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Board of Directors

John Fisher, Chairman

President, Pisces, Inc.

John Fisher is President of Pisces Inc., and Co-Founder of Sansome Partners. In addition to serving on a number of corporate boards, he is Co-Chair of the Charter School Growth Fund. He helped found and serves on the board of Silicon Schools Fund. He is a Special Advisor to the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund. He holds an AB in Politics from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Pisces, Inc. and Sansome Partners are the family office and investment group respectively for the Fisher Family, founders of The Gap. The Doris & Donald Fisher Fund is the foundation of Doris and the late Donald Fisher, focusing on education reform and charter schools.

Richard Barth, President

CEO, KIPP Foundation

Richard Barth was made CEO of the KIPP Foundation in December of 2005. Over the past eight years, he has overseen the significant growth of the network from 45 to 162 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 The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, General Assembly, and ROADS Network Charter Schools. Barth was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014 Commencement ceremonies.

Emma Bloomberg

Emma Bloomberg recently stepped down from her role as Chief of Staff at the Robin Hood Foundation to launch a new initiative focused on supporting the education reform movement by developing a robust, shared political infrastructure. During her seven years on the staff at Robin Hood, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the five boroughs of New York City, she supported the chief executives in the development and execution of strategic initiatives and projects, and lead the organization's efforts in public policy and advocacy in education, most recently helping to form the emerging coalition High Achievement N.Y.

Currently, Emma is the Chairman of the Boards of Stand for Children, Inc., and Leadership for Educational Equity, and sits on the boards of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Park Avenue Armory, and most recently the KIPP Foundation. A graduate of Princeton University, the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School, Emma lives in New York City with her husband, Chris Frissora, their dogs Molly and Chris Junior.

Katherine Bradley

President, CityBridge Foundation

Katherine Brittain Bradley is the president of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Bradley co-founded CityBridge in 1994 with her husband, entrepreneur and magazine publisher David G. Bradley. The Foundation works to build a citywide system of high-performing schools in Washington, D.C. CityBridge finds, incubates, and invests in the most promising practices in public education, looking to assemble, in the District, the critical mass of transformative schools—traditional public and charter—needed for the success of all children. To ensure the lasting success of this work, CityBridge offers a suite of engagement opportunities for local leaders in business, philanthropy, and the community. The goal is to equip these potential “stewards for education” with the knowledge and support they need to be advocates for continued, sustained progress in D.C. schools. All of this work involves conscious collaboration with these "stewards," local leaders, and other stakeholders. CityBridge’s signature projects include the Early Years Education Initiative (2006-2011), Breakthrough Schools, (launched in 2010), and the Education Innovation Fellowship (launched in 2013).

Mrs. Bradley serves as a board member for the KIPP Foundation and STAND for Children and chairs the Washington regional board for Teach For America. In the winter of 2010-2011, Mrs. Bradley co-chaired Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s education transition team. She graduated in 1986 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and she and her husband have three sons.

Philippe Dauman

President and CEO, Viacom, Inc.

Mr. Dauman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom and has served on the Company's Board of Directors since 1987. Viacom is the world's leading entertainment content company and it engages audiences on television, motion picture and digital platforms through many of the world's best known entertainment brands, including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, BET and Paramount Pictures. Under Mr. Dauman's leadership, in 2009 Viacom partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the "Get Schooled" initiative, which aims to increase high school and college graduation rates, improve postsecondary readiness and promote the fundamental importance of education.

Mr. Dauman earned his bachelor's degree from Yale College and his law degree from Columbia University Law School. He is a director of National Amusements, Inc. and Lafarge S.A. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Board of Trustees for The Paley Center for Media and the Dean's Council of Columbia University Law School.

Mike Feinberg

KIPP Co-Founder

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Mike joined Teach For America where he was a fifth grade bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas, for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with Dave Levin, and the next year went on to found KIPP Academy in Houston. Mike now supports KIPP regions and global development for the KIPP Foundation, along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP Houston.

Mike and Dave have been awarded the Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize, an honorary degree from Yale University; and the Presidential Citizen's Medal, our nation's second highest presidential award for a private citizen. Mike was also named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mike and Dave'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.

Doris Fisher

Founder, Gap Inc. and Co-Founder, KIPP Foundation

Mrs. Fisher, co-founder of Gap Inc., is an exceptional volunteer and philanthropist whose generosity has positively impacted such fields as education, the arts and health care. A graduate of Stanford University, Mrs. Fisher's volunteer work there began in 1969, the year she and husband, Don, opened the first Gap store in San Francisco.

Over the years, Mrs. Fisher has offered exemplary services to the Graduate School of Business Advisory Board, the Stanford Art Museum Advisory Board, the School of Medicine, the Cantor Arts Center, the Stanford Alumni Association, the Office of Development, and the Board of Trustees. In addition, she has served on the Princeton Art Museum Advisory Board, the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors and the Northern California Cancer Center Board since 1983.

Reed Hastings

Founder and CEO, Netflix, Inc.

Mr. Hastings founded Netflix in 1997 and launched the subscription service in 1999. In 2005, Time magazine added Mr. Hastings to its "Time 100" list of the one hundred most influential global citizens. Earlier in his career, he founded Pure Software, which he built into one of the world's 50 largest public software companies.

Mr. Hastings was President of the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He has led successful statewide political campaigns for more charter public schools and easier passage of local school bonds. He received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS degree from Stanford University in 1988. 

Martha L. Karsh

Founder, Karsh Family Foundation

Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work.

