SDCCS Foundation Board of Directors

John Goodwin, Immediate Past PresidentJohn mug copy

Educational Leader


John Goodwin is an experienced educator who has been involved with innovative school design and finding solutions that work for students for more than 12 years. After working in the City Heights Educational Collaborative, he helped to open Health Sciences High were he taught and managed the upper division experience. He has been a parent at SDCCS for nine years with his youngest son now entering TK. Mr. Goodwin received his B.S. in International Economics from Texas Tech University, his M.S. in Education from SDSU, where he also earned an administrative credential.


Meridith Coady, Treasurer3.meridith

Community Volunteer


Meridith Coady has been part of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School community for eight years. She has two sons; her youngest son is currently enrolled in 7th grade at the Linda Vista campus and her oldest son is a Linda Vista SDCCS alumni and currently in 11th grade. She is a founding parent of the San Diego Met High School Foundation as well as the co-founder of the Rock Out Scholarship Fund, an organization that provides tuition assistance for performance based music education for children throughout San Diego County. She has also been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for four years, working to support children in foster care. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial management and reporting in the hospitality and healthcare industries.


Katherine Selchau, Secretary2.Katherine

Program Director, Project Concern International


Katherine Selchau is Project Concern International’s U.S. & Border Programs Director for Local Capacity Strengthening & Collective Impact and a parent of two kindergarten and elementary students at SDCCS Mountain View. She has been involved in nonprofit work for nearly 15 years, designing community-driven health and development projects in the US-Mexico border region and around the world. Currently she leads the SDCCS2 Kids for Peace chapter ( and sits on several local and regional committees working to improve maternal and infant health, particularly among immigrant and marginalized populations. She leads San Diego’s Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN) and the Healthy Start Border Alliance, is a Steering Committee Member for San Diego’s Border Health Collaborative, and participates in the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission Reproductive Health Technical Work Group on Maternal Mortality. Ms. Selchau holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of London. 


Dawn Gifford, Mountain View PSA Rep5.dawn

Sustainable Development Entrepreneur and Community Educator

Dawn Gifford is an SDCCS parent, author and environmental educator. She founded one of the first greenroof companies and social enterprises in the nation, and received several innovation and community development awards over her 20-year career developing hands-on youth training programs for skilled “green-collar” jobs in urban forestry, low-impact development, sustainable landscaping, and urban agriculture. She brings her experience with project-based education, community development and grant management, as well as an unflagging commitment to the “triple bottom line” of community, economic and environmental sustainability to her work with the SDCCS Foundation. Currently, Dawn continues to educate about the nexus of people, prosperity and planet locally in her community, as well as through her published articles, books, and website,


Nellie Tran, Director (information forthcoming)