DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Gentle Blythe has held a variety of roles in public education and community development, serving as a teacher, school reform facilitator, community organizer, and administrator at schools and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to her role as deputy superintendent, Ms. Blythe was the chief communications officer for SFUSD, where she led strategic communications for over a decade. During her tenure, public information about and engagement around the work of the school district and its 136 schools has markedly increased, resulting in a positive trend in public opinion polls and school enrollment as well as increased support from voter-approved and philanthropic investments. Ms. Blythe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and completed her multiple subject teaching credential at San Francisco State University. She has been honored with the Brown University Resource Scholar Fellowship, the Citizen's Community Foundation Award and the Howard R. Swearer Community Excellence Award. She loves being part of a team that is transforming public schools.
Colm Hegarty has over 25 years of experience working in development and advancement at higher education and community based organizations. Colm started his development career at Cornell University's Corporate Relations department. After moving from New York to San Francisco he worked for the UCSF Foundation's Major Gifts and Communications & Stewardship departments during the University's first campaign, Strength to Strength. From there, Colm moved to the UCSF AIDS Health Project where he built the agency's development program including its signature event, ART4AIDS. With an interest in helping address homelessness in San Francisco for people living with and at-risk for HIV/AIDS, Colm moved to the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center where he lead its development department during its merger with Continuum HIV Day Services to become Tenderloin Health. Most recently Colm worked at Compass Family Services where he oversaw the agency's growth in general operating private support by over 33% as well as its centennial campaign in 2014 and most recent $30MM comprehensive campaign. Colm has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Irish from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and has a certificate in Conflict Resolution from UC Berkeley.
DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PLANNING
Chris Armentrout has had more than 25 years experience in education and over two decades with SFUSD. Within the district, he has held a variety of roles including classroom teacher, instructional coach, District Liaison to SF City Hall and manager for the Public Education Enrichment Fund. In his current role, he oversees the project management for the Salesforce Leadership Initiative and Teacher Pipeline Initiative, the oversight committee for district parcel taxes, the parcel tax exemption office and the Shared Schoolyard Project. He is a San Francisco native, product of SF public schools and proudly continues to raise his family in San Francisco.
MANAGER OF STEWARDSHIP & EVALUATION
Jena Hayashi joined the San Francisco Unified School District in 2017, where she currently serves as the Manager of Stewardship and Evaluation in the Fund Development Office. In her role at SFUSD, Jena is responsible for cultivating philanthropic partnerships in support of the district's strategic initiatives and equity goals, and implementing a multi-year stewardship strategy through targeted investor communications and engagements. Prior to joining SFUSD, Jena held development roles for KQED Public Media, Compass Family Services, and Sunny Hills Services. Jena has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Stephanie Lam has been with the San Francisco Unified School District since 2011. She is currently the Senior Management Assistant for the SFUSD Fund Development Office, and previously worked in the SFUSD Exemption Office. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy of Industrial Societies at UC Berkeley. She is a product of San Francisco public schools (TK-High School) and is excited to support all the amazing work towards Vision 2025.