KIPP Foundation Leadership Team

We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity.

KIPP Foundation Chief Executive Officer Richard Barth
Richard Barth
Chief Executive Officer
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KIPP Foundation Chief Executive Officer Richard Barth

Richard Barth

Chief Executive Officer

"When life is difficult, or I doubt my abilities, I think of what our kids do every day and what we ask of them. It's our KIPPsters who inspire me to keep going."

As CEO of the KIPP Foundation, Richard leads the growth of the KIPP network, which grew from 45 to 224 schools, from 8,000 to nearly 100,000 students, and from 400 to over 27,000 alumni since 2005. Under Richard’s leadership, KIPP dramatically expanded KIPP’s 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. Prior to joining Edison, Barth was one of the founding staff members of Teach For America.

Richard earned a B.A. in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He currently sits on the board of directors of Braven, General Assembly, and the KIPP Foundation. Barth 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.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Curious. As curious at 80 as I am now.

Favorite quote:

"Respect everyone. Fear no one."

Richard Buery, Jr.
Chief of Policy & Public Affairs
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Richard Buery, Jr.

Chief of Policy & Public Affairs

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.” - Frederick Douglass

As Chief of Policy & Public Affairs, Richard leads the KIPP Foundation’s public policy, advocacy, marketing, and communications efforts to grow the KIPP network and advocate for policies that make it easier for students to afford college and overcome other barriers to success.

While in college, Richard founded the Mission Hill Summer Program in a Roxbury, Massachusetts housing development, and went on to teach fifth grade at an orphanage in Bindura, Zimbabwe.  After a brief stint as a civil rights lawyer, Richard co-founded iMentor, a national college access program which empowers low-income first-generation high school students to graduate college, and Groundwork, supporting the educational aspirations of Brooklyn public housing residents.  While the CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, he founded the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the South Bronx.  Most recently he served as Deputy Mayor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, where he led key initiatives including Pre-K for All, which for the first time offers free, full-day Pre-K for every 4-year old in NYC, increasing enrollment from 19,000 to 70,000 children in 18 months, and ThriveNYC, a comprehensive effort to improve New Yorkers’ mental health.

A 2016 Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow of the British American Project, he was named one of Ebony Magazine’s “30 Leaders of the Future under 30,” and Crain’s “40 Leaders of the Future under 40,” and received the Extraordinary Black Man Award for Humanitarianism from the United Negro College Fund. A graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College, Richard lives in Brooklyn with his wife Deborah, a law professor, and his two sons.

Favorite College Course:

Contemporary African-American Cinema

KIPP Foundation Chief Financial Officer Garfield Byrd
Garfield Byrd
Chief Financial Officer
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KIPP Foundation Chief Financial Officer Garfield Byrd

Garfield Byrd

Chief Financial Officer

"Money can be accumulated and lost, but investments you make in yourself can make you very rich indeed."

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Garfield Byrd leads the Finance, Grants, Financial Planning and Administration teams at KIPP. Prior to joining KIPP, Garfield spent 25 years in both non-profit and for-profit sectors providing accounting and financial guidance to numerous organizations that had a commitment to positively impact lives and increase access to education. Garfield served as Chief of Finance and Administration for the Wikimedia Foundation, where he worked to support a global network of chapters to improve financial and governance practices. Garfield also served as the executive sponsor for Wikimania, the global conference of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia community, and was awarded San Francisco Bay Area CFO of the Year for a Non-Profit Organization.

Garfield has also served as CFO of The New Teacher Center, CFO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Treasurer of Pacific Collegiate School. Garfield has an MBA and a B.S in Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University. Garfield enjoys spending time with his high school sweetheart, of over 35 years, in Sausalito, CA and their two sons.

Who inspires you:

I am most inspired by people doing good deeds when they don't have to.

Favorite College Course:

Management Accounting

KIPP Foundation President Jack Chorowsky
Jack Chorowsky
President
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KIPP Foundation President Jack Chorowsky

Jack Chorowsky

President

"Play hard, have fun, make a difference."

As President of the KIPP Foundation, Jack leads the development and execution of KIPP’s national strategy to drive school growth and K-16 student outcomes. Jack guides KIPP’s leadership team in optimizing the school, regional, and national operating models required to deliver college and career results at scale; supporting our network in their successful implementation; and training and developing our leaders.

