Board and Staff

The Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of three Oracle executives and four leaders in education and philanthropy. Oracle employees, whose time is donated, staff the Foundation.

Board

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    Safra Catz

    Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

    Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oracle Education Foundation since its founding in 2000 and has served as chair since 2004.

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    Matt Mayerson

    Vice President, Manufacturing and Distribution, Oracle

    Matt Mayerson is vice president of manufacturing and distribution at Oracle. He is responsible for worldwide replication and fulfillment for all Oracle software and education products. Prior to joining Oracle in 1990, Mayerson held various operations positions with Ernst & Young and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. He is a member of the governance board for the Peninsula chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since 2006. He received a BA in business economics and an MBA from UCLA.

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    Randy Smith

    Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities, Oracle

    Randy Smith, is vice president, global real estate and facilities, at Oracle. He started his real estate career upon joining Oracle in 1989. Smith is currently responsible for real estate and facility operations for Oracle's global portfolio of approximately 25 million square feet. Oracle’s real estate and facilities team has supported more than 100 corporate acquisitions over the past eight years.

    Smith graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with an MS in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an AB in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.

    He has been a board member of Samceda since 1995 and chaired the economic development organization for about three years. He has also served as president of the NACORE Northern California chapter for more than three years. In 2003, Smith was honored as Corenet’s Northern California chapter's Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year. He is currently serving on the Corenet Global Board as Chair. Smith is also in his fifth year of service on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.Randy Smith, is vice president, global real estate and facilities, at Oracle. He started his real estate career upon joining Oracle in 1989. Smith is currently responsible for real estate and facility operations for Oracle's global portfolio of approximately 25 million square feet. Oracle’s real estate and facilities team has supported more than 100 corporate acquisitions over the past eight years.

    Smith graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with an MS in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an AB in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.

    He has been a board member of Samceda since 1995 and chaired the economic development organization for about three years. He has also served as president of the NACORE Northern California chapter for more than three years. In 2003, Smith was honored as Corenet’s Northern California chapter's Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year. He is currently serving on the Corenet Global Board as Chair. Smith is also in his fifth year of service on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

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    John Baugh

    Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

    John Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in arts and sciences and director of African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his tenure at Washington University, Baugh taught at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Swarthmore College.

    Baugh has published award-winning books in the fields of anthropology, education, legal affairs, linguistics, sociology, and urban studies. His work bridges theoretical and applied linguistics, with particular attention to matters of policy and social equity in the fields of education, medicine, and the law. He has conducted extensive research regarding the social stratification of linguistic diversity within the US, Austria, Brazil, Hungary, South Africa, and the UK, and is actively engaged in ongoing research that examines the evolution and dissemination of English and other European languages in post-colonial contexts throughout the world.

    Baugh is a past president of the American Dialect Society and a member of the usage advisory committee for the American Heritage English Dictionary. He has also served as a consultant on several documentary films related to American language and as an expert witness in court cases where matters of voice recognition and language attitudes have been central. Baugh has been a member of the board of the Oracle Education Foundation since 2003. He received his BA in speech and rhetoric at Temple University and his MA and PhD in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently sits on the boards of Eastside Prep, Raising a Reader, and Project Pericles.

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    Barbara Means

    Director, SRI’s Center for Technology in Learning

    Barbara Means is director of the center for technology in learning at SRI International. She is an educational psychologist whose research focuses on ways in which technology can support students’ learning of advanced skills and the revitalization of classrooms and schools.

    Means is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and is regarded as a leader in defining issues and approaches for evaluating the implementation and efficacy of technology-supported educational innovations.

    Means' published works include the edited volumes Evaluating Educational Technology, Technology and Education Reform, and Teaching Advanced Skills to At-Risk Students, as well as the jointly authored volumes Using Technology Evaluation to Advance Student Learning, The Connected School, Comparative Studies of How People Think, and Learning Online, which was published in April 2014. She currently leads SRI's evaluation work for the Next Generation Learning Challenge, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Means has been a member of the board of the Oracle Education Foundation since 2003. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University and her PhD in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She was named an SRI Fellow in 2003.

