BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder of the Teaching Excellence Network and the Community Responsive Education Group As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 24 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Jeff lectures around the world and has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools.
Attorney with over ten years of experience advocating for the rights of young people, in the Bay Area and across California. Former Directing Attorney of the Statewide Education Rights Project at Public Counsel, and founding director of the Legal Educational Advocacy Project at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
Managing Partner and member of the Executive Committee at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, she focuses her practice on intellectual property (IP) and complex commercial litigation matters. Mehrnaz is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and serves on her firm’s Diversity Council.
Consultant in children’s health and education, former Executive Director of the California School-Based Health Alliance and the California Adolescent Health Collaborative. Specializes in non-profit management, strategic planning, evaluation, and facilitation with an emphasis on the intersection of public health and educational systems.
A registered architect in California and New Jersey, and a NCARB and LEED (APBD+C) accredited professional with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in the planning and design of innovative learning environments and creatively uses design to support and uplift a school’s culture.
Professor at Cal’s Graduate School of Education, Kris is a leader in the learning sciences, literacy, educational policy, and qualitative, design-based approaches to inquiry. Her research examines learning in designed environments, with attention to students from non-dominant communities and Dual Language Learners. She serves on the National Research Council Committee on Strengthening Science Education through a Teacher Learning Continuum and on the Guiding the Implementation of PreK-12 Engineering Education Committee, National Academy of Engineering.
President of Fung Capital USA, a venture capital firm in San Francisco. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Chair of Center for Asian American Media, Head Royce School, University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, Wokai and Harvard Club of San Francisco.
Equity & social justice advocate through education and media for 30+ years. Former Board Co-chair at The College Preparatory School, an independent high school in Oakland, CA and retired Undergraduate Dean at UC-Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Co-founder of two independent feature film production companies.
Founding partner of Noli-Porter Associates. Engaged in organization and leadership development for urban schools, districts and state leaders for over 30 years. She was a principal for 10 years and a district administrator before becoming a state director for the California School Leadership Academy. She focuses on school culture, systems, standards, assessment, racial equity and student achievement.