Dr. Donna Elder
Thrive Board of Governors

Dr. Donna Elder, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Teacher Education, National University – San Diego.

Dr. Elder is the Department Chair of Teacher Education at National University and a highly experienced educational leader. Dr. Elder was the Principal of the Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School at UCLA (now known as the UCLA Lab School), and served as a District Superintendent for 15 years in the San Bruno School District, the Orchard School District and the Luther Burbank School District. She worked as a classroom teacher for at the elementary, middle and high school level; served as a Principal in the Palo Alto Unified and Duarte Unified School Districts, and was the interim Executive Director of a charter school. She is a frequent speaker and author on teacher effectiveness and coaching, as well as instructional methodologies. Among numerous professional associations, Dr. Elder served as the President of the International Association of Laboratory and University Affiliated Schools. Dr. Elder received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Washington State University, a Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, an Administrative Credential from Whittier College and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne.


Kerry Flanagan  
Thrive Board of Governors

Kerry Flanagan serves as the chief of staff of the California Charter Schools Association, a membership organization supporting California's 1,130 charter schools serving more than 500,000 students.

Kerry began her career in public education in 1991 as a secondary education teacher in Virginia.  She then worked as an education consultant supporting various reform efforts in traditional urban and suburban public school districts in California, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan and Florida.  Kerry worked at San Diego City Schools for several years in various positions where she was responsible for strategic planning, organizational development and the authorization and oversight of the district’s charter schools.  She served as the chief of staff for her last 1.5 years with the district. 

Kerry received her B.A. in Secondary Education, Social Studies from Virginia Wesleyan and a M.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University.



Ben Boyce
Thrive Board of Governors

Ben Boyce comes from a long line of educators, which surely fuels his passion to educate the public on the most challenging issues facing San Diego and our state. He holds a management position with one of San Diego’s top public affairs firms, bringing to his clients more than a dozen years of experience heling many of California’s top businesses and public agencies achieve their objectives by building consensus and seeking creative solutions.

Ben has led several successful land development outreach programs in both Northern and Southern California, helping clients to win approvals for more than 15,000 homes across the state. His strategic outreach programs and materials have helped water and wastewater providers effectively communicate with more than 6 million Southern California ratepayers. He has been recognized with more than 20 awards for his efforts, including top outreach program in the state and the nation's best website for a government utility.

Ben has also successfully managed crisis communications for several public-agency and private-sector clients, and has advocated on behalf of his clients in a number of daily newspapers, trade publications and broadcast interviews. His efforts to support residents of a crumbling apartment complex were recognized as Orange County's 2008 crisis PR of the year. Ben is active in the San Diego and Orange County business communities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and was previously a founding director of Community Roots Academy charter school in Aliso Viejo. He also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Orange County chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


Tom.pngThomas Aurelio Davis
Thrive Board of Governors

Thomas Aurelio Davis, Consultant to Board of Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) and the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA)

Thomas Davis has over thirty years of experience in education. After receiving his B.S. degree in Biology at the University of San Diego in 1974, he taught secondary school Life Science, Biology, Bilingual Science and Spanish courses in both private and public school systems in the San Diego area for fifteen years. In 1988, Tom co-wrote and managed an Eisenhower Grant from the Department of Education to help restructure the science curriculum in the Sweetwater Union High School district’s ten middle schools. That experience led to his moving into the K-12 instructional software and service business. Since 1990, Tom has worked for a number of companies in various capacities, selling and marketing educational software and service solutions. In 2005, Tom formed a consulting business, (Net4EdAccess, LLC) which focuses on connecting business to education, executive school superintendent searches, the achievement gap and providing solutions for school systems in the following areas: English Language Learners, Students with Special Needs and Students At-Risk of Dropping Out. Tom currently serves as a consultant to the Board of both the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) and the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA). Tom is also a Board member of Computers 2 San Diego Kids, a San Diego non-profit working to bridge the digital divide with low income families and those less fortunate. He has also worked on behalf of the National Migrant Education Association and their Bi-National Conference. Tom is married and has three children.


Thrive Foundation Board

1.jpgPeri Lynn Turnbull, APR, Chief External Relations and Strategy Officer for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

As the Chief of External Relations and Strategy, Turnbull leads the communications and research functions at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to design a proactive narrative to collaboratively reframe the conversation about public education so that all kids can access high-quality public schools and to challenge the misinformation about public charter schools driven by supporters of the status quo. Prior to joining the team at the National Alliance, she was the senior vice president of communications and knowledge management at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) leading the communications and technical assistance effort for the charter community in the state of California. Her commitment to public education and community building in California began with executive level positions at the both the Fresno Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District as well as the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter. Before moving to the United States in 1999, Turnbull held positions at The Conference Board of Canada, led a non-profit arts organization and held a variety of positions with Federal Cabinet Ministers within the Canadian Government. Turnbull serves as Chair of the Thrive Education Foundation board supporting the facilities and funding needs of the K-12 non-profit charter management organization Thrive Public Schools in San Diego and is a volunteer with Angels Foster Family Network. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from Carleton University (Canada) and a Masters of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) from University of San Diego. She has also received her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Universal Accreditation Board. She and her husband, Jeff Wiemann, who leads an agency placing infants and toddlers with foster families, are raising four children in La Mesa California, all of whom attend public schools. As advocates for providing students with the best educational option to meet their individual needs, two of their children attend traditional district public schools and two attend public charter schools (Thrive Public Schools).


Carlos_Cortez.jpegCarlos Cortez, PhD, President of San Diego Continuing Education for the San Diego Community College District.

Dr. Cortez serves as the President of Continuing Education with the San Diego Community College District. He most recently served as Dean of Academic Pathways, Workforce Development, and Student Success and Acting Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College. Cortez is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, where he has worked in various capacities since 2001. His research interests center on the role of educators and administrators of color in the historical development of American social welfare and education policy. He is also an expert in the area of promoting equity and access in urban education through literacy and policy initiatives. Before BCC, he also served as Director of Education Extension at the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to UCLA, he worked in education at the P-12 level as a classroom teacher, administrator, and researcher. Cortez began his career in education as Teach for America Corps member. His experience spans the public, private, and charter school sectors in Washington DC, Houston, New York City, and Los Angeles. Cortez served as Principal of New Village Charter School in Los Angeles and as Assistant Principal at Grape Street Elementary School. In these positions, he was known for his dedication to teachers and students, the development of innovative programs and services, and sound fiscal management. He has worked primarily with students with special needs and emotional disturbance from low income communities and has been a staunch advocate for policy and finance reform as a member of various state and federal level legislative task forces. His commitment to social justice drives his passion for urban education reform.  Cortez’s educational background includes three degrees in African American Women's History, including a BA, Georgetown University; MA, New York University; and PhD, University of Southern California.


Tony Fulton, Director of Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction and University Architect for San Diego State University, Retired.

Prior to his retirement he managed $1.5 billion dollars of design and construction and over 2.5 million square feet of new and renovated academic/support facilities utilizing Design-Build, CM at Risk and other innovative construction methodologies.  As part of his duties he master planned the physical growth of the main campus, off-campus centers at Calexico and Brawley, and a new CSU campus which is now CSU San Marcos. Fulton brings valuable insight into organizational/operational management and best business practices, architectural selection, design, conceptual planning, and facility programming, master planning, environmental planning, and agency review processing and project assurance through the critical evaluation of the construction process. Because of his long standing expertise and involvement with educational and private institutions he has the ability to assemble the best consulting team members to solve problems and to apply “best practice” results to emerging and existing problems for clients. During the past several years he has given particular attention to K-12, Community College and Healthcare bond program assessments, construction auditing for healthcare and educational clients, CEQA processing and review, master planning, and the design-build process. Tony holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State, a Master of City Planning degree from SDSU, and maintains registration as a licensed architect in California and Pennsylvania. During his career he spent several years teaching architecture and engineering courses and has lectured on construction methodologies and construction performance enhancement. While in private practice he designed several K-12 schools and ski resorts in Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Association of University Architects (AUA), the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), ACE Mentoring-San Diego, Mt. Helix Foundation, and actively participates in other local, civic, and national organizations.

Justine.jpegJustine K. Nielsen, Attorney, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

Justine Nielsen is a land use, environmental and real estate attorney at one of San Diego’s  top law firms. She represents private entities and public interest groups on a variety of land use, planning and entitlement matters throughout various stages of the real estate development and environmental regulatory process. She is active in several local industry organizations including the Urban Land Institute and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. She is also active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of San Diego County from 2010 to 2016. As a past participant in the Center for Civic Education’s We the People program, she is also passionate about civic education in public schools, frequently volunteering as a judge in We the People program competitions. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and California Western School of Law.  Justine lives with her husband and young son in the Del Cerro community of San Diego.


Corey.pngCorey Polant, Development Officer, Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad, San Diego State University. 

Corey Polant leads the strategy and facilitation of all major gifts into the Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad (ZIP Launchpad), and oversees philanthropic giving to the university from the New York Tri-State area. He has successfully identified strategic initiatives to fundraise for within the ZIP Launchpad and is currently building a donor pipeline for solicitation.  He also maintains and steward’s high level business and community relationships forged between the ZIP Launchpad and the entrepreneurial community.  Corey is recognized for his positive relationship building mastery, energetic personality and commitment to grow private support towards the Campaign for SDSU.  The ZIP Launchpad is the university’s entrepreneurial center and community and helps incubate student ideas into viable startups. Corey has also held leadership roles in the community with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, (an LGBT grant giving foundation),San Diego Rotaract, a leadership and community service organization, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Leaders Committee, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization and most currently, Thrive Public Schools.  Corey holds a BA in Sociology from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Administration.

Scheduled Meetings


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM - Special Meeting Board Workshop

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM - Cancelled

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM - Rescheduled to March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM



Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM - Note time change to 6:00 PM for this meeting.

