Board of Directors

Kenji Treanor - Co-Founder, Board Chair

Kenji was born and raised in Marin County, in San Anselmo and San Rafael. He attended public schools and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School. At NGS, Kenji oversees the organization’s fiscal management and general administration. He also supports Sally with facets of executive management, and provides leadership with strategic planning, board relations and governance. His professional experience includes service at several nonprofit and educational institutions, in both administrative and program-focused roles. He is currently a Program Officer in the Youth Program at the James Irvine Foundation, where he engages in strategic grant making to increase the number of low-income youth in California who earn a postsecondary credential. Kenji has held previous roles at San Francisco State University, as a consultant to the San Rafael City Schools, and at the Youth Leadership Institute. Early in his career, he enjoyed teaching in the Ross Valley School District and in a rural village in Japan through the JET Program.

Kenji received his Master's in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and holds a B.A. in American Studies, with emphasis in Ethnic Studies and Socio-Political Analysis from U.C. Santa Cruz where he co-founded the Asian American/ Pacific Islander Student Resource Center and graduated with honors, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, earned two college service awards and a Provost’s scholarship.

Elizabeth Katz

Kenji TreanerLiz Katz is a graduate of Vassar College and the Iowa Writers Workshop. An experienced teacher, Liz has taught high school English at the Cranbrook Schools (Michigan) , Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire), and Rocky Hill School (Rhode Island), where she was also Assistant Dean of Students. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Oleander Review, Interim, The Formalist, and Poetry. While she no longer teaches full time, Liz continues to do consulting work on student-centered pedagogy. She has tutored students at Next Generation Scholars since 2011. She lives in San Rafael with her wife, Travis, and her twin sons.

Lilly Fu - CFO

Lilly FuLilly currently serves as CFO at, an online service that promotes parentengagement by publishing ratings of schools and guides for choosing a good school. She has previously worked at the Stupski Foundation that funds district-level education reform, and also worked in finance positions at Sony Pictures, AT&T, and Oracle.

Lilly was one of the first recruits of Teach for America and taught elementary school in Oakland. She is a graduate of Wellesley and the Kennedy School at Harvard. She currently lives in Mill Valley and has two school-age kids.

Wesley Ellison-LaBat

Wesley Ellison-LaBatWesley is an Next Generation Scholars alum and a graduate from USC with a BA in International Relations. He is currently working under Congressman Jared Huffman as a field representative where he advocates on a political platform on behalf of minority voices. Alongside his work with the Congressman, he also is a legal intern for Contra Costa Bay Area Legal Aid where he assists low-income tenants understand their legal rights, and fights against housing discrimination as well as assist with domestic violence restraining orders. He has also served as a teacher at NGS Summer Academy where he created an International Relations course and worked with NGS wraparound social services serving the needs of NGS students.

Nicole Bussi

Nicole BussiNicole Bussi earned her J.D. from U.C. Hastings in 2007 and practiced general litigation in San Francisco and Maui. Nicole earned a double B.A. from Santa Clara University in Liberal Studies and Spanish. During her time at Santa Clara University, she spent time teaching in urban schools in San Jose. Nicole has always believed education is the key to all success, and is excited to be a part of Next Generations Scholars and support hard-working students find opportunities to better their future. Nicole lives in Lucas Valley and spends most of her days chasing around her two young children.