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Our Team

Leading with lived experience, CPLAN leaders reflect the community they aim to serve. These parents of color are a product of the public school system and currently have children attending different sectors.

Our team brings diversity of thought, socio-economic status, culture and educational experiences to deliver a holistic perspective to the work. 


Ivelisse Caraballo

Executive Director

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Ivelisse was a founding member of CPLAN and now serves as our Executive Director. She is extremely passionate about achieving racial equity in education and creating spaces to educate and empower families to take control of their child's educational experience. Her professional experience encompasses corporate, private, non-profit and academic sectors. Click to read more about Ivelisse's story and how she began her journey in educational advocacy!

Community Organizers


Elsa Flores

English Language Learner Coordinator & Community Organizer

Committed teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in El Salvador.

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Fabienne Eliacin

Special Education Advocate,

Decoding Dyslexia Specialist & Community Organizer

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Griselda Polanco

Bilingual Community Organizer & Translation Specialist

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Santiago Rivera

Bilingual Community Organizer & Community Activist

Bilingual community organizer with experience working in progressive local, state and national campaigns with a commitment to social, racial and economic justice and the power of grassroots community organizing to achieve it.

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Content Experts

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Dr. Gayl Crump-Swaby

(Founding Member)

Director of Reshaping Mental Community Wellness

Cultural Responsive and Social Emotional Pedagogy Specialist

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Laurie Jo Wallace

Health Resources in Action

Managing Director, Training & Capacity Building

Advisory Board


Founder & Advisory Board Chair

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We're Hiring!

We are seeking a dynamic community organizer to help advance our mission of achieving equity in education. 

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