Yolie Flores Chief Program Officer
Yolie is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative effort of foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children from low-income families succeed in school. In this role, Yolie is leading the work on School Readiness and Successful Parents and supporting over 200 communities in their efforts to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
From 2010 to 2012, Yolie served as President & CEO of Communities for Teaching Excellence, a national education advocacy organization working to ensure effective teaching for every student, in every classroom, every year. A key focus was on equipping parents and community leaders with the tools, information, and resources to be strong advocates for quality teaching.
Yolie was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in 2007 and served for four years as Vice President of the Board. During her tenure, Yolie ushered groundbreaking reform policies, including Parents as Equal Partners in the Education of Their Children, Public School Choice, and Quality Leadership and Teaching to Ensure a World Class Education for All. She also led on issues of early learning, bilingual education, and world languages.
Prior to LAUSD, Yolie served for 8 years as the CEO of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council, the nation’s largest children’s partnership network dedicated to improving the lives of children across five outcomes of child well-being through systems change and community engagement. During her tenure, Yolie founded and launched Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors – a nationally recognized parent leadership program for Latino parents with children 0-5 years old.
Over her twenty-five year career, Yolie has held several leadership roles in the non-profit, local government, and philanthropic sectors in the areas of work/family programming, community engagement, parent engagement, early childhood, and K-12 education. She is a member of the board of the Education Trust and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and is an active member of the Annie E Casey Foundation Children and Families Fellowship Network.
Yolie earned her master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles and has twice been name social worker of the year in her region.