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Meet the people who make Beyond Differences work. Our Board, National Advisory Board, staff, consultants, supporters, friends, volunteers, and partners are committed to our mission.

Board Members | National Advisory Board Members | Staff & Consultants
Financial Friends | Partner Schools | Spokesperson Jonathan Martin

Our Board & National Advisory Board

Board Members

National Advisory Board Members

Julie Abrams (Marin County)
Joyce Aboussie (St. Louis)
Don Attore (Los Angeles)
Erin and Rob Becker (Marin County)
Steve Bileca (New York)
Julie Brandt (Los Angeles)
Elizabeth Brown (Sonoma County)
Marin County Superintendent Public Schools Mary Jane Burke
Wendy Coblentz (Marin County) Liz Darby (Mill Valley)
Barbara Dobkin (New York)
Former Attorney General and Governor Michael Easley (North Carolina)
Gina DeDomenico and Miguel Espinoza (Los Angeles)
Laurie and Ian Fenwick (San Luis Obispo)
Anthony Garrett (Washington, D.C.)
Marcia Goldman (Atherton)
Joan Gosliner (Marin County)
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
Adam Hirschfelder (Marin County)
Ellen Rosen Kaplan (Chicago)
Leslie Kautz and Jack Weiss (Los Angeles)
Dan Newman (San Francisco)
Susan Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat (San Francisco)
Ann Mathieson (Marin County)
Carolyn Paxton (San Francisco)
Lee Pollak (San Francisco)
Jeanie Schram (San Francisco)
Elizabeth Share (Marin County)
Timothy Silard (San Francisco)
H. Marcia Smolens (Marin County)
Marjorie Swig (Aspen, Colorado)
Barbara and Scott Waxman (Marin County)
Buffy Wicks (Washington, D.C.)
Howard Zack (Marin County)

Board Members | National Advisory Board Members | Staff & Consultants
Financial Friends | Partner Schools | Spokesperson Jonathan Martin

National Programs

Know Your Classmates

Our innovative national programs have inspired a cultural and behavioral shift at middle schools and high schools across the country. Join our movement to end social isolation by bringing one or all of these programs to your school.

Know Your Classmates is Beyond Differences' initiative co-sponsored with the Islamic Networks Group (ING) designed to explore middle school youth's identity and belonging, understand traditions, and recognize stereotypes. Multi-cultural and multi-faith backgrounds are common in today's schools and Know Your Classmates is speaking honestly with children about their feelings and experiences with one another. Know Your Classmates Day is Friday, October 20, 2017!

No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Alone™ teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. Created and organized by students, this is our most popular program where schools in all 50 United States participate! National No One Eats Alone Day is Friday, February 10, 2017.

Call It Out Day

Call It Out is a powerful engagement program for middle school youth, their teachers and families. Focused on creating inclusive communities online, particularly learning to respond to digital gossip to reduce social isolation, National Call It Out Day is April 28, 2017.

All of our programs encourage taking the pledge to never exclude others, reaching out to someone new, and spreading the word that inclusion is cool!


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