Katie Braude, Executive Director
Katie Braude co-founded Speak UP in March 2016 with a group of LAUSD parents who want a more powerful voice in education policy. Katie has participated in public education efforts in Los Angeles since the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Braude helped lead parents, teachers and administrators in the launch and implementation of the Palisades Charter School Complex, the first K-12 public charter school complex in the country. The Palisades Charter Schools sought to foster a high-quality, K-12 articulated curriculum serving all students in an ethnically and economically diverse student body.
From 2005-2010, she served as Director of Advancement to the KIPP LA schools. Prior to launching Speak UP, she was 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. Katie was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education from 2011-2017.
Emily Gold, Director, Parent Engagement and Community Partnerships
Emily Gold currently serves as Speak UP’s Deputy Director, an active member of the leadership team that works closely with the Executive Director, managing program activities including Speak UP’s parent organizing efforts, leadership trainings, advocacy and policy objectives. As co-founder of Speak UP with Katie Braude, Emily has been with the organization since it’s inception. Before joining Speak UP’s staff, Emily served as Board Chair for Speak UP’s Board of Directors.
Emily’s passion for engaging parents in electoral politics was fostered in her prior position as a parent organizer with the California Charter School Association, focusing on engaging parents to advocate for high quality charter school options and to build a powerful voice to demand better education opportunities for all kids.Emily previously served as a Field Deputy in State Senator Sheila Kuehl's district office for Senator Kuehl’s tenure, and prior to that, in her Assembly office. Emily has served on several boards for organizations focused on social justice and equity.
Emily and her wife live in Venice with their son, who attends a Los Angeles public school. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters of Arts degree in negotiation and conflict resolution from California State, Dominguez Hills.
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.
Dora Khoubian, Finance Manager
Dora Khoubian is the Finance Director for Speak UP, where she oversees all bookkeeping and financial compliance functions, including maintenance of the general ledger. She is responsible for developing and implementing internal accounting policies and procedures.