EFC Board of Directors

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.

Brian Rogers, Board Member

Brian Rogers currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Rogers Family Foundation located in Oakland, California. Having served as Executive Director of the Rogers Family Foundation from 2003 to 2014, Brian was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2014. During his tenure at the foundation, Brian has helped to create and grow Oakland education organizations such as Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center, the Oakland Education Fund, the Oakland Charter Collaborative and the Oakland Literacy Coalition. Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse Community Charter Schools and Education for Change Public Schools. Before joining the Rogers Family Foundation, Brian was the manager of the Lair of the Bear, a family summer camp run by the University of California, Berkeley, Alumni Association. Prior to that, Brian was an English teacher and Varsity Tennis Coach at his alma mater, Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Brian graduated from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School as an undergraduate in 1995 and received his California single subject teaching credential from St. Mary’s College in 2000. Brian currently lives in Orinda with his wife Katie and their three children.

Adam Smith, 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, 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, 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.

Paul Byrd Jr., Board Member

Paul Byrd Jr. serves the role of not only a Parent Board Member but also a Parent Leader at Achieve Academy. Paul Byrd Jr. is committed to helping the development, enrichment and expansion of EFC (Education for Change) and its commitment, to education and the community that it serves.  He believes that change begins with a thought and with that thought comes action. Our future resides in knowing we did everything to give every child the life they deserve, and it’s starts with their education and safety.  Paul Byrd Jr. is committed to EFC for these great reasons.

Mike Barr, Board Member

Mike Barr is currently doing interim CFO work for a local non-profit as he seeks his next full-time opportunity.  He most recently served as the CFO of Reading Partners, an Oakland-based national nonprofit focused on improving childhood literacy.  While at Reading Partners, Mike helped support the growth of the organization through the implementation of improved forecasting, reporting, and payroll systems.  The highlight of each week for him was the time he spent tutoring elementary school children, which he has continued since leaving the organization in February 2017.  Mike began his career in the tech sector, and then made the move into nonprofits when he joined Aspire Public Schools as their CFO in 2004. Mike lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters, both of whom proudly attend public schools in Oakland.

Sudhir Aggarwal, 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.

Roy Benford, 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.

Camika Robinson, Board Member

Camika Robinson is a parent leader at Cox Academy.

 


Home Office Leadership

Hae-Sin Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

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Hae-Sin has been the CEO of EFC for four years and brings 22 years of K-12 public education experience to this team.  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 the lead organizer and co-founder of Great Oakland Public Schools, an Oakland-based education advocacy group and watchdog.  Before urbanED solutions, 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.  A recent external evaluation of the new schools reform work in Oakland found that new schools more frequently accelerated math and English–language arts performance when compared to other district schools and that new schools significantly outperformed the schools they replaced in academic achievement, suspension rates, attendance rates, and overall student, teacher, and parent satisfaction.

Prior to that, she was the founding principal of ASCEND, one of the five original new small and autonomous schools opened in Oakland, California, a school recognized for accelerating achievement and engaging community. Ms. Thomas started teaching in Oakland through Teach for America in 1993 and continued teaching for six years before becoming a site administrator. During this time, she also worked as the Special Education school director for the Teach for America Summer Institute. 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.

Fabiola HarveyChief Operating Officer

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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.

Noah Bradley, Chief Academic Officer

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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.

Larissa Adam, Chief Talent Officer

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Larissa Adam is Chief Talent Officer at Education for Change.  Before transitioning into her current role, she 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.

Sundar Chari, Chief Strategy Officer

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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.

Jen Nguyen, Chief of Leadership Development

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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.  

 

 

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