National Faculty

The Surge Institute unites brilliant and experienced minds—from top education leaders to veteran strategists— to educate and empower the fellows and alumni of our signature program, the Surge Fellowship. Our National Faculty serves the Fellowship across sites and cohorts, allowing Bay Area and Chicago fellows to glean powerful tools for serving and impacting youth in their communities.

Jean-Claude Brizard

Deputy Director and Senior Advisor in US Programs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kali Patrice


KaliPatrice, LLC

Richard Nyankori

Founder & CEO


Dr. Nicholas Pearce

Chief Executive Officer

The Vocati Group

Derwin Sisnett

Managing Partner

Maslow Development Inc.

DeRonda Williams

Founder & President

DGW Consulting Group