Born and raised in Inglewood CA, Allison has worked in education for just over 11 years. She jump-started her career as an academic advisor and program manager for the University of California, Riverside Extension- International Programs. She then moved on the pursue a masters and career in school counseling where she discovered her true passion in educating, supporting, and developing underrepresented youth from communities just like her own. Taking invaluable experience from her counseling role in the Watts community and her role as Partnership Management for one of the largest educational servicing companies, Allison looks to provide strategic developmental counseling programs and content for youth and young adults that will promote learning and growth.
Lauren McDonald Esq.
Chief Financial Officer
Born and raised in Northern California, Lauren is a licensed attorney and owns an intellectual property law practice in Berkeley, CA. Lauren attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (LLS) where she was exposed to the intricacies of the Constitution of the United States. This exposure, combined with the political tensions and racial injustices of the 2016 presidential election, sparked her desire to educate fellow “Millennials and first gens” on the intersection of law and politics in America. As a law student, Lauren worked as a clerk in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and corporate law. She also served on the Board of Directors of the LLS chapter of the Black Law Students Association. In addition, she was elected to and briefly served on the Board of Outward Bound Adventures, a nonprofit located in Pasadena, CA. In founding Purple Gavel, the ultimate goal changes. Lauren seeks to empower underrepresented groups to exercise their rights and participate in our nation’s democratic process.
Director of Marketing
As a Los Angeles native, Michael lives and breathes everything branding and marketing. He has a passion for helping people and companies find their brand identity and grow their business. Experienced in developing B2B and B2C marketing plans to increase new customer acquisition and sustain long-term retention and growth rates. Helping start-ups and medium-sized level companies develop an online presence through proper SEO utilization and digital media channels including social media and email marketing tactics. Consistently focused on developing strategic integrated marketing communications strategies to develop a strong online brand reputation and management through product placement, advertisement, and communication to satisfy the customer’s needs.
Social Research Assistant
Aris White received her B.A. in psychology from Spelman College and later received her M.A. in special education from Claremont Graduate University. Upon receiving her master’s degree and mild/moderate teacher credential, Aris worked in South Los Angeles as a Resource Teacher for four years. During her time in the classroom, Aris grew passionate about IEP compliance and eventually transitioned to her current position as a Special Education Case Manager. In her current role, Aris has the opportunity to help schools across the Los Angeles area develop and improve their procedures around special education compliance.
Jasmine Watson earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008 and furthered her education by completing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California in 2013. She has worked in the field of education for over a decade and her passion for international education keeps her dedicated to the field. One of her many personal missions is to increase the percentage of U.S. students of color participation in international experiences. Her experience expands across many areas within education including college readiness, early childhood education, teaching, K-12 education, student development and leadership, residential education, and international education.