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Dr. Meg Palisoc is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Academies, a non-profit organization that operates nationally recognized urban public charter schools in South Los Angeles, California. Over the past 10 years, Palisoc helped start three schools, Synergy Charter Academy, Synergy Kinetic Academy, and Synergy Quantum Academy, which serve over 1300 students per year in grades K-12. Prior to starting Synergy, Meg was a former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, writing coach, and visual and performing arts coordinator. Teaching was a second career for Palisoc; she was formerly the Director of Engineering Career Services at the University of Southern California, and she left her job to pursue teaching after she witnessed firsthand how there were not enough inner-city students persisting in college, let alone in the engineering fields. So Meg became an inner-city teacher to help more kids get into colleges such as USC. Under Meg's leadership, Synergy's schools are becoming model STEM schools that empower students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In 2013, Synergy's elementary school was named the Best Urban Elementary School in America and the #1 charter elementary school in California. Meg is transforming the education landscape by leading her team's efforts to share their best practices with other schools so that all schools can eliminate the achievement gap in their communities. Synergy's new venture was recently highlighted by The Walton Family Foundation when they recognized Meg as one of four Education Reformers to Watch. She is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.