Larry Fondation is the Executive Director of United Parents and Students (UPAS). Prior to founding UPAS, Fondation served as Director of Community Engagement for Green Dot Public Schools for five years. Before joining Green Dot, Fondation worked for more than a decade as a lead organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation, the community organizing network founded back in 1940 by Saul Alinksy. He has focused his organizing primarily in South and East Los Angeles. In addition, Fondation is the author of six books of fiction, as well as numerous pieces of short fiction and journalism, which have been published internationally. Fondation and his wife live in Silver Lake; they have three daughters.