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
Christine is part of the Marketing & Communications team at EducationSuperHighway, a national non-profit focused on upgrading the Internet access of all K-12 public schools in America so that every student has the opportunity to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. Previously, she worked on the Business Development team at Insight Education Group, an educational consulting company committed to supporting education leaders and their work to increasing student achievement. Currently, Christine is helping to build a volunteer program for Wu Yee Children’s Services, supporting their mission to ensure San Francisco’s kids are happy, healthy and safe. Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Language/Literature and Global Cultures, with a minor in Education Studies from UC Irvine.
Brendan is a Program Manager at Google who focuses on computer science education through curriculum development and philanthropic grants and partnerships. Previously, Brendan was the Executive Director of Edu21C, the education non-profit that brought the education documentary, Most Likely To Succeed, to communities across the globe. He also served as a high school math teacher in his hometown of San Antonio, TX through Teach For America. Brendan has a BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin and is a long-time participant and coach in speech and debate.
Cierra is a Post- Baccalaureate Fellow with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her current focus is aiding the Foundation with field-building initiatives, specifically with course development and supporting the Networked Improvement Science team. She most recently spent two years serving in the Seattle School District, where she used school climate data to track
discipline and attendance disproportionality. In this role, she strived to help close
opportunity gaps for Seattle students. Before her tenure with Seattle Public
Schools, Cierra earned her bachelors' degrees in Psychology and Political Science
from Seattle Pacific University. Her interests include strategic planning, education
policy, and equity-centered student and community activism.
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.
Michelle Fort is the Operations and Analytics Lead at Strategic Growth Partners, a new organization that builds and finances permanent facilities for charter schools. She is currently serving as an Education Pioneers fellow. Previously, she worked as a long-term consultant for a state department of education through Mass Insight Education, based in Boston. In this role, she designed and implemented programs of the department's new Turnaround Office to drive school turnaround, district improvement, and charter authorization and oversight. She has also worked in school operations and special projects at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, New York. Michelle holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.A. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from Stanford University.
Ling grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and earned my Bachelors of Art in American Studies and Philosophy and Master in Education from University of Hawaii at 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 hee 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.
Maria is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd, a research and development nonprofit where she focuses on projects at the intersection of research and policy. She came to San Francisco from Washington DC, where she worked in state and federal education policy roles, taught elementary school, and served on the YEP-DC Board as its social chair. She holds an AB in History from Princeton University and an AM in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.
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.
Tyler is currently a Higher Education Policy Analyst at the Education Trust-West, an educational justice organization committed to educational equity and civil rights, where he works on college affordability policies. Previously, Tyler served as the Student Body President for the University of Washington and was an Associate with the Education Design Lab. As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Tyler understands the importance of a postsecondary degree and the barriers one must overcome in order
to get one. Tyler is originally from the Pacific Northwest and recently moved to San Francisco from Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington and a MA in Higher Education Policy & Finance from the George Washington University. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys hiking, running, and eating Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Former YEP-Bay Area Board Members
- Harini Angara - Founding board member
- Jess Box
- Will Eden
- Caitlyn Metteer
- Alma Rico - Founding board member
- Melissa San Miguel - Founding board member
- Yining Wan - Founding board member