Our Team

MARIAN CHATFIELD-TAYLOR, Founder and Advisory Board Chair 

Marian is a nonprofit program director, fundraiser and community leader with decades of experience in grassroots organizing and public outreach.  For many years, she led the Neighborhood Library Campaign, a project of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, to engage local residents in helping to rebuild our city’s branch library system.  Prior to that, she ran a collaborative project in the San Francisco Unified School District to support service-learning.  Marian is a founding board member of Education Outside (formerly the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance), which promotes and supports outdoor learning classrooms in San Francisco’s K-12 schools.   Marian is a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting and a longtime activist and leader in organizations that promote women’s rights, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution.  She is the mother of two public school graduates and the grandmother of four public school students.


DAWN SAYO NAKANO, Executive Director

Dawn has three children in San Francisco public schools.  She worked for eight years at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, researching, writing and lecturing on community-based economic development.  Since moving to San Francisco in 1997, Dawn has worked to improve public education in San Francisco through participation in her children’s schools and as Program Manager at the San Francisco Education Fund, Program Director at SF Learns, and through involvement in the creation of Education Outside (formerly the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance). She served on the Advisory Board of Education Outside and the Board of Directors of Sunset Cooperative Nursery School and the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives.