Our Vision

Our Vision

It’s simple! These two things go hand and hand allowing for a synergy unlike no other.

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high school students for the workforce of tomorrow and equip them to be lifelong learners, future leaders who positively impact the world

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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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Rockstar Collaboration

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!

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our director

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.

Our Board

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:

Donnie Crevier

Crevier Classic Cars

Chairman of the Board
Mark McLoughlin

J. Crain Corporation

Paula Garcia-Arsenault

Chase Bank

Vice President
Jack E. Oakes

Maximum Impact Education

Cory Youngberg

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, Inland Empire Community Foundation
  • Ramiro Ochoa, Westport Properties, Inc.
  • Kassandra Compton, Pacific Premier Bank
  • Leila Mozafarri
  • Richard E. Porras, AT&T External Affairs
  • Mavel Becerra, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Rigo Rodriguez, Ph.D., SAUSD Board of Education
  • Larry Tenebaum, Smart Circle International, LLC
  • Marshall Linn, Urban Futures Inc.
  • Kim Sherman, Echo Media


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:

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