Best in Class Advisory Board

The Best in Class Advisory Board is a diverse group comprised of local business, civic, and philanthropic leaders committed to ensuring every child, regardless of socio-economic status or race/ethnicity is taught by well-prepared, diverse and effective teachers and school leaders. Advisory Board members serve as strong advocates for the vision and mission of Best in Class by sharing initiative messages within their circle of influence and supporting strategic action to achieve the goals of Best in Class.

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George Tang

Managing Director,
Educate Texas

Biography

As Managing Director for Educate Texas, George ensures the organization’s strategy and operations deliver on its mission of preparing all Texas students to graduate from high school ready for college, career and life.

Prior to joining Educate Texas, George co-founded Rosetta, a firm fueled by its analytical approach to growing market share and improving profitability. He was responsible for external client cultivation and management at Rosetta, along with internal infrastructure development.

After returning to Dallas from the East Coast in 2009, George began to focus on the significant gaps and challenges in our education system. Educate Texas allows him a data-driven platform to marry his entrepreneurial passion with his desire to help
all students achieve solid foundations for their futures. George currently serves on the boards of the Commit Partnership, Leadership ISD, AT&T Performing Arts Center Education and Community, and is the mayor’s appointee to co-chair the Dallas Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.

George earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from New York University. George is the co-chair of the Best in Class Advisory Board.

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Cynthia Yung

Executive Director,
The Boone Family Foundation

Biography

Cynthia Yung currently serves as Executive Director of The Boone Family Foundation, a resource for social change. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and recommending grants for nonprofit organizations that focus on supporting programs which advance equity for women and girls, improve quality of life for children and promote environmental stewardship.

Ms. Yung also serves on advisory boards for The Real Estate Council Community Fund, Texas Women Ventures, Austin College GO! Forum Advisory Council, the Commit Partnership Leadership Council and is a member of The Dallas Assembly. She is also founding circle chair for the Orchid Giving Circle fund of The Dallas Women’s Foundation. More than a decade of volunteer work on international mission trips and serving on nonprofit boards have paved the way for Ms. Yung’s transition from the corporate world to the nonprofit world.

A Telecom industry veteran, her previous corporate career includes roles in sales, strategic marketing, manufacturing operations and finance for Nortel Networks. Ms. Yung earned a Chartered Professional Accountant designation at Ernst & Young and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Canada.

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Ricardo Bertocco

Partner,
Bain & Co. Dallas

Biography

Riccardo Bertocco is a Partner in the Bain & Co. Dallas office.  He joined the firm in 1998 and has been working mostly in the oil & gas industry. While at Bain, Riccardo joined “bainlab” between 1999 and 2001, Bain owned incubator and VC fund. Initially in the Milan office, Riccardo joined Texas in 2004. 

While at Bain, Riccardo has led Oil & Gas assignments in Europe, USA and the Middle East. His experience covers procurement and supply chain, performance improvement, corporate and business unit strategy, organizational design, change management, mergers & acquisitions. 

Prior to joining Bain, Riccardo worked as a financial analyst for a mergers & acquisitions consulting firm.  He earned an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, and graduated in Business Administration at the Bocconi University in Milan. Riccardo is married and has two sons.

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Charles Glover

Senior Program Officer,
Meadows Foundation, Inc.

Biography

Charles Glover oversees charitable investments in the areas of education and the arts for the Meadows Foundation, Inc. Glover originally moved to Dallas to establish TFA-Dallas, as founding Executive Director. He then served as a cabinet member in Dallas ISD and as the Senior Fellow at Bellwether Education. Charles started his career in Durham, NC as a middle school teacher and football coach. He currently serves on numerous non-profit boards in the Metroplex and across the state of Texas. He is an alumnus of Leadership Dallas and was recognized by the DBJ’s 40 under 40. Glover received his B.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M University and his M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.

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Susan Hoff

Chief Strategy, Impact & Operations Officer, UWMD

Biography

Susan Hoff is a native of Midland, Texas. She earned a degree in bilingual/bicultural education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and completed graduate work in early childhood education at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and post graduate work in public administration and policy analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas. In early 2009 she joined United Way of Metropolitan Dallas where she currently serves as Chief Impact, Strategy, and Operations Officer.

