Who We Are
Crystal Gonzales is the Executive Director of the ELSF where she collaborates with national experts, organizations, educators and content developers to increase the supply of quality of K-12 instructional materials that meet the needs of the growing EL population. Previously, as a program officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust, she collaborated with national K-12 organizations with a focus on teacher professional development, quality instructional materials, and advocacy for underserved communities. In this role, she worked with EL experts to elevate the needs of ELs among grantees and her grantmaking peers. Crystal began her career as a 4th grade bilingual teacher in Houston ISD. She is currently a member of Education Leaders of Color, Latinos for Education, and is a Pahara NextGen fellow. Crystal holds a master’s in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of New Mexico. She is a proud native New Mexican and currently resides in NYC.
Director, Curriculum Review Process
Renae Skarin is the Director of Curriculum Review Process where she works with leading educational experts to design and implement a process for reviewing and providing feedback to curriculum developers on the strength of supports for ELs. Prior to joining the ELSF, she worked at Understanding Language, Stanford University, where she was a researcher, professional developer, curriculum developer, and project manager for projects specializing in issues of equity and accessibility for diverse learners and has a strong background in second language teaching and teacher education both in the U.S. and abroad. Renae received a B.A. in English, Literacy Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Educational Linguistics at Stanford University. Renae lives at home with her 15-year-old activist daughter, Kailani and her sweet dog Stella.
Keaton Lora is a Project Coordinator for the ELSF, where he facilitates the work of our curriculum review teams and Directors in evaluating and improving curricular materials to support ELs. Prior to joining the ELSF, he served as an Academic Advisor at Florida International University in Miami, where he provided academic guidance to students pursuing undergraduate degrees in English, History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Modern Languages, and Religious Studies. Keaton received his B.A. in English and History from Georgetown University and his M.A. in English Literature from King’s College London. A native of Massachusetts, Keaton was raised in Connecticut and Florida, and lives in New York City. He is probably watching the NBA on mute right now and reading Wikipedia during the commercials.
Senior Director, America Achieves
Senior Program Officer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Migration Policy Institute
Director, Education, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Director of Organizing, Boston Teachers Union; Founder, Peregrinum
Associate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Lily Wong Fillmore
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Education
Chief Academic Officer, Houston Independent School District
Director of Literacy and English Language Arts, Student Achievement Partners
Assistant Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District
Executive Director, The School District of Palm Beach County
Director of English Language Arts Materials Review, EdReports.org
Engagement Director for School and District Services, WestEd
Director of ELL Policy and Research, Council of the Great City Schools
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