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Aylon Samouha serves as the CEO of Lighthouse Academies running 21 schools in low-income communities across the Midwest and East Coast committed to preparing students for college through a rigorous arts infused program. Prior to his role at Lighthouse, he served as Chief Schools Officer at Rocketship Education; leading the highest performing network of low-income schools in the state of California, designing the academic model and blended learning approach, and growing the network from 3 to 7 schools. Aylon spent a few years as a Senior Vice President at Teach For America leading pre-service institutes and in-service support for corps members in their 2-year teaching commitments during a period of growth from 4,000 to 8,000 corps members. After graduating Columbia University with a BA in English, he spent the first part of his career at Score Educational Centers working with families, leading centers and ultimately managing 60+ centers across the country. Aylon is a proud husband and father and an accomplished jazz guitarist with two released CDs and regular performances throughout the Midwest.