for the future of education
Dr. Tommy Chang is an education leader who has worked across the country, most recently serving as the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools from 2015-18. Prior to that, Tommy served as the local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he focused on school turnaround efforts and supported innovative school models in the school district. A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. from Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed.’s from the Principals Leadership Institute and the Teachers Education Program at the University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Shauntel Garvey is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Reach Capital where she provides startup capital and support to technology companies focused on issues of access and opportunity in education. Prior to Reach, Shauntel was a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and invested in over 40 early stage K12 edtech companies through the NewSchools Seed Fund. Shauntel is an active writer and thought leader in the education technology space and published “New Approaches to Edtech Funding” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.
Brian Greenberg leads the Silicon Schools Fund team and 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.
Loretta Hickman is the Director of Academic Initiatives at the Silicon Schools Fund. Prior to joining our team she served on the leadership team of Exceed Charter School in Brooklyn, NY for four years, with the last two years as principal. She started her career as an educator teaching first grade in Harlem at Success Academy before joining the Exceed team as a founding second grade teacher and special education teacher. Loretta received her bachelors in Urban Education and Psychology from Stanford University, an MA in Inclusive Elementary Education from Teachers College and an MS in Administration and Supervision from Fordham 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.
Amy Ng leads our analytic and strategic work at Silicon Schools. She spent five years at Aspire Public Schools, leading the network’s Operations team, charter petitions and renewals, authorizer compliance, state and federal reporting, and the development of school ops leaders. Amy began her career at Amazon.com as a Financial Analyst, who helped launch the Kindle e-reader and digital content business while overseeing the Amazon retail vendor services and experience business. Amy is a first generation Chinese-American to graduate from high-school and college and received her B.A. from The University of Washington.
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. Rob leads human capital investments within the Silicon Schools Fund team as well as providing academic supports to our portfolio schools. He 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.
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.
As Managing Partner, Caitrin leads the internal team and directs our strategy and diligence work as a fund. In her previous roles at the Stupski Foundation and the Bridgespan Group, Caitrin Wright focused on developing and implementing strategies that transform and scale effective teaching and learning practices. She is the chair of the Board of Directors at Navigator Schools, a high performing school network based in Gilroy, Hollister, and Watsonville, 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.