Sally Matsuishi - Executive Director

Sally Matsuishi

In 2003, after serving for nearly a decade in college access for underserved students in South Central and East LA as well as Koreatown, Sally returned to her native Marin to create Next Generation Scholars.

A graduate of Vassar College with a MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television, Sally has created a nationally recognized, award winning, educational access non-profit. She lectures and consults across the country on issues of educational justice, college prep curriculum for underrepresented populations, and college access. She is a proud mother, daughter and wife and owner of one large cat and one small dog.

Ellis Reid, Director of Programs

Ellis ReidA graduate of Stanford University, Ellis Reid has worked at NGS during several summers since 2010. Most recently, he taught an SAT Preparation Course and a College Essay Writing course during the fall of 2013. Prior to that, Ellis taught English at San Francisco University High School and served as the Program Coordinator for Summerbridge, an academic enrichment program for middle school students in San Francisco.



Beverly Matsuishi, Ph.D. (PSY # 16203) - Clinical Director

As Clinical Director, Dr. Matsuishi, a psychologist, oversees the provision of social and clinical support services to scholars and their families. Dr. Matsuishi is dedicated to fostering and preserving the vibrancy of communities of color so they can nurture and sustain future generations of scholars. Dr. Matsuishi holds a B.A. in Latin American Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley, a M.S. in Education from Dominican University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, where her dissertation on Japanese American women and the internment won the Richard Allen Smith Award for excellence. She is a past recipient of a National Institute for Mental Health/American Psychology Association grant for specialized training in Asian American Psychology. She also received a grant from the People's Republic of China/World Health Organization to serve as a visiting scholar at the Hunan University Medical Center in Changsha, China.

Angie Martinez, Case Manager

Angie MartinezA native of San Rafael and graduate of San Rafael High School, Angie Martinez was one of the first students to go through Next Generation Scholars. Angie is also a graduate of Pitzer College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. After college, Angie travelled the world playing professional soccer in both Mexico and Europe. During the upcoming year, Angie will coordinate all of the social services offered at NGS.




Pete Itokazu, Lead High School Teacher

Pete ItokazuA lifelong educator, Pete Itokazu has over 20 years of teaching experience at both the college and high school level. With a BA in Economics from CSU Long Beach and an MS in Applied Economics from UC Santa Cruz, Pete is a particularly accomplished economics instructor, recently finishing up two introductory economics courses during this past Summer Academy. Pete also holds a certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UC Berkeley. A very familiar face at NGS over the years, Pete will finally be working here full time as our Lead High School Teacher.

Willie Lucq, Lead Middle School Teacher

Willie Lucq

A recent graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Willie Lucq is a dedicated environmental activist and gifted educator. After teaching and working at an urban farm in San Jose, Willie taught Soil Science to 6th, 7th and 8th graders during our most recent Summer Academy, emphasizing the value of both rigorous, scientific understanding of the soil and actual field work in the NGS community garden.



Rob Elhardt, Financial Aid Coordinator

Rob Elhardt

Rob holds a BA in Communication from Stanford and a MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has lectured and run workshops throughout the Bay Area for low-income students and their families seeking financial aid. He is responsible for millions of dollars of financial aid garnered by NGS students every year.



Nghiem Bui - Alumni Coordinator

Next Generation Scholars is pleased to welcome back Nghiem, a graduate of the program, educated by the Marin school system and the son of Vietnamese refugees. After graduating from NGS in 2007, he earned a Bachelors Degree from Boston College and a Masters Degree in Education from Northwestern University. Nghiem is excited to be back home to see the program he knows so well, continue to grow.

Nghiem has extensive experience as a student advocate. As a teacher on the southside of Chicago, Nghiem raised money for unique projects in his classroom, and created external partnerships with professionals to speak to his students. He successfully identified his kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grade students who needed academic support. They met or exceeded grade-level goals in reading and math. His language and cultural fluency, familiar face and reputation in our community allows him to connect well with our students and families.