Ismael Soto - Director of Partnerships
In his role as Director of Partnerships, Mr. Soto is charged with leading efforts in the areas of external relations, marketing, communications, development, and strategic partnerships. In addition, during the 2017-2018 academic school year he served as the Interim Chief External Officer where he successfully lead efforts with charter school renewal with various authorizing bodies and created the Parent and Community Engagement program that aims to empower school stakeholders to deepen their connection with the families and communities they serve, support advocacy efforts, and develop transformational leaders who are committed to Innovation, Connection, and Excellence.
He has over twenty-one years of experience leading in public charter schools in Los Angeles. Mr. Soto graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Communication Arts and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Leadership Development at Chapman University. He previously served as the Director of Visual and Performing Arts and Communications Manager for a district-wide CMO where he managed a team of twelve art teachers and numerous external partners across Los Angeles County.
Most recently he partnered with Mt Wilson Observatory and Carnegie Institute to develop a unique overnight experience covering a number of core topics in astronomy, physics, and geology, concluding with a night-time viewing. On these trips, students have access to the 60-inch telescope at Mt Wilson Observatory throughout the night with the bonus of having remote access to a live feed from Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. After a day of scientific exploration, students got to spend the night in the Mt Wilson monastery where Albert Einstein conducted much of his research.