Board of Trustees

William J. Bennington

Chair, Development Committee

William J. Bennington is the managing director of Bridgewater James Limited, LLC, a boutique investment bank providing fundraising services to select hedge fund managers, marketing their funds to endowments, foundations, funds of funds, pension plans, and financial institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has more than 25 years of international experience in the alternative asset class. Mr. Bennington graduated from Princeton University with an AB in politics and from St. Paul’s School.

Linda Davis Jones, MA

Linda Davis Jones’ professional career spans 39 years in public schooling. She retired from the San Francisco Unified School District, where she was interim superintendent, after serving for 13 years as deputy superintendent in charge of instructional support and operations. Ms. Jones graduated from UCLA with a BA in sociology, and earned her MA in education from California State University, Los Angeles.

John H.D. Dewey

John H.D. Dewey is president and CEO of the Dewey Electronics Corporation. Mr. Dewey has spent most of his career as a consultant specializing in the strategic analysis of business procedures and the design and development of new methodologies. Mr. Dewey’s expertise in information theory and business practices has helped solve problems for organizations including Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs, and AT&T Network Systems. Mr. Dewey received an AB in computer science and fine arts, cum laude from Duke University. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in painting and digital arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and attended Oxford University.

Ken Doane, MS

Chair, Governance Committee

Ken Doane is program director at S.H. Cowell Foundation in San Francisco, where he directs grants in education and leads evaluation and knowledge management for the place-based, complementary grants program—a multidisciplinary, $60 million investment to improve the quality of life and opportunity for children and families living in poverty in northern and central California. Originally a middle school teacher and a youth camping leader, Mr. Doane has served on the staff of the Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin, as director of program development for Partners in School Innovation, and as a consultant to school districts and nonprofit organizations including New Teacher Center and the Stuart Foundation. He earned his teaching credential through the Bay Area Writing Project at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Christine Helwick, JD

Chair, Audit Committee

Christine Helwick served for 17 years as general counsel for the California State University system, and currently provides advice for higher education clients at Hirschfeld Kraemer in San Francisco. She was honored for distinguished service by the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and also received a Fulbright award to travel to Germany and participate with other educational leaders in a review and study of higher education in Europe. Christine is the former head of litigation at the University of California and served as Berkeley campus counsel. She earned her BA in history from Stanford, an MA in teaching from Northwestern, and a JD from Hastings College of the Law. She currently serves on the board of the African Library Project.

Roger King, MBA

Board Chairperson and Chair, Executive Committee

Roger King has been a consultant to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations for the past 10 years, focusing on strategy and organizational development. Before working in the nonprofit field, he was a consultant with Bain & Company for nearly a decade. Mr. King holds an MBA from Harvard University.

C. Kent McGuire, PhD

Kent McGuire is president and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a public charity headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. McGuire was the dean of the College of Education at Temple University and a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He served as Assistant Secretary of Education in the Clinton administration, education program officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts, and education program director for the Eli Lilly Endowment. Dr. McGuire received his doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado, his master’s degree in education administration and policy from Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.

Milbrey McLaughlin, PhD

Milbrey McLaughlin is the David Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University’s School of Education, and director of the Center for Research on the Context of Teaching at Stanford. Previously, she spent 10 years as a senior social scientist with the Rand Corporation. She earned her EdD in education and social policy from Harvard University.

William L. Musser Jr., MBA

Mr. Musser is treasurer of the New York Institute for Special Education and a member of the Board of Managers. In addition, he has served as a director of Swiss Re America Corporation and Transnational Reinsurance Company, a trustee and chairman of the Investment Committee of Choate Rosemary Hall School, and a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum. Mr. Musser was formerly employed by Eberstadt & Co. and at Musser, Inc. In 1995, he founded New Frontier Capital, LP, a limited partnership specializing in technology investments. Mr. Musser graduated from Princeton University with an AB, cum laude. He received a Fulbright Scholarship, and later studied at Harvard Business School, graduating with an MBA.

Frank Snyder, PhD

Frank Snyder manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, bringing extensive experience in the education field to the position. He previously served as president at Developmental Studies Center (DSC). Prior to joining DSC, he founded and directed the Child Services Division of eSCORE, served as the vice president and general manager for new ventures at Scholastic Publishing, and as vice president and chief technology officer for Golden Books Family Entertainment. He also worked in top-level positions at Simon and Schuster, McGraw-Hill, and California Test Bureau. Dr. Snyder received his PhD in psychometrics from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degrees in psychology and mathematics from Colorado State University.

Elizabeth Stage, EdD

Elizabeth Stage is director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She taught middle school science and mathematics before coming to the University of California, where she has primarily worked at the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Office of the President. Dr. Stage has been involved in research, evaluation, curriculum development, and professional development, and has worked on state, national, and international standards and assessments in mathematics and science. Dr. Stage earned an EdD in science education at Harvard University.

Michael Traynor, JD

Michael Traynor is president emeritus of the American Law Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is the recipient of the John P. Frank Outstanding Lawyer Award from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of South Carolina. He received his JD from Harvard Law School.

Susan Wally, MS

Chair, Finance Committee

Susan Wally is president and CEO of PREP-KC (Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation), an organization that supports the improvement of public education in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She was formerly a high school teacher and principal, and served for 10 years as vice president for education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she led a grant portfolio focused on the development and achievement of school-aged children. Ms. Wally holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University and an education specialist credential in administration and policy from the University of Missouri.

Esther Wojcicki, MA

Esther Wojcicki has been a teacher of English and journalism at Palo Alto High School for the past 27 years, where she has led the development of what is now the largest high school journalism-media program in the country. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and recently received the Columbia University Scholastic Press Gold Key Award for excellence in scholastic journalism. She also helped to lead the creation of the Google Educators website. Ms. Wojcicki received a master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in education computer technology from San Jose State University.

Victor C. Young, EdM

Victor Young is the president and CEO of the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. He has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of schooling and school reform. Mr. Young most recently served as president of Cornerstone Literacy, Inc. He began his career as a physics teacher and administrator, spending almost a decade at Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) and St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH). He subsequently served in education program leadership positions at the Cleveland and Rockefeller Foundations before establishing the Learning Communities Network (LCN). LCN provided technical support to national education initiatives of the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations for over a decade. Mr. Young is vice chairman of the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) and a trustee of St. Paul’s School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an EdM in educational planning and policy from Harvard University.