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.
Mayra E. Alatorre is a highly accomplished professional with over 12 years of experience successfully managing CSR and ESG programs in corporate environments. With a strong background in building and leading global teams, Mayra has consistently demonstrated her ability to manage high visibility projects and collaborate effectively across various levels of leadership, management, and stakeholders. Mayra possesses a broad knowledge of CSR and ESG topics, including reporting, trends, regulation, and best practices. Her entrepreneurial spirit, combined with strong leadership, project management, communication, and analytical skills, allows her to excel in dynamic environments, managing ambiguity, and delivering impactful results. Currently serving as the Operations Associate Director of Global Supply Chain Responsibility at TaylorMade Golf since May 2023, Mayra leads strategic and operational initiatives to minimize the company's impact on internal and external stakeholders. She spearheads the ESG strategy development team, ensuring alignment with globally recognized standards such as GRI, SASB, and CDP. Mayra also leads the Executive Responsibility Committee, recommending program initiatives, partnerships, and best practices to scale impact. In her previous roles at TaylorMade Golf, including Senior Manager of Global Supply Chain Responsibility from January 2021 to May 2023, and Program Manager of Global Supply Chain Responsibility from August 2017 to December 2020, Mayra consistently delivered outstanding results. She developed and implemented safety and sustainability initiatives, established compliance committees, managed audits and corrective actions, and achieved best-in-class safety awards among portfolio companies. Mayra also played a pivotal role in building teams, conducting trainings, and maintaining strong industry affiliations. Mayra's expertise extends beyond TaylorMade Golf, as she previously worked at The Walt Disney Company in various roles related to corporate citizenship and international labor standards. She educated licensees on social and environmental compliance standards, managed compliance approval and audit data, and developed communication and training materials. Mayra's experience also includes working at UL Responsible Sourcing, where she led social compliance audits for Fortune 500 companies and trained facilities on corrective action plans. Mayra holds a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel Management from Cornell University and has pursued additional education in socially responsible and sustainable business from the University of Delaware. She also completed a certificate program on ESG: Navigating the Board's Role from Berkeley Law & Ceres.
David Brown, LMFT
David Royal Brown has over twenty years of experience in corporate management, organizational and leadership development, training, entrepreneurial ventures, and seventeen years as a high school teacher. He has an M.S. in Urban Affairs, a Secondary School Teaching Credential, and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. In addition, he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an ordained Minister. His experiences include working with senior corporate executive managers, elected officials, individuals, couples, families, and at-risk youth. He has served as a consultant and on numerous conference panels covering race relations, at-risk youth, and urban gangs. He is a co-founding partner of GrowURpotential - a nonprofit community counseling agency committed to expanding access to supportive services. The agency provides affordable mental health care with compassion, collaboration, and respect, including programs that strengthen adults, youth, families, and communities. As Executive Director of a gang diversion program, he began working directly with schools to prevent teen violence, inspiring him to develop the Balanced Communications Workshop, the predecessor to the Communications and Relationships Matter Workshop. The overarching concern in his career has been relationship-building and communication with youth in schools and adults in the workplace. Mr. Brown served as a teacher mentor at the Inglewood Continuation High School for the Inglewood Public School System in Los Angeles County. In addition to his teaching duties, he was the Lead Teacher responsible for his campus peer mediation program, conflict resolution, and coordinating school safety activities. Mr. Brown was also a union representative and served as chair of the Inglewood Teachers Association’s Political Action Committee for 11 years. The Communications and Relationships Matter concept and workshop come from his strong personal faith in the creative intelligence manifest in the universe. His lifelong study of psychology, and urban issues, coupled with his practice of the martial art of Aikido (the way of peace and harmony), has given him a unique perspective in his working with individuals, couples, families, youth, and adults who work with and serve them.
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.
More than 15 years of experience in global social impact program management, Legal operations, corporate leadership, and organizational operations management. She currently serves as a corporate operations leader.
Kiri Arrington-White is a leader in the field of Education. With more than 20 years of experience in elementary education within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Ms. Arrington-White has significant instructional expertise at the K-6 grade level. She is passionate about educating students from all backgrounds, improving the instructional practices of educators and making a difference in the lives of the students and teaching professionals she serves. She has served as a grade level chairman and a teacher facilitator of the Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP), where she assisted academic professionals with improving their instructional strategies. As an Instructional Coach for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she provided Cognitive Coaching and training support to teachers, administrators, and district leaders within LAUSD on topics including Balanced Literacy, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), Reading and Math Workshop models and Structured Literacy. Kiri holds a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Los Angeles, a teaching credential from National University, and a Master Degree in Instruction and Curriculum, with an emphasis in Reading from California State University, Los Angeles. Kiri Arrington-White currently works as a Literacy Interventionist with Los Angeles Unified School District.