Our Team

KIPP Foundation Operating Committee

Richard Barth, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Barth was made CEO of the KIPP Foundation in December of 2005. Over the past ten years, he has overseen the significant growth of the network from 45 to 200 schools, dramatically expanded KIPP's leadership development programs, advocated for high performing charter schools on Capitol Hill, and secured more than $260 million in new, long-term philanthropic commitments, including more than $100 million from the federal government.  

Barth came to KIPP from Edison Schools, where he served as President of District Partnerships and managed school partnerships serving more than 40,000 students. Prior to joining Edison, Richard was one of the founding staff members of Teach For America. He earned a BA in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He currently sits on the board of directors of Braven, General Assembly, ROADS Network Charter Schools, and the KIPP Foundation. Barth was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014 Commencement ceremonies.

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Jack Chorowsky, President

Jack leads development and execution of KIPP’s national strategy to drive school growth and K-16 student outcomes.  At the heart of our work: optimizing the school, regional and national operating models required to deliver college and career results at scale; supporting our network in relentless, successful implementation; and training and developing our leaders. 

Jack previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of KIPP NYC, leading the strategy and business operations of KIPP's growing network of charter schools in New York City. Before joining KIPP, Jack was a principal at Levin Capital Strategies, where he invested in media and technology equities. He developed his deep interest in education while serving in general management, product management and business development roles at Kaplan and Pearson Education. Jack started his career working in law, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jack lives in New York City with his wife and three daughters.


Garfield Byrd, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of the KIPP Foundation, Garfield provides leadership to the Finance, Grants, and Administration & Facilities teams. Prior to joining KIPP, Garfield had 25 years of accounting and finance experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Garfield served as Chief of Finance and Administration for the Wikimedia Foundation, where he worked to support a global network of chapters in improving financial and governance practices. Garfield also served as the executive sponsor for Wikimania, the global conference of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia community and was awarded San Francisco Bay Area - CFO of the Year for a Non-Profit Organization.

Garfield has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of The New Teacher Center, Chief Financial Officer of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Treasurer of Pacific Collegiate School. Garfield has an MBA and a BS in Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University. Garfield and his wife live in Sausalito, CA and have two sons.


Jonathan Cowan, Chief Research, Design & Innovation Officer

As the Chief Research, Design & Innovation (RDI) Officer at the KIPP Foundation, Jonathan is responsible for leading the RDI team's efforts to support the KIPP network in getting better as we get bigger. In his capacity leading RDI, Jonathan partners with and oversees: KIPP’s national Research and Evaluation team (focused on creating ongoing visibility into KIPP’s network-wide performance and school & regional health; generating actionable insights; and ensuring high quality data and research support network leaders in making data-driven decisions); the national KIPP Through College team (focused on ensuring that KIPP alumni nationwide successfully matriculate to and graduate from college); the Knowledge Sharing team (focused on catalyzing and disseminating promising ideas and practices and executing KIPP School Summit, our annual gathering of KIPP’s leaders, teachers, and staff for connecting, learning, and sharing); and the Technology team (focused on educational technology innovation, application development, and tech infrastructure). 

Prior to joining KIPP, Jonathan spent over 10 years at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he assisted senior executives of large, complex organizations in addressing strategic, operational, and organizational issues and in managing large scale change. As a principal and partner at BCG, Jonathan spent several years helping to build and lead BCG's public education practice. Jonathan has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a BS in applied mathematics from Yale University. Jonathan lives in the greater Chicago area with his wife and three sons.


Lisa Daggs, Chief Network Growth Officer

As Chief Network Growth Officer, Lisa plays a leadership role in ensuring the sustainable growth of our KIPP network with an unrelenting focus on quality and excellence. In addition to overseeing the growth of our network through completion of K-12 feeder patterns in current communities, Lisa supervises the selection and development of all new sites and communities.

This is not Lisa’s first role at the KIPP Foundation. From 2001 - 2005, Lisa served as the founding Chief of Staff at the KIPP Foundation. During her tenure with the foundation the number of KIPP schools expanded from two to 46. Before returning to KIPP in her current role, Lisa served as the Chief Program Officer for the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund and the New School Development Director at New Schools for New Orleans. Before joining KIPP the first time, Lisa was a founding team member at New Schools Venture Fund. Lisa is a Teach for America alum and holds an MBA, a Masters in Education and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.


Valerie Faillace, Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Valerie leads KIPP’s multi-year strategic planning and communications as well as special projects through which network-wide working groups pursue strategic initiatives. In addition to leading KIPP’s national Strategy Team, Valerie partners with and oversees KIPP’s Government Affairs team (focused on leading KIPP’s federal advocacy strategy and execution while advising KIPP regional teams on local advocacy strategy) and the national Marketing team. 

Valerie came to KIPP from McKinsey & Company where she led teams to develop strategies for leading institutions in the financial, technology and education sectors and helped launch McKinsey's Financial Inclusion Practice. Prior to McKinsey, Valerie worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Latin America and Real Estate groups and also served as weekly tutor at a local public school. Valerie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an BA in Economics from Princeton University.   

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Freddy Gonzalez, Chief Learning Officer

As Chief Learning Officer, Freddy Gonzalez works alongside the KIPP network’s aspiring leaders, facilitating opportunities for their professional growth, reflection, and development.

