Metro Charter Elementary

METRO CHARTER HAS SPACES AVAILABLE IN TK,K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, AND 5th GRADES.  FOR INFORMATION CONTACT THE SCHOOL AT ADMISSIONS@METROCHARTER.ORG OR AT 213.377.5708

Our Board

Metro Charter Board meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4:00pm at Metro Charter, 320 W. 15th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015, on the 1st floor, unless other wise posted. 

Apurva Pande

Apurva is an architect living and working in downtown. He began his design career with Frank Gehry prior to establishing his own practice in 2006. Along with his wife Chinmaya, he runs a multi-disciplinary design collaborative, CHA:COL in Gallery Row. Their work has been featured in publications such as Dwell, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Architectural Record among others. The Museum of Architecture+Design featured them in 'Young Blood', a prestigious 2006 exhibition of emerging design practices. Both he and Chinmaya are enthusiastic proponents of pedestrian life in downtown. Their daughter attends preschool locally as well. He hopes to help grow that arc with the establishment of a vibrant charter school reflecting the diversity and cultural uniqueness of downtown.

Chinmaya Misra

Chinmaya is principal and partner of her own architectural studio CHA:COL based in Downtown Los Angeles that she co-founded with her husband Apurva.

 

Her work, as part of the design collaborative, has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. It was also published in The 2011 showcase 'Portfolio'. and selected for 'New Blood: Next Gen' at the Museum of Architecture+Design, an exhibition on emerging design talent in Los Angeles.

 

Prior to forming her studio, she worked as a Senior Associate at the Jerde Partnership on various large scale mixed-use commercial projects in Europe and Japan and then moved on to becoming a Senior Designer at Gensler where she lead teams working on mixed-use projects in Asia and creative workplace projects in the US.

 

Chinmaya received a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc). She has been a downtown resident for 8 years and lives in the historic core with her husband Apurva and daughter Anvaya who currently attends Metro Charter.

Jessica Lall

Jessica Lall – President & CEO, Central City Association

Jessica Lall serves as the President & CEO of the Central City Association (CCA), where she represents the interests of more than 400 businesses, trade associations and nonprofit organizations that employ more than 350,000 people in Los Angeles County.

 

Prior to joining CCA, she served as Executive Director of the South Park Business Improvement District (SPBID) in Downtown LA. At SPBID, she envisioned and implemented a nationally lauded public art initiative, expanded District boundaries, launched numerous innovative pilot programs, and elevated the neighborhood with a strategic branding and economic development plan.

 

Jessica previously held the role of Senior Policy Director in the Department of Economic and Business Policy for former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa. She also served as Communications Director for the Austin Beutner for Los Angeles Mayor Campaign, and as the Chief Advancement Officer at Coro Southern California.

 

Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for Metro Charter Elementary School, and Coro Southern California. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned her BA in Political Science and Social Sciences, and is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.

Tim Karp

Tim Karp serves as a Vice President for the Chase New Markets Tax Credit Group. In this role, he manages origination activities in the Southwest. Throughout his career, he has worked on a variety of tax credit investments, ranging from museums and operating businesses to community centers and mixed-use facilities. He has over 12 years years of finance and real estate development experience that focused on the acquisition, development, asset management and disposition of large office, industrial and mixed-use projects. He has also worked for a certified Community Development Entity and helped write a successful NMTC application in 2009. Tim holds a BA in economics and German from Claremont McKenna College, where he was also a three-year letterman in baseball. Notable Los Angeles projects he helped provide tax credit financing for include the La Kretz Innovation Campus, Discovery Science Center Los Angeles, LA Prep, Mercado La Paloma, and Bright Star Valor Middle School. Tim is thrilled to bring his expertise to the Metro Charter Board and is happy to be a part of the Metro Charter community.

Amanda Steiman

Amanda Steiman joins Metro Charter’s Board an educational specialist with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, consultant, and university faculty.  Currently, she is a faculty member at CalStateTEACH, a multiple subject teacher credential program.  She also works as a consultant, where her work focuses specifically on literacy and teacher growth and development.  She works part-time for the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), supporting preschool teachers and state preschools.  Finally, Amanda works for a group at UCLA’s Social Research Methodology division conducting and writing program evaluations.  Amanda received her doctorate in education from UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program.

Noel Hyun Fleming

Noel Hyun Fleming is a member of the Real Estate and Land Use Department. Her practice focuses on land use and environmental matters, including representing property owners, developers, investors, and REITs in complex land use entitlement and real estate development projects. With a focus on urban infill, mixed-use development, Noel acts as a project manager while shepherding projects through a variety of administrative, discretionary, quasi-judicial and legislative City processes. In addition to her expertise in zoning, planning, and land use, Noel has substantial experience with City and State regulations related to assisted living and other eldercare facilities, alcoholic beverage control, medical marijuana businesses, and outdoor advertising and signage.  

With years of experience advising and lobbying before Los Angeles City officials, Noel understands the public decision making process, assists clients in cutting through red tape, and acts as a project representative before neighborhood and community organizations. Given the importance of community outreach and public affairs in the entitlement process, Noel uses her experience and relationships in local communities to counsel clients on community outreach, media, and other strategies. The result is often a win-win-win approach for the client, the City, and the community.

Noel serves on the City of Los Angeles Zoning Advisory Committee, which advises City staff and consultants on a multi-year effort to re-write and reform the City’s Zoning Code. She also Chairs its sub-committee on Jobs and Innovation, which evaluates approaches to spur job creation/retention and technological modernization/innovation. This provides her with special insight into broad policy and code issues that impact urban development patterns throughout the City.

Prior to joining Liner LLP, Noel was the Legislative and Legal Affairs Director for Central City Association, LA’s premier business organization.  In this capacity, she represented over 450+ corporations, trade associations, and non-profits focused in the Downtown Los Angeles area, lobbied for pro-business, pro-development policy, and directed a legislative agenda to drive economic investment into the City’s core. She often advocated before City, County, and State level decision-makers, and was the Los Angeles’ business community’s advocate for planning, land use, and real estate development matters. In addition, Noel was responsible for policy related to affordable housing and homelessness, development services and permit streamlining, CEQA reform, and Property-Based Business Improvement District legislation.

Prior to joining Central City Association, Noel was a Los Angeles City Council Planning Deputy and also Law Clerk for the Los Angeles City Attorney. In this capacity, she advised and counseled City Councilmembers and City Departments on planning and land use matters, developed policy related to medical marijuana and outdoor signage, and worked on a variety of urban infill projects.