Nov. 21, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Roxbury Prep – Mission Hill Campus
120 Fisher Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02120
Jan. 30, 2020 | 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Roxbury Prep High School – Upper Campus
5 Maywood Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Sylvia is a former management consultant with McKinsey and Company’s London office. She became interested in education issues 15 years ago, when, due to personal experience in her family, she worked to develop effective protocols for dyslexia and went on to help others facing similar issues. At Brookline’s Runkle School, she joined the PA leadership and fundraising teams. At the British School of Boston, she chaired the PA committee and led Julie’s Fund, a $30,000/year fundraising event for the Epiphany School of Dorchester. At Noble and Greenough, she volunteers on the PA and at Achieve, an academic support program serving under-resourced middle school students from Boston, where she is also on the Board. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Prep Charter School and on the Board of Overseers at the Epiphany School, Dorchester. She is currently working with the Grove Hall Alliance, a principal-led coalition of 5 Pre-K-12 schools, where she proactively collaborates with BPS and the City Councillor’s office to address the impacts of poverty and trauma on their students’ ability to learn, so schools can optimally serve all of their students. On the side, Sylvia substantively renovated and sold three homes and designed and built two others, including a “green” home in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she currently lives with her husband and two children.
Sylvia received a BS in administration at Cornell University and an MBA at Harvard, both with honors, and was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Berlin, Germany.
Renee was most recently President of Curriculum Associates, an education technology company. During her tenure, the company grew from 100 to 700+ people, increasing revenues from $30M to over $200M, while establishing a user base of over 6M students. Curriculum Associates has been cited multiple times by Boston Business Journal and Boston Globe as a top place to work. It has also been the recipient of numerous product awards for its impact in developing programs to close student achievement gaps in districts across the company. After helping guide the company to a successful sale in November 2018, she has been taking time to focus on family and volunteer work.
Previously, Renee was Director at The American Museum of Natural History, where she built new business operations that increased funding for one of the top natural history museums in the world. Renee also served as Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and early in her career was one of the youngest-ever Plant Managers for Shell Oil.
A 2016 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, Renee is a trustee for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, serves on the board of Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, and has worked in consulting and volunteer roles across several education-related nonprofits. Renee has been recognized among the Top 100 Influential Ed Tech leaders, Boston Woman of Influence, and is passionate about creating tools to drive performance gains for all learners, particularly those with learning challenges and in under-resourced communities.
Renee graduated from Rice University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned an MBA from Stanford University.
Sarah is currently a Director at Wayfair, Inc. where she is the head of BirchLane.com. Sarah spent the first part of her career immersed in education and youth development, working in Boston with The Bridgespan Group, and later working for Joel Klein, then Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. After business school, Sarah joined Bain & Company as a consultant; from there, she joined Talbots, Inc. as part of their strategy, business development, and turnaround team. Prior to joining the Wayfair team, Sarah was the head of marketing at peach, a Boston-based, fashion apparel startup. She has been an active volunteer at her children’s school and has stayed connected and involved through various organizations within the education community.
Sarah received her BA in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA at Harvard Business School. She lives in Wellesley with her husband and two boys.
Francisco is the CFO and co-founder of PlaceMe, Inc., a co-living solutions start-up based in Boston, MA. As a start-up co-founder, he wears all the hats possible in the company. Prior to joining PlaceMe, Francisco was part of the CVS Health Corporate Development team, where he analyzed potential acquisition targets. Before CVS, he was at Wellington Management as a Fair Value Analyst analyzing privately-held investments. Francisco also worked at EY as a Senior Associate with the Valuation and Business Modeling team.
Throughout his career, Francisco has been involved in diversity and inclusion efforts within the corporations for which he has worked as well as at non-for-profit organizations in the Boston area. He was member of the ALPFA Boston Executive Board, and Vice President of Student Affairs of the ALPFA Boston Chapter.
Francisco holds an MBA in Finance from Brandeis University, an MA in Economics from Boston University, and a BS in Economics and Business from ESPOL in his native Ecuador. He lives in Needham, MA with his wife Zoya, their kids Nina and Tim, and their dog Chewbacca.
Richard is a fourth-generation Californian who migrated to Massachusetts in 1973 to attend Boston College Law School–and never left. His interest in Boston’s public schools was initially stimulated in 1976 by a year clerking for Arthur Garrity, the federal judge who ordered the desegregation of Boston’s public schools. This interest was rekindled in 2009 when he attended a Prep for Success dinner. Richard has just started his third term on the Board of Roxbury Prep. He currently heads the Governance Committee.
Dianyvet graduated from Roxbury Prep, Mission Hill in 2007. At this time, she began tutoring students at multiple campuses. She continued to expand her interest in philanthropy and worked at the Women’s Lunch Place, a women’s daytime shelter in the Back Bay. In 2012, Dianyvet moved to Philadelphia to complete a year of service with City Year, where she worked in an 8th grade math classroom and was the community engagement coordinator on her team. It was then that her work with English language learners motivated her to create change for education. Dianyvet has a service-oriented mindset, with a passion for everyone to feel heard, represented, and loved. A key driver for her is Ubuntu — the South African proverb meaning “I am because you are.” She is passionate about being a part of the change and breaking the stereotypes of a below-middle-class Latino growing up in Jamaica Plain.
Dianyvet holds a BA in Philosophy from U-Mass. Boston, and is currently a Fine Arts Teacher at the Academy of the Pacific Rim. She is also currently a fellow for Latinos for Education, Aspiring Leaders where she hopes to continue to fight for equal education for all. She lives in Chinatown with her partner, Clara, and dog, Pluto.