for the future of education
John Fisher is the son of Doris and the late Don Fisher and a partner of Sansome Partners. In addition to managing the family’s timber and sports investments, John is Chairman of the KIPP Foundation, Co-Chairman of the Charter School Growth Fund, Advisor to the Fisher Fund, and board member with his brothers Bob and Bill of the City Fields Foundation. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Brian Greenberg is a former Chief Academic Officer, school founder, principal, and classroom teacher with organizations including Envision Schools, Leadership Public Schools Hayward, the Match school in Boston, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. A speaker nationally on personalized learning, education, and venture philanthropy, Brian is the co-creator of the Coursera and Khan Academy MOOC on blended learning, a Stanford University Principal Fellow, and an Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow. Brian received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. from Harvard University.
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank; he serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions; and he is the director of the Education + Technology fund, a joint philanthropic project of Two Sigma and Robin Hood with the mission of unlocking the potential of technology to advance achievement for low-income students. Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.
From classroom teacher to principal to executive director, Robert Schwartz has served in numerous organizations including Los Angeles Unified School District, ICEF Public Schools, Level Playing Field Institute, and New Teacher Center, focusing on the intersection of technology and learning for students and educators. He is an active board member of Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, has co-written numerous publications including Voices of Nonprofit Talent, and co-created a Coursera MOOC on blended learning. Rob has an undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.
Sonali Murarka leads Silicon Schools' data and analytics work. In her past leadership, she served as the Executive Director of the New York City Department of Education Enrollment Research and Policy team that promoted access to high-quality school choices for all families. Previously, she led the NYC DOE school accountability policy team, worked on education economics issues at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and conducted research at the Center for the Advanced Study of India. Sonali received her B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini established the Sobrato Family Foundation in 1996 as a vehicle for multiple generations of the Sobrato family to unify their philanthropic giving for maximum impact. Under her leadership as Board President, SFF has grown tenfold in both assets and annual giving. For over 20 years, Lisa has been a strong advocate for the rights of abused and neglected children and youth from communities in need throughout the Bay Area. She also works passionately as a catalyst for civic engagement among many of the rising leaders in Silicon Valley. Before establishing SFF, Lisa practiced for five years as a corporate associate at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison. Lisa received a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, and a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Business Administration from UCLA. Lisa resides in Menlo Park with her husband Matt and their three children.
In her previous roles at the Stupski Foundation and the Bridgespan Group, Caitrin Wright focused on developing and implementing strategies that personalize learning for students using technology along with other innovative tools. Caitrin is the co-author of the article, “Next Generation Learning: Can We Crack Four Problems to Unleash Quality for All?” She is the chair of the Board of Directors at Navigator Schools, a high performing school network based in Gilroy and Hollister, CA. Caitrin began her career at McKinsey & Company and received her B.A. from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The Silicon Schools Fund is financially supported through philanthropic investments from individuals and foundations who are thought leaders in education, philanthropy, business, and technology.