National Leadership Team

Chad Soleo

Chad Soleo

Chief Executive Officer

Chad Soleo serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Green Dot Public Schools. He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Advancement, an Area Superintendent, prior to which he was the founding principal of Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, and an assistant principal at Locke. Ánimo Pat Brown became a California Distinguished High School under his leadership. Chad began his career as an English language arts teacher at Alain Leroy Locke High School through Teach for America. At Locke, Chad ran a college preparatory program that lead to a significant increase in college awareness and graduation rates, while pursuing his graduate degree in Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University. Chad has also taught within the charter school leadership cohort for Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education administrative credentialing program, and has lead professional development in Los Angeles Unified School District, within the Southern California AVID community, and within the Teach for America organization. Chad earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Arizona.

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Ellen Lin

Chief Operating Officer

Ellen Lin serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Green Dot Public Schools National. Ellen is responsible for overseeing the Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Systems, Data and Analytics, and Compliance services for all Green Dot regions. Ellen joined Green Dot in 2007. Prior to joining Green Dot, Ellen worked as a Center Director for SCORE! Educational Centers, a subsidiary of Kaplan that provided supplemental tutoring for students pre-K through 9th grade. Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College with a major in Politics and a minor in Music and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Sabrina Ayala

Sabrina Ayala

Chief Financial Officer Consultant

Sabrina Ayala is the Chief Financial Officer of Green Dot Public Schools and is responsible for managing all financial aspects, including financial strategy, budgets, cash management, accounts receivables, accounts payable, facility financing and purchasing. She brings ten years of Wall Street experience to Green Dot. Prior to joining Green Dot in 2006, Sabrina was an Institutional Equity Trader with Merrill Lynch, a Valuation and Compensation Consultant with Stern Stewart & Co. and an Investment Banker with Kidder, Peabody & Co. All were based in New York City. Her areas of expertise include natural resources, cyclical chemical industries, consumer products, REITS and arbitrage. Sabrina, an Eli Lilly Scholar, received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 2002 with majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with minors in Accounting and Sports Management, is from Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with honors, cum laude and Outstanding Woman Graduate of the Year.

Megan Quaile

Dr. Megan Quaile

Chief Growth Officer

Megan Quaile serves as the Chief Growth Officer at Green Dot Public Schools. She has also served as an area superintendent and the Vice President of Education during her six-year tenure. Before joining Green Dot, Quaile worked as Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Civitas Schools, the Chicago-based charter management organization that served 2200 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Megan has also served as a teacher, coach and school principal. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Quaile spent her first years after college in corporate positions before choosing education. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

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Abby Pontzer Kamkar

Chief of Staff

Abby Pontzer Kamkar is Chief of Staff for Green Dot Public Schools National. Prior to GDPSN, she was the Director of Strategy and Communications for Pacific Charter School Development, a non-profit real estate organization specializing in charter school facilities solutions. Before PCSD, she was a Project Manager in the Los Angeles Unified School District. At LAUSD, Abby led a $30M technology pilot with 21 high schools, giving 17,000 students access to a personal laptop. She has also worked as a Teach for America high school teacher, a financial analyst, and a market researcher. Abby received her MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, a Masters in Educational Leadership through the Broad Residency, and a BA from the University of Minnesota.

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Douglas Weston

Vice President of Development

Douglas is a senior member of the Green Dot organizational leadership team (OLT). Beginning in 2009, Douglas worked closely with founder, Steve Barr, former CEO, Marco Petruzzi, the leadership team and the Board of Directors, initially leading communications and brand work for the organization at a critical stage in Green Dot's growth in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he built and has led the Development team at Green Dot for the past decade as the organization has expanded in LA, and nationally in Memphis and Washington. While Green Dot is proudly sustainable on the public dollar, philanthropy enables critical aspects of the Green Dot mission, supporting organizational growth and influence, and an 'innovation' culture to benefit more students, directly and indirectly. Major gifts and institutional partnerships with individuals, foundations and corporations help Green Dot develop thriving public school systems across the US, with a focus on nurturing the innate talent and drive of youth in low-income communities of color.

Douglas thrives in the collaborative, fiercely mission-driven culture at Green Dot. Under his leadership, Green Dot has competed for and won major federal and state level grants, and developed high quality partnerships with innovative private sector and non-profit organizations. A graduate of Princeton University, Douglas is an experienced writer, editor, and presenter. He has a background in finance, as an entrepreneur and small business owner, and has been a professional actor for 30 years in film, TV and theatre. He is a longtime member of the Screen Actor's Guild and Actor's Equity Association.

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Michael Garner

Director of Data & Analytics

Michael Garner is the Director of Data & Analytics of GDPSN. Prior to joining Green Dot in 2008, Michael taught math and science at Alliance for College Ready Public Schools in South Los Angeles as a founding teacher. He started at Green Dot as the sole data analyst and, since then, has grown to lead the department with its robust team of seven analysts and managers, helping Green Dot stand out as a leading data-driven organization within the education sector. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jose Juaregui

Director of Information Technology

As the Director of Information Technology for Green Dot Public Schools National, Jose Jauregui oversees technology infrastructure, computer services, and IT procurement. He began working with Green Dot in 2002 as an IT consultant. He joined Green Dot in 2007 as its Network Administrator. He then served as Senior IT Manager for GDPS National. Prior to joining Green Dot, Jose worked in the Information Technology Department of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Jose earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Network and Communications Management from DeVry University, Long Beach.

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Jeff Schultz

Director of Information Systems

Jeff is the Director of Information Systems at Green Dot Public Schools. He originally joined Green Dot as PowerSchool Administrator in 2007 and subsequently was promoted to Applications Engineer, Senior Applications Engineer, and Senior Data Systems Manager. Jeff and his team of sys admins are charged with implementation, administration, and support of varied systems including PowerSchool, Workday, GSuite, and many more. Jeff began his career at the California Psychological Association where he worked his way up to IT Director over his 7-year tenure. Jeff has a Bachelors in Social Science from California State University, Sacramento, a Masters in Science and Technology Leadership from Brown University, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education at USC.

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Chrystie Edwards

Director of Academics

Chrystie Edwards serves as Director of Academics for Green Dot Public Schools. She joined Green Dot in 2008 as a science teacher at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy, where she led her students to the finals of a Southern California Regional STEM competition. Her passion for the teaching practice led to roles on several school site leadership teams before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2011, and subsequently a Teacher Effectiveness Supports Specialist, where she created professional development resources aligned to Green Dot’s College Ready Teaching Framework. In 2015 Chrystie moved to Memphis as Green Dot's Regional Director of Academics, where she worked to: refine the instructional coaching model; transform teacher collaboration and professional development; and facilitate the implementation of a rigorous curriculum.

Now as a leader on the National team, Chrystie is focused on codifying Green Dot’s Academic Model and developing innovative distance learning practices in collaboration with Educational Team leaders across the network. She is an LA native who earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ann Van Winkle

Director of Human Resources

 

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Sean Thibault

Director of Communications

Sean leads the communications and branding work of the organization, specifically supporting areas of digital presence and engagement, media relations and narrative development, as well as creative services. He joined Green Dot in 2015 after serving for a decade in Washington, D.C. as the Communications Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; he has previously worked in broadcast radio and marketing roles. He holds a B.A. in English & Political Science from Mount Allison University; as well as an M.A. in Communications & Technology from the University of Alberta.

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