Prior to joining KIPP, he worked as the lead college counselor for the Settlement College Reading Program in New York City. He began working at KIPP Austin College Prep (KACP) in 2005, teaching eighth grade language arts and social studies. He also taught fifth and seventh grade writing and served as the eighth grade level chair. During the summer of 2007, he participated in the KIPP School Leadership Program and transitioned to the role of assistant principal for a semester before becoming principal at KACP. During his seven years as principal, KACP earned Recognized or Exemplary ratings every year and earned distinctions in all possible categories such as achievement in reading/ELA, achievement in math, and top 25% student progress. Freddy grew up in a small town in south Texas, earned a B.A. from Brown University and a M.Ed. from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

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Valerie Hamilton, Chief People Officer

Valerie joins KIPP with a wealth of experience in Human Resources. Most recently, she was the Chief HR Officer for Ipsos, a global market research firm and prior to that served for six years as Vice President, Human Resources for Global Technology and Operations at MetLife. Valerie also worked for nine years at Time Inc., where she held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the people-development area. Her earlier experiences include several years at The New York Times, Sterling Drug, and Salomon Brothers, in Human Resources planning, program development and training roles.

Valerie holds a Bachelors degree from Oberlin College and a Masters degree from New York University. She is married and has a son and a daughter. In her spare time, she likes to read and travel. A few items on her "bucket list" are going on a safari, being an NBA referee for a day, and purchasing Adirondack chairs for two.


Nolan Highbaugh, General Counsel

As General Counsel, 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco, and has been a Parade Marshal for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade for the past eight years.

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. His all-time favorite movie is The Godfather Part II.


Dave Levin, Chief of Network Services (Interim)

After graduating from Yale University, Dave joined Teach For America where he taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas, for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with Mike Feinberg, and the next year went on to found KIPP Academy in the South Bronx. Dave served as Superintendent of KIPP NYC until 2012. He now leads Network Services at the KIPP Foundation along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP NYC.

Dave and Mike have been awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal, our nation's second highest presidential award for a private citizen; Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize; the Ashoka Fellowship; the McGraw Hill Prize, an honorary degree from Duke University and Yale University; and the National Community Service Award from Spelman College.

Dave and Mike's work is the subject of the best-selling book by Jay Matthews, Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America's Most Promising Schools. Additionally, KIPP’s ground-breaking work on character development is featured in Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

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Sherry Preiss, Chief of the Teaching and Learning Lab

As Chief of the Teaching and Learning Lab, Sherry leads KIPP’s Teaching and Learning Labs team focused on developing and improving curriculum, assessment and professional development programs for leaders and teachers throughout the network. Partnering with KIPP Foundation colleagues and the KIPP network of leaders and stakeholders, Sherry develops strategies for effective promotion, delivery and implementation of the Teaching and Learning Labs products and services.

Sherry comes to KIPP from Pearson where she developed and supported implementation of a wide variety of curriculum and assessment products as Vice President of Publishing for Adult Ed, Higher Ed and Multimedia. She also led the global team that created and delivered large-scale professional development programs serving thousands of K-12 teachers and leaders in a variety of countries, from the US to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She is the author of the textbook, NorthStar: Advanced Listening and Speaking, now in its fourth edition. Sherry began her career as a teacher, teaching English as a Second Language to children and adults at a variety of schools both in the US and abroad. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Bilingual Education from the School for International Training and her BA in History from Colorado College.


Nathan Smalley, Chief of Network Leadership Development

Nathan Smalley joined the KIPP Foundation in 2013 and currently serves as the Chief of Network Leadership Development (NLD). He leads the NLD team, which is responsible for the ongoing professional development of sitting KIPP School and Regional Leaders, and is charged with driving our instructional leadership efforts through Partner Region work.

After graduating from Rutgers University in 2001, Nate entered began teaching high school English in Jersey City as a Teach For America corps member. In 2004, Nate joined KIPP NJ as an ELA teacher and Upper School Dean at TEAM Academy. In 2007, he founded KIPP NJ's first high school, Newark Collegiate Academy, and served as the school’s principal for four years before moving to KIPP NYC to serve as an Instructional Coach. When he's not at work, he can be found wandering around his home town of Austin, burying himself in a book, or rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.


David Wick, Chief External Impact Officer

As Chief External Impact Officer at the KIPP Foundation, David is responsible for helping extend KIPP’s impact beyond the walls of KIPP schools. This includes facilitating the sharing of strategies and lessons learned beyond the KIPP network, as well as the creation of partnerships that help expand the reach of KIPP’s influence and knowledge. As part of this role, David oversees the Foundation’s external engagement and development efforts. Under his leadership over the past seven years, the Foundation has raised over $300 million, fueling the growth of the KIPP network from 57 to 200 schools nationally. He has served as a member of KIPP’s leadership team since 2007.

Prior to joining KIPP, David served as Managing Director for Capital Giving at Harvard University and prior to that he started his career in philanthropy at the University of Chicago. David received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and holds and EdM from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. He is a fellow of the Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship’s eighth class and serves on the national board of directors for 50CAN. A native of Sheboygan, WI, David and his wife, Mieka, make their home in Washington, DC with their daughter, Annabelle, and son, Sam.

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