Board of Director Biographies



Yu Ming Charter School is both a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation as well as a public school.  It is governed by a Board of Directors of up to 11 members, and supported by several Committees.  We are actively seeking individuals with relevant experience and expertise to serve on Board Committees and on our Board.


The Board is responsible for establishing broad policies and overseeing high-level decisions that affect the School, including:

  • Defining or refining the organization’s mission, values, vision and strategy;
  • Adopting policies to ensure that the school is run effectively, legally, and ethically;
  • Hiring, overseeing, evaluating, and supporting the school Principal;
  • Monitoring the operational budget and finances for long-term viability;
  • Setting policies and approving documents as required by state or federal law; and
  • Seeing that adequate funds are secured for the operating and capital needs of the school.

Note:  Board members can be collectively reached at



Eric Peterson (

Chair.  Parent-elected Board member.  Parent of 2 Yu Ming students. 

Eric is Director of Special Education for West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond, CA. In this position, he helps supervise a program that has over 400 staff and which serves over 4,100 students with exceptional needs. Eric previously was the Principal of Dover Elementary School, the largest elementary school in the district with over 800 students in preschool through sixth grade. Dover also has a bilingual program in Spanish. While he was Principal at Dover, Eric oversaw the completion of an over $20 million reconstruction of the school.  In addition, his school increased student achievement even while managing significant budget cuts during the recession. Eric is also an accomplished educator and was honored in a White House ceremony in 2011 as a National Board Certified Teacher. He has experience teaching at all grade levels and has taught in Virginia, California, and in Alaska Native villages. He has a Master’s degree in Education from the College of William and Mary and holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Eric is active in several professional organizations, including the Association of California School Administrators and the California Association for Bilingual Education.  Eric developed Spanish proficiency through study in Mexico and Guatemala, and he also studied Mandarin in college.


Brianna Swartz (

Vice Chair.  Chair of Board Development Committee.

Brianna leads operations and technology systems at Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization working to bring thousands of exceptional leaders and managers into the Education sector, to advance the critical work of hundreds of education organizations, and to impact the education of millions of students nationwide. Prior to joining Education Pioneers, Brianna administered the membership programs and operations of the California Charter Schools Association. She also served as a leader of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area (YNPNsfba), an active voice for thousands of young professionals that provides support for young nonprofit professionals through professional and leadership development, networking events, and social opportunities.

Brianna graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in political science, and received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.


Jessica Norman (

Treasurer and Chair of Finance

Jessica is Senior Advisor at ExED where she prepares budgets and financial feasibility studies for start-up charter schools and provides other technical assistance prior to school openings. Previously as VP of School Finance for ExED, she functioned as the CFO for several charter schools in Los Angeles. Jessica is also a consultant for Pacific Charter School Development where she conducts financial feasibility and risk analysis of charter school facility projects. Previously, Jessica worked for the Urban Education Partnership as Associate Director of Research and Evaluation. She has also worked at LAUSD in the Program Evaluation and Research Branch, analyzing data on charter schools, and at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington DC as a research assistant. Jessica holds a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Pleasanton with her husband and two young sons.


Thompson Paine (


Thompson is General Manager of Quizlet, an education software company based in San Francisco that builds digital learning tools for millions of students and teachers globally. Thompson speaks Mandarin Chinese and has a decade of experience in China-related work and study. He taught English in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province after college and served for two years as a political analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In graduate school Thompson worked on China-focused projects at Apple, the law firm of Morrison Foerster, and the White House’s U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Thompson is very passionate about education, and foreign language education in particular. His mother is a retired high school French teacher, and in his free time he has volunteered as an ESL and civics teacher at the International Institute of the Bay Area and taught basic legal rights to incarcerated youth through StreetLaw. Thompson has a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and a J.D./M.B.A from Stanford University. He is a member of the State Bar of California and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Julie Mikuta (

Chair of Education Committee.

Bios coming soon.


Phuoc Le (

Chair of Diversity and Enrollment Committee

Phuoc Le graduated from Dartmouth in 2000 with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. He then matriculated at Stanford Medical School where he earned his MD. During his time at Stanford, Phuoc also obtained a Master’s of Public Health from UC Berkeley with a focus on global health. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. During residency he has worked with the NGO Partners in Health (PIH) to provide equitable health care in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and most recently, post-earthquake Haiti. He has participated in both quantitative and qualitative public/community health, and anthropological research in Tibet, Shanghai, and Qinghai, PRC, and Geneva, Switzerland.

