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Meet our leadership and partners.


Steve Hagler, Executive Director

Steve is a life-long educator and nonprofit manager. Steve began his career as a classroom educator in the San Francisco Unified School District. As a teacher, he created outdoor and experiential programs for students at-risk of dropping out of school. Steve served as executive director of the Foundation for Youth Investment (now called Youth Outside), where he guided over $13 million in funding to get youth connected to the outdoors, help reduce the barriers that keep kids from going into nature, and worked to change the face of outdoor instruction.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a secondary education credential and master’s degree in Education from San Francisco State University.

Pascal and Virginie Rigo, Lead Founders & Funders

Their son struggled for years to learn how to read until he met Steve Tattum. The Rigos saw the change in their son, and wanted others, especially kids in low-income communities, to overcome their reading struggles. Pascal and Virginie have led the way by starting the LearnUp nonprofit organization, providing in-kind space in La Boulangerie’s corporate offices in San Francisco to host the reading clinic, and by providing financial support to help deserving students learn to read.

Steve Tattum, Reading Director

Steve has been teaching kids to read for over 40 years. He developed the Tattum Reading Program (also known as F.A.S.T.) and is sharing that proven curriculum with LearnUp to scale his success with more students and schools in the Bay Area.

Meet our dedicated board members.

Carolyne Connor
Carolyne Connor
  • LearnUp parent
  • President of Matchstar (executive recruiting)
  • Deeply “connected” in the search industry
  • B.A. in Business Administration Georgetown University
Michelle Ramos Walker
Michele Ramos Walker
  • LearnUp Parent

  • Client Services, investment management, Jordan Park. Operations management, ALFA Partners & Bernstein

  • Nonprofit boards: Circus Bella.

  • BA in Sociology UCLA.

Hal Cranston
Hal Cranston
  • LearnUp grandparent
  • Business manager
  • Nonprofit boards: Yosemite Conservancy, Episcopal Charities, St. Luke’s, Stanford
  • BA and MBA Stanford
Pascal Rigo
Pascal Rigo
  • LearnUp parent

  • Restaurateur, founder, La Boulangerie de San Francisco

  • Co-lead funder and founder of

Devin Hunter
Devin Hunter
  • LearnUp community partner

  • Assistant Director at Boys & Girls Club SF Visitacion Valley Clubhouse

  • Americorps member at City Year in East San Jose

  • U.S. Air Force veteran

Virginie Rigo
Virginie Rigo
  • LearnUp parent

  • Controller, Bay Bread LLC.

  • Co-lead funder and founder of LearnUp

Lisa Lyon
Lisa Lyon
  • Founder & Community Outreach Director, Decoding Dyslexia Oregon
  • Advocate for systemic change so that all children, regardless of their economic background will be taught to read
  • Private tutor


As a nonprofit, we get significant support from our pro-bono partners. They treat us like paying clients and deliver top-notch products. Check them out.

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La Boulangerie de San Francisco has been operating in the Bay Area since 1995, founded by French baker Pascal Rigo. Since the beginning, our mission has been to bring a little taste of France to every customer every day, with a great smile, great coffee, and great food.

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The Imagineering Company

The Imagineering Company is a strategic writing firm that provides everything from content strategy and creation to naming and positioning.

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Randle Design

Randle Design is a design agency that creates amazing print, digital and brand experiences for clients big and small.

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Navarra Design

Navarra Design is a full-service interior design studio.

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