Board Members


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Eirene Chen (President)

  • First Year on Board: 2015
  • Current Term Ends: 2019
  • Committee Assignments: 2+2
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business; Masters of Education Policy from Stanford Graduate School of Education;  BS in Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania. Former Co-president of Brittan Acres PTA Board; Former Secretary PTA Coordinating Council; SCEF and classroom volunteer. Former education policy analyst, Commission for Positive Change for the Oakland Public Schools.
  • Professional Experience: Business leader for consumer technology companies including Intuit, Google, The Learning Company and start-ups. Specialties include marketing, customer experience design, design and launch of new products/services, research, leadership development and building effective teams.
  • Personal Info: Eirene and her husband have lived in San Carlos since 2004. They are raising 2 boys who attend San Carlos elementary and middle schools.
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Michelle Nayfack (Vice President) 

  • First Year on Board: 2015
  • Current Term Ends: 2019
  • Committee Assignments: 
  • Other Education/Community Leadership:  PhD Education Policy, University of Southern California; California Teaching Credential, CSU Northridge; BA, Columbia University. Former SCEF Ambassador, White Oaks; Parent Volunteer, White Oaks.
  • Professional Experience: Education policy researcher with 10 years of experience leading studies on school improvement, policy and program implementation and school choice. Former charter school founder. Former high school English teacher.
  • Personal Info:  Michelle and her family have lived in San Carlos since 2010. Her husband, Aaron Nayfack, is a Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Michelle has two children–One currently attends White Oaks Elementary and the other will start kindergarten there in 2017.
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Carol Elliott (Clerk)

  • First Year on Board: 2012 (appointed 1/12/12)
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments:  2+2 (w/City of San Carlos); Alternative Assessment & Reporting
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: VP Data Services, San Carlos Education Foundation Board of Directors; White Oaks PTA Board; White Oaks Site Council; Central Middle School PTA Board; Central Middle School Site Council; Chair, Spring Fling Advisory Board; Sequoia High School Education Foundation Board of Directors; San Carlos Children’s Theater; Leader, Girl Scouts; classroom volunteer.
  • Professional Experience: Former Executive Director of the nonprofit Volunteer Center of Greater Bridgeport; Administrator for the Foundation for Autistic Childhood Education and Support during its start-up phase; Branch Director for the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles’ City Hall Branch.
  • Personal Info: Has lived in San Carlos since 2002 with husband and two children (one currently attending San Carlos schools, and one who graduated from San Carlos schools).
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  • Phone: 650-704-4380


Kathleen Farley (Rep to County Office on District Reorganization)

  • First Year on Board: 2012 (appointed 1/12/12)
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: 2+2 (w/City of San Carlos); Communications
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: Authored and managed Edna McConnell Clark Foundation grant for improving middle schools in Long Beach, CA. Tutor for students in the “I Have a Dream” program. Parent participant in co-op preschools.
  • Professional Experience: 18 years of technology experience – currently Vice President, Product Marketing, SpotMixer, Inc. Formerly Director of Product Management at Yahoo! Other work experience includes managing product and marketing for several start-up companies. Formerly a middle school teacher for Teach for America in Long Beach, CA. 
  • Personal Info: Has lived in San Carlos with husband and two children since 2008. Both children currently attend San Carlos schools.
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  • Phone: 650-799-8445
Neil Layton (Alternate Rep to County Office on District Reorganization)
  • First Year on Board: 2017
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: TBD
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: BA, University of Washington; University of Wisconsin Law School; Alameda County legislative committee
  • Professional Experience: Lawyer and Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County
  • Personal Info: He and his wife, Kate, live in San Carlos with their two daughters since 2013. In his spare time he likes to travel with his family, play and coach sports and watch anything involving the University of Washington sports.
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  • Phone: 650-241-9955