seth litt, executive director
Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Seth spent twelve years working in public schools in the South Bronx. He served as a middle school teacher and union chapter leader, and spent seven years as a school principal, first at a district middle school and then as the founding principal of a charter high school serving over-age and under-credited students who were court-involved or in foster care. He comes to Parent Revolution with a deep belief that all students, from all communities and in all kinds of situations, deserve excellent schools and the opportunities afforded by a high quality education.
Seth holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Fordham University. Seth was a 2003 Teach for America Corps member and is a graduate of The New York City Leadership Academy and Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Academy Fellowship.
jody edwards, chief financial officer
Jody joined the Parent Revolution team in 2011 after more than 20 years of experience in accounting and management within a number of different industries. A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she received her BS in Business Administration. She has a great passion for children, is active in her community, and has a strong commitment to instilling family and community values.
ashley lautzenhiser, director of communications and strategy
Ashley comes to the Parent Revolution team with an extensive background in policy advocacy and grassroots campaign management. Most recently, she worked for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients as the Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles public affairs firm Rodriguez Strategies. Prior to Rodriguez Strategies, Ashley worked in Dewey Square Group’s grassroots practice, where she participated in building and implementing statewide issue advocacy campaigns.
Ashley is experienced at executing voter contact programs and has built broad-based coalitions for local, state, and federal issues. Ashley earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. In 2011, Ashley was selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship. Ashley began her career working for United States Senator Evan Bayh in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University.
mehul patel, organizing director
Mehul joined Parent Revolution in 2012, and currently serves in the role of Organizing Director, where he leads Parent Revolution's community organizing team.
Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Mehul was an Organizer and Communications Specialist for SEIU United Long Term Care Workers in Los Angeles. At SEIU, Mehul helped to organize low-income nursing home workers from Chatsworth to Chula Vista, focusing on leadership development, contract negotiations for union members, and empowering low-income workers through knowledge of their rights.
A native of Grayson, Georgia, Mehul attended the University of Georgia, where he fell in love with Athens, GA, and began his service in local and national Democratic politics by working on the Obama Campaign and congressional, legislative and statewide races in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Olivia barajas, LEAD organizer
Olivia came to Parent Revolution in 2014 with extensive experience organizing both workers and families to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Olivia’s experience includes years as an organizer for the United Farm Workers, the School Organic Garden Project, and the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project. She has organized families in Oxnard Unified School District to advocate for their children at the district and state level, and has received awards and recognition for her work by the City of Oxnard, the Oxnard School District, and El Concilio de Condado de Ventura, amongst others.
Olivia is a graduate of Conalep Mexicali in Mexico.
Hector blanco, community organizer
Hector joined the Parent Revolution team in 2013. During his time at Parent Revolution, he has played key roles in several major efforts, including the parent empowerment campaigns at West Athens Elementary, 20th Street Elementary, and Weigand Avenue Elementary.
Prior to joining Parent Revolution, Hector was a a teacher and political activist in his home country of Guatemala for 18 years before being granted asylum in the United States.
Hector is a father of two, and his oldest son is proudly enrolled in college at the University of California, Irvine.
jafet diego, community organizer
Jafet joined Parent Revolution in 2017. Through her work at the Whittier College Center for Engagement with Communities (CEC), Jafet worked on increasing college access among local first generation college bound students in partnership with the Whittier Union High School District and the El Rancho Unified High School District.
As an SFER Action Network Fellow, Jafet participated in a listening campaign in the cities of South Gate and Huntington Park during the LAUSD School Board District 5 election in 2015. Jafet has knocked on hundreds of doors, worked to increase voter turnout, and engaged hundreds of families on their experiences with the public educational system.
Jafet is an active member of her community and has led several grassroots efforts focused on increasing civic and political participation among the Latino community in Whittier. Jafet received her B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Whittier College in May 2015.
Keisha Mitchell, community organizer
Keisha joined the Parent Revolution team in 2016. Keisha started organizing parents around community and educational issues as part of the United Parents Organizing Institute at Green Dot Public Schools.
Through United Parents, Keisha found her passion for helping families to work together, build power, and address issues that were affecting their children. Prior to her community organizing work, Keisha spent over a decade as an administrative and accounting professional. Keisha is the proud mother of a son who is in seventh grade at Animo Phillis Wheatley in South LA.
Ruth Olivares, community organizer
Ruth joined the Parent Revolution team in 2015. Ruth came to Parent Revolution with a strong background in education and social services work supporting underserved and diverse communities.
Through positions at Goodwill of Orange County, Easter Seals, and the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, she has worked with adults and children with various disabilities, supporting them to reach greater independence and build workforce skills. She is also an Instructor of History at the Latin American Bible Institute, leading lectures, field trips, and other learning activities for two classes every year. Ruth holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate degree in Mexican-American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.
zeke sandoval, policy associate
Zeke is a Los Angeles native, and has been with Parent Revolution since 2017.
Prior to joining the Parent Revolution team, Zeke was an Assistant Director for the Los Angeles office of Environment California. Zeke was also a City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC, proudly serving at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Congress Heights. A product of public charters in LA Unified, Zeke is dedicated to a high-quality education for every Angeleno - no matter their zip code, skin color, or national origin.
Gloria koss, operations associate
Gloria joined the Parent Revolution team in 2016. She currently serves as an Operations Associate, where she provides extensive support to the Choice4LA Program and Parent Revolution's team of community organizers. Gloria conducts outreach to community organizations throughout the region and handles day-to-day operations.
Gloria immigrated to the United States from Chile at the age of two. She is a product of Los Angeles schools, and is deeply committed to advocating for equity and educational justice for all children. Gloria is the proud mom of two daughters, and resides in Burbank, where she is a longtime community activist.