Gabriel Lucas

Gabriel Lucas


Gabe has been a technology leader in the education field for over a decade and is passionate about and experienced in recruiting, managing, and staff development. He’s a tech guy who loves working with people.

From Math Teacher at Menlo School to Director of Technology at Castilleja School to developer of an online math system called Take Math, Gabe has dedicated his life to educating students and developing the best technology leaders in schools. He co-founded ATLIS, the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, where he serves as its inaugural board president.

Gabe's involvement in ATLIS and other professional organizations connects him to a deep network of experienced technology professionals. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Computational Science, UC Berkeley with a Master's degree in Information Management and Systems, and San Francisco State with a Master's degree in Mathematics. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three wonderful children.

Meet the Team

Helping find the right person for the right job is our specialty. Our team cares about our clients and takes pride in helping them hire the best technology leaders in the industry.

Sarah Murphy

Search Consultant

Sarah is the operations coordinator for 12M and Ed Tech Recruiting. Prior to joining the team in 2022, Sarah brought her analytical skills to independent schools and nonprofits, where she served in various operational and administrative roles. Upon joining 12M and Ed Tech Recruiting, Sarah leaned into the world of executive recruiting, thoughtfully engaging with clients in assessing needs and then developing and executing search strategies.  Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and master’s degree in applied (I/O) psychology from the University of Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys visiting national parks, gardening, playing video games, listening to science podcasts, and cooking.

Lilyan Salazar


An exceptionally talented graphic designer, Lilyan has worked with 12M and Ed Tech Recruiting since 2018 to bring a client's brand identity to life.  Lilyan enjoys developing and designing a portfolio of collateral that captures a client's unique vision, mission, and culture. Her passion for design materialized while first attending City College of San Francisco, and then continued when she transferred to San Jose State University, where she received a BFA in graphic design.  Lilyan worked at a design studio for many years prior to joining our firm, handling clients ranging from nonprofit organizations to educational institutions. Outside of work, Lilyan has always had an affinity for the past — specifically the mid-century and beyond — appreciating different styles of music, cinema, architecture, design, and fashion. Lilyan also enjoys the present — and can often be found taking photos during walks in the city or hikes in natural surroundings.

Malika Oybekova

Project Support Specialist and Administrative Assistant

Malika hails from Uzbekistan and brings a vibrant energy and global perspective to the 12M and Ed Tech Recruiting team. Holding a degree in International Relations from UC San Diego, she serves as the team's project support specialist and administrative assistant.  Malika assists with many key milestones to ensure that searches stay on-track and achieve their objectives.  Malika is also passionate about artificial intelligence.  She is constantly expanding her AI expertise through online courses that demonstrate new and innovative techniques to improve operational workflows. Outside of her professional pursuits, Malika finds joy in reading, staying active through workouts and hiking, and exploring the vibrant city of San Francisco with friends and family. Fluent in three languages, Malika exemplifies the diverse talents that make our team thrive.

Micaela Rogers

Project Support Specialist

Micaela is a dedicated and creative member of the 12M and Ed Tech Recruiting team. Micaela graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems Management. Since 2018, Micaela has been a devoted team player supporting all phases of our retained searches. As a project support specialist, she works closely with the internal team and clients to develop and execute search strategies, recruit candidates, and support marketing and communication initiatives.  Presently, Micaela is continuing her education in the area of UX/UI and graphic design. Outside of the workday, Micaela loves playing with her two dogs, spending quality time with her husband, and reading thriller novels.

Diane Rosenberg


Diane Rosenberg, former head of Nueva School from 2001 to 2020, has been involved in leadership hiring for nearly 40 years. During her tenure at Nueva, enrollment grew from 317 to 950, and Nueva realized its long-held dream of opening an upper school to serve students in grades 9–12. Nueva continued to build upon its distinctive social-emotional learning programs and created a distinctive design thinking and engineering program for K–12 students through its own I-Lab and in collaboration with Stanford University’s Institute of Design. At 12M Recruiting, Diane supports searches both as a consultant to clients as well as a screener to candidates.  Diane brings a thoughtful, insightful, and strategic lens to hiring and talent acquisition.

Aaron Griffin


Aaron Griffin is a recruiter with a deep background in technology, innovation, and educational leadership.  As a former middle school science teacher, elementary principal, director of technology, and now associate head of school, he has always been passionate about moving schools forward and being innovative.  Aaron has mentored and coached many aspiring leaders and well-established leaders to fine-tune their craft and think differently.  He has presented on topics related to educational technology and leadership at many national and local conferences.  Aaron graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and from Aurora University with a master’s degree in educational leadership.  He currently serves on the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Board and is the associate director of the Georgia Educational Technology Competition Steering Committee.  Aaron lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and four children.

Miloni Gandhi


Miloni Gandhi has worked with the 12M and Ed Tech recruiting teams since 2019, providing insight across several areas of the search process: prospectus creation, search strategy, lead generation, and relationship building. Miloni is a quadruple UCLA Bruin (BA x 2 ’02, MA ’05, PhD ’10) and a 20 year veteran of the education industry with industry specializations in workforce development, higher education and international education.  Miloni is an active member of organizations such as NAFSA, AERA, and CCCAOE and has presented both regionally and internationally. She specializes regionally in California, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. She is a connector, LinkedIn enthusiast, and avid world traveler - and has visited all 7 continents.