EFC Leadership

Nick Driver, EFCPS Board Chairman

Nick Driver is a school and non-profit executive who supports organizations in California and across the country with their governance, financial and operational needs. Over the past 16 years, Nick has worked on and campaigned for a range of private funding initiatives, as well as public school funding measures and policies passed by voters. Nick has also served as an active parent organizer and has helped start, organize and fund schools across the state.

Nick is the EFC Board Chair.  Click here to email Nick Driver.

Eva Camp, EFCPS Board Member

Eva Camp also serves on the Board of Full Circle Fund. A mother of three children, she dedicates her time to improving education. She currently leads the Parents Association with over 600 volunteers and serves on the Board of Trustees at Head-Royce, her children’s school. She also serves on the Board of National Equity Project (formerly BAYCES), which coaches people to become the leaders who deliver on the promise of a quality education for every child in America. Eva worked for more than 10 years at Microsoft, marketing some of the company’s most successful products, including Word, Office and consumer titles. Her last role there was Director of Market Planning and Analysis for Microsoft’s line of home products. Other highlights at Microsoft include helping lead the turnaround in the company’s Japanese application software business during a 3 year stint in Microsoft’s Far East region and leading the first worldwide launch of Microsoft Office in over 25 languages. Prior to Microsoft, she worked in product management at Proctor & Gamble. Eva has a BA from Harvard University.

Click here to email Eva Camp.

Dirk Tillotson, EFCPS Board Member

Dirk Tillotson is the Founder and Director of Great School Choices, a nonprofit developed to seed and grow strong and sustainable community-based charter schools dedicated to educating underserved student populations in New York, where he helped launch 17 schools.   Prior to his work there, he served as COO and interim CEO for the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence, and consulted for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools post-Katrina in New Orleans, as the first national charter school boots on the ground, post storm.  He also led the school based aspects of RAND education’s largest project; reform of the education system of the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, and the implementation of charter-like “independent schools” there.   His charter school work began in Oakland, California, where he led or developed several high achieving schools and founded a charter support organization under the aegis of ARC Associates, Oakland Charters Together.

Dirk is the EFC Student Outcomes Committee Chair.  Click here to email Dirk Tillotson.

Mike Barr, EFCPS Board Member

Mike currently provides financial consulting services to non-profit and educational organizations. He has served as CFO at Center for Youth Wellness, Reading Partners and Aspire Public Schools, and has also filled interim roles at several other nonprofits. Mike began his career in the tech sector, and then made the move into nonprofits in 2004. Mike lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters. He also serves on the board of Oakland School for the Arts.

Mike is the current Finance Committee Chair.  You can email him here.

Roy Benford, EFCPS Board Member

Roy Benford is the founder and CEO of Benford & Associates LLC, a real estate consulting company located in Oakland, California. He has worked as a full­time real estate professional since 1990. Roy has two sons and 4 grandsons. They motivate him to rise and shine each and every day to help others reach their goals and objectives.

His enthusiasm for his work as a real estate professional and his civic activities have made him well known in his East Bay community. Roy is widely known and respected by his colleagues and clients alike for his calm demeanor, his win­-win negotiating and keen problem solving skills.

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Lauren Weston, EFCPS Board Member

Lauren Weston is a development professional with a breadth of experience in leadership development, educational program design, financial management, board development, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a bachelor’s in international relations and New York University with a master’s in fundraising. Lauren has performed in a variety of development roles with notable Bay Area nonprofit institutions, including the Hiller Aviation Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the YMCA. She has also provided project management for Sacramento area political campaigns, including school bonds and county supervisor races.

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Carmen Ryan, EFCPS Board Member

Carmen Ryan is a parent leader at Cox Academy.

Aurora Gonzalez, EFCPS Board Member

Aurora Gonzalez is a parent leader at ASCEND.

Rosalia Leyva, Board Member

Rosalia Leyva is an equity-focused educator with over 12 years of experience creating access to rigorous learning environments for all students. Most recently, Rosie was a third-grade teacher at Cox Academy. In that role, she served as Third-Grade Level Chair and led a grade-level professional learning community focused on instructional planning, data analysis, and consultancy. Rosie also served as a Mentor Teacher and coached colleagues in implementing strong Literacy Workshop structures and small-group reading instruction. Rosie holds a BA in Special Education and a Master of Education in Instructional Design. She also holds a CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a CA Education Specialist Instruction Credential with a Bilingual Authorization (English/Spanish). Rosie was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and is proud to be a product of public education and a first-generation college graduate.

