Bonnie Lathram

Bonnie Lathram, Director of Professional Learning, Global Online Academy

Interim Board Chair

An experienced educator, Bonnie served as teacher and counselor at a project-based school in Seattle and co-led the development of a competency-based high school transcript. At Big Picture Learning, an international network of innovative schools, Bonnie was a school design coach, where she led training for educators in social and emotional learning and the role of noncognitive skills in college degree attainment. Bonnie co-wrote a guidebook for educators called The Role of Noncognitive Skills in Student Success and a book for parents on educational trends that impact families and students. She is the author of numerous publications and 100+ articles, and her work has been published on websites such as The Huffington Post, ParentMap, and Education Week. She has also presented at numerous education conferences. Bonnie now serves as director of professional learning at a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, Global Online Academy, where she develops leading edge learning opportunities for education leaders and school-based teams.

Carolyn Chuong

Carolyn Chuong Holgate, Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Carolyn is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon, developing new products to enable customers to reorder their everyday essentials. Previously she was a Consultant at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit helping K-12 education organizations become more effective in their work. Carolyn supported past clients—including charter schools—on strategic planning, grant writing, and financial forecasting. Carolyn also worked at Mathematica Policy Research where she measured the effectiveness of education policies using impact evaluations and data analytics. She began her career teaching English and TOEFL in Venezuela as a Fulbright Fellow. Carolyn holds an M.B.A. from the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a B.A. from Brown University.

Louis Garcia

Louis Garcia, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Louis has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2005 and has served in chief executive positions in Albuquerque and Tallahassee, and currently leads as CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. For over 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided meaningful, professionally supported mentoring relationships to youth facing adversity in the Puget Sound region, serving King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Our belief is that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Together with mentors, supporters, families and the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a collective of everyday defenders, stepping out boldly to make sure the littlest among us have the biggest possible futures.

In 2018 Louis was voted as co-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Leadership Council, a small group of CEOs and board members elected by peers to guide the national strategic direction and serve as liaison to 300+ affiliate agencies across the country. Prior to joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, Louis Garcia worked in Residence Life at the University of Florida and Arizona State University. Garcia is a proud Gator, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising, a master’s degree in Counseling, and a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship, all from the University of Florida. He is married to Courtenay, and enjoys family time with two elementary school aged boys, Rylan
and Dillon.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound we know strong mentoring relationships lead to happier, more confident and better performing students. When a young person performs well in the classroom, a teacher can teach and the classroom environment improves. Improved classrooms lead to better schools and better schools provide a strong foundation for thriving communities, both socially and economically. By intentionally serving children facing adversity in their community, we stand strong and help those most likely to struggle with school performance, risky behaviors, and graduation in building their paths to future success.

Nicholas Bradford

Nicholas Bradford, Founder, National Center for Restorative Justice

A life long educator with extensive experience with challenging students inside and outside the classroom. In 2009 Nicholas Bradford started his Restorative Justice education in VT, working with national and international leaders along side local facilitators. He has facilitated countless restorative conferences and community building circles in a variety of settings. Working in therapeutic setting, schools, afterschool programs, and justice settings has shaped a skill set the delivers a comprehensive.Restorative Justice framework. In 2012 Nicholas received his Masters Degree in Education Policy and founded the Restorative Justice Center for the Northwest (Later in 2016 it became the National Center for Restorative Justice). Nicholas tries to balance both the interpersonal skills and policy. Having worked with many schools and districts he has built a robust program that gives schools, educators, and students the skills and structures they need to create a culture of belonging and success inspite of conflict.

Greg Sommers

Greg Sommers, Executive in Residence, The Center for Educational Leadership

Greg Sommers is a strategic advisor serving organizations seeking to transform student experiences in order to eliminate equity gaps. Previously, Greg was managing director of strategy and programs for the Bezos Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports learning from birth through high school and whose vision is that all young people are prepared to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to society. In this role, Greg led efforts to transform adolescent student learning experiences through grant partnerships and foundation-run programs, Students Rebuild and the Bezos Scholars Program.

Before joining the Bezos Family Foundation, Greg spent over 11 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with initiatives to improve U.S. K-12 student outcomes. In that capacity, he stewarded grants and partnerships with leading school systems, school models, and school reform organizations to create better high schools, develop great teaching, and empower talented educators. Prior the Gates Foundation, Greg served as a Director at New American Schools. Greg began his career in education teaching high school and middle school students in the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Greg received a bachelor’s degree in history and Master of Teaching degree at the University of Virginia, and he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. Greg resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife and three sons.

Holly Morris

Holly Morris, Education Innovation Leader

Holly Morris is a leader and champion of equity-focused education innovation across the spectrum from early learning to higher education. In her work with EDUCAUSE and the Washington State Charter Schools Association, she focused on principles of user-centered design and led education leaders through design processes to create new schools, new programs, and new business models to increase student success. To this work, Holly brings ten plus years of experience in adaptive coaching and change management to build leadership capacity within organizations and ensure initiative sustainability. She holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, a M.Ed. (policy) from the University of Washington, and a B.A. (political science) from Northwestern University.

Jimmy Brown

Jimmy Brown, Owner at Ambition is Priceless Consulting

As a youth advocate for 11 years Jimmy Brown has worked with thousands of youth in Federal Way, Seattle, Renton, and Highline Public School Districts. His passion for developing leaders of color was the driving force in launching his own consulting firm entitled “Ambition Is Priceless Consulting” in 2016. Currently Mr. Brown delivers leadership development training in Seattle Public School and Kent School District and partners with multiple community-based organizations in effectively building leadership skills for students of color. Currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration at Seattle University, Mr. Brown is dedicated to impacting the overall mission and visions of youth on a large scale and wants to change the thought processes behind goal-setting to encompass a urgency for youth of color to advocate for themselves, their communities, and their families by obtaining positions of power in public, private, and non profit organizations.

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