Board & Leadership Team

YouthBuild Charter School of California Leadership Team

Founder/CEO – Phil Matero
Phil Matero is a recognized leader in the national movement to improve opportunities for quality education available to youth who have not been well-served by the traditional education system.  As its Executive Director, Phil Matero launched YouthBuild Charter School of California in 2008 to cultivate collaborative learning communities in which every student has the right to an authentic education, plays a meaningful role in creating positive social change, and becomes an active participant in working towards just conditions for all.  He has consulted for YouthBuild USA, YouthBuild International, US Peace Corps, the National Youth Employment Coalition, and other projects where he offered his expertise in social justice, youth development and education towards meaningful efforts to generate consequential and sustainable opportunities for youth.



Principal & Chief Academic Officer – Dr. Rudy Cuevas
Dr. Rudy Cuevas is the Chief Academic Officer & Principal for a network of charter school sites that exclusively serve YouthBuild programs across California.

In this role, Dr. Cuevas supervises over 100 teachers, counselors, and registrars to deploy engaging and project-based instruction to over 2,000 students across CA

Dr. Cuevas oversees the curriculum, instruction, and academic operations by leading an administrative team of assistant principals, educational program directors, and instructional coaches.

Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Transformation – Emily Bautista
Emily Bautista strives for educational equity through social studies with young people with high potential.  She draws from her Psychology B.A. and Masters in Education from UCLA in her work as a teacher and assistant principal in YouthBuild Charter School and community outreach coordinator in the People’s Education Movement.  She hopes that through authentic, collaborative, and humanizing learning, powerful students, families, and community stakeholders can incite meaningful change.



Assistant Principal – Tizoc Brenes
Tizoc Brenes was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Mexico, attended high school in San Diego, and went to college at Columbia University in New York. His interests are as varied as the places he has lived. He is a militant of truth and justice. Before becoming Assistant Principal, Tizoc taught Math and Science at YouthBuild Charter School of California and is co-founder and board member of Field of Dreams Learning, Inc. in Norwalk.


ycsc.plsisAssistant Principal – Dr. Sonia Hernandez
Dr. Sonia Hernandez was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Mount St. Mary’s College. After working with foster youth through a volunteer experience, she felt a calling to become an educator and support underserved students. While pursuing her teaching credential and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, she gained a vast amount of knowledge working in a fully inclusive educational setting. Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal, Sonia worked in a variety of roles at the Antelope Valley YouthBuild site, including Social Studies Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Program Coordinator. She obtained her credential in administration in March of 2015. As an educator, Sonia strives to provide and authentic education rooted in social justice to students of all abilities. After overseeing a grant to support re-entry youth, Sonia wanted to strengthen her ability to develop creative and innovate strategies to guide other educators in providing meaningful educational experiences. This inspired her to pursue her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Cal State University, Northridge. 


YouthBuild Charter School of California BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President – Sangeeta Tyagi: Sangeeta Tyagi was the President of YouthBuild USA. Prior to joining YouthBuild USA, Tyagi was the chief operating officer for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s national office and served in several positions at the Exploration School. Tyagi has written and published extensively in the area of multicultural education, taught at the secondary level and served on the teaching faculty at Boston College, the University of Massachusetts and Roanoke College in Virginia. She holds a Ph. D from Brandeis University.

Treasurer – Noel Rauda-Trout: Noel Rauda-Trout is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Education Corps. He previously worked as Director of the Excelsior Education Center, Los Angeles campuses. Before that, he worked as an English teacher at both the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and for the Inglewood Unified School district. Rauda-Trout received his MA in Administration from Pepperdine University.

Secretary – Dr. Nancy Parachini: Nancy Parachini is Director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Principal Leadership Institute and the Principals’ Center. She specializes in teacher development, language acquisition, and bilingual education. Dr. Parachini has 25 years of experience as an instructional leader within the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving in many roles including principal, evaluator, and professional development specialist. She also served as a Fellow at the University of Pittsburg’s Institute for Learning, a Program Evaluator for the UCLA School Management Program, and in 1997 earned her doctorate in Education from UCLA. Dr. Parachini is passionate about preparing social justice educators to transform the conditions of urban public schools.

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