Speak UP Foundation Board of Directors
Russell Altenburg, president
Russ Altenburg is CEO of Reframe Labs, a nonprofit that supports diverse leaders to design and launch innovative public schools in Los Angeles. Previously, he managed a portfolio of grants in the areas of personalized learning, new school models, and state policy as a program officer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, he was an Education Pioneers Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund. In 2005, he co-founded Global Playground and helped build schools in Uganda, Cambodia, Thailand, and Honduras. He previously worked at JPMorgan advising corporate clients on currency risk management. Russ holds a BSc in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was awarded the John Wooden Leadership Fellowship. He was also part of the KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship and the inaugural cohort of the Pahara Next Gen Network.
Katie Braude, secretary
Katie Braude co-founded Speak UP in March 2016 with a group of LAUSD parents who want a more powerful voice in education policy. Katie has participated in public education efforts in Los Angeles since the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Braude helped lead parents, teachers and administrators in the launch and implementation of the Palisades Charter School Complex, the first K-12 public charter school complex in the country. The Palisades Charter Schools sought to foster a high-quality, K-12 articulated curriculum serving all students in an ethnically and economically diverse student body.
From 2005-2010, she served as Director of Advancement to the KIPP LA schools. Prior to launching Speak UP, she was a Senior Consultant to Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, the nation’s first evidence-based parent leadership training program for Latino parents of children 5 and under. Katie was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education from 2011-2017.
Mary Kohav, treasurer
Mary Kohav is Vice President of Community Engagement Programs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. With more than 20 years of experience providing strategic communications, community relations and public affairs services, Mary specializes in working with causes and communities to achieve successful and sustainable solutions.
Mary is a Board Member at CivicCare and is an alumni of the Jewish Federation’s New Leaders Project. Mary holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (SPA) and has been awarded with SPA’s Alumna of the Year Award for excellence in community service, professional achievement, public service and university service.