About Ana Maria
Ana Maria Aristizabal is a member of The Broad Residency's 2017-2019 cohort.
My alarm goes on and I jump out of bed. I have a big week ahead of me. Next week, the State Board of Education will decide on the approval of our two new schools which were denied by the local districts.
I make breakfast while listening to the local and international news. My husband and I enjoy our breakfast together.
I start walking to the office and call my parents. I mentally go through my day and the key milestones of the week.
I love getting to the office early. This time allows me to think and calibrate my day around my priorities.
I reach out to the Finance Director and ask him to help me with a request from the State Board of Education. Last Friday, they released their written review of our charter petitions. I am relieved to read their positive recommendation but also pressed to address their questions.
I open the conference call with our lawyers and the charter association. We discuss the State Board of Education report and my suggestions to address their concerns. We agree on a general strategy for the week.
The CEO and I review the project plan and confirm next steps regarding board and community engagement, as well as a general narrative for the memo and public hearing.
I continue working on the memo and gathering supporting information.
I walk out of the office to grab a salad and get some sunshine.
I follow up with the staffers of senators who have agreed to prepare letters of support.
One of our school leaders alerts me that the superintendent and teacher union are mobilizing the community against KIPP’s charter petitions and have contracted buses to transport about 200 volunteers to the public hearing.
The Talent Manager and I meet briefly to review applications for the Growth Manager role, who will be working with me, and schedule interviews after the vote.
The Director of Community Engagement and I meet to discuss the community engagement strategy, potential speakers and themes for the testimonies. We agree to present to the School Board of Education the videos of support from families interested in the new schools. Their voices are so powerful!
I continue working on the memo.
One of the school leaders and I review her presentation for the School Board of Education and make edits to make it even more compelling. I share with her the news regarding the expected opposition but that I feel strong about our petition based on the absence of legal findings, our strong data and community support.
We join the weekly meeting with the other school leader and all supporting teams. Each team shares their progress and concerns towards the schools opening and I address questions about the appeals.
I respond to a couple of emails.
A calendar reminder pops-up: Broad Assignment Due Today! I make sure to upload it!
I head home.
I order Thai food and go running around the Lake Merrit.
My husband and I have dinner together and catch up on our days.
I check my work email for news or updates.
I start unwinding and get ready to read and go to bed.