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

2021-22 Calendar — Board Meetings

August 5, 2021 — 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Agenda | Agenda Espanol | Recording | Minutes

September 21, 2021 — 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Agenda | Agenda Espanol | Recording | Minutes

Special Meeting — September 21, 2021 — 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM | Agenda (English & Espanol) | Recording | Minutes

Special Meeting — December 13, 2021 —3:00 – 3:15 PM | Agenda | Agenda Espanol | Recording | Minutes

December 14, 2021 — 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Agenda | Agenda Espanol | Recording | Minutes

March 8, 2022 — 3:15 PM – 6:45 PM | Agenda | Agenda Espanol | Recording | Minutes

Board Retreat —April 27, 2022 — 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Agenda

Special Meeting —April 27, 2022 — 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM | Agenda | Recording | Minutes

June 7, 2022 — 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Agenda | Agenda Espanol | Recording | Minutes (Available once approved by the board at FY23 Q1 Meeting)

2021-22 Committee Meetings

Audit Committee — December 6, 2021 — 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Agenda

Audit Committee — April 21, 2022 — 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | 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.

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
Sohi Sohn
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
David Stinfil
Sandra Thompson
Grace Voorhis, Board Chair