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Brian Rogers (Board Chair)
Brian Rogers is currently the Executive Director of the Rogers Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization committed to improving student outcomes and creating educational systematic change in Oakland, CA. Under Brian’s leadership, the Rogers Family Foundation has been the philanthropic leader of educational reform in the city of Oakland over the past seven years. Previous to his work at the Rogers Family Foundation, Brian was the Manager of the Lair of the Bear – Camp Gold, a family summer camp operated by the University of California at Berkeley Alumni Association. Other work experience includes being the managing partner of 7171 Co., a home development business, as well as teaching English and coaching tennis at Bishop O’Dowd High School, his alma mater. Brian is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Haas B.S. 1995) and an avid fan of the Golden Bears. Brian lives in Orinda with his wife of six years, Katie, his two year old son, James, and his seven month old daughter, Brynn.
Mark Patel (Board Treasurer)
Mark Patel is the Vice President of Strategy at Amyris, an Emeryville-based biotechnology company. Mark was previously a partner with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, an international Management Consulting company. Mark spent almost 9 years with McKinsey and Company in both the UK and US, most recently as a leader in Semiconductor and Operations practices. In his role at McKinsey, Mark advised senior management of leading organizations on both strategic and financial planning and led efforts to improve operations in both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Mark also has prior work experience with Goldman Sachs and the Ford Motor Company. Mark previously volunteered with the I Have a Dream program within East Palo Alto School District and served as an advisor in StartUp! an East Palo Alto organization affiliated with Stanford University and aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs in the area.
Mark is a graduate of Cambridge University in the UK (BA, MEng ‘98) and of Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA ’03). Mark lives in Berkeley with his wife Sruti, who is a practicing pediatric physician in Oakland.
Nick Driver serves as Vice President for Northern California for the California Charter Schools Association, a non-profit membership, technical assistance and advocacy group supporting charter public schools. Nick provides a wide range of advocacy and support services for existing charter schools, as well as playing an important advocacy and technical assistance role in assisting community groups, teachers and parents who are interested in opening up new charter schools. His local advocacy and support for charters has led to the creation of more than 100 new charter public schools during his tenure, while supporting the 400+ existing charter schools in northern California to grow stronger and to focus on increasing student achievement; however schools desire to measure it. Nick brings a diverse background in journalism, international affairs, and education activism to his charter school work. His first career as a journalist in China during the 1980s and 1990s provided a deep appreciation for U.S.-style democracy, as well as the intense focus that Chinese families place on education. Upon his return from China, Nick immersed himself in public schools, and specifically the politics and processes of San Francisco public education. Not content to be an involved parent at his kids’ local elementary school, he sought to make an impact on city-wide and statewide educational issues as a parent activist. He believes that charter schools are one avenue to strengthen the entire public education system.
Pratap is a veteran entrepreneur and CEO who has built 3 high-growth companies over the past 12 years, and is now working on his fourth. Currently, Pratap is CEO of Kinetix Technology Services, the Bay Area’s leading provider of managed IT infrastructure services for emerging growth companies. Since joining in late 2010, he has led the company to a growth rate of 100% per year. Prior to Kinetix, he served as CEO of Recurve, leading the company’s transformation from 10-person home energy construction company to 65-person high-potential energy efficiency software venture. Over the course of two and a half years, Pratap helped grow revenue by 170%, increase gross margin from 25% to 50%, raise $16M from two top-tier venture capital firms and Lowe’s, lead the strategic shift to a software-as-a-service business model, and recruit a veteran senior management team. Recurve has been honored as the #3 Most Innovative Company in Energy by Fast Company, Overall Winner of the prestigious Flex Your Power Award in 2008, one of the Top 15 Greentech Startups by Greentech Media, and #14 on the SF Business Times’ list of fastest growing companies in the Bay Area.
Prior to Recurve, Pratap was the co-founder and CEO of Beacon Fire & Safety, which in five years, grew to over $20M in annual sales and 200 employees throughout California. Pratap led the raising of $15M from private equity firms, over 20 acquisitions and integrations of smaller companies, 30% per year sales growth (excluding acquisitions), and the successful sale to a Fortune 500 company in 2007. Pratap has an MBA, MA in Education, MS in Engineering-Economic Systems, and BA in Quantitative Economics, all from Stanford University.
Jessica Lindl, Board Member
Jessica Lindl has spent over a decade in various executive functions at educational software companies. She is a passionate advocate for leveraging technology to improve learning for all children, despite their economic or cognitive background. Ms. Lindl currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Scientific Learning Corporation. Prior to her tenure at Scientific Learning, she held product and marketing leadership positions at Riverdeep. Ms. Lindl holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She resides in San Francisco, CA with her husband and son.
Adam Smith, Board Member
Education for Change is excited to welcome our newest board member, Adam Smith, to our team! Adam 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 PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ 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.