Mialisa Bonta

March 4, 2009 6:24:00 PM PST
Mialisa Bonta brings over 15 years of experience in education and youth development to Breakthrough Collaborative. She joined Breakthrough after six years as Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Legacy Development at the Stupski Foundation, an organization committed to improving the quality of public education by developing the capacity of urban school district leaders.

Prior to her work with the Stupski Foundation, Mialisa served as Program Resource Officer at the San Francisco Foundation. At a young age, Mialisa experienced her own breakthrough. She was offered an opportunity leading to her graduation from Friends Seminary, an independent school in New York. She pursued a B.A. from Yale College, an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Mialisa has had formative experience in early childhood education as a childcare provider, and in bilingual education, child advocacy, and community-development programs. She served for several years as City Director of Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) in Connecticut, a community-based academic and social enrichment program for children and youth ages 7 to 23.

She lives in Alameda with her husband, Robert Bonta, two daughters, Reina (age 9) and Iliana (age 3), and a son Andres born December 2008.

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