PUC National, co-founded in 2013 by Drs. Jacqueline Elliot & Ref Rodriguez, is an independent non-profit public benefit corporation that serves to promote, support, benefit, replicate, and carry out the purposes and mission of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools) and other such public charter schools or educational programs. It also serves to promote, support, benefit, develop, and provide leadership education, program development, research and professional development to public charter schools and other schools, youth or community programs, and other activities that educate or serve students, children, families, and communities.
PUC National has a contractual relationship with Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools) to provide a variety of support services to the schools in NE Los Angeles and the NE San Fernando Valley that include but are not limited to finance, human resources, operations, IT and Data Management, facilities identification and acquisition, fundraising, grant management, college access, alumni relations, charter development and renewal, and compliance. The team at PUC National also provided support to the public school reformers in Rochester, New York by facilitating the founding of a new charter school for the Northeast quadrant of the city. The school opened in 2014 as PUC Achieve Charter School. After 4 years, the school was fully grown and PUC National turned the school over to the local Board and staff so that they could continue their critical work for the children in Rochester. The school then became ROC Achieve Charter School.
The team at PUC National is committed to excellence in equity in public education for all children and will continue to support national efforts in pursuit of this vision.