Daniel McLaughlin is OP’s Founder and CEO. He believes education is the most powerful tool with which to create justice. He has worked in education for 25 years. Before founding OP, Daniel co-founded Envision Schools, a network of three high-performing charter high schools targeting students who would be the first in their families to graduate from college. He was President and CEO for seven years. Envision sends its First-Generation-to-College students to college at almost four times the national average. Daniel led the Bay Area office of New Leaders, among the nation’s top principal training organizations. He taught high school in New Haven, CT and junior high school in Antioch, CA. Daniel received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA and Teaching Credential from Yale College.
Antonio Tapia is OP’s Founding Principal. He comes to OP with over 13 years of experience in public education dedicated to getting low-income students to go to and graduate from college. Most recently, Antonio was Upper School Director at Making Waves Academy (MWA), a charter school in Richmond, CA serving a student body that is 90% of color and 76% of whom live in poverty. At MWA 92% of the 10th grade students passed the English Language Arts (ELA) California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and 90% passed the Math CAHSEE, placing the school amongst the highest-performing in California. Prior to MWA Antonio served as Academic Dean at Leadership Public Schools Richmond where he coached teachers in curriculum design and instruction. Antonio was a Resident at New Leaders for New Schools, one of the nation’s top principal training programs. Antonio spent 9 years in the classroom, teaching middle school and high school students in New York and the Bay Area. Antonio started his teaching career in the South Bronx as a member of Teach For America, where he taught in the school district in which he grew up.
Antonio’s personal path mirrors the path of many of the students he has taught over the years. He grew up in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the nation, and attended public schools there. With great support from his family, who emigrated from Puerto Rico, and his teachers, Antonio achieved academic success and graduated from Cornell University. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. His belief in the power and importance of education stems from what he was able to accomplish with his own education.
Faculty and Staff
Frances Buren was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Dartmouth College where she studied History with a concentration in Colonialism and Resistance. Her thesis focused on British colonial education policy in Nigeria and Sudan. Frances is a Teach For America Corps Member, taught preschool and elementary school in Nicaragua, and taught at Cristo Rey High School in Saint Louis. She also recruited talent for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. Frances speaks Spanish and in her free time she enjoys reading, exploring the city, and working out. She will be with TK for the 2016-2017 year.
Abbey Castillo is a Florida girl, through and through. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Masters degree in Elementary Education and a specialization in Educational Technology. Abbey has taught full day Pre-K at Riverstone Education in Centennial, CO. Most recently, she taught in an English Language Learner classroom at Community Leadership Academy in Commerce City, CO where she practiced using data to drive instruction and created curriculum catered to ELL students. She is very passionate about closing the achievement gap for all kids, integrating technological resources into the classroom, and fostering a genuine love for learning in all of her students. She is thrilled to join OP as a 1st grade teacher for the 2016-2017 year.
Haley George joins the One Purpose team as a kindergarten teacher who is passionate about fostering a warm, friendly, and creative environment in which her students are excited to learn. Haley graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has experience teaching preschool through second grade, and spent a summer in Ghana teaching kindergarteners in a small village. In her free time, Haley enjoys practicing yoga, reading, painting, and listening to music. Haley has spent the last two years teaching in San Jose, and can’t wait to move up to San Francisco to teach at One Purpose! She will be with Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 year.
Anna Halat hails from Waukesha, WI. Anna is passionate about: spreading justice and tolerance through education, helping others through the journey to success, and helping students take responsibility for their learning. She strives to be an advocate for each of her students so learning is fun, engaging, and authentic. Most recently, Anna taught 5th grade at King-Chavez Academy of Excellence in San Diego. Prior to King, she taught at Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes and Central Middle School in Wisconsin. Anna graduated from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse where she captained the women’s basketball team. She will be with 2nd grade for the 2016-2017 year.
Samantha Kelly is a Bay Area native. She grew up in Marin County before venturing over to the East Bay for school. Samantha received a B.A. in Liberal and Civic Studies and a Masters degree in Education from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her studies focused on social justice in elementary schools, leading her to recognize that education is truly the best way to create change within our world. She is passionate about creating a positive, safe, and loving environment for her students and is excited to join the OP community as a First Grade teacher.
Araceli Leon joins OP as one of our Kindergarten Teachers. She joined the inaugural class of Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School, the second charter high school Daniel co-founded in San Francisco. While there, she was Student Body President. A lifelong Mission resident and Lead Teacher at Jamestown Community Center, Araceli is the fourth member of OP’s Founding Team in early 2013. Later that year she joined OP staff as our Community Engagement Director. In that role, she built relationships with 22 early-childhood education providers in OP’s target neighborhoods and led OP’s highly successful student-recruiting charge. She is a student at USF in the Dual Degree Master’s in Education and Credential program.
