Meet Katy Foster - Founding Principal
Katy is a native of Marin County and has twenty four years of experience in education. Her career is founded on the belief that all students can learn at high levels and that schools are vehicles of social justice. Katy has served as a social studies teacher, department chair, instructional coach, grant coordinator and administrator. She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum, Technology, and Education Reform from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Virginia. Katy lives in Mill Valley with her husband and two sons.
Meet Erin Ashley - Founding Executive Director
Erin is passionate about making education equitable and engaging for all students. She is a National Board certified science teacher with eleven years teaching experience at the high school and middle school levels. Erin has served as a science teacher, instructional coach and academy coordinator. Prior to her career in public education, Erin taught science in Costa Rica and worked in the biotechnology industry in San Diego. She holds a Master of Education from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor Degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She lives with her husband and daughter in Novato.
Meet Julian Boralli - Founding Board Member
Meet Ruth Rivera - Founding Board Member
Ruth grew up in San Rafael and is committed to addressing health and education disparities in our community. She is the Clinic Director at Marin Community Clinic in San Rafael clinic at 3110 Kerner. She has two beautiful children: a 21 year old daughter who is graduating from Dominican University as a Biology major and a 12 year old son in 7th grade. Well connected with our community and youth, Ruth also teaches Sunday School at Nueva Jerusalen at Novato.
Meet Ann Waterman Roy - Founding Board Member
Ann Waterman Roy is currently Innovate School’s Managing Director of Schools and Operations. In the past, Ann was the Boston Executive Director of the Achievement Network, a nonprofit that partners with schools to boost student learning through standards- and data-driven teaching. She built a partnership with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to advise district leaders and provide intensive coaching and support to 40 district schools. Ann has also served as the Executive Director of Excel Academy, a public charter school serving primarily low-income and Latino students that has consistently been one of the top performing public middle schools in Massachusetts. Ann is an alumna of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Jonathan D. Kibera is an entrepreneur and angel investor with experience in strategy and business development. He brings a deep understanding of technology, finance, and business development to our team. In 2002, Jonathan founded an e-commerce company named Mercantila that was eventually sold to Google. While at Google, he founded Google Express and Google Catalogs. In 1999, Jonathan was a product manager at Epinions.com, an early consumer review site. Jonathan now serves as an angel investor at AngelList, an organization that connects investors with start-ups. Jonathan was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but now calls Mill Valley home. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard, where he minored in rowing.
Jonathan Kibera- Founding Board Member
Michele Hansen- Founding Board Member
Michele’s background combines experience in education, business and technology. After teaching first grade in Poway Unified School District for three years, Michele joined Intel Corporation, where she spent nine years in a variety of marketing, business development, and management roles. Subsequently, she served as Senior Vice President for Products and Services at the California Charter Schools Association. More recently, Michele co-founded and led Activate Instruction, an internet-based nonprofit that provided quality free content to the K-12 education market. Michele earned her BA in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College, an MA in Education from Stanford and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Michele also serves as Vice President of Girard Foundation, which supports innovation and systemic reform in K-12 education.
Julian Boralli is an entrepreneur with a passion to improve education. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Escola de Engenharia Mauá (Brazil). From 2012 - 2015, Julian was CFO of Método Engenharia, a 4,000 employee engineering and construction company in Brazil, where he led the acquisition, merger and integration of another important player in the industry. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked for Anheuser-Busch Inbev in sales and marketing roles. As a Commercial Manager, he was responsible for a team of 500 people and achieved significant market share gains in strategic territories. Before joining AB Inbev, Julian spent several years at Telefónica, as project manager of technology and process improvement initiatives in Latin America. In Brazil, he was also an active volunteer for local public education. Julian recently moved to the United States and resides in San Rafael, CA with his wife and three children.