We are incredibly fortunate to have the following individuals – all strong advocates for public education in San Francisco – lending their support and expertise to edMatch.
- Terry Bergeson, Executive Director, San Francisco School Alliance
- Debbie Findling, Deputy Director, Goldman Fund
- Carlos Garcia, SFUSD Superintendant
- Susan Hirsch, President, Hirsch & Associates
- Jenny Lam, Chinese for Affirmative Action & Chinese Immersion School, de Avila Parent
- Hydra Mendoza, San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner
- Rachel Norton, San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner
- Teri Olle, Board of Directors, Emerge
- Sara Shenkan-Rich, Sherman Elementary School Principal
- Michael Sova, Dianne Feinstein Elementary School teacher
- Alex Tourk, Principal, Ground Floor Public Affairs
- Ken Tray, UESF Political Director
Stacey Boyd (Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer) is a serial entrepreneur and education maven. Stacey is the founder of Schoola, an online platform that helps make school fundraising easy, keeping the money in the community and helping local businesses and schools benefit each other. She also runs Savvy Source, an online community founded by parents, to help parents make the most of their child’s early education years. Prior to starting The Savvy Source, Stacey founded and ran numerous businesses and organizations including Global Learning Ventures and Project Achieve. In 1997, she founded The Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston, which today remains one of the highest performing middle schools in the city. In 1999, she founded Project Achieve, an information management system for primary and secondary schools. When Stacey departed Project Achieve, its services through No Child Left Behind were available to 15% of US schools. In 2004, Stacey founded Global Learning Ventures a boutique consulting firm that provided education and technology consulting services to non-profits, corporations and government entities.
Josh Danson (Chief Communications Officer) is an experienced marketing and communications professional with more than 10 years experience in the fields of PR, communications and public affairs. Before moving to San Francisco in 1999, Josh served as a press secretary and legislative assistant to Congressman Thomas Foglietta (PA-01) then moved from politics into PR, working for one of the top strategic communications firms in NYC. Since arriving in the Bay Area Josh has worked in Corp. Comm. for a number of leading consumer and enterprise technology companies including AOL/Netscape and Keynote Systems and has since started his own PR consulting practice. He currently lives in Noe Valley, right around the corner from Alvarado Elementary, with his wife and 5 year-old daughter.
Todd David (Founder, Executive Director) is a public school parent and founding member of the San Francisco ParentPAC, a public school parents’ organization focused on improving public education and family life in San Francisco. A successful hedge fund manager and small business owner, Todd is also an active community advocate having worked on City parcel tax initiatives and several local elections, a new town square for Noe Valley, and is the president of Friends of Noe Valley. His children attend Alvarado elementary school.
Michelle Parker (Co-founder, Chief Community Relations Officer) currently serves as the 2nd District PTA President. She is also a founding member of the San Francisco ParentPAC and a parent leader on the voter-approved 2010 Mello-Roos City parcel tax initiative for the schools. Michelle has three children in San Francisco public schools.
Ellen Schatz-Kriney (Chief Operating Officer) was formerly an acquiring editor with the academic publishers John Wiley & Sons and HarperCollins College Division, with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Ellen is currently a public school parent actively involved in her children’s schools. In the last decade, she has spent time as the grant coordinator and writer for the capital campaign of the oldest co-operative preschool in San Francisco, the outreach coordinator for Stop the Spray, SF, and legislative action chair of Miraloma PTA, among other educational, political, and environmental public affairs campaigns geared towards benefiting our local and extended community.
The following organizations and individuals have been instrumental in helping edMatch establish itself as a new grassroots organization in support of public schools:
|The San Francisco School Alliance is the fiscal sponsor of edMatch. The School Alliance is one of a growing number of civic organizations working to guide and support the improvement agendas of our local school district.|
|Gigantic Idea Studio Inc provided edMatch with our brand identity, logo and tagline. Gigantic Idea is a place where strategy and creativity make a sustainable future possible, with graphic designers, writers and digital media specialists who have a passion for meaningful content and fresh creative work.|
|Public school parent and advocate Andrew Keeler of Keeler Kommunikations assisted with edMatch’s early technology efforts. Founded in 1993, Keeler Kommunikations is a virtual design studio that works with businesses of all sizes to define, meet and exceed project requirements and goals.|
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One important key to the success of edMatch is the relationships we are building directly with all of the public schools. In addition to the edMatch staff, our program is supported by edMatch Mentors. Each edMatch Mentor helps guide and facilitate edMatch disbursements at a small group of schools. The edMatch Mentors work closely with the Principal, School Site Council members, and other community members to assist with identifying site priorities, program definitions and budgets. They also maintain a relationship with school leaders to provide support with programmatic implementation and documentation of outcomes.
If you are interested in becoming one of your school’s edMatch Mentors, click here and let us know!