LFE Fellowship: Previous Cohorts (2015-18)

Cohort 1 | 2015-16

  • Asali Waters, Former Program Manager Middle School Network, Oakland Unified School District (current NEP Associate)
  • Carlee Scheinfeld, Linked Learning Pathway Coach, Oakland Unified School District Linked Learning Office, Oakland, CA
  • Emmile Brack, Former Chief of Staff/VP of Operations, Schoolzilla, Oakland, CA (current Managing Director of Operations & Finance at NEP)
  • James Gallagher, Vice President of Education, Aspire Public Schools, Bay Area, CA
  • Javier Cabra Walteros, Associate Superintendent, Aspire Public Schools, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jennifer Green, Principal, Aspire Public Schools, Oakland, CA
  • Katherine Gibney, Former Principal, San Rafael City Schools, San Rafael, CA
  • Kristin Bijur, Director of Principal Support, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA
  • Leo Fuchs, Former Principal, Education for Change Public Schools,  Oakland, CA
  • Mariana Lopez, Program Manager, Marin After Schools Program/ Bay Area Community Resources Marin After School Programs, San Rafael, CA
  • Robert Spencer, Vice President of Schools, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sara Stone, Chief Academic Officer, Alameda Unified School District, Alameda, CA
  • Sharon Johnson, Former Associate Superintendent, Aspire Public Schools, Bay Area, CA
  • Stacy Thomas, Teacher Effectiveness Program Manager, Aspire Public Schools, Bay Area, CA
  • Stephanie Vaughn, Director of Employee Relations (HR), Aspire Public Schools, Bay Area, CA
  • Steven Daubenspeck, Principal, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
  • Tamara Friedman, Former PD Coordinator, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley, CA

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”Participating in the Leading for Equity Fellowship allowed me to continue building my equity leadership muscles alongside other educators doing the same. The cohort went deeper into what it means to truly lead for equity and provided a space and collaborative structure necessary to do this work. Through the structures provided I was able to work internally and bring opportunities back to my staff to do the same. It was an incredible experience that has proven to be transformation for myself and my school community.” – Jennifer Green, Principal


Cohort 2 | 2016-17

  • Ana Martinez, Chief of Staff to the Chief Schools Officer, Aspire Public Schools
  • Arlena Ford, Principal, Aspire Public Schools, Richmond, CA
  • Brandee Stewart, Chief of Student Support Services, Education for Change Public Schools, Oakland, CA
  • Breianna Fenner, Classroom Teacher/Equity Teacher Leader, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley, CA
  • Chuck Wade, Career Technical Education Program Coordinator, Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma, CA
  • Crystal McClendon-Gourdine, Independent Consultant, Early Learning Coach First 5 California, Bay Area, CA
  • Eva Kellogg, Assistant Principal, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Jen Nguyen, Chief of Leadership Development, Education for Change Public Schools, Oakland, CA
  • Jonathan Brack, Manager of Capacity Building, Tipping Point Community, San Francisco, CA
  • Julie Koenke, Director of Secondary Programs and Pathways Partnerships, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, WI
  • Kahlmus Eatman, Vice President of Operations, Pacific Charter School Development, Los Angeles, CA
  • Karen W. McGahey, Former Director of Leadership Development, Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma, CA
  • Kate Snow, District Coordinator of School Climate, Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis, CA
  • Katherine Carter, Multilingual Pathway Coordinator, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
  • Kirsti Peters-Hoyte, Former Director of School Culture, Richmond College Prep Schools, Richmond, CA
  • Lisa Griffin, Teacher, High Tech High, San Diego, CA
  • Lisa Jimenez-Cameron, Executive Director of Multilingual and Multicultural Services, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, CA
  • Michelle Cortez, Assistant Principal/Director, Novato Unified School District, Novato, CA 
  • Nova Katz, Math Training Specialist, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, CA
  • Osvaldo Garcia-Contreras, Principal, Forest Grove School District, School, Forest Grove, OR
  • Ruby L. De Tie, Principal, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
  • Trisha Lee, Principal,  Soquel Union Elementary School District, Capitola, CA
  • Vidrale Franklin-Kelly, Former Head of School, Roses in Concrete, Oakland, CA

