MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Jennifer Peck, Chair
Jennifer’s leadership has enabled PCY to be an influential policy-development and advocacy organization that has improved the reach and effectiveness of public funding for youth programs in California and across the country.
Jennifer led the creation of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the California Legislative Task Force on Summer Enrichment, California’s Summer Matters Campaign, and the California Community Schools Network.
Prior to joining PCY, Jennifer spent eight years as an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, where she supported implementation of numerous initiatives including student loan reform, School-to-Work, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Jennifer has a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and she is the mother of Emilia, a rising 7th grader who is enormously patient with her mother’s work schedule.
Benito Delgado-Olson, Vice Chair
Benito graduated with a double major from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. During his senior year, he founded the student group that would eventually evolve into present day K to College. From its starting point, Benito has recruited a professional board of directors, designed, developed and implemented the proven K to College business model, secured both public and private partnerships at the state and local level and fundraised several million dollars for program operations. As the Executive Director, Benito is responsible for implementing K to College’s strategic plan in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
He is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, serves as the chief public information officer and works in collaboration with the board to shape the future goals of the organization. Since its founding, Benito has received several awards on behalf of K to College. Most recently he was recognized as a Hometown Hero by Comcast and the Bay Area News Group and honored as a recipient of the New Leaders Council ‘40 Under 40 Awards’ for his entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector.
Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Secretary/Treasurer
From 2014-2017, Nancy successfully transformed the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. With stabilized funding and innovative initiatives, like the California Pay Equity Task Force and an expanded STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) portfolio, including Million Women Mentors-CA and Engaging Girls in STEM, Nancy developed strategic partnerships and focused with deliberate purpose to change the lives of California’s women and girls.
Nancy led the Office of Government Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco for Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom when he was Mayor. She represented San Francisco on the Association of Bay Area Governments. In the private sector, overseeing the Consulting Division of an energy efficiency company, she focused on US Department of Energy and utility contracts, policy innovation and new business development.
During the Clinton Administration, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and before that held a similar position at the US Department of Labor.
Nancy has advocated for Americans for Gun Safety and spent close to a decade as an official with the National Democratic Party. She served as Chief of Staff to the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and also served as a senior member of Barbara Boxer’s first US Senate campaign in 1992.
Kirshner-Rodriguez was President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women where she worked to create the internationally recognized Cities for CEDAW Campaign and championed local initiatives to reduce domestic violence and human trafficking. She recently completed eight years as the Board Treasurer of Emerge America. She currently serves on the National Leadership Council of Futures without Violence, on the Board of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, and on the Board of the National Council of Jewish Women in San Francisco.
Nancy graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She received the Alumnae Medal of Honor for her years of service to the college. She resides in San Rafael, CA with her husband Sam, and daughter Kira.
David Rattray, Board Member
David Rattray officially joined the Chamber in 2003 after being a strategic partner for several years. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in building business and educational partnerships toward a goal of improving the academic achievement and enthusiasm for learning for all Los Angeles students.
Previously David spent more than 20 years in the food service distribution industry. He serves on the L.A. City Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council and is vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board’s Lifelong Learning Committee. David earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. When David really wants to shine, he plays his tuba.
Ken Maxey, Board Member
Susan Salcido, Board Member
In June 2018, the Santa Barbara County voters elected Susan Salcido the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, succeeding longtime Superintendent Bill Cirone upon his retirement.
Susan has served in several roles at the County Education Office since 2006 as director of Secondary Support. Following that assignment, she was appointed assistant superintendent of Instructional Services, after which she was named deputy superintendent.
As a former principal and high school English teacher, Susan has spent her career as an educator dedicated to supporting student success, while also actively promoting educational and administrative professional learning.
Susan received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCSB, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California. In March 2016 she was appointed to the California Practitioners Advisory Group by the California Department of Education. She is also chapter board member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and was recognized by the ACSA region as Administrator of the Year in 2017.
Gerald Solomon, Board Member
Prior to this position, Gerald served as President & CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years
where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence.
Gerald offers a diverse executive leadership background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful and nationally recognized nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished 18 year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem.
