Our Board of Trustees
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.
Jacquie Furtado M.Ed., Associate Vice President, Strategy Management & Engagement – Ashford University
Jacquie has had the pleasure of providing cross-departmental leadership and support for educational institutions for over thirteen years. Her very purposeful journey has allowed her to collaborate and build consensus with every facet of an institution; guiding organizational strategy to ensure alignment, impact and successful execution of student focused strategic commitments. During her tenure, she has held leadership roles within Strategic Planning & Management, Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness, and Student Affairs, allowing her to create and implement integrated strategy development and management solutions, lead student retention strategy, student programming, and have direct exposure and impact to all University departments. She thoroughly enjoys and understands the importance of cross-departmental collaboration to support student success. She has experience supporting traditional and nontraditional student populations as well as online and ground modalities and various course delivery models. Jacquie was a founding family member of Thrive Public Schools, participated on the initial Advisory Council and was a founding member of the Thrive Family Action Network. She also serves on the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Foundation. Jacquie has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Marketing Communications and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. In addition, she is certified in integrated strategic planning and the Balanced Scorecard strategy execution framework.