Our Board

The Board of Directors offer significant professional experience, are committed to educational opportunities, and have extensive personal and professional networks that are useful in helping secure program partnerships and philanthropic funding. Board members participate fully in quarterly board meetings, fundraise on behalf of the organization, attend at least one programmatic event, stay connected to CollegeSpring through quarterly one-on-one meetings with the CEO, and commit to making an annual donation.


Tom Friel, Board Chair

Retired Chairman and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.

Tom Friel retired as chairman and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. in 2007. Tom joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1979 and played an important role in developing the firm’s leadership position in key markets. He was co-founder and then later assumed the responsibility of managing the firm’s technology practice, which he led from 1987 to 1995. From 1992 to 1999, Tom undertook the additional role of managing partner, Asia Pacific. From 1999 through 2001, he served as president of Heidrick & Struggles Ventures, the firm’s division responsible for all future initiatives, new business strategies, investments and alliances. He served as chairman and CEO from 2003 to 2006, prior to assuming the role of chairman. Tom is a graduate of Purdue University, where he majored in industrial engineering. He also holds a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and served on the Business School Advisory Council. In addition to serving as Board Chair of CollegeSpring, Tom is currently serving as a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Computer History Museum, and is a member of the advisory boards of Docusign Corp., Pomello and the Seraph Group. 

Julissa Arce, Board Member

Writer, Immigration Rights Activist

Julissa Arce is a writer and an immigration rights activist. She is the former Director of Public Affairs at Define American, a media organization that uses the power of story to change culture around immigration and citizenship. Prior to joining Define American, she built a successful career on Wall Street working at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and had seemingly achieved the American Dream, and yet she was not part of what defined American.

Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, including some of her years rising to prominence on Wall Street. In order to help other young people in similar circumstances, Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund, a scholarship program for immigrant students, regardless of their immigration status. She was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014.


Avi Dorfman, Board Member

Entrepreneur in Residence, The D.E. Shaw Group

Avi Dorfman is the Entrepreneur in Residence at The D.E. Shaw Group, a global investment and technology development firm with $41 billion under management. He previously served as a Vice President at Accretive, a venture capital firm with $500 million under management dedicated to incubating disruptive technology companies from the ground up, most notably Fandango, Accretive Health, Accolade, and Insureon. In 2012, Avi co-founded Compass, a national real estate technology platform that is now valued at over $1 billion. Avi began his career in the corporate finance and strategy practice at McKinsey & Company, and also spent summers in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers and on the private investments team at Access Industries. Prior to his national board appointment, Avi served as the founding chair of CollegeSpring’s New York regional board for two years, through which he was integral to the organization’s rapid growth on the east coast. He received a B.A. with first class honors from McGill University and an M.I.A. in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University.


Larry Kubal, Board Member

Founder, Labrador Ventures; Managing Partner, Labrador Ventures III, IV and V

Mr. Kubal has invested in seed and early stage information technology companies for the last 23 years. He is a founder of Labrador Ventures and serves as a managing partner of Labrador Ventures III, IV and V. Labrador was among the founding investors in Pandora Media (NYSE:P) where Mr. Kubal served on the board for seven years up to the IPO. In Addition, Mr. Kubal currently serves as the Labrador representative with portfolio companies Altierre, PlayPhone, and RocketFuel.

In addition to his investment experience, Mr. Kubal was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm. Prior to consulting, Mr. Kubal worked extensively in computerized database publishing for McGraw-Hill Publications Company and for the Academy for Educational Development. Mr. Kubal was also a founding executive with a venture-backed PC software company, Avalanche Technologies, ultimately acquired by Microsoft.

Mr. Kubal received his undergraduate degree from Duke University (1974), cum laude with departmental distinction, and his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (1982).


