Our Founding Board

Meet the People Behind Our Mission
TYLER BOSMENY
CEO, CLEVER

Tyler Bosmeny is the CEO of San Francisco-based Clever, whose software platform helps schools eliminate student login and data integration hassles. Since launching in 2012, Clever’s platform is now used by hundreds of edtech applications and 1-in-4 U.S. schools. Clever has been named SIIA’s Most Innovative Company, SXSW’s LaunchEDU Winner, and ASU GSV’s Return on Education leader. In 2014, Bosmeny was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in recognition of Clever’s impact on education. Bosmeny graduated from Harvard University with both a BA degree in Applied Mathematics and an MA degree in Statistics.

DANY CESEÑA
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS, MURAL MUSIC & ARTS PROJECT

Dany Ceseña was born and raised in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, an area reflective of the environment in which MMAP youth live. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from UCLA, Dany moved to South Korea to work as an English teacher and teach with a YMCA theatre troupe. After returning to the U.S., Dany relocated to the Bay Area to participate in Americorps’ social justice oriented Public Allies fellowship and partnered with MMAP in the role of Social Justice Program Coordinator. Americorps is a year-long a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in intensive community service work with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community”.

Dany was promoted to Director of Partner Relations, and has led many of MMAP’s programs, including Health Education through Art (HEArt), History through Hip Hop (HHH), Teen Mural Program (TMP), Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), Gateway to Science, and is currently leading Public Art Consulting (PAC) projects installing community designed murals with community members, municipalities, local business leaders, and organizations.

Because of Dany’s deep involvement with youth and community, he consistently participates in city task forces, consults for law enforcement agencies and youth-serving nonprofits, and speaks at national conferences about his work with MMAP and the East Palo Alto Police Department’s anti-violence and public health initiative, FIT Zones.

RACHEL COCHRAN
SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES BUSINESS PARTNER, EVERNOTE

Rachel began her career as a 3rd grade teacher in New Haven, Connecticut as a Teach For America corps member. She graduated from the University of Connecticut where she studied business management and minored in human rights and sociology. After her corps commitment, Rachel transitioned into the talent field beginning by managing outreach for Achievement First, a growing charter management organization in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. She later went on to helping support the New York City Department of Education implement their Talent Management and Principal Evaluation pilots which impacted over 100 schools. Following that, she founded a Talent & Recruitment team at a community based organization, East Harlem Tutorial Program where she supported EHTP’s expansion from 40 to 150 staff members and created a strategic talent management plan aligned with EHTP’s 5 year growth plan. While in New York, Rachel received her Master’s in Public Administration from New York University In 2014 Rachel moved to the Bay Area to support Teach For America Bay Area’s efforts to attract, retain and develop their educator alumni base. Currently, Rachel leads efforts at Evernote build a high performing talent system including coaching, training and managing other human resources programming.

LORENA CUFFY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EPA JUNIOR GOLF

Rena was raised in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. After receiving her A.A. in Accounting from Cañada College and going on to study International Relations at Florida International University, Rena returned to serve in her local community.

Over the past decade Rena has worked with a myriad of non-profit organizations within East Palo Alto, providing education and services to high needs residents. Rena was also a community liaison and field supervisor with the United States Census Bureau. She enjoys serving as a volunteer Program Coordinator for EPA Jr. Golf and Financial Services Agent for One America. Rena joined Ravenswood Education Foundation at the end of 2013.

Rena lives in East Palo Alto with her sprouting son, Yeshua. They both have a passion for the outdoors, music and dance. They love calling the vibrant East Palo Alto community their home and are inspired by its legacy, cultural diversity, and beauty.

MALLORY DWINAL
FOUNDER & CEO, OXFORD DAY ACADEMY

Mallory Dwinal is the Lead Founder and CEO of Oxford Day Academy. She has long been committed to public school leadership, as she owes much of her own success to our nation’s public school system, and has spent the last seven years developing ODA’s instructional, operational, and financial systems required to bring a tutorial-based high school to life. Her experience with the Oxford tutorial system as a graduate student, as well as her instructional design background as a high school Spanish teacher and Department Chair provide her foundation for this work. Mallory graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and International Studies (triple major); additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in Education from Oxford University, which she attended as a U.S. Rhodes Scholar, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

