Bonnie Lathram

Bonnie Lathram, Director of Professional Learning, Global Online Academy

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.

Greg Sommers

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

Vice Chair

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.

Carolyn Chuong

Carolyn Chuong Holgate, Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Treasurer

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.

Jimmy Brown

Jimmy Brown, Owner at Ambition is Priceless Consulting

Secretary

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.

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.

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.

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