Board of Directors

Experts in their fields and passionate about educational equity, the KIPP Foundation’s Board of Directors provide trusted governance and oversee our work. The 17 members are highly engaged and actively committed to improving public education.

Board of Directors

John Fisher, Chairman
Executive Vice Chairman, Pisces, Inc.
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John Fisher, Chairman

Executive Vice Chairman, Pisces, Inc.

John Fisher is the Executive Vice Chairman of Pisces Inc., and Co-Founder of Sansome Partners, which are the family office and investment group, respectively, for the Fisher Family, founders of The Gap. The Doris & Donald Fisher Fund focuses on education reform and charter schools, and was founded by Doris Fisher and the late Donald Fisher.

In addition to serving on a number of corporate boards, John helped found and continues to serve on the board of the Silicon Schools Fund, and is a Special Advisor to the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund. He holds an AB in Politics from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Richard Barth
CEO, KIPP Foundation
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Richard Barth

CEO, KIPP Foundation

Since joining KIPP as CEO in December 2005, Richard has led the significant growth of the KIPP network from 45 to 200 schools, from 8,000 to 80,000 students, and from 400 to over 12,000 alumni. Under Richard’s leadership, KIPP has dramatically expanded its leadership development programs, advocated for high-performing charter schools on Capitol Hill, and secured partnerships with more than 80 colleges and universities.

Richard 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.

Richard earned a BA in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He also currently sits on the board of directors of Braven and General Assembly. Richard was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014. Richard lives in New York with his wife and children.

Emma Bloomberg
Founder/CEO, Murmuration
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Emma Bloomberg

Founder/CEO, Murmuration

Emma Bloomberg is the founder and CEO of Murmuration, a political nonprofit dedicated to providing shared political infrastructure to education advocacy organizations with the end goal that all U.S. children will have access to a quality education. Prior to launching Murmuration in 2014, Emma was Chief of Staff at the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the five boroughs of New York City.

Emma is the Chairman of the Board for Leadership for Educational Equity. She also sits on the boards of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Park Avenue Armory, Ed Post, and Stand for Children. A graduate of Princeton University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School, Emma lives in New York City with her daughter and their two French Bulldogs.

Katherine Bradley
President, CityBridge Foundation
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Katherine Bradley

President, CityBridge Foundation

Katherine Brittain Bradley is the president of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit enterprise located in Washington, D.C. She co-founded CityBridge in 1994 with her husband, entrepreneur and magazine publisher David G. Bradley. The Foundation works to build a citywide system of high-performing public schools in Washington, D.C. CityBridge’s signature projects include the Early Years Education Initiative (2006-2011), the Education Innovation Fellowship, and Breakthrough Schools: D.C., a design competition for educators.

Katherine serves as a board member for Princeton University, the Teach For America D.C. Region, and the DC College Access Program. In the winter of 2010-2011, she co-chaired Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s education transition team. Katherine graduated in 1986 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and she and her husband have three sons.

Philippe Dauman
Chairman/CEO, PPD Investments
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Philippe Dauman

Chairman/CEO, PPD Investments

Philippe Dauman is the Chairman and CEO of PPD Investments, LLC, his family investment entity. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc. from September 2006 to August 2016. Under Philippe’s leadership, Viacom became the #1 family of cable networks with the largest and most valuable audiences, and the #1 destination on all of television for reaching younger audiences, with leading brands including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Paramount Channel and Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio. He served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 1987.

Philippe earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale College and his law degree from Columbia University Law School. He is a director of LafargeHolcim, a world leader in building materials, and a former director of CBS Corporation, Spelling Entertainment, Lafarge S.A., The Tennis Channel, which he co-founded, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and The Paley Center for Media and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Philippe was a member of the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City and served as Co-Chair of the Partnership in 2014 and 2015. Philippe also serves on the Executive Committee of the Lenox Hill Hospital, as well as the Board of Trustees and the Dean’s Council of Columbia University Law School. He is also President and Treasurer of The Philippe and Deborah Dauman Family Foundation, which focuses on education and health.

Mike Feinberg
KIPP Co-Founder
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Mike Feinberg

KIPP Co-Founder

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Mike Feinberg joined Teach For America where he was a fifth-grade bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas, for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with Dave Levin, and the next year went on to found KIPP Academy in Houston. Mike now supports KIPP regions and global development for the KIPP Foundation, along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP Houston.

Mike and Dave have been awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, our nation’s second highest presidential award for a private citizen; Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize; the Ashoka Fellowship; the McGraw Hill Prize; and the National Community Service Award from Spelman College.

Mike holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from both Yale University and Duke University. He holds a Masters of Education from National-Louis University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Society of Fellows of the University of Houston’s Honors College.

Doris Fisher
Founder, Gap Inc. and Co-Founder, KIPP Foundation
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Doris Fisher

Founder, Gap Inc. and Co-Founder, KIPP Foundation

Doris Fisher, co-founder and Honorary Lifetime Director of Gap Inc., is actively involved in philanthropy, continuing a lifelong passion for volunteering and community involvement. In 1977, Doris co-founded the Gap Foundation, and Doris has been on its board of trustees since then. In 2000, Doris co-founded the KIPP Foundation.

Doris is keenly focused on education, the arts, and Bay Area civic organizations. Over the years, in addition to KIPP, Doris has offered exemplary services to Stanford University (her alma mater), the National Gallery of Art, the Princeton Art Museum Advisory Board, the Stanford Art Museum Advisory Board, the Northern California Cancer Society (now Cancer Prevention Institute of America), the San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Doris, who lives in San Francisco, has three sons and ten grandchildren.

Reed Hastings
Founder and CEO, Netflix Inc.
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Reed Hastings

Founder and CEO, Netflix Inc.

Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997. In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997. Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004.

He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including CCSA, DreamBox Learning, Pahara, and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Reed is also a board member of Facebook, and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Reed is married with two children.

Martha L. Karsh
Founder, Karsh Family Foundation
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Martha L. Karsh

Founder, Karsh Family Foundation

Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work.

In 1998, Martha co-founded the Karsh Family Foundation, focusing primarily on supporting education.  To date, the Karsh family and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $175 million to support scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for need-based financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown, Spelman, and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America in K-12. Martha chairs KIPP LA’s 2020 growth campaign, and recently named and dedicated a two-school KIPP Campus in East LA and a community outreach center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple providing a food, dental, vision, legal, and mental health services. She also serves on the Board of LA 2024, Los Angeles’ Olympic committee, and is a Trustee Emerita of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.

In September 2016, The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night: A Private Archive, a book created and edited by Martha, was published by Phaidon Press.

Martha graduated from Virginia Law School (1981) and the University of Virginia (1978); she and Bruce Karsh married in 1980, and together they have raised three children.

Dave Levin
KIPP Co-Founder
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Dave Levin

KIPP Co-Founder

After graduating from Yale University in 1992, Dave Levin joined Teach For America where he taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas. In 1994, Dave won Teacher of the Year honors from his school in Houston, the Jefferson Award for outstanding community service in the city of Houston, and an outstanding teaching award from Teach For America.

Dave co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with Mike Feinberg in 1994, and the next year went on to found KIPP Academy in the South Bronx. Dave served as Superintendent of KIPP NYC until 2012. Dave currently works at the KIPP Foundation with KIPP leaders on instructional innovation, leadership development, and teacher training.

Dave and Mike have been awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, our nation’s second highest presidential award for a private citizen; Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize; the Ashoka Fellowship; the McGraw Hill Prize; and the National Community Service Award from Spelman College.

Dave holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from both Yale University and Duke University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. Dave is the co-founder of three other organizations: Relay Graduate School of Education, the Character Lab, and Zearn where he continues to play an active leadership role. Dave lives in New York City with his wife, two sons, and two labs.

Michael L. Lomax
President and CEO, United Negro College Fund
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Michael L. Lomax

President and CEO, United Negro College Fund

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Dr. Michael Lomax heads the nation’s largest and most successful minority higher-education assistance organization. Immediately before joining UNCF, he served seven years as president of Dillard University in New Orleans.

Michael came to Dillard after thirty years in Atlanta, where he pursued simultaneous full-time careers as a university professor and public servant. Michael is a member of the founding Council of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Teach For America and the Studio Museum in Harlem.  He is a former trustee of Emory University and the High Museum and was the founding chair of the National Black Arts Festival.

Mark Nunnelly
Executive Director of MassIT and Special Advisor to the Governor for Technology and Innovation
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Mark Nunnelly

Executive Director of MassIT and Special Advisor to the Governor for Technology and Innovation

Mark Nunnelly is the Executive Director of MassIT and Special Advisor to the Governor of Massachusetts for Technology and Innovation. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm based in Boston. In 1989, Mark helped found Information Partners, a venture and technology fund backed by Bain Capital that focused on early stage investing. Currently, Mark sits on the Boards of Domino’s Pizza, Warner Music Group, Eschelon Telecom, and Houghton Mifflin Company.

Mark is an active supporter of several charitable organizations, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Jumpstart. He has also been actively involved with City Year since its inception. Mark received his MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School, and an AB from Centre College, where he is a Trustee.

Carrie Walton Penner
Trustee, Walton Family Foundation
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Carrie Walton Penner

Trustee, Walton Family Foundation

Carrie Walton Penner is a K-12 education advocate and chairs the board of directors of the Walton Family Foundation. Her passion for educational equity was ignited during college when she witnessed first-hand the significant quality discrepancy in the U.S. public education system while tutoring high school students in Washington, D.C. She has been active in education research, evaluation, advocacy, and philanthropy for more than 20 years. She is focused on improving access to high-quality schools for every child, particularly those in low-income communities.

With expertise in developing effective governance models for high-impact philanthropy, Carrie has advised many nonprofit organizations on matters such as strategic planning, funder and grantee relationship building, and organizational transitions. In addition to the Walton Family Foundation, she currently serves on the boards of The Aspen Institute, Charter School Growth Fund, EdVoice, and Stanford University Graduate School of Education.

Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis, and a master’s degree in program evaluation—both from Stanford University Graduate School of Education.