Prior to joining the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas team in 2009, Susan was the CEO and President of ChildCareGroup, a Dallas based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, delivering and expanding the best child care services available outside the home. She worked in several other nonprofit organizations including Educational First Steps, Good Shepherd Community Center, and Rainbow Days.

Her professional experience includes the positions of teacher, child care center director, and parent educator in domestic violence and drug abuse prevention programs. Susan is a well-known children’s advocate at the local, state, and national levels. Susan serves on the Governing Board of Early Matters Dallas, is the immediate past Board Chair for First3Years, and serves on the boards of Essilor Vision Foundation – Americas, Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST) and Texans Care for Children, and is a past president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children.  She was appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings to the board of Workforce Solutions Dallas County in 2012 and 2015.

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Britton Banowsky

Executive Director,
College Football Playoff Fdn.

Biography

Britton Banowsky, named Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation in July 2015, leads the organization’s philanthropic initiative, as well as its capstone project, Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT).

As the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, the CFP Foundation aims to make an impact off the field in communities touched by the playoff system and across the country. Founded in 2013, the CFP Foundation has been remarkably successful, seeking to support teachers through the development and implementation of programs in four key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, professional development and leadership training, and by inspiring a college-going culture. As executive director, Banowsky’s role includes enhancing the Foundation, as well as building sustainability for the program.

Prior to his role with the CFP Foundation, Banowsky served as commissioner of Conference USA for 13 years. A licensed attorney, Banowsky was general counsel for the Big 12 Conference for six years. From 1993 – 1996, he was commissioner of the Southland Conference.

Outside of the CFP Foundation, Banowsky has been involved with many public service programs in Dallas. He served on the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, is one of three officers of a new nonprofit to transform neighborhoods in Dallas, has been president of the Heart of Dallas, and is currently chairman of the Dallas Metro Homeless Alliance.

Born in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned both a business and a law degree. Banowsky and his wife, Cindy, have three children: Kendall, Brit and Wade, as well as a granddaughter, Cora.

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William H. Koehler

Education Advisor,
Sid W. Richardson Foundation

Biography

Dr. Koehler was Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Texas Christian University for twenty five years.  In his capacity as Vice Chancellor he had oversight responsibility of seven academic deans and an associate vice chancellor for academic support.  As Provost he had oversight of an associate provost and two assistant provosts. At some time during of his tenure as Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Administration as well as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics reported to him.  In his dual role, Dr. Koehler was directly responsible for all academic programs, admissions and financial, research institutes and centers, student academic support centers, the library, the University Press and information technology.

Dr. Koehler began his career as a research scientist in industry before joining TCU as an assistant professor of chemistry.  He taught undergraduate and graduate classes and directed master’s thesis and Ph.D. dissertations.  He received numerous grants and contracts to support his research, published in recognized journals and regularly presented his research at professional meetings.  His administrative career began when he was named as Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.  He went on to serve as Dean of the Graduate School, President of the TCU Research Foundation, and Associate Dean of the University for Graduate Studies and Research.

Upon his retirement from TCU he was named an Honorary Alumnus of TCU and was further recognized by having the Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence bear his name.  

Dr. Koehler holds a bachelor’s and a master’s of science degree in chemistry from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has been active in numerous professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, American Council on Education, Council of Graduate Schools and Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

Community service has been a hallmark of his career.  He has served as Vice Chairman of the United Way, Fort Worth Symphony Board, Carter Blood Center Board, Medical Plaza Hospital Board, Leadership Fort Worth Board, and the Center for the Reform of School Systems.  He completed a four year term as the community elected President of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education.  Dr. Koehler was the Director of the FWISD Excellence Fund in the Community Foundation of North Texas.

Presently, he is the Education Advisor for the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas.  The Foundation was founded 70 years ago and funds quality of life projects and programs in the greater Fort Worth area and across Texas.  The primary focus of its support is related to public K-12 education.

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Andy Smith

Executive Director,
Texas Instruments Foundation

Biography

Andy Smith is the executive director of the Texas Instruments Foundation and
director of corporate philanthropy for TI, which he joined in 1997. His roles there
have also included media relations and managing the worldwide marketing
communications team for TI’s Analog business. Prior to joining TI, he worked as
development director for several nonprofits.

