YUTAKA TAMURA, Executive director
Before joining nXu, Yutaka founded Excel Academy Charter Schools, a nationally recognized network of tuition-free, public charter schools based in Boston, Massachusetts. After launching Excel and before returning to the organization, Yutaka served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor for Relay Graduate School of Education. Yutaka spent the first several years of his career as a management consultant at The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm. Yutaka completed the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Yutaka earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and earned his MAT with distinction from Relay Graduate School of Education.
Jabali Sawicki, Compass Director
Originally from San Francisco, CA, Jabali found his calling as an educator early in life. He had the opportunity to participate both as a student and as a teacher in Summerbridge, a program preparing public middle school students, especially students of color, to succeed in rigorous high schools by enlisting energetic, talented high school and college students to serve as their teachers. In high school, through another summer program, Summer Search, a leadership development program focused on low income youth, Jabali spent one summer at Chewonki. Jabali has extensive experience working in schools. He taught middle school science at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, one of the highest performing urban charter schools in the state of Massachusetts. Jabali also served as the founding principal and Head of School of Excellence Boys Charter School, of Bedford Stuyvesant located in Brooklyn, NY. Excellence was the first single-sex public charter school in New York State. Jabali Sawicki is a graduate of Oberlin College where he received a dual degree in Biology and Philosophy. Mr. Sawicki is a KIPP Fellow and received his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jen Kim, director of operations
Jen Kim is the current Director of Operations and joined nXu in 2017. Prior to working at nXu, she served as an Associate Director of Financial Projects and an Associate Director of Development at Uncommon Schools. Before working in Finance and Development, Jen worked on the Teach Like a Champion Team—an internationally recognized taxonomy project that studies high performing urban teachers and their methods and shares their best practices through various modes of professional development, publications, and global partnerships with schools and organizations who run them—as an Associate Director of Content Design and Associate Director of Professional Development. Previously, Jen taught elementary school to New York City students in the South Bronx and East New York, Brooklyn in both district public and public charter schools. Jen is originally from El Paso, Texas and has Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Baylor University and a Masters of Teaching from Pace University. She is also a co-author of Teach Like a Champion Field Guide 2.0 with Doug Lemov and Joaquin Hernandez.
Devin Karbowicz, Design Lead
Devin has always loved teaching—in kindergarten she wanted to become a kindergarten teacher, in 12th grade she wanted to become a 12th grade teacher, and finally she ran out of grades and settled upon becoming a college professor. After her graduation from Princeton University in 2013 (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), Devin continued straight onto “17th grade,” pursuing a Ph.D. in social psychology at Cornell University. While she enjoyed researching judgment and decision making (basically the quirky, irrational things that people do and why), she ended up gravitating toward more applied work. She left her Ph.D. and after much soul searching, became an artist, setting up an informal community organization designing interactive public art projects that connected strangers in novel ways. Now she’s excited to bring that creativity, passion, and knack for meaning-making to nXu!