A longtime Bay Area educator, Jai has worked with young people since 2002 as a mentor, camp counselor, public school science teacher, teacher leader, and administrator. She describes her approach as driven by love, equity, and justice, and one that is unapologetically “anti-racist, pro-Black, pro-Women, pro-Trans, and pro-people.” Jai is committed to decolonizing education for all young people, especially those who have been marginalized and oppressed by white supremacist culture. She leads with the unwavering belief that people and systems can change given the optimal environment, resources and a powerful vision.
Sharon is an expert in account-based marketing and CXO engagement programs. She has worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 technology companies, including EMC, IBM, VMware, RSA, Symantec, Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware, Adobe, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Siebel Systems and Google. In response to an increased focus on CXO engagement and strategic account marketing, Sharon in 2008 founded Boardroom Insiders, a content company that provides the most in-depth executive profiles on the market today. Boardroom Insiders customers include Microsoft, IBM, HP, CA, EMC, Vodafone, Cisco, Tableau, Citrix, UPS and USPS. In the words of one of her longtime clients, "Sharon is the type of secret weapon that everyone wished they had in their arsenal." Born and raised in San Diego, California, Sharon worked as a freelance writer before earning a master's degree combining international relations and business from the University of California, San Diego. After moving to San Francisco in 1995 she worked in sales and marketing management for startup companies. She still lives in San Francisco with her husband and two boys.
Ms. Khaziran joined the Gateway family in 2015 and is Co-Principal at GHS. She grew up in Los Angeles, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology. She moved to San Francisco in order to pursue a Master of Arts from USF in Counseling Psychology. After several years of working as a school counselor in San Francisco, Ms. Khaziran attended the UC Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute, where she earned her Master of Arts in Education. When she isn't running around the halls of Gateway, Ms. Khaziran spends her time teaching graduate students at USF and exploring the Bay Area.
Chanda Lockhart (she/her/hers)
Chanda is the Chief Development Officer, and brings more than 10 years of nonprofit development experience to Gateway Public Schools. Prior to Gateway, Chanda served as the Development Director at Seven Tepees Youth Program. Chanda earned her B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Towson University, and M.S. in Holistic Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. As the child of a military family, Chanda isn’t really from anywhere but claims Baltimore (pronounced Bawl-d-moor) as home. Chanda has lived in San Francisco since 2012; the longest stretch of living in the same place in her entire life. She is the founder #ladyboss, a professional women's meet-up group, dreams of cooking with Chef Yotam Ottelenghi, and loves a good spin class.
Sharon is the Executive Director of Gateway Public Schools. In 2000, Sharon joined Gateway’s faculty as a Humanities Teacher. Since then, Sharon has been a Lead Teacher, Dean of Faculty, and served as the Principal of Gateway High School for seven years. During her tenure as Principal, Gateway was recognized as a California Distinguished School and as a top-performing charter high school by the US Department of Education. In 2011, Sharon helped launch Gateway’s second school, Gateway Middle School. Sharon is inspired by the potential of young people and by Gateway’s amazing teachers and staff who help students get on the road to college. Sharon earned her B.A. from Harvard University, where she was captain of the varsity soccer team, and earned her M.A. in Education from Stanford University. Sharon taught a course in the Stanford Teacher Education Program called “Educating for Equity and Democracy,” and worked for Senator Feinstein for two years before beginning her career in education. Sharon is proud of her Bay Area roots, her San Francisco Giants, and her very well behaved dog, Cody Ross.
Kevin has more than 16 years of experience in the social sector helping organizations and leaders understand their impact and strengthen their work. Kevin is currently a Senior Evidence Director at Project Evident partnering with nonprofit service providers to strengthen their evidence-building muscle. His community service includes advisory roles for 826 Valencia and the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and he is a former president of the board of the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association. A native of the Bay Area, Kevin and his family have lived in San Francisco for the past 16 years, where his two children attend public school. He rises early most mornings to run in Golden Gate Park or swim with the University of San Francisco Masters Swim Team.
Aaron Watson (he/him)
Aaron Watson is our Director of Partnerships. Aaron formerly served as GMS' principal and is proud to have worked with teachers, families, and students to found Gateway Middle School in 2011. Prior to becoming principal, Aaron led the advisory program and taught humanities at Gateway High School for seven years and worked in a wraparound social services program for children and families involved in foster care in Alameda County. He earned a BA from Brown University and an MA in Education from UC Berkeley. Aaron also earned an MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute. Outside of Gateway, Aaron enjoys getting outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Rebecca Wieder (she/her)
Rebecca works to develop a cohesive, equity-oriented approach to teaching and learning through her role as Co-Principal. Before coming to Gateway, Rebecca taught humanities at Oakland Technical High School and earned her M.Ed. from UC Berkeley's Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) Program. She received her BA from Brown University, majoring in American Studies and Latin American Studies. Outside the classroom, Rebecca can be found exploring San Francisco's wild places with her husband and two young children.