Paul Martino, Board Member 

Managing Director, Bullpen Capital

Paul is Managing Director of Bullpen Capital. He is the founder of four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust), Tribe (one of the world’s first social networks), and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising targeting and attribution company acquired in 2014 for $150 million). Paul’s early online gaming innovations in multi-player user experience, from almost 20 years ago, are the inspiration for several of the modern social gaming offerings. He is the holder of over a dozen core patents covering social networking and big data. Prior to forming Bullpen, he was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, Udemy, and PayNearMe. Paul founded Bullpen in 2010 and has led several of its key investments. He currently sits on the board of FanDuel, the leader in daily fantasy sports. Other key Bullpen investments include Life 360, Ipsy, Citrus Data, Namely, and Betable. Paul holds a BS in Mathematics from Lehigh University and a Masters in Computer Science from Princeton University.


Garrett Neiman, Board Member

Co-Founder and CEO, CollegeSpring

Garrett is the co-founder and CEO of CollegeSpring. Garrett incubated CollegeSpring at Stanford University, where he majored in Economics and realized that his experience could help other students prepare for college. During his time at Stanford, Garrett interned at the U.S. Department of Education, conducted research with America’s most prominent education economist, served as an advisor to Google’s Education Applications Team, and co-directed Stanford Dance Marathon, the largest student-led philanthropic event in the Bay Area. He also served as a voting member of Stanford’s Board of Trustees and Public Service Student Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Senior Gift Committee, where he led an effort that doubled the previous class gift record. Garrett has been honored as an East Palo Alto Social Venture Fellow, Stanford Nonprofits Board Fellow, Public Service Leadership Fellow, and Young People For Fellow. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Orange County Register, the Stanford Daily, and the USC Trojan, and he has served as an invited speaker at events hosted by The College Board, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Stanford University, among others.

Todd Penner, Board Member

Team Lead, College Preparation & Completion, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Todd oversees the U.S. Education team’s College Preparation & Completion portfolio, which empowers more high-need students to graduate from high school college-ready, enroll in college, and obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Prior to joining the foundation in May 2008, Todd spent 13 years at Dell Inc. in various marketing and support positions, his last being Director of Worldwide e-Support. Before Dell, he worked with Exxon Chemical Company and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Todd has a bachelor’s in business administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan. Todd is currently the Treasurer at Girlstart, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit that empowers girls in science, technology, engineering and math, and serves on the board of CollegeSpring, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps students from low-income backgrounds boost SAT scores, navigate college admissions and financial aid, and confidently pursue college degrees.


Mindy Rogers, Treasurer and Secretary

Community Volunteer

Mindy Rogers began her career at Bain & Company. She later joined Wells Fargo Bank as Vice President, where she held a variety of managerial positions in banking operations including General Manager of Northern California check processing, a 24/7 operation with over 300 employees and an $11 million budget. After leaving Wells Fargo, she became a consultant to the bank on a range of issues, including merger integration support, cost reduction, operational management, marketing, and new product launches. Mindy is very involved in her community. At Sacred Heart Preparatory Atherton, Mindy served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including for seven years as a member of the Board of Trustees. For four years, she chaired the Board, where she led a strategic planning process, worked with the administration to implement numerous key initiatives and launch a $95 million capital campaign, led a search for a new head of school, and worked to improve governance and financial reporting. Currently, she is a Board Member for Stanford New Schools-a network of charter schools in East Palo Alto run by the Stanford School of Education-and an active volunteer with Project Read, the Boys and Girls’ Club of the Peninsula, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Stanford University. Mindy earned her B.A. in Economics, with Honors and Distinction, and her M.B.A. from Stanford University. She is married to Jesse Rogers, with three children.

Ralph Sutton, Board Member

Chief Investment Officer, IMF

Ralph Sutton is the chief investment officer at Bentham IMF, the US subsidiary of the Australian litigation funding pioneer. He has assisted the company in its investment in more than 40 cases in the US, creating a US investment portfolio with claims valued at approximately $1.5 billion. He has also innovated funding solutions that are being rapidly adopted throughout the legal community, such as litigation portfolios as collateral for off-balance sheet working capital or operational cost financing.

