Katie Braude, Executive Director

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Katie Braude helped launch Speak UP in March 2016 with a group of LAUSD parents who want a more powerful voice in education policy.  She is the founder of Katie Braude Consulting, providing support to organizations and efforts seeking to achieve excellence and equity in public education and achieve long-term positive outcomes for all children. Areas of focus include parent engagement, early childhood education, education of vulnerable populations including juvenile offenders and foster children, access to health care and good nutrition for children, and public school choice.

Katie has participated in public education efforts in Los Angeles since the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Braude helped lead parents and teachers in the launch and implementation of Palisades Charter School Complex, the first K-12 public charter school complex in the country. From 2005-2010, she served as Director of Advancement to the KIPP LA Schools. Most recently, she served as a senior consultant to Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, the nation’s first evidence-based parent leadership training program for Latino parents of children 5 and under.

Daphne Radfar, Director of Operations

Daphne Radfar oversees the day-to-day operations of Speak UP. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Insure the Uninsured Project of 19 years, overseeing the program and project operations at ITUP in addition to organizing the annual statewide conference in Sacramento. Daphne received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in education and business operation.