Board of Directors Detail

Cristina Huezo
Chairperson
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Program & Policy Officer

Cristina Huezo is leading the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s place-based efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area to personalize learning experiences and advance systems that address the needs of the whole child. She has worked in philanthropy and nonprofit advocacy for over 15 years,
with a focus on creating equal opportunity for underserved populations. Her philanthropic experience includes the Gates Foundation and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. She began her career at the National Council of La Raza advocating on behalf of the Latino
community in California.

Cristina is Chair of the Board at Grantmakers for Education. She was an Education Pioneer and served as a Jessie M. Unruh Fellow in the California State Legislature.

She is a graduate of UCLA and the Harvard Kennedy School. Cristina resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

Caroline Altman Smith
Vice-Chairperson
The Kresge Foundation
Deputy Director-Education Program

Caroline Altman Smith is deputy director of The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. She supports the team’s domestic grantmaking, which funds higher education institutions and national nonprofit organizations that work to help more underserved students enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Before joining Kresge in 2008, Caroline served for five years as a program officer at the Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis where she worked to create opportunities for low-income, minority and first-generation students to enter college and complete their undergraduate degrees.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Caroline holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is an instructor for The Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University, previously chaired the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy National Board of Advisors, and currently serves on the boards of the Council of Michigan Foundations and Grantmakers for Education.

Susan Johnson
Secretary
Lumina Foundation
Director of Impact and Research

Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D., is director of impact and research where she guides data-informed decisions in Lumina's efforts to achieve Goal 2025.

Throughout her career in higher education, she has acquired intimate knowledge of policies and practices affecting student success, student engagement, and institutional accountability. After joining Lumina in 2008, Susan served as a strategy officer and later as director of equity and inclusion where she actively sought to engage professionals, scholars, and partners committed to the promotion of equity and excellence in postsecondary education.

Prior to joining Lumina, Susan held professional positions in student affairs at Louisiana State University and the University of North Dakota and in institutional research at Indiana University. Johnson earned her B.S., M.S., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University.

Susan is actively involved in the philanthropic sector, currently serving on the board of Grantmakers for Education and the executive team of Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy (IBIP). She is also a co-editor of Standing on the Outside Looking In: Underrepresented Students' Experiences in Advanced Degree Programs.

Gregg Behr
Treasurer
The Grable Foundation
Executive Director

In his eleventh year as executive director of The Grable Foundation, Gregg Behr manages a grantmaking portfolio advancing early childhood education, education reform, out-of-school time support, and informal learning. Gregg and The Grable Foundation provided early stewardship for the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network, committing to a vision for transforming Pittsburgh into Kidsburgh. He is also co-chair of the Remake Learning Council.

From 2002-2006, Gregg served as president of The Forbes Funds, another Pittsburgh-based foundation that supports nonprofit capacity-building, research, and leadership development. Nationally, Gregg is a trustee for GreatNonprofits.org and Grantmakers for Education. He is a former board chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

Paul Herdman
Member
Rodel Foundation of Delaware
President & CEO

Paul is president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, which he joined in 2004.  He is a founding member of the Vision Coalition, Delaware’s public-private partnership whose aim is to transform public schools to world-class status. Paul is an Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellow in entrepreneurial leadership, and a 2010 recipient of the NewSchools Venture Fund “Change Agent of the Year” award. He has served as a senior manager at New American Schools, consulted with Brookings Institution, RAND, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and The World Bank. Paul has taught K-12 in the U.S., South Africa, and Australia, and co-founded an Outward Bound-based school-within-a-school in New York City. He assisted the secretary of education for two governors in Massachusetts during the wholesale redesign of the state’s policies on standards, choice, and finance during the 1990s.

Elizabeth González
Member
The James Irvine Foundation
Portfolio Director

Elizabeth González has been with the foundation since 2014 and was appointed portfolio director at The James Irvine Foundation in February 2016 as part of its evolving focus. Prior to that shift, she was program director for the foundation’s youth program, which she led since January 2015.

As portfolio director, Elizabeth leads the foundation’s grantmaking initiatives in the areas of college and career readiness, postsecondary completion, along with emerging efforts to improve career readiness and living‐wage work for families and young adults who are working and in poverty. She oversees Linked Learning, the Foundation’s signature effort to transform high schools by integrating academic and career‐technical education, and is now expanding across the state.

Amy Kerwin
Member
Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
Vice President - Community Investments

Amy Kerwin is vice president–Community Investments at Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. She leads Great Lakes’ philanthropic initiatives to help more students from low-income families, students of color, and first generation students get to and through college. Great Lakes’ exploration, validation and scaling grants are designed to help more students arrive at college academically and financially prepared and help these students navigate the challenges that too often prevent them from graduating.

Nicole Rodriguez Leach
Member
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Head of Education

Nicole Rodriguez Leach is head of education at Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, where she oversees a grants program focused on education equity as a strategy for community engagement and economic empowerment. She serves as an internal advisor to employees and employee groups on their philanthropic activity in the areas of education and youth development. She organizes thought leadership forums to convene nonprofit, public and private sector stakeholders on issues of pressing social concern. She supports nonprofit organizations at the forefront of the movement for educational equity, in New York City and across the US and Latin America.

Nicole holds a master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management from The New School, where she received top honors for academic excellence and contributions to the field of urban policy. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in socio‐cultural anthropology from Wesleyan University.

Sanjiv Rao
Member
Ford Foundation
Senior Program Officer - Youth Opportunity and Learning

Sanjiv Rao is a senior program officer on the Youth Opportunity and Learning team. His work focuses on educational equity issues, making grants to expand opportunity, access, and rights for historically marginalized populations, including young people of color, immigrant youth, girls, LGBTQ youth, and youth with disabilities. His grantmaking supports efforts to link academic pathways with social supports that prepare young people for success, as well youth leadership development, activism, and advocacy for policy change.

Sanjiv has been with Ford since 2012, but has spent the bulk of his career in the field, from working on policy efforts to integrate youth development more effectively with public education systems to beginning his career as an public school teacher in California and Texas.

Sanjiv has a PhD in public administration from NYU, a master’s degree in education from UC Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA. He has been an active member of Grantmakers for Education since joining the Ford Foundation, serving on the Out-of-School Time Funder Network steering committee. Sanjiv also moderated a plenary session at the 2015 GFE annual conference.

Richard Tagle
Member
The Andy Roddick Foundation
Chief Executive Officer

Richard Tagle has played many leadership roles: senior program officer for the United States Conference of Mayors where he oversaw grants to cities to support women’s and family health programs in 15 cities; as chief of staff at Public Education Network where he oversaw initiatives to improve student achievement across 88 school districts; as chief executive officer at Higher Achievement that provided academic supports to middle school students in 4 cities; as founder and managing principal at High Think that provided supports to growing nonprofits in DC Metro; and, currently, chief executive officer at the Andy Roddick Foundation that invests in out-of-school time strategies to close learning opportunity gaps in East Austin, Texas.

Richard has led small organizations with grand missions. It is the only way to look at a social problem, tackle and solve it, and elevate the quality of life conditions in the community in which he lives. Currently, he serves on the boards of Learn All the Time Network (as chair) and College Forward. He served as chair of the National Summer Learning Association board from 2000-2012 and served on the boards of the Asian Pacific Islander Partnership for Health, DC Community College Preparatory Academy, and Nonprofit Roundtable for Greater Washington. He has done grassroots outreach, program development and design, policy analysis and advocacy, led organizations to grow and scale, and raised and granted millions of dollars to initiate, evaluate, and sustain children and family-centered initiatives.