Jack previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer at 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 where he developed award-winning blended learning products for K-12 and Higher Ed markets.

Jack 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.

Favorite Quote:

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

Favorite College Course:

Constitutional Law

Jonathan Cowan
Chief Research, Data & Innovation Officer
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Jonathan Cowan

Chief Research, Data & Innovation Officer

"What I love about KIPP is our constant focus on what's best for kids and our relentless quest to learn and get better."

As the Chief Research, Data & Innovation Officer at the KIPP Foundation, Jonathan Cowan partners with and oversees: KIPP’s national Research & Evaluation, Insight & Analytics, KIPP Through College, and Technology teams.

Prior to joining KIPP, Jonathan spent over ten 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 then as a partner and managing director 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 Kris and their three sons.

Favorite College Course:

Intro to Micro Economics

Favorite quote:

Work hard. Be nice.

Chief Learning Officer Freddy Gonzalez
Freddy Gonzalez
Chief Learning Officer
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Chief Learning Officer Freddy Gonzalez

Freddy Gonzalez

Chief Learning Officer

"I'm passionate about helping students of color succeed in our world and have choice."

Freddy Gonzalez leads the KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP) team to empower the KIPP network’s aspiring leaders, facilitate opportunities for their professional growth, reflection, and development, while also developing and executing KIPP’s talent strategy.

Before joining the KIPP Foundation, Freddy worked at KIPP Austin College Prep (KACP) where he taught language arts, social studies, writing, and served as the eighth grade level chair. He went on to become the assistant principal at KACP, and finally served as principal for seven years after completing KSLP’s Principal Prep Program. Under his leadership, the school earned Recognized or Exemplary ratings every year and earned distinctions in all possible categories such as achievement in reading/ELA, achievement in math, and top 25% student progress.

Formerly, Freddy was the lead college counselor for the Settlement College Reading Program in New York City. Freddy earned his M.Ed. from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, and a B.A. from Brown University.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Kelly Clarkson's roadie

Favorite Quote:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK Jr.

KIPP Foundation Chief People Officer Valerie Hamilton
Valerie T. Hamilton
Chief People Officer
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KIPP Foundation Chief People Officer Valerie Hamilton

Valerie T. Hamilton

Chief People Officer

"I am surrounded by dedicated and passionate people who give of themselves in tremendous ways to help KIPP achieve results."

Valerie leads the Talent Team, ensuring the KIPP Foundation is a great place to work by partnering with team and family members to recruit and onboard top talent and provide staff with resources and opportunities to grow and be successful.

Valerie previously served as the Chief HR Officer for Ipsos, a global market research firm, and was Vice President, Human Resources for Global Technology and Operations at MetLife. She became an incredible human resource leader over the years by employing a consultative approach to her partnerships with clients as well as leading the planning, program development and leadership/management development departments for Time Inc., The New York Times, and Sterling Drug. Valerie holds a Master’s degree from New York University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.

A native Long Islander, Valerie is deeply involved in her community serving in various roles within her church, supporting local advocacy efforts, and relishing all that Broadway has to offer. More than anything, she loves spending time with and traveling with her family

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Professional photographer

Who inspires you?

My parents because they were nurturing, loving and forthright about the challenges that life would hold.

KIPP Foundation General Counsel Nolan Highbaugh
Nolan Highbaugh
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
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KIPP Foundation General Counsel Nolan Highbaugh

Nolan Highbaugh

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

"What drew me to KIPP and what keeps me here is that it's about 'kids first' above everything else."

Nolan provides legal counsel to the KIPP Foundation on a wide range of issues including strategic decisions, transactions, human resources, governance, and real and intellectual property.

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. He currently serves on the governing boards of Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco and The Berkeley School in Berkeley, CA.

Nolan attended U.C. Berkeley (Go Bears!) 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. Even more noteworthy, Nolan volunteers as a Section Leader for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade with nine years and counting under his belt.

Favorite Quote:

"You can observe a lot by just watching." Yogi Berra

Favorite College Course:

Constitutional Law - my favorite class of all time.

