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John Lee serves as Executive Director of College Programs at the Wonderful Company and leads college access and retention initiatives for students in California's Central Valley. He previously served as the Los Angeles Executive Director of Teach Plus, a national non‐profit focused on the retention of high quality teachers in urban schools, and as the Executive Director of Larchmont Schools, a network of charter schools in Los Angeles. He also served as the Director of Leadership for the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). Prior to joining CCSA, John was the founder and principal of KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory School, a high‐performing charter middle school serving students in Lincoln Heights and surrounding communities. John began his career as a social studies teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, as a Teach For America corps member. He earned his B.A. from UCLA and his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and also completed the KIPP School Leadership Program, an intensive year‐long program that trains individuals to open a KIPP school. John and his wife, Jean, live in Los Angeles with their children, Rachel and A.J.