Vice President, Wonderful Education
An experienced leader in K-12 education, Sally Bachofer has created pathways for student, school and system success in both public education systems and national education focused non-profits. Sally prioritizes establishing and expanding access to strong education options for students and their families. She has focused her service and philanthropic commitments to organizations that put the needs of kids and families first.
Currently, Sally is the Vice President at Wonderful Education. Wonderful Education's mission is to enable a lifetime of career opportunities by significantly increasing the number of college graduates in California’s Central Valley. Funded by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company, Wonderful Education serves 55,000 students, and partners with educational leaders, colleges, and teachers across 24 school districts to improve educational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children throughout California's Central Valley.
In 2010 the New York State Board of Regents appointed Sally to serve as Assistant Commissioner of Education. As the head of the State’s Office of School Innovation, Sally was responsible for setting the Department’s new schools policy environment, leading school turnaround and re-design efforts, oversight of the State’s over 250 public charter schools, and managing over $650M of school improvement investments. In addition, she oversaw all school health and safety efforts for the 4800 public school buildings in the State, and served as the Governor’s appointee to multiple statewide public safety and health task forces. Sally was a lead author of New York’s successful $700M Race to the Top application and ESEA accountability waiver.
Sally has served as Senior Advisor and Vice President at City Year, Inc., and worked with Expeditionary Learning Schools; she started her career in public education with the San Diego Unified School District.
Sally holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a member of the fourth class of Aspen Education Fellows, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.