SHARA HEGDE
CHIEF SCHOOLS OFFICER, ALPHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Ms. Hegde serves as Chief Schools Officer for Alpha Public Schools, a K-12 network of charter schools in San Jose, CA, focused on preparing students for college and career. In this role, she supports school leaders across four school sites and partners with the CEO to provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the organization.  Prior to joining the Alpha team, Ms. Hegde served as the Founder and Executive Director of Cornerstone Academy, a K-6 elementary charter school.  Since its opening in 2010, Cornerstone Academy has been amongst the highest performing schools in the city of San Jose and was named a California Distinguished School in 2014. Cornerstone has since merged operations with Alpha Public Schools and serves the organization’s youngest learners. Ms. Hegde also serves on the California Charter Schools’ Association Member Council for Region 5, chairs the Sonoma County Charter SELPA CEO Council, and is an advisory board member for several non-profit education startups. She was named a 2015-16 Leverage Leadership Institute Fellow with the Relay Graduate School of Education. Prior to founding Cornerstone, she taught elementary school in Miami, Florida for several years through the Teach for America program. Ms. Hegde received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Brown University in Providence, RI and has her Masters Degree in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University. She also has an additional Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland, CA.

SIGGI HINDRICHS
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE, SAMSUNG ACCELERATOR

SiggiHindrichs earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. Siggi taught 8th grade math in Boston Public Schools, leading teacher recruitment for her academy in her first year and acting as grade level leader in her second year of teaching during an intensive turnaround effort. Outside of her classroom, Siggi worked with Teach for America, delivering recruitment webinars to prospective STEM teachers, conducting interviews with prospective teachers, and engaging sponsors in development efforts.

Siggi also has experience as a teaching consultant to improve classroom performance for graduate students and researchers learning English as a second language.

 

In 2015, Siggi worked in the Youth and Education Law Project at Stanford Law School; there, she delivered direct legal services to local students and their families in need of representation before their school or district with respect to special education and school discipline. In addition to her studies at Stanford, Siggi led curriculum development and coordinated teaching for Project ReMADE, working with formerly incarcerated individuals to start and manage businesses with the goal of facilitating reentry and economic independence.

Now, Siggi is an Entrepreneur in Residence at a San Francisco startup accelerator.
ROSALYN MENON-KENNEDY
EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS, GOOGLE

Rosalyn Kennedy leads Executive Communications at Google for their North and South America business operations. An experienced and award-winning communications strategist, she previously served as Director of Global Communications at the Coca-Cola Company, where she led the company’s communications on sustainability efforts for  global health and well-being.  Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Rosalyn was a two-time, Emmy award-winning producer of The Dr. Oz Show, an internationally syndicated daytime talk show. She has a 10-year history of television production and journalism experience at the network level. Her previous roles include producing for CNN, where she was honored with Peabody Award recognition for her contribution to the network’s 2008 Presidential Election coverage, 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, where she was awarded an Investigative Reporters and Editors award. A graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she is a former Miss Pennsylvania, where she was honored for her work in children’s health advocacy and was a top 20 Finalist and Overall Interview winner at the Miss America pageant.  Rosalyn is an active volunteer with the Miss America organization and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation and the Board of Directors of The Scholar’s Choice, a cutting-edge software solution for teachers and students.

ANUPAM MISHRA
MANAGING DIRECTOR, HELLMAN & FRIEDMAN

Anupam is a Partner at Hellman & Friedman, a $20b+ global private equity firm, where he leads the firm’s investing efforts in software and education. Over the past eleven years at the firm, and fourteen years in private equity, Anupam has spearheaded the evaluation, investment, and ultimately governance of companies in a broad range of industries. In education specifically, he currently manages the firm’s investments in Ellucian, a $700m+ leading developer of software solutions to higher education institutions, and Renaissance Learning, a $200m+ leading vendor for assessment and digital learning tools to the K-12 marketplace. As a Lead Director of these companies, Anupam works closely with the respective CEOs on issues such as driving corporate strategy, improving operational effectiveness, and recruiting & developing talent.

Anupam graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard College and later received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Today Anupam, his wife Kavita and their two boys live in Hillsborough, California.

Outside of his professional focus on education and education technology, Anupam serves on the Leadership Council of the New Schools Venture Fund, a non-profit venture philanthropy firm working to transform public education for low-income children.