Chief Financial Officer at Rocketship Education
Keysha Bailey is Rocketship’s Chief Financial Officer with leadership responsibility for Finance, Legal and Facilities activities. Prior to Rocketship, Keysha was an Independent Consultant focused on advising corporations on strategic finance and real estate matters. She also served as Vice President, Asset Management with Prudential Real Estate Investors. In this capacity, she led the strategy for over $2bn in commercial real estate investments including operations, development and joint ventures. Prior to Prudential, Keysha was the President of a Colorado based construction enterprise, with a focus on resort based development.
Keysha was also Vice President in Investment Banking with J.P. Morgan in New York. During this time, she raised over $10bn in the public debt markets for real estate, energy, and diversified corporate clients. While at J.P. Morgan, her experience included derivative structuring and mergers and acquisitions.
Keysha earned her BA in economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Keysha resides in San Francisco with her husband, Joseph, and two young sons, where they actively enjoy music and sports. She is a supporter of several community and religious charitable organizations.
Parker Blackman is a committed public interest professional with more than 20 years experience in the non-profit and philanthropic fields. From 2001 – 2012 Parker served as West Coast Managing Director of Fenton Communications, working with numerous education reform organizations and foundations including Envision Education, Aspire Schools, The Campaign for College Opportunity, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The Stuart Foundation. Parker is currently providing management, strategic planning, organizational development and communications consulting services for foundations, non-profits and social ventures. Parker earned his BA in US History from Stanford University.
Kathi Burke – Envision Education Board Chair
Kathi Burke – Envision Education Board Chair
Kathleen “Kathi” J. Burke served as Chair of the Mills College Board of Trustees from 2009 – 2016. She has been a Trustee of Mills College since 1997. Prior to joining Mills College, Burke had a 20-year career in the financial services industry, holding various management and executive positions, including Vice Chair and Director of Corporate Human Resources at BankAmerica Corporation. Ms. Burke is currently a community volunteer.
Previously, Burke was Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Security Pacific Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Security Pacific National Bank. Throughout her career, Burke has demonstrated a dedication to women’s education and career development. She has held numerous board memberships and has been the recipient of several distinguished honors and awards. Burke is the former Executive Director of the Stupski Foundation, which works to foster innovation in K–12 public school systems so that all students graduate ready for college, career, and life. She is the former Vice Chair of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a former member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, and a former trustee of the Washington State University Foundation.
Kathi lives in Tiburon, California, with her husband Ralph.
Adjunct Professor, Moore School of Business, USC
Dea-Anne D’Amico, an authority on the organizational dynamics of value creation as recognized by her Lectureship at Moore School of Business (USC), has lived and worked in nine countries while holding global responsibilities. Most recently, Ms. D’Amico served as Senior Vice President for a supplier of nanoscale instruments and software to Apple, Samsung and Intel that has operations in 30 countries.
Previously, Ms. D’Amico served on the Executive Committee of the Europe and Americas group of the world’s largest packaging company, top global supplier to Nespresso, PepsiCo and other global brands. The regions under her responsibility spanned 103 sites across Europe, the former Soviet Union countries and the Americas, contributing over $4 billion in revenue. Prior to this role, Ms. D’Amico held the position of Vice President of Global Human Resources for a firm providing global
telecom interoperability on behalf of private equity investor Warburg Pincus. Her focus there was to align the firm with growth in Asia and India and to prepare it for an IPO. At HP, Ms. D’Amico chaired three key steering committees across 35 countries in the Compaq-Tandem-Digital Equipment merger, the world’s largest at that date. Ms. D’Amico held similar responsibilities at AT&T and at biotech Merck-Serono, number one in reproductive health.
Founding her career at Disney, Ms. D’Amico was notably responsible for M&A and
reorganization activities undertaken by The Disney Development Company and Euro Disney. As an entrepreneur, Ms. D’Amico’s consultancy clients include McDonald’s, Honeywell, BT, Coca-Cola and Portland, Oregon’s “Startup Camp”. She has supported Board committees for publicly held, private equity owned and founder-controlled organizations, including while serving as Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum.
