TalkingPoints meaningfully connects teachers and families by meeting them where they are, without language barriers, through accessible technology.
Heejae Lim, Executive Director
TalkingPoints was founded by Heejae Lim. As a Korean immigrant student, she saw the difference between her friends with English-speaking parents who were deeply involved in their education versus non-English speaking parents who struggled to be involved. Heejae is passionate about parent engagement as a big driver of the achievement gap in the US, and wants to empower teachers and families to work together to change it.
Previously, Heejae worked for McKinsey & Company, mainly for the social sector and education practice. She is a Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oxford and LSE graduate and an Echoing Green Fellow.
Nancy Lee, VP of School Engagement
Nancy brings over ten years of experience in education to her role as VP of School Engagement. As a classroom teacher in Anacostia, Washington DC and head of a literacy program for low-income students in San Francisco, she witnessed the power of partnering with parents in their children’s education to close the achievement gap.
Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Nancy worked with teachers and families in supporting students’ learning at home as a Family Literacy Representative. Nancy earned a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS) from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Boston University.
Lucy Richards, Software Engineer
Lucy is a full-stack software engineer who believes in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence to solve some of our most pressing problems. At Talking Points, Lucy is using the magic of AI to improve translation between parents and teachers. She not only enjoys her work, but is also excited to help enable healthy parent-teacher communication and thereby improve student outcomes.
Lucy graduated from Stanford with a BS in Symbolic Systems, after which she joined Noora Health as Tech Lead where she did everything from designing Salesforce dashboards to building full-stack web applications.