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 kind in California - and expanded public Waldorf schools.
During his tenure, innovative partnerships with local colleges and employers were established to create a pathway from pre-K to graduate school called the Sacramento Pathways to Success. Partnerships were also built to expand before- and after-school and summer programs for youth. Jonathan also signed a compact to receive the only school district waivers to No Child Left Behind. Moreover, Jonathan worked with the community to pass two school construction bond measures. Jonathan considers his proudest accomplishments to be 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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Danielle Durán, Special Assistant to the President
Danielle Durán has held leadership positions in the education sector for over a decade in roles including teacher, program manager and elected official. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Danielle led the Education Results Partnership’s role in the Common Assessment Initiative and designed MyWay Learning Company’s summer career academy. Danielle was a Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America (TFA) in Los Angeles following roles in teacher support and development, and recruiting at TFA. She was an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education and a 7th grade math, science, and history teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District.
Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Southern California and a Masters in Arts degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University.
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. Return to top
Strategy, Impact and Learning
Perry Chen, Chief Strategy Officer
Perry Chen joined the foundation in 2015 as the Chief Strategy Officer. He has worked in the field of education and youth development for almost two decades, with a particular focus on children and families in California. Most recently, he served more than five years with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Superintendent – where he managed cabinet and board initiatives and led the design & unanimous adoption of two strategic plans (www.thrivingstudents.org and www.everystudentthrives.org).
Prior to OUSD, Perry partnered with local and national philanthropies to work on education initiatives such as capturing grantee best practices, leading practitioner learning communities, and advising for Pre K-20 state systems. His other experiences include serving as: the executive director for a family and youth services organization (OASES), a national policy advocate (Children Now), a litigation attorney (Morrison & Foerster LLP), and an adjunct law professor (New College School of Law). He has sat on a variety of boards and committees for organizations such as LeaderSpring, the AIDS Relief Fund for China, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Partnership for Children & Youth.
Perry graduated from Harvard University (A.B., Government, magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School (J.D., with honors), and started his journey in education as a teacher and executive director for CityStep, a youth development and arts education organization.
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 14 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 recieved a Master in Public Administration from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific.
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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.
Brooke Harken, Administrative Assistant
Brooke Harken joined the Stuart Foundation in 2015. Brooke has nearly a decade of administration and operations experience across biotechnology, healthcare and specialty food industries. Most recently, Brooke provided contingent workforce support at Genentech. Brooke is earning her degree at Cañada College.
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Sophie Fanelli, Chief of Program
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.
Alexia Everett, Senior Program Officer, Child Welfare
Alexia Everett joined the Stuart Foundation as Senior Program Officer in October 2012. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alexia served as a Senior Officer for the College Success Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing college access and success for underserved students. In this position, she supported the organization’s public policy and community engagement work. Alexia brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector serving youth and families. Her range of experience includes direct service to families involved with the child welfare and correctional systems, administration of government and private scholarships for low income students, and the management of youth development programs that build self-efficacy, personal agency, and social capital to ensure that young people are ready for college, career and life.
Alexia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Post-Modern Theory from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont..
Avi Khullar, Senior Program Manager, Education Equals Partnership
Avi joined the Stuart Foundation in 2013. In her current role, Avi manages a portfolio of grants and works with the team on defining an internal framework and process to measure Foundation impact. Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, Avi served as the Assistant Commissioner overseeing the Office of Research, Planning and Management Analysis at NYC’s 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 led multiple cross-functional and cross-agency projects as a Project Director at the Vera Institute of Justice and 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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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.
Delia Reid, Senior Program Officer
Delia Reid joined the Stuart Foundation in May 2014 and has dedicated her entire career to working with foundations and nonprofit organizations in order to create resilient youth, strengthen communities, and improve health outcomes among vulnerable populations. She began her work in philanthropy by administering arts education grant funds for the National Endowment for the Arts and has since worked with The UPS Foundation, The Consumer Health Foundation, The Meyer Foundation, and Grantmakers In Health among others. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Programs at Metta Fund where she created the foundation’s grantmaking and communications programs. She has provided technical assistance, facilitation and educational programming to foundation staff and leadership across the country on issues of governance, finance and investments, grantmaking strategies, evaluation, and communications. Her work has been awarded the Council on Foundation’s Wilmer Shields Rich Award which recognizes and encourages excellence in communications by foundations.
Delia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College with a double concentration in Literature and Art History.
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Jennifer Mielnicki, Program Associate, Child Welfare
Jennifer joined the Foundation in 2013. Jennifer brings over ten years of experience of organization and project management expertise in both the public and private sectors with a focus in creating system and process improvements that transform the beneficiary experience. Prior to joining the foundation, Jennifer served as Development & Pro Bono Coordinator at Legal Services for Children, managing the fundraising and volunteer development, and as the Conference Center Manager at Sidley Austin LLP. In addition, Jennifer completed a graduate student internship with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services where she collected and examined quantitative and qualitative data and recommended potential opportunities for the agency to increase the number of licensed relative foster homes and the federal funding received by the department and kinship families.
Jennifer received a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Boston University.
Glenda Monterroza, Program Associate, Education
Glenda Monterroza joined the Stuart Foundation in May 2015. Glenda brings seven years of experience from Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program where she managed the grant process, supported potential and active community partners, assisted in planning and analysis efforts, and produced communication materials. Prior to her philanthropy experience, Glenda supported Kaiser Permanente’s implementation to electronic health records at hospitals and clinics.
Glenda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from University of California, Santa Barbara.
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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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