Board of Trustees

Board Of Trustees

Lori Kaplan Board Vice Chair

Lori Kaplan

Board Chair

Ms. Kaplan retired as President & CEO of Latin American Youth Center in June 2018 after leading LAYC for 30 years. Ms. Kaplan is continuing her involvement with LAYC as special projects advisor to support the leadership transition. In addition, Ms. Kaplan was the original executive director of the Next Step PCS, which she founded in 1996, and a major force in the development of LAYC YouthBuild PCS and LAYC Bilingual Montessori PCS. She also serves on the board of YRMedia, an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology.

Linda Moore Board Member

Linda Moore

Board Secretary

Linda Moore is the Founder of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.  Having served as the school’s Executive Director for 15 years, she currently continues her association with the school as Senior Adviser. Ms. Moore has provided extensively to the Washington, DC charter school community, serving on the board of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools and as chairperson of the DC Association of Public Chartered Schools and the DC Special Education Cooperative. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Martha’s Table.  Linda Moore has been inducted into the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Hall of Fame, as well as the FOCUS DC Charter School Hall of Fame. Prior to her work with charter schools, Ms. Moore worked with several national public education advocacy and policy organizations and as a mental health counselor.

Kate Brannon Board Member

Kate Brannon

Board Treasurer

Ms. Brannon is the director of finance at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She has served in a variety of finance positions throughout her 15-year tenure at the university, including the director of finance for the School of Nursing. She provides leadership and strategic direction as it relates to managing GW’s $23 million budget. Her expertise includes budget development, strategic planning, forecasting, establishing internal controls, and overall financial oversight of the school. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elon University and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University.

Liz Burrell, LAYC Career Academy Board Chair

Elizabeth Burrell

Board Member

Ms. Burrell is Board Co-Chair of the Latin American Youth Center. Previously, she has served as an administrator for secondary education in high schools in New York and Maryland.  Ms. Burrell holds a B.A. from Anna Maria College and an MS in Education Policy and Administration from State University of New York in Albany.

Emmanuel Caudillo Board Member

Emmanuel Caudillo

Board Member

Mr. Caudillo is a senior advisor to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In this role, he oversees the operational duties of the initiative, strategic planning,  outreach to Hispanic-serving institutions, and youth engagement activities. Previously, he was a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009 to 2012. He has also held research positions at Abt Associates and the National Council on Teacher Quality. Mr. Caudillo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s in public policy from the George Washington University.

James Gaston Student Board Member

James Gaston

Student Board Member


Ana Hageage Board Member

Ana Hageage

Board Member

Ana Hageage is a Program Director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions where she leads their race equity initiatives and manages a portfolio of grants aimed at scaling effective practices and building the capacity of partner communities.   Ms. Hageage is a workforce development professional with over a decade of experience working across the local and national spectrum. Prior to the National Fund, she served as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor and was responsible for rolling out the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and was intimately involved in crafting technical assistance and guidance aimed at engaging diverse populations in the public workforce system. Ms. Hageage has also served in various roles at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) based in Washington D.C., leading the organization’s Workforce Investment Department which incorporated adult basic education, job readiness training, sector-focused certifications, employment and wrap-around services to opportunity youth in the District Before joining LAYC, Ms. Hageage managed the Escalera Program, a national college bridge program, at the Unidos U.S.  She worked closely with corporate foundations to develop, implement, and monitor grants for national affiliates, developed a data collection system and authored a publication on the program’s promising practices and policy recommendations. Ms. Hageage holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland and resides in Washington, D.C.

Justin Lofton Student Board Member

Justin Lofton

Student Board Member

Justin Lofton is a hardworking and dedicated IT pathway student pursuing his A+ certification at LAYCCA. His passion is rooted within serving his community and fellow youth. Justin’s ultimate goal is to dominate the tech industry by eventually starting his own business.

Juan Carlos Pereira, Board Member, LAYC Career Academy

Juan Carlos Pereira

Board Member

Juan Carlos Pereira is a Principal Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he works with private sector clients, governments, local stakeholders and other partners to promote sustainable economic development and create economic opportunities in developing countries. Before joining IFC, he co-founded and led ProNicaragua, Nicaragua’s investment promotion and economic development agency, and worked in M&A advisory and telecommunications in the U.S. and Europe. Juan Carlos holds a BSc in Economics from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He speaks Spanish, French, and Italian and is conversant in Portuguese.