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The Bridge Experience Task Force


1) To explore the idea of a Nueva Gap Year Program.

2) The task force determined that Nueva is well positioned to provide graduates with a unique gap year experience, and the task force was charged with defining and launching the program.


The Bridge Experience Task Force researched the benefits of a gap year and assessed the current market for gap year programs. After interviewing and surveying Nueva alums, students, and parents, the task force created a program, marketing materials, and hired Jo Newman as the Bridge Program Coordinator.


Rick Holmstrom, Grace Voorhis, Mike Peller, Brian Cropper, Paul Gallagher, Jennifer Min, Kim Saxe, Kathleen Bomze, Kat Alfond, Eric Weinstein, Gayathri Goutam, Kalpana Asok, Kelly Ward, and Diane Rosenberg.


This is the program’s first year, available to current Nueva twelfth-grade students.

Contact information

Jo Newman (, Bridge Program Coordinator

Environmental Citizenship Task Force


The Environmental Citizenship Task Force was formed to build upon Nueva’s long-standing commitment to environmental issues and sustainability and create a new PK–12 Environmental Citizenship strand that will become a pillar of Nueva, like SEL and Design Thinking.


The internal committee, led by Kathleen Bomze and David Wagonfeld, conducted in-depth research to capture the Nueva community’s current work in the environmental sector. The committee created an extensive map of current programming across all grades.

The external committee, led by Marc Tarpenning and Kate Korsch, researched more than 150 organizations (nonprofits, universities, businesses, and more). Some of these organizations might serve as models, potential partners, or provide other resources for Nueva as the school develops programming in this area.

This year, the task force will focus on building the program’s vision and potential content for the strand. As part of that process, members of the task force (which includes parents and faculty) will visit other schools, universities, nonprofits, and other organizations already doing great work in the environmental sciences from whom we might both learn and be inspired.

How you can contribute

We are always looking for good ideas, models, resources, or connections you might have that could help to inform this work and our research.

Contact information

If you are passionate about the environment and environmental citizenship issues, and would like to get involved or have anything to share, please email us at

Humanities Center Task Force


Nueva is hoping to form a Humanities Center Task Force to look at the school’s humanities programs and facilities.

Time frame

This task force is currently being created.

How you can contribute

This task force is lead by Matt Berman, and he is interested in hearing from anyone who would like to be part of this effort.

Contact information

Please contact Matt ( or the alumni office ( to get involved.

Internship Task Force


Not only do summer internships provide students with invaluable real-world work experiences and stretch students’ boundaries, but they also significantly benefit students’ college applications — and the companies they work for!

See the Nueva Internship Program Webpage for complete details


This is the program’s third year.

How you can contribute

Can you suggest an exciting organization — big or small — that might benefit from a Nueva intern? Please help connect us with these organizations or nominate companies we should target.  

Contact information

Please share your ideas and network generously! Send leads to Director of Internships, Katie Saylor (

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Nueva Connection Challenge!

Chris Garber, eighth-grade Class of ’08, has launched the Nueva Connection Challenge! — a friendly competition to see which class can create the most new alumni connections. 

Doshisha anniversary

For Nueva students studying Japanese, “Doshisha” has a special meaning. This is especially true for the more than 500 students who over the years have participated in the exchange program that has grown from one high school to four middle and high schools in and around Kyoto.

Laena Wilder

When Laena Wilder was 10 years old, a walk down San Francisco’s Market Street with her Nueva art teacher Barbara Marino and her best friend set fire to a passion that would drive the rest of her life.

Alumni Lee Holtzman poses with a lemur

“My years at Nueva were the best three years of my intellectual life,” upper school teacher and eighth-grade class of 2001 alum Lee Holtzman said. “Ever since I left Nueva, it was always the biggest part of me. Which is odd because I was only here for three years.” After only one week at the school, Lee identified the need for Nueva to expand from a PreK–8 school to PreK–12. “The end of my first week at Nueva (I started in sixth grade, so I was eleven), I went into the Head of School’s office, sat down, and said ‘You need to start a high school, because I need to go there!’”

Judee Brasesco and her two grandsons

Judee Brasesco has the unique perspective of seeing how Nueva shaped two generations of students in her family. When she learned about the Nueva School in the 1970s, she had two school-aged children, Jill Brasesco Thomsen (’77 sixth-grade graduate) and J.D. Brasesco (’80 sixth-grade graduate). Last spring, Judee’s oldest grandsons, Scott Brasesco ’18 and Chip Thomsen ’18, graduated from Nueva, and her youngest grandson, Jack B., is now an eleventh grader at Nueva.  

 Andrew Lam and his parents in a city

When Andrew Lam (eighth grade,’01) visited the Upper School with his father last year, he was thrilled to see learning in progress. “There was stuff all over the floor,” he said. “An intentional mess of art and science projects where kids were learning and exploring.” He was happy to see that the culture of exploration and the freedom to make and learn from mistakes were still part of the school he loved so much.