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Audience in Lecture






Managing Partner


Acacia Partners


Hae-Sin Kim Thomas is an experienced nonprofit leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is currently a founding partner at Acacia Partners, a nonprofit consulting firm committed to supporting mission-driven organizations to be more impactful. Previously, she was the President of Propel Pathways at Ed Farm, a nonprofit organization based in Birmingham, Alabama, focused on increasing the number of Black leaders in high wage tech careers. She is a strong organizational development professional skilled in school development and turnaround (charter and district), organizational development and turnaround, strategic planning and resource alignment, and community engagement. Before Ed Farm, she was the 10-year CEO of Education for Change Public Schools, a charter management organization in Oakland, California focused on converting existing district public schools in high-poverty communities to charter schools. She has led the launch of two nonprofit community advocacy organizations, an education fund, and a political action committee. Hae-Sin worked for the Oakland Unified School District as a teacher, principal, school developer, and executive officer for over 15 years. She led a team charged with designing and leading two foundational tenets of OUSD's nationally recognized reform effort, creating quality school options for families in every neighborhood and ensuring high-performing, more personalized communities of learning for children. She led the design and opening of 22 new schools, replacing 18 chronically failing schools. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's in curriculum and instruction from the University of San Francisco, and a master's in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a member of EdLoC, and a mentor/advisee for leaders of color as part of the Tipping Point Community.

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