Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the school’s governing body and consists of parents elected by the school community, a teacher representative, and appointed members from outside  the school community. The Board is legally required by our school’s non-profit status and is responsible for setting policy for the school, overseeing school governance, and ensuring the financial stability of the school.

In the past two years, we have focused on creating a strategic plan, exploring building expansion possibilities, negotiating labor contracts and changing our enrollment policy to support diversity.

Meet our board members

Kate Maselli Zimman – President – [email protected]

Kate has spent over 10 years working in public education. She began her career as a physics and biology teacher with an emphasis on curriculum development, project based learning, and alternative assessment strategies. She has worked as a mentor and supervisor for student teachers as well as a school and teacher coach with an emphasis on helping schools implement practices towards closing their achievement gap. Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University with a focus in Teaching & Learning and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Bowdoin College. Kate has a daughter in 5th grade and a son in 2nd grade at Creative Arts Charter.

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Michelle Meyer – Treasurer – [email protected]

Michelle is a CPA with over 15 years of experience in financial planning and technical accounting. Her prior board experience includes serving as board member and audit committee chair for Palcare, an early childhood care center and preschool located in Burlingame, and also at Alvarado Elementary where she served as an executive board member and eCommunity lead/ advisor. Michelle believes that communities and families should work collaboratively to create excellence in our children’s educational experience, holding exemplary standards and seeing no boundaries in the possibilities of success. She has two daughters, a 5th grader at CACS and an 8th grader at Gateway Middle School.

Judy Lewenthal Daniel – Secretary – [email protected]

Judy is a 20-year veteran of business journalism and communications. She has deep experience defining and implementing strategic plans and creating engaging communication programs. Judy has managed the CACS Facebook page for the past few years and looks forward to expanding our social reach. She is the mother of two (twin) 5th graders @ CACS who trek along with her to the Saturday Alemany Farmers Market in Bernal Heights.

Priti Tripathi – [email protected]

Priti Tripathi has a recent graduate of CACS and a 6th grader at CACS. Her varied experience as an architect has inspired in her the love of collaborating and the arts. She is very excited to see her children’s enthusiasm for this experience through CACS and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community at CACS.

Melanie Brooks – [email protected]Melanie2

Melanie Brooks is the Development Chair for CACS, and manages the Annual Fund and Auction. Now in her third term as a CACS board member, she previously served for four years as the Fundraising and Auction chair on the board of directors for Laurel Hill Nursery School. She’s currently (and always!) trying to cook up plans for the next great CACS fundraising event. In her spare time, she can be found hanging out with her two favorite CACS students, 6th grader Wyatt and 4th grader Owen and their dad Jason, and enjoying her favorite things; San Francisco, fantastic food and great music.

Logan Mc Dougal – [email protected]

Logan is a father of three current or former CACS students: Quincy (9th), Xavier (7th), and Zoe (5th). He and his wife Merilee spend most of their time either managing their children or working, the latter of which for Logan is in technology operations. Logan has a broad business background across both functions and industries, as well as in a variety of countries, and has been on several school and non-profit boards.  Lastly, Logan is a passionate believer in education, with degrees from Williams College, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago.

Joe B Adams – [email protected]

Joe is a litigation attorney at a law firm in downtown San Francisco.  He has a daughter in 3rd grade and a son in 2nd grade at CACS.  Joe and his wife Sarah love the outdoors, good food, and traveling.  Joe is an avid cyclist and advocate for the bicycling community.

Sandy Naing – [email protected]Sandy web

Sandy has nearly a decade of experience working with early stage startups like AltSchool, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofits to launch and manage new products and services. She is passionate about innovation in education and in the public sector more broadly and is constantly inspired by the CACS community and learning environment here. Her hobbies revolve around food, writing, and travel – next stop, Vietnam!

Julie Campioni – [email protected]

Julie is 20+ year Bay Area technology start-up veteran, currently consulting with a medical device company.  She felt at home during her first visit to CACS, which was odd because it was so different than her own very traditional, very small town education.  The common thread was community and letting kids be kids while they learn.  She has a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a daughter in the 5th grade.  

Alison Lee – [email protected]

Alison has spent nearly 10 years working in K-12 education at both Teach For America and AltSchool. She’s passionate about affecting systemic change in schools around the country, and at the same time she’s also excited to be a part of a standalone charter school community. Alison’s inspired by the hands-on, project-based approach at CACS and believes that this will prepare students for a successful future. She lives in the CACS neighborhood and is a third generation San Francisco resident. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the city’s museums, running in Golden Gate Park, hanging out in the local wine country, or searching for whales off the coast.

Justin Amirault – [email protected]

Justin has over 15 year of corporate finance and capital raising experience.  Currently Justin finances renewable energy projects throughout the US and is passionate about securing our nation’s renewable energy future. Justin, his wife Becca and 2nd grade daughter treasure the love, values and community of CACS.  He has a BA in Economics from Colby College and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Colleen McQuade – [email protected]

Colleen  is a native Chicagoan and relocated to San Francisco after raising her four children. Colleen has been in public education for almost 15 years and taught students from preschool through college. Her passion lies with helping our least reached students re-engage with their education. She is currently working on her administrative credential and hopes to design a high school program for students at risk of drop out or expulsion. In her free time, she loves to run, scurry among the rocks and whistle!

Jack Shay – [email protected]

An occasional advisor to San Francisco startups on building and scaling product development functions, Jack has served as an officer at 2 SF technology companies (CrowdFlower, a platform for data science teams, and Reso, a family-activity booking app) for the past 4+ years, and has been a technical product-management leader for the last 10 years at companies including OpenTable and Ticketmaster. Prior to his return from New York in 2007, Jack worked as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in organizational design and including a long-term engagement with a for-profit education concern. Jack received a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia and a Bachelors of Science from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. In his spare time, Jack enjoys hunting for obscure wines and tending to a sustainably-grown reef aquarium

Gina Griffiths – [email protected]

Gina has a diverse background in education and previous work experience with youth that spans 10 years. Her varied interactions as teacher, tutor, coach, and nanny have helped her understand and appreciate each child as an individual with unique strengths and challenges. She earned her teaching credential and Masters degree in Education from the University of Southern California in 2010. During her student teaching at CACS she fell in love with the school, the students, and the staff. She is happy in her role as a teacher in the K/1 loop. Previously Gina lived in Seattle, so naturally she enjoys foggy mornings, hiking, and lots of coffee.

 

Yukie Toyama – [email protected]

Yukie is an educational researcher with 15+ years of experience and is a Ph.D candidate at UC Berkeley, specializing in assessment design and psychometric models that explain student academic performance. She is passionate about supporting CACS’ strategic initiatives through data analysis, visualization, and research. Yukie, her husband Eraj and her daughter feel extremely lucky to be a part of a warm, vibrant community of CACS.

 

Deniz Bahar – dbahar@creativeartscharter.org

Deniz has 20+ years of supply chain experience in apparel fashion industry. She’s specialized in apparel product development and sourcing around the world. Currently, she is leading the Executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco. Deniz is passionate about continuous learning and supporting teachers & staff at CACS. Deniz has an MBA from University of San Francisco and Mechanical Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University. She has two daughters, Anya (8th grade) and Ayla (5th grade) at CACS.

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