Currently, Phuoc is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, where he is a hospitalist splitting his time between both departments. He co-directs the Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship at UCSF, directs the Global Health Pathway for the Pediatric Residency, and is director of international rotations for the Internal Medicine Residency. He co-founded the HEAL Initiative which aims to create a pipeline of health professionals dedicated to serving vulnerable communities at home and abroad.  He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where he teaches graduate courses in global health and directs the Interdisciplinary Masters of Public Health Program. He has studied Vietnamese, Mandarin, Spanish and Haitian Creole.


Rodrigo Prudencio  (

Chair of facilities committee.  Fund Development Committee.  Parent-elected Board member.  Parent of 5th grade Student. 

Rodrigo has twenty years of experience in public policy, energy and environmental technology and venture capital. Currently, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Hara, which helps companies manage their energy needs and costs.  Previously, he was a Partner with venture capital firm Nth Power, for which he led investments in the IT energy field.  He has served on the Board of Directors for several companies in the Nth Power portfolio, and also serves as a Board Member for the Oakland Zoo and the Lt. Healy Foundation.  Rodrigo has an MBA from the Haas School of Business (at UC Berkeley) and a BA in International Relations from Middlebury College.  He and his wife are raising their daughter to be trilingual (Spanish, Mandarin, English).



Diana Lee (

Diana is Vice President of New Site Development and District & School Partnerships at Teach For America (TFA), a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that students from low-income communities get an excellent education. TFA is the largest pipeline of new teachers in the country and one of the most diverse pipelines of leaders in the field of education. During her time at TFA, she has held several different roles including partnering with district, charter and preK partners across the Bay to hire 200+ teachers each year. She has also led team responsible for ensuring TFA meets its fundraising and teacher hiring goals (approximately $300 million and 6,100 teachers). Previously, Diana worked at Oakland Unified School District, supporting the district’s work on school openings and closures, based on programmatic needs and performance. She was also a strategic projects manager in areas such as college readiness, family engagement and strategic planning. Prior to that, Diana was a PR manager at Yahoo!, managing press tours, media relationships and news announcements for company acquisitions and product launches. Before that, she worked at a hi-tech boutique PR firm, Walt & Co., and as an operations/strategy consultant for ACE Public School Network. Diana was previously the board chair of Streetside Stories, a 22-year old San Francisco-based literacy & arts education non-profit, and was a founding board member and governance chair of One Acre Fund, a non-profit focused on eradicating poverty and hunger for farmers in Africa. Diana holds a B.A. from UCLA, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. She loves travel, poker and cooking and has a husband and two kids, one of which is in a preK Mandarin Immersion program.


Matt Miller (

 Matt Miller is Director of Project Finance at Recurrent Energy, a solar project development company based in San Francisco that builds utility-scale energy projects across the United States. In his role there, Matt leads the structuring of debt and equity investments in the company’s projects. Matt has a long-standing interest in China and education. Prior to moving to San Francisco, he lived in China for three years where he studied Mandarin and subsequently joined Trina Solar as one of the first members of its Business Development team. Before that, he worked on China trade issues at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington DC. While in college, Matt worked at the Center on Re-inventing Public Education in Seattle doing research related to small schools. He has a B.A. in English and History from Dartmouth College.



Ms Joy Lee (

Joy is an International Market Research and Insights Manager at Fitbit where she works with teams to understand consumers across countries and guide development of culturally relevant marketing communication. Her past experience includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in China where she taught English at Panzhihua University and an internship with Education Pioneers where she worked at a foundation to analyze their portfolio of education investments and help streamline their grants management system. She has experience tutoring for various organizations including Building Skills Partnership and Literacy Volunteers. Her additional professional experience includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia and roles at Clorox in consumer insights and UBS in operations. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Business Administration and minor in Engineering and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.



Ron Lewis(

Ron is the Regional Manager for New Partnerships at eSpark Learning, an organization with the mission to re-imagine learning so it is student-centered, enabling students to succeed in school and life. In this role, he oversees the partnership development across 25 states in eSpark’s western region. Prior to eSpark, Ron worked as a District Partnership Manager at Chalk Schools, Chief of Staff at African Leadership Academy, and a Consultant at Bain & Company. Ron’s deep passion for helping all student get access to high-quality educational experiences developed during his time as a board member of USC’s Norman Topping Student Aid Fund and as a 7th-grade summer school math teacher at Oakland Unified’s Roots International Academy. Ron is a proud Oakland native who received his BA in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University.