Board of Advisors
The Board of Advisors provides guidance and oversight to GENup Executive Team Members, drawing from their own professional experiences in both the education world and the advocacy world in helping provide strategic advice and direction.
Lisa Liddle passionately contributes her time and energy on a local, regional, and national basis for the sake of women's rights and social justice. As a Board Member and Director with March On, Women's March San Jose Leadership Team, Emerge 2019 Alum, and appointed member of both the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and the CEDAW Task Force, she focuses her work to ratify the ERA, advance voting rights for all, pursue education equity, criminal justice reform, and protect the environment. She helps to build partnerships and fundraise for March On, Future Coalition, and GEN-UP, growing our collective progressive political power to make systemic changes.
Her community volunteer involvement has been strong while raising two daughters: she dedicated over 10 years to leadership including Co-Chair & Chair Advisory roles with Common Ground Speaker Series, a 30-school parent-education consortium; countless hours spanning 2006-2017 with Children's Musical Theater; six years with National Charity League; Parent Board Co-President of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Observation Nursery School; and two years as board officer and producer of two musical compilations on CD for Children's Voices for Charity. She's also a very active mom with her daughters' indoor and beach travel volleyball teams.
Prior to starting her family, in mid-2000, she was VP of Business Development at a tech startup. Up until then, she spent 17 years in Silicon Valley negotiating strategic OEM and licensing partnerships and selling technology solutions to both consumer and corporate marketplaces. Lisa obtained her BA from Stanford University and graduated in the class of 84'.
Sophia Andary is a first-generation Lebanese-American activist, organizer, and analyst. Her experience living through the civil war in Lebanon during early childhood shaped her worldview and passion for bridging the divide among diverse perspectives. She is one of the founding members of Women’s March San Francisco and was unanimously voted to chair the organization following its inaugural launch and has remained co-chair since then. Through leading by example, she has helped build one of the strongest and most diverse Women’s March chapters in the country, building alliance with and earning respect from various San Francisco communities through local partnerships, programming, events and actions.
Sophia is a past board member of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club. She has received an Achievement Award from the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, Certificate of Honor from the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, the Community Public Service Award from Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and a certificate of honor from Mayor London Breed in recognition of her (and Women’s March San Francisco) efforts to register women to vote and make San Francisco a more equitable place.
On October 7, 2019 Sophia was appointed by Mayor London Breed to the Commission on the Status of Women of the City and County of San Francisco.
Through her community work and career path, Sophia helps bring the voices of marginalized, queer, and women of color to the front. Her B.A. in International Business and French has served her in the corporate world, where she currently works as a senior analyst at Levi Strauss & Co. and co-chairs the Levi Women’s Employee Resource Group.
Jeff Camp is the founder and primary writer of Ed100, co-chairs the education work of Full Circle Fund, a non-profit organization of donors and volunteers. As the founder and chair of Ed100, Jeff oversees a statewide recognized policy organization that seeks to dilute down the technicality of education policy into understandable metrics.
Jeff has served on the California Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence, and serves on advisory boards for EdSource and Education Trust-West. As a member of the Committee, he helped develop recommendations to the Governor of California for comprehensive reform of K-12 public education. The committee's work was important in the development of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which extensively revised the way that dollars are allocated to California districts. This change has brought significant new resources to schools in the state's highest-need districts.
Prior to his work in education, Jeff worked for Microsoft in the US and Japan. He is also a parent, a songwriter and an astrocytoma survivor. He received his BA from Harvard University and graduated in the class of 89'.
Nina Senn, founder of calforkids.org, is a longtime champion of youth voice and equitable access to education. She attended public K-12 schools in southern California and moved to central and northern California to attend college and work. Nina is the daughter of California public school K-12 and UC educators and has been a California public school parent for 15 years. As a public school student leader, parent leader and school board member over the past forty years, Nina has firsthand experience watching California K-12 public schools decline from being in the top 10% of the states to the bottom 10% in per pupil funding.
Nina received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, her law degree from Santa Clara University and was recently a member of a Harvard’s Education Redesign Lab team with the Oakland Mayor’s Office. She has served in a variety of roles as a lawyer, mediator, restorative justice practitioner and advocate and an elected school board director in Oakland and as a non-profit dispute resolution Board President.
In her role as a School Board Director for the Oakland Unified School District (2015-2019), CSBA Delegate, Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) Board Member, Nina championed and collaborated with other policy makers and community leaders to increase funding for schools by passing policies and legislation on a local, state and national level: a $144 million parcel tax to pay for educator raises and middle school enrichment in Oakland; a multi-year, multi-million dollar fiscal relief trailer bill that benefited several financially distressed school districts across the State of California; and a CGCS national gun violence prevention resolution. She also worked with community leaders and student leaders to pass a number of school board policies and resolutions including Schools and Communities First, Full and Fair Funding, restorative justice, student privacy, human sex trafficking prevention, credit recovery and gun violence prevention.
