Keepers of the Flame
It takes a lot of dedicated folks—running on bottomless reserves of energy—to produce over 50 innovation camps. Our crew is talented and diverse, encompassing educators, economists, scientists, artists, refugees from the corporate world, and at least one surf instructor.
Practicing what we preach, Galileo is a highly collaborative operation. Here you can meet some of our leaders and key players. We’ve grouped them into two categories: those who manage the teams at our headquarters—handling curriculum development, forging strategic partnerships, delivering signature customer service—and those who oversee the total camp experience, from building relationships in our communities and schools to hiring and mentoring camp directors and staff.
Founder and CEO
Glen began his career working with kids as a counselor at Stanford Sierra Camp 25 years ago and never looked back. After graduating from Stanford he helped lead the national expansion of Score! Educational Centers and then founded Galileo in 2001 with the dream developing innovators who envision and create a better world. Armed with his chicken hat and guitar, Glen has been known to break into song with the slightest nudge of encouragement.
As an impassioned champion of innovation education, Glen has led dozens of workshops for parents and educators, and has spoken at the Nueva Innovative Learning Conference, the Center for Childhood Creativity, and at B Corp and Conscious Capitalism events. In 2015 Glen and Galileo were recognized as contributors to the White House’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris joined Galileo in 2007 to oversee its East Bay camps, and now manages all company operations as world’s most dynamic COO. Chris quarterbacks a team that’s dedicated to inspiring kids to become fearless innovators, directly overseeing each of the leaders of the HQ departments: Curriculum, Customer Service, Field Operations, Finance, Marketing, People Operations, Professional Development & Training and Warehouse & HQ Operations.
Before Galileo, Chris led teams of educators as he worked as a Regional Manager for SCORE! Educational Centers in San Diego and in the Bay Area. He graduated from UC San Diego with a double major in human development and psychology.
Maggie Roach Black
VP of Programs
Maggie joined the team in 2008 to oversee Galileo’s North Bay camps, and now manages all field operations. Her wide-ranging role includes managing territory and area directors, overseeing staff hiring and training, budget planning, expansion strategy and ensuring the kid-inspiring excellence of every Galileo camp.
Before coming to Galileo, Maggie worked in school districts and education non-profits, and spent several years at SCORE! Educational Centers in roles including center director, region manager and project manager. She received her BA and MA in education at Stanford, where she spent summers working on the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake at Stanford Sierra Camp.
Director of Curriculum
Pamela leads a team of specialists who spend thousands of hours inventing and reinventing the Galileo curriculum every year. A Stanford grad with a BA in design and a BS in product design engineering, she has an insider’s knowledge of the Stanford Institute of Design and its ground-breaking innovation process.
As an educator, Pamela has spent 17 years at the intersection of curriculum, design and technology. She served as a Teach for America corps member in Oakland, taught in Madagascar and designed curriculum for NSF-funded programs, educational television and toys. She joined Galileo to help kids develop the skills and confidence to envision and build a better world.
Director of Operations
Right after college, Rich started a summer camp company in England, which he operated for 10 years, employing over 300 staff across over 40 camps. In 2006 he relocated to California where he worked in Training and Education for Major League Soccer and Universal Sports Group. Having worked at his first summer camp at 16 years of age, Rich is passionate about inspiring young people’s development in a stimulating and creative learning environment. Rich joined Galileo in the summer of 2010.
Rich received his BSc in Sports Science and Business Management from Brunel University (London), where he combined a career in professional soccer alongside his studies.
Director of People Operations
Mimi first attended day camp at age four. At the age of eight, when she heard she would be going to an overnight summer camp, she immediately packed (though it was March). Mimi has worked on the summer staff of camps for eleven summers. Before joining Galileo, she was on the professional staff of Camp Tawonga, a summer camp outside of Yosemite National Park, for four years as Assistant Director, then five as Director.
Mimi believes deeply in the power of camp staff and loves finding the leaders who bring Galileo’s mission to life.
Director of Customer Service
Jessica leads Galileo’s team of dedicated and tireless customer service specialists. She came to Galileo in 2009 with 12 years of customer support experience under her belt, including roles at the University of California Office of the President and SCORE! Educational Centers. She has a BA in liberal studies from UC Riverside.
Jessica believes that camp has the power to transform a child—something she first experienced as a camper and staff member at Camp Arazim, and now observes at Galileo.
Territory Director and SVP, Midwest
Tajalli has the special distinction of being Galileo’s first full-time employee in 2002. She now heads up Galileo's Midwest operations, the organization's first expansion outside California, in her hometown of Chicago. She oversees local recruiting, marketing and development efforts as well as all Chicagoland field operations.
Before joining Galileo, Tajalli was the national marketing manager for SCORE! Educational Centers in Chicago. She has a BA in Spanish from the University of Southern California.
Area Director, Chicago
Jeremy Rose is thrilled to be a Regional Area Director in Illinois. Prior to joining the team, he was a teacher for four years and managed an expanded-learning time program for 3 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and received a Master's Degree in Education and Leadership. In his previous roles he loved providing opportunities for student to innovate, so Galileo is a perfect fit. In his free time, you can find him with friends, running, writing or watching Bravo television.
Sarah Marie Lewallen
Territory Director, Southern California
Sarah is the founding innovator for Galileo’s first expansion outside of the bay. It’s her job and privilege to lead the Southern California tribe to reject fear as a constraint and to watch as their ideas change the world. Sarah studied painting, writing and visual criticism, earning her BFA from UC San Diego and her MFA from California College of the Arts. It was during grad school that Sarah first experienced the Galileo Innovation Approach as a Lead Art Instructor. She spent the next eight years practicing and teaching it as a Camp Director, Area Director, and Curriculum Manager, until finally moving back home to her native Southern California. Sarah is an impassioned public speaker, trainer and coach to the team who will bring Galileo to life for thousands of lucky SoCal kids.
