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.

DAPHNE MAGNAWA, Co-Executive Director

Daphne has lived and worked in San Francisco for over 20 years. In 2006, she was a leader in the community effort to save Daniel Webster Elementary from closure. She started volunteering at the school when her daughter was 18 months old and clocked countless hours over the next 6 years establishing the PTA structure, tutoring students, and organizing fundraising events. Her daughter is now a thriving 5th grader. She worked as the Program Expansion Director and served on the Board at the Potrero Residents Education Fund where she launched their second preschool site. She currently serves on the Interim Board of the Dogpatch and NW Potrero Hill Green Benefit District. Prior to her life as a passionate advocate for public education, she was a financial systems project manager.

DAWN SAYO NAKANO, Co-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 Board of Directors of Education Outside, Sunset Cooperative Nursery School, and the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives.