June 4, 2018
Draft Board Minutes
April 23, 2018
February 26, 2018
December 4, 2017
September 18, 2017
July 7, 2017
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* The agenda for each meeting will be posted here in advance. Meetings are typically held at either Caliber: Beta Academy (4301 Berk Ave in Richmond) or ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo
(500 Oregon Street). See specific meeting agenda for details.
* Public Participation Rules (English)
*Public Participation Rules (Spanish)
Tony Adams, Board Member (Email)
Anthony Adams is an independent consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area working with organizations through his firm, groupVision (US). Anthony graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in economics. Prior to moving to California, as president of groupVision (Switzerland) AG in Zurich Switzerland, he consulted with companies and institutions throughout Europe and Asia for twenty years. Anthony’s European clients included management teams in banking, re-insurance, technology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, the food Industry, state agencies and the United Nations. Prior to his consulting career Anthony was a captain in the US Air Force stationed at Travis AFB and for three years in France. For seventeen years, he managed the family contracting, arid-plant nursery and tree business in Arizona. Anthony consulted on environmental projects for the Saudi royal family and for five years managed a start-up contracting firm in the Middle East for a Lebanon-based company.
Anthony was a routine guest lecturer at business schools including the University of St Gallen, University of Zurich, Rotterdam School of Management and the EPFL and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland specializing in group collaboration and brainstorming techniques for risk-assessment, decision making, problem solving, negotiations, visioning and strategy development. Anthony trained consultants in risk-assessment skills at Deloitte, Cap Gemini, KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Over-arching themes emerging from Tony's work with computer-supported collaboration tools include: Learning Organizations, Knowledge Management, Vision Mapping and Systems Thinking for management teams. Anthony is currently a planning commissioner and chair of the general plan working group for the city of Vallejo where he also serves on the board of directors for two local museums.
Ron Beller, Co-Founder (Email)
Ron Beller has been active in education for the past 11 years. He led the Children First reform program and restructuring of the New York City school system, the largest in the country with more than one million students, working under Chancellor Joel Klein. He is co-founder and Chair of Governors of King Solomon Academy an all-through state school in London which has been rated “Outstanding,” the highest ranking by OFSTED, the UK schools inspectorate. He is a co-founder and board member of Ark Schools, a high performing network of 31 state schools in the UK and is a founding board member of Leading Educators, a New Orleans based teacher leader training organization. Ron was founder and CEO of investment companies Branch Hill Capital and Peloton Partners and was a partner at Goldman Sachs, a global investment bank. Ron is a graduate of Brown University. He is married with three children.
Pete Briger, Board Member (Email)
Pete Briger is a principal and Co-Chairman of the board of directors of Fortress. He has served as a member of the board of directors of Fortress since November 2006 and was elected Co-Chairman in August 2009. Pete has been a member of the Management Committee of Fortress since March 2002. He is responsible for the Credit and Real Estate business at Fortress. Prior to joining Fortress in March 2002, Pete spent fifteen years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he became a partner in 1996. He serves on the board of Tipping Point, a non-profit organization serving low income families in the Bay Area. Pete received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robin DeGracia, Board Member (Email)
Robin Elizabeth DeGracia, originally from New Jersey, has been in the Bay Area for 12 years, and working in financial services for over 10 years. After spending nine years working on strategy and product management for Charles Schwab, she moved to a new firm, AssetMark, to help support their newly created product management and product development teams. Over the years Robin has actively volunteered in a variety of roles focused on helping lift up women and under-represented minorities. Robin has been a volunteer Financial Counsellor for working families and helped set up resume and interview workshops for jobs programs including Wardrobe for Opportunity and the Stride Center. Now that her two children are students at Caliber Beta Academy, she focuses her energy and efforts on volunteering at Caliber and helping build the school to be the best option for all students. Most recently, she served as the Chair of Caliber Beta’s School Site Council and as a co-chair of the Beta Parent Council. Robin graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Margaret Harris, Ed.D., Board Member (Email)
Retired after 39 years in the PK-12 educational system, both as a teacher and administrator, Margaret Harris was driven by a commitment to ensuring that our children, particularly those who have been marginalized, exit our schools with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that enables them to continue with their learning as positive contributors to our communities.
Margaret was awarded her Doctorate (Ed.D. degree) in Educational Leadership from University of California at Berkeley in 2010. Coupled with varied experiences in the PK-12 system, her research solidified her commitment to the tenets of social justice. Currently, as the Tier 1 Program Coordinator for Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, and as a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership at California State University East Bay, Margaret continues to be mindful of the challenges and rewards in creating non-stigmatized learning environments for children, families, and our internal and external partners, in both the PK-12 and the University systems of schooling.
José A. López, Ph.D, Board Chair (Email)
José López is a professor of Educational Leadership at the California State University East Bay in Hayward. José was the director of the CSUEB doctor of education program, Educational Leadership for Social Justice, for seven years until 2014. This program focuses on development of executive-level leadership for PK-12 school systems. José was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. Prior to his current position, José was a school administrator in Texas for 19 years. He served in numerous position in five school districts. He held the position of Superintendent, and in a variety of system-level positions and was a school principal for eight years.
José is also the Chief Operations Officer of Ragar Consulting. Ragar specializes in supporting schools and districts in addressing English Learner achievement. Until December 2015, José served on the Personnel Commission of the Hayward Unified School District. He served as Chair and Vice Chair on the Personnel Commission. The Personnel Commission is responsible for the implementation of the Merit System of the classified employees of the Hayward USD. José also served on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Shelter Program (ESP) in Hayward as President and Vice President. The ESP addresses domestic violence and provides shelter, support and training for abused persons and their families.
Jonathan D. Mariner, Board Member (Email)
Jonathan Mariner is a private investor, entrepreneur, and independent board member with
more than two decades of experience working in major league sports. He’s the founder and
president of TaxDay, LLC, a private software firm that helps users track their multi-state travel
for tax purposes. Jonathan retired from Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2016. Prior to his retirement, he served as chief investment officer (CIO) for MLB. He was also president of BASES, the league’s captive insurance company. Before serving as CIO, Jonathan spent more than 12 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of MLB.
Jonathan currently sits on the board of directors of McGraw-Hill Education; the Investor’s
Exchange (IEX), the new SEC-approved public stock exchange featured in Michael Lewis’s book
Flash Boys; and the publicly traded cloud-based HR and payroll company, Ultimate Software,
Inc. He is active on a number of charitable, foundation, and advisory boards, including the
University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate Business School Board of Trustees; Little League
Baseball’s board of directors; and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and
received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a former Certified Public Accountant.
He’s been featured on the cover of CFO Magazine, and made the top 10 in Sports Illustrated’s
annual listing of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.”
Jennifer Moses, Co-Founder & CEO (Email)
Jennifer Moses has spent the past decade in education, public policy and philanthropy after a career in investment banking. She is a founding Trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), one of the largest children’s charities in the UK, and co-founder of King Solomon Academy, an all-through state school in London. She is a partner at Ed-Mentor, LLC, a VC fund that invests in education technology startups. Prior to moving to California in late 2009, she was a senior policy adviser to then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She was previously Chief Executive of the policy think tank Centreforum, following her banking career with Goldman Sachs. Jennifer is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School. She is married with three children.