Executive Leadership Team

Our executive leadership team works to support our school leaders, oversee organizational operations, and partner with districts to open new schools.

Beth Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

Beth Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Beth Thompson is the founding CEO of KIPP Northern California where she is responsible for the organization’s performance, growth, and sustainability. KIPP Northern California currently works with over 6,500 students and their families in 21 schools across seven cities and has supported over 4,000 alumni on their journeys to fulfilling lives. 

Before becoming KIPP Northern California’s CEO in 2006, Beth created and implemented a strategic growth plan for KIPP schools on the West Coast, including securing charters, start-up funding, facilities, and community support. She has also worked on the founding team of NewSchools Venture Fund, and more recently, as an Executive Coach building capacity in KIPP CEOs across the country. She holds a B.A. in political science, M.A. in education, and an MBA with a certificate in nonprofit management—all from Stanford University. She is a proud resident of Oakland, parent of two elementary-school children, board member of Cambiar Education, and co-founder of Greenhouse E3.

Hilary Harmssen

Chief Growth Officer

Hilary Harmssen

Chief Growth Officer

Hilary Harmssen brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the areas of educational equity, community development, affordable housing and economic development. Prior to joining KIPP, she worked at the California Charter Schools Association for 10 years serving as a relentless advocate for charter public schools and leading the organization's advocacy, policy and political work across the Bay Area and Northern California. A Bay Area native, Hilary holds a BA in American Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California. In her free time, Hilary loves to go on adventures with her husband and three kids.

David Ling

Chief People Officer

David Ling

Chief People Officer

David is the Chief People Officer for KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. In this role David oversees the Talent and Human Resources departments along with KIPP Through College. He also leads the recruitment, development and retention efforts for KIPP Bay Area Public Schools’ Regional Support Office staff. Prior to becoming Chief People Officer, David served as KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Managing Director of Talent, Managing Director of Student Services, and the Director of KIPP Through College, as well as the school leader at KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland, California from 2003 –2009. Before joining KIPP, David taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in Baltimore, Maryland as a Teach For America corps member. A Bay Area native, he is a graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A.) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A.T.), as a well as the 2002 KIPP School Leadership Program. David lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons.

Jenny Tan

Chief of Schools

Jenny Tan

Chief of Schools

Jenny Tan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science. Tan earned a Master's Degree and a School Leadership License from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. As the elementary principal of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, she not only helped the school achieve the highest distinctions possible such as "Exemplary" and "High Achieving" as determined by the Nevada Department of Education. She later became the first Chief Academic Officer for KIPP Colorado, where she supported their elementary, middle, and high schools to become top performing schools in Denver Public Schools. Tan then joined the KIPP Foundation allowing her to work with senior academic leaders across the KIPP network. She was most recently the Associate Dean of the Relay California Leadership Programs.

Finance KIPP

Cory Vastola

Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Finance KIPP

Cory Vastola

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Cory joined the KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Finance Team in 2013 as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow. Prior to KIPP, he worked in economic consulting in New York City. A native of Seal Beach, California, Cory holds a B.A. in Economics from Brown University. Education is his passion, but in his spare time, Cory enjoys playing the viola in the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.

Dr. Savina Woodyard

Chief Equity and Strategy Officer

Dr. Savina Woodyard

Chief Equity and Strategy Officer
Dr. Savina Woodyard is a Bay Area native, hailing from Oakland, California. She graduated from UCLA in 2005 and completed her Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2007.  She graduated from the University of Southern California with her Doctorate in Education in 2011 and was accepted into the Miles Family Fellowship, a part of the KIPP Leadership pipeline. She worked as an Assistant Principal for two years at KIPP Academy of Opportunity, before returning to the Bay Area to help open KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory, as a founding Dean of Instruction and College Counselor and became the principal of the school in the Fall of 2017. In 2019, she transitioned into the role as the Director of People Initiatives, in which she oversaw the region's Teacher Residency Program, Teacher Induction Program, Leadership Development and piloted the Emerging Leaders of Color program.
 

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