Jack Reif


Jack serves as the Foundation’s part-time accountant. After retiring from his position as the Income Tax Director at Target in 2010, Jack decided to return to work as a part-time employee. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Carlson School of Management. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Taxation and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Jack grew up on the East side of Saint Paul.

Judy Hawkinson

Development Director

Judy is a long-time Saint Paul resident and her children have attended Saint Paul Public Schools. She has entensive experience in fundraising, with a focus on individual donors. Judy is passionate about Saint Paul and rallying investments to support education in our city.

Julia Davis

Evaluation Specialist

Julia coordinates the evaluation activities for the Foundation’s Tutoring Partnership program, with a focus on continuous quality improvement. Her industry and academic background in research and quality improvement is  a great asset to the Foundation team. She considers Saint Paul her second home and enjoys spending her free time practicing and teaching yoga in the Twin Cities. She is originally from Chicago, IL and has a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University and a Master of Science in Biotechnology/ Chemical Science from Roosevelt University. She is thrilled to support an emerging field of evaluation and program improvement for youth services.  

Kara Bixby

Research & Evaluation Director

Kara oversees the Foundation’s evaluation efforts with the goal of improving and aligning the quality of community supports for students across the Twin Cities. She leads data-driven decision making in the Tutoring Partnership, a collective impact network of youth programs that provide academic skill-building to students. In addition, she provides community organizations with systemic training and coaching to utilize evaluation results for continuous improvement. Kara has a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has been at the Foundation since 2009.

Karen Woodward

Senior Program Director

Karen directs the Tutoring Partnership and Grant Program and manages the Foundation's relationship with the Saint Paul Public Schools. Prior to joining the Foundation, she ran her own education consulting business. Karen’s professional experience includes teaching, higher education and private sector management. Karen holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the College of St. Scholastica, a teaching license from Macalester College, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Mike Anderson

Executive Director

Mike has been with the Foundation since November 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was the Executive Director of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company and the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing. He also served as co-director of the Center for Global Education in Cuernavaca Mexico and district director for Congressman Bruce Vento. Mike has a Master's degree from the Humphrey School and a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota.

Nora Robinson

Tutoring Partnership Director

  Nora directs the Foundation’s Tutoring Partnership with the goal of mobilizing high quality tutoring across Saint Paul. She oversees the professional development, tutor training and technical assistance provided to each Tutoring Partner. Nora has worked at the Foundation since 2008 in a variety of roles including management of grants and National Service. Nora has her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College. 

Rebecca Becker

Development Assistant

Rebecca manages the donor database and assists the Development Director with fundraising activities. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of St. Thomas.

Shay Glorius "Glo" Martin

Program Director and Site Coordinator, New Lens Urban Mentoring Society

Shay Glorius L. Martin is the Program Director and Site Coordinator as well as a mentor for New Lens Urban Mentoring Society. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Glo has been committed to his community and its youth for years in different organizations, efforts, and movements. Glo's work at New Lens follows this calling.  From weekly school visits and Saturday mentorship activities to one-on-one mentoring, plans for a youth radio show, and other efforts, Glo connects with youth to build their confidence and skills and inspire growth through exposure to positive activities and role models. Glo hopes to make a difference in the world by building up his community and its youth.

Victoria Perkins

Research Associate

Victoria coordinates key evaluation projects including our grant making evaluation and national Afterschool Matters Literacy research study. She is excited to help build the capacity of the Foundation and its partners to use data for continuous quality improvement. Victoria currently attends the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy with a minor in Program Evaluation. She has been working with the Foundation since 2013.

Gayle Smaller

Executive Director, New Lens Mentoring

Gayle J. Smaller has 20 years of experience in education as a social studies teacher, high school principal  and founder of Smaller Concepts.  Smaller Concepts is a consulting firm specializing in school and program design, project implementation and school turnaround.  Mr. Smaller holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in k-12 Alternative Learning Environments and Organizational Development. Gayle joined the SPPS Foundation team on October 1, 2013 as an administrator on loan from Saint Paul Public Schools to serve as the Executive Director of New Lens Urban Mentoring.