Nick Driver, EFCPS Board Chairman
Nick Driver works to support new school growth and strategic development for Charter School Management Corporation, a California social venture that supports the public charter school movement as well as district public schools. Nick joined CSMC in 2011 after diverse experiences in education advocacy and advice, research, and business. From 2004 until 2011, he supported hundreds of public schools through his work at the California Charter Schools Association, the country’s largest charter school support organization. Over the past 12 years, in Oakland, San Francisco and across the state, Nick has helped design and campaigned for a range of successful public school funding measures and policies passed by voters, policies that support a public school sector that has since 2004 grown by 800 schools and 400,000 students. A parent of two students in San Francisco, Nick has also served as an active parent organizer, as a board member, staff member and volunteer.
Adam Smith, EFCPS Board Member
Adam Smith currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Bonfire Communications, a communications and strategy agency based in San Francisco. He is responsible for the success of Bonfire’s client and operational project work. Prior to joining Bonfire, Adam was senior vice president and U.S. practice director at the global public relations firm Hill and Knowlton (HK) where he managed day-to-day operations for its online communications practice. Earlier in his career, Adam managed the client services team at Extension11 and also served as a consultant in PwC’s Strategic Change consulting practice in New York. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Indiana University and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
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.
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.
Mike Barr, EFCPS Board Member
Mike Barr is CFO and VP of Operations for Center for Youth Wellness, a San Francisco non-profit focused on helping children who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Prior to that role, Mike served as the CFO of Reading Partners, where helped support the growth of the organization through the implementation of improved forecasting, reporting, and payroll systems. Mike began his career in the tech sector, and then made the move into nonprofits when he joined Aspire Public Schools as their CFO from 2004-11. Mike has served as Interim CFO for a variety of educational non-profits at various stages of their life cycle and has also done consulting for a number of other education-related organizations. Mike lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters, both of whom proudly attend public schools in Oakland. He also serves on the board of Oakland School for the Arts.
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.
Sudhir Aggarwal, EFCPS Board Member
Sudhir Aggarwal is an accomplished CEO, financier, private investor and business advisor. Currently, he is “Advisor to the CEO” for multiple companies, including a publishing company, a 401k plan administrator, a saas model database company, an internet retailer, and a digital marketing company. Sudhir has invested in private companies, taken board roles, and overseen and guided management teams through periods of growth and transition. At present, he is Chairman of Zuca, a specialty consumer products company, and a Director of Skyline, a general contractor, and Earth Mama Angel Baby, an organic baby products firm. Sudhir completed his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College and holds a MBA from Stanford. Throughout his career, he has supported reform efforts in public education.
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.