Who we are
Right to Succeed Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower communities to create amazing public schools ("Dream Schools") that help every child to succeed! We believe every child has a right to succeed and have access to a great public school.
The Right to Succeed cause is realized through the work and resources of hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations who have made the Right to Succeed cause their own. They have undertaken the work to create great Dream Schools in their communities and neighborhoods.
The Right to Succeed cause focuses its efforts on:
(a) building public awareness of the severe education crisis through speaking engagements, media, entertainment, and events;
(b) helping communities to create vision about what is possible in public education by enabling communities to see and engage with great replicable school designs; and
(c) providing technical assistance and resources to help communities create the right conditions in their community to support and sustain great schools.
Lisa Ling's visit to a Dream School.
Ted Fujimoto is the president of Landmark Consulting Group, Inc., a management and investment consultancy for scaling innovations in learning. Clients include some of the most prominent foundations, investors and innovators that span across education, media, entertainment, technology, distribution, content, energy and real estate. He also serves on the board of California Credit Union, a $1.4 billion credit union.
He is the founder and co-chair of the Right to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit focused on transforming public education worldwide and through the creation of at least 6,000 American Dream Schools within the next 10 years.
Ted helped to design and create the replication systems and strategy for several of the largest scalable, fastest growing, highest performing public school designs in the country that created over 400 schools, including New Tech Network and Big Picture Learning. Big Picture Learning, public schools located in some of the toughest urban areas in America, are graduating over 95% of their students of which nearly 100% are being accepted to college. The New Tech Network has created over 200 public schools and is opening 20 to 40 new schools per year. President Obama recently visited one of these schools: “Manor, that’s what every school should be. That’s what our country should be.”
He has served on the California Education Technology Advisory Committee, received the 2002 Center for Digital Government "In the Arena” Award for Education Leadership in transforming vision to reality, and in Converge Magazines "1999 Year in Review,” Ted was named one of "Educations Dreamers, Leaders and Innovators."
John C Guerra
Co-Chairman, Board of Directors
Recognized by Hispanic business magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States, John has long been active in the community. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, John attended schools in San Antonio, Texas and received his degree and certification in Special Education from Texas A&I Kingsville. He then spent the next few years teaching and working with mentally and physically challenged children and adults.
John began his AT&T career in telecommunications and information management in San Antonio, Texas. During his tenure with AT&T, he worked throughout the United States, Latin America and Asia. His 29 years of experience included product development, product management, sales, marketing, training and development, back office operations, systems management, public relations, public policy and international market development. While with AT&T, he received his executive MBA training from NSEAD in France. He also played a key role in AT&T’s philanthropic activity serving as a trustee on the AT&T Foundation.
John has served on numerous boards including the YMCA, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC), World Affairs Council, Univ. of Tex. Pan Am Foundation and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from HISPA (the AT&T Hispanic employees’ assoc.) and the Chairman’s Leadership Award from TAMACC. In addition to his professional and civic achievements, John has been particularly recognized for his presentations on success and leadership, featured in both TV and radio commercials, lectured at various school systems and major universities; served as a practitioner-lecturer on international marketing at the University of Georgia and a featured speaker at domestic and international forums such as the Summit of the Americas, the Wall Street Journal’s conference on Latin America, Hispanic Business CEO roundtable, the Hispanic Police Commanders Association Conference and the Association of College and University Business Officers.
Adalberto Al Andino
Adalberto Al Andino has built a 100-plus school network that featured culturally and linguistically diverse curricula and instruction, professional development for teachers and administrators and research-based assessment protocols for La Razas community charter schools and Early College High School Initiative. He was founding Executive Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations Millennium Scholars Initiative where he developed, implemented and managed a multi-billion dollar program to increase the number of low-income minorities completing college degrees and graduate programs. As Vice President for Strategy and Development at Jobs for the Future, he worked directly with the CEO/President to innovate organizational performance improvement and successful fundraising strategies.
Cavan Chan is currently CEO of The Studio Box Entertainment. He attributes his many accomplishments to his mentor who assisted him in developing his many talents and recent achievements. Cavan has worked all over the world in multiple industries. Those experiences give him a unique ability to combine industries to accomplish growth in all sectors. His experiences include running Royal Dollar Records to being Vice President of one for the worlds largest motorcycle manufacturers, Zong Shen Inc., where he increased sales from two million to twenty million dollars in just three years. With a savvy business skills and aptitude for finance, Cavan also managed assets of over $100 million dollars as President at Rising Capital.
Ralph Martire is executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability is a bi-partisan 501(c)(3) research and advocacy think tank that promotes fair, efficient and progressive tax, spending and economic policies.
Mr. Martire teaches a Master's level class on education finance and fiscal policy for the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University. In February, 2011, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. He is a distinguished lecturer on public policy for Roosevelt University and has taught fiscal policy seminars for various universities and the International Fulbright Scholar Program.
Ralph has received numerous awards for his work on education policy reform, including the 2007 Champion of Freedom Award, presented by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to individuals whose professional work embodies Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, commitment to equal educational opportunities.
Mr. Martire graduated from Indiana University Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in history and received his JD from the University of Michigan.
With a versatile background in Real Estate, Business Development, Technology, and Law, Sean is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. He has experience as a recreational specialist and a partner at H&T Wireless. He has founded numerous companies including CCS Credit Counseling which realized over $2 million in profit during his leadership. Seans incredible ability to build relationships and focused strategies has secured investments worldwide. Sean is a member of the International Lions Club serving his community and education.
Sylvia helped co-create and inspire the concept of Right To Succeed with Ted Fujimoto. Sylvia has a long history in public television and radio including with WTTW and WBEZ as well as with national PBS pledge drives. Sylvia has been nominated for three local Emmys, shares an Edward R. Murrow award with her WBEZ colleagues, and is the recipient of several Chicago Association of Black Journalist awards, and a Peter Lisagor honor from the Chicago Headline Club. She is the director of external affairs for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago.
A big thank you to the hundreds of community leaders, educators and celebrities who have provided their talent and support to help make dream schools a reality for every child! A few are listed below...
Lisa Ling - Host and Journalist - The View, Oprah, OWN, Our America
James Kyson Lee - Actor - Heroes
Patti Austin - Grammy Award Winning Artist
Skyler Jett - Grammy Award Winning Artist
Barry Orms - NBA
Bill Walton - NBA
LMFAO - Top Hip Hop Band
Sharon Tay - Journalist and Host
Christina Woods - Actor - Flash Forward/Perfect Couples
Mary Elizabeth Ellis - Actor, Writer - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Perfect Couples
Che'nelle - Pop Star
Pat Melfi - Artist Manager and Producer
Ken Kragen - Artist Manager and Producer
Richard J. Lewis - Producer CSI/Golden Globe Winning Director - Barney's Version
Frank Baxter - Former U.S. Ambassador
Paul Pastorek - Former State of Lousiana Superintendent of Education
Howard Fuller - Co-Founder and Chairman - Black Alliance for Educational Options
David Dunn - Former Chief of Staff for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
Danny Schechter - Executive Editor, Media Channel, Former ABC 20/20 Producer
Melissa Harris-Lacewell - Princeton University, contributer MSNBC