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Aspire Public Schools Welcomes New Trustee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                               
September 17, 2021


Well-known author and activist joins
Board of Directors

Oakland, Calif. – Today, Aspire Public Schools announced that Julissa Arce will join the Aspire Board of Directors effective immediately and serve a four-year term. 

“We are delighted to welcome such an impactful leader to the Aspire Board of Directors,” said Aspire’s Chief Executive Officer Mala Batra. “Julissa shares with Aspire our deep commitment to anti-racism and celebrating the unique cultures and values of the communities in which we have the privilege of serving.”

A best-selling author and leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights, and education equity, Julissa has written several influential books about immigration and immigrant rights. Julissa was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017 by People en Español, and the 2019 Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles. She co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, and serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center. 

“I have always been committed to providing opportunities for young people to find success and achieve their dreams,” said Arce. “Aspire has made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children and families across California and I am excited to help this work continue so California’s children have safe spaces to learn, explore and grow.”

About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools operates 36 community-based public charter schools educating over 15,500 students in communities across California. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest open-enrollment public charter school systems serving predominantly students of color from low-income communities. Delivering a rigorous education to students in grades TK-12, College for Certain is the focus for every age group. Teachers and families partner closely to ensure scholars are prepared to succeed in college, career and life. Currently in its 21st academic year, Aspire is one of the nation’s first charter school networks. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org.