Mark Daoust – Envision Education Board Vice Chair
Mark Daoust – Envision Education Board Vice Chair
Partner, Bain & Company
Mark is a Partner at Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading business consulting firms. He is a member of the private equity practice, leading due diligence efforts and post-acquisition projects spanning a wide range of industries. His broad range of corporate experience includes corporate portfolio strategy, business unit growth strategy, strategy implementation, M&A, and organizational improvement. He has significant cross-industry expertise with a focus in Consumer Products and Retail.
Mark has served as the Consultant Program Manager for Bain Bay Area, responsible for professional development, staffing, as well as other HR and operational processes for over 60 Bain Consultants. He received the global Bright-Dix award for excellence in professional development, coaching and mentorship.
Mark received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in Economics from Williams College. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Liz, and their daughters, Lucy, Annie and Phoebe.
Chief Legal Counsel at Clif Bar & Company
Marjorie Goux is Chief Legal Counsel at Clif Bar & Company in Emeryville, California. Previously, she served at The Clorox Company in Oakland, California as general business counsel to the Glad Products Company, and Hewlett-Packard Company as Chief Trademark and Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel for the Imaging and Printing Division, Palo Alto, California. Before her corporate roles, she was on the award-winning private practice IP team of Baker & McKenzie both in London, UK and Palo Alto, California.
When she’s not busy with business, Marjorie passionately advocates for education reform and improving conditions for women and girls in the workplace, home, and school.
Marjorie is a graduate of The University of Washington (BSc Chemistry) and University College, London(Honors Law), wife of a conceptual artist, and happy mom to amazing boy/girl twins.
Partner & Vice President at AMF Media Group
Larry is a seasoned marketer and advertiser on both the agency and corporate side. With a wide breadth of experience working with Fortune 50, 100, and 500 clients. Past clients include Allstate, Bank of America, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, Disney and Frito-Lay.
Prior to joining AMF Media Group, Larry was a marketing consultant with OTR Consulting and served as a Senior Vice President for Carol H. Williams Advertising becoming the youngest and quickest to ascend to that position in agency history.
During his tenure at Carol H. Williams Advertising, Larry guided the development of the agency’s largest accounts, managing an annual budget of 40 million dollars, supervising both national and regional teams, throughout multiple agency disciplines (Account Management, Strategic Planning, Events, Promotions, and New Business) across 5 regional offices. Additionally, Larry was responsible for developing and managing the agency’s Chicago office, including the P&L and growth initiatives.
Larry started his marketing career in the National Basketball Association working for the Golden State Warriors. He earned his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of San Francisco.
Director of Leadership Programs at Stanford University School of Education
Grace M. Hoagland is Director of Leadership Programs and is a member of the teaching faculty at the Stanford University School of Education. She completed her graduate education at Oxford, Harvard and Indiana University, where her doctoral thesis was a study of entrepreneurial leadership in public schools. Her work in education has centered on school reform, including service as executive director of regional reform initiatives in Indiana, St. Louis and the Bay Area.
Grace is also the former Executive Director of the Bay Area Coalition of Essential (now Equitable) Schools. She is a recent department chair in the Department of Educational Leadership at Cal State University East Bay. She currently serves on the board of Partners for School Innovation; until recently she served on the Stanford School of Education Advisory Board and chaired the Stanford Associates Board of Governors. She and her husband, Laurance, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Head of Corporate Planning at Visa Inc.
Akil’s work with Oakland charter school boards was facilitated by Oakland Families for Quality Schools. He is currently serving on the steering committee for Enroll Oakland Charters. He is also currently Head of Corporate Planning at Visa Inc., the largest credit card company in the world. Prior to Visa, Akil managed eBay’s balance sheet by managing their debt issuance, stock buyback, and free cash flow. Previously he has worked in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business development, and investment banking at firms including Goldman Sachs, AIG, and Koch Industries. Akil has a degree from Yale Law School, where he was an inaugural member of their Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, and is a member of the Georgia State Bar. Akil is a proud alum of Howard University.
Partner at Spencer Stuart
Phil Johnston combines decades of executive search experience with senior level life sciences and technology industry experience. He has conducted more than 150 board, CEO and CEO succession assignments for global life sciences and technology companies such as Illumina, Gilead and Equinix. He leads the West Coast boards practice and is a Leadership Advisory Services and Human Resources functional expert, having successfully completed more than 100 CHRO searches. Phil previously ran the Southeast Asia business based in Singapore and prior to that, led the Western U.S. business for the firm including offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Phil has served on a number of public, private and non-profit boards including Discovery Toys (private company acquired by Avon), and TIBCO (public company acquired by SAP).
