The Reinvent Stockton Foundation (RSF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Nik Howard as RSF’s next Executive Director starting March 1, 2021. The Board unanimously selected Nik Howard for this role.
“We are incredibly excited about Nik’s leadership and its implications for the future of our organization,” said RSF Board Chair Michael Tubbs. “As a nonprofit founder, an experienced educator, and resident of San Joaquin County, he brings critical insights that will help us continue our work to #ReinventStockton.”
Nik is an educator, nonprofit leader, and longtime resident of San Joaquin County who is proud to be raising his family in the Central Valley and is a parent to two children in Stockton public schools. Since entering public education as a founding Teach For America (TFA) Philadelphia corps member in 2003, every role he has taken on has been collaborative and innovative in nature — a spirit he hopes to bring to the role of Executive Director of the Reinvent Stockton Foundation.
“I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead RSF into its next phase,” said incoming Executive Director, Nik Howard. “Lange, the RSF board, and the team have done such great work already and I’m very lucky to get the chance to work with them to continue to build on their foundation and ensure long-lasting impact with our community.”
Nik helped create the first ever special education inclusion program at his school in Philadelphia, piloted a new approach to cognitive coaching for teachers, led his school to transformative student growth as a principal in his hometown of Los Angeles, launched a citywide literacy initiative in Sacramento, founded a new TFA region here in the Central Valley, and most recently altered the trajectory of recruitment and hiring at Stockton Unified.
Nik follows in the footsteps of founding Executive Director Lange Luntao. Luntao is pursuing a Master’s in Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Under Lange’s leadership, RSF has grown from a startup organization into a dynamic and high-impact philanthropic organization that employs a team of over 15 people, administers Stockton Scholars, Stockton Service Corps, SEED, and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (among other programs), and last year distributed over $3.4 million in scholarships, guaranteed income stipends, and grants to local non-profits.
The RSF Board of Directors launched a six-month national selection process to identify the next executive director. With the support of a search firm, RSF received over 200 applications from qualified nonprofit leaders to serve in this role.