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Our Leadership

Our Board

Our Board

Grow Public Schools Board of Directors

A talented and experienced group of professionals comprise Grow Public Schools’ Board of Directors.

With a strong commitment to the specific needs of the communities we serve, our board includes a community member and parent to represent each area where our schools are located.

Board meetings are open to the public. For information on how to participate, please reach out to Kari Heilman

Board of Trustees

Tom Mestmaker

Board President

Ernie Unruh

KCSOS Representative

Matt Look
SPGA Parent Representative
Manuel Pantoja
Arvin Community Representative
Kristen Watson
California State University, Bakersfield Representative

Our Team

Our Team

In 2011, the Grimm Family Education Foundation was founded, with the goal of identifying and implementing opportunities to improve student achievement, wellness and opportunity in Kern County.

Barbara Grimm Marshall



Executive Liaison

Chief Business Officer 

Chief Academic Officer

Director of Business Services and Compliance

Director of Human Resources

Director of Marketing and Communications

Director of Learning and Innovation

Senior Manager of Programs Improvement

Executive Assistant

Senior Accounting Manager

Assistant Director of Human Resources

Intervention and Testing Coordinator

Family and Community Engagement Coordinator

Teacher Residency Coordinator

Academic Data Coordinator

Administrator of Special Projects

Project Coordinator

Human Resources Generalist

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Accounting Specialist

Payroll Clerk

Accounting Clerk

Administrative Assistant



Grow Public Schools will continue to collaborate with other like-minded, reform-oriented non-profits, private companies, and traditional school districts to maximize our collective impact.

The Grimm Family Education Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Bakersfield, California. Working with students, teachers, and parents, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve education and community wellness in Kern County.

We partner closely with the following organizations to provide high-quality academic, back-office management, and health and wellness services for our students:

Edible Schoolyard Kern County is modeled after the pioneering work of Alice Waters and the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California. The Grimm Family Education Foundation created the ESY Kern County programs to encourage children in their discovery and development of a healthy relationship with the food they eat.

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