Ralph has championed Bentham’s focus on fairness and sustainability in the litigation funding industry, and has been a fierce advocate for increased access to civil justice. In 2016, he led the company in its decision to provide a significant capital contribution to the UC Irvine School of Law’s new national Civil Justice Research Institute, which will study factors that limit access to America’s court system.

A former trial attorney with over 17 years of experience litigating cases, Ralph has deep experience in litigation funding. Before joining Bentham, he helped found Credit Suisse’s Litigation Risk Strategies group, introducing innovative third-party funding to a traditional Wall Street investment bank. He graduated from Columbia College with honors in English Literature, and received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. After graduating from NYU, Ralph served as a law clerk to US District Court Judge G. Thomas Eisele for two years.


Alex Terman, Board Member

Education Consultant

Alex Terman is an independent education consultant, focusing on strategy, finance, and operations for K-12 schools and related organizations. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Alex served as a Partner at the Learning Accelerator, a non-profit organization that supports the implementation of high-quality blended learning. Alex was the co-founder and CEO of Digital Parent, an online service providing e-learning resources and advice for parents of young children, and served as the Chief Business Officer for the Stupski Foundation, an operating foundation focused on transforming urban school districts. He was also the founding Chief Operating Officer at Leadership Public Schools, a charter management organization serving low income communities in the Bay Area. In addition to his involvement in education, Alex has worked at America Online and Bain & Company. He has an MBA from Stanford, a BA in History from UC Berkeley, and completed the Broad Residency, a two-year program that prepares participants for leadership roles in public education.


Gene Sykes, Regional Board Chair

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Gene Sykes is Co-Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Co-Chairman of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group. Previously, he was Co-Chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Sykes is a member of the Management Committee and the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. He joined the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York in 1984 and moved to Los Angeles in 1987. He became a Partner in 1992. Mr. Sykes is a trustee of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a board member of Common Sense Media, a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and a trustee of St. Matthew’s Parish School. He earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1984 and an AB from Harvard University in 1980. 

Ambassador Frank Baxter, Regional Board Member

Retired CEO and Chairman, Jefferies & Company

Frank Baxter graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA degree in economies with honors in 1961. Before college he enlisted in the Air Force for four years. After college he worked at the Bank of California, San Francisco. In 1963 he joined J.S. Strauss and Company, San Francisco, which then was a major third market firm.

From 1974 until 2002 he was employed by Jefferies and Company, a global investment bank specializing in small and mid-cap companies. In 1984, he moved to London to start and act as Managing Director of Jefferies International. In 1987 he became CEO of Jefferies. That same year he started the Investment Technology Group. He is now Chairman Emeritus of the firm. He is a former director of the NASD and served as Chairman of the committee. He subsequently served on the Board of NASDAQ as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the CEO search committee. He is also a former director of the Securities Industry Association. He served as the United States Ambassador to Uruguay under George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009.

Mr. Baxter’s civic activities include: Chairman of the Board of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, an organization dedicated to starting a number of charter schools in Los Angeles; Chairman of the Board of After-School All Stars, an after-school program for middle-school children; Board Member, California Institute of the Arts; Member, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth; Vice Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Opera, whose budget has grown 2 1/2 times during his tenure as President; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is undergoing a major building campaign; Trustee, University of California Berkeley Foundation; and Trustee, I Have A Dream Foundation, LA Chapter. 


Sarah Ketterer, Regional Board Member

CEO, Causeway Capital

Ms. Ketterer is the chief executive officer of Causeway, portfolio manager for the firm’s fundamental and absolute returns strategies, and is responsible for investment research across all sectors. Ms. Ketterer is a member of Causeway’s operating committee. She co- founded the firm in June 2001. From November 1996 to June 2001, Ms. Ketterer worked for the Hotchkis and Wiley division of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (“HW-MLIM”). At HW-MLIM, she was a managing director and co- head of the firm’s HW-MLIM International and Global Value team. From 1990 to 1996, Ms. Ketterer was a portfolio manager at Hotchkis and Wiley, where she co-founded the international equity product. Ms. Ketterer is currently a director of the Music Center Foundation, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and the Broad Stage. Ms. Ketterer has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. 


John Kissick, Regional Board Member

Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Ares Management

Mr. John H. Kissick is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Ares Private Equity Group. Mr. Kissick is a Co-Founder of Ares Management, L.P. and Senior Partner at Ares Management GP LLC. He is a Co-Founder of Ares Management LLC and is Senior Partner. He is Limited Partner of Peak View Partners, LLC. He is a Co-Founder of Ares Capital Corporation. He serves at Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund I, L.P.; Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund II, L.P. and Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund III, L.P. Mr. Kissick is a Senior Partner at Ares. Prior to joining Ares in 1997, he was a Co-Founder of Apollo Management, L.P. in 1990. He co-founded Apollo Global Management, LLC in 1990 and served as its Principal. He oversaw and led the capital markets activities of Apollo Management, L.P. from 1990 until 1997, particularly focusing on high yield bonds, leveraged loans, distressed debt and other fixed income assets. Prior to 1990, Mr. Kissick served as a Senior Executive Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., where he began in 1975, eventually heading its Corporate Finance Department. He serves as Director at Ares Private Equity Group and Ares Management GP LLC. Mr. Kissick serves on the Board of Directors of City Ventures LLC since April 2013.

He serves on the boards of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Stanford University Athletic Department and its Graduate School of Education, and L.A.’s Promise. He served as Director of Converse, Inc. since 1994; Quality Distribution Inc. since June 1998; and Quality Distribution LLC since May 2002. He served as Director of Florsheim, Inc. from 1994 to August 2002. Mr. Kissick graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and with highest honors from the Stanford Business School with a M.B.A. in Finance. 


Dale Okuno, Regional Board Member

CEO, Okuno Associates, Inc.

Dale Okuno’s professional credentials include: FINRA Series 7 and 24, Investment Advisor Representative, Registered Principal with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (TFA), Chartered Life Underwriter, and Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He currently directs Okuno Associates, Inc., an Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction of TFA.

Dale was born, raised and still resides in Pasadena, with his wife, Ayako, and their two children. He graduated from San Jose State University with BA degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, and began working at Okuno Associates in 1975, becoming managing general agent in 1982.

In 1986 he co-founded E-Z Data, Inc., serving as its CEO, to develop practice management software especially designed for financial advisors and financial institutions. In 2009 E-Z Data was acquired by E-bix, and today its software continues to provide solutions to over 100,000 insurance and financial advisors worldwide.

Dale serves on the board of the Pacific Commerce Bank, Puroast Coffee Company and a number of technology companies. His community activities include supporting the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Pasadena Jazz Institute (chair) and the Alliance College Ready Public Schools (board member). 


Wendy Wachtell, Regional Board Member

President, Joseph Drown Foundation

Wendy Wachtell is the Vice President and Program Director of the Joseph Drown Foundation, a Los Angeles-based private foundation that distributes approximately $5,000,000 annually to nonprofits in the Los Angeles area. She currently serves on a variety of Boards, including the Joseph Drown Foundation, Los Angeles Urban Funders, The John Thomas Dye School, The Accelerated School, and the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. 


Avi Dorfman, Regional Board Chair

Entrepreneur in Residence, The D.E. Shaw Group

Avi Dorfman is the Entrepreneur in Residence at The D.E. Shaw Group, a global investment and technology development firm with $41 billion under management. He previously served as a Vice President at Accretive, a venture capital firm with $500 million under management dedicated to incubating disruptive technology companies from the ground up, most notably Fandango, Accretive Health, Accolade, and Insureon. In 2012, Avi co-founded Compass, a national real estate technology platform that is now valued at over $1 billion. Avi began his career in the corporate finance and strategy practice at McKinsey & Company, and also spent summers in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers and on the private investments team at Access Industries. Prior to his national board appointment, Avi served as the founding chair of CollegeSpring’s New York regional board for two years, through which he was integral to the organization’s rapid growth on the east coast. He received a B.A. with first class honors from McGill University and an M.I.A. in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University.


Ankur Agrawal, Regional Board Member

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Ankur Agrawal is a Partner at McKinsey & Company in the New York office. He is a leader of the North America Healthcare practice, with a focus on and passion for counseling healthcare companies on strategy and corporate finance. Ankur’s recent work includes corporate strategy, M&A and strategy/finance functional excellence at many leading healthcare companies. He has worked recently with several mid-size companies and helped them scale.

Ankur has authored articles on strategy and corporate finance topics in McKinsey on Finance and has presented his work at CFO/CSO round tables in Boston, New York and San Francisco. Ankur received his B. Eng. degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from IRIM&EE India. He was also designated a Chartered Engineer by the Engineering Council, UK. Ankur received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow in finance.


Tracey K. Allard, Regional Board Member

Nonprofit Executive and Social Entrepreneur

Tracey is a strategic nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur with a longstanding commitment to empowering marginalized individuals and communities.

Currently, Tracey serves as the Executive Director of the African Dream Initiative, an organization that gives promising but disadvantaged children the resources to become Africa’s future leaders. She is also the Founder of a new venture – in development – called Community Entrepreneur Corps, to empower an underserved population of community college students to become agents of change in their communities.

Previously, Tracey served as the Executive Director of The Resolution Project where she led the delivery and expansion of a unique Fellowship program that helps undergraduate students create social change in more than 60 countries around the world. During her time at Resolution, Tracey built key partnerships to ensure that Resolution’s Fellowship opportunity reaches marginalized and other under-represented students.

Prior to joining Resolution, Tracey served as Executive Director of StreetWise Partners, an organization offering unique career mentoring and professional development to individuals with multiple barriers to employment. There she restructured, refocused, and improved operations to increase effectiveness and deepen impact; improved methods for evaluating organizational effectiveness; and initiated the organization’s first formal strategic planning process in 17 years to guide future direction and decisions.

Tracey holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Tracey’s passion for travel and learning about other cultures has led her to destinations including Fiji, Mongolia, Madagascar, Cambodia, Swaziland, and Turkey.

Tracey is a first-generation American whose family hails from Trinidad & Tobago, and she is a proud, long-time resident of Brooklyn, NY.


Ben Bronfman, Regional Board Member

Principal, Global Thermostat

Mr. Bronfman is an entrepreneur responsible for bringing the founding members of the Global Thermostat team together. Ben has a background in Politics, Activism, Science and Music. Ben is also a multi-instrumentalist. Before bringing the GT team together Ben was on the Dean’s list at Emerson College, majoring in Communications – Politics & Law. In 2001, Ben went on to form the critically acclaimed alternative rock outfit The Exit and in 2007 founded Green Owl, an outlet for music, politics, fashion & social change with a focus on environmental sustainability.


Elizabeth A. Cooper, Regional Board Member

Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP

Elizabeth Cooper is a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Corporate Department. Her diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on banks and other financial institutions. Her range of M&A clients has included KKR, Carlyle, Blackstone, Charles Schwab, Xerox, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Lightyear Capital and Mellon Financial. She also represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with structuring its program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP. In 2015 Elizabeth was named an “MVP” for M&A by Law360, and cited by Chambers as being “among the next generation of elite lawyers.” Elizabeth serves as one of Simpson Thacher’s Hiring Partners. She joined Simpson Thacher following her graduation from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar. She received her A.B. from Harvard University.


Alex Farman-Farmaian, Regional Board Member

Partner & Vice Chairman, Edgewood Management

Alex is a Partner and Vice-Chairman of Edgewood, a leading asset management firm with over $11 billion under management, a role he has held since 2006. He is a member of Edgewood’s Investment Committee. Previously he was at W.P. Stewart & Co. for 19 years where he was a senior member of the U.S. and global equity research and portfolio management teams and was responsible for managing some 20% of the firm’s overall assets. He chaired the Investment Oversight Committee and managed the bulk of the firm’s global account assets. Alex received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1987.  He was President of the Princeton Club of New York until November 2006 and belongs to the Economics Club of New York. He serves on the board of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC).


