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Partner, Bridgespan 

Mike Perigo is a partner in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office. Since joining Bridgespan in January 2007, Mike has focused on serving a wide range of Bridgespan’s education clients, where his work has spanned early childhood education, secondary education, and postsecondary education. He has worked with nonprofit organizations, school districts, charter school networks, public-private partnerships, public commissions, and foundations – all with a focus on improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. Mike has also co-authored articles exploring the organizational determinants of superior performance, including “Aspire Public Schools: Building the Organizational Capacity for Healthy Growth.” Prior to joining Bridgespan, Mike was a partner at Marakon Associates, an international strategy consulting firm. At Marakon, Mike worked across a range of industries, including technology, food and beverages, chemicals and plastics, and financial services, on topics relating to strategy, organization, and management process. In addition to his client work, he led both Marakon's San Francisco office and North American talent organization. Mike earned a PhD in economics and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught economics as an instructor for four years while earning his degree. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and psychology from The University of Michigan and, before returning to graduate school, he worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.

Board member since 2013.


Senior Director of Education, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation  

Julie is the Senior Director of Education at the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.  Prior to joining the Schusterman Foundation, Julie was a Partner in NewSchools Venture Fund’s West Coast office, where she focused on teacher preparation and the firm’s human capital investment strategy and management assistance.  She began her career in education teaching high school science in New Orleans through Teach For America.  Prior to joining NewSchools, she was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EdBuild, led trainings for leadership teams of large urban districts at the Center for Reform of School Systems, and served as an elected member of the DC Board of Education from 2001 until 2004.

Board member since 2011.


Entertainer and Education Activist 

John Legend is a recording artist, concert performer and philanthropist.  He has won nine Grammy awards and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Throughout his career he has worked to make a difference in the lives of others, and in 2007 he launched the Show Me Campaign (, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty.  John sits on the Boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.

Board member since 2011.


Founding Chairman,Board of Helios Education Foundation 

Vince Roig serves as Founding Chairman of the Board of Helios Education Foundation. Prior to forming the Foundation, Vince was the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Southwest Student Services Corporation and its affiliates for over 20 years. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Teach for America National, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Arizona Stand for Children Advisory Committee, Take Stock in Children, Valley of the Sun United Way and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Board member since 2012.

CEO, LightSail 

Gideon Stein is founder and CEO of LightSail, Inc., an education technology company focused on literacy solutions for K-12. Gideon has raised over $50 million for education reform-related not for profit organizations and serves on the board of a foundation with an endowment in excess of $100 million that funds education reform around the globe. He is Vice Chairman of the Education News Network, Green Dot New York Charter High School, and New Classrooms, the nation’s leading organization focused on delivering individualized instruction. He co-founded and was formerly President of Future Is Now Schools, and was founder, Chairman, and CEO of the enterprise messaging company Omnipod, Inc. (now a division of Symantec).

Board member since 2014.

Senior Vice President, Teach for America

Kira is a Senior Vice President for Teach for America, responsible for overseeing a cohort of Executive Directors over 15 regions across the Midwest and South. Prior to this position, she ran the New Orleans operations, and operations across the State for a decade.

Kira holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.Ed. in school leadership from Harvard University and serving her second term as an elected member of Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Kira is also a moderator for the Pahara fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Network. Kira is one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Boad member since 2017.

All Stand for Children Leadership Center Board Members are independent voting members