Lisa Dare
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.

Jim Nelson
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
Sho Shigeoka
Board Secretary

Sho Shigeoka recently moved back to the school building and currently serves as Assistant Principal at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Prior to her current role, Sho worked in the Beaverton School District (BSD) as the Administrator for Equity and Inclusion from 2014–2019. In that role, she was 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 included 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. Sho began her career in Beaverton as a Westview High School counselor and also served as the Teaching and Learning Equity Coordinator for the district.

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Prior to joining BSD, 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 an 18-year old college student, who keeps her focused and grounded on equity work each and every day.

Bernice Stafford
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.