New Profit is excited to announce the launch of our Proximity Accelerator, an education initiative aimed towards inclusive social entrepreneurship and personalized learning. The Proximity Accelerator is part of a dual launch of education initiatives, alongside the Personalized Learning Initiative.

The Proximity Accelerator, which is led by New Profit Managing Partner Tulaine Montgomery and Partner Marco Davis, is part of a larger effort by New Profit to support visionary social entrepreneurs and other leaders from underrepresented communities, in this case communities of color. Participants in the one-year Proximity Accelerator receive a one-time unrestricted grant of $50,000, intensive group learning and collaboration on leadership and organizational development, regular consultations with New Profit partners with expertise in nonprofit capacity building, and access to New Profit’s larger learning community of social entrepreneurs and other changemakers through events like the annual Gathering of Leaders.

The first cohort of this year-long initiative features eight selected organizations. Today we celebrate one of the eight selected organizations: GO Public Schools.

About GO Public Schools

GO Public Schools is committed to building and supporting a multi-city network of local coalitions, whose members work together to expand access to quality education in California’s most historically underserved communities. Today, GO continues to partner with a robust, diverse and growing network of education advocates in Oakland, West Contra Costa, and beyond. From advocating for increased funding to develop effective teaching frameworks and expand teacher supports, to convening an annual Teacher Policy Fellowship that builds the leadership capacity of public school educators; from working with community organizations and leaders to pass measures that bring critical resources to classrooms and college-prep programs, to building coalitions of family leaders who lift their voices, conduct research, and directly engage district leadership in calls to action, our coalitions have significantly impacted public education systems in our communities.

About Diego Arambula

Diego is an Entrepreneur in Residence at GO Public Schools. For more than a decade, Diego has been a passionate advocate for creating equitable schools that prepare every child to lead a fulfilling life. A native of Fresno, CA, he recently returned home with his wife and two daughters to help strengthen the public schools in the district where his two young daughters will attend school. Prior to GO, Diego was the Chief Growth Officer for Summit Public Schools, a leading network of public charter schools currently serving more than 3,000 students in California’s Bay Area and Washington State. As Chief Growth Officer and a member of Summit’s Executive Team, Diego helped Summit expand its network and grow its impact through innovative partnerships across the country. Prior to serving as Chief Growth Officer, Diego was the founding principal of Summit Public School: Rainier, the third school in the Summit Public Schools network, and was the founding US History and government teacher at Summit Prep. He began his career in politics, serving as the Communications Director for U.S. Representative Cal Dooley after serving as Dooley’s Deputy Campaign Manager for a hard-fought campaign in California’s Central Valley in 2000. Diego received his A.B. in government from Harvard University and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University. Diego, a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and member of the James Irvine New Leadership Network, is also on the board of Summit Public Schools and of the Downtown Fresno Foundation.

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