Becky LeBret – Executive Director

As the Executive Director of Next Ed Research Becky brings years of experience in a broad range of organizations. Her primary role is to manage the operations of the foundation, direct research and strategy and facilitate building meaningful relationships within the education world.

Becky began work at Disney Consumer Products and before starting Next Ed Research she held several positions at the fastest growing high tech start up in Silicon Valley. She has won several business concept and team awards, and has presented corporate social responsibility topics for executives in Tokyo, including Sony’s Chief Transformational Officer.

She earned Masters degrees in Business and Human Resource Design and has earned a certificate in Human Centered Design from IDEO. Becky brings an analytical approach to create efficient and actionable strategies for improving the student experience.

She served as a Board member for Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM which serves to promote civic discourse, education and engagement at a local level. She has worked and volunteered as an educator at schools in Southern California, including Claremont Montessori, MadScience after school programs and Grace Education for at-risk youth. Volunteering at the Youth Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley was an eye-opening experience highlighting the struggles of disenfranchised youth.

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Jabez LeBret – Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer Jabez’s role is to help drive Next Ed Research’s direction and influence. Currently he owns a company that creates accredited courses in the legal profession and he regularly can be found speaking on topics including education, technology, and management.

Jabez sits on the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Education Committee as a voting member.

Jabez is also an international keynote speaker. He has delivered over 1,000 presentations in the last 15 years to organizations including Microsoft, Nordstrom, Deloitte, Boeing, GE, IBM, HP, the US Army, Amazon, SUBWAY, The Washington State Bar Association and more. He also speaks at several technology and human resource conferences.

As a journalist, Jabez focuses on education, marketing, technology, and data strategies. His writing can be found on Forbes, NBC, ABA Journal, LMA, Clio, Avvo, Attorneys at Work, and many international publications. He has authored three books focused on online strategies and technology. He is an active podcaster with several shows covering topics from business to education.

Over his lifetime Jabez has worked closely with organizations including The United Way, Family Services, Food Life Line, Ending Homelessness Seattle Initiative, multiple Chambers of Commerce and Washington State Student Leadership Counsel

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Board of Directors

Yaoran Li – Board Member

Yaoran holds an M.A. degree in Statistics and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology. Her interest is primarily in K12 students’ social-emotional learning and mathematical learning and she is particularly passionate about using data to inform practice and educational policy. She is currently working for the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education at the University of San Diego, as a research associate and project lead, where she leads research, evaluation, and professional development projects from the initial meeting with the district leadership, developing concept paper and research plans, data collection and data analysis, to results dissemination with close partnerships with a variety of school districts in Southern California. Her research has been presented at international conferences such as AERA and APA and she has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Individual Difference, and Developmental Science.

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James Stevens – Board Member

James holds a M.S. degree in School Psychology from Eastern Washington University. Following his national certification, he worked assessing and designing both individual and system-wide educational programs for students with disabilities ranging in ages from two through 21. In 2009 he received his Program Administrator certificate from Washington State University and began work as a Special Education Administrator, serving both as a director and executive director in that capacity.

James’ interests and expertise revolve around using data to inform instruction, creating meaningful curriculum, and designing systems that honor the natural energy, excitement, and curiosity of both students and teachers.

Erika Fetter – Board Member

Erika deeply values the nonprofit community and spends much of her time working on philanthropy with a focus on education.  While running her own Fashion Directory business and leading the Park City Women’s Business Network, she began her nonprofit work at Sundance Institute as the merchandise manager/designer with all the profits benefiting independent film. The messages of these global films opened her eyes to the needs of so many in our community.   Erika also found quickly that applying for-profit operational sensibilities to the nonprofit sector could increase the overall amount of aid delivered and decrease unnecessary overhead.  She currently serves on four boards in the San Diego area including; The Country Friends, Hanna Fenichel Center for Childhood Development, NextEd, and Unknown Voices. Erika deeply values the process of empowering people through education.  Erika has a BA from USC and a MBA from Westminster College. She currently works as the Head of Style for Clutch branding and teaches Zumba. She was born and raised in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego to enjoy year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, and an ideal work-life balance.

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Anubhav Chopra – Board Member

Anubhav has over 7 years of Product and Tech experience. He is currently leading Growth Conversion at Coursera, a EdTech startup with a mission of providing global access to education. Before Coursera, he helped launch the B2B business for Springboardauto, an online end-to-end car buying experience, lead a team to rebuild Benefits at Zenefits, All-in-One HR provider and started, a platform to connect users with Insurance agents.

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Research Interns

Jonathan Jimenez  – Community & Equity Program Research Intern

Jonathan is a Senior at Cal State San Marcos majoring in Sociology with a concentration on Children, Youth, and Families. He currently has his Associate degree in Sociology which helped him discover his passion for the social sciences. Growing up in San Diego, he learned the importance of education and the power it has to improve your social class. He understands how vital family and schools structures are to a student’s success. He wants to see real change in society and learn about how structural biases have made it more difficult for disadvantaged youth to succeed. Partnering with Next Ed Research for a service learning project, he hopes to help the team learn new ways to support the community.

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