Dr. Craig R. Barrett was born in San Francisco, California and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University, serving on the faculty of Stanford after graduation. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England. In 1974 Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation. He was elected to Intel Corporation's Board of Directors in 1992, became Intel's fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998, and chairman of the board in 2005, a post held until he retired in May 2009.
Dr. Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and the world, and is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. He chairs BASIS Charter Schools, Inc., Change The Equation, STAND for Children Arizona, Dossia, Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collectors and the National Forest Foundation; co-chairs the Skolkovo Foundation Council and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board; vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona; serves on the Boards of Achieve, K12, Society for Science and the Public, Carnegie Institution for Science, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Tallwave, Impele and Geothermic Solution. Dr. Barrett served as Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering and the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development. He co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board. Dr. Barrett serves on numerous other boards, policy and government panels and committees.
Ms. Esque recently retired after 20 years at Intel as a global executive recognized for leadership of dynamic teams, results orientation, forging long‐lasting partnerships, and making a positive impact in the world by harnessing the power of a Fortune 50 company. Her experience leading in corporate, government and nonprofit environments and her results ranging from building new business and philanthropic global partnerships, to catalyzing awareness and action around social issues made her a perfect fit for a top Charter schools’ leadership board.
Ms. Esque was the corporate spokesperson and effective ambassador, internationally known expert in public private partnerships, STEM education and corporate social responsibility. She has a deep commitment to integrity, ethical behavior, leadership development and mentorship.
Ms. Esque led Intel Corporation's involvement in the movement to raise awareness around the importance of educating girls for global economic and social progress. Intel was the driving force behind the creation of Girls Rising a feature film and social action campaign shown around the world to millions of people. The campaign included collaboration with government leaders, non‐profit partners, employees and customers earned Intel high‐profile roles in 20 leading policy forums.
Edward Allred received his bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University, and law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently an attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing his business clients in commercial, intellectual property, education, contracts, engineering, construction, agricultural, and oil and gas litigation. In addition, Edward routinely assists companies with contract negotiations, human resources, and both ADA and EEOC compliance. Edward has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of Texas, American's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, and Super Lawyer. Prior to attending law school, Edward’s was a Project Engineer, adding five new buildings to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Outside of work, Edward has served on multiple charitable boards and committees, including YMCA Texas Youth and Government program, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Boy Scouts of America, and various legal associations and foundations.
Dr. Michael Soto has long been active in seeking to improve the education landscape in San Antonio and Texas. He is an English professor at Trinity University, where he also directs the McNair Scholars Program.
A native of South Texas, Soto received a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree at Harvard University. He is the author of several books and academic articles on twentieth-century U.S. literature and cultural history.
Mr. Soto also serves on the SA2020 Commission on Education, the San Antonio Education Partnership board of directors, and he is president of the Gemini Ink board of directors. He represented fourteen South Texas counties as a member of the State Board of Education.
Nora Walsh is the Executive Director of the George W. Brackenridge Foundation, a private foundation committed to bringing high-performing charter schools to San Antonio and supporting their continued growth. Nora has been with the Brackenridge Foundation for over five years and is inspired by the positive impact the Foundation has on the San Antonio educational landscape. A staunch supporter of school choice, Nora believes a student's educational options should not be dictated by his or her zip code.
Prior to joining Brackenridge, Nora's professional life in education spanned pre-school through college including past positions in Major Giving at Trinity University and as the Enrollment & Marketing Director at Providence Catholic School. Nora understands the true value of education and the professional barriers that arise in the absence of a college degree. She has prioritized education in her family.
Nora is amazed at the world-class tuition-free public-school education that BASIS provides students in grades K-12 and is honored and humbled to serve as a Board Member.