Sophie Boroditsky is a global technology leader and engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, and is currently the founder of her own consultancy serving brokerages to asset managers. She specializes in portfolio management and trading and has led multiple real-time high volume installations for large operations in the US and abroad.
Davis Campbell, who retired as Executive Director of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) in 2001, has a distinguished career in public education. Prior to his retirement from CSBA (1988-2001), Campbell served as Executive Director of the California Institute for School Improvement and managing partner of SRA Associates (1983-88). From 1977 to 1983 he served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California. He maintains an active consulting practice in effective governance at both the state and international level.
David Chai is a consultant who has served as a strategic advisor to leaders in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. He currently serves as a Strategic Advisor for the Alice Waters Edible Schoolyard Project and is a Global Advisory Council Member of the Governance Lab at New York University.
Addison Covert is an attorney and partner in the Northern California office of Parker & Covert, LLP, located in Sacramento. He represents public and private sector clients in public finance, business, education, and construction law. He has earned a reputation for assisting clients in the mediation, or other resolution of complex disputes. A majority of his clients are school districts; however, Mr.
Marcy Daniel is PowerSchool’s Chief Product Officer. She is responsible for developing the unified strategic vision of PowerSchool’s platform and portfolio of products, managing overall roadmap development and delivery on all new innovations to PowerSchool’s clients serving K12 students globally. Marcy joined PowerSchool in February 2016. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Marcy was the Chief Operating Officer of Interactive Achievement.
Sue Davis a long-time supporter of the School of Education. She received her B.S. in Child Development from UC Davis in ’72, Teaching Credential in ’73, and her Master’s Degree from California State Sacramento in ’81. She was a classroom teacher for 37 years, retiring from Deterding Elementary School in Carmichael in 2010.
Geoff is an attorney and counselor who, since 2003, has focused his efforts on workplace-related matters, including advice/counsel, litigation, negotiation, dispute resolution, investigation, training and similar services. Geoff started in “BigLaw” firms, including Brobeck and Morgan Lewis, before moving on to boutique firms and ultimately, in 2016, launching his own practice. Today, he works alongside several other attorneys and staff under the umbrella of his firm. Throughout that entire progression, he has dedicated the majority of his practice to workplace issues, across
Dr. Ed Manansala has spent more than 20 years working in the public school system. He started as a Coordinator of Learning Support Services with the Sacramento Unified School District and then became Principal and Superintendent of St. HOPE Public Schools. He served as the Deputy Superintendent of El Dorado County before his appointment to Superintendent of Schools at the beginning of 2016.
Marilyn Reisen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology at UC Davis in 1970. She chose to create an Individual Group Major that exposed her to a broad spectrum of knowledge about human beings and their development. Anthropological (physical and cultural), sociological, psychological, and historical studies enabled the desired grounding and understanding. Her graduate year involved a concentration of education-based course work, seminar, and a full year of intern team teaching.
Sharon Kurakazu-Takahashi received her BA in History in 1974, and her Teaching Credential in 1975 at UC Davis, and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1992. While teaching at the Middle School level, she earned her National Board Certification for Social Studies. She was a classroom teacher for over 30 years, and for five years, was “on loan” to teach and supervise student teachers from Illinois State University.
A first-generation college student, Dr. Turner entered UC Davis on a Cal Aggie Alumni Association scholarship. She is a member of the UC Davis Golden Society alumni, a graduate of the first MA cohort in the School of Education, and the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumna award. Currently, Caroline Turner, an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar, is Professor for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program at the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento, where she also served as Interim Dean.
Kristin Wright is the Executive Director in Sacramento County Office of Education, division of Equity, Diversity, Early Intervention, and Support Services. Kristin brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to this important position as a policy expert, a former special education student teacher, and a mother of a child with disabilities. Her public service career took a turn with the birth of her middle daughter, Shelby, who has significant intellectual and physical disabilities.