Becky LeBret – Executive Director
Jabez LeBret – Chief Strategy Officer
Current Board Members 2022
Former Board Members 2016-2021
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.
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.
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 redQuo.com, a platform to connect users with Insurance agents.
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.