The Oracle Education Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of three Oracle executives and four education and philanthropy leaders. Oracle employees, whose time is donated, staff the Foundation.
Safra 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.
Catz 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.
Matt Mayerson is senior vice president of manufacturing and distribution at Oracle. He is responsible for fulfillment and operations support for Oracle's products and services. Prior to joining Oracle in 1990, Mayerson held various operations positions with Ernst & Young and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.
Mayerson received a BA in business economics and an MBA from UCLA. He is a member of the governance committee for the Peninsula chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Mayerson has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since 2006.
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 received his BA in speech and rhetoric at Temple University and his MA and PhD in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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. He currently serves on the boards of Eastside College Preparatory School, Raising a Reader, and Project Pericles.
Baugh has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since 2003.
Dr. Barbara Means is the Executive Director, Learning Sciences Research at Digital Promise. She founded the Center for Technology in Learning research group at SRI International and served as its co-director for many years. Means’ recent work includes evaluating the implementation and impacts of newly developed adaptive learning software. She is also studying the long-term effects that attending an inclusive STEM-focused high school has for students from underrepresented minorities.
A fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Means has served on many study committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, including the one currently producing a companion volume to the classic How People Learn. She has advised the US Department of Education on national education technology plans and authored or edited more than a half dozen books related to learning and technology.
Means earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University and her PhD in educational psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She was named an SRI fellow in 2003, and has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since that same year.
Diane Flannery, Ph.D., is a pioneering executive leader and successful entrepreneur in social innovation. She is known for creating and launching innovative, disruptive programs in education, international development, and healthcare. Diane has started more than seven social enterprises. Most recently, she designed a STEM program, iThuba Innovation Hub, in Cape Town, South Africa, that teaches coding, robotics, and engineering to students living in South African townships. She also designed and started a K-12 STEM school and redesigned a Technology and Arts school for The Help Group in Los Angeles, CA. Diane is most interested in the intersection of futures thinking that identifies the dynamics that are shaping and changing the future within businesses, learning, education, families, and society.
Diane is currently working on a start-up enterprise called Station2050, which includes a global platform that promotes research-based solutions to engage and inspire schools and families to ensure that their children have the necessary skills for the future. Diane holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology with expertise in management, design thinking, innovation, futures thinking, and a master’s degree in creativity development. She is a lecturer at California State University Northridge in the Business and Economics Department.
Mark Atkinson is Chief Executive Officer of Mursion, Inc., the nation’s leading virtual reality, simulation platform, where professionals practice and perfect the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. Mursion has deployed its simulation platform to hundreds of Fortune 1,000 corporations, non-profits and schools of nursing, business and education. Mursion’s highly emotive avatars are used to train senior executives, customer service personnel, sales teams and other professionals in the human skills associated with “empathy,” including listening, turn-taking, descalation of conflict, effective feedback and problem-solving.
Mr. Atkinson is also the Founder of TeachForward, LLC a full service educational consulting firm with a proprietary web platform that delivers custom-developed, performance assessments to learners.
Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Yale College.
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.
Cassity is also the editor of the Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report and leads external reporting on corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, volunteerism, and sustainability.
In 2019, Colleen was honored as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2014, Cassity 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 social responsibility.
Cassity joined Oracle in 2000 to start the Oracle Education Foundation. 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.
Cassity served on the boards of Juma Ventures from 2005 to 2007 and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society from 2005 to 2010, and has served on the Education Committee of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund from 2006 to the present.
Elizabeth Snyder is vice president of 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, including both international and global roles. She graduated from Birmingham University in the UK with a BA in Latin.