Ismael Soto - Director of Development & Communications
In his role as Director of Development & Communications Mr. Soto is charged with leading efforts in the areas of development, marketing, communications, and marketing. In addition, during the 2017-2018 academic school year, he served as the Interim Chief External Officer where he successfully led efforts with charter school renewal with various authorizing bodies and created the Parent and Community Engagement program that aims to empower school stakeholders to deepen their connection with the families and communities they serve, support advocacy efforts, and develop transformational leaders who are committed to Innovation, Connection, and Excellence.
Alongside the academic department at Magnolia Public Schools he successfully breached the one million dollar fundraising mark in 2018, the first in Magnolia Public Schools' history. In an effort to streamline parent communications, he launched the district-wide ParentSquare platform which allows for two-way auto-translate by means of a mobile app, text, or email. Additionally, he successfully launched the new Recruitment and Enrollment Strategy in collaboration with the MPS Accountability Department where Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Coordinators and school site Office Managers strategically engage to increase enrollment across MPS.
He has over twenty-two years of experience leading in public charter schools in Los Angeles. Mr. Soto graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Communication Arts and has a Master of Arts in Leadership Development at Chapman University.