Dr. Louisa Stark has lived in Phoenix Elementary School District #1 since she moved to Phoenix in June 1981. She has served as a volunteer on several district committees including the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and, beginning in January 2005, as a member of the Governing Board. Before moving to Phoenix, Dr. Stark spent nine years in Latin America developing bilingual education programs in rural areas of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Dr. Stark is Executive Director of The Community Housing Partnership (CHP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop affordable housing options for very-low income families. The majority of the agency’s housing is located within the boundaries of Phoenix Elementary School District #1. Dr. Stark has long been concerned about the negative effect that residential mobility (often resulting from a scarcity of stable affordable housing) has on the students in our district.
She is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.) and New York University (Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology).