Jen Holleran is the Executive Director of Startup:Education. She has led Startup:Education since its inception in 2010.

Jen spent the first decade of her career as a high school teacher and principal. Prior to Startup:Education, she focused on school leadership – she worked with Oakland Unified School District to create small schools and prepared principals to lead those schools. She was the founding executive director of the Bay Area’s New Leaders for New Schools, which attracts, trains and supports principals to dramatically improve district and charter schools in Oakland and the Bay Area. She co-authored A New Approach to Principal Preparation, which draws on innovative promising practices from principal preparation programs around the country in order to help school systems develop more effective leaders. She also worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. before joining Oakland Unified. Immediately prior to joining Startup:Education, Jen served as an independent consultant for several large foundations that supported principal leadership development.

Jen is a Pahara / Aspen Institute fellow in the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She serves on the board of Phillips Exeter Academy, the Foundation for Newark’s Future, Newark Charter School Fund, the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE) and The Braven Accelerator.

Jen holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA and MEd from Harvard. Outside of work, Jen and her child psychiatrist husband are busy raising their

young twin sons.


Justin Barra is the Deputy Director of Startup:Education.

Prior to joining Startup:Education, Justin served as the Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). At the NJDOE, he led a number of policy initiatives, including the state takeover of the Camden Public Schools, and oversaw all external communications for the Department. He previously worked at the New York City Department of Education, where he served as the Chief of Staff for the Deputy Chancellor of Portfolio Planning, and at the KIPP Foundation, where he worked on local and federal policy initiatives and oversaw the Foundation's marketing and communications team. He was an Education Pioneer fellow in 2009.

Justin holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and BA from Georgetown University. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter.


Darnell Cadette is an Associate at Startup:Education.

Darnell previously worked at Teach Plus, where he served as the Washington D.C. Program Manager for the T3 Initiative, supporting the leadership development of teachers to improve the instructional practice of their colleagues and accelerate student academic outcomes school-wide. Prior to Teach Plus, Darnell worked as a communications consultant, managing a portfolio of community engagement and communications projects for education non-profits and school districts in the D.C. Metro Area.

Darnell holds an MPP in Education Policy and a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University. He currently resides in the Bay Area.


Jon Deane is the Deputy Director for Startup:Education. 

Jon's work at Startup:Education focuses on our investments in supporting Personalized Learning. Prior to joining Startup:Education, Jon was a Senior program officer for innovation and strategy on the College Ready Team with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jon joined BMGF from Summit Public Schools (SPS), where he was the Chief Information Officer. As a member of the SPS Executive Team, Jon focused both on internal data systems and management and external partnerships to make Summit’s platforms publicly available to others schools around the country.

Prior to this work, he was the founding executive director of Everest Public High School, the second school in the Summit Public Schools network, and also served as an administrator and high school math teacher at Summit Prep, Summit’s flagship school. He began his teaching career at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to his career in education, Jon worked in the private sector, working as a CPA at Deloitte and Touche and Montgomery Securities, and as Controller of Callan Associates.

Jon received his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a Master’s in Education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, California.


Daniel Fuchs is a Project Associate at Startup:Education.

Prior to joining Startup:Education, Daniel held fellowships at Bellwether Education Partners and Summit Public Schools. He previously held several positions in the Louisiana Department of Education’s Portfolio Office, leading initiatives to increase high quality educational options for underserved students. Daniel also taught kindergarten in Baton Rouge as a Teach for America corps member. He was an Education Pioneer fellow in 2014.

Daniel holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently resides in the Bay Area.


Cristina Huezo is the Program & Policy Officer at Startup:Education. 

Cristina has worked in philanthropy and nonprofit advocacy for 15 years, with a focus on creating equal opportunity for underserved populations. She has managed education and youth development grant portfolios for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and, most recently, the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation. She began her career at the National Council of La Raza advocating on behalf of the Latino community in California.

Cristina serves on the board of Grantmakers for Education. She was an Education Pioneer in 2005 and served as a Jessie M. Unruh Fellow at the California State Legislature in 2000-2001.

Cristina holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from UCLA. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three children.


Amy Park is Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Startup:Education.

Amy previously worked at the Boston Foundation and Peninsula Community Foundation, helping donors achieve their charitable giving goals. Prior to her time in the philanthropic sector, she spent six years in marketing for law firms and technology startups. Amy was an Education Pioneers fellow in 2015.

Amy holds a BA from Wellesley College. She lives in New England with her husband and two sons.