Executive Director: Dave Clark Dave grew up in Paw Paw, Michigan. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics & Management from Albion College in Albion MI. He moved to Chicago in 2001 to complete a 2 year masters program in Urban Ministry at the Moody Theological Seminary. During his 10 years in Chicago he served as a youth outreach director at Sunshine Gospel Ministries working with students in the inner city. In the fall of 2011 Dave relocated to Richmond to join the staff of Living Hope Neighborhood Church. He is passionate about seeing LHNC become a multi-generational church that works for the ongoing transformation of the city. He and his wife Josie have been married for 4 years, and have a 17 year old son named Pablo. They love living and serving in Richmond, and at LHNC. Feel free to email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Founder: Courtney Guenard Currently a Richmond resident, Courtney Guenard was born and raised in Southern Louisiana and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a degree in Engineering. After college, she decided to pursue social change by becoming a teacher through Teach For America where she taught high school math and science at an alternative school in San Jose and then taught at the middle school where her students attended. During her time teaching, she earned a master’s degree in Urban Education, Policy, and Administration from Loyola Marymount University, writing her thesis on the criminalization of Latino youth and its interplay with their academic identity. She now works as a coach on Teach For America staff, supporting K-12 teachers across WCCUSD schools and loves every minute of helping teachers unleash the leadership potential within themselves and their incredible students.
Co-Founder: Tyler Hester Tyler grew up in the Bay Area and attended Stanford University. During college, he worked for the U.S. Department of Education and on then-Senator Obama’s education policy committee during the 2008 presidential campaign. Tyler went on to study education policy and politics at Cambridge University as a Gates Scholar. Convinced that educational inequity is the civil rights issue of our generation and inspired to make change for young people in California, Tyler joined Teach For America in 2008 in Southern California. After two years, and after being laid off due to budget cuts, Tyler moved to Richmond to continue in the classroom as a high school English teacher. Between 2012 and 2017, Tyler served as the leader of Teach For America’s work in the Richmond area. He is now pursuing a doctoral degree in education leadership at Harvard University.