Board Members


Neil LaytonNeil Layton (Interim President)

  • First Year on Board: 2017
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: 2+2 Committee, Budget Advisory Committee and Safety Committee, Rep to County Office on District Reorganization (Alternate)
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: BA, University of Washington; University of Wisconsin Law School; Alameda County legislative committee
  • Professional Experience: Works for Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
  • 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.
  • E-Mail: [email protected]
  • Phone: 650-241-9955

Wendy Dougherty (Vice President)Wendy Dougherty

  • First Year on Board: 2019
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: DEIB Steering Committee
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: Masters of International Affairs from the Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. B.A., Duke University. Served on PTA at Brittan Acres as Chair of Special Projects. Served as fundraising chair for the campaign for Measure P Parcel Tax with Citizens for San Carlos Schools that was successfully passed in 2015.
  • Professional Experience: Results-driven executive with over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, management consulting, international development, and education. Started career as a bilingual elementary educator in Compton, CA with Teach for America. Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of an education non-profit organization, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, supporting a variety of initiatives at the regional and state level aimed at promoting innovation and quality improvements in the public education system.
  • Personal Info: Wendy and her family have resided in San Carlos for over 11 years. She has a daughter who is in 5th grade at Arroyo and attended Brittan Acres.
  • E-Mail: [email protected]  
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Sarah Cassanego (Clerk)

  • First Year on Board: 2020 (appointed 10/1/2020)
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: DEIB Steering Committee
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: Master of Public Policy, Duke University; B.A. International Relations, Stanford University; Served on the Board of Directors at Little Hands Preschool in Belmont; Co-Founder, San Carlos Parents for Racial Equity.
  • Professional Experience:  Energy efficiency policy analysis at PG&E; solar and energy project management for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; fundraising and land management for the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST).
  • Personal Info: Sarah and her husband (a San Carlos native) have lived in San Carlos since 2013 and have two children in preschool and elementary school.
  • E-Mail: [email protected]

Ben Kornell (Trustee)B Kornell

  • First Year on Board: 2021 (appointed 5/27/2021)
  • Current Term Ends: 2022
  • Committee Assignments: Rep to County Office on District Reorganization 
  • Other Education/Community Leadership: AYSO Soccer Coach
  • Professional Experience: Middle School Educator; School systems leader; and EdTech CEO
  • Personal Info: Ben and his wife moved to San Carlos in 2014. Their two sons will attend Mariposa and Heather in the upcoming school year. They love to go for family hikes with their dog, Bruno.
  • E-Mail:  [email protected]
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