Board Member, 2021
Voices College-Bound Language Academies
Alma Rico is the COO at Voices College-Bound Language Academies, a dual immersion charter school network serving low income Latino students in San Jose, CA. Prior to Voices, Alma was the COO at Alpha Public Schools, where she led business operations. After nearly 10 years as a tutor in a number of STEM and after school programs, Alma became inspired to merge her business experience with her passion for lifting academic achievement among low-income and minority children. She began her career in education as a Graduate School Fellow with Education Pioneers, where she worked with Alpha to develop the network’s strategic plan and multi-year financial model. She co-founded the Young Education Professionals – Bay Area network and served on the board of Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland. Prior to transitioning to the world of education, Alma was a management consultant in Washington, DC, where she developed strategies for senior decision-makers at NASA and the Department of Defense. Alma holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.