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P. David Pearson
P. David Pearson is an important figure in the world of literacy. During his extensive career, he’s developed state tests, and is an expert in literacy assessment. Along with writing and co-editing numerous books and articles about research and practice, Pearson has served in leadership roles in the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. He was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 1990. Currently, Pearson is a faculty member in the Language and Literacy program at UC Berkeley’s School of Education, where he also served as dean of the school for nine years.
Dr. Robert Simmons serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and previously was a Senior Advisor to Reading Partners for Strategy and Innovation. Prior to that, Robert was Chief of Innovation and Research for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) where he earned national recognition as one of the groundbreaking leaders in the empowering males of color movement. A former classroom teacher in Detroit, Robert has also served on the faculty of Loyola University in Baltimore and Eastern Michigan University. He holds an Ed.D. from Hamline University.
Dr. Brian Stanley is the Executive Director of the Oakland Public Education Fund, the primary nonprofit affiliate of the Oakland Unified School District. Brian previously served as Director of Programs at the San Francisco Education Fund and Director of Youth Engagement and an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s College. He holds an Ed.D. from Mills College.
Lance is an expert in scaling social enterprise and served as the board chair of Reading Partners from 2007-2015, during the organization’s rapid national scaling phase. He currently chairs the board of the New Teacher Center, which under his leadership has become the foremost teacher mentoring organization in the nation supporting nearly 200,000 educators across the country. He also chairs the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and serves as Vice-Chair of Strive Together, the nonprofit credited with launching the collective impact movement in the US. Previously, Lance was the founder and CEO of Third Wave Technologies, building it into a leading biotechnology company. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a PhD from CalTech.
David P. López
Dr. David P. López is the executive director of The Center for Latino Education and Innovation. Dr. López brings more than 35 years of experience in preschool to higher education to the role as he continues to work to expand access to affordable, quality education for Latinos and other underserved students. Prior to his current role, he served as The National Hispanic University’s President and Chancellor from 2003-2013.