Irfan Hussain, Regional Board Member 

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Irfan is global co-head of Investment Management Division Technology and Merchant Banking Division Technology. He also has shared oversight of the technology team at the firm’s Salt Lake City office. Irfan is a member of the Technology Executive Leadership Group. Prior to assuming his current role, Irfan was the global head of Equities Technology. Irfan has held various positions at the firm in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities and Equities Technology. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 in New York as an analyst in Foreign Exchange Technology. Irfan was named managing director in 2006 and partner in 2014. Irfan earned a BS in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin .


Teena-Ann Sankoorikal, Regional Board Member

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. She has a broad litigation practice, with particular experience in intellectual property-related disputes, including patent, copyright, trade secret and breach of contract, as well as antitrust matters.  Ms. Sankoorikal has represented both plaintiffs and defendants including Alarm.com (patent litigation), IBM (copyright, trade secret and antitrust), Qualcomm (patent), Warner Brothers Records (copyright) and Frank Reginald Brown (dispute relating to ownership interest in Snapchat), among others.

Ms. Sankoorikal co-authored the Intellectual Property Law Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute, which is currently in its fourth edition. Ms. Sankoorikal was recognized for her work in intellectual property litigation in the Leaders League Innovation – Technology & Intellectual Property Report in 2014.  In 2013, Ms. Sankoorikal was named a “Rising Star” by both New York Law Journal and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).  In 2012, she received the “Best Lawyers Under 40” award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for her outstanding professional achievements and dedication to the Asian Pacific American community.


Sheila Sarma, Regional Board Member

Independent Consultant

Sheila Sarma is an independent consultant working in the field of reproductive health. For ten years, she worked at Gynuity Health Projects, a research and technical assistance organization dedicated to the idea that all people should have access to the benefits of medical science and technology development. At Gynuity, Sheila was a Senior Program Associate and conducted reproductive health research in India, Vietnam and the former Soviet Union.  Prior to her work at Gynuity, Sheila was a Data and Analysis Reporting Manager at HIV Care Services, a project of the Medical and Health Research Association of NYC, Inc. (now Public Health Solutions). Sheila evaluated program data and prepared recommendations for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in New York City.

Sheila graduated from Wellesley College and earned her Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. 


Richard Steele, Regional Board Member

Principal, SYPartners

Dickie is a principal at the management and design consulting firm SYPartners, where he’s partnered with senior leaders at IBM and other companies to establish new strategies and tools to transform the way they work.

He has over two decades of experience in corporate strategy and organizational consulting. As a partner at Marakon Associates, Dickie advised clients across the consumer goods, media, and financial services sectors. As a senior partner and head of the New York office at The Bridgespan Group, he worked in the social sector, tackling problems relating to education, technology, and global development for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Omidyar Network, and The United Nations Foundation, among others.

Dickie has written extensively on strategic management for publications including Harvard Business Review. He also teaches a course on leadership at The School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University and serves on the boards of The Atlantic Council and The DO School, a disruptive higher education start-up. He studied at Durham University and has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.

He lives in New York and is married to the neuroscientist Sarah Stanley, with whom he has two children, Evie and Felix.


Nada Usina, Regional Board Member

Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Nada Usina is a member of Russell Reynolds Associates’ CEO/Board Services Practice and leads the Technology Sector for the firm across the Americas. She also co-leads the firm’s global Digital Convergence and Mobile Practice as well as the firm’s global Sports Practice. Her clients range from Fortune 500 media, entertainment, consumer and technology brands to venture capital and private equity-backed companies.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Nada served as President of publicly-traded JumpTV, which merged with Neulion to become the world’s leading online video and IPTV multi-platform provider. Prior to that, Usina was President of XOS Broadband, which was acquired by JumpTV for over $60 million.

