Board of Directors

Navigator Schools is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of educational leaders, committed parents, and dedicated community members. With its efforts targeted on the strategic focus of Navigator Schools, the board is responsible for ensuring the organization is faithful to the terms of its charters, and that our schools are effective, equitable, and responsive to the needs of students and families.
The Navigator Schools Board Meeting Schedule is available here. Meetings are open to the public.


JP Anderson

A father of two Navigator students, JP was originally elected to the board as Gilroy Prep School Parent Representative in 2016. He works for KeyPoint Credit Union as a Real Estate Mortgage Underwriter. He is an active member of the GPS Parent Club, serving as the parent/teacher liaison. He is committed to providing opportunities for parents at all school sites to have a voice in governance.



Ian Connell

Board Secretary

Ian is on the investment team at Charter School Growth Fund and leads investments in innovative schools. Prior to joining CSGF he was an associate for Techstars and Kapor Capital. At Kapor Capital he focused on the education sector and provided strategic support for a competency-based education startup, UniversityNow. Ian also cofounded a California software company, supplying state and local workforce development programs with real-time reporting and analytics. Outside of work Ian is a founding board member of Moonshot edVentures, a nonprofit working to surface and support a diverse pipeline of leaders to design and launch the learning environments of tomorrow. Ian has a BA in economics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.



Chuck Daggs

Chuck recently termed out as Board Chair of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools. A network of public charter schools, KIPP is dedicated to providing students with a world-class education, enabling them to live a choice-filled life with dignity irrespective of their zip code. During his seventeen years on the board, KIPP grew from one school in West Oakland to fifteen schools across four counties.


Chuck continues to serve as a member of KIPP’s Finance and Real Estate Committees. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Maryland, the Investment Committee for the Charter School Growth Fund, and as an Independent Trustee for Aspiration.Com’s mutual fund group. Most recently he joined the board of First Place for Youth.


Chuck retired as Executive VP and Managing Director of Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group where he oversaw the regional management of Private Banking, Investment Management and Trust, and national Full Service Brokerage. Chuck is a forty-year financial services veteran who, prior to joining Wells Fargo, was a Partner at Bear Stearns & Company, Chairman and CEO of Sutro & Company, and a Regional Director of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon.


Chuck graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics. He currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife of fifty-three years, his two children, and two grandchildren.



John Flaherty

Board Chair

John has lived in both California and Washington, D.C. He was recently a Distinguished Service Professor and Director of Heinz College (Carnegie Mellon University). John was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was was also Chief of Staff to two California members of Congress, Representative Anna Eshoo and Representative Norman Y. Mineta. He is a Senior Fellow of the Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Edge Foundation, an organization assisting students with ADHD and executive functioning issues. John lives outside of Gilroy with his wife, Michelle.


Claire Grissom

Parent Representative
Claire Grissom is a parent representative on the Board of Directors of Navigator Schools. She was elected to the board on July 1, 2022. Claire is currently the Coordinator of College and Career Readiness at San Benito High School District which serves 3,500 students on a single campus in San Benito County. She has eighteen years of experience in public education as a teacher, site administrator, and district administrator. A liaison and advocate for foster and homeless youth, Claire has overseen an eleven-person counseling team, in addition to supporting thirteen different Career Technical Education pathways, the AVID program, and adult education. Her mission has always been to educate students to their highest potential, so they will have the greatest range of options upon graduation.



Shara Hegde

Shara is the Chief Schools Officer of Alpha Public Schools, an organization consisting of four public charter schools in East San Jose, California. She was also Founder and Executive Director of Cornerstone Academy Preparatory School. Shara is a graduate of Brown University, Stanford University, Reach Institute for School Leadership, and the Harvard Institute for Superintendents and School Leaders.



Alfred Morikang

Parent Representative

Alfred is a reserve Environmental Compliance Review Specialist under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Environmental and Historic Preservation Cadre. He is experienced in disaster support and recovery, working hand-in-hand with local, state, non-governmental, and federal agencies to guide disaster survivors through the relief process. Alfred was educated internationally, and he contributes a valuable mix of local and global perspectives to board service. 



Jaime Quiroga

Jaime is the President of RQS Concrete Inc., based in Hayward, providing concrete construction services to the local community and Bay area. He is an alumnus of Hayward Unified School District where he attended Mt. Eden High School. After secondary school, Mr. Quiroga earned an Associate Degree from Chabot Junior College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley. Always a team player, Jaime played baseball at his two educational institutions, and he has extensive experience building partnerships during construction projects throughout the Bay area and North Central Coast region. Growing up in the Hayward community with many friends and family, Jaime is passionate about helping to provide a quality education for all children served by Navigator Schools.