Terry Bergeson joined the San Francisco School Alliance as Executive Director in January 2010. Terry has an extensive background of success in education. She drove the development of Washington’s statewide academic standards and a statewide assessment and accountability system to measure student progress on standards over time. In 1997 Terry was elected Washington State Superintendent, and served until January 2009. By 2008, over 91% of high school seniors in Washington met or exceeded the state’s graduation requirements. Terry holds an MA in Counseling and Guidance from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington.
Maisin Scholar Award Director
Sonya Y. Brunswick joined SFSA in October 2007. Sonya has worked with minority and under-served youth for over 25 years as a family counselor, youth counselor, youth pastor, youth director, and site coordinator on the East and West Coasts and abroad. Sonya has a diverse background with experience in the United States Air Force (proud veteran), College Board's International Education department, Department of Agriculture, a small business owner in real estate, and several years in Silicon Valley as a Systems & Network Engineer before leaving the IT industry and returning to community work to make a more focused impact on the lives of young people. Sonya is a native San Franciscan with strong Southern roots in Louisiana.
Maisin Education Advisor
Amber is a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley and came to us from BUILD where she was a Business Incubator Manager. She directed students through business and college prep curriculum while providing support to the students’ operation businesses. As the Maisin Scholars Education Advisor, Amber’s goal is to make educational resources available to the students and to be an advocate for them as they navigate their way through college and into the real world.
Leslie Carroll joined SFSA in September 2012. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2006 and received a BA in Art with an emphasis on Art History. Leslie spent most of her career prior to SFSA at Franklin Bowles Gallery where she began as a receptionist, then managed the inventory of the galleries and then purchased art for the galleries as well as taking on the role of tech support for her colleagues. Leslie is eager to apply her administrative and technical skills to the SFSA Office Manager position, as well as the opportunity for new challenges in a nonprofit environment.
Program Manager, Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM)
Elizabeth DeCarli joined SFSA in April 2013 as the Project Manager of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics project. She has worked in mathematics education in a variety of capacities, starting as a Curriculum Programmer at an early educational software company. She taught mathematics for nine years at James Logan High School in Union City, where she also worked as a technology coach. She then joined Key Curriculum Press, where she worked as a Development Editor on basal textbooks, teacher resources, and online and face-to-face professional development modules, and later as a Product Manager of dynamic mathematics software. Elizabeth holds a BS in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University and an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Education Program Director
Lori Hurwitz joined SFSA in August 2012 as the Education Program Director. She brings extensive experience in the fields of English/Language Arts and literacy curriculum development and professional development for teachers and administrators. Lori started her career in San Francisco Unified as an English teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, where she helped create an Academic Literacy class to help students become more strategic readers of challenging academic text. In the Bay Area, she has worked with the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, Partners in School Innovation, and the San Francisco Education Fund. She also served as the Curriculum Leader for Literacy for the San Diego Unified School District from 2007-2008, where she managed the creation of comprehensive literacy curriculum for grades K-10. Lori holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Wil Lacro joined SFSA in February 2013. He has been a professional fundraiser, working with non-profit organizations, for over a decade. Experienced with meeting high expectations, Wil has been able to build development strategies around obtaining and sustaining donations for Boulder City Hospital, Vegas PBS, HOPE Services, and most recently, United Way Silicon Valley. Wil has also served as a Board Member on the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Las Vegas Association of Fundraising Professionals and is the Past Chair of the Silicon Valley Young Professionals. Wil holds a BS degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Maisin Scholar Award Program Coordinator
Courtney Luxon joined SFSA in January 2013 as Maisin Program Coordinator. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a passion for the nonprofit sector, having worked for various organizations both on the East Coast and in the Bay Area. Most recently, she served as Events & Communications Manager for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. In her free time, Courtney enjoys cooking, crocheting and reading The New Yorker.
Mary has been working in non-profit organizations for many years, prior to coming to the San Francisco School Alliance in June 2012. She was Organizational Coordinator for the Easy Bay Institute for Urban Arts, Program Administrator for the California Center for Regional Leadership, Mural Restoration Coordinator for Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, and a Mural Assistant with the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia. Mary received a degree in Architectural Studies from Brown University, and is working on her welding certification.
Fiscal Sponsor Program Manager
Tara Sumanaseni joined SFSA in March 2013. Her professional experience is as a consultant providing services to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the areas of quantitative evaluation and financial and grants management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington and a Master of Pacific International Affairs, with a concentration in nonprofit management from UCSD. Tara previously worked as an advisor at KPMG LLP, providing grant-making foundations with recommendations on regulatory compliance and evaluations of their grants and grantee organizations. Tara’s goal at SFSA is to provide our fiscally sponsored programs with excellent financial and grants management services.
Director of Finance
Fred Tse joined SFSA in June 2005. He has provided non-profit accounting expertise since 1994 to organizations such as at the Shanti Project, NAMES Project, Institute on Aging, Mount Zion Health Fund, San Francisco School Volunteers, and others. Fred follows the financial markets, and practices tai chi once in a while. Fred has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.