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Alton B. Nelson, Jr. has focused on racial equity and education access throughout his career. Alton is currently concerned about how the evolution in K-12 and college education will impact access for students of color and students from low-income families. Alton currently serves as chief executive officer for Making Waves Academy (MWA) a high-performing 5th-12th grade charter school in Richmond, CA. Alton has led charter schools for the past 15 years. Before Making Waves Academy, Alton founded and led Sol Aureus College Preparatory (S.A.C. Prep), a K-8 charter middle school in Sacramento. His vision for S.A.C. Prep was that a school serving historically under-served communities can anchor community development. The majority of Alton's professional work experience over the past three decades has been in K-12 education through service learning, philanthropy, and, most recently, in charter schools. Alton holds a B.A. degree from UCLA and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.