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Management Team


Lynn Hodson
Chief Operations Officer

Lynn Hatton Hodson's entire professional career has revolved around helping both students and institutions to accelerate their respective achievements. For 15 years, Lynn led The Princeton Review of Southern California whose operation was widely regarded as the most successful in the country. Soon thereafter, she founded Adelante Educational Services, a company solely focused on increasing student support in underserved communities. Lynn’s gift is to develop sensible, effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with the end goal of helping students be successful whether they attend a four year university or go directly into their career. Her role in InnovateED is to facilitate community school reform, oversee student based programs and provide all business support. Lynn has served on several state and county educational committees as well as a two term Trustee at one of California’s largest school districts. Lynn is also very active in her community and volunteers with animal rescue, foster youth groups and for a recovery resource group. She is married to a retired USMC Lt Col who is now an Ass’t Superintendent and has two children in California’s great university system.


Jay Westover
Chief Learning Officer

Jay Westover has provided leadership training and school improvement consulting in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, colleges, educational service centers and school districts across North America. Over the past decade his work has focused on developing capacity of school district systems to close the gaps of college and career readiness.  The Four Disciplines of Systems Leadership been the centerpiece of state-wide, regional and local partnerships including the Association of California School Administrators, more than a dozen County Offices of Education and over 100 school districts.

Jay’s role at InnovateED is lead advisor for state-level, county-wide and local school district partnerships, client executive leadership coach, and guiding expansion of consulting services.  His passion is working along-side leaders to simplify the complexities of developing school district capacity and coherence.


Vanessa de Guzman

Vanessa began her teaching career at Teach for America in Oakland Unified School District and then at the American School of Lima in Peru.  She was the Director of PD for the charter management company known then as Edison Schools that managed over 200 schools in 26 states.  Vanessa has also developed and written the Teaching for Results Secondary Science Content Seminar, a multiple-state alternate teacher certification pathway for The New Teacher Project.  For over 12 years Vanessa has trained and coached both district/school administration and instructional staff and is currently the Executive Director at InnovateEd. 


Marianna Vinson

Marianna is a career educator whose experience has included serving students at the local and federal level. Marianna served as Deputy Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education where she was involved in the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She also led the development of the English Learner Tool Kit and supported numerous other federal initiatives. Marianna has been a teacher, principal and district leader, including serving as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for a district in Southern California. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and advanced degrees from San Diego State University and National University.