Our team

Beth Schmidt

Founder & Executive Chairman

Beth Schmidt is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Wishbone.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending low-income students to high-quality summer programs. From learning how to fly a plane to pursuing stem cell science, Wishbone students pursue their passions, re-defining who they could become in their communities, in the classroom, but most importantly, in life.

Beth is a former Teach for America Corps Member and graduated from Middlebury College. She holds a Masters in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University. Beth is a Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a Bluhm/ Helfand Social Innovation Fellow, and was celebrated twice on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list - both in 2013 and 2014 for her work in education. She was honored by the World Economic Forum as a “Global Shaper”, and attended the 2014 Meeting in Davos, participating on the International Business Council to discuss the international youth unemployment crisis. In 2014, she was honored on the GOOD 100 list of top "people pushing the world forward through doing."

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James Walter Doyle

Director, East Coast

James Walter joins Wishbone from DonorsChoose.org where he oversaw new school activation, specifically working to scale outreach and advocacy efforts for the nations highest poverty schools. A previous Teach for America corps member, Walter taught 12th grade English in Harlem for seven years while earning a Master's in Education. While in the classroom, he founded Kids N Culture, an after-school initiative that provides international cultural experiences for students who would otherwise not have access. At Wishbone, Walter oversees our East Coast region by supporting our strategic partnerships, student recruitment, and school outreach throughout New York and Connecticut.

Ryan Mathieu

Manager, Business Operations

Ryan joins Wishbone from DecisionNext, where she was the Operations and Marketing Manager. She focused on Marketing, PR, social media engagement and the business operations of the company. She is a graduate of Sacramento State University, where she studied Political Science. Immediately following graduation she worked with At Risk High school students in Stockton, CA. Ryan manages Wishbone's operations, human resources and accounting systems.

Katie Miura

Manager, Program Provider Partnerships and Enrollment

Katie joins Wishbone from Shinnyo-en Foundation, where she was a Program Associate responsible for managing a portfolio of grants and the evaluation of service-learning and youth leadership development programs. Before moving to the Bay Area, she taught English in northern Japan for two years. At Wishbone, Katie cultivates relationships with various summer programs and supports the enrollment of Wishbone students.

Jessica LaMonica

Manager, Student Operations

Jessica joins Wishbone from the education nonprofit City Year. As a Program Manager, Jessica was responsible for founding a new school partnership, building strong relationships with community members and students, and managing recruitment efforts for after-school programs. Prior to joining City Year, Jessica lived in Boston, MA, where she earned her bachelor and master degrees in Criminal Justice. At Wishbone, Jessica leads strategic program development and executes Wishbone’s daily student operations.

Francisco Gutierrez

Student Operations Associate

Francisco hails from NYC where he served as an Enterprise Program Manager at General Assembly. He worked with Fortune 500 clients including the NFL, Estée Lauder, American Express, and ESPN to execute corporate educational workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Francisco studied Marketing and Italian at Georgetown University and took a semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology as a study-abroad alternative. At Wishbone, Francisco is responsible for student outreach, application screening, student enrollment, and ensuring that students are supported through all stages of the Wishbone program.


Wayee Chu

Co-founder, NewSchools Seed Fund

Michael Polansky

Board Director, Causes; President, Parker Media; Former Principal, Founders Fund

Doug Krebs

President of International Markets, Ascend Learning; Advisor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Brendan Cullen

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Tim Ranzetta

President, Innovate Foundation; Founder, Student Lending Analytics

Ted Dintersmith

Partner, Charles River Ventures

Margie Thorne

Former Board Chair of Bronx Preparatory Charter School; Former Board Chair for Peer Health Exchange in San Francisco

Louise Langheier

CEO and Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange

Shanna Nasiri

Managing Director, The Nasiri Foundation

Funding and Pro Bono Partners

Dalio Foundation
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Nasiri Foundation
Kauffman Labs
All Stars Helping Kids
Blue Ridge Foundation NY
Full Circle Fund
Kapor Center
Accretive Solutions

Education Partners

Uncommon Schools
Teach For America
Young Women’s Leadership Network
CollegeBound Initiative
Achievement First
College Track
Aspire Public Schools
Leadership Public Schools
Domus Loves Live Here
High School in the Community
Norwalk Public Schools
Port Chester High School
Stamford Academy