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Leadership Team

Beth Berliner is the Co-Chair of Gateway’s Board of Trustees. Beth is a graduate of Lehigh University and holds a MSEd in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in New York City. Beth worked for the N.Y.C. Board of Education in a multi-sited alternative high school where she developed and implemented a counseling program for students who were unable to function in larger school settings.  After relocating to San Francisco, Beth became the Program Coordinator for The College Bound Foundation, a nonprofit that connected students who live in San Francisco Public Housing with mentors. Beth served on its board for six years following her employment there. She was also a board member at the San Francisco Day School where she served on numerous committees and was an officer on the board’s executive committee. In 2008, she created Revamp, a local wardrobe consulting business for women in transition. Beth and her husband have two sons who attend high school in San Francisco.

Michael Fuller is the Principal of Gateway High School. Prior to teaching, Michael worked in Biotechnology after earning his degree in genetics from UC Davis. Michael's experience in the field of biotechnology was a major influence on his teaching practice in both the biology and biotechnology courses he taught at Gateway.  During his decade at Gateway he has worn the hat of Teacher, Assistant Principal and this fall begins his third year as Principal.  Away from school he chases around his young children, follows the floundering, world champion Giants and is a tireless fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

Anna Heidinger is Director of Development and Outreach at Gateway Public Schools. She has spent more than 20 years in educational administration, marketing, development and non-profit management. Working with the Gateway Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Anna works to deepen the schools’ philanthropic strength and community impact. She thrives on creating, championing, and sustaining relationships to advance understanding of Gateway and its educational mission. A graduate of Mills College and a 5th generation Californian, Anna lives in Marin County with her husband, son and daughter. 

Chris Hero is the Chief Financial Officer at Gateway Public Schools. He has over 10 years of senior management experience for corporations and non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Previously Chris served as Chief Operating Officer for Stanford Schools Corporation. Chris received a BA in History from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management. When not working, Chris travels as much as possible, preferably to places on paths less traveled. Having played for his college team, Chris is also an avid tennis player.

Sharon Olken is the Executive Director of Gateway Public Schools. In 2000, Sharon joined Gateway’s faculty as a humanities teacher. Since that time, Sharon has been a Lead Teacher, Dean of Faculty, and for the past seven years she served as the Principal of Gateway High School. During her tenure as principal, Gateway was recognized as a California Distinguished School and as a top-performing charter high school by the US Department of Education. She is inspired by working with such a talented and committed group of educators and thrilled that, by opening its second school, Gateway is poised to set more young people on the road to college. Sharon earned her B.A. from Harvard University, where she was captain of the varsity soccer team, and she received her M.A. in Education at Stanford University. Sharon taught a course in the Stanford Teacher Education Program called “Educating for Equity and Democracy,” and she worked for Senator Feinstein for two years before beginning her career in education. Sharon is proud of her Bay Area roots, her San Francisco Giants, and her very well-behaved puppy, Cody Ross.

Jennifer Tully is the Co-Chair of Gateway’s Board of Trustees. Jennifer is a licensed architect who attended graduate school at the University of Virginia and undergraduate at the University of Illinois. She lived in New York for 12 years and worked for Richard Meier & Partners and Helfand Architects before starting her own practice. Her work experience includes museums, churches, university and office buildings, as well as commercial interiors and residences. She and her husband, Douglas, moved to San Francisco in 2006 and have three children in elementary school.

Aaron Watson is the Principal of Gateway Middle School. With fifteen years of experience as an educator, Aaron is proud to be working with teachers, families, and students to found Gateway Middle School. Prior to becoming principal, Aaron led the advisory program and taught humanities at Gateway High School for seven years, and developed a social services program for children and families involved in foster care in Alameda County. He earned a BA from Brown University and an MA in Education from UC Berkeley. Aaron also earned an MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute. Outside of Gateway, Aaron enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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