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“Equity work can be very challenging, especially when we work on conditions or in systems that were created to do the opposite. The LFE Fellowship journey is about working and thinking different about systems, but it is more about understanding ourselves. Understand your light. What fuels it? What do you allow to dim it? How do you use it to burn others? How will you use it to guide the work? Understand your self-work within this work and don’t get distracted. Also, we are better together. Ubuntu.” – Ana Martinez, Principal


Cohort 3 | 2017-18

  • Amanda Confer, Director of Mathematics, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Beatrice Martinez, Former ELD Elementary Coordinator, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Richmond, CA
  • Caitlin Boyle, Principal, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Christine Ortiz, Founder, Equity Meets Design 
  • Claudia Medina, Coordinator, Family Engagement Programs, State Compliance Programs Alameda Unified School District, Alameda, CA
  • Danielle Cooper Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, KIPP Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dawn Albert, Consultant, Promise 54 
  • Gia Truong, CEO, Envision Education, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Heather Tufts, Founder/Director, Rural Synergy Foundation
  • Jenn Mullin, Prevention & Crisis Manager, Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis, CA
  • Jess Chacon, Managing Director of Schools, KIPP Bay Area 
  • Julia Ma, Learning and Development Manager, City and County of San Francisco Workforce Development Department, San Francisco, CA
  • Mary L. Ponce, Principal, Williams Unified School District, Williams, CA 
  • Matt Huxley, Executive Director, The Academy of Alameda, Alameda, CA
  • Nichol Klein, Principal, Milpitas Unified School District, CA
  • Nuvia Ruland, Biology/Environmental Science, High Tech High, Chula Vista, CA
  • Salome Portugal, Principal, KIPP Summit Academy, San Lorenzo, CA
  • Sarah Altschul, Academic Coordinator,  Berkeley Educators for Excellence and Equity (BE3), UC Berkeley
  • Simone Delucchi, Community Schools Manager, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
  • Susie Wise, Strategic Advisor and Coach, School Retool
  • Tatiana Epanchin-Troyan, Co-Founder,  Catalyst Public Schools, Washington
  • Trevor Gardner, Director of Teaching and Learning, ARISE High School, Oakland, CA
  • Woo Williams, Former Middle School Director, Academy of Alameda, Alameda, CA (current NEP Associate)


Cohort 4 | 2018-19

  • Arianna Cisneros, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Aryn Bowman, Principal, Oakland Unified School District
  • Candace Stanciel, Partner, New Profit
  • Carlos Velazquez, Instructional Coach, Academy of Alameda Middle School
  • Claire Fisher, Senior Director of Programs, New Leaders
  • Cori Schneider, Resource Specialist/Special Ed Teacher/Dept. Chair, Davis Joint Unified School District
  • Diane Lang, Principal, Oakland Unified School District
  • Eve Arbogast Director, Instructional Reform Facilitator Network, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Greg Klein, Senior Director, Innovation and Learning, Rogers Family Foundation
  • Jaguanana Lathan, Executive Director, Equity, San Diego County Office of Education
  • Janine Hill, President, Soar Strategies, Inc
  • Jenna Stauffer, CEO, Lighthouse Public Schools
  • Jenny Hicks, Director of HousED, Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Jillian Roth, Instructional Manager / DEI Consultant, Lighthouse Public Schools
  • Joshua Wiggins, Teacher Leader, Walter Payton College Prep High School
  • Kevin Crouch, Education Fellow, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Kimi Kean, Former Bay Area Superintendent, Aspire Public Schools
  • Laura Robell, Chief Schools Officer, Envision Education
  • Michael Essien, Principal, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Nicole Williams Browning, Bay Area Superintendent, Aspire Public Schools
  • Nora Bullock, Principal, The Academy of Alameda, Alameda, CA
  • Philonda Johnson, Managing Director of Schools, KIPP Bay Area Schools
  • Pier Duncan, Chief of Staff, The Opportunity Network
  • Ratha Kelly, Outreach and Professional Learning Coordinator, High Tech High
  • Rebecca Vester, Coordinator of Professional Development, Leadership Public Schools
  • Soo Jin Kim, Regional Superintendent, Richmond at Amethod Public Schools
  • Wendy McCulley, Executive Director, African American Academic Acceleration, Fresno Unified School District