MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Erika Mitchell, M.Ed.
Founder & CEO
Erika Mitchell is the CEO of Discovery Club PSP. She has more than 20 years of experience in Afterschool Education and Recreation. Her passion for helping students achieve success began at an early age with the creation of her first tutoring and recreational programs. Prior to launching Discovery Club PSP, she developed afterschool programming for youth in the greater Los Angeles Area. She enjoys working with students to find practical solutions to help youth achieve academic and personal success. Erika served as Senior Brand Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) Santa Monica. Under her leadership the Boys & Girls Clubs Santa Monica won numerous awards, gained national recognition, and hosted two national BGC contests. She chaired and served as a judge for the BGC National Honor Awards Program for Excellence for three consecutive years. She has worked with schools and community organizations to build and nurture interdisciplinary partners aimed at supporting growth opportunities for middle school students. Erika has a Master’s in Education from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from California State University Northridge. Erika has served as a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Educational Collaborative, Santa Monica Youth Resource Team, and as VP of the Los Angeles County Parks Foundation.
Steve Richardson, Ed.D.
Dr. Steve Richardson is currently the Executive Director of Elementary Education in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District in Southern California. In this role, he oversees and supports all functions of the District’s elementary schools. He is also on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley where he coaches educational leaders and leads professional learning on diversity, equity and inclusion. He is a writer, speaker, and trainer in this area. Over the past 25 years he has worked in Title I schools as a teacher, instructional coach and administrator. Steve has spent the majority of his career serving as an elementary and secondary principal. He has also served as the Director of Extended Day Learning in a Title I District in Los Angeles County. In this capacity, he introduced social-emotional learning and project-based learning in an effort to align afterschool programs with the school day. Steve earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Master Practitioner of Compassionate Systems Thinking under Dr. Peter Senge and Dr. Mette Boell. His research and professional interests include reimagining more equitable systems, systems thinking, principal efficacy and leading systemic change.
Clinton Mitchell serves as the Board Treasurer for Discovery Club PSP. Clinton is an entrepreneur and has leveraged project planning and product promotion skills to inform business operations. He has more than 20 years of operations experience with a focus on budget planning and forecasting, leading teams, and operations management. His finance responsibilities have included departmental budgeting, talent planning and operational management. In his previous role with AT&T, he managed teams, facilitated training, oversaw talent development and maintained budgets. He had oversight of regional business operations and ensured team success through effective planning and resource alignment. In his current leadership role, he has oversight for identifying and ensuring appropriate resources are available to meet talent planning and talent development needs. Clinton is an experienced leader and works to ensure access to opportunities for individuals seeking to improve their work experience.
Founding Board Member
Cynthia Blalock is a Founding Board Member of Discovery Club PSP. She is an experienced entrepreneur and the owner of CB Professional Services. She leverages her entrepreneurial, project management, and business execution skills to achieve results for her clients. Cynthia is a certified notary public and loan signing agent serving the greater Southern California area. Cynthia is enthusiastic about education and creating learning opportunities for youth. She has experience working with school boards as well as parent-teacher associations. Cynthia understands the importance of investing in education and actively serves as Treasurer for the Raymond Temple Elementary PTA. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Kiri Arrington-White is a leader in the field of Education. She has more than 20 years of experience in elementary education within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Kiri has significant instructional expertise at the K-3 grade level. She is passionate about education, improving learning and making a difference in the lives of students and teaching professionals. Kiri serves as a grade-level chairman and a teacher facilitator of the Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP) to assist academic professionals in improving their teaching practices. Kiri is currently an Instructional Coach for the Los Angeles Unified School District where she provides coaching and training support to teachers, leaders, and district leaders within the Los Angeles Unified School District on topics including Balanced Literacy, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) and Reading and Math Workshop models. Kiri holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching.
Erika Page, Ed.D.
Dr. Erika Page serves as the Board President for Discovery Club PSP. She is an accomplished executive leader with more than 20 years of experience in both corporate and educational settings. She has extensive organizational operations expertise including organizational change management and leadership, business integration, diversity equity and inclusion, performance management, training, and talent development. As the Chief Workforce Advisor for Nuleep, she is responsible for strategic guidance to support internal workforce development opportunities for individuals, companies, and organizations interested in expanding and improving workforce operations. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Southern California, she is responsible for teaching Equity and Inclusion in Organizational Contexts as well as mentoring students in pursuit of doctoral degrees. She previously served as the Vice President of Enrollment for a small liberal arts college aimed at increasing educational opportunities for marginalized groups within California’s Inland Empire. During her time at The Walt Disney Company, she developed training programs for diverse global audiences to achieve operational and compliance goals. Throughout her career, she has worked with students both as a mentor and an advocate to assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership, her Master of Business Administration, and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Erika is passionate about helping others achieve their personal and career objectives. She was recently acknowledged as one of the 2022 DEIA Visionaries by the Los Angeles Times.
Interim Board Secretary
Milo Booker serves as the interim Board Secretary for Discovery Club PSP. She is a seasoned professional who leverages adept skills in marketing, communication, and dynamic team management to deliver exceptional marketing and business strategy tools for her clients. She has more than 15 years of expertise in market research, business strategy, communications, customer solutions, and graphic design. Milo is experienced in compliance operations and has worked with local city and regional agencies to ensure compliance with local and regional policies and procedures. As an experienced marketing consultant for businesses across industries located within the greater Los Angeles area, she understands the unique operational needs of organizations and is adept at scaling projects to achieve results and deliver on business goals. Milo has extensive operations management experience including supervising a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring excellent customer service. Milo earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and her Master of Business Administration from National University.
Michelle Smith-Ballard is a talented professional executive and community leader with more than 40 years of experience. Michelle has extensive operational experience in both community and corporate settings. She has business planning, operations, staffing and workforce development expertise and has developed, administered and monitored community engagement programs for major corporations in the greater Los Angeles area. As the first Director of Supplier Diversity for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), she was responsible for developing tools and guidelines for the implementation of supplier diversity programs throughout the AEG organization. As the Director of Community Affairs for Turner Construction Company, she was responsible for program administration including labor compliance, community service, business development, outreach, and minority, woman, and disadvantaged business enterprise spending monitoring. Her responsibilities included program oversight to ensure compliance with corporate goals for Southern California. As Vice President of Community and Citizenship for Turner Construction Company, Michelle served on two steering committees aimed at defining a holistic approach to corporate citizenship, workforce development, veteran outreach, LGBTQ outreach, and diversity, equity and inclusion training. She led small business and local hire outreach efforts during the construction of the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, and the Intercontinental Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Michelle led the community engagement team for the Turner AECOM Hunt joint venture for the construction of SoFi Stadium and YouTube Theater in Inglewood as well as the community outreach for the construction of the Kaiser Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Medical Office Building project. She has collaborated with 2ND CALL (2ND Chance at Loving Life - an organization focused on reentry programs) in order to meet local hire goals. She was co-lead for the community engagement team for the construction of Intuit Dome, the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Her past corporate and advisory board membership includes the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Asian Business Association, Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, and the Los Angeles Unified School District Small Business Council.
Angela Scott, MBV
Angela D. Scott, MBV, is a US Navy Veteran and the Personalization & Content Manager at Demonware/Activision, where she leads numerous DE&I global initiatives. The Democratic State Central Committee Assembly District 51 Delegate is an avid education advocate that serves on the Intercultural Equity & Excellence District Advisory Committee for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Special Education District Advisory Committee for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and is a founding member of the Black/African-American Parent Advisory Council for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The servant-leader is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.