September 28, 2020

Welcome to Craig & Lexi

Craig Arteaga-Johnson

After a national search that launched in February, Oakwood is pleased to announce Craig Arteaga-Johnson as Senior Advancement Strategist. Craig arrives at Oakwood after eighteen years on the advancement team of Pomona College. At Pomona, he served as Senior Manager in the Office of Capital Giving and Assistant Vice President for Alumni & Parent Engagement, increasing donor and volunteer support through high-trust, high-outcome relationships with alumni, parents, faculty, students, staff and other constituents.

As a member of the senior administrative team at Oakwood, Craig will work closely with Head of School Jaime Dominguez, Advancement colleagues, and the Board of Trustees to engage the entire school community in support of Oakwood’s strategic and capital plans. This will include developing further Oakwood’s capability for major gifts fundraising and organizing comprehensive campaign initiatives.

Craig’s career in advancing education is inspired by his own formative experiences as a student. Growing up in Seattle, he attended Summit K-12, a progressive public school, before transferring to the independent Lakeside School. He moved to California to attend Pomona College, where he majored in Studio Art.

Craig lives in Pasadena with his wife Giselle and their daughter Olivia, who is an eighth grader at Polytechnic School.


Lexi Inabñez

We are also pleased to welcome Lexi Ibañez as she takes on the role of Communications Content Manager. As a member of the Marketing and Communications team, Lexi will play a vital part in keeping our community informed and connected. She will also engage faculty, student, and alumni voices in telling compelling stories about teaching and learning.

Lexi joins Oakwood School after six years at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. She has been instrumental in overseeing the online presence of the Tournament of Roses through management of various digital projects including websites, internal portals, the event app, social media, and email communications. She owes her professional skills to past roles with The Walt Disney Company, FX Networks, Allison & Partners PR, and Northstar Travel Media.

Lexi’s excitement to join Oakwood stems from her own experience in independent schools. She attended St. Mary’s K-8th and Rosary High School in Fullerton, CA. She hopes to share her gratitude for the independent school experience with the Oakwood community. Lexi graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and an emphasis in International Relations.

She currently resides in West Los Angeles with her soon-to-be husband, Austin.