Ms. Rawles was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After high school, she attended Xavier University in New Orleans where she earned her BA in political science and then attended Loyola University of New Orleans to obtain her MS in criminal justice. Before joining MESA, she successfully maintained a substantial role in education through her operations career at networks such as KIPP New Orleans, New West Charter High in Los Angeles, and Teach For America Metro Atlanta. Lauren came to MESA with a love for Brooklyn and educational equity. Aside from her professional career, Lauren loves to shop, attend music festivals, and explore New York City!
Ms. Davidian was the founding Operations Manager at Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn in Bed-Stuy prior to joining MESA. Before that she taught art to grades Pre-K through 8 in East Tennessee public schools and acted as the special education coordinator at Schenck Job Corps in Pisgah National Forest. Ms. Davidian holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, an M.S. in art education from the University of Tennessee, and an MSW from NYU. Ms. Davidian is the proud mother of two children and loves exploring New York on her bicycle!
Mr. Bergner is thrilled to be serving his hometown borough of Brooklyn. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, with a concentration in religious studies.
He has served roles at MESA on both instructional and administrative teams and loves that his current role exists at the intersection of his passions for education and analytics. Outside of the MESA-verse, Mr. Bergner enjoys making music with family and friends, reading his periodicals, NYC theater, and Shabbat!
Ms. Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She moved to New York in 2016. She earned a B.A. in business administration from UASD University and a postgraduate degree in human resources from APEC University. She is passionate about doing community service and volunteering her time to help others. Ms. Diaz is a volunteer Sunday School teacher at the St. Brigid Formation Program. Ms. Diaz is a fluent Spanish speaker. She is married and a proud mom of two beautiful daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, and also loves pilates, yoga, and dancing!
Mr. Jorge was born and raised in Queens, NY and is a man who wears many hats. He’s an independent artist, actor and video production manager at HypeFresh.co and has done previous production work with The Source & Jones Magazine’s. He has DP’d and edited many music videos, short films, interviews, and comedy sketches and has been seen on serval viral campaigns reigning from Flama to Sneakercon and WorldStarHipHop. His passion for the arts keeps him lively and youthful. He attended FiveTowns College & St. John’s University where he studied music and business and released an EP entitled “Neapolitan Drive” which is available on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc.). If you’re ever in the mood to talk about music and or video production feel free to reach out, he’s all ears!
Ms. Ortega was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents moved to the Dominican Republic when she was 9 months old. She moved to Brooklyn from The Dominican Republic and grew up in Bushwick. In 2002, her parents moved to Florida and she attended Palm Beach Community College. She moved back to her hometown in Brooklyn and loves being part of the MESA family. Ms. Ortega is passionate about helping her community and serving as a role model. She is a proud mother of three beautiful children.