CEO, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
Los Angeles, California
Ana Ponce is the chief executive officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a network of high-performing charter schools serving more than 3200 pre-k through 12th grade students in the greater MacArthur Park neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. CNCA schools are recognized as models for serving predominantly Latino English Language Learners and have won various awards and distinctions including the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence, the California Distinguished Schools award and the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) award.
An alumnus of Teach for America, she spent three years in the classroom before becoming one of the founding teachers and administrators at The Accelerated School, the first independent charter school in south Los Angeles. Under her instructional leadership, The Accelerated School was named elementary school of the year by Time Magazine in 2001.
Ana is a graduate of Middlebury College, Teachers College, Columbia, and University of California Los Angeles. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Loyola Marymount University. A veteran of the charter movement in California, she serves on the board of the California Charter Schools Association. Ana was highlighted in Forbes’ magazine as one of the world’s seven most powerful educators.
Born in Mexico, Ana is committed to providing high quality educational options for immigrant families in the neighborhood where she grew up.