Phil attended University of Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in psychology and a master’s in industrial relations at Carlson School of Management.
Bob Lenz – Co-Founder of Envision Education
Bob Lenz – Co-Founder of Envision Education
Executive Director, Buck Institute for Education
Since June, 2015 Bob Lenz has been the Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education, the leading provider of resources for Project Based Learning. He previously served as Envision Education’s Co-Founder and Chief of Innovation, leading the organization since 2002. Mr. Lenz is recognized nationally as a leader in high school redesign, deeper learning, project-based learning, 21st century skills education, and performance assessment. Under his leadership, Envision Schools prepared students for college success and persistence at rates well above national averages. Bob authored the book Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards.
Previously, Bob founded Academy X, an award-winning leadership and humanities program at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California. In 1999, Drake High was named one of thirteen New American High Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. In 2000, the school was featured on the cover of U.S. News & World Report as an example of successful high school reform. Bob was the first in his family to receive a college degree, obtaining a BA degree from St. Mary’s College and an MA degree in education from San Francisco State University.
Senior Vice President and ESP Program Director, Bank of America
Susan Portugal is a Senior Vice President and ESG Program Director at Bank of America. She is responsible for leading both the company’s award winning volunteerism strategy supporting more than 200,000 employees in over 40 countries, as well as the company’s national Employee Giving Campaign. Prior to this, she was the Regional Market Development Executive for California and the Southwest. In that role, she led a team of Market Development Managers who work with local Market Presidents throughout California, Arizona and Nevada to deliver a full range of philanthropic, sponsorship, volunteer and other resources.
She rejoined Bank of America in February of 2008, after serving six years as an investment portfolio manager and associate director of the Stupski Foundation in Mill Valley, where she focused on public education reform at the district level. Before her tenure at the Stupski Foundation, Susan spent eight years at Bank of America in a variety of roles. She managed equal opportunity and diversity programs, welfare to work activities and national community revitalization initiatives aimed at enhancing the “health” of low-income communities across the country. She has also worked in employment and vocational services for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California and the Association for Retarded Citizens.
Susan has been an active volunteer her entire life. Currently she is on the advisory board of REDF. She has been a board member of United Way of the Bay Area, SF Works and Jewish Vocational Services in San Francisco and the national Ways to Work Family Loan Program and Women in Community Service. In addition, she has served on the President’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, the Oakland Disabilities Task Force, the San Francisco Welfare Reform Task Force and the Bay Area Works Advisory Council, among other agencies.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, she lives in Oakland, California with her husband and daughter.
Chief Executive Officer, Envision Education
Gia Truong is Envision Education’s CEO. Her career in education spans 18 years and includes a series of classroom and administrative positions in Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland school districts and charter organizations.
Gia has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Asian-American Studies from San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. Most recently, she led a curriculum and instruction department of over 60 members through strategic planning and reorganization, and led Oakland Unified School District’s Effective Principals and Leadership Task Force.
Gia is well respected for her accomplishments as a teacher, a teacher leader, principal, a supervisor of principals, and her ability to engage, support, and hold leaders accountable for student success.
Mark Yowe - Envision Education Board Secretary/Treasurer
Mark Yowe – Envision Education Board Secretary/Treasurer
Mark Yowe is a retired Partner from Spencer Stuart, the world’s largest privately held executive search firm. While at Spencer Stuart, he led the North American Life Sciences Practice, as well as the Global Medical Device Practice. During his 22 year career in executive search, Mark specialized in the life sciences and healthcare services industries. His worked focused on the C-Suite where he conducted over 350 assignments placing CEO’s, Presidents, and other top functional executives. He was also active in Corporate Governance; building high functioning boards with clients. His clients included Fortune 500 companies as well as many Private Equity backed companies.
Before his career in executive search, Mark was a founding member of a managed care services company, and a medical device company. Both companies were successfully sold. He was also Executive Vice President of the Presbyterian Healthcare System where he managed a portfolio of companies.
Mark started his business career with American Hospital Supply Corporation, where he held senior commercial roles in 3 divisions, as well as an executive position in Corporate Marketing.
He began his career as an elementary school teacher.