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Ana Ponce is the CEO of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a network of high-performing charter schools serving more than 3,700 pre-K through 12th grade students near downtown Los Angeles. CNCA schools serve predominantly Latino English language learners and have won various awards and distinctions, including the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence, the California Distinguished Schools Award, and the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) award. An alumnus of Teach For America, Ana spent three years in the classroom before becoming one of the founding teachers and administrators at The Accelerated School, the first independent charter school in south Los Angeles. Under her instructional leadership, The Accelerated School was named elementary school of the year by TIME magazine in 2001. Ana serves on the board of the California Charter Schools Association. She earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a master's degree in bilingual-bicultural education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her administrative Tier 1 credential and second master's degree from UCLA through the Principal's Leadership Institute (PLI) and is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Loyola Marymount University. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.