It’s simple! These two things go hand and hand allowing for a synergy unlike no other.
high school students for the workforce of tomorrow and equip them to be lifelong learners, future leaders who positively impact the world
businesses with a future workforce equipped to increase productivity and profitability, stimulate job growth, and renewed sense of pride for communities.
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A Unique Partnership
A Unique Partnership joined forces in 2006 when members of the community had a vision to be a catalyst for social and economic change in Orange County. Those key founding partners included the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). In 2012, High School Inc. Academies Foundation was developed to support the unique partnership. United together this Rockstar Collaboration is re-imagining education and creating the “CHANGE” to prepare our students for college, career, and life success.
Over the last decade
Over the last decade this dynamic combination of forces started with just 90 students and now serves over 1500 future workforce individuals! Through HSI Academies Foundation’s support of the C-H-A-N-G-E academies, students are graduating high school at a HIGHER RATE, with this past year being a 96% graduation rate!
Meet our Executive Director
A Passionate Leader focused on celebrating students
Mary Tran, High School Inc. Academies Foundation’s first ever Executive Director, was brought on board in December 2017. A product of SAUSD, Mary Tran has dedicated her professional career to serving the youth in her community. With more than eleven years of nonprofit experience, particularly in the area of education, she is well versed in many project-based and work-based educational program models that have been delivered at the regional and national level.
Mary worked in the fast-paced corporate environment, including residential and commercial mortgage industries.
Mary plays an active role in the community and has served on committees such as Children’s Bureau, No Kid Hungry, and the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.
She holds Bachelor Degrees in both Family Life Education and Child Development from California State University Long Beach.
Lead the Movement
Leading the movement and momentum of the organization, is no other than a group of talented and dedicated rockstars that have devoted their time and expertise, as well as sharing their passion for bridging the gap here in Orange County. Our all-star lineup includes:
Crevier Classic Cars
Chairman of the Board
J. Crain Corporation
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Jack E. Oakes
Maximum Impact Education
Hall & Company Tax, Financial & Management Consulting
Board of Directors
- Matt Bays, Adaptive Shelters, LLC
- Peter Dorsch, KPC Health
- Dave Elliott, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
- Brie Griset Smith, Discovery Cube Orange County
- Ramiro Ochoa, Westport Properties, Inc.
- Kassandra Compton
- Leila Mozafarri
- Richard E. Porras, AT&T External Affairs
- Mavel Ramos, Wells Fargo Bank
- Rigo Rodriguez, Ph.D., SAUSD Board of Education
- Larry Tenebaum, Smart Circle International, LLC
- Shanshan Xia, Hall & Company Tax, Financial & Management Consulting Services
- Kim Sherman
Investing in the Future Workforce
We’d like to sincerely say thank you to our incredible High School Inc. Academies Foundation business partners! We value each and every partnership, as it further supports the HSI mission to empower youth and strengthen communities through education and business partnerships: