The Greene Scholars Program transitioned to its own self-sustaining non-profit organization from a program founded by Debra Watkins, under the auspices of the California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE).  We are energized by the significant accomplishments of the legacy of Silicon Valley Engineering Council's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Frank S. Greene, Jr.   His vision of the value of a diverse Silicon Valley technological workforce is a remarkable foundation to elevate our scholars to unparalleled heights.

Our Team

Ayodele Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Ayodele Thomas is the Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs, Data and Technology in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University and a lecturer for more than ten years.  For more than 25 years, Ayodele has focused on diversity and inclusion, particularly in STEM, inspired by her own experiences as the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She served on the Board of Directors for the Stephanie Brown Cadet Foundation which provides scholarships to Bay Area high school graduates who excel in volunteerism from 2008-2016. In 2015, she became the Director of the CAAAE Greene Scholars Program, a STEM enrichment program for African American grade school students in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2016 became the Executive Director of Greene Scholars. Ayodele resides in Santa Clara, California, with her husband and two children, both of whom are Greene Scholars.  

Executive Director, Board Member

Ayodele Thomas, Ph.D.

Debra Watkins

Debra Watkins earned Master's degrees in Education from Stanford University and Counselor Education from San Jose State University. Debra had spent her entire career of 35 years in the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) of San Jose before retiring in May 2012.  Debra founded the California Alliance of African American Educators in 2001, and in 2018 the CAAAE's name was officially changed to A Black Education Network (ABEN) because of its shift to national work.  Debra was also a founding member of the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators approximately 35 years ago and served as its president from 1994 to 2001.  When Debra established the CAAAE in 2001, she also created the Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program (GSP). In 2011, she created a school-based model of the GSP at the Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School in the San Francisco Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood.

GSP Founder, Board Member

Debra Watkins

Kim Bomar, Esq.

Kim Bomar is an attorney with a commitment to education.  Her legal clients include high-tech start-ups, educational corporations and youth-focused non-profits.  In addition to serving as a Greene Scholars Program Manager, Kim co-chairs Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), a Palo Alto parent group that advocates for historically underrepresented and under-resourced students in the Palo Alto Unified School District.  Kim also co-chairs the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School Connections Program, a Project-Based Learning Program attended by her children.  Kim resides in Stanford, California, with her husband and two sons, both of whom are Greene Scholars.

Secretary, Board Member

Kim Bomar, Esq.

Ken Crawford

Ken Crawford currently runs Harp Ventures, an investment company investing and operating in a diverse set of companies ranging from manufacturing to high technology.  Prior to starting Harp Ventures, he was the Technology Finance Controller for Google with financial responsibilities for all of the technology groups within the company.   His career in high technology has included finance and business development positions at Intel, JDS Uniphase and Apple. He began his career with General Motors where he developed software for aircraft navigation systems.

Treasurer, Board Member

Ken Crawford

Demarron Berkley

Demarron Berkley is litigation counsel at Google, handling a wide range of IP-related matters.  He relocated to join Google's Bay Area offices in 2014 from his hometown, Dallas, where he practiced law for eight years.  Before law, Demarron had a successful career as an engineer at FedEx and Lockheed Martin. Over the years, Demarron has worked with his communities, his churches and his employers to combat poverty, promote diversity, and uplift the community, including starting multiple mentoring programs, serving as a deacon, and providing pro bono legal services. Demarron, his wife Juakita, and their three children (Dhiara, Nylah, and Dhani) enjoy spending family time in the beautiful parks of Mountain View, California, where they reside.   

Board Member

Demarron Berkley

Bryan Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryan A. Brown is a professor of teacher education. His research interest explores the relationship between student identity, discourse, classroom culture, and academic achievement in science education. He focuses on the social connotations and cultural politics of science discourse in small-group and whole-group interaction. Additionally, his research work in science education examines how teacher and student discourse serve to shape learning opportunities for students in science classrooms. Dr. Brown's work in science education in urban communities focuses on developing collaborative curricular cycles and classroom pedagogy based on developing discourse intensive instruction for urban learners. His research has expanded beyond his focus on science education, to include issues of college access in urban communities. His recent work explores how classroom and school culture shapes access to higher education. He conducts mixed methodological work exploring how race, language, and culture impact students learning in urban science classrooms.

Advisor

Bryan Brown, Ph.D.

Our Mission:  The Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program helps youth of African ancestry in San Francisco Bay Area communities successfully complete higher education in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM), and serve as positive role models and contributors to their communities.

Greene Scholars is an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity. Federal Tax ID Number: 81-1553490
Copyright © 2016 Greene Scholars

P.O. Box 6393

Santa Clara, CA 95056

(408) 766-4776

contact@greenescholars.org

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