Makeisa Gaines

Director of Talent Management

EdD, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, Pepperdine University
MS, Administration, Pepperdine University
MA, Crosscultural Teaching, National University

Makeisa (Mak) serves as the Director of Talent Management at Environmental Charter Schools. Mak has previously served in a large, urban district as a classroom teacher, coach, coordinator, school site administrator, and as a non-school based administrator working in various human resources capacities including Talent Management, Human Capital Initiatives, Professional Learning and Leadership Development, and Recruitment.

Mak holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy and a master’s in Administration from Pepperdine University. She holds a master’s in Crosscultural Teaching from National University and completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach.

One of Mak’s favorite anonymous quotes is “never stop learning because life never stops teaching.” She believes that our youth are special and are our future. Her passion as an educator resonates with her desire to help people grow and feel empowered.

Mak is a Cali native who enjoys sunny days, beach sunsets, seafood, movies, live performances, fun “adventures”, laughter and positive energy.