Meet Our Board of Directors
Manny Barbara
Board Member

Manny Barbara, Vice President at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, served as superintendent of the Oak Grove School District for over 10 years. Under his leadership, all student subgroups showed improved student performance, leading to the district receiving the Applied Materials/Springboard Schools overall achievement award. While at the SVEF, he has been a leader in drawing attention to the importance of proper math placement at Grade 8 algebra and Grade 9 geometry, partnered with districts in adopting the A-G course sequence as the default curriculum, and guided a collective impact initiative creating the East Side Alliance, a partnership involving eight school districts serving over 85,000 students.

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Mr. Barbara is a four-time recipient of the ACSA Region 8 Administrator of the Year; the 100 Black Men Educator of the Year; the California Alliance Culturally Courageous Leader Award; the Santa Clara County School Psychologists Lifetime Achievement Award, the City of San Jose Excellence in Education Award, and ACSA Robert E. Kelley award.

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.

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.

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.

Sho Shigeoka
Board Member

Sho Shigeoka serves as the Administrator for Equity and Inclusion for the Beaverton School District in Oregon. In her role, she is responsible for the implementation of the vision articulated in the District’s equity policy. Equity has been identified as one of the four “pillars of learning” in the District to ensure the success of all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, English language proficiency, and other social factors that have been used as excuses not to serve all students. Her duties include professional development on equity leadership, recruitment and retention of staff of color, management of AVID college readiness system, and districtwide policy and program development on culturally relevant practices.

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Prior to joining Beaverton, Sho worked at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and Lane Community College in student services, primarily serving historically underserved students. Sho is a mother of a 16-year old who keeps her focused and grounded on equity work each and every day.

Bernice Stafford
Board Member

Bernice Stafford’s career spans more than four decades in the public and private sectors of the education field in the United States and abroad. She has been a classroom teacher, early childhood administrator, college lecturer, corporate executive, company cofounder, and strategic consultant. She is an expert when it comes to aligning business strategies and goals with educator professional learning including expert and peer coaching, education policy, funding, and instructional technology.

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She is a recognized leader in the education field, serving or having served on the boards of national and international organizations, including WestEd, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), the Knowledge Alliance, and Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). In her home state of California, she also served on the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Committee.

Bernice is a frequent presenter on topics ranging from effective implementation of the school transformation process to using state-of-the-art technology in support of teaching and learning. She is also the coauthor of a chapter in the second edition of the International Handbook on Literacy and Technology. Bernice has a BA in Sociology and an MA in Early Child Development from the University of California, Berkeley.