Maisie Chin is Executive Director and Co-Founder of CADRE – Community Asset Development Re-defining Education, an independent grassroots 300-member parent organization in South Los Angeles led by African American and Latino parents/caregivers of public school children. CADRE’s mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live. A native Californian and child of Chinese immigrants, Maisie has been in the social justice movement for more than two decades, dedicated to fighting structural racism.
For the past 15 years, CADRE parent leaders have been fighting to end the pushout of low-income families of color from public schools and into the school-to-prison pipeline, using human rights-based community organizing and policy advocacy. CADRE has changed school discipline policy both in the nation’s second largest school district and in California, and is also a committed movement builder as a founding member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a national coalition actively shifting the political landscape to end school pushout federally and in over 20 states. Laser focused on supporting criminalized parents to be the leaders in systemically dismantling the practices that in turn criminalize their children, CADRE envisions a South LA with humanizing schools and transformative responses to poverty and trauma that redefine education and our society.
CADRE is evolving into a long-term parent leadership development center towards this end. Maisie is a board member of Justice Matters Press, a social and racial justice press by and for people of color, and of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Maisie holds both a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Masters of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA.