Hugh Mehan ( Board Member ) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Education at UCSD. He started the Teacher Education Program at UCSD and directed that Program from 1972 until 1998, when he became the founding director of The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence. CREATE coordinates efforts at UCSD to improve the academic preparation of under represented students. He has helped build equitable educational environments (The Preuss School UCSD and Gompers Preparatory Academy in Southeastern San Diego).  He assists the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership and Groundwork San Diego in Southeastern San Diego by advising those organizations on evaluation measures and educational policies.