Sabiá Pinheiro joins OP as our Physical Education teacher. He is a dancer, capoeira practitioner, and teacher. He brings extensive understanding and knowledge of adolescent mediation and conflict management. His goal is to empower people to question and explore methods of artistic expression through Capoeira Arts. Currently, Sabiá teaches capoeira and dance folklore at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland. Previously, Sabiá taught in the Dance Departments at Bard College and NYU as an Adjunct Professor, as well as teaching Capoeira Arts and PE at KIPP AMP Middle School in Brooklyn. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Sabia is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He is a graduate of the Instituto Salvador de Ensino Cultura in Bahia.
Anne Shibley (Annie) joins OP as our Unconditional Education Coach through Seneca Family of Agencies. She has 10 years of teaching experience and believes in education equality. Annie received a Bachelor of Arts, on Elementary Education and a Master of Education, on Special Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She started as a kindergarten teacher in Boston, Massachusetts. She then moved to California and became a Special Education Teacher in middle and elementary school classrooms at Seneca Family of Agencies therapeutic day school, serving high needs youth for four years. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, Annie moved to Haiti where she provided relief efforts and education. Most recently, she helped initiate the partnership between Seneca Family of Agencies and SFUSD.
Addie Johnson joins OP as an Instructional Assistant. Addie grew up in Vermont and recently moved to San Francisco from Boston. She started her career in education as a City Year AmeriCorps Member where she provided instructional support, behavior and attendance coaching to an inspirational group of fourth grade students in Mattapan, Massachusetts. In this role, she discovered the power of education as a tool of social justice and personal empowerment. She is excited to further her career in education and hopes to one day have a classroom of her own. Addie received her Bachelors of Arts from Bates College with a major in Politics and double minor in Chinese and Women and Gender Studies. In her spare time, Addie enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, hiking and exploring the gorgeous west coast landscape.
Roberto Sanchez is a Bay Area native, born in San Francisco and raised in Richmond, CA. Last year Roberto worked with Jamestown Community Center in After-School at OP. This year, he joins the OnePurpose School team as a Instructional Assistant with Transitional Kindergarten. Roberto has four years of experience working with youth, and is currently in school at Community College of San Francisco to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Child Development.
Sofia Sanchez has been passionate about helping youth since she was 14. A San Francisco native, born and raised in the Mission District, she started working at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center at the age of 14 and fell in love with educating youth. For the past five years, she has worked at Up On Top after-school and summer programming creating fun, educational and engaging activities for students in the Tenderloin community. Sofia graduated Sacramento State University with a double major in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration and Women’s Studies. Her commitment to empowering youth of color from low-income communities and creating social change is her personal and professional mission in life. Ms. Sanchez will be a teacher assistant for the 2016-2017 year.
Board of Directors
Dr. David B. Zenoff chairs OP’s Governing Board. He has advised CEOs and Boards of Directors on organization development and change, strategy, and leadership in 90 organizations in 32 countries. Has been on three public company boards of directors. Former Board Chair, Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Taught in the Graduate Schools of Business of Columbia and Stanford Universities. Consulted (gratis) for Boards of Directors and/or Executive Directors of: San Francisco Achievers, First Place for Youth, Reading Partners, Mercy Housing of California, and Mercy Beyond Borders. He received a BA from Stanford, and MBA and DBA from Harvard.
Mark Atkinson is CEO of Mursion, a virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. Founder and former CEO of Teachscape, the nation’s leading provider of online and mobile tools for teacher training and evaluation. Senior Producer, CBS News where he won an Emmy. Director, The Achievement Network, Presence Learning. Visiting Scholar, Stanford. Member, OP Founding Team. He received a BA from Yale.
Melissa Barnes-Dholakia is Founder and CEO of MBD Partners, which supports charter schools in school design, goal setting and monitoring, and performance reporting. Former Co-Director of the award-winning Lighthouse Community Charter School, which serves low-income Latino youth in Oakland. Member, OP Founding Team. She received a BA from Whitman College and MA from the University of Oregon, and was a 2002 New Leaders Fellow.
Greg Berardi is CEO and Founding Partner of Blue Marlin Partners, a marketing and PR firm in San Francisco. Prior, he worked for Bank of America, Fidelity Investments and InsWeb. Award-winning newspaper reporter in Northern California. Member, OP Founding Team. Board Member of Teenforce and former Trustee of the Schools of the Sacred Heart in SF. Greg received his BA from CSU Sacramento.
Christy T. Covalesky is Wealth Manager and Shareholder at Wetherby Asset Management, one of the leading independent investment advisory firms in the United States. Christy started her career at Cambridge Associates, where she advised endowments and nonprofit institutions on investment portfolio strategy and management. She has two young children and enjoys seeing the world through their eyes. She received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Stephen Davis is a Partner at Banneker Partners and has been an active investor in technology companies since 2000. Prior to Banneker Partners, Mr. Davis co-founded Vista Equity Partners, was a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, and practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law in New York with Debevoise & Plimpton and Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Davis graduated from Carleton College and has a JD and MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Davis and his wife Jill Cowan have three children who attend school in the Bay Area.
Peter Dworkin recently retired from the biotechnology industry where most recently he was Vice President, Corporate Communications, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest biotechnology companies in the U.S. Previously, he was the head of investor relations and corporate communications for several other bioscience companies, including Applied Biosystems, a leader in genomics. Before entering the biotech industry he was a journalist with US News and World Report Magazine, the SF Chronicle and Fortune Magazine. He received an AB from Brown and a MBA from UC Berkeley.
Josh Elkes is New York raised and San Francisco based. He currently works at Getty Images in strategic sales and business development. He has also enjoyed a rewarding career in the music industry and is a respected advocate and consultant for several highly regarded non-profits. Elkes holds seats on the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee, Lincoln Center’s Young Patrons Committee, the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council Acquisitions Fund, the New Museum’s Curators Council, SF MoMA’s SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), the MET Museum’s Apollo Circle Patrons Committee, the MoMA Junior Associates, Team Tassy’s (non-profit in Haiti) Board of Directors, and Grassroot Soccer’s (AIDS/HIV Prevention in South Africa) Ambassador’s Council.
Robert Greene has been a thought leader in independent schools and nonprofits for more than 20 years, having served successfully as a teacher and administrator in several independent schools, as well as in urban school environments and social entrepreneurship agencies. Mr. Greene earned his Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. in Economics, with a Political Science minor, from Brown University. He currently a Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach with JONES, a firm that specializes in diversity-based organizational development consulting.
Lisa Gruber is a former fixed-income professional who has since dedicated 20+ years developing and leading fundraising activities that have benefitted youth in education and residential care for underserved mothers and children. She recently worked with UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s staff to successfully launch a new fundraising event to support programs directed towards the wellbeing of patients and their families. She studied Business Administration and Economics at Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Gruber is currently spearheading a remodeling project for a Union Square Historical District Building.
Joi Jackson-Morgan is a San Francisco native and the Executive Director at the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic in her childhood neighborhood, Bayview Hunters Point. Joi is also a New Leaders Council Fellow, a fellowship dedicated to cultivating new progressive community leaders. During and after her undergraduate work at California State University at Hayward, she worked as a math and science teacher at several Bay Area junior high and high schools. She returned to school at Charles R. Drew University to complete her Master’s degree in Urban Public Health.
Peter Joost is a private investor based in San Francisco. His investment interests have been in various industries, including semiconductor equipment, healthcare and investment partnerships. He has invested in mainland China for over 20 years through private and public investment entities which he founded. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has a BA from Stanford and a MBA from Harvard.
George Lula is a risk management and corporate development expert. Former Managing Partner and Owner, Grove Investments, LLC. Founding Shareholder and Financial Officer, Visible Brands. Former CEO, PNC Capital Markets and SVP, Mellon Bank. Current Director and Former Board Chair, Mercy Beyond Borders. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Pamela Mann is an attorney who practiced primarily in the area of structured finance. She is a member and former Board Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Education Fund. She served on the boards of Ronald MacDonald House, the Jewish Community Center, and Temple Emanu El. She has volunteered as a college mentor with College Track and for many years as a tutor at Cobb Elementary School. She is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Berkeley, and Lowell High School.
Linda Mayne is a real estate broker and has owned her own brokerage company, Mayne and Company Real Estate, for 29 years. Linda is also a contemporary artist and has worked as an artist in Art With a Pulse. In 2015, she devoted her open house to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. She received her BA from UCLA.
Susanna Osorno-Crandall is former Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Youth Wellness. CYW’s mission is to improve health of children and adolescents exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Former Manager of Juvenile Justice Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation. She received a BA from San Francisco State and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.
Karen Rathman is President of the Board of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. She is a Senior Scholar at the Center of Adolescence at Stanford University, studying Youth Purpose. She mentors in the Stand-By-Me Mentoring Program. Mrs. Rathman received her BA from the University of Connecticut and MA from the University of London, Institute of Education.
Scott Roberts is Vice President, Enterprise Business Development, LinkedIn. Former Director of Business Development and Business Management, Yahoo! Founder, former VP of Business Development and General Manager, eTranslate. Investor in: Rakuten, Wealthfront, TraceLink, NerdWallet, and Sokanu. Former Trustee, Live Oak School. Member, OP Founding Team. He received a BA from Yale.
Charles Ward is Chief Development Officer for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience. He has held executive positions with the law firm of Rohan & Stepanian, Mirror Cable Television, SFJAZZ, and Family Service Agency of San Francisco. Charles is a former Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Ethics Commission. He served on the advisory committee of the Museum of the African Diaspora, and is a past Board member of BAYCAT, a nonprofit organization in the Bayview. Charles is a consultant to the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra and a member of the Board of Directors of SF Travel. He received his BA from California Western University and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Board of Advisors
Leslie Walker Burlock, Member, 2011 class of Leadership San Francisco, former Board Director at: Bowdoin College, Gateway High School, and the SF Zoological Society.
Ben Daley, Chief Operating Officer, High Tech High. Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Allen Damon, Senior Vice President of Investments, UBS Financial Services. Current/Former Board Member of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club.
Elise Darwish, Chief Academic Officer and Founding Team Member, Aspire Public Schools.
Sue Davenport, nonprofit consultant in Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources. Former Business Manager, Controller at San Francisco University High School, Treasurer, Junior League of San Francisco, and Controller, First Nationwide Investment Corporation.
Nick Driver, VP, Charter School Management Corporation (CSMC is the largest provider of back office services to charter schools in the nation). Former VP for Northern California, CCSA.
Tatiana Epanchin, Former Bay Area Superintendent, Aspire Public Schools, current Founding Partner, DC Developing Leaders Initiative.
Yolanda Garcia, Dean, Child Development & Teacher Education, Santa Rosa Community College
John Glover, Founder and CEO, Alpha Public Schools.
Elise Gresch, Director of Technology, KIPP Bay Area. Former finance professional at Credit Suisse First Boston and Inflexion Private Equity.
Roberto Hernandez, Owner, Latin Zone Productions. Former Executive Director of Real Alternatives Program, Director of Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.
Cathy Hunter, Head of School, San Francisco Friends School.
Dwayne Jones, Founder and President of RDJ Enterprises, a professional services firm, and Advisor, Platinum Advisors. Former Director, San Francisco Mayor’s Office, Communities of Opportunity and Community Development; Executive Director, Young Community Developers. Director, University of California at Berkeley, LOHP; Director of Training, Youth Employment Partnership; and Founder of Urban Ed Academy.
Ingrid Mezquita, Senior Program Officer, First Five San Francisco.
Sunita Mohanty, Director of Early Childhood and Parent Systems at The Primary School.
Mario Paz, Executive Director, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. Good Samaritan delivers comprehensive educational, health, and social services to the Latino immigrant community.
Stanley Rabinowitz, General Manager, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
Arvind Rajan, Co-Founder, Presidio Skunkworks.
Maria Renderos, Parent, Student, Director, Governing Board, Mission Neighborhood Centers.
Mariana Romero, Mission District parent and Family and Community Partnerships Manager, Mission Neighborhood Centers/Mission Head Start.
Steve Schneider, Senior Program Director of the STEM Program, WestEd. Principal Investigator of the NSF’s Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning.
Jerome Shaw, Associate Professor of Science Education, UC Santa Cruz.
Jonathan Skolnick, Candidate for a Doctorate in Education Leadership at Harvard. Previously, Director of Learning Innovation at Junyo Analytics.
Andrew J.M. Spokes, Managing Partner of Farallon Capital Management, the world’s 12th largest hedge fund.
Tricia Stone, Co-Founder of Launch, which empowers students to bridge the gap between school and career success. Founder, Stone Communications.
Doug Tom, Founding Principal and Managing Partner, Tom Eliot Fisch.
Jeffrey Tsang, CEO and Co-Founder of Mastery Design Collaborative, which supports the adoption of large-scale blended, personalized learning programs across school districts.
Claire Way, Former Dean of Students and Culture, KIPP Summit Academy, San Lorenzo.
Anne Worrall, Principal, High Tech Elementary.