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Jill Dineen 

Executive Director

Jill Dineen has fifteen years of community engagement, nonprofit management and fund development experience, most recently as Executive Director at Classroom Central, a nonprofit serving students in poverty in Charlotte, NC. For her work there, Jill was honored as one of Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women of 2015, a NAWBO Non Profit Leader of the Year in 2014, and one of Charlotte Business Journal's Top Women in Business in 2014.

A Bay Area native, Jill was transformed by her early exposure to the arts, and believes that all children should have the same opportunity to be inspired by and engaged in the arts, to build academic skills and cultivate individual creativity, to be introduced to diverse cultures, and ultimately, to achieve their fullest potential. Jill is also an accomplished blues/jazz singer, songwriter and performer.

 
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Dorian Luey 

Program director

Dorian joined the Leap team in 2015 as Program Director, bringing over 10 years of program management, teaching, and nonprofit management experience. A San Francisco native, she remembers participating in quality arts programs throughout her entire public school education. She began her career teaching art to youth and managing museum education programs for many years in California and New York. Recently, she was the director of operations at Richmond District Neighborhood Center overseeing an organizational growth initiative, followed by two years in Honolulu where she worked as a program officer for Hawai'i Community Foundation managing grants in organizational effectiveness. When she's not working, she practices the art of parenting with her husband and two kids in the finest foggy city in the world.

 
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Lauren Tannous

Program Manager

Lauren Tannous is a native to the Peninsula. Lauren is grateful for her exposure to the arts through school and believes that all children deserve the same life changing opportunities. She has worked as a professional theatre technician and stage director with YPTMTC, Bay Area ETC, the San Mateo Union High School District, and various other companies for over ten years. Lauren has also served as an Academic Coach for AmeriCorps, a Special Education Paraprofessional with the San Mateo Union High School district, a Recreation Leader with San Francisco Rec and Park, and as a high school Humanities teacher in the East Bay. Bringing with her years of experience working with Special Education, after school programs, recreational arts programs, and educational theatre, Lauren is beyond thrilled to be working for such an amazing organization as Leap.

 
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Julianne quimby 

Operations Director

Julianne joined the Leap team in 2015. She is actively engaged with the Bay Area arts community as an advocate for youth arts education and cultural diplomacy. With over seven years of experience in community engagement, program management, and event production, Julianne seeks opportunities to bring people of all ages together around interactions with the arts.

Julianne is an avid traveler and her love of language and art have brought her to many different countries around the globe. When she's not working, Julianne enjoys exploring new corners of San Francisco through different culinary adventures and supporting creative pursuits at the small-scale performance venue, the Red Poppy Art House.

 

Officers

 
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Anne-Louise Nieto

CO-CHAIR

Anne-Louise Nieto is a Director of Strategy at Ross Stores, which operates Ross Dress for Less and dd's Discounts. Before joining Ross, she was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where she supported retail and consumer goods clients throughout the United States, Asia and Australia. Over nearly a decade of strategy experience, Anne-Louise has helped companies develop and execute strategic vision, and build capabilities to support growth - she strives to bring these skills to Leap. Anne-Louise is a strong believer in the power of arts education to inspire creativity and curiosity, new ways of approaching other subjects and foundational skills for a lifetime of learning and development.

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Anne-Louise received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a lifelong athlete and sports fan. She is also originally from the East Coast, so she loves her new home in San Francisco where she can get outside and play sports or root for her favorite teams all year long.

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SAMEE SHEIKH

Co-Chair

Originally hailing from just outside of London, and going to Architectural school on the south coast of England with a stint in the Mid-West, Samee has over 10 years of experience in the architectural field. San Francisco has been home for the last nine years. He's worked at a several firms, with projects ranging in scope, scale and typology from hospitals to museums and high end homes. In 2013, he made a shift from the design to construction side, taking a position at an established Bay Area general contractor to gain more project management experience. He's also been invited and served to be a guest critic for architectural studios/electives at California College of the Arts.

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Samee has been involved with Leap's Sandcastle Contest since 2005 through running teams at the firms he's worked at - which has involved everything from working with the students at partner schools, reaching out to firms in fundraising efforts, leading the sandcastle design process, organizing day of logistics, and even loading and unloading trucks of tools and equipment! He's also been involved with the Sandcastle planning committee since 2006 and has presented at the Fundraising and Sandcastle Building 101 workshops in recent years.

Along with being a strong supporter of Leap's mission, Samee has a passion for design, a love of building things, and an interest in fostering the creative process in students. He joined Leap's Board of Directors in spring of 2014 and is excited to bring his enthusiasm, strategic planning, and insight to assist in developing what Leap is and has to offer. In his spare time, Samee can be found looking working on his project car, a 1964 VW Beetle (a.k.a. El Bugo).

