Farnaz Golshani Flechner comes to the ECS Board with more than 18 years experience and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Farnaz began her career as an Art and English Teacher in the LAUSD and Inner City Arts. Aiming to tackle greater organizational challenges in our education system, she pursued a degree in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She returned to LA in 2002 and served as VP of Programs at Chrysalis, a workforce development nonprofit serving LA's homeless. While there she learned what it takes to lead an efficient and effective organization- 93% of homeless clients secured jobs, and 90% of funds raised went directly to programming.
In 2006, Farnaz moved to San Francisco and joined FSG Social Impact Advisors, where she worked as a consultant to assess the impact and strategy of the Hewlett Foundation’s CA K-12 Education Policy Program. Then, as the Director of Programs and Services at Tides, she oversaw the management of 230 fiscally sponsored social justice projects with more than 600 employees nationwide. In this role, she managed relationships with funders and oversaw risk management, governance, and HR services. In 2012 Farnaz returned to Los Angeles and served as the Executive Director of Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, an innovative arts-integrated charter elementary school serving socio-economically, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students in Northeast Los Angeles. She is currently the Executive Director at Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, a foundation that raises and grants over six million dollars each year to enrich public education in Manhattan Beach.
Farnaz holds a BA in Fine Arts and English from UCLA and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was awarded the Parker Gilbert Montgomery full-tuition scholarship. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including CollegeWorks, and the Pathway Home for Returning Veterans. Farnaz lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, Lawrence Flechner, a Urologist practicing in the South Bay, and her two children Aviva and Micah.