2017 Selection Committee Members:
Mr. Spencer is the Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from USC and Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Sonoma State University. Jason started his career in the Legislature as part of the Senate Fellows program in 2006. In addition to serving on then-Senator Torlakson’s legislative team, Jason was Senior Policy Advisor to the Superintendent during his first term as State Superintendent. Jason has also served as Executive Director of the 501c3 Vasconcellos Legacy Project and has worked for a private firm lobbying for informal science education institutions and other education sector non-profits.
Alissa Whiteley graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She gravitated towards the field of museum education in 2010, and is currently the Associate Director of Education, School Programs for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. She manages the Air Force One Discovery Center (2013 Superintendent Award recipient) and the summer Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program, and together these two programs impact the lives of 25,000 students each school year.
Aaron Marshall, PhD
Aaron holds a PhD in Education from the University of Edinburgh, MA in Philosophy from Biola University, and BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from George Fox University. He spent a dozen years in formal education as teacher, coach, and administrator. Passionate about student leadership development, he co-founded a service learning company called Impact edVentures (2009), sits on the Board for Kids Helping Kids National (2015), and is an advisor to the Conservation Education Committee at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (2016). Currently, he serves as the Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Zoo. There, he oversees a variety of projects and programs including CondorKids (2016 Superintendent Award recipient)