Young Education Professionals-Bay Area
The Executive Board:
Bios of our team follow. We are always looking for new ideas, great speakers, and more members. If you would like to contact any of us or believe you have the time and talent to contribute to our organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheria is the Manager of Regional Learning at Teach for Ameerica. She is an experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in nonprofit organizations, fundraising, leadership, social media, and research. She is a a strong business development professional with a Master of Arts - MA focused in Educational Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte. Cheria was a Political Science major in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Also, she was a part of SPA's Leadership program working with the Education Issue Group. Cheria is an advocate for student voice and will continue to speak for students who do not have a voice.
Tiffany is currently an Executive Coordinator at SchoolMint in San Francisco. She is the Founder of Make Some Voice, the 2018 winner of TechStars Startup Weekend in San Francisco. Make Some Voice is an online public speaking coaching platform that is working to make "America's #1 in-demand skill" accessible to all using AI and an elite network of the the best oral communication coaches. After spending over a decade as a classroom teacher and wearing many hats under the guise of public education, Tiffany knows what truly drives educators, what keeps schools running and what is truly needed in education reform. In addition to recently being invited to teach a TED Master class, she is a certified communication coach and available for private consultation for public speaking events or educational advising, as well.
Diana is the Partnerships Director at the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT). She engages counties, districts, and schools in integrated STEAM education by leveraging hands-on learning. She was a 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at New Leaders for New Schools. Her most recent teaching experiences were in the Bay Area, where she strengthened relationships with families and students to close the opportunity gap. in undeserved communities with high achievement. She was a Teach for America fellow in Memphis, TN, where she taught 3rd-5th grade English as a Second Language, and when she received her Masters in Education. Diana earned her Bachelor's in English from University of California-Irvine. Her emphasis was in Creative Writing, which she uses as a tool to elevate the voices of communities that are often marginalized, forgotten, or lost in translation.
Marie is the Analytics Post-Baccalaureate Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In this capacity, she supports the Networked Improvement Communities that partner with the Carnegie Foundation is measuring their growth towards their educational aims. Previously, Marie worked as an English as a Second Language teacher and fourth grade co-teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts. Marie holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and M.A.T from Clark University in Massachusetts.
Kathryn is the Engagement Manager at Legacy Venture, where she oversees the firm's communications strategy and leverages the power of events to advance Legacy Venture's work to tap into the best of venture capital to help our members make a positive impact in the world. Legacy Venture is a venture capital fund-of-funds whose investors (represented by entrepreneurs, corporate executives, select foundations, and philanthropic leaders) intend that all returns, both principal and gains, will be given away to philanthropic organizations of their choice. Prior to her role at Legacy Venture, Kathryn worked in Washington, DC at education non-profits Achieve and Advance CTE, focusing on education policies at the state and federal levels that promote student success in K-12, postsecondary education, career, and life.
Ling grew up in Honolulu and earned my Bachelors of Art in American Studies and Philosophy and Master in Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. During her university years, she was an AmeriCorp Outreach Coordinator for a local non-profit organization that supported and mentored orphans and at-risk foster youths from ages 4-24. Meanwhile, she found her passion in Education through a philosophy class named p4c (philosophy for children), a philosophical pedagogy that allows educators and students to create an intellectually safe community of inquiry. After a few years of elementary classroom teaching in Hawaii, she moved to Princeton, New Jersey to further her career in STEAM/Technology Education and Curriculum Design. She has taught elementary and middle school computing class and coached robotics and Science Olympiad. Ling was an instructional coach in Hong Kong and has taught in Switzerland. Currently, she is an EdTech Specialist in a private school at Santa Clara.
Joe studied Business Administration as an undergraduate at Saint Joseph’s University, where he developed a passion for addressing social justice issues through service. He began his career in education as a Teach For America corps member, serving as a high school math teacher in San Antonio, Texas. He holds a masters in Educational School Leadership and has helped start two Cristo Rey High Schools as a teacher and administrator in Philadelphia, PA and San Jose, California. He is energized by the idea of disruptive innovation and utilizing technology to address systemic problems that impact people. Joe has recently transitioned to business development at an education technology startup, Abl, that is focused on helping all schools redesign the student experience. He loves traveling to different countries and his most recent trip included two weeks in Tanzania.
Sachi is a member of the Partnerships team at YouthTruth Student Survey, a national non-profit based in San Francisco. In her role at YouthTruth, she helps school and district leaders interpret and use student perception data to accelerate improvements. Before joining YouthTruth, Sachi worked at the school, district, and state levels in San Jose, Boston, Washington DC, and North Carolina. In these roles, she ran afterschool programs, led a team of City Year Americorps Corps Members, and researched local and state assessments. Sachi received her MPP from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and her BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.
Former YEP-Bay Area Board Members