Area Director, Los Angeles: South Bay
Brandon’s first job was in his hometown parks and recreation department as a junior recreation leader. Several summers later, he was leading the city’s youth and teen programming, which included sports, afterschool programs and summer day camps. He graduated with a BA in sociology from California State University, Fullerton, and studied interior design at the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach. Most recently, Brandon worked as a manager of human resources, operations and facilities at Target and Starbucks. He’s happy to be back to his roots developing youth and bringing Galileo’s innovative approach to his native Southern California.
Area Director, Los Angeles: Westside & Valley
Sara holds a PhD in Education and has a vast range of experience in both the private and public sectors. She has taught research and marketing courses at UCLA and USC, and has conducted evaluation studies for the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a Senior Vice President at Sterling Brands, Sara was responsible for overseeing the Innovation team. She is fascinated by Galileo’s work and inspired by its mission. It aligns with the very reason why she focused on education and youth as a graduate student and later in life—to create a future of curious and successful students.
Area Director, Orange County
Hope has played a role in education circles her entire career. Previously working for SCORE! Educational Centers and The Art Institute, she loves inspiring others and creating exciting learning opportunities and is thrilled to return to her roots of K-12 education. Hope helped to found Galileo’s presence in Orange County. On the personal side, she loves her family (husband and two girls, ages 6 and 2.5) photography, drawing, Disney, good food, and anything French.
Area Director, Los Angeles: Eastside
Bristol is who she is because of camp, and she is overjoyed to join Galileo as an Area Director. Over the last 20 years, Bristol has attended, led and developed youth programs and classrooms, including work at SCORE! Educational Centers, Tom Sawyer Camps, The Jewish Federation, and Green Dot Charter Schools. She is dedicated to building children's socioemotional skills and personal identities. And she now supports camp staff in becoming the leaders that our world needs. Bristol has a BA from Occidental College, a Master's in Education Policy from Harvard, K-12 teaching credentials, and a love for Willie Nelson. Before joining Galileo, she was a middle school Drama and English teacher at charter schools in South Los Angeles, and a self-proclaimed Fun Consultant.
Territory Director, Bay Area
Emily started with Galileo in 2010 as a Camp Director, spending four years swinging a chicken as a Camp Director at Camp Galileo in Hillsborough and at Chabot Space & Science Camp. Emily received her bachelor's degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, then moved to Thailand, where she taught English, trained teachers and traveled to her heart's content. Upon her arrival back in the United States, Emily began teaching science at Girls Inc., where she discovered her passion for helping youth find creative solutions to their questions about the world around them.
Managing Area Director, East Bay
Patrick came to his role as East Bay Area Director after working at Camp Galileo Lafayette for six summers—four as Camp Director—and a stint on Galileo’s marketing team. Patrick received his BS in environmental science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his MEd in curriculum studies from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada. He previously worked as a naturalist at East Bay Outdoor School, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and Save the Bay. He lives in San Leandro with his wife and son.
Senior Area Director, Peninsula South
After his first visit to a Galileo camp, Vince was hooked on innovation education. He started with Galileo as an art instructor in San Francisco in 2005, then spent four years as a Camp Director in Belmont and Burlingame. After a year of international traveling, he joined the Area Director team in 2010. He has a BA in liberal studies elementary education and an elementary education credential from Humboldt State University. Before coming to work at Galileo HQ, he worked as an elementary school teacher, maritime history teacher and surf instructor.
Area Director, Peninsula North & San Francisco
Shauna brings over 10 years of summer camp experience to her role on the Area Director team. She joined Galileo in 2010 to manage people operations and outreach, and has spent three years as the Camp Director of Camp Galileo San Francisco North. She now oversees all of Galileo’s San Francisco and Hillsborough locations. Shauna has a BA in political science and a minor in applied developmental psychology from UCLA, where she spent her summers working at Bruin Woods, UCLA’s family alumni camp. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Area Director, East Bay & Marin
Matt started with Galileo in the fall of 2014 after a long history of summer camping, teaching, and informal education program management. Most recently he spent four years directing after-school programs promoting science, engineering, and leadership opportunities for girls in the Bay Area. Matt has also taught middle school science and coached new teachers in Washington, DC. He has a B.S. in Environmental and Resource Science from University of California, Davis and a M.A. in Secondary Education - Biology from American University. He loves exploring within his community of Oakland.
Area Director, San Jose & Fremont
As a Galileo Area Director, Brant revels in cultivating an environment where campers and staff can thrive, build creative confidence, and collaborate toward exciting innovation. Brant got his first taste of summer camp as a kids' counselor working with teenagers at Stanford Sierra Camp during his undergraduate career. He later joined their management team and spent 5 summers leading staff in their roles to impact kids and adults through experiential education. Brant received a B.S. in sociology from Stanford University and enjoys outdoor sports, international travel, and a good read.
Area Director, South Bay
Michelle just wrapped up her third year as Camp Director at Galileo’s Evergreen location. She began as Team Leader at Woodside and has worked her way up and into the home office through several Galileo sites and positions. She knows how amazing and unique every site is, and loves to watch Galileo staff make a lasting impact on campers with their variety of talents. Michelle recently completed a masters in Nonprofit Management, and is co-founder of her own non-profit, Sun&Sole. As she steps away from years of improving school cultures via the organization Playworks, Michelle is eager to both share her experiences, and learn from others, to help Galileo's mission continue to reach as many campers as possible! In her free time, you can find her either painting or exploring the great outdoors.