John and Jean Kingston
John, Jean and their four children, Caitlin, Annalise, Christopher and William are the original “SixSeeds”, launching the idea in 2005. The Kingston family makes their home in Winchester, Massachusetts. John is Vice Chairman of Affiliated Managers Group, an asset management company. Jean manages the family household, is an active contributor to our e-zine and websites, and helps oversee SixSeeds Video. John and Jean met as undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania. Jean also has a graduate degree in education from Penn; John received his J.D. at Harvard.
Curtis, Jody and their two children, Mei Mei and Ellie are a SixSeeds’ original partner family. Curtis joined as Executive Director in April, 2007, and leads the organization’s office on the west coast in San Jose, California, where the Chang family makes their home. Curtis has a long history in public service, most recently serving as Executive Pastor and Teaching Pastor of The River Church in San Jose, and holding various leadership roles in campus ministry. As a Rockefeller fellow, he did development work in Soweto, South Africa. A graduate of Harvard, Curtis has authored or contributed to four books.
Nancy, David and their two children, Camille and Austin, have been a SixSeeds’ partner family since 2005. Nancy joined as Editor and Director of Public Relations in July, 2008, bringing her considerable talent to the development of our e-zine and websites. Nancy is the author of Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. Beginning her journalism career at the Philadelphia Inquirer, her articles have appeared in The New York Sun, Newsmax, Philadelphia Daily News and National Review Online. Nancy’s husband David, is a member of the SixSeeds’ Board, and recently returned from duty in Iraq as member of the US Army Reserve. He is a senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, and Director of the Fund’s Center for Academic Freedom. The French family calls Columbia, Tennessee home.
Helen Chen Kingston
Helen joined the SixSeeds team in June 2009 as Director of Education, bringing her considerable educational background and experience to the full range of SixSeeds’ activities, including day-to-day management of SixSeeds Video. Helen grew up in California, spent many years living in New York City and now calls the Boston area home with her two children, James and Abigail. She received her B.A. in History from Columbia University, and Ed.D in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mark, a creative and talented longtime friend of SixSeeds, rejoined the team as Director of Online Content in October 2009. For 20 years, Mark has been creating and leading innovative programs in education. This work has engaged him in some of America’s most disadvantaged communities and some its wealthiest; on the East Coast and the West; in public, private and charter schools, museums, and nonprofits. Mark has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife Linda, and their four children.
John Kingston — (Chairman of the Board)