First Annual LARAEC Conference

May 13, 2017

"Accelerating Student Transitions to the Workforce and Postsecondary Education"

Keynote Speakers

Sheraton Universal Hotel | 333 Universal Hollywood Dr. | Universal City, CA 91608
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Breakfast Keynote Speaker

8:00 AM - 8:35 AM


Grand Ballroom

Robert Sainz

Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department


Robert Sainz serves as the Assistant General Manager in charge of Operations for the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department. Through his work, he manages over $100 million in public agency grant funds. More importantly, he has impacted the lives of thousands of young people and adults, creating opportunities for them to return to school, enter employment, and start careers. Robert has nearly 20 years of public service experience, specifically in local government. Throughout his public service career, he has addressed many difficult social problems facing our community’s low-income residents, including the challenges of juvenile delinquency; youth and adult unemployment; and poverty. He has personally been engaged in policy development, program development and program implementation of a number of youth and community intervention programs.

Lunch Keynote Speaker

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Grand Ballroom

Brant Choate

State Superintendent of Correctional Education


Brant  Choate has 26 years’ experience working in the field of educational administration.  Since 2003, he has worked in the field of adult education managing both California adult schools as well as university programs.  He was the Director of Inmate Education for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from 2011 to 2014.  Currently Brant serves as California’s State Superintendent of Correctional Education leading academic, career technical education, and college programs for all 35 state prisons and over 50,000 students.  Brant holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Educational Psychology and a Masters and Doctorate from Saint Mary’s College of California in Educational Leadership.