EXP helps young people gain experience, unlock doors and build the confidence they need to succeed in school, career and life.

Our programs help schools deliver innovative, career-based curriculum that makes classroom learning relevant and exciting. During the 2017-2018 school year, EXP programs served 6,400 high school students at 11 Southern California high schools. For 2018-2019, we will be piloting programs that reach students from kindergarten through college.

Our success depends on our unique ability to bring industry and schools together to solve problems and overcome obstacles that prevent students' access to education, experience and opportunities. More than 400 industry leaders serve as EXP volunteers, mentors and internship hosts.

By helping schools and industry work together, EXP is changing how society prepares students for life and bringing genuine opportunity to every young person we can reach. 

Current EXP Schools and Pathways (2018-2019)

Barstow High School

  • Mojave Express Logistics Academy (MXP)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)

Carson High School

  • Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology (ESET)

  • Global Business, Law, and Government (GBLG)

  • Performing Arts and Media Arts (PAMA)

Gardena High School

  • Global Business Magnet (GBM)

Intellectual Virtues Academy (Long Beach)

Nathaniel Narbonne High School (Harbor City)

  • Business Entrepreneurship Technology Academy (BETA)

Phineas Banning High School (Wilmington)

  • Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA)

  • Global Safety and Security Academy (GSS)

  • International Trade Academy (ITA)

  • Maritime, Agriculture, Tourism, Cuisine, and Hospitality (MATCH)

  • Pilot Academy of Technology and Health Science (PATHS)

Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School (Carson)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)

San Pedro High School

  • Business Academy

  • Global Environmental Academy

Theodore Roosevelt High School (East Los Angeles)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Theresa Adams Lopez | Port of Los Angeles~

Phillip Bond | Farmers & Merchants Bank – Long Beach

Paxton Bowman | Republic Services

Ann Burckle | Real Property Collaborative

Robert Devine | Marathon Petroleum Corporation – Los Angeles Refinery

Jamie Gutierrez | Los Angeles World Airports

Ashley Impellitteri | Keesal, Young & Logan

Natalie Irwin | Valero

Andrea Lanouette | Avalon Risk Management

Jay Marks | The Jay Marks Group

Alan McCorkle | Yusen Terminals

James Preusch, Treasurer* | Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

Ronald Roberts, Jr. | Griffith Company 

Rebecca Ore | United States Coast Guard – Sector LA/LB~

Cameron Smith | Yusen Logistics

Jackie Sutton | Ports America

Tara Voss, Chair* | Peacock Piper Tong + Voss LLP

Tony Williamson, Secretary* | TTSI

Patrick Wilson* | Fast Lane Transportation

*Executive Committee


EXP Staff

Belén Bernal
Director of Operations

Oakley Boren
Marketing Manager

Gabriel Chabrán
Priority Projects Manager

Ana Cortez
Program Manager

Gena Divine
Director of Advancement

Golnaz Fatemi
Administrative Coordinator

Megan Fowler
Program Manager, Internship & Outreach

Amy Grat
Chief Executive Officer

John Harris
Development Manager

Nicole Martin Huezo
Director of Programs and Strategic Partnership

Caitlin Martin
Event Coordinator

Patty Negrette
Program Manager

Kathy O’Malley
Grants Manager

Judy Orejel
Accounting Coordinator

Marilee Potthoff
Senior Marketing Manager

Alejandra Garcia Rios
Program Manager

Martha Maciel Serratos
Program Manager

Samuel Sumner
Finance Manager