Staff

Office of the President

Jonathan Raymond, President

Jonathan Raymond is the President of the Stuart Foundation. Previously, Jonathan was Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) in Sacramento, California’s 11th largest school district, from 2009-2013. SCUSD is an ethnically diverse, high-poverty urban district in which 75% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. While at SCUSD, he developed Strategic Plan 2010-14: Putting Children First, a new guiding roadmap built around the foundational pillars of career and college-ready students; family and community engagement; and organizational transformation. Under his leadership, SCUSD began implementing the new common core standards in 2011, redesigned high schools to expand career academies and pathways resulting in graduation rates going from 68% to 85% and the dropout rate plunging from over 23% to just under 6%. Jonathan also implemented Early Kinder, a two-year transitional kindergarten program aimed at ending the cycle of “start behind, stay behind," a Hmong language immersion program – the first of its kinds in CA, and expanded public Waldorf schools. During his tenure innovative partnerships with local colleges and employers where established to create a pathway from pre-K to graduate school called the Sacramento Pathways to Success, and partnerships to expand before, after and summer programs for youth. Mr. Raymond also signed a Compact with the district's charter school providers and joined a coalition of other districts in California to receive the only school district waivers to No Child Left Behind. Moreover, Jonathan worked with the community and passed two school construction bond measures. Jonathan credits his proudest accomplishments establishing seven Priority Schools - transforming Sacramento's poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the city's highest performing schools, and Project Green, a student led effort to make Sacramento's schools greener and healthier.

Prior to SCUSD, Jonathan served as Chief Accountability Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where he led the implementation of a comprehensive accountability system. The system included school progress reports, a school quality review program, and a school improvement process to drive continuous improvement in schools for increased student learning and achievement. Jonathan also led the design and implementation of a world-class data dashboard aligned to the district’s strategic plan.

Jonathan was a Fellow in the Broad Superintendents Academy and completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds a Juris Doctorate from George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He earned a BA from Tufts University.


Jennifer Won, Executive Assistant

Jennifer Won joined the Stuart Foundation in 2008 and was appointed Executive Assistant in 2013. In her role, she provides administrative and organizational support to the Office of the President. Jennifer brings over a decade of experience across nonprofit and private sectors in architecture, finance, software development and health research.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Education


Sophie Fanelli, Director of Education

Sophie Fanelli joined the Stuart Foundation in October 2012. She plays a key role in advancing the Foundation’s goal to provide opportunities for students to be engaged, learn, and achieve in schools through the development of effective education systems. Previously, she served as Director of Research & Policy at Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA where she oversaw public policy and legislative efforts focused on education reform, equity and access, and student and parent engagement. She also managed IDEA’s annual Educational Opportunity Report series and online database that created new opportunity and outcome indicators to examine the quality and distribution of educational opportunities across California public schools. Her range of experience also includes work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California where she focused on advancing education equity through policy advocacy, the rights of at risk youth, and advocacy for the homeless. Sophie has also participated in several education research projects nationally and internationally.

Sophie received her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate, both from Faculte de Droit d’Aix-en-Provence in France, and a Masters in Legal History and Political Science from Universita La Sapienza, in Rome, Italy. Sophie also conducted studies and research at the University of Texas at Austin as a Foreign Lawyer Fellow.

Julie Maxwell-Jolly, Senior Program Officer, Education

Julie Maxwell-Jolly joined the Stuart Foundation as Senior Program Officer for Education in November 2014. Julie has spent her career working to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Julie served most recently at the California School Boards Association. Julie spent over a decade at the University of California, Davis School of Education. As the Managing Director at the Center for Applied Policy in Education and at the Linguistic Minority Research Institute, she led research on policy and practice in a variety of areas related to closing the achievement gap.

Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley; a Masters in Bilingual Cross-cultural Education from California State University, Sacramento; and a Ph.D. in Education from University of California, Davis.


Susan Little, Senior Program Officer, Education

Susan Little originally joined the Stuart Foundation in 2008 as an Interim Program Officer and returned to the Stuart Foundation in March 2013 to serve in the same role. She brings more than 30 years of program, grant compliance, and research experience to the Foundation’s grantmaking.

Past consulting assignments include serving as an acting program officer in education and other fields; conducting research on K-12 science education for the Genentech Foundation; developing policies and procedures for a new family foundation; and serving as an interim grants manager. Prior to becoming a consultant, she was a senior manager in the Global Public Affairs Department at Levi Strauss & Co., managing national and international grantmaking, legal compliance, and docket preparation. Susan also worked at The San Francisco Foundation, a community foundation serving five counties of the Bay Area.

Susan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.
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Child Welfare


Teri Kook, Senior Director of Child Welfare

Teri Kook joined the Stuart Foundation as Senior Program Officer for Child Welfare in 2003 and was appointed Director of Child Welfare in 2008. Teri has over 20 years of experience in practice, policy development and leadership in public child welfare agencies. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Teri was the Chief of Child Welfare in Stanislaus County, and was an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Social Work program at California State University, Stanislaus.

Teri received a Master of Social Work degree from San José State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Stanislaus.


