Gloria Lee has been a leader in Oakland public education for the past 15 years. She most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer at NewSchools Venture Fund (headquartered in Oakland). During that time, she established the Oakland Fund and also helped create NewSchools’ Seed Fund to invest in early stage education technology. Previously, she launched Teaching Channel, a not-for-profit professional development resource for teachers (also located in Oakland) and founded Yu Ming Charter School, California’s first Mandarin Immersion charter school. She was co-founder of the high performing charter management organization Aspire Public Schools, serving as Chief Operating Officer over the organization’s first 8 years (as it grew from 1 to 17 schools) and then as Bay Area Superintendent (including 7 schools in Oakland). Under her leadership, Aspire’s Bay Area schools grew 66 points on the state’s Academic Performance Index (4.5x the state targets for growth) over 3 years, received parent satisfaction ratings of 90%, and increased enrollment by nearly 40% to over 2700 students.
Gloria has been a consultant for McKinsey & Company, and managed a not-for-profit school leadership training program affiliated with UCLA. She received an MBA and Masters in Education at Stanford University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University.Gloria teaches a class on education entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and serves as on the Board of Directors for Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center and the National Equity Project. She loves biking to work around Lake Merritt and cooking with the delicious food from Grand Lake Farmers Market, and is inspired by the creativity and spirit of Oaklanders.