Nancy Howes, entrepreneur, educator, artist and mother, is passionately committed to her mission to deliver the message Self Literacy to children around the globe.

Through the launch of their Public Benefit Corporation, Know Yourself, Nancy and her husband, Tim, set out to revolutionize the modern education system by ensuring that Self Literacy finds its rightful place in America’s curriculum. Nancy’s launch of the Know Yourself Foundation, a fiscal sponsorship fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, reinforces the commitment to reaching, representing and supporting ALL children in becoming masters of self literacy, knowledge of body and mind.

Inspired by the curiosity of her own daughters and dissatisfied with the resources available, Nancy, the visionary behind Know Yourself, set out to develop a series of products that teach children about their own anatomy, physiology, and psychology, because kids who have a grounding knowledge of themselves are better at school, sports, friendships — everything!

Prior to co-founding Know Yourself, Nancy enjoyed a successful 25-year career in the technology industry, holding key management and technical positions at Raytheon, Texas Instruments, BBN Planet and finally @Home Networks.

Nancy currently serves on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater California College of the Arts and is an enthusiastic supporter of arts education. She is active in several philanthropic and cultural organizations supporting education, the arts, and social justice.

Nancy received her BFA in Metal Arts with High Distinction from California College of the Arts and a Masters of Education, Med. from Cambridge College. Her most recent work is on permanent display at the Maui Ocean Center.

Nancy lives in California with her husband, Tim, their two wonderful daughters and a colorful menagerie of animals including: five naughty dogs, twenty chickens, eight koi, a rabbit, a guinea pig, one turtles and several buzzing beehives.
Know Yourself Foundation
Know Yourself, PBC.

With over 15 years’ experience, Marni has led cross-functional development teams in the strategic planning and tactical execution of educational design research to inform the development of K-12 curriculum programs. Marni’s extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies enables her to execute highly customized and comprehensive research plans that are formative and summative in nature. She is driven by a passion to improve the lives of children through learning, particularly disadvantaged children. Marni holds a B. A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Educational Design Researcher

Hinton Consulting was created by Niki Hinton, who directed the fundraising efforts at several well-known non-profits including the National Park Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Youth Leadership Institute. In these development director roles, Niki wrote corporate, individual and foundation fundraising plans, raised new funding through bringing in major gifts as large as six figures, wrote multi-millions of dollars of funded grants, trained boards on how to fundraise, provided stewardship strategies to retain and grow current donors and leveraged social media as a powerful fundraising tool.

Niki also spent many years in marketing and public relations, helping organizations communicate clearly and to the right audience. Her undergraduate degree is in public relations with a focus in marketing, and her graduate degree is in public administration with a concentration in non-profit executive leadership. She earned both degrees with  honors from Drake University.

Niki is a recipient of the Greater Des Moines' 40 Under 40 Award for outstanding professional, charitable and civic achievement, and has served as a board member for Young Professionals Connection, West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, the 21st Century Forum and the Waukee Advisory Board. She has volunteered as a teacher's assistant at City College of San Francisco teaching Women's Studies, is on the executive committee of Women Get It Done, and on the advisory board of California Common Sense.

Niki Hinton
Fundraising Consultant

Eboni Hogan is a Brooklyn-based writer, multi-disciplinary artist and curriculum developer, specializing in culturally responsive pedagogy and arts-integration. After studying at New York University, Eboni began facilitating creative writing workshops in Title 1 schools across New York's 5 boroughs. Since then, she has gone on to develop, curate and facilitate curricula for many non-profit organizations and ed-tech companies, including NYU's MusEd Lab, Lincoln Center, Urban Word NYC and Young Chicago Authors. She is the former Program Director of Fresh Ed (Urban Arts Partnership), a program aimed at using hip hop to engage middle school classrooms in academic topics. Eboni is the co-author of Fresh Ed: A Field Guide to Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, published through funding from the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AEMDD). In her free time, she creates embroidered artwork and tries to convince her 5 year old son to eat real food.
Eboni Hogan
Curriculum Writer