Nina strongly believes that students’ leadership and involvement in determining their own future is vital for them as well as the state of California's future success.
Annie Campbell Washington
Troy Flint is the Director of Communications and Public Information Officer for the California School Board Association. Troy brings 17 years of experience in communications, public relations, public affairs and print journalism to our Advisory Board.
In his previous role, Flint served as the Oakland Unified School District’s director of communications. While at OUSD, he was honored with the “Central Office Service Excellence” award for performance as spokesperson and service to schools, students, and families in crisis management and community engagement scenarios.
Flint received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Yale University and started his career as a reporter for The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland. He graduated from Yale University in the class of 97'.
Annie Campbell Washington is the Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Programs & Dean of Students at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. A graduate of the Goldman School of Public Policy, Annie was the Vice-Mayor of Oakland until 2018 and prior to that, served as a School Board Trustee on the Oakland Unified School District School Board.
During her 12 year career in the City of Oakland, Annie was Chief of Staff to former Mayor & Governor Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jean Quan, Assistant to three City Administrators, Chief of Staff to the Fire Chief, and a Budget and Policy Analyst. She has also worked as Director of Operations and Special Projects at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as Executive Director of the I Have a Dream Foundation in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Annie holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition to an Advisory Board member for GENup, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oakland Grown, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Alameda County Transportation Commission. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Agency for Children, Children’s Fairyland, Safe Passages, and Girls, Inc.
Becky Flanagan is a veteran staffer for CTA/OEA and has been a union member most of her life.
Sarah Swanbeck is the Executive Director for the Berkeley Institute for Young Americans, a research center at the Goldman School of Public policy (UC Berkeley) that seeks to make policy fair and sustainable across generations.
Sarah is a public policy analyst with expertise in California state and local governance and budget issues. She previously worked in Legislative Affairs for California Common Cause, a nonprofit that advocates for more open, honest, and accountable government.
She has over a decade of experience as a policy analyst working on both state and local issues in California. As an analyst for the Controller in San Francisco, she previously worked with a range of city departments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their services. She also worked for the Public Policy Institute of California and the California Public Utilities Commission on state energy and water policy. She holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College.
Ted Lempert is the President of Children Now, a research and policy organization based in Oakland that is focused on transforming children’s advocacy. Children Now coordinates The Children’s Movement of California. Mr. Lempert is also a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was the founding CEO of EdVoice.
Mr. Lempert was a California State Assemblymember representing Silicon Valley from 1996 to 2000 and 1988 to 1992. He served as chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and co-chair of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education. He had more than 75 bills signed into law, including major policies in the areas of education, health care, children and families, tax policy and the
Mr. Lempert also served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, where he was President of the Board in 1995 and was the founder of the County’s Youth Commission. Prior to holding public office,
Mr. Lempert was special counsel and an associate for the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and
Hampton in San Francisco.
Mr. Lempert received the “Al Rodda Lifetime Service Award” from the California School Boards
Association; was named “Legislator of the Year” by numerous leading education groups, including the
National Association of Educational Service Agencies, the California Association of School
Administrators, California Community College Faculty and the UC and CSU Students Associations; and
was recognized five times with the “High- Tech Legislator of the Year” award from the American
Mr. Lempert graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs and earned his law degree from Stanford University. He and his wife Nicole have three daughters.
R. Tolteka Cuauhtin is a nationally recognized Ethnic Studies and social justice educational leader.
As a high school teacher, Tolteka helped open and served in leadership roles at Social Justice Humanitas Academy in Los Angeles Unified School District from 2011-2018.
He represents United Teachers Los Angeles on California Teachers Association State Council and NEA-National Education Association Board of Directors -- at large, and is a member of CTA/Stanford’s Instructional Leadership Corps, Ethnic Studies Now Coalition’s Coordinating Committee, LAUSD’s Ethnic Studies Teacher Leadership Team, GENup’s Board of Advisors, and education chair on Pukúu Native American Cultural Community Services’ Board of Directors.
Tolteka has co-chaired advisory committee level work with the California Department of Education, and co-chaired the education committee for the inaugural City of San Fernando Tataviam Indigenous People’s Day (IPD) Celebrations, stemming from the first IPD resolution in Southern California.
Tolteka was recognized by the California State Legislature for exemplary service in meeting the needs of students of color, and he has shared as a keynote speaker, presenter, or emcee/poet, from housing projects and international community events to ivory tower universities and continental Indigenous gatherings.
His work is noted and shared in multiple academic publications and media outlets, and his educational commentary present from the Los Angeles Times to the New York Times. Tolteka is also co-editor of the acclaimed and award-winning book Rethinking Ethnic Studies (published by Rethinking Schools, 2019), used in university and k-12 classrooms throughout the country.
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