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Michael Ambriz is the chief of operations for Uncommon Schools, a K-12 charter management organization committed to seeing students to and through college, where he develops strategic priorities and policies for network-wide implementation and oversees all home office, regional, and school operations for its 18,000 students across 52 schools in six cities. Michael has worked with Uncommon for ten years, serving as the founding regional chief operating officer for Uncommon’s North Star Academy in Newark, NJ, where he helped grow the region from four to 13 schools, serving over 5,000 students. Five years ago, he also launched Uncommon’s newest region in Camden, NJ, now serving 800 students across three schools.
Prior to joining Uncommon, Michael spent five years with Teach For America managing summer training institute operations in New York, Philadelphia, and then at the national level. He also served as managing director, where he collaborated with national team senior leaders to develop overall vision, strategy, and measures of success for national institute operations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from UCLA, is Six Sigma Green Belt-trained, and received a certificate of business excellence through the Nonprofit Senior Leaders Program at Columbia Business School. Having grown up in Los Angeles, he has lived in NYC for the last 15 years where he hopes to one day invent a machine that will transport LA weather to the East Coast. He is a Fellow of the 22nd class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.