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.
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Koua Jacklyn Franz, Director of Communications and Learning
Koua Jacklyn Franz joined the Stuart Foundation in December 2014. Prior to joining the Foundation, Koua was the Chief of Staff to the Superintendent in Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), where she also served as the Chief Family and Community Engagement Officer. Previous to her work at SCUSD, she was the Executive Director for the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association and the Planning and Evaluation Director for the Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin.
Koua brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in community organizing, education, strategic planning and communications. She has over 13 years of executive leadership experience working with public health and human service programs ranging from non-profit/grassroots organizations to public/county systems. She has 5 years of Cabinet experience working in a large urban school districts and has a strong passion for youth voice, social and emotional learning and systems thinking.
Koua has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific Return to top
Perry Chen, Educator in Residence
Perry Chen was the former Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Chief of Staff to Superintendent Tony Smith and the architect of the district’s strategic plan and process which focused on youth development and creating vibrant community schools. Prior to serving as the OUSD Chief of Staff, Perry spent several years partnering with foundations and community nonprofit organizations. His strategy consulting practice focused primarily on educational equity, Pre K-12 public school systems, youth development, and philanthropy’s role in policymaking and systems change. Perry's multi-year projects ranged from strategic planning (Oakland Fund for Children & Youth) and grant investment advising The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to researching grantee best practices (The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation) and leading learning communities comprised of grantees (The Y & H Soda Foundation and Horizons Foundation).
Perry began his consulting practice with a complementary pair of strategic planning projects at the state and local levels. As part of a multi-foundation effort to work with the California Department of Education, Perry served as strategic advisor and consultant for The David & Lucile Packard Foundation and The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to develop a master plan for the launch, distribution, and implementation of Prop 49 (After School Education and Safety) – the largest state after school investment in national history totaling $1 billion annually. During the same period, he launched a collaborative project between the Oakland Fund for Children & Youth, the Oakland Community After School Alliance, and OUSD to design, develop, and implement a city-wide strategic plan that expanded the number of Oakland after school programs from 32 to 94 sites and secured funds of approximately $15 million per year.
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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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Delia Reid, Interim Director of Child Welfare
Delia Reid serves in an interim capacity to oversee grant workflow. Delia originally joined the Stuart Foundation in May 2014 as an Interim Senior Program Officer. Delia brings over 20 years of grantmaking, program management and research experience in foundations including Metta Fund, Grantmakers in Health and The Meyer Foundation.
Delia received a Bachelors in Arts degree from Bennington College.
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. Return to top
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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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.
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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. Return to top