Meet Our Board of Directors
Ms. Lisa Dare
Board Member

Lisa Dare is an independent education consultant with over ten years of experience in the education industry. She is currently developing the long-term strategic plan for NAEP and recently advised an international private school organization on moving into the U.S. market. Prior to her work as an independent consultant, she was an Executive Director at the College Board for three years handling strategy and analytics, working on internal programs as well as with districts across the country to strengthen their college readiness infrastructure.

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She also served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Division of Teaching and Learning at the NYC Department of Education, where she managed a $90+M budget, handled human resources for a staff of over 500, coordinated the $80+M summer school program, and was also responsible for implementing multiple district reorganizations. Ms. Dare also cofounded an online tutorial service.

Ms. Dare is a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. She has her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BS in Economics/Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Nancy Golden
Board President

Dr. Nancy Golden is Professor of Practice in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon. From 2013–2015, she served as Chief Education Officer for the state of Oregon. Prior to that role, she had been Superintendent for Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Oregon. She also served as Educational Advisor to the Governor during the 2011 legislative session. In 2011, Nancy was selected as Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year. Under Nancy’s leadership, the district developed the Springfield Quality Education Model, significantly increased student achievement, successfully passed a $42.7 million bond and created the Academy of Arts and Academics. In addition, the district was the first in Oregon to implement a one-to-one initiative.

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In 2004 Dr. Golden was appointed by the governor to the Literacy Leadership State Steering Committee and was profiled in the January edition of School Administrator. A former director for the University of Oregon’s Administrative Licensure Program, where she continues to teach, she is an expert in learning organizations, group process, facilitation skills, school supervision, and curriculum delivery and design. Nancy obtained her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon in 1987 and has over 35 years’ experience in the educational field, beginning her career in 1974 as a special education teacher.

Dr. Golden is highly regarded for her interest in promoting equity in our schools. She was one of two winners of the 2012 Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity Award by the Oregon Leadership Network; in 2009 she received the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect’s Human Rights Leadership Award; and she has been asked to present many times on the subject of equity. Her publications include The Complete Toolkit for Building High Performance Work Teams; A Seven-Step Process to Align Curriculum with Oregon State Content Standards; and Effectiveness of Guided Practice During Remedial Reading Instruction: An Application of Computer-Managed Instruction.

Dr. Jim Nelson
Board Treasurer

Jim Nelson was formerly the Executive Director for AVID Center, a nonprofit organization that prepares K–12 students for college and also works with postsecondary institutions to improve persistence and completion rates, as well as prepare teacher candidates for the classroom. Jim has a vast and varied experience in the field of education. Prior to AVID Center, Jim was Superintendent of the Richardson Independent School District in Richardson, Texas (Dallas area). He was the Senior Vice President of State and Federal Relations for Voyager Expanded Learning Systems, and in 2003, at the request of the White House and Department of Defense, Jim traveled to Baghdad, Iraq, as a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Education to assist with the rebuilding of the Iraqi school system. In 1999, Jim was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush as the Texas Commissioner of Education. While Commissioner, he served simultaneously as Executive Secretary of the State Board of Education.

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Dr. Nelson served as a school board trustee and officer for Ector County ISD in Odessa, Texas, from 1984 through 1995, twice serving as Board President. During that time, he also served as a board member and in several officer positions for the Texas Association of School Boards, including State President in 1993.

Dr. Nelson earned a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1972, and in 1976 earned a Juris Doctorate from the Texas Tech University School of Law. He worked as a practicing attorney for 24 years. He and his wife Karen have three adult sons and three grandsons.

Dr. Andrea Venezia
Board Secretary

Andrea Venezia is the Associate Director for the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy (IHELP) and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento. She has extensive experience in public policy research about both K–12 and postsecondary education, and about connections between education systems.

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Prior to coming to IHELP, she was a Senior Research Associate at WestEd, where she oversaw a line of work on postsecondary readiness and success. Prior to joining WestEd, she was Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Before that, she directed Stanford University’s Bridge Project, the first large-scale national study that documented state policy barriers inhibiting student progression from high school to college. The resulting report, Betraying the College Dream, has been downloaded by tens of thousands of people and helped inform reforms in states across the country. Prior to those positions, she worked in a variety of state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Goals Panel, and the American Institutes for Research.

She has authored, coauthored, and coedited numerous other reports, chapters, articles, and books, including From High School to College and Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It.

Dr. Venezia received a BA in English from Pomona College, an MA in Administration and Policy Analysis in Higher Education from Stanford University, and a PhD in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.