Susan Schaeffler
CEO, KIPP DC
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Susan Schaeffler

CEO, KIPP DC

Schaeffler founded KEY Academy, D.C.’s first KIPP school, after being selected as one of three inaugural KIPP Fisher Fellows. After founding and leading KEY Academy, Susan became KIPP DC’s chief executive in 2005. Under her guidance and strategic vision, KIPP DC has grown from one school in 2001 to sixteen schools currently serving 5,700 students, with plans to grow to serve many more. KIPP DC has received numerous honors including the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School award and the National Title One Distinguished School award.

Prior to founding KIPP DC, Susan spent nine years in the classroom; she first began as a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned such honors as Teacher of the Year. Susan’s many honors include being named one of EnVest’s 2007 “40 under 40” and the 2008 Washingtonian of the Year by WashingtonianMagazine. Susan earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and an MA in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.

José Villarreal
Consultant Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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José Villarreal

Consultant Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

José Villarreal is a consultant to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he provides strategic counseling to firm clients on a range of legal and policy issues. Prior to becoming a consultant, José was a longtime partner with the firm.

José has served as U.S. Commissioner General to the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, a post to which he was named by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and given ambassadorial rank by President Obama. In November of 2015, he received the Orden del Aguila Azteca – the most important decoration awarded by the Mexican government – for his endeavors that have benefited Mexico and Mexicans. José has also been recognized by numerous publications for his achievements, and in 2011 he received a distinguished alumni award from Purdue University. Mr. Villarreal currently serves on the board of directors of Union Pacific. He also serves or has served on the following boards: Center for American Progress, Cisneros Center for New Americans, the U.S. Mexico Foundation, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Close Up Foundation.

Abigail S. Wexner
Chairman and CEO of Whitebarn Associates
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Abigail S. Wexner

Chairman and CEO of Whitebarn Associates

Abigail S. Wexner, lawyer and community volunteer is involved in philanthropic work nationally and locally, with a particular focus on children’s issues.

Mrs. Wexner is the chairman and CEO of Whitebarn Associates, a private investment company. She serves on the boards of LBrands, Inc., Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, the Columbus Partnership, Pelotonia, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, The Wexner Foundation, The Wexner Center Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. She is founding board member and vice chair of the board for KIPP Columbus, founder and chair of the board for The Center for Family Safety and Healing and a past chair of the Governing Committee of the Columbus Foundation. Mrs. Wexner also held a presidential appointment to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

From 2005 through July 2012, Mrs. Wexner served as chair of the board of directors for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Under Mrs. Wexner’s leadership, Nationwide Children’s completed the largest pediatric expansion in our nation’s history and has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals list every year since 2006.

Prior to moving to Columbus, she practiced law from 1987 to 1992 with the London and New York offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell. She is a graduate of the Dwight School, New York City; Barnard College at Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; and New York University School of Law.

Mrs. Wexner is married to Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and founder of LBrands, Inc. They are the parents of four children, ranging in age from eighteen to twenty-two years of age.

Don Fisher, Founding Board Chair, Emeritus September 3, 1928 - September 27, 2009
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Gap Inc. and Co-Founder, KIPP Foundation
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Don Fisher, Founding Board Chair, Emeritus September 3, 1928 - September 27, 2009

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Gap Inc. and Co-Founder, KIPP Foundation

Don Fisher was the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Gap Inc. He served on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was a director of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, and a governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Don was also on the California State Board of Education and was a director on the board of EdVoice and Teach For America.

Don was the director of the National Retail Federation and received the Retailer of the Year award in 1996. He was also actively involved in the California Business Roundtable and the Committee on Jobs Executive Committee. Other honors include the California Arts Council Governor’s Award for Individual Patrons of the Arts, and selection to the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Achievement.

In 2000, Don co-founded the KIPP Foundation and then served as Chairman of the Board until 2009.

Scott W. Hamilton, Founding Board Member, Emeritus
CEO, Circumventure Learning
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Scott W. Hamilton, Founding Board Member, Emeritus

CEO, Circumventure Learning

Scott Hamilton is the CEO of Circumventure Learning, a firm pursuing ways to use digital learning technology to put the acquisition of knowledge and skills back in the hands of students and parents.

Scott co-founded the KIPP Foundation, served as President and then CEO for its first five years, and was a founding board member from 2000 to 2009.

Shawn Hurwitz, Founding Board Member, Emeritus, July 2, 1965-October 11, 2015
President and CEO, MAXXAM Property Company
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Shawn Hurwitz, Founding Board Member, Emeritus, July 2, 1965-October 11, 2015

President and CEO, MAXXAM Property Company

Shawn Hurwitz was President and CEO of MAXXAM Property Company, a real estate development company focused on community development and related real estate investment. As President and CEO, Shawn was responsible for the supervision and implementation of all real estate activities, including development, acquisition, disposition, investment, sales and marketing, and operating activities.

Shawn served as a founding board member of KIPP Foundation from 2000 to 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Board of KIPP Houston’s schools from 1998-2006, thus playing an active leadership role in the creation of KIPP’s first region in Houston as well as the national replication.