Who We Are

For more than 20 years, Orenda Education (formerly Principal’s Exchange) has been a thought partner for districts and schools seeking innovative, practical, and effective solutions that accelerate learning and achievement.

Our mission is to empower administrators and educators – from the district boardroom to the school classroom – with the strategies, tools, and training to ensure every student receives a premium education that prepares them for success in and beyond college.

We work with our partners to drive and sustain equity-grounded, data-informed practices at the systems level because we believe that holistic transformation only happens when the entire system is aligned and working together to improve educational quality.

Over the course of our partnerships, we provide districts and schools with on-the ground-support from our dedicated team of Achievement Specialists who each bring decades of education expertise. All of our Achievement Specialists have held multiple leadership positions within the public education sector as district administrators, school principals, teaching coaches, and teachers in some of California’s highest need districts and schools.

  • Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle
    Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle
    Chief Executive Officer & Founder

  • Andrea Robles
    Andrea Robles
    Administrative Coordinator
  • Bambi Smith
    Bambi Smith
    Achievement Specialist
  • Dr. Carlye Marousek
    Dr. Carlye Marousek
    Research Fellow
  • Christine Rich
    Christine Rich
    Achievement Specialist
  • Cynthia Herrera
    Cynthia Herrera
    Achievement Specialist
  • Danelle Almaraz
    Danelle Almaraz
    Chief Academic Officer
  • David La Salle
    David La Salle
    Technology Director
  • Erica Constantino
    Erica Constantino
    Business Operations Manager
  • Genny Cadena
    Genny Cadena
    Director, Education Partnerships
  • Janet Hwang
    Janet Hwang
    Director, Education Services
  • Jeanette Salinas
    Jeanette Salinas
    Director, Education Services
  • Jennifer Hunter
    Jennifer Hunter
    Achievement Specialist
  • John Suter
    John Suter
    Senior Director of Education Technology
  • Lisa Ceja
    Lisa Ceja
    Instructional Specialist
  • Lucy Andrade
    Lucy Andrade
    Instructional Specialist
  • Luz Castillo
    Luz Castillo
    Achievement Specialist
  • Maria-Elena Navarro
    Maria-Elena Navarro
    Achievement Specialist
  • Marty Maya
    Marty Maya
    Chief of Staff
  • Rosa Shantry
    Rosa Shantry
    Instructional Specialist
  • Dr. Ruth Johnson
    Dr. Ruth Johnson
    Senior Data & Equity Specialist
  • Sara Shankin
    Sara Shankin
    Senior Data & Technology Specialist
  • Sarah Mott Gonzales
    Sarah Mott Gonzales
    Director, College Readiness
  • Scott McGuire
    Scott McGuire
    Director, Education Services

Board of Directors

  • Randy Barth
    Chief Executive Officer
    Think Together
  • Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle
    Chief Executive Officer
    Orenda Education
  • Sangeeth Peruri
    Chief Executive Officer
    OutreachCircle
  • Jeremy Rogers
    Managing Partner
    Montana Avenue Capital Partners
  • Victor Chiang
    Founder
    Tiberius Family Office, Inc
  • Gee Kin Chou
    Co-Founder
    The Boombox Collaboratory

Orenda Education + Think Together:
Working together to close California’s achievement gap

Since 1997, Orenda Education and Think Together have each worked to address the root causes of the achievement gap using two research-based, school-tested approaches. Orenda utilizes an improvement science framework that accelerates learning and collaboration across districts and school systems to create a foundation for transformation, resulting in increasing achievement for every student demographic. Think Together partners with districts and schools to change the odds for students by providing a robust suite of early learning, afterschool, and student support programs that equip them with the academic and non-academic knowledge and skills to succeed in and beyond college.

In 2015, Orenda Education and Think Together began an affiliate partnership around a shared vision to close California’s achievement gap. Together, we provide our partners with an in-school and out-of-school support ecosystem that is impacting 200,000 students in 49 districts. Over the next 10 years, our collective vision is to transform every high-need district, strengthen and facilitate district networks for school improvement, and fully empower every student to graduate high school prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

Learn more about Think Together’s approach →

Think Together Board of Directors

  • Leona Aronoff-Sadacca
    Founder
    Aronoff Capital
  • Randy Barth
    Founder & CEO
    Think Together
  • Eric Boden
    Chairman & CEO (Ret.)
    HireRight
  • Nick Candito
    Entrepreneur
    Silicon Valley
  • Mary Lynn Coffee
    Attorney at Law
    Nossaman, LLP
  • Daniel Friedman
    Managing Director, Sr Partner
    Boston Consulting Group
  • Fran Inman
    Senior VP
    Majestic Realty Co.
  • John Lee
    Executive VP
    PIMCO
  • Paolo Leon
    Associate
    MVE + Partners, Inc.
  • D. John Miller
    Founder & CEO
    DJM Capital Partners Inc.
  • Sangeeth Peruri
    CEO
    VoterCircle
  • Marti Remmell
    Community Leader
  • Steven Robertson
    Consulting CFO
  • Gretchen Salyer
    Business Development Executive
  • Earl Slee
    Executive VP
    Medtronic Neurovascular
  • Bill Tamblyn
    CFO
    Space-Time Insights
  • Summer Taylor
    Managing Director
    Deloitte
  • Dawn Trautman
    Executive VP, Life Insurance Division
    Pacific Life Insurance Co.
  • John Turner
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Chronicle
  • Julie Vennewitz-Pierce
    Director, PayPal Gives
    PayPal
  • Jeffrey Wahba
    Co-CEO and CFO (Ret.)
    Farmer Brothers
  • Anu Worah
    Owner and Orthopedic Physical Therapist
    Rebalance Physical Therapy
  • Dan Young
    President
    Camino Enterprises