Andy serves on the Dallas Theater Center board, SMU Dedman College
Executive Board, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Community
Involvement Roundtable and The Conference Board Corporate Citizenship and
Philanthropy advisory board.

He received a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and is an avid Mustang.

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Jim Nelson

Attorney,
Thompson & Horton LLP

Biography

Mr. Nelson worked with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Center as the Executive Director – Chief Executive Director prior to joining Thompson & Horton where he worked with foundations to enhance the AVID college readiness system in schools across the nation.

Mr. Nelson was an attorney with Shafer, Davis, Ashley, O’Leary, and Stoker in Odessa, Texas before becoming the Commissioner of Education of the Texas Education Agency.  He then moved on to Senior Advisor of the United States Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. and Baghdad, Iraq.  From there, Mr. Nelson became the Senior Vice President for State and Federal Affairs for Voyager Expanded Learning in Dallas, Texas.  Mr. Nelson was then the Superintendent of Richardson Independent School District and from there became the Executive Director-Chief Executive Officer for AVID Center in San Diego, CA.

In early 1996, Mr. Nelson was appointed to the newly created 15-member board of the State Board for Educator Certification by Governor George W. Bush.  He was elected by the members to Chair the board at its first meeting and served in that role until appointed Commissioner of Education by Governor Bush in 1999.  SBEC was given the responsibility of redesigning the educator certification process and the teacher preparation accreditation process.  Mr. Nelson spent countless hours working with educators from across the state during those three and a half years.

During Mr. Nelson’s career he has been the Trustee of Ector County ISD and Board President; Chairman of Texas Association of School Boards; Legislative Committee member of State Board for Educator Certification; Board Member of Texas Business and Education Coalition; on the Advisory Board of America’s Promise Alliance; Chair of the College of Education Advisory Board for University of Texas at Arlington; Vice-Chair of the Texas Teaching Commission; and Board Member of the Educational Policy Improvement Center.

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Alfreda Norman

Senior Vice President,
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Biography

Alfreda Norman oversees the Dallas Fed’s communications and public outreach programs. She has responsibilities for corporate communications, publications/web services, community development, economic education and financial institution relationship management.

Since joining the Bank in 2004, she also served as an officer and vice president of the Community Development Department, promoting financial stability for low- and moderate-income communities and individuals.

Before joining the Bank, Norman was one of the first neighborhood development officers hired by Bank of America in Texas. She also has extensive experience working with the public and private sectors and held management positions at the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Container Store corporate headquarters in Dallas.

In addition, she is affiliated with many cultural and civic organizations, including Big Thought, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Assembly, North Texas Asset Funders Network, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Executive Women’s Roundtable and the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty.

Norman earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Retail Banking.

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Jay McCall

Manager of Education,
Rainwater Charitable Foundation

Biography

Jay McCall is Program Manager of Education for The Rainwater Charitable Foundation. Jay previously served as Director of Programs for The Miles Foundation, where he developed and executed the foundation’s grant-making strategy focused primarily on early childhood education and parent engagement. Jay began his career in public education, teaching middle school math and coaching. He received a B.A. in Math from Hardin-Simmons University and earned his MBA from TCU.

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Erika Beltran

Tarrant County Program Director, Leadership ISD

Biography

Erika Beltran was elected to the State Board of Education in November 2014 and will serve a four-year term.  She is an educator committed to improving public education in Texas.  The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Erika was born and raised in District 13, on the north side of Fort Worth and is a proud graduate of North Side High School.  She is passionate about ensuring that every student in Texas receives a high-quality education and is committed to serving her home district.

She currently serves as the Tarrant County Program Director for Leadership ISD, an organization dedicated to cultivating leaders who will be strong champions for public education in North Texas.  A native of Fort Worth, Erika has worked in education for over a decade and started her career as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, Texas.  Her experience as a first-generation college graduate and bilingual kindergarten and fourth grade teacher inspired her to commit her career to ending educational inequity.  

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Anne Wicks

Director of Education Reform, George W. Bush Institute

Biography

Anne Wicks serves as the Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute.  In this role, she develops and oversees the policy, research, and engagement work of the Education Reform team. 

