Sarah Angel, Chief of Staff  |

As Chief-of-Staff, Sarah works with Nick, his staff, the superintendent, and local districts to create and implement strategy aimed at addressing the needs and opportunities facing Board District 4 and LAUSD schools and families.

Sarah is a graduate of California public schools from elementary through undergrad at UCLA. She began her career as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow as a staff consultant for the California State Assembly Budget Committee, focused on health and human services. Recognizing the need for progressive legal voices, Sarah went to Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley for law school. After practicing as an attorney at the LA office of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, Sarah became a prosecutor. After seeing too many defendants end up in court as a result of inadequate education, Sarah left her law practice to become an education advocate for low-income students of color in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband and three children and is a proud LAUSD parent. 

Allison Holdorff Polhill, Sr. Advisor & Director of Community Engagement  |

As Director of Community Engagement, Allison addresses school and community needs by engaging parents, community members, principals, teachers, and school support staff.

Allison most recently served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach for the parent organization Speak UP. She is an attorney and a mother of three children, who graduated from their local public school here in BD4. She spent 18 years in public school governance at the elementary, middle and high school levels, including six years on the Board of Palisades High School and a term as board chair. During her tenure on the Board of Palisades High School, Allison developed a reputation for bringing together disparate stakeholder groups –parents, teachers, administrators, employees and community members – to find solutions to issues. She also helped balance a $30 million annual budget, negotiated contracts with United Teachers Los Angeles and developed a governance model that was laser-focused on students. A graduate from UCLA and Loyola Law School, she successfully represented three Native American tribes, preventing the nuclear industry from dumping radioactive waste on their sacred grounds. She currently lives in Board District 4 with her family and their dog.

Clayton Rosa, Director of Strategy and Community Engagement   |

As Director of Community Engagement, Clayton addresses school and community needs by engaging parents, community members, principals, teachers, and school support staff.

Clayton is a research, advocacy, and community engagement professional with nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. Clayton began his career with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, a national nonprofit organization focused on increasing Latino political participation, overseeing several initiatives to expand the political clout of Latino communities nationwide. Inspired by the belief that education is key to lifting communities out of poverty, Clayton transitioned into education policy, helping to transform educational opportunities for students in underserved communities. Clayton received his B.A. from McDaniel College and his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). Clayton is a graduate of Coro Southern California’s Fellows Program in Public Affairs and co-founder of Highland Park Runners, a nonprofit organization working to inspire everyone to lead healthier lives through running. 

Danielle Tenner, Policy Director   |

As Policy Director, Danielle researches and analyzes education policies and laws, drafts board policy briefs and resolutions, and develops strategy for advancing priorities to support students in Board District 4 and throughout LAUSD. 

Danielle is a proud product of LAUSD schools and a former LAUSD teacher committed to ensuring that all students in the district have access to the high quality education she was fortunate to receive. Danielle earned her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and then taught sixth grade English and history in South Los Angeles, during which time she earned an M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. To better understand the complex systems impacting her students, Danielle earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After practicing complex commercial litigation for several years, Danielle most recently served as a legal and policy advocate promoting the educational rights of foster and probation youth as a Staff Attorney, and then Associate Director of the Education Program at the Alliance for Children's Rights.  

Ally Salvaria, Communications Director   |

As Communications Director, Ally communicates Nick’s vision and plan for Board District 4 and all of LAUSD and liaises with all forms of media, as well as helping to develop direct constituent communications.

Ally is a fourth-generation Los Angeles native and lifelong Board District 4 resident who graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in English Literature and Legal Studies. Most recently, she collaborated with local stations as a member of the Television and Radio Broadcast team at Horizon Media, advertising for a variety of clients. Ally spent a year as a law clerk at the plaintiffs' law firm, Girardi Keese, working to help David fight Goliath in pharmaceutical, environmental, and discrimination cases in California. During her time at Northwestern, she worked as a tutor at the University's Writing Center, working with students of varying linguistic backgrounds to master the English language and pioneering the curriculum for a writing seminar designed to ease the transition from high-school to college-level writing. 


Nina Dubovistsky, Operations Coordinator   |

As Operations Coordinator, Nina oversees scheduling, office operations, helps execute events, and facilitates communication with stakeholders.

Nina is a lifelong Board District 4 resident and proud product of LAUSD schools. She first came to Board Member Melvoin’s office as a summer intern in 2017, and returned full time after graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University. Previously, as District Ambassador to State Senator Ben Allen, she served as a liaison to federal, district, and local agencies. During her time at Boston University, Nina volunteered as a tutor helping teach English and Math to elementary school students.