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Bess Kennedy

Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools Foundation


While Bess has been in the law field for the past decade, working in San Francisco as Litigation and Employment Counsel for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (formerly Bingham McCutchen, LLP), she has been connected to Aspire over the years. She started as a 4th grade teacher at East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) in 1999 (before it was an Aspire school)! Then in 2001 she helped co-found the Development office at EPACS creating the foundation for a fundraising program at the school. Bess has remained on the EPACS/EPAPA Advisory Board ever since, which she also helped establish. Bess holds a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from New York University School of Law.