Executive Director & Co-Founder
CADRE (Community Asset Development Redefining Education)
Maisie Chin is founding executive director and co-founder of Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), an independent, grassroots parent membership organization in South Los Angeles, California comprised of African American and Latino parents and caregivers whose mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership so that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. A native Californian and first child of Chinese immigrants, Maisie is a well-trained and seasoned facilitative leader who has been in the social justice movement for 27 years and is dedicated to eliminating structural racism. As the co-designer of an innovative approach to catalyzing parent participation, Maisie has simultaneously pioneered an organizational model that invests in grassroots parents long-term to lead their own self-empowerment as well as produce systemic changes towards racial and educational justice.
Through her work at CADRE, Maisie has co-led numerous efforts that have successfully changed school discipline policy, significantly reduced student suspensions, decriminalized schools through parent-led policy change and monitoring, and redefined parent participation in educational justice in Los Angeles, California and nationally. A committed movement builder, Maisie has, on CADRE’s behalf, co-founded the national Dignity in Schools Campaign and one of its chapters, Dignity in Schools Campaign – California.
Prior to co-founding CADRE with Rosalinda Hill in 2001, Maisie served for two years as program manager at Public Allies-Los Angeles, supporting the personal and professional development of young adults entering the nonprofit sector seeking to effect community-based change. This role was preceded by six years as the first staff person and eventual associate director for Los Angeles Partners Advocating Student Success (LA PASS), the Los Angeles site of a national, 16-city Ford Foundation initiative focused on increasing college graduation rates through K-16 cross-system collaboration.
Maisie is board vice-chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and a graduate of the Pahara Institute’s Pahara-Aspen Fellowship. Maisie holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).