frances Weissenberger
Principal for a Day: Rhonda Stone
Council Liaison to Mayor Tornek, City of Pasadena

Henry Longfellow Elementary School

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Principal: Erica Ingber
Principal for a Day: Kyle McAuley
Sr. Director, Youth Programs, American Heart Association

James Madison Elementary School

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Principal: Juan Ruelas
Principal for a Day: Eileen White Read
President & CEO, Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy

Jefferson Elementary School

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Principal: Amin Oria
Principal for a Day: Andy Tien
Vice President, Marketing, Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union

John Muir High School

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Principal: Timothy Sippel
Principal for a Day: Molly Munger
Founding Co-Director, Advancement Project

Principal for a Day: Dr. Terrence Roberts
Consultant, Terrence Roberts Consulting

John Marshall Fundamental School

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Principal: Mark Anderson
Principal for a Day: Harrison Tang
CEO and Co-Founder, Spokeo, Inc.

Norma Coombs Elementary School

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Principal: Dr. Jennifer Smith
Principal for a Day: LaWayne Williams
Senior Director, Community Relations, Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Pasadena High School

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Principal: Roberto Hernandez
Principal for a Day: Dana Treister
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Rose City High School

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Principal: Brian Stanley
Principal for a Day: Eric Espinosa
Producer, TED

San Rafael Elementary School

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Principal: Rodolfo Ramirez
Principal for a Day: Catherine "Tink" Cheney
Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Sierra Madre Elementary School

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Principal: Lindsay Lewis
Principal for a Day: Elizabeth Jones
President & Co-Founder, Institute for Educational Advancement

Sierra Madre Middle School

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Principal: Garrett Newsom
Principal for a Day: Jessie L. McCombs
Portfolio Manager, Second Vice President, The Northern Trust Company

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Principal: Dr. Merle Bugarin
Principal for a Day: Genaro Bugarin
Director of Operations, Wayfair.com

Washington Elementary STEM Magnet

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Principal: Karrone Meeks
Principal for a Day: George Brumder
Retired Attorney

Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

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Principal: Shannon Malone
Principal for a Day: Dr. Jeffrey Rich
Outreach Coordinator, Carnegie Observatories 

William McKinley School

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Principal: Dr. Charles Heaton
Principal for a Day: Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King
Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary

Woodrow Wilson Middle School

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Principal: Sarah Rudchenko
Principal for a Day: Paul Little
CEO and President, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce