These investors have provided essential support for Citizen Schools programs in California in the 2012-13 academic year.
California Leadership Partners
|Citizen Schools California is pleased to partner with HP to grow our Expanded Learning Time (ELT) strategy in the Bay Area.|
|Thanks to a generous grant from the Sobrato Foundation, we have signed a 10 year lease to move into the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits. This state of the art facility houses 20 other nonprofits in the Redwood Shores location. Citizen Schools California is delighted to join this community.|
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
Boston Scientific Corporation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Juniper Networks Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
West Coast Contract Flooring
Oakland Unified School District
Redwood City School District
Jefferson Elementary School District
Campbell Union School District
The BizWorld Foundation
Board of Advisors
Nonprofit Consultant (BIO)
Goldman Sachs (BIO)
Double Chase Management LLC (BIO)
Education Entrepreneur (BIO)
Christina Wire (BIO)Matthew Schreiber
Educational Promise Foundation (BIO)
A varied career has taken Maria Drake from a medical technology professional, specializing in pediatric hematology-oncology, to a small business owner in the food and beverage industry (for over 25 years.) to finally settling on a career in the non-profit world. While working at Stanford in medical technology, Maria along with a team of five oncology professionals, moved to San Francisco to create a non-profit pediatric cancer treatment center.
After many years of working in the field of medicine, and four children later, Maria and her husband, Robert, followed a dream and purchased and operated a restaurant/bakery in the Russian Hill neighborhood.Being the consummate volunteer for her local public schools and community organizations and searching for yet another challenge, Maria decided to further her education and received a Masters degree in Non-Profit Management with an emphasis on organizational development from the University of San Francisco.She spent 10 years working for the YMCA of San Francisco and the YMCA of Silicon Valley holding positions of Community Relations Director to Executive Director.It was here that Maria honed her grant writing, board development and community building skills. Maria resides in San Francisco with her husband.
David Hopkins was born in the UK and moved back and forth between the US, UK, and Switzerland, establishing his permanent home in the US in 1990. He is founder and CEO of Double Chase Management LLC., established in 1994 in New Jersey and New York, before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. The firm focuses on providing General Management, and Sales and Marketing services to medium and large size privately run businesses to aid them through market, product, technology, and generational changes. Prior to running his own consulting firm David worked in the high technology and automotive industries, primarily in International Marketing, for more than 25 years, and in banking prior to that. He has been President of a manufacturing firm, and a consultant in several industries. In addition to his volunteer work with Citizen Schools, David serves on the Board of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, and for more than 10 years he has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight both on the East and West Coast. He was formerly the President of the Board of Trustees of the Clarence Dillon Public Library, and has served as Board Member at Angel Flight NE, Washington Works, and the Seattle Symphony. David lives with his wife Debby in Palo Alto..
Linda Lazor is currently the Senior Director of Group Product and Solutions Marketing at Cisco. She has extensive experience in technology marketing, strategy, change management and operations. Prior to Cisco, Linda led marketing for a learning and talent management software company where she was responsible for all corporate and product marketing activities including strategy, communications, advertising and events. She also previously was the Vice President of global product marketing and corporate positioning at PeopleSoft. Before joining PeopleSoft, Linda held a variety of management positions at Hewlett Packard in strategy, business operations, product marketing and product management. Linda earned a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a master's in business administration from Stanford University. Linda has a passion for improving the learning experience to close the opportunity gap for children in lower income areas. She is part of Cisco’s Civic Council and has volunteered as a Citizen Teacher with Citizen Schools in East Palo Alto.
Christina Wire joined Google in 2007 as a Manager on Google’s AdSense Online Sales and Operations team. Christina is responsible for managing Google’s relationship with small and medium-sized web publishers in the Americas (U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America). Her teams span a wide breadth of business functions, including sales, marketing, business analytics, sales engineering, operations, grants and customer support. She brings to Google more than 10 years of experience leading a variety of strategic planning, marketing and communications groups at Intel and Stanford University. She also has extensive public policy experience, having spent six years in the U.S. State Department, including as the Director of Economic Assistance for the former Soviet Union and Special Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of State. She holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Pomona College, a Masters degree in International Affairs and Russian Studies from Columbia University, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Christina has served as an advisor and board member for several San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organizations focused on youth development, higher education and community service.
Frank Ghali joined Goldman Sachs' Private Wealth Management Division in 1999, first in the Menlo Park office and then later in the San Francisco office. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Frank was a founding partner in an import/export business in the NY Meptropolitan area. Frank advises clients on asset allocation and risk management strategies. Frank also focuses on issues related to generational wealth planning, estate and gift tax planning, and helping families define and achieve their philanthropic goals and interests. Frank received his B.S./B.A. from Rutgers University. He later received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Certificate of Study in Financial Management and Public Policy from the Wharton School of Business. Frank is a member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council. Frank and his wife Robyn live in San Francisco with their two daughters, Avery and Sadie.
Kelly Pope is an experienced entrepreneur with a background in educational technology and interactive software design. In 2004, Kelly co-founded Interschola, a company providing online auction services to the education market. Kelly has held executive management positions at several interactive software companies including Electronic Arts, Sun and Borland. While serving as the VP of Engineering at Classroom Connect she managed the technology team that developed one of the first online interactive curriculum programs for the K-12 marketplace.
Kelly participated in the early funding of the Girls Middle School in Mountain View, CA, and has previously held board positions at the University of the Pacific and the Montalvo Arts Center. She attended the US Air Force Academy and UC Davis where she earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Kelly's other interests include tennis, playing the piano, food and wine, travel, and spending quality time with her husband and 2 dogs.
A California native, Denise Griffin graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a degree in American Studies. With grandmothers, aunts, parents and siblings engaged in the teaching profession, Denise initially set out to teach special education at the junior high level. She moved into the non-profit sector in 1998, becoming a Program Coordinator for Kids in Common, a San Jose based non-profit focused on both advocacy for children’s issues as well as local program development.
In 2000, Denise joined a then little known internet start-up, Google, as a User Support Coordinator. Hired originally as the single individual responsible for corresponding with end users, Denise’s role expanded exponentially over the ensuing years. She founded and managed a global team on three continents of more than 200 people to support all of Google’s free products over the course of 8 years, expanding support from one product to over 30, from one language to forty-four languages and from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand inquiries per day. Additionally, Denise managed the launch and expansion of one of Google’s charitable giving programs providing free online advertising to non-profits. In the years the program was under her management it expanded to include more one thousand organizations in eleven countries and exceeded $40 million in donations.
On a personal note, Denise is passionate about her three nieces and nephews who live locally and visit frequently and is looking forward to welcoming her first child, a daughter, in September of this year. She and her husband Sean are in the process of building a home together in San Jose and are actually enjoying the process!
Matthew Schreiber has owned and operated OM3 Capital Management since 1999. Since 2005, Mr. Schreiber has served as a board member of EPS, a philanthropic foundation which provides educational support services and mentoring to inner-city children and young adults. Mr. Schreiber helps EPS achieve its mission statement of financially contributing to a number of highly regarded educational projects throughout The Bay Area and California by expanding their current list of grant recipients. Mr. Schreiber also served on the board of Prosper Academy while it was in its inception stage.