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.
VP of Education
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.
VP 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 Professional Development, Training and Technology
Tom started his journey in education by volunteer teaching in rural India in 2006. Once he discovered his passion for education, he transitioned to after-school academies in Seoul where he worked for 8 years designing curriculum, training educators, and implementing smart-learning technologies to tens of thousands of Korean students and teachers. Tom joined the Galileo team in 2015 as he repatriated himself back to the US. At Galileo, Tom utilizes his experiences in both education and technology to help Galileo train our camp staff and support the technology needs of the organization.
As an advocate for educational equity and an active community member, Tom sits on the board of the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club and spends dozens of hours a month volunteering with local non-profits.
Director of Finance
Carol leads our accounting and finance functions and is committed to building strong processes and controls to ensure the success and financial viability of camp for generations of campers. Prior to joining Galileo, Carol was Director of Finance at EdTec, a company that provides consulting and back-office support to charter schools. Prior to EdTec, Carol held numerous finance and accounting roles in companies ranging from small privately-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Carol started her career in public accounting and holds a CPA license. She earned her BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Director of Marketing
Summer joined Galileo in 2015 after spending 17 years in marketing roles for large retail and financial services corporations. Throughout this time, Summer filled her passion for working in service of kids through her work as a Joy of Sports Foundation board member and counselor at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. With an ever-growing desire to apply her professional experience and skills full-time to a mission she believes in, Summer joined Galileo in 2015 as the Director of Marketing. It is Summer's goal to spread the word about Galileo far and wide because she wishes for every child to experience the immense joy and confidence that comes with learning to become an innovator.
Summer resides in Oakland with her husband and three young boys. She is an avid dancer and can lip sync with the best of them. Summer continues her volunteer efforts supporting the tiniest humans and their families as a member of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patient and Family Advisory Council at Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley.
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 McDonald
Vice President of Southern California Operations
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, Orange County and San Diego
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 and San Diego. 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 a returning 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 the outdoors. 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.
Senior Area Director, 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, Peninsula North
As an Area Director, Danielle is honored to lead staff and campers as they grow as changemakers. She first joined Galileo in 2010 as a Lead Art Instructor and then spent 4 years as a Camp Director. Witnessing the transformative experience of camp, inspired Danielle to bring Galileo's Innovation Approach to her classroom in San Francisco.
Danielle received her BA in Liberal Studies from SFSU, her multiple-subject teaching credential through the San Francisco Teacher Residency, and her MA in Education and Curriculum from USF. In her free time, Danielle loves exploring the Bay Area through food and the outdoors with her wife.
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, East Bay
Allison grew up in the golden California hills and likes to think that her camp experience came from long days spent in the backyard and hiking through National Parks. She earned her BA in Psychology at Stanford and after working in marketing, was drawn to education and eventually to counseling and coaching high school students in the Bay Area.
Allison believes in each person's ability to change their own life and the world, and she is thrilled to keep fostering the growth of kids and staff through her work at Galileo.
Area Director, San Jose and 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.