KIPP Foundation Chief of Staff Anne LaTarte
Anne LaTarte
Chief of Staff
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KIPP Foundation Chief of Staff Anne LaTarte

Anne LaTarte

Chief of Staff

I believe in the potential of all human beings and I believe KIPP can be a place that creates optimal conditions in schools across the country for our kids to fully realize what they are capable of becoming. I want to be a part of that.

As Chief of Staff, Anne leads her team in designing and executing the Foundation’s process for setting strategic plans and executing against them in support of KIPP’s national priorities.

Anne came to KIPP with 13 years of experience in the education world, starting in NYC where she was a special education classroom teacher, Teach For America coach and program manager, and Executive Director of Assessment at NYC’s Department of Education. Eager to apply what she had done and learned in NYC to a school-level context, Anne returned to their home state of Michigan where she founded a K-5 arts-infused charter school in Southwest Detroit. She then brought her organizational strategy and design and leadership development skills back to Teach For America to serve as Senior Managing Director for Strategy and Innovation.

Anne earned her Bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College and a Master’s in Education at Pace University. In 2011, Anne completed the Broad Residency. Outside of her professional life, Anne is busy running, reading, taking family road trips, and performing musical numbers for and with her two-year-old daughter Vera.

What was your favorite course in college?

Theatrical Improv. To me, the rules of improvisation are the same rules for being a good human. A code to live by.

Person who most inspires you:

Can I have two? My mom and my daughter.

KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin
Dave Levin
Co-Founder                                            
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KIPP Co-Founder Dave Levin

Dave Levin

Co-Founder                                            

"Whenever people question or have doubts about the future, they just need to come into a KIPP school and see the tremendous effort and optimism of our students and teachers. They will see the best of America at work."

From teacher, to principal, to Executive Director, Dave has taken on many roles since co-founding KIPP in 1994. Dave currently works with KIPP leaders on instructional innovation, leadership development, and teacher training.

Throughout his career, Dave has been awarded: The Robin Hood Foundation’s John F. Kennedy, Jr. Hero Award, an Ashoka Fellowship, the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize, a national service award from Spelman College, Honorary degrees from Duke and Yale University; and the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, our nation’s second highest presidential award for a private citizen.

Outside of KIPP, Dave co-founded three organizations: Relay Graduate School of Education, the Character Lab, and Zearn. Dave lives in New York City with his wife, two sons, and two labs, Bubbles and Rocket.

Favorite College Course:

Daily Themes: a writing course

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A yellow lab

KIPP Chief Program and Impact Officer Erin McMahon
Erin McMahon
Chief Program and Impact Officer
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KIPP Chief Program and Impact Officer Erin McMahon

Erin McMahon

Chief Program and Impact Officer

“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."

Erin McMahon joined KIPP in December from Denver Public Schools, where she led the Academics and Innovation teams. In this capacity, Erin co-led an Early Literacy Strategy district-wide that resulted in a third of DPS schools increasing their rating between 2016 and 2017, fueled by students’ record growth in early literacy, the highest growth in one year in DPS history.

While at DPS Erin served as the Director of Teacher Talent Management, responsible for the recruitment and LEAP teams. She then served for three years as an Instructional Superintendent for 13 elementary and one K-8 school in Near North East Denver. Prior to joining DPS, Erin led the turnaround of The Henry Street School for International Studies, a 6th – 1 2th grade secondary school, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Erin started her career in education through Teach For America, in an elementary school in Washington, DC. She moved from the classroom to management consulting with Ernst and Young. After business school, Erin worked for City Year in Boston and was selected for the fifth cohort of New Leaders for New Schools in New York City.

She holds a bachelor of arts in history from Yale University, a master of science in Education Leadership from Pace University, and a master in Business Administration from Cornell. Erin also earned Gold Certification in Observation and Feedback through the Relay Graduate School of Education’s Leverage Leadership Institute and serves as an advisor for the NPAF program.

Person Who Inspires You:

My grandmother, who is now deceased but who was a career educator and believed in the potential of every child to succeed.

Favorite Course in College:

Medieval Jewish History, an upper level History class on the Jewish people, 12-14th centuries in Europe and the Diaspora

Meet a Few KIPP Foundation Teammates

Opportunities at the KIPP Foundation

KIPP schools, KIPP regions, and the KIPP Foundation – are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all.