Monarch School for Children Expands Executive Team

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Monarch School, a San Diego public K-12 school for children impacted by homelessness and the only school of its kind in the country, is expanding its executive team with the addition of Erin Spiewak as the new CEO. Spiewak has a proven track record of nonprofit leadership and joins current CEO Ronne Froman, who is transitioning into the role of president of the Board of Directors. The two will work together leading Monarch School as it continues its Capital Campaign and prepares to break ground on a new campus.

Spiewak has an impressive track record, bringing years of experience in education and nonprofits to Monarch School. Most recently, Spiewak served as executive director for the Gary and Mary West Foundation, San Diego’s largest private family foundation, which has committed more than $10 million to support innovative education and workforce programs. Prior to this role, she served as program officer at the West Foundation and earlier as program staff and financial analysis for the Rose Foundation/WebMD Health Foundation. Spiewak’s notable professional affiliations include: founding board member and treasurer for the Downtown Charter High School; education advisory committee member for the United Way of San Diego County; education committee chair for Women Give San Diego; and chair for San Diego Workforce Funders Collaborative.

Erin Spiewak is new CEO for Monarch School.

“Monarch’s entire Board couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Erin Spiewak as the new CEO,” said Jim McMillan, outgoing president of the Monarch School Board of Directors. “Spiewak’s understanding of nonprofits, passion for education and successful leadership and fundraising experience makes her an invaluable part of our team. Combined with the ongoing strategic leadership of Ronne Froman, now chairing our Board, the organization couldn’t be in better hands.


“The program Monarch School has established, offering the highest academic standards while also providing basic needs like clothing, food and emotional support services, is vital to countering the rise in homelessness and giving these children the tools they need to prosper,” said Spiewak. “Higher test scores and rising student achievements are just two testaments among many that prove this program works.  It’s also an exciting time for Monarch School as we approach the ground breaking of the new campus that will allow us to serve even more students. I couldn’t be prouder to be joining Ronne and the amazing Board and staff as we work together to help build a bright future for these kids.”

Monarch School will break ground on the new campus in February in the East Village-Barrio Logan area of Downtown San Diego, just south of Petco Park. The new campus will allow Monarch School to serve more than double its current student population.

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