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Maisie Chin is executive director and co-founder of CADRE - Community Asset Development Re-defining Education, an independent grassroots 300-member parent organization and leadership development center in South Los Angeles, led by African American and Latino parents/caregivers of public school children. CADRE's mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. A native Californian and child of Chinese immigrants, Maisie has been fighting for racial justice for more than two decades. For the past 15 years, CADRE parent leaders have organized and changed school discipline policy in the nation's second largest school district, in California, and federally as a founding member of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign, building movement in over 20 states. Prior to launching CADRE full-time, Maisie was a program manager at Public Allies-Los Angeles, where she trained and coached young adult community leaders in asset based community development. Maisie spent over six years prior to that as the eventual associate director of Los Angeles Partners Advocating Student Success (LA PASS), which was the local site of a ten-year national Ford Foundation initiative to foster systemic K-16 collaboration and increase college graduation in underserved communities. Maisie is a board member of Justice Matters Press, a social and racial justice press by and for people of color, and of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Maisie holds both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Fellow of the 14th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.