Michelle Traiman, Associate Director, Child Welfare

Michelle Traiman joined the Stuart Foundation as a Program Officer in Child Welfare in 2009, and was promoted to the position of Associate Director in June 2012. Michelle leads the Education Equals Partnership and, in conjunction with the Director of Child Welfare, provides leadership for and guides the continuous improvement of the Child Welfare Team. Michelle has over 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Michelle served as Program Officer for The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation and as Planning and Program Development Officer for First 5 LA Los Angeles. Michelle also worked as a fund developer for The Children’s Theatre Company and Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Communications from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Avi Khullar, Senior Program Manager, Education Equals Partnership

Avi joined the Stuart Foundation in 2013 as the Senior Program Manager for Education Equals Partnership. Avi has led multiple cross-functional and cross-agency projects and has expertise in systems analysis and design. Most recently, she worked in the New York City child welfare system as the Assistant Commissioner overseeing the Office of Research, Planning and Management Analysis at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Her portfolio included development of quantitative and qualitative data to inform executive decision making and she also led the creation of an internal unit to conduct systems analysis and design. Prior to ACS, Avi was a Project Director at the Vera Institute of Justice and also worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Inc. managing and delivering strategy and operations projects in the public sector.

Avi holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.


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Alexia Everett, Senior Program Officer, Child Welfare

Alexia Everett joined the Stuart Foundation as Senior Program Officer for Foster Youth College Access and Success in October 2012. Alexia is responsible for the implementation of the College Pathways Initiative, and contributes to achieving the vision, mission, and impact of the Foundation’s work in Child Welfare. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Alexia served as Senior Officer for Foster Education and Policy for the College Success Foundation in the State of Washington. She brings over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including program and grants management positions for Girls Scouts of Western Washington and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

Alexia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Post-Modern Theory from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.


Jennifer Mielnicki, Program Associate, Child Welfare

Jennifer joined the Foundation in 2013. Jennifer brings eight years of experience in operations, managerial and administrative support most recently as the Conference Center Manager at Sidley Austin LLP. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer completed a graduate student internship with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services focused on strategies to streamline the licensing process for home of relative caregivers in the state of Illinois through data collecting and analysis.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Boston University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Operations

Carol Ting, Chief Operating Officer

Carol joined the Stuart Foundation in 2013. Carol brings over two decades of experience across the nonprofit and private sectors. Carol served at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for 10 years in a variety of roles focusing on program finance and the grantee experience. Her nonprofit work began at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit financial services provider, where she led the San Francisco Bay Area program. She also worked at JP Morgan Chase and Prudential in community development, corporate philanthropy, asset management and operations.

Carol graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and earned a Masters in private and public management from the Yale School of Management.


Laura Kumataka, Grants Manager

Laura Kumataka joined the Stuart Foundation in June 2012 as the Program Associate in Child Welfare. Laura brings more than six years of experience in administrative and program support. Prior to arriving at the Stuart Foundation, Laura served for four years as the Administrative Coordinator for the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and as the Coordinator of International Relations for the Shiogama City Board of Education in Japan for two years.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International relations, from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Bonnie Look, Operations Manager

Bonnie Look joined the Stuart Foundation in 2008. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Bonnie held positions in office administration and customer service with a range of corporations, including Esprit de Corp., the American Heart Association, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Old RepublicTitle Company.

Bonnie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Operations Management from California State University, Hayward.


Madeleine Lagarde, Administrative Assistant

Madeleine Lagarde joined the Stuart Foundation as Administrative & Grants Assistant in 1998. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Madeleine worked in the areas of personnel and training development with the Design Center Philippines and was Deputy Clerk with the San Francisco Municipal Court. Her previous experience also includes managing the Academy of Elegance, Performing, and Social Arts in Manila, Philippines where she supervised the faculty and administrative staff.

Madeleine received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Philippine Women’s University, Manila.

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Finance & Administration

David S. Barlow, Chief Financial Officer

David Barlow joined the Stuart Foundation as Vice President for Finance & Administration in 2008. A Certified Public Accountant, David has over two decades of experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sector. His previous experience includes serving as the Executive Director of Community Initiative Funds of The San Francisco Foundation. He has also served as the Controller for The San Francisco Foundation and Assistant Controller of the San Francisco Symphony.

David received a Master of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Pomona College.


Brad Sink, Controller

Brad Sink joined the Stuart Foundation as Controller in February 2010. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Brad served 13 years as Controller for Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsorship intermediary that provides fiscal and management services to unincorporated, community-benefit nonprofit projects in California. Brad has also served as the Senior Accountant in the Treasury Department of USL Capital, and as Investment Accounting Supervisor at The University of Texas System Administration in Austin, Texas.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


Vince Peñuela, Senior Accountant

Vince Peñuela joined the Stuart Foundation as Senior Accountant in December 2010. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Vince served as the Accountant for Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsorship intermediary that provides fiscal and management services to unincorporated, community-benefit nonprofit projects in California. Vince has also served as an Investor Accounting Analyst at Countrywide Financial Corporation in Simi Valley, California.

Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management Economics, with an emphasis in Accounting, from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Chris Heinold, Staff Accountant

Chris Heinold joined the Foundation in 2011. Most recently, Chris has worked in the non-profit sector, including at the San Francisco Conservation Corps and Community Initiatives. At the Conservation Corps, Chris was on the committee that revised the employee handbook. Previously, Chris worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Brience, a software start-up. At Brience, Chris organized tree planting with Friends of the Urban Forest.

Chris received a B.A. in English from Rutgers University. He earned Accounting and Finance B.S. degrees from the University of Arizona.


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