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM



Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM  - Rescheduled for August 10, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 5:30 PM  

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Special Meeting

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Special Meeting

Monday, October 26,2015 at 5:30 PM

Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Rescheduled for December 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Monday, December 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, March 22, 2016 at 5:30 PM - Rescheduled for March 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM


2014 -15

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM           

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM  - CANCELLED   

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM                  

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM                   

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM                    

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM  

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM                          

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM - Special Meeting                                  

Monday, June 8, 2015 at 5:30 PM                          





About Agenda

Publication of the Agenda:

Agendas for regularly scheduled Board meetings will be posted at our school site and this website at least 72 hours in advance. Special Board meetings will be posted at least 24 hours in advance.

Public Comments:

Persons wishing to address the board on any school related issue not listed elsewhere on the agenda are invited to do so under “Public Comments.” If you wish to speak under “public comments”, please complete a speaker’s slip and follow the directions for speaking on agenda items. In the interest of time and order, presentations from the public are limited to three (3) minutes per person and the total time for non-agenda items shall not exceed twenty (20) minutes. The governing board’s presiding officer reserves the right to impose reasonable time limits on public testimony to ensure that the agenda is completed. An individual speaker’s allotted time may not be increased by a donation of time from members of the public in attendance. Complaints or charges against an employee are not permitted in an open meeting of the Board of Trustees.


Unless an item has been placed on the published agenda, there shall be no action taken. The board may 1) acknowledge receipt of the information, 2) refer to staff for further study, or 3) refer to the matter on the next agenda. The board reserves the right to take or not take action on any item on the agenda.

Consolidated Motion:

The purpose of the consolidated motion is to expedite the action on routine agenda items or those previously deliberated. These items will be acted upon with one motion, second, and approval of the board. There will be no separate discussion of these items prior to the time the board of trustees votes on the motion unless members of the board, staff, or public request specific items to be discussed. If a member of the public wishes to speak to an item on the consolidated motion, please do so in public comment. An administrative recommendation on each item is contained in agenda supplements.

Order of Business

Notice is hereby given that the order of consideration of matters on the agenda may be changed without prior notice.

Reasonable Accommodation

Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting of the governing board may request assistance by contacting Thrive Public Schools during normal business hours at 4260 54th Street, San Diego, CA 92115, (619) 839-9543 as far in advance as possible, but no later than 24 hours before the meeting.

For more information (619) 839-9543 or e-mail

Board Meeting Agendas


June 20, 2018 Agenda

April 23, 2018 Agenda

March 12, 2017 Agenda

February 26, 2018 Agenda  Rescheduled for March 12, 2017

January 22, 2018 Agenda

November 27, 2017 Agenda

October 30, 2017 Agenda

September 11, 2017 Agenda

August 14, 2017 Agenda

July 25, 2017 Agenda



June 26, 2017 Agenda

May 22, 2017 Agenda

March 27, 2017 Agenda

February 27, 2017 Agenda 

January 23, 2017 Agenda

November 28, 2016 Agenda

October 24, 2016 Agenda

September 12, 2016 Agenda

July 25, 2016 Agenda



June 20, 2016 Agenda

May 23, 2016 Agenda

March 28, 2016 Agenda

February 22, 2016 Agenda

January 25, 2016 Agenda

December 14, 2015 Agenda

October 26, 2015 Agenda

October 12, 2015 Agenda

September 28, 2015 Agenda

September 13, 2015 Agenda 

August 2015 Agenda

July 2015 Agenda  Rescheduled for August 10, 2015



June 2015 Agenda

May 2015 Agenda

April 2015 Agenda

March 2015 Agenda

February 2015 Agenda

January 2015 Agenda

December 2014 Agenda

September 2014 Agenda

August 2014 Agenda


Board Meeting Minutes


June 20, 2018 - Pending Approval

April 23, 2018 - Pending Approval

March 12, 2018 Minutes

January 22, 2018 Minutes 

November 27, 2017 Minutes

October 30, 2017 Minutes

September 11, 2017 Minutes

August 14, 2017 Minutes

July 25, 2017



June 26, 2017 Minutes 

May 22, 2017 Minutes 

March 27, 2017 Minutes 

February 27, 2017 Minutes

January 23, 2017 Minutes

November 28, 2016 Minutes

October 24, 2016 Minutes

September 12, 2016 Minutes

July 25, 2016 Minutes 



June 20, 2016 Minutes 

May 23, 2016 Minutes 

March 23, 2016 Minutes

February 22, 2016 Minutes

January 25, 2016 Minutes

December 14, 2015 Minutes

October 26, 2015 Minutes

October 12, 2015 Minutes

September 28, 2015 Minutes

September 13, 2015 Minutes

August 2015 Minutes



June 2015 Minutes

May 2015 Minutes

April 2015 Minutes

March 2015 Minutes

February 2015 Minutes

January 2015 Minutes

December 2014 Minutes

September 2014 Minutes

August 2014 Minutes


Board Documents


Articles of incorporation

2017-18 Board Approved Budget


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