FIS Welcomes Jeimee Estrada and Nadia Diaz Funn to the Board of Directors

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Families In Schools (FIS) is pleased to announce its two newest members to the Board of Directors, Jeimee Estrada and Nadia Diaz Funn. Each brings a deep commitment to elevating the role families play in the education of their children and has an impressive track record in addressing inequities in the education system that has plagued too many of our students.

“I am honored to welcome Nadia and Jeimee to the board of Families In Schools,” said Dr. Tommy Chang, chair of the board. “These distinguished leaders bring deep experience in public education and expertise around family engagement that will bolster the organization’s three strategic pillars of work: building engagement capacity, activating coalitions, and elevating family voice. We are excited to work together with CEO Yolie Flores and the FIS team to transform the education of underserved communities in Los Angeles and beyond.”

President and CEO, Yolie Flores, added: “I am grateful and honored that these two outstanding leaders have chosen to dedicate their time and leadership to the mission of Families In Schools. Their wisdom, passion, and lived experience will ensure that we continue to center equity in all our work. Together, along with our entire board, they will guide us into a bold, new future at FIS.”

Jeimee Estrada

Jeimee is co-owner of her own research firm, EDMG; is a Fellow in the Public Policy and Management program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; and is an affiliate at the USC Rossier School of Education Center for Education Policy, Equity, and Governance. She was previously a Senior Fellow at the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an Adjunct Instructor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and National Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategy to Educators for Excellence (E4E).

Jeimee brings a lifelong passion for educational equity that began with her own journey as a Los Angeles Unified student in Watts and continued at the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., English/Political Science) and the University of Southern California (Master of Public Policy, doctoral candidate).

Nadia Diaz Funn

Nadia Diaz Funn is principal of CORA Consulting, providing local and national philanthropic and nonprofit partners mission-aligned strategic and capacity building services that advance equity-centered policies, practices, and services for a more just society. Previously, Nadia was L.A. Portfolio Manager with Ballmer Group; served as Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Community (ABC); and served in various leadership roles at the Los Angeles Unified School District leading parent engagement efforts and chief of staff to then school board member, Yolie Flores.

Nadia grew up in East Los Angeles, attended Garfield High School, and is a graduate of Yale University where she received a B.A. in American Studies. She received a Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland.