The Advisory Board of Attendance Works supports the mission and purpose of the organization, establishes policies, organizational goals and budgets which provide the framework within which operations are carried out. This select group of five members maintains control by reviewing operations and measuring results. They also hire and set the salary of the Executive Director of Attendance Works. 

Members of the Advisory Board


Kwesi Rollins

Advisory Board Chair

A member of IEL’s Senior Leadership Team, Kwesi Rollins guides IEL’s portfolio of programs designed to develop and support leaders with a particular emphasis on Family and Community Engagement, Early Childhood Education and Community-based Leadership Development. Kwesi directs the District Leaders Network on Family and Community...


Swati Adarkar

Swati Adarkar is a Director for National Policy with the nonprofit Start Early, where she brings together a diverse set of stakeholders to advocate for federal early learning policy and strategy. She has a wealth of experience in research, communications, child advocacy and public policy development, and is a champion for high-quality early care and education for children ...


Ron Fairchild

Ron Fairchild is President and CEO of the Smarter Learning Group, a national consulting firm focused on helping education-related organizations achieve better results, build stronger partnerships, and attract more investment. In that capacity, he also serves as the director of the GLR Support Center, which functions as a hub for peer exchange, a broker of tools and...


Karen J. Pittman

Karen J. Pittman is the Co-Founder, former CEO, and now Senior Fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground training, technical assistance and supports. The Forum is the home ...


Lisa Villarreal

Lisa Villarreal joined Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority as the CEO in 2016. She is a native Californian of Mexican-American descent who has been a Bay Area resident for the past four decades. Her career spans from time as a front line bilingual adolescent crisis counselor, with La Raza Consortium, to spearheading national think tank efforts in education equity and...