The Board of Trustees is volunteer based and supports the work of KIPP:MA by providing mission-based leadership and strategic and fiduciary governance.
- Michael Kendall | BOARD CHAIR
Mr. Kendall is currently serving his fifth year on the KIPP:MA Board. In his five years on the board, Mr. Kendall has seen KIPP:MA grow from one middle school serving nearly 320 students in Lynn, MA, to two districts in Lynn and Boston, MA serving nearly 1,700 students in grades K-12. He is a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Private Equity and Technology Companies Group, and focuses his corporate finance and securities practice on private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings and representing emerging growth companies. He advises a variety of companies in industries including software, information technology, telecommunications, information services, biotechnology, healthcare, financial services, and retail. Mr. Kendall is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Boston’s Best Lawyers, and has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer.” Mr. Kendall is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Boston University Graduate School of Management.
- Amanda Seider | VICE CHAIR
Ms. Seider joined the KIPP:MA Board in 2011. She is currently Chief of Staff for Teach For America, Massachusetts, an organization that seeks to improve educational opportunities for low-income students by training a talented force of teachers who, as alumni, will work from all sectors to fight educational inequity. Here in Massachusetts, she works to catalyze the impact of nearly 1,800 local alumni of the program, leveraging her extensive experience in leadership development, strategic partnerships, and network building. Ms. Seider began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, where she was a fourth grade teacher. She is a native of Dorchester, and a graduate of Boston Public Schools. She holds an AB from Harvard College, and a Master’s Degree in anthropology from Emory University.
- Joel Abramson | BOARD MEMBER
Joel Abramson is the owner of Flagship Travel, J&J Sales and Marketing, and Sundancer’s Restaurant in Cape Cod. Joel became involved with KIPP Academy Lynn in 2007. Philanthropy is not new to Joel– he and his wife Mary have been generous supporters of many organizations in the community for many years. For this reason, Joel not only donates financially, but is also a huge advocate for KIPP Academy Lynn (KAL) in the community. He has introduced KAL to many people including donors, politicians, business owners, and volunteers. He is a ‘connector’, a generous philanthropist, a business consultant, and an invaluable friend to KAL. Joel Abramson attended Boston University.
- Tom Beecher | BOARD MEMBER
Tom Beecher is the CEO of Cartera Commerce, a venture-backed, Boston-based loyalty marketing company. Cartera creates shopping portals that drive loyalty for its partners, who include large banks like Citi and JPMorgan Chase, and major airlines, including American, Delta and United. Prior to Cartera, Tom was first CFO and then CEO at Imagitas and a consultant at Bain & Co. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. Tom is married and has two children.
- Skip Besthoff | BOARD MEMBER
Skip Besthoff is the CEO of InboundWriter, a leader in online content performance improvement software. Skip’s career has centered around growth companies in software and Internet segments, where he as served in both operational and investor roles. Prior to InboundWriter he was a general partner with Castile Ventures in Boston and a principal with Rho Ventures in New York. As a investor, he has worked with leading growth companies such as Everdream (acquired by Dell), IntraLinks (NYSE: IL), MPV (acquired by Experian) and ByAllAccounts (acquired by Morningstar). Earlier in his career Skip was a strategy and technology consultant with Alliance Consulting Group and Accenture. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
- Doug Borchard | BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Borchard joined the KIPP:MA Board in 2014, where he serves on the Governance Committee and the Strategic Task Force. Mr. Borchard is a managing director at New Profit. He joined the organization in 2005 and served as partner and chief operating officer through 2011. In addition to managing New Profit’s finances and internal operations, Mr. Borchard works closely with several of New Profit’s portfolio organizations, including Achievement First, iMentor and KIPP. He worked as a program and logistics officer with Save the Children, where he was part of a team that started up field operations in the Sudan, and created and managed a multi-million dollar relief and development operation. Mr. Borchard has served on the boards of directors of a number of growing organizations, including Venturcom, iMarket, and Computers for Youth, currently sits on the boards of Achievement First and iMentor, and is a board observer for The KIPP Foundation. He graduated from Princeton with a BS in engineering, and received his MBA from the Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
- Jennifer Davis | BOARD MEMBER
Over the last twenty years, Jennifer Davis has worked at the federal, state and local level to improve educational opportunities for children. Jennifer is the Co-Founder & President of the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL), an organization dedicated to expanding learning time to narrow achievement and opportunity gaps for children in high-poverty schools and to enable more time for teachers to collaborate, review data and participate in school-embedded professional development. NCTL achieves this mission through federal and state policy changes and by providing direct technical assistance to schools and districts. Jennifer’s previous positions include: U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley in the Clinton Administration; National Governors Association Special Assistant to the Executive Director in the early 90’s and Executive Director of Boston Mayor Menino’s citywide afterschool learning initiative. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.P.P. from the Claremont Graduate University and served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in St. Louis, MO. Over the years Jennifer has served on many national and local boards. Today, in addition to KIPP-MA, she serves on the board of the Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston.
- Caleb Dolan | BOARD MEMBER
Since 2011, Caleb Dolan has served as Executive Director for the KIPP Massachusetts region. Under his leadership, KIPP:MA has grown from operating one middle school in Lynn serving nearly 370 kids and families in grades 5-8 to a network of two districts in Lynn and Boston currently serving nearly 1,700 kids and families in grades K-12. Mr. Dolan began his teaching career in 1996 as a Teach for America corps member in rural North Carolina. In 2000, he joined KIPP and co-founded the third KIPP school in the country on a peanut field in Gaston, NC with 80 5th graders. He taught and led KIPP Gaston College Preparatory (GCP) for eight years and oversaw the addition of a high school to the KIPP Gaston network in 2005. This expansion enabled KIPP Gaston to serve over 700 KIPPsters in grades 5-12. Under Mr. Dolan’s leadership, 100% of students in GCP’s first three graduating classes were accepted to college. In 2009, Mr. Dolan moved back to New England to serve dual roles as chief academic officer for KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School and director of principal development for the KIPP Foundation. As KIPP Lynn’s chief academic officer, Mr. Dolan was in charge of coaching teachers and incoming leaders, while his role as director of principal development allowed him to mentor and coach new KIPP principals across the country. He also led the team that created the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching that serves as the professional development model utilized across all KIPP regions today.The KIPP:MA region will continue to grow under Mr. Dolan and hopes to serve over 2,500 kids across two districts in grades K-12 in Lynn and Boston by 2020. Mr. Dolan graduated from Colby College and lives in Boston with his wife, Joanna, and daughters, Tallulah and Mavis. In 2014, Caleb was named one of Boston’s 40-under-40 Business leaders by Boston Business Journal.
- Amanda Fernandez | BOARD MEMBER
Ms. Fernandez joined the KIPP:MA Board in January of 2014 and serves on the board’s Teaching and Learning Committee, and Advocacy Task Force. She is currently the founder of Latinos for Impact, a social innovation consulting group focused on Latinos by Latinos, embracing a new paradigm for Latino Leadership that envisions Latinos adding social value and economic value to every community in America. In her previous role as vice president of Latino community partnerships at Teach For America (TFA), Ms. Fernandez served as the primary liaison between TFA and Latino organizations, including recruitment for new corps members at Latino-serving institutions. Ms. Fernandez, who worked with TFA for 5 years, holds an M.S. in human resources education from Fordham University and a B.A. in journalism and communications from Western Illinois University. Prior to her work with TFA she worked for the Bridgespan Group where she focused on talent recruitment and organizational development. Ms. Fernandez’s professional experience includes more than 20 years in consulting and in-house human resources and a track record of achieving results for organizations focused on attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent.
- Trinidad Flores | BOARD MEMBER
Trinidad Flores is Vice President of Liberty Mutual Insurance, a global Property and Casualty company headquartered in Boston, MA. He leads the Commercial Insurance Shared Services operation, providing a variety of services to policyholders, agents and brokers. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual, Trinidad held various engineering management roles with Corning, Inc. He and his wife are avid supporters of Boston’s Museum of Science where they are members of the Young Innovators and Discoverer clubs. Trinidad is also an active member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management whose mission is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership. He holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business and Chemical Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Eric Svenson | BOARD MEMBER
Eric Svenson joined the KIPP Massachusetts Board of Trustees in 2015, where he serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee as well as the Governance Committee. Mr. Svenson is a Managing Partner of Broder, a privately held real estate investment firm based in Boston, MA. Broder was founded by Mr. Svenson and his two partners in 2006. The firm develops and invests in commercial real estate, residential estate, hotels, structured and surface parking. Broder invests nationally with a focus on the northeast. Mr. Svenson previously worked at The Abbey Group, Suffolk Construction, and Accenture. He received a BA in economics from Union College. In addition to his passion for all things KIPP, Mr. Svenson actively supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Unicef. Mr. Svenson is also a sitting Board member of ABC, A Better City.