LEADERSHIP

 

JEFF SANDS

CEO/PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

 Jeff currently leads the work that has developed among school leader members through the Cohort and Cadre model in the 360 Accelerator. Jeff has spent several years designing and refining model, and the majority of his career supporting education organizations and nonprofits:

An advocate for public education and education reform and a passion for system design, Jeff is focused on the intersection between the classroom and the social sectors—and committed to the idea that what lies ahead for the Central Valley will be determined primarily by how closely and thoughtfully these sectors work together to prepare our youth. Jeff led policy and advocacy work for school choice efforts statewide, including local ballot initiatives, local school board elections, legislative engagement, and regional charter school collective action and advocacy efforts;

  • Led strategic planning for nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions

  • As an educator, spent over a decade in the classroom teaching high school and college English and composition in Fresno USD, Central USD, Reedley College and Fresno City Colleges

  • Supported and facilitated organizational and board development for nonprofits and educational institutions;

  • Secured and managed several million dollars in grant funding for various nonprofits, school organizations, and public entities.

  • Co-founded a Fresno County-authorized charter public school that has served its community as a high-quality school for 12 years;

  • Designed and implemented the consortium work to promote capacity and relationship building among Central Valley schools through the 360 Accelerator.

In his previous work with as the Managing Regional Director for Advocacy, Northern and Central California for the California Charter Schools Association, Jeff worked with local and state leaders to expand, strengthen, and mobilize charter public schools as high-quality educational options for students and families From Shasta to Ventura County. A former high school and college English teacher of ten years, Jeff also served nonprofit organizations as a strategic planning and grant writing and management consultant, and as a member of multiple civic and community commissions.

After coming to California from a cattle ranch in Montana, Jeff fell in love with the dynamic tension between the urban and rural edges of the Central San Joaquin Valley. Jeff and his wife Corrie--an educator, photographer, and world-changer--and their four kids live in Fresno with their two dogs, three cats, and one rabbit.

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MICHELLE MURPHY

CHIEF OPERATIONs OFFICER

 Born and raised in the Fresno County, Michelle Murphy joins the 360 Accelerator team merging her two loves of the Central Valley and working with passionate educators in our communities. Michelle supported the initial pilot cohorts for the 99 Accelerator. As Chief Operations Officer, Michelle’s operational management will continue to support development and implementation of 360 Accelerator program content and larger network.

Michelle’s background is in charter school development and organizational development with community benefit organizations. Most recently, she served as the Regional Director for the Central Valley and Central Coast with California Charter Schools Association working with charter schools on collective advocacy efforts on local and statewide efforts. Prior to CCSA, Michelle was the Support Specialist for Grantmaking at the Central Valley Community Foundation where she supported the competitive grant cycles and community initiatives related to teen pregnancy prevention, early childhood literacy efforts, college readiness, and arts and culture. Michelle is a graduate of UC Davis, earning a degree in Economics and Communications.

When Michelle is not working you can find her out hiking or backpacking with her friends, family, and dogs or out supporting everything Fresno. Somos Zorros!

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DR. JACKIE RYLE

ADVISING ASSOCIATE

 Dr. Jacqueline L. "Jackie" Ryle owns Ryle Resources/Empowerment Strategies, offering individual and organizational facilitation and consultation.  Known nationally for her training, facilitation, seminars and workshops, Dr. Ryle offers organizational intervention on a wide variety of topics, focusing on collaboration, communications, motivation, conflict resolution, and strategic planning.  She is dedicated to assisting individuals to realize and fulfill their potential, and to assisting organizations in capacity building and strategic planning to effectively meet their goals and objectives. Her published book, “All I Want Is A Little Peace” is distributed internationally and in use by crisis interventions teams of World Vision in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ryle has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development, a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development, a Masters Degree in Human Development, and a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration.  She holds a Lifetime Distinction with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Advanced Academy for Education, is a Certified Municipal Clerk, and holds certificates in facilitation, mediation, and managerial coaching.

Professionally, Dr. Ryle served as City Clerk for the City of Fresno for 28 of her 32 years with the City; coordinated the City's Human Resource and Organizational Development Program; and currently instructs courses for Alliant International University in the Masters in Organization Behavior and PsyD in Organizational Psychology Programs.  She has presented to delegations from Belarus, Kostromos and Vladivostok, Russia on behalf of the Community Connections Program, CSUF, and has facilitated nationally for the National Association for Community Mediation, and the Health Education Council.