Nick Driver is the co-founder of Clear Thinking, a non-profit dedicated to supporting schools and organizations with their governance, programmatic, financial and operational needs. Nick’s motivation to be a school advocate and leader grew out of his research into the experiences of countless students that have not been given an adequate education. His professional and personal goal is to help schools and the public school system reach the point where every child is able to master their learning in a challenging and rewarding way, so that they graduate from high school with the skills, mindset, and agency necessary to thrive as adults.
Nick has led Education for Change Public Schools, a six-school charter management organization in east Oakland, for the past four years as Board Chair and 10 years as board member. In addition to serving as Board Chair, Nick is also the Chair of its Executive Committee;
Eva Camp also serves on the Board of Full Circle Fund. A mother of three children, she dedicates her time to improving education. She currently leads the Parents Association with over 600 volunteers and serves on the Board of Trustees at Head-Royce, her children’s school. She also serves on the Board of National Equity Project (formerly BAYCES), which coaches people to become the leaders who deliver on the promise of a quality education for every child in America. Eva worked for more than 10 years at Microsoft, marketing some of the company’s most successful products, including Word, Office and consumer titles. Her last role there was Director of Market Planning and Analysis for Microsoft’s line of home products. Other highlights at Microsoft include helping lead the turnaround in the company’s Japanese application software business during a 3 year stint in Microsoft’s Far East region and leading the first worldwide launch of Microsoft Office in over 25 languages. Prior to Microsoft, she worked in product management at Proctor & Gamble. Eva has a BA from Harvard University.
Dirk Tillotson is the Founder and Director of Great School Choices, a nonprofit developed to seed and grow strong and sustainable community-based charter schools dedicated to educating underserved student populations in New York, where he helped launch 17 schools. Prior to his work there, he served as COO and interim CEO for the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence, and consulted for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools post-Katrina in New Orleans, as the first national charter school boots on the ground, post storm. He also led the school based aspects of RAND education’s largest project; reform of the education system of the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, and the implementation of charter-like “independent schools” there. His charter school work began in Oakland, California, where he led or developed several high achieving schools and founded a charter support organization under the aegis of ARC Associates, Oakland Charters Together.
Mike currently provides financial consulting services to non-profit and educational organizations. He has served as CFO at Center for Youth Wellness, Reading Partners and Aspire Public Schools, and has also filled interim roles at several other nonprofits. Mike began his career in the tech sector, and then made the move into nonprofits in 2004. Mike lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters. He also serves on the board of Oakland School for the Arts.
Roy Benford is the founder and CEO of Benford & Associates LLC, a real estate consulting company located in Oakland, California. He has worked as a fulltime real estate professional since 1990. Roy has two sons and 4 grandsons. They motivate him to rise and shine each and every day to help others reach their goals and objectives.
His enthusiasm for his work as a real estate professional and his civic activities have made him well known in his East Bay community. Roy is widely known and respected by his colleagues and clients alike for his calm demeanor, his win-win negotiating and keen problem solving skills.
Lauren Weston is a development professional with a breadth of experience in leadership development, educational program design, financial management, board development, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a bachelor’s in international relations and New York University with a master’s in fundraising. Lauren has performed in a variety of development roles with notable Bay Area nonprofit institutions, including the Hiller Aviation Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the YMCA. She has also provided project management for Sacramento area political campaigns, including school bonds and county supervisor races.
Rosalia Leyva is an equity-focused educator with over 12 years of experience creating access to rigorous learning environments for all students. Most recently, Rosie was a third-grade teacher at Cox Academy. In that role, she served as Third-Grade Level Chair and led a grade-level professional learning community focused on instructional planning, data analysis, and consultancy. Rosie also served as a Mentor Teacher and coached colleagues in implementing strong Literacy Workshop structures and small-group reading instruction. Rosie holds a BA in Special Education and a Master of Education in Instructional Design. She also holds a CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a CA Education Specialist Instruction Credential with a Bilingual Authorization (English/Spanish). Rosie was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and is proud to be a product of public education and a first-generation college graduate.