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."
Manager, Platform, Product and Growth
Sydney joins Wishbone from Chegg, where she was a Community Manager on the Learning Services team and focused on retention of users and the engagement of the online community. Prior to Chegg, Sydney was a public school teacher in Houston, where she taught secondary English/ ESL. Sydney works with Wishbone to engage our teacher community and encourage teachers to promote their students’ campaigns via social media channels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-founder, NewSchools Seed Fund
Board Director, Causes; President, Parker Media; Former Principal, Founders Fund
President of International Markets, Ascend Learning; Advisor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
President, Innovate Foundation; Founder, Student Lending Analytics
Partner, Charles River Ventures
Former Board Chair of Bronx Preparatory Charter School; Former Board Chair for Peer Health Exchange in San Francisco
CEO and Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange
Managing Director, The Nasiri Foundation