Richard Barth was made CEO of the KIPP Foundation in December of 2005. Over the past eight years, he has overseen the significant growth of the network from 45 to 141 schools, dramatically expanded KIPP's leadership development programs, advocated for high performing charter schools on Capitol Hill, and secured more than $260 million in new, long-term philanthropic commitments, including more than $100 million from the federal government.
Barth came to KIPP from Edison Schools, where he served as President of District Partnerships and managed school partnerships serving more than 40,000 students. Prior to joining Edison, Richard was one of the founding staff members of Teach For America. He earned a BA in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He currently sits on the board of directors of 50CAN, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, General Assembly, and ROADS Network Charter Schools, and is President of the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors. Barth was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014 Commencement ceremonies.
As CFO based in the San Francisco office, Tarun leads the Finance, Facilities, and Administration teams, overseeing and directing KIPP’s financial strategy and operations as well as facilities activities. Tarun came to KIPP in April 2013 from Alliant International University in San Francisco where he served as Executive Vice President of International and Strategic Development and previously Senior Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning/CFO. Before transitioning to the education world, Tarun served in leadership roles in multi-national Fortune 500 companies in different industries which include High Technology, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Service, Health Care, Electronics, Consumer and Industrial Sectors. He also served as CFO of Solectron (Flextronics) in Asia, various financial leadership roles with United Technologies (Otis Elevator) in Connecticut, and Johnson and Johnson in New Jersey, and also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.
Tarun graduated with a B. Com. Degree from Sydenham College at the University of Mumbai before attending Cornell University where he received his MBA in Finance. His qualifications include a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Over the course of his career, Tarun has lived in Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Nigeria, Taiwan and Turkey as well as East and West coast of the United States.
As Chief Learning Officer, Sarah works alongside the KIPP network's school leaders and aspiring leaders, facilitating opportunities for their professional growth, reflection, and development. Sarah previously led the KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP) team’s work with regional leaders and external partners as the Senior Director of National-Local Leadership Development.
Sarah first joined KIPP in 2001 as KIPP DC: KEY Academy’s founding 5th grade math teacher. Sarah served as KEY’s vice principal, then principal, and eventually KIPP DC’s first Chief Academic Officer. Under Sarah’s leadership, KEY Academy was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2007. Sarah has been honored with KIPP’s Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and the Washington Post’s Principal of the Year Award in 2009. Sarah began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC and received a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and an MBA from the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
Jack oversees the KIPP Foundation's national strategy and execution across complementary areas that drive KIPP network growth and outcomes including our Teaching and Learning Labs (responsible for equipping KIPP teachers and schools nationwide with highly effective curriculum, assessment, and professional development solutions) and the Research, Design, and Innovation (RDI) team which includes educational technology innovation; our national KIPP Through College effort (focused on ensuring that KIPP alumni nationwide successfully matriculate to, and graduate from, college); Research and Evaluation; and Knowledge Sharing (focused on disseminating best practice and catalyzing innovation across the KIPP network). He also oversees the organization's Talent, Finance and Technology functions.
Jack previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of KIPP NYC, leading the strategy and business operations of KIPP's growing network of charter schools in New York City. Before joining KIPP, Jack was a principal at Levin Capital Strategies, where he invested in media and technology equities. He developed his deep interest in education while serving in general management, product management and business development roles at Kaplan and Pearson Education. Jack started his career working in law, policy and politics in Washington, D.C. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jack lives in New York City with his wife and three daughters.
As the Chief Research, Design & Innovation (RDI) Officer at the KIPP Foundation, Jonathan is responsible for leading the RDI team's efforts to support the KIPP network in getting better as we get bigger. In his capacity leading RDI, Jonathan partners with and oversees: KIPP’s national Research and Evaluation team (focused on creating ongoing visibility into KIPP’s network-wide performance and school & regional health; generating actionable insights; and ensuring high quality data and research support network leaders in making data-driven decisions); the national KIPP Through College team (focused on ensuring that KIPP alumni nationwide successfully matriculate to and graduate from college); the Knowledge Sharing team (focused on catalyzing and disseminating promising ideas and practices and executing KIPP School Summit, our annual gathering of KIPP’s leaders, teachers, and staff for connecting, learning, and sharing); and the Technology team (focused on educational technology innovation, application development, and tech infrastructure).
Prior to joining KIPP, Jonathan spent over 10 years at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he assisted senior executives of large, complex organizations in addressing strategic, operational, and organizational issues and in managing large scale change. As a principal and partner at BCG, Jonathan spent several years helping to build and lead BCG's public education practice. Jonathan has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a BS in applied mathematics from Yale University. Jonathan lives in the greater Chicago area with his wife and three sons.
As Chief of Staff, Valerie is responsible for managing strategic and annual planning for the KIPP Foundation. Valerie leads network-wide project teams to pursue key initiatives such as the development of KIPP's 2015 strategic priorities and the coordinated pursuit of large-scale public funding for the KIPP network.
Valerie came to KIPP from McKinsey & Company where she led teams to develop strategies for leading institutions in the financial, technology and education sectors and helped launch McKinsey's Financial Inclusion Practice. Prior to McKinsey, Valerie worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Latin America and Real Estate groups and also served as weekly tutor at a local public school. Valerie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an BA in Economics from Princeton University.
As General Counsel, Nolan provides legal counsel to the KIPP Foundation as well as KIPP schools and regional operations throughout the country. Prior to joining KIPP, Nolan worked as an Associate in the Public Finance Department of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Before entering law school, Nolan was a Budget and Policy Analyst for both the Chief Administrative Office of Los Angeles County and the Office of Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. in the City and County of San Francisco.
Nolan attended U.C. Berkeley where he earned a Bachelor's degree in International Political Economy and a Master's in Public Policy. He earned his JD from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California State Bar Association. His all-time favorite movie is The Godfather Part II.
As Chief Development Officer at the KIPP Foundation, David is a member of the leadership team that determines the KIPP Foundation’s strategy to grow the KIPP network of schools with quality and sustainability. In his role, he oversees the Foundation's development strategy and execution, and works closely with KIPP’s schools and regions across the country, providing direct consultative support around fundraising planning. Under his leadership over the past six years, the Foundation has raised over $200 million, fueling the growth of the KIPP network from 57 to 141 schools nationally.
Prior to joining KIPP, David served as Managing Director for Capital Giving for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Before that, he was a Regional Director for Capital Giving at Harvard. David began his career in development as an Annual Fund Officer for the University of Chicago. David received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and earned a Master's in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A native of Sheboygan, WI, David and his wife Mieka make their home in the Washington, DC area with their daughter Annabelle and son Samuel.
As Chief Program Officer, Kelly guides the KIPP Foundation’s programming strategy. She works closely with Network Services and the KIPP School Leadership Programs to ensure our schools and regions have the support they need to accomplish their critical work of serving our students.
Prior to joining the KIPP Foundation, Kelly founded KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy in San Diego and was its principal for four years. Under her leadership, KIPP Adelante was named a California Distinguished School in 2006 and received the 2007 National Title I Distinguished School Award in California for most narrowing the achievement gap that year. Kelly has experience teaching in bilingual classrooms from third to eighth grades, and was the Director of Bilingual Programs at a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated with a BA from Carleton College in Latin American Studies and holds an EdM from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy.
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