Our Board of Directors

The Alpha board is made up of educators, community leaders, and executives who together help guide our work to ensure student success.

The Alpha Public Schools board meets on a quarterly basis. As a public charter school, Alpha’s board meetings are open to the public and agendas will be posted in advance of the meeting. All meetings are held at the Alpha Public Schools Network Team Office at 2110 Story Rd. Ste 250. San Jose, CA 95122.


UPCOMING MEETINGS (see below for materials from past meetings)


Alison ElliottInterim Executive Director, Stanford Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation (Chair of the Board of Directors, Alpha Public Schools)

Alison Elliott’s career has spanned both the private and the nonprofit sectors.  She spent ten years creating marketing programs and consulting for personal computer and software companies including Apple Computer, Claris and Ansa Software.  At the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she served as executive director for the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team bringing alumni together with nonprofits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to consult in a wide range of areas including strategic and financial planning, expansion and organizational effectiveness.  She is currently serving as interim Executive Director at the Business School’s Center for Social Innovation which supports research and education in ways to foster collaboration among business, government and the nonprofit sector to address social and environmental challenges.

Alison is a former middle school teacher and a co-author of two books about software for children.  She is currently a member of the boards of  the Peninsula School Endowment and Trust Fund and SV2, the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Alison has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in history from Vassar College.  She lives in Menlo Park, California.

Valerie FaillaceChief Strategy Officer, KIPP Foundation

As Chief Strategy Officer, Valerie leads KIPP’s multi-year strategic planning and communications as well as special projects through which network-wide working groups pursue strategic initiatives. In addition to leading KIPP’s national Strategy Team, Valerie partners with and oversees KIPP’s Government Affairs team (focused on leading KIPP’s federal advocacy strategy and execution while advising KIPP regional teams on local advocacy strategy) and the national Marketing team.

Valerie came to KIPP from McKinsey & Company where she led teams to develop strategies for leading institutions in the financial, technology and education sectors and helped launch McKinsey’s Financial Inclusion Practice. Prior to McKinsey, Valerie worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Latin America and Real Estate groups and also served as weekly tutor at a local public school. Valerie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Richard GarrettDirector, Focus Business Bank

Richard Garrett is a member of the board of directors at Focus Business Bank, which was formed in 2007 by long time local residents to meet the needs of closely held businesses in Santa Clara County. Dick was also the founder and CEO of Richard Garrett Associates, a bank consulting firm with primary emphasis on credit examination, due-diligence, litigation support, expert witness, documentation and compliance. He was educated at the University of Colorado, and Western State College in Colorado, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. His post-graduate studies were at the University of Denver and the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington. Dick’s longtime commitment to help people in need has led him to support the Clarence Foundation of Oakland, Hospice of the Valley in San José, the First Congregational Church, Planned Parenthood, the San José Repertory Theatre, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in Berkeley, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and many others.

Jacqueline Guzmán, Senior Management Analyst, City of Cupertino

Jaqui Guzmán is a Senior Management Analyst with the City of Cupertino where she serves as a project manager for Budget, Finance, HR, Parks & Recreation, and other citywide projects. Previously, she served as a Budget Analyst in the City of San José’s City Manager’s Office where she helped develop and manage the City’s budget. Prior to joining the City of San José, Jaqui provided non-partisan budget and policy advise on K-12 Education issues to the California State Legislature as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst with the Legislative Analyst’s Office. She joined the LAO after earning a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs in 2007. Prior to pursuing her MPP, Jaqui was a Public Policy Fellow at the Latino Issues Forum where she worked on Technology and Telecommunication issues facing the Latino community. She also has worked at the grassroots level, organizing immigrant parents in her hometown of Redwood City. Jaqui received her B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs with minors in Economics and Spanish from Occidental College.

Allison Putnam, Director – Individual Giving, Teach for America Bay Area

A product of public education and a native Californian, Allison is passionate about ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to pursue educational and cultural opportunities. She is a proud Teach For America alumna, where she taught 5th grade in St. Louis, MO and was chosen to represent and speak on behalf of the 2005 corps at the 15th Anniversary Alumni Summit. After her classroom experience, Allison worked for a marketing and customer loyalty company, where she managed on-site logistics for corporate events of Fortune 500 companies. Allison then moved back to the Bay Area and to work for City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley, where she managed AmeriCorps corps members to implement high impact tutoring and extended learning time at an East San Jose elementary school. She is now serving as the Director of Individual Giving at Teach for America Bay Area. Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Southern California and Masters degrees in Arts Management and Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Frances Teso CEO, Voices College-Bound Language Academies

Mrs. Teso is the founder of Voices College-Bound Language Academies. As a child growing up in east San Jose, she dreamed of being a teacher in her neighborhood. Mrs. Teso would have been considered an underprivileged child. She spoke only Spanish when she first entered a kindergarten classroom in the neighborhood public school, and her parents did not complete High School. She was one of the few from her neighborhood, and the first in her family who went to college. She often wondered why she struggled in college (even though she did well in high school), and why so many of her classmates were not as fortunate. Why didn’t an education make the difference? This provided the motivation to establish a school that built on student’s assets and home culture in order to change life trajectories for historically underserved students. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and a Masters of Elementary Education from San Jose State University. Her graduate work focused on studying the effects of language, culture and society on schooling. In particular her research examined a new transformational model for staff development. Mrs. Teso is a National Board Certified Teacher committed to serving children in urban school settings. In 2005 she was accepted into the prestigious New Leaders for New School principal training program. She has worked as a university instructor, principal coach, school administrator, instructional facilitator and Dual Immersion Language teacher.

Ann Waterman Roy Managing Director – Schools and Operations, Innovate Public Schools

Ann Waterman Roy is the Managing Director of Schools and Operations for Innovate Public Schools. In this role, she directs Innovate’s school support programs and leads the capacity-building efforts required to launch more world-class public schools in Silicon Valley. Before coming to Innovate, Ann spent almost two decades in leadership roles across the charter school, district and nonprofit sectors in Boston, MA. Most recently, Ann was Boston Executive Director of the Achievement Network, a nonprofit that partners with schools to boost student learning through standards- and data-driven teaching. At ANet, she built out a partnership with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to advise district leaders and provide intensive coaching and support to 40 district schools. She also oversaw ANet’s partnership with 20 high-performing charters. Before that, Ann spent nearly four years as the BPS Director of Strategic Planning, where she led planning to open and expand autonomous district schools. This included launching in-district charters that successfully restarted some of BPS’s lowest-performing schools; in its first year, UP Academy Boston doubled math proficiency rates and had the highest student growth in the state. Prior to BPS, Ann was Executive Director of Excel Academy, a charter public school serving primarily low-income, Latino students that has consistently been one of the top performing public middle schools in Massachusetts. Ann is an alumna of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.