Jana Kiser is continuing her work in education reform and community development in a new role as director of a community school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jana is co-leading a public school that takes a whole child, holistic approach to education. Serving a primarily Latino community, the school offers Kindergarten through 8th grade schooling, adult education, mental health services, extended day learning, physical health care, leadership training, and support for basic needs like food, shelter, and transportation. Jana also serves on the board of directors of Global Learning, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating for peace and justice that she founded in 1998.
Jana obtained her BA from Wellesley College in Peace and Justice Studies, where she co-founded and served as Executive Director of Global Learning, a nonprofit working to expand educational opportunities for more than 4000 children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States. She also was the Youth Programs Coordinator for the U.S. Coast Guard in Petaluma, California, was a visiting English professor at the University of Costa Rica, and earned a Barbara Bush Public Service Award. As a Mitchell Scholar, Jana obtained a master's in International Studies from the University of Limerick. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a master's in International Education Policy. She continues to serve as the director of Global Learning, and is teaching science and working to diversify environmental education at the Headlands Institute, an outdoor school near San Francisco. Global Learning celebrated its tenth year of operation in June by kicking off an expansion plan that deepens programming in current sites and includes projects in new countries.