Lizette Ortega Dolan
Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan is a first-generation Latin@ who earned her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998 with majors in History and Dance and minors in Education and Drama. She also graduated with Honors for her thesis “Living and Dying for the Red and Blue: The History and Evolution of Latino Youth Gangs”. In 2002, Lizette earned a Master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and she was awarded the Saint Mary’s College of California Kalmanovitz School of Education Award in Spring 2013. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of self-identified Latin@ students in six Bay Area independent schools. Lizette has over twenty years of experience in education and has been a senior administrator in independent schools since 2006. She is excited to take her expertise in pedagogy, leadership, and equity as the new Associate Director of 826 Valencia, a non-profit organization serving under-resourced students and teachers in San Francisco. She served as Co-Chair of Northern California People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS), created curriculum for the National White Privilege Conference Youth Action Project, and was invited as a founding board member of Design School X and The Field Semester School. She regularly presents internationally, nationally, and locally on issues of teacher excellence, school innovation, best practices for recruitment and retention of POC/LGBT, and cultivating inclusive learning environments.