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Jonathan Klein, President
OSSF CEO from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Klein is now Senior Program Officer for the Rogers Family Foundation. Formerly he was Special Assistant to the State Administrator of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) as a Broad Fellow. He served as Teach for America's Bay Area Executive Director from 1999 to 2003, and before that he taught elementary school.

Vanessa Coleman, Secretary
Operations consultant to local education and non-profit organizations, Ms. Coleman recently completed her PhD in education at Mills College. She is the former executive director of SummerBridge National, and also served as Co-Executive Director at the Coalition of Essential Schools.

Robyn Gould, Treasurer
Counsel for Cooley Godward Kronish LLP and recent graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, Ms. Gould is a former corporate consultant and non-profit executive.

Robert F. Kidd, Member-at-Large
Counsel with Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, Mr. Kidd is also Interim Executive Director of the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland and a Board Member of Oakland Rotary #3.

Brendan Cullen, Member-at-Large
Vice President of Strategic Growth and Development for Education Pioneers, Ms. Cullen is a former Project Manager for the New York City Department of Education’s "Empowered Schools Initiative."

Lillian Cordova-Lopez, Member-at-Large
Human Resources and Community Support Programs Specialist for Wells Fargo Bank and Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) leader, Ms. Cordova-Lopez was co-chair of OCO when that organization led the way with OUSD and BayCES (Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools) to pass the small schools policy in 1999.

David Montes de Oca, Member-at-Large
Director of the Office of Charter Schools for OUSD, Mr. Montes de Oca is the former design team coach for OUSD's New Schools Development. He has also served as Supervising Principal for Havenscourt Middle School, advisor at MetWest High School, and Executive Director at the Urban Arts Academy. He was also the founding principal of Oakland's Urban Promise Academy, and is a former middle school teacher.

Brian Rogers, Member-at-Large
Executive Director of the Rogers Family Foundation, Mr. Rogers is also a Board Member of Lighthouse Community Charter School and lead community investor in OUSD's “Expect Success!” Redesign Project.

Libby Schaaf, Member-at-Large
Senior Policy Advisor for Community & Economic Development to the Oakland City Council, Ms. Schaaf is a licensed attorney and the former Director of Public Affairs for the Port of Oakland. She has served as Special Assistant to Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and as Legislative Aide to Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, and currently serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters of Oakland, Lighthouse Community Charter School, Democratic Lawyers of Alameda County, and the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA).

Samir Bolar, Member-At-Large
A recent graduate of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business graduate school, Mr. Bolar is a project manager for DeLoitte Consulting.

Josh Ewing, Board Fellow
Josh Ewing joins the OSSF Board Fellows team to focus on the organization's strategic plan and update the Board's policy binder. Currently the Manager of Strategy & Corporate Business Development at Synopsys Inc., Mr. Ewing brings more than 10 years of financial analyst experience to his role as Fellow. He will receive his MBA in May 2010.