Before joining the Bush Institute, Wicks served for five years as Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.  In addition to leading a team with revenue, communications, and engagement goals, she supported Dean Karen Symms Gallagher on a variety of special projects including the launch and early growth of Ednovate Charter Schools.  She currently serves as the chair of PMC Support, a supporting organization for Ednovate Schools.  Over her career, she has held management and resource development roles at organizations including Teach for America, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and Stanford University. Anne holds a B.A in American Studies and a M.A. in Education from Stanford University (during which she taught 8th grade social studies), as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. A former captain of Stanford’s women’s volleyball team, Anne was part of three national championship teams, two as a player and one as an assistant coach.

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Larry Lundy

Founder & President,
LMG

Biography

Larry Lundy is the Founder and President of LMG, a strategic marketing & management firm founded in 2002 to serve corporations, properties, events, and athletes. LMG has extensive expertise in the consumer, B to B, hospitality & tourism, cause, sports, and entertainment industries.

LMG has a proven record of success with top brands. Lundy also has an impressive background in the cause marketing sector having served in leadership positions for Make-A-Wish, the American Heart Association, and Susan G. Komen where he was responsible for developing the strategic national and regional corporate marketing partnership programs.

Mr. Lundy is a board member and past president of the Dallas All Sports Association, President of Black Sports Professionals of North Texas, Board Member of Bridgeway Academy, and Best in Class Education Foundation. Lundy was named one of Dallas Observer’s “Fab Fifty” most powerful people in Dallas sports in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Lundy is a graduate of Austin College where he earned a B.A. in Psychology.

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Sen. Florence Shapiro

Texas Representative,
CSG Education Policy Task Force

Biography

Florence Shapiro began her career in the Texas Senate in 1993. A former small business owner, her journey into Texas politics began years prior and miles away from the Texas Capitol. While she’s been a highly effective advocate on behalf of her constituents in District 8, her career in public service spans four decades. As a former public-school teacher, she first entered elective office as a Plano City Council member. Following six terms on the Council, she was elected Mayor of Plano. During this time, she also served as President of the Texas Municipal League and the North Texas Council of Governments.

In 1999, Senator Shapiro became chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee and committed herself to the issue of transportation, creating the first fund for Texas mobility. In 2003, the Senator became chair of the Senate Education Committee, where she passed legislation to overhaul the state’s school finance system. Her landmark legislation, House Bill 1, significantly lowers property taxes, provides more money for schools, along with a teacher pay raise and the first-ever incentive pay program, educational reforms at the high school level to promote college readiness and curb dropouts, and more meaningful accountability for schools.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Senator Shapiro holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. In addition to chairing the Senate Education Committee, she currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Transportation and Homeland and Security; and Administration. She and her husband, Howard, live in Plano. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

 

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Todd Williams

Chairman & CEO,
The Commit Partnership

Biography

Highly committed to public education, Todd is the founding Chairman, CEO and President of The Commit Partnership, the nation’s largest collective impact organization with over 200 institutions (including 15 school districts and eight higher-ed institutions educating over 790,000 students) focused together on meaningfully improving post-secondary completion levels across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also serves as the Education Policy Advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. 

Todd is a senior trustee and former board chair for Austin College, one of the region’s leading liberal arts institutions located in Sherman, Texas. With his wife Abby, Todd was the founding chair of the regional advisory board for Teach for America in Dallas/Ft. Worth. In 2007, Todd and Abby helped establish the Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education that educates over 1,500 primarily low-income children in northwest Dallas. 100% of its graduates since its first senior class in 2011 have been accepted to a four-year college or university. 

In 2017, Todd was appointed to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance by Governor Greg Abbott. He is the former Chair of the Citizen Budget Review Commission for Dallas ISD ($1.7 billion budget educating ~160,000 students) and the former Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uplift Education, a public charter school management organization serving almost 15,000 students across the D/FW area. He is also the former chairman of both the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center (located at the University of Texas) and the Real Estate Council of Dallas, the city’s largest real estate organization. 

Prior to dedicating his efforts full time as a volunteer to public education, Todd served as both a partner and as global co-head of Goldman Sachs’ real estate private equity investment area, retiring in 2009 following a 20-year career with the firm in their New York, Los Angeles and Dallas offices. Total assets under management purchased by GS-managed real estate funds exceeded $100 billion in cost, including $10 billion of equity invested by Goldman Sachs and its managing partners. 

A public school graduate from Bryan Adams H.S. in Dallas ISD, Todd earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1982.