Board of Directors

About Our Board

The KIPP Public Schools Northern California Board of Directors is a devoted group of community leaders who believe in the transformative power of education. The KIPP board holds a deep-seated conviction that all children, regardless of social and economic backgrounds, can learn and achieve at high levels. They are dedicated to operating high-performing free public charter schools that prepare students for successful choice-filled lives. 

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the organization. The duties of the Board include defining the organization’s strategic direction, serving as a fiduciary and ensuring fiscal health, ensuring adequate resources to achieve organizational goals, establishing regional policy, and championing the organization in the community. In order to fulfill these duties, the board regularly recruits accomplished individuals who are experts in a variety of professional fields including, but not limited to, education, business and finance, real estate, and law. 


Contact Our Board

Grace Voorhis, Board Chair |

Mackenzie Ayers, Board Secretary |

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

2022-23 Calendar — Board Meetings

September 13, 2022 [In-Person Meeting] — 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Agenda | Espanol Agenda | Recording | Minutes

December 13, 2022 [In-Person Meeting] — 12:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Agenda | Espanol Agenda | Recording | Minutes

[Special Meeting] February 15, 2023 [Virtual Meeting] — 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Agenda | Espanol Agenda | Recording | Minutes

March 7, 2023 [In-Person Meeting] — 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Agenda | Espanol Agenda | Recording

June 6, 2023 — 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Participation Instructions:

  • Members of the public are invited to come to our meeting location at the Sobrato Center: 1400 Parkmoor Ave San Jose, CA.
  • All KIPP NorCal school sites serve as satellite locations, and members of the public can visit a school site to participate in the meeting.
  • If you cannot make it, a meeting recording will be posted within 24 hours, and minutes will be posted once approved by the board at a subsequent meeting.

2021-22 Committee Meetings

Audit Committee —December 5, 2022 — 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Agenda

Audit Committee —April 26, 2023 — 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Agenda

All KIPP Public Schools Northern California Board Meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Brown Act. Agendas for KIPP Public Schools Northern California Board meetings are posted on this page and at publicly accessible locations on KIPP Public Schools Northern California campuses at least 72 hours in advance of each meeting. Board Members and appropriate staff receive annual Brown Act training to ensure public access requirements are met.

Please send an email to if you would like to attend the meeting and require accommodations to do so, such as interpretation services, or if you have any questions related to attending a Board meeting.

If you require the services of an interpreter, we ask that you reach out 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  With less advance notice, we will make every effort to provide these services, but cannot guarantee them. Please reach out as soon as possible.

Public Records Request

A “public record” is any writing containing information related to the public’s business that is prepared, owned, used, or retained by a state or local governmental agency, including KIPP Public Schools Northern California.

Any person may request to obtain copies of public records in possession of KIPP Public Schools Northern California. There is no cost to inspect public records. There is a cost to obtain paper copies of public records: $0.25 per page for paper copies.

If you would like to make a request to inspect or obtain copies of KIPP Public Schools Northern California public records, you may do so by sending an emailing to our board secretary, Mackenzie Ayers, at or mailing:

Attn: Mackenzie Ayers

KIPP Public Schools Northern California
1000 Broadway #460
Oakland, CA 94607

Upon receipt of your request, our staff will promptly determine whether your request identifies disclosable public records in possession of KIPP Public Schools Northern California and will notify you of its determination.

In the event that additional information is needed to process your request, we will contact you to request clarification regarding your request or to assist you in identifying the specific public records you seek, as appropriate.

Regardless, we will return your message within a ten-day time period from the time of receipt.

Board Information

Historic Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Our Educational Protection Account Resolution

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Board of Directors
Sumari Barnes
Michael Cohen
Caretha Coleman
D’Lonra Ellis
Laura Fisher
Cheryl Frank
Abe Friedman, Vice Chair
Jessica García-Kohl
Heather Gardley
Ron Gonzales
Gustavo Gonzalez
Blake Grossman
Haley Lopez
Aubrey Merriman
Jenny Shimizu Risk
Jose Rodriguez
Emily Rummo
Octavio Sandoval
Sohi Sohn
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
David Stinfil
Sandra Thompson
Grace Voorhis, Board Chair