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The San Francisco Beacon Initiative coordinates public and private partnerships and funding that enable schools, communities, and families to offer academic, social, and emotional support to their youth as they prepare for lives as successful adults.

San Francisco Beacon Initiative is one of the first models of communities and schools working in partnership. The community and its youth feel connected and supported as they take steps to shape their own bright future.

Executive Transition Announcement

From Pam Pradachith-Demler:

As many of you know, I have been managing the SFBI primarily from Upstate NY, where my family and I moved last May. With the Beacon expansion well under way, it feels like the right time to transition to my next role, leading the Beacon National Network.  To that end, I will be stepping down as Executive Director for the San Francisco Beacon Initiative effective in December.   My commitment during this transition was to find the right person to lead the organization into its very bright future, and I am thrilled to announce we found that person within our organization. This decision is the result of a careful, collaborative, process involving engagement of a consultant, a scan of relevant best practices and research, input from a wide variety of stakeholders, and extensive consideration by the whole SFBI team.  It is with great excitement that I announce that Dr. Carol Hill will succeed me as Executive Director for the San Francisco Beacon Initiative!

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Dr. Hill comes to us with decades of experience in the field.  For the past ten years Carol has been working in the Beacon Network, seven of those years serving as a Beacon Director at the Bayview Beacon at Burton High School.  Carol brings with her a wealth of experience  and knowledge, working with us as a consultant, and then part time as the Director of Capacity Building.  Carol is an expert in community schools implementation and has been involved in that field both locally and nationally.  She received her BA from Wellesley College, and her MA and EdD from San Francisco State University.   Dr. Hill’s extensive experience and track record of success as both a Beacon Director and capacity builder make her an ideal fit for this position. We believe that, as a respected voice in the San Francisco Beacon community with a deep understanding of the landscape locally and nationally, Dr. Hill’s leadership will be invaluable during this time of unprecedented expansion.

Please join me in welcoming Carol to helm of this dynamic organization.

With my deepest appreciation,

Pam Pradachith-Demler