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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!

Education Equity Advocates


Committed teacher with 11 years of teaching experience in El Salvador and nineteen years working with families and children in the Boston community, especially around supporting the immigrant population.

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Griselda Polanco

Community activist who understand that the power of parents is not only in educating their children but also in educating themselves, only then can we fight for a better education for our children.

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Santiago Rivera

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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Samantha Mariano

Assistant Project Manager

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Content Experts

Dr. Gayl Crump-Swaby

(Founding Member)

Director of Reshaping Mental Community Wellness

Cultural Responsive and Social Emotional Pedagogy Specialist

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Founding Members

Our founding members have been instrumental in shaping CPLAN's mission and vision. As our organization grows, these powerful women continue to advise best practices.


Marketing Coordinator

& Specialist

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Fabienne Eliacin

Special Education Advocate,

Decoding Dyslexia Specialist

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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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