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    "To invest in children is to invest in humanity……children are our future and they learn to be citizens of the world at a young age." - Lizbeth Ruiz, Teacher
    "Ensuring that children and adults are prepared to succeed in a global economy is the cornerstone of LAUP's workforce development initiatives."

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    LAUP Board of Directors
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    Corporate Council


    In 2010, the LAUP Corporate Council was established to raise awareness and promote the need for the Los Angeles area business community to support quality early childhood education in Los Angeles County. The goal is to secure a more educated and skilled future workforce in L.A. County that is capable of competing in a global economy. Corporate Council members are volunteers, and are not employees or consultants for LAUP.

    The LAUP Corporate Council is comprised of the following members:

    Marcela Bailey
    Chair, Corporate Council
    Chief Information and Marketing Officer, Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    Kevin Carnes
    President of the Educational Division, Lakeshore Learning Materials

    Lynn A. Karoly, Ph.D.
    Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

    Jim Ward
    Vice President Finance, International Division, Mattel, Inc.

    Wes Wooten
    Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kaplan Early Learning Company

    Beverly Young, Ph.D.
    Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, The California State University

    Bob Zukis
    Lead Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers