Regional Leadership Team
Marie’s favorite activity is running- to catch up with her three children and husband or around Lake Merritt in Oakland where she resides.
Elise Gresch joined KIPP Bay Area Schools in 2014 as our first Director of Technology. In her current role as Director of Data & Evaluation, Elise is sculpting our data infrastructure strategy, improving team members’ access to key data, and driving regional analysis and evaluation. Prior to joining KIPP Bay Area Schools, Elise ran Product Development and Marketing for a San Francisco-based educational game and toy publisher after an early career in investment banking, strategy consulting, and private equity. She received her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and her bachelor’s from Georgetown University.
Elise lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. They love to camp and explore the outdoors.
Prior to becoming Managing Director of Student Services, David served as the Director of KIPP Through College for KIPP Bay Area Schools from 2009 – 2016 and the school leader at KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland, California from 2003 – 2009. Before joining KIPP, David taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in Baltimore, Maryland as a Teach For America corps member. A Bay Area native, he is a graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A.) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A.T.), as a well as the 2002 KIPP School Leadership Program. David lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons.
Julie has a M.A. in Public Health Administration from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, daughter, and also her son when he is home from college.
In her current role as Managing Director of Schools, Judy appreciates the opportunity to continue her work in her community where she oversees their three San Jose middle schools.
In addition to her role at KIPP Bay Area Schools, Judy serves as a Leadership Coach for the KIPP Foundation where she coaches 14 school leaders in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, and Denver. She previously worked on the KIPP School Leadership Programs team where she led professional development programming for emerging leaders across the KIPP network.
Ruchi originally hails from the East coast, but has quickly converted to Bay Area living. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, young son, and dog.
Kristin Weigand joined KIPP Bay Area Schools in February 2016. As the Director of Human Resources, she oversees a team of talented professionals who together manage the full cycle of HR activities including human capital data, benefits and leave administration, employee relations, teacher credentialing, performance management, risk management and compliance. Before joining KIPP, she worked in the private sector in commercial construction, magazine publishing and internet marketing. Kristin received her B.A. in English Literature and Professional Certification in HR Management from UC Berkeley. In addition, she is certified as a Franklin Covey Client Facilitator, a Professional Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).
Kristin is proud to be part of the KIPP community where she can actively support the staff members at our schools and regional support office who make an incredible impact on the lives of our students and communities. She lives in the East Bay with her husband, two young children and their menagerie of pets.
Ric currently leads KIPP’s character and restorative justice work for the region as Head of Schools. He joined KIPP as School leader of KIPP Summit Academy in 2008 and entirely transformed the student and staff behavioral culture to one of restorative justice practices. As a result, the academic results for KIPP Summit are one of the highest in the region and in the KIPP network nationally.
Before becoming principal, Ric taught music and social studies at KSA. He also taught at Head-Royce for twelve years, where he served as a department chair and Dean of Students. In addition, Ric taught music at Apple Valley College for two years and conducted the Oakland Civic Orchestra for five years. He graduated from Long Island University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology and from Hunter College in New York City with a degree in music. He also earned a Masters in music from Mills College in Oakland, CA. When he is not at KIPP, Mr. Zappa spends time with his family, plays music with a jazz band, paints, and has written several plays.