Dara Northcroft is the Executive Director of Summerbridge San Francisco. She has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher and principal at Catholic and charter schools in Oakland and San Francisco. As a school leader, an emphasis on bolstering STEAM skills is at the center of her work with students and teachers. She is an advocate for closing the opportunity gap for inner city youth, and continually instills the clear message that the students can and will attend college. As an alumna from Forest Ridge School in the Seattle, WA area, Dara appreciates the value and the empowerment that comes from an all girls’ high school education. She has a B.A. in psychology from U.C. Berkeley, and an administrative credential and M.S. in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay.