Senior Leadership Team

Tammy Stanton
Interim CEO

Tammy Stanton was appointed as interim CEO by the Board of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in 2018. In her previous role as Chief Financial Officer, she was responsible for managing all financial aspects of the charter school network. 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 Camino Nuevo 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 received her 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.

 Heather McManus
Chief Learning Officer

Before assuming her current role, Heather McManus was the principal of Camino Nuevo's Kayne Siart Campus. Under her leadership, Kayne Siart (formerly Harvard) became one of the top-performing schools, winning state and national awards including the Gold Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) award. Of the 180 schools competing for the national recognition, Kayne Siart was ranked sixth overall for growth in reading and ranked first overall for growth in math.

During her last two years as principal, Kayne Siart also was awarded the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award twice and was named a California Distinguished School. In 2016, Heather was named Chief Academic Officer, and now as the Chief Learning Officer oversees instruction and professional development at all seven Camino Nuevo schools. 

Heather originally moved to Los Angeles as a Teach for America corps member in 2005 and taught middle school English at the Foshay Learning Center. She was born and raised in Michigan and has earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the California State University at Northridge. Heather is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. 

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 B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. 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. He was the founding principal of Alexander Twilight College Prep Academy (K-5) and Alexander Twilight Secondary Academy (6-12). He also was principal of Aspire Capitol Heights Academy.

Robert began his career in education as a middle school teacher in Gaston, N.C., 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 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 Camino Nuevo Continuum of Care, these programs include the college success team, experiential learning, 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.

Prior to working at Green Dot 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 and also worked as a legislative analyst for the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and had the opportunity to study abroad at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City, UNAM.


Ana Ponce Dr. Ana F. Ponce
Former CEO 
Dr. Ana Ponce was principal and later the CEO of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy until early 2018. Under her leadership, CNCA schools earned widespread recognition for academic excellence, particularly for improving outcomes for Latino English language learners, and won the Title 1 Academic Achievement award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence, and the California Distinguished Schools award. For her efforts, Forbes magazine named Ana one of the top seven most powerful educators in the world. 
Ana is now the executive director of Great Public Schools Now. She started her career in education as a Teach for America corps member and taught for three years at a South L.A. district school. Determined to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income, minority students, she helped open the first independent charter school in South L.A, where she taught for seven years before joining Camino Nuevo in 2001. At Camino Nuevo, she found herself working with families in the neighborhood where she grew up, investing them and their children in being College Ready, College Bound. 

Ana holds a master's degree in bilingual-bicultural education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a second master's from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Loyola Marymount University. A veteran of the charter schools movement in California, she serves on several boards and committees, including the Board of the California Charter Schools Association, the Educators of Color (EdLoc) Leadership Committee, and the L.A. County Commission on Local Government Services.