Rena was raised in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. After receiving her A.A. in Accounting from Cañada College and going on to study International Relations at Florida International University, Rena returned to serve in her local community.
Over the past decade Rena has worked with a myriad of non-profit organizations within East Palo Alto, providing education and services to high needs residents. Rena was also a community liaison and field supervisor with the United States Census Bureau. She enjoys serving as a volunteer Program Coordinator for EPA Jr. Golf and Financial Services Agent for One America. Rena joined Ravenswood Education Foundation at the end of 2013.
Rena lives in East Palo Alto with her sprouting son, Yeshua. They both have a passion for the outdoors, music and dance. They love calling the vibrant East Palo Alto community their home and are inspired by its legacy, cultural diversity, and beauty.
Anupam serves as the Chief People Officer for Aspire, responsible for ensuring Aspire is THE employer of choice for the top educators in California and Tennessee. As a member of the senior leadership team, Anupam focuses on Aspire-wide strategic issues with a particular emphasis on culture, equity, recruiting, and professional development.
Prior to joining Aspire in November of 2017, Anupam spent most of his career driving innovation and excellence in the private sector. As managing director of Hellman & Friedman, he invested in and coached organizations from good to great, developing high-performance, people-driven cultures. Under his leadership, companies like Renaissance Learning and Ellucian launched pioneering software tools to support educators and students in more than 40,000 K-12 schools and 2,400 universities, respectively. Anupam also has served various non-profits, including advising the New Schools Venture Fund and acting as a Director on the board of a secondary charter school in East Palo Alto.
Anupam holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University, and is currently a Fellow in the Broad Academy, a national professional development program for urban school system leaders. Anupam has been married to his college sweetheart Kavita for over 16 years and has two young boys.