is the GEAR UP Director for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools serving scholars and families in the Central and South Los Angeles area. She has more than a decade of experience partnering with local government, working in educational and community-based organizations developing strategy, and helping youth and families access social services in order to transform traditionally underserved communities.
Norma Ortiz McCormick
, Director for the Region One Office of College, Career and Life Readiness
, is a highly recognized advocate for students and families who have been underserved and underrepresented. In her 26 years as a Texas educator, Mrs. McCormick has emerged as a leader excelling at partnership building developing high quality programs serving over 40,000 school age students and 5,000 adults in six federal grant-funded programs. Mrs. McCormick, along with her team, focused on transforming schools into college-going communities and have expanded services through the Center for Excellence in College and Career Readiness
. Her philosophy is that all children will be successful if they are provided with the tools and the information needed and the results of her work epitomize the positive effects that may be leveraged through high-quality networks of support.