In 1998, Ms. Karsh founded the Karsh Family Foundation with Bruce Karsh, President of Oaktree Capital Management and her spouse of 33 years, focusing primarily on supporting education. To date, the Karshes and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $160 million to support scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for need-based financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America in K-12. Currently, Ms. Karsh serves on the Boards of the KIPP Foundation, the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, Common Sense Media and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation; she also chairs the KIPP LA Trustees.

Ms. Karsh graduated from Virginia Law School (J.D. 1981) and the University of Virginia (B.A. 1978), and has three children – Katie, a Partnerships Associate with Common Sense Media; Jeffrey, a principal of Tryperion Partners; and Michael, a senior at Brown University.

Dave Levin

KIPP Co-Founder

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 the KIPP Teaching and Learning Labs team at the KIPP Foundation along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP NYC.

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

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.

Michael L. Lomax

President and CEO, United Negro College Fund

As president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Dr. Lomax heads the nation's largest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization. Immediately before joining UNCF, he served seven years as president of Dillard University in New Orleans.

Dr. Lomax came to Dillard after twenty years in Atlanta, where he pursued simultaneous full-time careers as a university professor and public servant. Dr. Lomax is a trustee of Emory University and a member of the founding Council of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Teach For America, The Carter Center, the Woodruff Center for the Arts in Atlanta, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the National Black Arts Festival, of which he was founding chair.

Mark Nunnelly

Managing Director, Bain Capital

Mr. Nunnelly is Managing Director of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm based in Boston. In 1989, Mr. Nunnelly helped found Information Partners, a venture and technology fund backed by Bain Capital that focused on early stage investing. Currently, Mr. Nunnelly sits on the Boards of Domino's Pizza, Warner Music Group, Eschelon Telecom, and Houghton Mifflin Company.

Mr. Nunnelly is an active supporter of several charitable organizations, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Jumpstart. He has also been actively involved with City Year since its inception. Mr. Nunnelly received his MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School, and an A.B. from Centre College, where he is a Trustee.

Carrie Walton Penner

Trustee, Walton Family Foundation

Carrie Walton Penner is an education reform advocate who is committed to dramatically improving K–12 student achievement in the United States, especially in low-income communities. Along with the other Walton family members, she guides the Walton Family Foundation’s education reform strategies and investments. The Foundation believes that the best way to achieve continuous and sustainable improvements in K–12 schools is to create competition among schools by empowering parents to choose among them.

Ms. Penner serves as a board member of several organizations including the California Charter School Association, EdVoice, the Alliance for School Choice, and the California Academy of Sciences. She earned a B.A. in economics and history from Georgetown University and master’s degrees from Stanford University in education policy and program evaluation. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, Greg Penner, and their four children.

Susan Schaeffler

CEO, KIPP DC

Susan Schaeffler founded KEY Academy, D.C.’s first KIPP school, after being selected as one of three inaugural KIPP Fisher Fellows. After founding and leading KEY Academy, Schaeffler became KIPP DC’s chief executive in 2005. Under her guidance and strategic vision, KIPP DC has grown from one school in 2001 to twelve schools currently serving over 3,600 students with plans to grow to sixteen schools serving over 6,000 students. KIPP DC has received numerous honors including the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School award and the National Title One Distinguished School award.

Prior to founding KIPP DC, Susan Schaeffler spent nine years in the classroom, first as a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned such honors as Teacher of the Year. Ms. Schaeffler’s many honors include being named one of EnVest’s 2007 “40 under 40” and the 2008 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. Ms. Schaeffler earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.

José H. Villarreal

Senior Advisor, Akin Gump

José H. Villarreal serves as a senior advisor to Akin Gump, where he previously was a partner for many years. He served as U.S. Commissioner General to the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, a post to which he was named by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Before that, Mr. Villarreal was an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Finance Division of the Texas Attorney General's office. He has also served as associate director of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton White House. Mr. Villarreal received his law degree in 1979 from Indiana University where he has been inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows and his B.A. in 1975 from Purdue University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Villarreal has long been active in the non-profit sector. He served as Chair of the National Council of La Raza, where he led a successful capital campaign that raised funds to establish a headquarters building in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the board of the Center for American Progress, a leading think tank, and was a founding board member of the New America Alliance, an organization of distinguished American Latino business leaders.

 


Don Fisher, Founding Board Chair, Emeritus 

September 3, 1928 – September 27, 2009

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Gap Inc. and Co-Founder, KIPP Foundation

Mr. Fisher was the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Gap Inc. He served on the board of trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was a director of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco and a governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Fisher was also on the California State Board of Education and was a director on the board of EdVoice and Teach For America.

Mr. Fisher was the director of the National Retail Federation and received the Retailer of the Year award in 1996. He was also actively involved in the California Business Roundtable and the Committee on Jobs Executive Committee. Other honors include the California Arts Council Governor’s Award for Individual Patrons of the Arts and selection to the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame and American Academy of Achievement.

In 2000, Don Fisher co-founded the KIPP Foundation and served as Chairman of the Board until 2009.

Shawn Hurwitz, Founding Board Member, Emeritus

President and CEO, MAXXAM Property Company

Mr. Hurwitz is President and CEO of MAXXAM Property Company, a real estate development company focused on community development and related real estate investment.  As President and CEO, Mr. Hurwitz is responsible for the supervision and implementation of all real estate activities, including development, acquisition, disposition, investment, sales and marketing, and operating activities.  
 
Mr. Hurwitz served as a founding board member of KIPP Foundation from 2000 to 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Board of KIPP Houston’s schools from 1998 - 2006, thus playing an active leadership role in the creation of KIPP’s first region in Houston as well as the national replication.