Looking Ahead

Posted in: CFF News

Dear Supporters of CFF,

During recent months we have all encountered many changes and adjustments. Unfortunately, it is with a combination of sadness and extreme gratitude that I am announcing James Wright’s departure as CEO of the Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF). Since 2015, James has played a critical role in the development, growth, and success of the organization, and while we will miss him and his inspiring leadership, we wish him all the best in his new role as CEO of A Step Beyond. James’ last day at CFF is tomorrow, June 30th.

I want to thank James for his dedicated service to CFF which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

  • Bringing additional financial stability and growth to CFF
  • Revitalizing the CFF Board of Directors and an effective committee structure
  • Managing a successful strategic planning process, which resulted in a new mission, vision, and five-year strategic framework for the organization
  • Redesigning CFF programs and developing new initiatives focused on college and career readiness for students
  • Advancing the partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and our 42 school districts

During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while maintaining the momentum we have as an organization. Over the last month, the CFF Board of Directors has worked closely with James to develop a transition plan that will ensure continuity and success. The Board established a Search Committee to identify a new CEO by this fall, and the position will be posted in early July. Additionally, the Board created a Transition Team to manage the organization during this interim period. As the incoming Board Chair, I will serve as the leader for this Transition Team. We will be supported by Dr. Patrick Gittisriboongul, Chief Innovation Officer at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and CFF Board member. CFF’s outgoing Board Chair, Joe Valente, will serve as one of the Board’s advisors to the team.

Again, we thank James for his vast contributions and enthusiasm in furthering the CFF mission. He will be greatly missed by the staff, Board and our many education and community partners. We look forward to following the success of his career and we are excited for the next chapter of CFF as we continue to support our school district partners in our important work to advance innovation in education.

If you have any questions or suggestions during this transition process, please do not hesitate to contact me at nrohland@nu.edu. You can also reach out to CFF Operations Manager, Jane Schlosberg, at jane@classroomofthefuture.org.

Thank you for your continued support of CFF. Together, we can prepare every San Diego student to pursue his or her dreams.


Nancy Rohland-Heinrich, Ed.D.

Incoming CFF Board Chair

CFF Executive Transition Leader

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