Amber Golden Raskin is a veteran charter school founder and operator as well as an accomplished television producer with expertise in school governance and business management. In addition to serving as the Chief Executive Officer of iLEAD Schools Development, she has served on local community boards and aspires to make her local and global community all that it can be. She has advocated in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C., for community, safety and educational issues. A graduate of California State University at Long Beach, she has traveled the world, often with kids in tow, and has worked hard to bring an international perspective a mindset of giving back to her family. Amber decided to create a charter school so that access to innovative educational instruction would be accessible to a wide range of students and create diverse community. SCVi, the first independent site-based charter school in the Santa Clarita Valley was opened in 2008, leading to the creation of more schools.
Before education, Amber worked in the television industry as a producer responsible for creating hundreds of hours of network television. She was responsible for multimillion-dollar budgets, hiring staff, and the start-up of new companies, including work in payables, receivables, and a host of other and management activities.
While in television, she managed several different staffs of 100 +, and in her current position, she guides 500+ employees, developing new programs, procedures and processes to support the innovative schools in the iLEAD Schools network. Amber is a systems thinker with a deep understanding of the creative process and believes that the systems, budget and processes in any organization should conform to the people and human behavior that use them, rather than the other way around. An entrepreneur and innovator at heart, Amber is increasingly being asked to speak at various events regarding making a difference and education.