Our Team

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Home Office/ Administrative Team

Gregory Peters Ed.D. 

Executive Director

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Jo Brownson

EDP Administrator

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Raquel Joya Garcia

Office Assistant

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SF-CESS Equity Facilitator and Coach Team

Joanna Brownson

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Jo Brownson has a long track record pushing herself and others to address inequities through courageous conversation, modeling personal reflection and taking actions. She joined SF-CESS in 2013 from the public high school math classrooms of Philadelphia and Oakland. She believes education should equip young people with the knowledge and skills to radically believe in their own brilliance and to bring about a society that has yet to exist.

Jo was instrumental in founding SF-CESS’ after school (Extended Day) programs (EDPs) at three SF high schools.  In this role, she ensured the same equity-focused leadership SF-CESS brings to all its school and district partnerships. As part of this work, Jo lead SF-CESS’ What Works Club – training students to conduct formal observations and provide feedback to teachers about culturally proficient teaching practices and served as liaison between SFUSD, school sites and SF-CESS.  As an SF-CESS Equity Facilitator, Jo leads Equity-Based iGroups and supports peer facilitators to do the same within their communities.  Jo is committed to develop trusting relationships with multiple stakeholders, keeping our least reached students central.  Jo earned her BA in African American Studies at Wesleyan University and her teaching credential at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. 

Gary Cruz

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Gary Cruz has demonstrated a commitment to leading and promoting equity-centered practices as an educator and Equity Coach for more than 20 years.  Cruz successfully created diverse and inclusive environments where least represented communities were respected and able to thrive. As a Peer Resources teacher and activities director, he empowered students to effectively communicate, consider systems of oppression, and use an equity lens to plan projects that positively impacted their communities. Gary’s students used student achievement and experience data to prioritize the school’s greatest needs and develop educational change projects. In one such program, Gary’s students conducted formal observations and provided feedback to teachers about culturally responsive teaching practices.

With SF-CESS since 2016, Gary has trained student leadership teams, teachers and facilitators and has led Equity-Based iGroups for educators of color and school principals. Gary supports participants in these professional learning communities to develop critical friendship and alliances across difference (especially racial differences) to reflect on and transform their practice and results – focused on traditionally, least reached students.  Gary earned his B.S. in Product Design Engineering and his M.A. in Education from Stanford University.

Camilla Greene

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For over 25 years Camilla was a teacher of English in urban and suburban high schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  As Senior Associate with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, she co-founded the Center for Urban Excellence.  Currently Camilla serves as a consultant with the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools; Senior Associate with the Oregon Equity Center and other non-profit organizations. She also serves on the advisory boards of The Black Teacher Collaborative and The Black Teacher Project.

Camilla serves on the Resurrected Community Development Board and is an active member of POWER (Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) Northeast.  A proud, native New Yorker, Camilla was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant community.  She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Camilla’s Awards include the Black Alliance for Educational Options’ (BAEO) Most Valuable Person Award and The Coalition of Essential Schools Transformational Leadership Award.

Micia Mosely, Ph.D.


Micia Mosely, Ph.D. has dedicated her career to helping students reach their full creative and academic potential.  A teacher, analyst and product of public education, she helps educators and administrators increase equity while maximizing school performance. Mosely brings a wealth of classroom experience to her work, infusing bold strategies with real-world approaches that understand the burdens faced by educators and administrators.  She is an expert on leadership, cultural competence, data-based inquiry and school design.

A published writer and analyst, Mosely’s research focuses on pedagogy, race, and urban education.  Currently Mosely is the Executive Director of The Black Teacher Project and supports SF-CESS as an equity facilitator and coach. She also tours the nation with her socio-political stand-up comedy. Mosely lives in New York, NY and Oakland, CA.  Mosely began her career as the Social Studies department head at SFUSD’s Thurgood Marshall Academic High School. She received her Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis on Social and Cultural Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gregory Peters, Ed.D.

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Dr. Gregory Peters is a school reform leader with a longstanding history working within both local and national efforts. Peters served as Principal of San Francisco’s Leadership High School – a National Demonstration and Mentor School.  At LHS, Peters and his teachers were highly commended for making progress in closing the racial achievement gap by graduating all their students – of every race/ ethnicity – UC/CSU eligible”.  In 2005, Gregory established The San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools (SF-CESS), which is committed “to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed.”

Gregory’s instructional expertise and leadership in curriculum and school design, data based inquiry, and equity-centered professional development have resulted in a number recognition’s including CES’ “Commitment to Equity Award” and CANEC’s “Innovations in Excellence Award”. Gregory earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership & Social Justice from California State University East Bay in 2012; his dissertation focused on Teacher Transformation.


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Antony “TJ” Estandian

Thurgood Marshall High School


Antony “T.J.” Estandian was born and raised in San Francisco by single mother, the Mission Dolores School/ Leadership High School communities, and the streets of San Francisco. The combination of the Catholic school upbringing, and socialization via J-Church, 43 Masonic & 14 Mission created a street savvy, city kid who values community service above most. Since 2005, Estandian has gained experience working with extended day programs at the following Bay Area institutions: Mission Dolores School, Good Shepherd School, Balboa High School, Paul Revere School & most recently as an SF-CESS employee as the Site Leader at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School.


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Jay Jasper Pugao

Mission High School



Jay has been involved and directly working with youth empowerment/ development since 1997.  As such, he is humbled to have worked with community organizations and charter, small and mainstream schools of all grade levels in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. These partnerships have provided him opportunities to support the arts, academics, health, community organizing and policy work, social, food and environmental justice, mentorships and youth leadership. Ultimately, Jay is thankful for the opportunities to assist, grow and guide families, organizations and young people to reach their goals.

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