We're proud to work with our incredible professional and educational partners


Early Start Teachers

A team of Palo Alto Unified School District educators and middle school teachers help us kick off the school year by leading and co-teaching our afterschool classes with our Stanford student leaders. They are a familiar and welcoming presence for our students and great mentors for our Stanford leaders.


Math Advisory Board

Education experts in math help lead our classrooms and guide our curriculum.

Suz Antink
District TOSA for Secondary


Becky Rea
Fletcher Middle School

Jennifer DiBrienza
Stanford PhD
Former STEP Instructor


Josh Spira
Greene Middle School

Marianne Chowning Dray
Eastside College Prep


Marlo Kitch
Eastside College Prep

Robin Levy
Greene Middle School

Elizabeth Fee
JLS Middle School


Thank you to our community partners!

Thank you to our Founder!


Dr. Sarah Mummah founded DreamCatchers in 2008 as a Stanford student, after learning about Palo Alto's shockingly large, and persistent, achievement gap. Determined to do something it, she knew her friends would feel similarly, so she recruited a group of likeminded peers and community partners to help launch the organization.

During Dr. Mummah's four-year tenure as Executive Director, DreamCatchers was recognized by the City of Palo Alto with a Community Star Award for Outstanding Public Service, U.S. Congress Special Recognition, the Stanford Bingham Fund for Student Innovation, and a Stanford Community Partnership Award. In 2010, she was invited to present her work with DreamCatchers at Stanford’s Leading Matters Bay Area Conference and at the Leadership Luncheon hosted by Cap and Gown, Stanford’s Honor Society for Women Leaders.

Dr. Mummah served as President of the DreamCatchers Board of Directors from 2012-2017.

At IDEO, the award-winning global innovation firm, she now leads design thinking processes to guide innovation and behavior design for products, systems, and services. She consults with organizations around designing for behavior change and has advised Fortune 500 companies and startups including Google and Facebook.

A Fulbright Scholar and two-time Gates Cambridge Scholar, Dr. Mummah holds three degrees from Stanford and Cambridge Universities, including a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science.