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Our next board meeting is scheduled for June 23, 2022 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
*The agenda will be posted here 72 hours beforehand.

Board Members

Margarita Florez Vasconcelos, Board Member (Email)
Margarita Florez Vasconcelos is a Senior Director at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. On the education team, Margarita has managed and launched several portfolios and associated teams. Currently, Margarita leads a team focused on advancing inclusive and participatory work both within CZI and the field of education. Prior to joining CZI, Margarita supported districts like NYC Department of Education and non-profit organizations like Teach For America to redesign school and program models. Margarita has also worked to launch independent school networks in India, Indonesia, and Mexico. Margarita was the founding principal of KIPP Comienza Community Prep, a national blue ribbon school. 85% of her staff were women of color and she developed 12 of the 33 teachers she hired to become school and district leaders. Margarita also worked as a school district administrator, national recruiter, and spent 8 years teaching elementary students in East LA and Oakland.

Andrya Huntsman, Board Member (Email)
Andrya currently works as a Senior Architectural Designer at Amato Architecture. A married mother of two, including a son with Autism and a daughter with ADHD, Andrya has been passionate about disability rights and about advocating for children with special needs for over a decade. Prior to enrolling her children with Caliber, she sat as Co-Chair for the VCUSD Community Advisory Committee and represented the Vallejo CAC at the Solano County Special Education Advisory Committee. Andrya joined the Caliber family just before they applied for their Vallejo charter and has since diligently supported the Caliber mission and community as a Founding Family. Andrya holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of San Francisco and finds designing for ADA, universal design, and accessible design to be near and dear to her heart. Andrya is also passionate about art & music, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and watching her children thrive. 

Tony Adams, Treasurer/CFO & Finance Committee 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, Secretary, Finance Committee Member, Governance Committee Member (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. 

Carolyn Hack, Board Member (Email)
Carolyn Hack is currently a Senior Consultant for the KIPP Foundation, working with Executive Directors of KIPP regions on capacity building projects throughout the country.  From 2015-2018, Carolyn led Aspire Public Schools, a charter management organization educating student in California and Memphis across 40 schools, as the Chief Executive Officer. For nearly a decade prior, Carolyn acted as the Chief Operating & Financial Officer at Uncommon Schools. She joined Uncommon Schools as Director of Finance in the summer of 2006 and began serving on the leadership team in 2009. During Carolyn’s tenure, Uncommon expanded to 45 high quality schools in the Northeast and was awarded the 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.  At the very beginning of her career in education, Carolyn taught high school mathematics and coached basketball and soccer for five years in Northern California. As a teacher, she received “Outstanding Young Teacher Award” and Yearbook dedication from Senior Class. Carolyn received her B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, her M.A. from Stanford University's School of Education, and her M.B.A from Columbia Business School. In addition, Carolyn was selected as a Broad Fellow in 2007 and a Pahara-Aspen Fellow in 2014. Carolyn is Paris lover, design and architecture hobbyist, Roger Federer fanatic, film and outdoor enthusiast, and steadfast yogi.

Nolan Highbaugh, Board Member (Email)
Nolan provides legal counsel to the KIPP Foundation on a wide range of issues including strategic decisions, transactions, human resources, governance, and real and intellectual property. Prior to joining KIPP, Nolan worked as an Associate in the Public Finance Department of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Before entering law school, Nolan was a Budget and Policy Analyst for both the Chief Administrative Office of Los Angeles County and the Office of Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. in the City and County of San Francisco.  Nolan attended U.C. Berkeley (Go Bears!) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy and a Master’s in Public Policy. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California State Bar Association. Even more noteworthy, Nolan volunteers as a Section Leader for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade with twelve years and counting under his belt. Finally, Nolan is very proud to have been born and raised in Vallejo, CA where he returns on a regular basis to visit family and conduct ‘VIP’ tours of the city for friends.

Jennifer Moses, Co-Founder & Board Chair, Academic Affairs Committee, Governance Committee   (Email)
Jennifer Moses has spent the past two decades in education, public policy and philanthropy after a career in investment banking. Most recently, she co-founded and was CEO for seven years of Caliber Public Schools, a TK-8 charter school group in the East Bay in California with 1,700 students. She is now Chair. She is a founding Trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), one of the largest children’s charities in the UK, and co-founder and Chair 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 as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs. Jennifer is a graduate of Brown University, where she serves on the Corporation and is Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and Harvard Business School. She is married with three children.

Katy Vasquez, Board Member (Email)
Katy Vasquez is a parent to five children. She has one daughter who attends Caliber in the 8th grade as well as a grandson who attends Caliber in 3rd grade. Ms. Vasquez has been a parent at Caliber for the past eight years and was a part of the SSC for three years. 

Upcoming Meetings in 2021-22

  • June 23, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

  • Agendas are made public 72 hours in advance of the next meeting.                         
  • Meetings are currently held on Zoom as a COVID-19 safety precaution.  See specific meeting agenda for details.
  • Board meetings are open to the public and public participation is welcomed .

Agendas, Minutes & Recordings                                                             

Date

Agenda

Minutes

Recordings

April 21, 2022 (Regular) English / Spanish    
February 24, 2022 (Regular) English / Spanish   English / Spanish

December 9, 2021 (Regular)

English / Spanish

English / Spanish

English / Spanish

November 15, 2021 (Special)

English / Spanish

English

English / Spanish

October 18, 2021 (Special)

English / Spanish

English

English 

September 9, 2021 (Regular)

English / Spanish

English

English / Spanish

August 19, 2021 (Special)

English / Spanish

English 

English / Spanish