Hae-Sin Kim Thomas has 27 years of K-12 public education experience with 20 years focused primarily on turning around the lowest-performing schools and providing quality options to underserved communities. Her work has been recognized by the Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders in Public Education fellowship program, of which she is a member. She was recently the CEO of Education for Change Public Schools, a charter management organization based in Oakland. She is the co-founder of GO Public Schools, an Oakland-based education advocacy group. She has extensive experience working with school districts and charter management organizations to re-create their lowest-performing schools as the CEO of urbanED solutions and as the Director of New School Development for the Oakland Unified School District. She was the founding principal of ASCEND, one of the five original new small and autonomous schools opened in Oakland. She has an MA in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco, and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Hae-Sin is also the parent of Kobi and Hana, two incredibly energetic children who keep her on her toes.
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Christina Greenberg, Executive Committee Chair, is passionate about helping entrepreneurial education organizations find, hire and support high-quality talent. She is a Partner and Co-Founder of Edgility Consulting, a national talent consulting and matchmaking firm created to find, develop and retain the leaders that education organizations need to make a difference. Before co-founding Edgility, she was the Founder and Principal of Redwood Circle Consulting. From 2006-2010, Christina was the Director of Admissions and Strategic Partnerships for New Leaders' California operation where she led the recruitment, selection, and placement of resident principals. Before New Leaders, Christina was the VP of Programs and Development for RISE, working to recruit and retain high quality teachers in schools serving low-income students. She also worked on a 1998 U.S. Senate campaign, served as the Program Officer for the Streisand Foundation, and was a budget policy analyst/researcher for nonprofit and government agencies. Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She lives with her family in Oakland, CA.
Olivia Couch, Family Advisory Council representative, has two young ones, one of whom is a student at Urban Montessori. She is honored with the privilege of serving this community on the board as her work has been in child development and education for 20 years. Olivia has lived in Oakland since attending UC Berkeley’s Developmental Teacher Education program more than 12 years ago. Olivia taught for 7 years in elementary school before co-founding a Reggio Emilia inspired, RIE and Magna Gerber based, Restorative Justice and Collaborative Solutions utilizing preschool. Now, she is currently the co-director of Storybook Oakland Preschool. Olivia loves being outside in the sun, hanging with my kids, and resting!
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Loren Bentley Tammero, Family Advisory Council representative, Vice Chair, is parent of two current UMCS students and has been part of the UMCS community for six years. She is passionate about helping UMCS fulfill its potential to use Montessori pedagogy to foster educational equity in Oakland. She is a self employed software developer and database engineer, building dashboards that visualize critical data for a variety of businesses. Previously, Loren worked for ten years as an environmental scientist, focusing on air quality impacts of industrial, intermodal, and mixed use facilities, including several California ports. Early in her career, Loren worked as a design engineer for two start-ups and as an Information Systems engineer for NEC Logistics in Tokyo. Loren has a PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley/ UC San Francisco, a masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
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Jan Faraguna is passionate about enabling schools to provide personalized learning experiences that foster joy of learning among students. She's currently the Director of Impact at Schoolzilla, a public benefit corporation that provides school systems with data warehousing, analytics, and reporting tools, where she oversees the entire customer experience to ensure successful implementation and adoption of their products. Prior to Schoolzilla, Jan consulted with school districts and foundations on various strategy and data-focused projects. Jan also founded and led the Analytics and Assessment team at Rocketship Public Schools, a national nonprofit charter school network, for over five years. Early in her career, she taught Economics to high school students in Switzerland and worked in economic consulting. Jan has a BS in Economics from Duke University and a Master's in Business Administration from Yale School of Management. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two children.
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Greg Klein, Secretary, is Senior Director, Innovation and Learning at the Rogers Family Foundation. Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground supporting principals, teachers and students to personalize learning at Oakland public schools selected for Next Generation Learning Challenge in Oakland grants. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Greg graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in History. Greg is a Montessori dad of three and lives with his wife Mariah in Oakland.
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David "Davis" Leung, Chairperson, is an operational and financial professional with broad experience in operational management, accounting, auditing, financial management, marketing, and growth acceleration. He has worked in the fields of digital development, land development, non-profits, and consultancies, among many others. Davis is happily married with 2 children attending UMCS and is passionate about improving community and the world at large.
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Stacey Wang, Treasurer / Finance Committee Chair, is now with Transcend Education, and prior to that she served as Advisor to the Superintendent and Director of Personalized Learning for Oakland Unified School District where she collaborated with system leaders, school leaders, teachers, parents, students, and the broader community to transform schools from traditional models to personalized learning schools impacting over 7,000 students. Before that, Stacey worked at Monitor Deloitte in the strategy practice where she helped Fortune 100 companies and education nonprofits design strategies for large scale organizational change. As part of her work in innovation, she ran a team at the Center for the Edge developing pragmatic frameworks for systemic innovation (more about the work can be found at DU Press). Stacey's interest in education sparked when she helped a San Francisco school in the Tenderloin develop a ten-year growth strategy. From there, Stacey joined the Board of Trustees for Leadership High School, a high-achieving public school and became an Education Pioneer fellow developing quality community pilot schools for Oakland Unified. Stacey pursued an MBA at Columbia Business School with a focus on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management, received her Masters in Education Leadership, and has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Stacey has also partnered numerous education organizations such as Education Pioneers, SF Ed Fund, and the NYC DOE.
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