Who We Are
Angela Ryan, Ph.D
A Sonoma native, Angela returned to the Valley in 2013 after earning a doctorate in history from Ohio State University and living and working in New York City as a college professor. After volunteering locally, she eventually embarked on a career in the nonprofit world, first at Teen Services Sonoma, followed by a consulting agency, and as Executive Director of the Petaluma Museum. Angela joined the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation in 2019 as the Director of Programs & Grants, then stepped into the role of Executive Director in January 2021. When she's not raising money for the public schools that she attended as a kid, Angela is serving on the Board of Directors of Impact100 Sonoma, and staying busy with her husband and two young children.
Director of Development
Gail grew up in Sonoma and is a graduate of Prestwood, Altimira, and SVHS. She attended UC Santa Cruz and graduated with degrees in Community Studies and Sociology/Latin American Latino Studies. From 2008-2013, Gail lived in El Salvador, where she was a member of the fundraising team at Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. In early 2014 Gail moved back to Sonoma and worked as the Development Coordinator at local nonprofit Seeds of Learning. In 2018 she joined the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University as the Annual and Foundation Giving Manager. She is excited to join Sonoma Valley Ed Foundation and help support local schools. In her spare time, Gail enjoys singing with the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Director of Operations
Sarah brings 20 years of professional experience in luxury travel, hospitality & wine marketing into her role with the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Her career involves operations, sales, marketing & customer service from her positions with Creative Leisure, Beautiful Places and Don Sebastiani & Sons and volunteer service with Impact100 Sonoma. Sarah is passionate in building a world where all people can safely reach their fullest potential with dignity and respect. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies from Sonoma State University. Sarah, along with her husband, Zachary and daughter Tallulah, enjoy living in Sonoma, where Tallulah attends Adele Harrison Middle School.