Hae-Sin Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

Hae-Sin has been the CEO of EFC for seven years and brings 25 years of K-12 public education experience to this team, most of those years in Oakland, California.  Her focus before joining EFCPS was in the turnaround space – working with school districts and charter management organizations to recreate their lowest-performing schools as the CEO of urbanED solutions.  She was also a lead organizer and co-founder of GO Public Schools, an education advocacy group and watchdog.  Prior to that, Hae-Sin worked for the Oakland Unified School District as a teacher, principal, school developer, and executive officer.  She led a team charged with designing and leading two foundational tenets of OUSD’s nationally-recognized reform effort – creating quality school options for families in every neighborhood and ensuring high-performing, more personalized communities of learning for children.  She facilitated the design and opening of 22 new schools, replacing 18 chronically-failing schools.

She was the founding principal of ASCEND, one of the five original new small autonomous schools, a school recognized for accelerating achievement and engaging community. Ms. Thomas started teaching in Oakland in 1993 as a Special Education teacher at Bret Harte Middle School.  She holds a B.A in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.  She was born in South Korea and resides in the East Bay with her husband, two children and Formosan Mountain Dog.

Larissa Adam, Superintendent of Schools

Larissa Adam is Chief Talent Officer at Education for Change.  Before transitioning into her current role, she served as Chief Talent Officer for three years and prior to that served for ten years as Principal at ASCEND, a K-8 school recognized for its arts-integrated expeditionary learning model and effective community engagement practices.  During that period, she facilitated significant increases in student achievement and led her staff and families to successfully petition for charter status.  Prior to being Principal, she collaborated closely with community leaders to get Oakland’s New Small Autonomous school reform policy passed, and went on to co-found ASCEND, one of the first five New Small Autonomous Schools, as a teacher leader.  Ms. Adam started teaching in Oakland through Teach for America in 1993, and continued teaching at her original placement site for eight years.  She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations from UC Davis, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley.

Noah Bradley, Chief Academic Officer

Mr. Bradley comes to EFC with over 16 years of experience in education. After joining Teach for America in 1997, he taught 2nd and 3rd grades for 13 years in Oakland public schools, receiving OUSD’s Teacher of the Year award in 2010.  Mr. Bradley went on to serve as a teacher coach, reading interventionist, and most recently Assistant Principal at Think College Now, a high-performing public school in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. He has provided strategic consulting for teacher teams, school sites, and districts across the greater bay area. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and enjoys hiking and playing with his two children.

Sundar Chari, Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Chari joined EFC as its first ever Director of Innovation and Technology in 2013.  Previously, Mr. Chari had been on the front-line helping to lead high-profile initiatives for the Chicago Public Schools for 6 years.  Mr. Chari has numerous experiences leading change management processes and developing the capacity of leaders to adopt new strategies, including leading a blended learning pilot program and developing the processes that guided over 500 schools through the major effort of redesigning their school day around student needs. Prior to working at Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Chari  was a peer educator in India and a research associate for an organization that did economic analyses.  He comes to EFC with a strong background in public policy, analytics, and project management.

Fabiola Harvey, Chief Operating Officer

Fabiola Harvey has been with Education for Change since 2006 and currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.  Earlier in her career, Fabiola served as the Area Financial Manager for the Las Vegas cluster of Edison Schools.  While at Edison, she led the start-up and transition of the business operations for 7 schools in Clark County School District.  This was the first time the district had awarded a cluster of schools to be managed by one charter management organization.  Prior to working in Las Vegas, Fabiola served as the Business Manager for one of the most troubled schools in San Francisco Unified School District, Edison Charter Academy, where she successfully revived the financial stability of the organization .  Fabiola arrived at EFC with over 15 years of experience and a long standing commitment to urban education.  She was born and raised in Mexico City where she earned a double degree from the Centro Universitario Anglo Americano in Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Instruction.  Most of her family live in Mexico City but her mom and her dog Gigi live in Las Vegas where she spends much of her free time.

Jen Nguyen, Chief of Leadership Development

Jen comes to EFC with over 18 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career in OUSD in 1996, and has taught at the early elementary level as well as in middle and high school.  Jen is Reading Recovery Certified, a National Writing Project Fellow, National Board Certified, and has a Master’s Degree in Urban Educational Leadership.  She has been coaching teachers and school leaders for the past ten years.  After spending 16 years as a teacher and site leader, Jen took a district level position where she is able to work with coaches and site leaders to ensure high quality instruction is happening for every student in every classroom.

Brandee Stewart, Chief of Student Support Services

Brandee comes to EFC after 18 years working in education and as a principal in Oakland Unified for 12 years.  She began her teaching career as a high school teacher in New Orleans in 1999 and also served as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles.  In 2005 Brandee  joined New Leaders for New Schools.  As a New leader she led the redesign at the Havenscourt campus and in 2006 opened Roots International Academy (Middle School).  In 2011 Brandee became an elementary principal in Oakland Unified and led the merger of two small elementary schools. In 2015 Brandee received her Doctorate in Education from the Leading for Educational Equity Program at University of California, Berkeley.