Greetings from the Executive Director

Thank you for visiting Bridge the Gap College Prep’s website. It is an honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director. I am grateful to work alongside our outstanding board members who are committed to guiding the long-term success of the organization while helping to develop the financial resources needed to ensure Bridge the Gap College Prep remains in strong fiscal health.

Our vision is to ensure that all of our Bridge the Gap College Prep students are prepared to succeed and graduate from college.

The ability of at-risk students to strive and succeed in a challenging environment drives the work of our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Based on extensive research and our results, we know that offering Marin City youth an opportunity to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through a college education will change their lives and their family’s lives forever.

Since we expanded operations and
opened our high school program
in 2012, 100% of our high school
seniors have graduated high school
and matriculated to college.

Our dedicated teachers and volunteers focus on developing the academic skills, personal characteristics and family support our students need to succeed in college. We strive to do this in the most cost effective manner and collaborate with schools and other agencies to provide the support our students need to reach their full potential.

We are humbled by our generous donors, volunteers and Advisory Council who enable us to support our hard working students. Thanks to our donors, every year, we are able to raise the funds needed to meet the organization’s operating expenses. We operate efficiently due to our dedicated team of volunteer tutor-mentors who represent 36% of our total workforce hours.

AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE ARE SUCCEEDING. Since we expanded operations and opened our high school program in 2012, 100% of our high school seniors have graduated high school and matriculated to college. The laser focus of our programming is to continue this success.

I thank all who have stepped up to provide the support and resources needed to create our growing community of college bound students. I look forward to working together to continue empowering Marin City students to create a dream and develop the skills to reach it!


All my best,


Laura Cox
Executive Director


Board Members

Kevin Johnson, Board Chair

Kevin Johnson, Board Chair

Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Analyst for Dodge & Cox
Jani Ross, Vice Chair

Jani Ross, Vice Chair

Former Associate Head of School at the Branson School
Kathy Jones, Treasurer

Kathy Jones, Treasurer

Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations at Marin County Day School
Denni Brusseau

Denni Brusseau

Co-Founder of Bridge the Gap College Prep
Lori Shannon

Lori Shannon

Former educator at the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY
Florence Williams

Florence Williams

Vocational Education to Adults teacher through the Marin County Office of Education’s ROP Program
Kathy J. Williams

Kathy J. Williams

Marin County Human Rights Commissioner

Sheryl Ott, Secretary

Serves on the parent association boards for Marin County Day School and The Urban School of San Francisco

Sheryl has actively supported both public and private education in Marin County for over 10 years, formerly serving as board President for the Foundation for Reed Schools and the Belvedere Hawthorne Nursery School. She currently serves on the parent association boards for Marin Country Day School and The Urban School of San Francisco. Sheryl’s involvement with Bridge the Gap College Prep, as the Founding President of the Advisory Council and member of the Board of Directors, is a natural extension of her interest in closing the education gap in Marin County and her passion for community welfare. Together with the Advisory Council, Sheryl works to promote the BTGCP programs, increase the organization’s visibility, collaborate with like-minded philanthropies and develop deeper community understanding. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University. Sheryl lives in Tiburon with her husband and their two children.

Bonnie Brown

Bridge the Gap College Prep Advisory Council President

Bonnie chaired Bridge the Gap College Prep’s 2016 Vines & Vision gala and has served on the BTGCP Advisory Council since its inception. She served on the Discovery Museum Council, helped found the Book Fair at Marin Horizon School, served on the Parent Council at Little Red School House, and helped initiate the Chadwick School Diversity Council. She was a member of the Mel Wong Dance Company, taught dance at the 92nd Street Y, Walden School, Hunter College, and gave master classes at various U.S. universities. Bonnie owned a greeting card company, Cards With Character, illustrating and writing copy. She was a dance major at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Paul Austin Jr.

Director for Manzanita Marin City Recreation Center

Paul Austin Jr. was born and raised in Marin City, California. After graduating from Tamalpais High School, Paul attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, for 4 years where he majored in early childhood education. In 2004 he returned home to Marin City as Director of the Marin City Recreation Center. His work with the youth, teens and adults of Marin City, and surrounding communities includes intramural sports activities including softball and basketball, young men’s groups implemented around mentoring youth and dealing with behavioral issues, and strong partnerships with community organizations, the Sausalito/Marin City School District and several county agencies all with the goal to guide our children with a positive light. Paul graduated from Dominican University in May 2014 with a BS in Psychology.

Ned Klingelhofer

President of Bitterroot Enterprises, trustee of Main Academy and the BridgeBuilders Foundation

Ned received a BA in Political Science from Brown University in 1989 and a MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 1994. For the next 20 years Ned worked at the firm SF Sentry Investment Management as an equity analyst, trader and a portfolio manger for one of the firm’s hedge funds. Ned currently has his own investment advisory business, Bitterroot Enterprises.  Ned serves as a trustee for the Bridgebuilders Foundation, he is on the board of Marin Academy as well as Bridge the Gap College Prep.

Jon R. Love

Executive Recruiter, Investor, Philanthropist and Family Guy

Jon has been an active supporter of education and family related causes, and has a particular interest in helping kids in need.  He has run his own retained executive search business for the past 18 years, focusing on helping venture capital funded Internet startups build senior management teams in high growth, rapidly changing environments.  Along the way he has invested in and worked with many amazing entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and new businesses, from Hotmail back in the early days of the Internet to Facebook, LinkedIn, StubHub and over 70 others along the way.  Jon has a B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration, from The Pennsylvania State University.  Jon is a resident of Mill Valley, CA, where he is happily married and the proud father of two sons, and often found coaching basketball, running, biking and enjoying the natural beauty of Marin County.

Luis A. Ottley, Ed.D.

Head of School at Marin Horizon School

Luis is Head of School at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley since 2011. He was the Principal of Middle School at Fieldston School in New York City for four years, responsible for the leadership and operation of close to 400 middle school students and approximately 60 faculty and staff members. He was the Middle School Director at University Preparatory Academy in Seattle for two years and spent four years as Assistant Head of the Lower School (315 students) at The Shipley School near Philadelphia. Luis began his career with ten years in Maryland schools, the first three at West Nottingham Academy, and the next seven years at The Bullis School in Potomac, MD as a teacher, Director of the Summer Institute, Foreign Studies Program, and Assistant Admissions Director. He received his B.A. degree from Allegheny College, his MBA from Johns Hopkins Univeristy and his Ed.D from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Hunter, Founding Board Members/Emeritus

Registered Investment Advisor

Bob is a Registered Investment Advisor based in Marin, with clients throughout the Bay Area. Prior to that, he worked as a stockbroker for some of Wall Street’s largest firms. He brings more than twenty years of investment experience to his wealth management work. He is a Founding Board member of Bridge the Gap. He has a special interest in at-risk youth and brings personal insight to the challenges they face. He has a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree from Dominican University and he completed the Certified Portfolio Management Program at the Investment Institute.

Our Staff

Information on our staff coming soon!

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