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Meet our team

We've got different roles — coach, admissions specialist, community manager — but one shared mission: our students' success.

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Shilpa coaches students, designs program strategy, and helps lead diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Rivet School. The best part of her role is experimenting with new program elements that can improve student’s experiences.

Shilpa Bhongir

College Coach and Program Strategist
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Nora leads the Growth and Admissions team, overseeing partnerships and growth strategy, and also helps lead diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at Rivet School. A highlight of her job is having the chance to meet and speak with groups of prospective students at information sessions.

Nora Maxwell

Director of Growth & Admissions
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Shelly coaches students through their college journey, leads the Bridge program for recent high school graduates, and loves being able to engage one-on-one with students to support them toward their goals.Prior to Rivet School, Shelly worked as a Program Manager at Genesys Works – a nonprofit focused on college access and internship opportunities for high school seniors in the Bay Area. Shelly studied Latin American and Latino/a Studies and global economics in college, and went on to work as an adviser at UC Santa Cruz after earning her degree.

Shelly Gleason

College Coach
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Iris leads the Program team at Rivet School, overseeing strategic projects, coaching, and community initiatives. One of Iris' favorite parts of their job is designing tools and processes to create a transformative student experience.

Iris Jong

Director of Program and Lead Coach
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Jeff oversees program design, university partnerships, and other strategic projects at Rivet School. He also works with K-12 districts to support school staff on the Educator Pathway to earn their degree and become classroom teachers.

Jeff Manassero

Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder
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Angelina supports Rivet School’s incoming students through the admissions and onboarding process, helping them transition seamlessly into college. The highlight of her job is going above and beyond to show new students that Rivet School is a different college experience.

Angelina Rucobo

Admissions Manager
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Eli’s experience spans entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and politics. As an early employee at Coursera, Eli helped drive the company's international expansion. Eli has also led strategy projects for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies, managed a winning state-level political campaign in Alaska, and launched a social enterprise incubator in China.

Eli Bildner

Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder
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Natalie coaches Rivet School students with direct academic and social-emotional support throughout their individual journeys. The best part of this work is being able to encourage students who are also parents, since she was a student-parent herself in college.

Natalie Ruiz

College Coach
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María wears many hats at Rivet School, helping design impactful experiences for our students, and supporting new applicants through the admissions process and in their transition to college. She also facilitates our Riveter Leadership Council, which serves as a bridge between students and the Rivet School team. One of her favorite things about this work is being able to create opportunities for students to connect beyond their academic work, like facilitating virtual and in-person community experiences that bring our students together.

María Ortega

Community Outreach Coordinator and Office Manager
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Alanza is an Admissions Operations Specialist at Rivet School. Alanza earned her bachelor's degree through Rivet School in early 2020, and is excited to continue to play a role in the community by assisting future students with the admissions process. Alanza loved the non-conventional nature of the Rivet School program, and is excited to bring this experience to future students. 

Alanza Mirabella

Admissions Operations Specialist
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Ted Williams is Managing Partner at Springbok Partners, an investment firm which provides seed capital and consulting in the financial service industry. Ted is also a founding board member of the BASIC Fund, the former CEO and Board Chair of Summer Search National, and a former Big Brother at the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Center. Ted lives in Marin County with his wife Lisa and three children.

Ted Williams

Founding Board Chair
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Lauren Dutton is a consultant to educational nonprofits and foundations, and was previously a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. Lauren also served as the first director of new site development for City Year, as the founding executive director for Teach for America in Oakland, and as a management consultant with Bain & Company. Lauren was a 2007 inaugural fellow in the Pahara-Aspen Educational Fellowship, and has served as board chair for KIPP Bay Area Schools and as a national board member for Peer Health Exchange.

Lauren Dutton

Founding Board Member
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John Philip Coghlan is Executive Chairman of Life360, a location-sharing app keeping families connected and protected, former President and CEO of Visa USA, and former Vice Chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. John is a board member of the Glide Foundation; former board chair at KIPP Bay Area; and a former founding board member of Friends of the Children/San Francisco Bay Area.

John Philip Coghlan

Founding Board Member
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Jaclyn Piñero is a Bay Area native, the daughter of two immigrant parents, and the first in her family to graduate from college. Currently, Jaclyn serves as the Chief Regional Officer at uAspire, leading regional teams in Massachusetts, New York City, and the Bay Area. Prior to joining uAspire, Jaclyn served as Director of Development at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she worked for 14 years. Jaclyn earned her BS in international business and a minor in Spanish from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Jaclyn Piñero

Board Member
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Yin Lu leads Option B, an initiative to build resilience in the face of adversity, at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. Previously, as VP of International Growth Khan Academy, Yin and her team scaled Khan Academy’s content into 30 languages and launched offices in Latin America and India. A Coursera, Google and Microsoft alumnus, Yin is deeply passionate about the intersection of education and technology. Outside of work, she is a mother, mountain biker, and skier. Yin earned her BA in economics and M. Ed in counseling from UCLA.

Yin Lu

Board Member
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Antiracism & Equity

Rivet School is committed to antiracism and practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about our commitment.

Working at Rivet School

Rivet School isn’t just a great place for students.
Here’s what Rivet School is like as an organization — in the words of our team.
It’s hard to imagine
a better workplace. Team members are genuine, empathetic, open to feedback, and competent.

— Rivet School team member

Collaborative work is woven into the Rivet School culture. As an introvert who usually prefers to work alone, I find collaborating with my team to be fun, productive, and supportive.

— Rivet School team member

I've never worked in a more supportive organization. The team fosters a culture of collaboration and openness that makes me feel comfortable bringing my whole self to work everyday. I appreciate our open discussions on race, equity, and inclusion, and how we adopt an equity lens in our work.

— Rivet School team member

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