Paul Granillo, Board Member
He restructured the organization with a vision for bettering the quality of life and business climate of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Paul currently serves as Past-Chair of Mobility 21, a coalition that pursues regional solutions to transportation challenges. He also serves as Past-Chair of the California Stewardship Network; and is a sitting member of the Regional Economic Alliance Leaders of California.
Additionally, Paul serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Global Land Use and Economics Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Cal State San Bernardino’s Foundation Board. He also serves as Past-Chair of the California Economic Summit and a Board Member of Californians Dedicated to Education. Paul currently serves as Board Member of the Campaign for College Opportunity and a Member of KVCR Educational Foundation.
Paul received his Bachelors of Arts from California State University San Bernardino, his Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Paul is married to Dr. Christina Granillo, Ph.D.; they are the proud parents of Monica Marie.
Janet Auer, Board Member
Auer has 30 years of experience working in various facets of Chevron. Previously, Auer worked as a legislative/communications specialist in government affairs. Prior to that, she served as a business analyst with Chevron Information Technology Company where she supported the company’s human resource system by acting as liaison between the business needs and technical needs of the company.
Auer is focused on education because she believes that students across all geographic areas should have access to programs that enhance rigorous project-based learning to prepare them for college and career.
Auer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and still lives in the region.
MEET OUR STAFF
Jessica Howard, CEO
These initiatives include the annual California STEAM Symposium and the California Alliance for Next Generation Science Standards (CA4NGSS) coalition. Her work has increased the quality and accessibility of STEAM professional learning opportunities for educators, helped build and communicate support for more equitable standards implementation, and brought private and public funders together to better resource California’s teachers, students, and schools.
Prior to joining CDE Foundation, Jessica worked in higher education as an undergraduate admissions officer at the University of Southern California and as a Congressional district staff member. She holds a M.S.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Art History from Williams College. Based in Los Angeles, Jessica also volunteers with several non-profits in the Southern California region to support equity in expanded student services, arts and STEM education, and college access. Teachers are her heroes.
Ed Honowitz, Senior Director, California Labor Management Initiative
Ed’s work in the California State Senate focused on K-12 education policy, school-based health, community schools partnership strategies and cross agency collaboration.
Ed was a school board member in the Pasadena Unified School District for 12 years. He was elected twice as a member of the California School Boards Association delegate assembly and served on the School Boards Association legislative and conference committees.
Ed has presented at both the California and National School Boards Association annual conferences on community engagement, arts education and community school collaboration and at the California League of Cities annual conference.
Ed is currently a board member of the California Alliance for Arts Education and is a member of the Public Engagement Panel of Advisors for the Institute for Local Government. Ed and his wife live in Pasadena. Their three children are products of Pasadena public schools and the University of California System. Go Bears and Gauchos!
Shelly Masur, CEO Emeritus
Shelly is a well-known and recognized leader in the education community having been named in 2013 one of the “100 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for her work in education.
She is a City Council Member in Redwood City and a former school board member in the Redwood City School District in San Mateo County, where she served for 10 years. She is a frequent speaker on developing and operating community-school and civic partnerships to leverage funding and improve outcomes for children, and on successful community outreach and communication.
Shelly holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and lives in Redwood City with her husband and three dogs, having sent her three children to college.
Wendy Dougherty, COO
Wendy has significant consulting experience from her work at KPMG providing strategic advice on grant making effectiveness and measuring social impact for international funders, private foundations, and public charities. At West Ed, she provided consulting services to state-level education agencies and associations in the area of standards, assessment and accountability.She most recently was engaged on The Big Lift collective impact initiative with Daly City Partnership and Jefferson Elementary School District, one of seven districts participating in the San Mateo County collective impact initiative aimed at improving PreK-3rd grade literacy, focused on high-quality preschool, reducing chronic absence, providing summer learning, and engaging families to support learning in school and at home.
Wendy lives in San Carlos with her husband and daughter. Wendy has served as a PTA Board Member and is a member of the American Evaluation Association. Wendy received her Master of International Affairs from UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, and her B.A. from Duke University.
Jessica Seybert, Events Coordinator
She comes from a food service background and her most recent stint was as Catering Manager at a private middle and high school. Jessi was raised in Redwood City and is a graduate of Redwood City schools. She is excited to use her skills in event management to transition into non-profit work.
California Education Policy Fund
California State University
Council of Chief State School Officers
David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation
First 5 California
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation