As the Chief Strategy Officer for GreatSchools, Sam drives the strategy for the organization, working to conceptualize and develop our evidence-based strategy, strategic and advocacy partnerships, and fundraising to continue our core mission. Sam began her career in education over a decade ago and is recognized as a national expert on the fair and effective use of data to assess K-12 school quality. Previously, Sam was the director of accountability for the California Charter Schools Association. Sam has also served as a teacher, education coordinator, and strategic consultant in inner city school settings in Los Angeles and New York City. She earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and B.A. from Pomona College. Sam grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts and currently lives with her family in San Francisco, CA.
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As the Vice President, Editorial Director for GreatSchools, Carol brings a wealth of editorial expertise to the organization. Prior to GreatSchools, Carol was an award-winning weekly columnist from the San Francisco Chronicle for ten years and headed the education section as an editor at Salon.com. In 2009, she received a mini-fellowship on Global Health Reporting from the Kaiser Foundation for her coverage of neglected diseases published in the San Francisco Chronicle and Seed Magazine. Her journalism on culture, education and family life has been widely published and anthologized for the past 15 years, appearing in The New York Times Magazine, This American Life radio show, Salon.com, The Los Angeles Times, and the SF Weekly as well as being featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, PRI’s The World and KQED’s Forum and To the Best of Our Knowledge. Her bestselling book “Creating a Life Worth Living” was published in 1997 by HarperCollins. Carol grew up in Los Angeles, Kumasi and Carmel Valley, and currently lives with her husband and two daughters.
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As the Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for GreatSchools, Carrie brings the organization’s story and vision to life. Carrie has broad communications and public affairs experience globally and in the United States, working with the federal government and not-for-profit sectors, and with corporate clients. She served as Corporate Affairs Manager for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa, and head of Microsoft’s corporate philanthropy for the region. She was Strategic Communications Director at the U.S. State Department, worked on humanitarian assistance and post-conflict transition at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and served as a Communications Advisor at the U.S. Department of Defense. Carrie grew up in Massachusetts and currently lives with her husband and elementary, middle and high school children in the Washington, DC area.
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As the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Product for GreatSchools, Claudine heads the product strategy and vision for the organization, delivering an effective product and content website that supports our users and social impact goals. Claudine has more than 20 years of experience in consumer digital media. She has had executive roles in marketing and business development for leading technology, search, and consumer media companies including Intel, LookSmart, and Chow and EatingWell magazines. She was also cofounder of GemShare, a social-sharing iOS app that was sold to NextDoor in 2015. Claudine has a proven track record in leading teams and building strong strategic marketing and partnership programs. Claudine grew up in Columbia, Maryland and currently lives with her family in San Francisco, CA.