Senior Leadership Team


 
CEO
Adriana Abich
Chief Executive Officer

Adriana Abich became the chief executive officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in 2019. Adriana comes to Camino Nuevo after serving as a regional superintendent of schools at the Partnership to Uplift Communities (PUC), where she was responsible for overseeing nine schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Adriana brings a depth of education experience and has demonstrated that she can inspire leaders and transform schools. Under her leadership, PUC Schools' college entrance and graduation rates increased and its schools gained state and national recognition for improving academic outcomes for students of color and students who are from low-income families. A first-generation college graduate and the daughter of Latino immigrants, Adriana was drawn to a career in education to help create equity for students from underserved communities.  Adriana’s experiences, insights, and expertise add value to our work of preparing students to succeed in college and beyond. Adriana completed her undergraduate studies at Occidental College and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from California State University, Northridge. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Tammy Stanton
Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer, Tammy Stanton is responsible for managing all financial aspects of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. Tammy delivers a particular emphasis on internal controls, treasury management, federal and state regulations, efficient accounting processes, reliable budget development and implementation, and rigorous evaluation of the network's finances. Before assuming her current role, Tammy was an Executive Vice President at ExED, a non-profit back office provider for charter schools in Southern California. During her 12 years at ExED, Tammy oversaw the financial operations for select charter school clients including Camino Nuevo, Gabriella Charter Schools, Wonderful College Prep Academy, and other schools across Southern California. Tammy also provided consulting expertise via evaluation of back office systems to schools and charter management organizations outside of California. Tammy earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a business concentration from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholars Award.

Margaret Domingo
Rachel Hazlehurst 
Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction
Rachel Hazlehurst's passion for urban education and its potential to positively impact communities began when she was a Teach for America corps member and fifth grade bilingual teacher at Camino Nuevo’s Burlington Campus. Since then, she has served in a variety of leadership roles at Camino Nuevo. Rachel was the founding literacy and bilingual education coordinator at the Cisneros Campus when the school first opened in 2011. She then became the network's director of language and literacy, responsible for offering guidance, support, and oversight to ensure that teachers across the network were providing high quality instruction to all students. As the vice president of curriculum and instruction, Rachel oversees the content team, which focuses on implementing strong instructional practices and frameworks across schools. Rachel holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in elementary education from Loyola Marymount University.

Robert L. Spencer

Vice President of Schools

As vice president of schools, Robert Spencer coaches and supervises school principals and the early education center director. Throughout the year, he coordinates and facilitates differentiated learning and growth opportunities for school leaders, their site leadership teams, and leaders at the central office. An experienced educator, Robert uses various leadership theories, structures, and approaches to develop strong, resilient leaders who can meet the individual and collective needs of their school communities. Prior to joining Camino Nuevo, Robert was a principal at Aspire Public Schools in Sacramento County for 12 years. 

Robert began his career in education as a middle school teacher in Gaston, North Carolina, through Teach for America. He then served four years in the U.S. Army. As a preventive medicine sergeant, he supervised and conducted inspections of environmental factors that affected soldiers’ health. While in the Army, he was awarded the 2001 Soldier of the Year Award, the Army Achievement Medal in 2000 and 2001, and the Army Commendation Medal in 2000. Robert returned to education as an eighth grade language arts teacher in Baltimore County, Maryland, before becoming a principal. He holds an English degree from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University-Dominguez Hills. 

 
 Margaret Domingo
Margaret Domingo
Vice President of Human Resources
 
In her role, Margaret Domingo is responsible for the management of human resources across all Camino Nuevo campuses and works closely with school leaders and employees to ensure compliance with policies and procedures. She is passionate about providing high quality educational opportunities to inner-city youth. Margaret previously worked as a peer counselor and mentor for high school and middle school students in the Los Angeles and Crenshaw school districts. She was also active in grassroots organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, where she campaigned for the rights of Latino and Korean immigrant workers. Prior to joining the Camino Nuevo team, Margaret worked in the human resources and accounting department for Warner Bros. Entertainment. Margaret earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds two certificates in human resources, including one from Loyola Marymount University.
 

 

Erica Gonzalez 
Vice President of Programs
 

Erica Gonzalez drives the vision for programs across Camino Nuevo schools. Known as the Continuum of Care, these programs include the college success team, parent engagement and advocacy, internships and student support services. Erica is a former senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Development in the Office of Public and Indian Housing. Prior to working in the federal government she was the director of public policy and community partnerships for Green Dot Public Schools, where she was responsible for executing Green Dot’s reform agenda by advocating at the local, state and federal level for education reform, supporting existing schools with compliance and oversight, the development of new schools and overseeing the implementation a community schools model at the new Locke Wellness Center. Before that, she was the associate director of Barrio Action Youth and Family Center, overseeing the capital campaign and construction of a $3.6 million new youth and family center. She also worked as a legislative analyst for the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She had the opportunity to study abroad at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City, UNAM.