Meet the Board.

Officers of the Board

Chair Secretary
Nora L. Kenney, Ph.D.

Photo taken by  J. Grant Brittain.

Kenney-Whitley, Ph.D. is an educator who teaches adult high school and vocational certification in correctional facilities. Prior to 2014, she was a professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and at UC Berkeley. She also earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at UC Berkeley, where she focused on literacy, urban education, qualitative research, and technology. A longtime Oakland resident, Dr. Kenney also specializes in collaborating with underserved community partners to enhance social equity through educational access. Before graduate school, Dr. Kenney worked in marketing and public relations for high tech companies in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and San Diego. She lives in North County with her husband, Peter, programs director for the Tony Hawk Foundation, and internationally recognized public skatepark advocate. In her free time, Dr. Kenney enjoys playing roller derby.



Carrie Scott






















Teacher (Chair, Affiliated Programs)
Re-entry education Community Outreach Supervisor
Grossmont Adult Education Carlsbad City Library Learning Center
Treasurer Past-Chair
Doug Wright Michael R. Leake
Chief Financial Officer Attorney

Board Members

Gina Gianzero, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP)

Since 2012, she has led DEEP by bringing partner organizations together in a variety of research-guided collaborative efforts focused on ensuring that children in southeast San Diego public schools are successful as they move along the education pipeline from cradle to through the end of third grade. Her deep commitment to early literacy led to her appointment to the board of directors for the San Diego Council on Literacy.

Gina also served for ten years an Executive Coach and Research Associate with the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) based at San Diego State University.  She led many of NCUST’s evaluation teams in identifying high-performing urban schools across the nation. She also guided networks of principals and provided individual coaching for principals interested in replicating best practices in their own schools.  She is the proud mother of three grown children. She loves tennis, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Idara Inwek Ogunsaju
Executive Coach Department Administrator
National Center for Urban School Transformation Endocrinology & Gastroenterology
Kaiser Permanente
Sal Giametta
Chief of Staff Janice Reynoso
Supervisor Ron Roberts, Fourth District Academy Director
County of San Diego YALLLA San Diego
Joan Knothe Stein
Retired Deputy District Attorney

Advisory Committee

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich Drew Schlosberg
Vice Chancellor for Pre-College Programs Community/Public Relations Consultant
National University System U-T San Diego
Helga S. Moore Stephanie Gioia-Beckman
Deputy Library Director, Retired Senior Policy Advisor
Supervisor Ron Roberts, Fourth District
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Margie Newman
Managing Director
Intesa Communications Group
Valerie Hardie
Literacy Program Administrator
READ/San Diego

Honorary Board

Audrey Geisel
William D. Lynch
Judith Harris & Dr. Robert Singer
Supervisor Greg Cox
Supervisor Ron Roberts