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    Sally Osberg

    President and CEO, Skoll Foundation

    Sally Osberg has led entrepreneurial organizations and been an agent for social change throughout her career. As president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with founder and chairman Jeff Skoll and heads the organization's team in identifying and supporting innovators pioneering scalable solutions to global challenges. She is a well-known proponent of thought leadership, research, and alliances that advance the work of social entrepreneurs solving the world's most pressing problems.

    Osberg serves on the boards of the Skoll Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Oracle Education Foundation since its founding in 2000. She was founding executive director of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, guiding that institution to international recognition for its cutting-edge work in the museum field, and formerly active as a director on the boards of the American Association of Museums, the American, and Women and Philanthropy, among others.

    Osberg founded the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, the largest gathering of innovators around the world. As advisor to The Elders and founding board member of the Social Progress Imperative and Index, she has worked to drive an enabling environment for social change. Osberg has also formed strategic partnerships with the UN, USAID, Sundance, TED, and Oxford. She has received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum, the Magis Global Changemaker Award from Santa Clara University, been inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and been named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the "Millennium 100" for her role in shaping and leading Silicon Valley.

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    Dr. Ray Pecheone

    Executive Director, Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE)

    Raymond Pecheone, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Stanford Center for Assessment Learning and Equity (SCALE), a center launched in 2009 that provides comprehensive supports for standards-based teaching and learning and is built around the development of interactive assessment and multimedia instructional tools to support college and career readiness.

    Pecheone is also the coexecutive director of the Stanford School Redesign Network and the director of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) program, a consortium of 18 California universities that have joined together to develop a reliable and valid measure of teacher quality.

    Formerly, Pecheone was the Connecticut bureau chief for curriculum and teacher assessment and developed the first performance-based licensure and inductions system for teachers in the nation. In addition, he cofounded the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and codirected the first Assessment Development Laboratory for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He has helped develop the design for revamping the New York State Regents Examinations, served as a consultant to the Council of Chief State School Officers and ETS for the development and validation of a performance-based assessment for school administrators (currently used by fifteen states), and consulted with numerous state education departments. He has published widely in the area of teacher and student assessment. Pecheone has been a member of the board of the Oracle Education Foundation since 2011. He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut.

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    Elizabeth Snyder

    Vice President, Oracle HR and Philanthropy; Treasurer, Oracle Education Foundation

    Elizabeth Snyder is vice president, human resources (HR) and philanthropy, at Oracle. Her responsibilities include Oracle Corporate Citizenship, with a focus on education, environment and community; and Oracle Academy, a global education program that teaches fundamental computer science concepts and reaches 3.5 million students in 120 countries. Additionally, Snyder is responsible for HR’s crisis management, business continuity, data privacy, and global mobility programs at Oracle. She has more than 20 years of experience in HR and leadership, encompassing all aspects of the HR function, and including both international and global roles. She graduated from Birmingham University in the UK with a BA in Latin.

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    Colleen Cassity

    Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation, Oracle Corporate Citizenship

    Colleen Cassity is the executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle and committed to reinventing education. Cassity also oversees the Oracle Giving and Oracle Volunteers programs, which donate funds and time to nonprofit organizations around the world to advance education, protect the environment, and strengthen communities.

    She is also the editor of the Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report and leads external reporting on corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, volunteerism, and sustainability.

    In 2014, Colleen was the inaugural recipient of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “Practitioner of the Year” award, given to an individual who sets a gold-standard example for best practices and leadership in corporate philanthropy and/or corporate responsibility.

    Cassity joined Oracle in 2000. Prior to that, she helped build Juma Ventures, one of San Francisco’s seminal social enterprises, now recognized as a national model for improving the life prospects of low-income, high-risk youth.

Staff

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    Colleen Cassity

    Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation, Oracle Corporate Citizenship
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    Ashley Sullivan

    Program Manager, Oracle Education Foundation
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    Leon Young

    Program Manager, Oracle Education Foundation
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    Dennis Manalo

    Program Manager, Oracle Education Foundation
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    Nicole Snow

    Senior Manager, Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Giving
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    Rhia Bakshi

    Specialist, Oracle Corporate Citizenship
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    Teryll Hopper

    Manager, Oracle Volunteers
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    Jennifer Ross

    Program Associate, Oracle Corporate Citizenship
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    Madeline Walsh

    Program Associate, Oracle Corporate Citizenship

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