Our Team

John and Jean Kingston

Founders
The Kingston FamilyJohn, 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.

Read a news article about the Kingstons here.

 

Curtis Chang

Director of Giving
Curtis Chang 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 French

Editor and Director of Public Relations
Nancy French 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.

Mark Basnage

Director of Online Content
Mark Basnage 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.

 

Our Board:

John Kingston(Chairman of the Board)
Jean Kingston
Curtis Chang

Kurt Keilhacker:

Kurt Keilhacker is a Managing Partner of TechFund Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund with offices in California and France. He currently focuses on emerging networking, new media, and clean energy technologies. Previously, he worked in the tech sector and in international M&A. Kurt is a graduate of Wheaton and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.L.A. from Stanford, and an M.T.S. from Harvard. He has also been active in a number of non-profit organizations focused on education or international economic development.

David French

In addition to his recent commission in the U.S. Army Reserve (81st Regional Readiness Command), David is a senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, and director of ADF's Center for Academic Freedom. The former president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, he also taught at Cornell Law School and served as a partner in a large law firm. He is the author of four books, and numerous op-eds. Regularly interviewed by both print and broadcast media, David has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, Special Report with Brit Hume, and Your World with Neil Cavuto, among others, and dozens of radio programs around the country. Hailing from Georgetown, Kentucky, David is a graduate of Harvard Law School and David Lipscomb University. David now lives in Columbia, Tennessee with his wife Nancy, and two children, Camille and Austin. When David isn't defending constitutional liberties, he follows the Kentucky Wildcats and an occasional NASCAR race; he can also often be found online fighting orcs and other foul creatures, and is relishing his new-found rotisserie baseball successes.