 
 
 

Julia Kropp

Secretary

Julia Kropp is an associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining Farella, Ms. Kropp served as a clerk for Magistrate Judge Evelyn Furse in the District Court for Utah. During law school, Ms. Kropp was a founding member of Stanford’s first international commercial moot arbitration team and served as a legal intern for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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Patrick Gordon

TREASURER

Originally from Philadelphia, Patrick cultivated his love for the visual arts while he was an undergraduate at Harvard University where he majored in visual and environmental studies with a focus on studio painting. During his time as an undergrad, he was also a member of the art board of the Harvard Lampoon, one of the nation's oldest humor magazines.

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Patrick currently works for Google as a member of its Business Operations and Strategy team in Mountain View. Prior to joining Google, he was an investment professional in the private equity space, first at Bain & Co. consulting and later as a member of the deal team at Parthenon Capital.

While he is no longer an active artist, the arts were crucial to Patrick's academic development, and he looks forward to ensuring that young students in the Bay Area have access to quality art education through Leap.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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Victoria Arango

Victoria is from Miami, Florida. During her grade school years, the visual and creative arts were her favorite extracurriculars. In high school, she shared her passion for the arts with Miami Learning Experience School, where she spent her summers in the classroom doing art projects with the students. Miami Learning Experience is a school for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. After seeing the positive impact of arts education first hand, Victoria is excited to help expose children in the Bay Area to the arts, enabling them to explore their creative side!

 Victoria holds a BA from Rice University in Economics and Political Science. She works at Hall Capital Partners as an Associate on the research team, conducting due diligence on potential investment opportunities. 

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Lakshmi Jayaraman

Driven by the motto "You can't fix broken men, but you can raise good sons", Lakshmi strongly believes that education is the way to nurture empathetic, resilient and creative future problem solvers.  As a mother and educator, this drives her every day. 

Lakshmi is an Architect turned Education Technology Strategist.  She is currently running a Design Education program at Facebook.  Before that she worked at Adobe and Autodesk, building out programs for Higher Education sector to become holistic designers and creatives while using cutting edge design tools.  In her architecture and construction life, she focussed on sustainable and high-tech commercial construction in the SF Bay Area and India.  

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She was chapter leader with SF+Acumen for 4 years till 2014, rallying community participation and implementing pilot Education programs in Social Entrepreneurship. She has served in several volunteer roles with non-profits such as Taproot Foundation, Naatak community theater and Asha for Education. Lakshmi has a Master of Science in Architecture from Virginia Tech University.

When she's not working or volunteering, she's raising her 8 and 4 years old sons. She finds her groove with hiking, travel, painting, sketching, dancing, maker crafts and DIY home improvement.

 
 
 

Sumin Lee

A product of public school education and an immigrant family experience in Mississippi, Sumin is passionate about ensuring all students have quality access to creative and educational opportunities. During her time at Teach For America, Sumin transformed the Bay Area region's fundraising gala, raising between $1.1 and a record-breaking $1.7 million to help strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. 

Sumin holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University. She oftentimes can be found providing directions to strangers and acting as an informal tour guide for her friends and family.

 

Carson Oliver

Carson has spent his career at the intersection of digital media, technology and the arts. He currently works for Apple, where he is a Business Management Lead for the App Store. Prior to joining Apple, Carson worked as a consultant, advising companies on the valuation and strategic management of their intellectual property assets, with a focus on digital media and copyright.

Carson developed his passion for the music and the arts while growing up in Connecticut. He majored in music and commerce at the University of Virginia, where he spent most of his spare time either performing or working in recording studios. Carson earned his JD-MBA from Northwestern University, where he was named a McCormick Scholar for his leadership in media management.

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In his spare time, Carson can be found hiking around the Bay Area, searching for the best cold brew in San Francisco, and helping his kids appreciate the finer points of the Radiohead catalog. He’s thrilled to join Leap and help empower kids in his local community through forward-thinking arts education.

 
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Jamie Lu

Jamie grew up in the Bay Area and ever since she was a child, she fell in love with the visual arts. To share that love with others, she taught painting and mixed media at a children’s art studio while in high school. Since graduating from college, she has spent nearly ten years at the intersection of finance and social impact with experience working at a bank and at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She is currently working for an impact investing management firm focused on finding opportunities that generate both positive social and environmental impact. Jamie received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Today, she continues to spend her free time painting and is thrilled to help Leap continue providing students with quality art education.

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Yelena Nedelko

Yelena came to the United States from Ukraine with her family at the age of 6. As a young immigrant student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, she fell in love with math and art - the two ways she could excel and communicate her love, interest, and gratitude for school without having to speak a word of English. Today she is the Director of Evaluation at Homeless Prenatal Program where she utilizes an equity-centered approach as the guiding principle for all her work. As a public health professional, she has committed the last 10 years to supporting nonprofit organizations with program planning, implementation, and impact evaluation. These days, she mostly uses art to express her love and gratitude to friends and family through birthday cards, crafts, and doodles.