The Oracle Education Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of three Oracle executives and four education and philanthropy leaders. Oracle employees, whose time is donated, staff the Foundation.
Safra Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.
Catz has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oracle Education Foundation since its founding in 2000 and has served as chair since 2004.
Matt Mayerson is vice president of manufacturing and distribution at Oracle. He is responsible for worldwide fulfillment for all Oracle software and education products. Prior to joining Oracle in 1990, Mayerson held various operations positions with Ernst & Young and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.
Mayerson received a BA in business economics and an MBA from UCLA. He is a member of the governance board for the Peninsula chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Mayerson has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since 2006.
Randy Smith is vice president of global real estate and facilities at Oracle. He started his real estate career when he joined Oracle in 1989, and is currently responsible for real estate and facilities operations for Oracle’s global portfolio of approximately 25 million square feet.
Smith graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with an MS in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an AB in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.
Smith has been a board member of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association since 1995 and chaired the group for three years. In 2003, he was honored as CoreNet Global’s Northern California chapter Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year and served as Corenet Global board chair from 2014 to 2016. He served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco from 2010 to 2016.
Smith has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since 2014.
John Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in arts and sciences and director of African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his tenure at Washington University, Baugh taught at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Swarthmore College.
Baugh has published award-winning books in the fields of anthropology, education, legal affairs, linguistics, sociology, and urban studies. His work bridges theoretical and applied linguistics, with particular attention to matters of policy and social equity in the fields of education, medicine, and the law. He has conducted extensive research regarding the social stratification of linguistic diversity within the US, Austria, Brazil, Hungary, South Africa, and the UK, and is actively engaged in ongoing research that examines the evolution and dissemination of English and other European languages in post-colonial contexts throughout the world.
Baugh received his BA in speech and rhetoric at Temple University and his MA and PhD in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Baugh is a past president of the American Dialect Society and a member of the usage advisory committee for the American Heritage English Dictionary. He has also served as a consultant on several documentary films related to American language and as an expert witness in court cases where matters of voice recognition and language attitudes have been central. He currently serves on the boards of Eastside College Preparatory School, Raising a Reader, and Project Pericles.
Baugh has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since 2003.
Dr. Barbara Means founded the Center for Technology in Learning research group at SRI International and served as its co-director for many years. Her research examines the effectiveness of innovative education approaches supported by digital technology. Means’ recent work includes evaluating the implementation and impacts of newly developed adaptive learning software. She is also studying the long-term effects that attending an inclusive STEM-focused high school has for students from underrepresented minorities.
A fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Means has served on many study committees of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, including the one currently producing a companion volume to the classic How People Learn. She has advised the US Department of Education on national education technology plans and authored or edited more than a half dozen books related to learning and technology.
Means earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University and her PhD in educational psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She was named an SRI fellow in 2003, and has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation's Board of Directors since that same year.
Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. She propels those around her with her life philosophy and mantra, captured in one word: “Onward!” As president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with founder and chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organization in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems.
Under Osberg’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations including TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative.
In 2015, Osberg coauthored Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works with Roger Martin. Together, she and Martin received the Thinkers50 Social Enterprise Award. Osberg’s work has appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT Technology Review, and Rotman Magazine, and on CNN and Bloomberg TV. She has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by the San Jose Mercury News and among the social sector’s 50 most influential leaders by the NonProfit Times.
Osberg has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oracle Education Foundation since its founding in 2000.
Raymond Pecheone is the founder and executive director of the Stanford Center for Assessment Learning and Equity (SCALE), a center launched in 2009 that provides comprehensive support for standards-based teaching and learning and is built around the development of interactive assessment and multimedia instructional tools to support college and career readiness.
Pecheone is also the co-executive director of the Stanford School Redesign Network and the director of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) program, a consortium of 18 California universities that have joined together to develop a reliable and valid measure of teacher quality.
Formerly, Pecheone was the Connecticut bureau chief for curriculum and teacher assessment; he developed the first performance-based licensure and inductions system for teachers in the nation. In addition, he cofounded the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and codirected the first Assessment Development Laboratory for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He has helped develop the design for revamping the New York State Regents Examinations, served as a consultant to the Council of Chief State School Officers and ETS for the development and validation of a performance-based assessment for school administrators (currently used by fifteen states), and consulted with numerous state education departments. He has published widely in the area of teacher and student assessment.
Pecheone received his PhD from the University of Connecticut and has been a member of the Oracle Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2011.
Colleen Cassity is the executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle and committed to reinventing education. Cassity also oversees the Oracle Giving and Oracle Volunteers programs, which donate funds and time to nonprofit organizations around the world to advance education, protect the environment, and strengthen communities.
Cassity is also the editor of the Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report and leads external reporting on corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, volunteerism, and sustainability.
In 2014, Cassity was the inaugural recipient of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “Practitioner of the Year” award, given to an individual who sets a gold-standard example for best practices and leadership in corporate philanthropy and/or corporate social responsibility.
Cassity joined Oracle in 2000 to start the Oracle Education Foundation. Prior to that, she helped build Juma Ventures, one of San Francisco’s seminal social enterprises, now recognized as a national model for improving the life prospects of low-income, high-risk youth.
Cassity served on the boards of Juma Ventures from 2005 to 2007 and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society from 2005 to 2010, and has served on the Education Committee of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund from 2006 to the present.
Elizabeth Snyder is vice president of human resources (HR) and philanthropy at Oracle. Her responsibilities include Oracle Corporate Citizenship, with a focus on education, environment, and community; and Oracle Academy, a global education program that teaches fundamental computer science concepts and reaches 3.5 million students in 120 countries. Additionally, Snyder is responsible for HR’s crisis management, business continuity, data privacy, and global mobility programs at Oracle. She has more than 20 years of experience in HR and leadership, encompassing all aspects of the HR function, including both international and global roles. She graduated from Birmingham University in the UK with a BA in Latin.