David (call him 'Fu') helps Streetlight build a dynamic central organization team, as well as supporting building excellent operational capacity at the schools. He manages aspects of strategy, human capital, finance, operations, and communications for Streetlight Schools. He helped Streetlight on the side as part of the U.S. Fundraising & Advisory Team for nearly 3 years before joining full time.
He was previously Manager of Community Development for 4.0 Schools, a U.S. education incubator for early-stage innovative schools, edtech companies and education nonprofits, where he led 4.0’s work to develop education entrepreneurship communities across the country (and leading 4.0’s expansion into NYC). Before 4.0, he worked for Barclays as an investment banker in Global Finance Structuring & Advisory. He was a Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia and graduated magna cum laudewith a degree in Finance.
Fu is motivated by the goal of empowering people to unlock their full potential. He gives back by helping community builders cultivate their education innovation ecosystems and never turns down an offer to show off over 20 years of piano playing.
Beve-lee van Der Merwe - Director Of Operations
I grew up in the East Rand in similar conditions as the students and community whom we serve, which is where my passion came from for the organisation when I heard about Streetlight. I am the Director of Operations and I aim to help drive the organisation into being a world class organisation. I hold over 10 years operational experience working for start up schools. I hold myself accountable for the highest of Standard work.
Tinashe Chipwanya - Head of Finance and Administration
Tinashe Chipwanya is a game changer and motivator, passionate about playing a role in the development of young minds. She believes that transformation in our communities can only be realised by empowering children through education as they play, learn and invent.
Her education background is in social sciences; she completed a BA Honours in Development Studies and a BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Witwatersrand University. She is a qualified Junior Bookkeeper and is currently pursuing a National Diploma in Financial Accounting with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
She has been involved in women, children and health rights initiatives since 2011 under the auspices of NGOs like Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. She comes to Streetlight schools from Hope School with a wealth of knowledge in project administration, planning and coordinating routine operational and financial activities. In addition to her work, Tinashe is an entrepreneur involved in the real estate business and the importation of children’s products from abroad.
Fundiswa Majola - Central Office Administrator
My name is Fundiswa, a central administrator for Streetlight Schools. I am passionate and dedicated to my work and look forward to further developing my skills in HR and Administration. I feel inspired to be a part of an organisation that educates students. I believe it is the most rewarding job.