Board of Directors

Navigator Schools is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of educational leaders, committed parents, and dedicated community members. With their 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.
JP Anderson

A father of two Navigator students, JP was elected 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
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.
Nora Crivello
Vice Chair

Nora serves as CEO of WestPak, Inc. in San Jose, California. She is a parent at Hollister Prep School and was elected to the Navigator Schools Board of Directors in 2016. She is a graduate of Leadership Salinas and has served as the Council Chair of the Pepperdine University Graziadio Alumni Network of Northern California. As a parent of a child with special needs, she is committed to ensuring equity in education for all students.

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 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. 

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.


Fiaau is a past Chairperson of the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. She is a small business owner dedicated to protecting individuals, families, and small businesses from identity theft. A longtime resident of Aromas, Fiaau is an active member of Soroptimist International of Watsonville. Through the chamber she is involved with the Adopt-a-School program, and she is committed to ensuring all students in Pajaro Valley Unified School District are receiving a high-quality education.


Victor is a manager in KPMG’s Major Projects and Contract Advisory practice. He has close to eight years of dedicated experience in software license compliance, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and royalty audits, enterprise software sales negotiations, and software asset management (SAM) services. All of Victor’s experiences involve significant software industry knowledge and project management oversight, having worked with several major publishers across various engagement projects in the United States, Asia, and Latin America.