Our team

Marny Sumrall

Chief Executive Officer

Marny Sumrall currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Wishbone, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sending low-income students to high-quality summer programs. During her career, Marny has held various executive roles in the education space, with a focus on promoting student agency and supporting students to become successful learners through innovative, technology-enabled learning environments. In her 17 years with SCORE! Educational Centers at Kaplan, she was responsible for expanding a $30 million division and played a key role in growing the company to $80 million in revenue. During her tenure, Marny led the opening of 75 innovative tutoring locations in five major metropolitan markets with over 400,000 students and families served. She then became Executive Director of YouthTruth Student Survey, a national education nonprofit designed to harness student perceptions to help educators accelerate improvements in their K–12 schools and classrooms. Most recently at AltSchool, Marny managed operations and designed for eight lab schools in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and New York City. At Stanford University, she earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in American Studies and a Certificate in Policy for Children, Youth, and Families.

As a high schooler, Marny was deeply influenced by participating in California Girls State, a summer leadership program designed to increase knowledge of governmental processes and citizenship. This experience shaped her commitment to social entrepreneurship, offered her the chance to make friends with young women from all over the state, and exposed her to life on a college campus. She is thrilled to lead Wishbone’s efforts to offer transformational summer experiences for thousands of students across the nation.

Charlotte Burke

Program Partnerships Manager

Charlotte cultivates relationships with high-quality summer programs, negotiates scholarships on behalf of low income students, and oversees the process of enrolling Wishbone students in summer programs. She joined Wishbone from Mayan Families, a Guatemalan education NGO, where she served as the Director of Operations. Charlotte oversaw 20 sustainable community development programs, in addition to managing human resources and expanding funding partnerships. Previous to her time in Guatemala, she worked in multiple operations roles at One Kings Lane, a San Francisco e-commerce startup. Charlotte is a longtime volunteer at San Francisco’s Safe & Sound, where she supports young teens and children in their social and emotional growth in vulnerable situations. She received her Bachelor’s degree from University of California Los Angeles in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology. Charlotte’s favorite high school summer experience was with Amigos de las Americas, where she lived with a family in rural Nicaragua for eight weeks. Wishbone perfectly intersects Charlotte's passions: youth development, technology, new learning opportunities, and summer!

Andrea Michel

Operations Associate

At Wishbone, Andrea coordinates all aspects of our program operations to ensure that students, school staff, community partners, and parents are supported through all stages of the Wishbone process. Andrea joins the Wishbone team from a global mobility startup, where she was responsible for relocating people around the world. She also led the new hire training program and created standard operating procedures for her team. Andrea earned her International Studies degree at the University of California San Diego, which included a semester abroad in Spain speaking Spanish, her first language. As a first generation college graduate, Andrea is deeply passionate about helping students pursue their goals and a higher education. Her favorite high school summer experience was traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area with her AVID class to tour all of the major college campuses.

Beth Schmidt

Founder & Executive Chairman

Beth Schmidt is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Wishbone.org. As a former Teach for America Corps Member in Los Angeles, Beth experienced firsthand how powerful it could be when she offered her Locke High School students a chance to pursue a passion through summer programs. In her current role as Director, Education Portfolio for the Emerson Collective, Beth leads grant making efforts to build and support a portfolio of partnerships with nonprofit entrepreneurs and organizations whose missions are to radically improve outcomes for students and advance broader social justice efforts on their behalf.

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 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."

Supporters

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
KIPP
College Track
Aspire Public Schools
Leadership Public Schools
Steer
Domus Loves Live Here
High School in the Community
Norwalk Public Schools
Port Chester High School
Stamford Academy