Russell Hamilton   Russell is a financial services executive with experience in innovation and business development. He currently works in the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo & Co, and was formerly at Visa Inc. and American Express. He has an MBA with a Public Management Program certificate from Stanford University and a Master's from UC Berkeley in Environmental Engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant for his early career and has led pro bono strategy consulting projects for SF Bay Area nonprofits in recent years. Russell lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

Russell Hamilton

Russell is a financial services executive with experience in innovation and business development. He currently works in the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo & Co, and was formerly at Visa Inc. and American Express. He has an MBA with a Public Management Program certificate from Stanford University and a Master's from UC Berkeley in Environmental Engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant for his early career and has led pro bono strategy consulting projects for SF Bay Area nonprofits in recent years. Russell lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

  Bill Kuhn*   A New York City native, Bill graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in finance and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University (MBA) and Hunter College (M.Ed). Bill began his career in investment banking and capital markets (Citi, Collins Stewart, Bank Otrikitie in Moscow), ultimately came to the realization that his interests better aligned with education and policy, and became a high school mathematics and economics teacher, in addition to pursuing a special education research focus at Hunter. The transition has spurred a new outlook on life for Bill, and he has developed a passion for improving education and addressing inequality.

Bill Kuhn*

A New York City native, Bill graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in finance and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University (MBA) and Hunter College (M.Ed). Bill began his career in investment banking and capital markets (Citi, Collins Stewart, Bank Otrikitie in Moscow), ultimately came to the realization that his interests better aligned with education and policy, and became a high school mathematics and economics teacher, in addition to pursuing a special education research focus at Hunter. The transition has spurred a new outlook on life for Bill, and he has developed a passion for improving education and addressing inequality.

  John Newsome*   John leads Public Equity Group (PEG), a “social impact” strategy and management consulting firm. Prior to founding PEG, John served on the executive and management teams of several organizations, including the Global Business Coalition on Health (Vice President), the Oakland Public Schools (Executive Officer/chief of staff role) and the Bridgespan Group. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) during her first term in office; led specialty/minority media operations at the 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions; and served on the board of directors of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (2004-2010). John has worked on electoral campaigns since 1994. John holds a Spanish fluency certification, a BA, an MA, and an MBA, from Stanford University, and is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

John Newsome*

John leads Public Equity Group (PEG), a “social impact” strategy and management consulting firm. Prior to founding PEG, John served on the executive and management teams of several organizations, including the Global Business Coalition on Health (Vice President), the Oakland Public Schools (Executive Officer/chief of staff role) and the Bridgespan Group. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) during her first term in office; led specialty/minority media operations at the 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions; and served on the board of directors of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (2004-2010). John has worked on electoral campaigns since 1994. John holds a Spanish fluency certification, a BA, an MA, and an MBA, from Stanford University, and is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

  Matt O'Connor*   Matt O’Connor is a seasoned consumer sales and marketing leader, with experience spanning software, hardware, and and retail. He currently serves as senior director of sales at MM LaFleur. Matt’s previous professional experience includes leading the growth, customer acquisition, and sales functions at consumer hardware companies in the healthcare space. Matt holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with honors, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.            

Matt O'Connor*

Matt O’Connor is a seasoned consumer sales and marketing leader, with experience spanning software, hardware, and and retail. He currently serves as senior director of sales at MM LaFleur. Matt’s previous professional experience includes leading the growth, customer acquisition, and sales functions at consumer hardware companies in the healthcare space. Matt holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with honors, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 

 

 

 

  Kimberly Wicoff   Kimberly Wicoff is the former executive director of the San Francisco Education Fund. At the Education Fund she oversaw the launch of three programs focused on elementary school literacy and middle school math in the City’s highest-need schools as well as corporate engagement. Earlier in her career, Wicoff worked for Strive Together, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, and Bridgespan Group. As Deputy Director of SF’s Communities of Opportunity Initiative, Wicoff worked with 15 city departments, 10 Foundations and 2,600 families in Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley to eradicate poverty. Originally from San Antonio Texas, Wicoff earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Kimberly Wicoff

Kimberly Wicoff is the former executive director of the San Francisco Education Fund. At the Education Fund she oversaw the launch of three programs focused on elementary school literacy and middle school math in the City’s highest-need schools as well as corporate engagement. Earlier in her career, Wicoff worked for Strive Together, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, and Bridgespan Group. As Deputy Director of SF’s Communities of Opportunity Initiative, Wicoff worked with 15 city departments, 10 Foundations and 2,600 families in Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley to eradicate poverty. Originally from San Antonio Texas, Wicoff earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

 

*founding member