Nada has had responsibility for up to 1,500 employees. She served as General Manager and President, Nokia Canada, General Manager, North and South America for Nokia’s entertainment and media business, and was Director of Yahoo!’s entertainment business development and sales programs. She also led the sports business and the marketing team at Broadcast.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion during her tenure.

A native of Toronto, Canada, she moved to the U.S. and received her B.S. in Marketing and International Business and her M.S. from Florida State University.


Aman Verjee, Regional Board Member

Chief Financial Officer, CAN Capital

Aman Verjee has 15 years of experience as an executive in a broad range of industries, including digital advertising, ecommerce, consumer electronics, and financial technology.

Aman Is currently the Chief Financial Officer at CAN Capital, one of the leaders in the alternative finance space that is revolutionizing how small businesses gain financing to grow their businesses. In that role, Aman has led his management team through significant and profitable growth, and a $650 million debt capital raise with banks such as Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays and UBS participating.

Aman also spent three years as CFO of Collective, Inc, a New York-based advertising technology platform where he managed the finance, legal, facilities and IT functions and led a Series C equity financing from Accel, Greycroft, Samsung Ventures,  iNovia Capital and Cox Media Group. He also spent two years as CFO of Sonos, a builder of wireless sound systems.

Prior to that, Aman spent eight years at eBay, Inc, where his responsibilities included: US CFO of eBay Marketplaces; strategy lead for eBay; and FP&A and strategy lead for PayPal.

Aman holds a law degree from Harvard University and an AB in economics and public policy from Stanford University. He has been chairman of the Board of The Stanford Review, the campus weekly paper, for 12 years, and lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.


Jordan Waxman, Regional Board Member

Managing Partner, HSW Advisors at HighTower

Jordan is a managing partner at HSW Advisors at HighTower, where he specializes in tax, wealth transfer, philanthropic and estate planning, and asset risk management. He frequently advises on the structure and execution of onshore and offshore trust solutions, and counsels on philanthropic planning issues and techniques.

Jordan joined HighTower in March 2012 after ten years with the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch and eight years as a wealth manager with Goldman Sachs & Co. He has been named to Worth Magazine’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors list, the Financial Times Top Registered Investment Adviser list, and Forbes’ America’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors list, among other honors. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from McGill University, and a B.A. (with honors) from McGill’s Faculty of Arts.

Jordan is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Professionals and the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of HighTower and the Friends of McGill University, and is Board Emeritus of the Eli and Edythe Broad Theatre in Santa Monica. He serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, where he co-teaches Investments for the B. Comm, and on the Faculty Advisory Board of McGill’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches Estate Planning. He lives with his wife, Caren, and three children in Cresskill, NJ.


Diana Balgas, Regional Board Member

Executive Director of Transfer Programs, CSU East Bay


Karen Bene, Regional Board Member

Director of Sales, LinkedIn

Karen joined LinkedIn in 2011 and is currently a Director of Sales within the Marketing Solutions business, after having spent several years holding operations leadership roles.  In 2015, Karen led LinkedIn’s Women’s Initiative, a program aimed at increasing diverse perspectives from high potential and qualified women in senior leadership roles through creating an inclusive workplace.  Prior to LinkedIn, Karen spent 11 years in various management consulting, program management and operations roles with Cap Gemini and Advent Software.  Karen earned a BA in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gloria Brown, Regional Board Member

Community Leader


Walker Connolly, Regional Board Member

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Currently a Director within PwC Advisory and co-leader of the Forensics Services Data Analytics practice, Walker is a client service engagement leader with a focus on the financial services industry. His clients include major financial institutions and regional banks, and his project work includes solving complex regulatory matters and assessing and improving compliance programs.

Across 11 years with PwC, Walker has been primarily focused on anti-money laundering, third party risk management, regulatory and management reporting, payments processing and finance transformation; within these areas, he has successfully leveraged technology to provide impactful and effective solutions for clients. Additionally, he has led the design and implementation of multiple large scale web based applications for regulatory compliance purposes.

Walker has experience in leading large international teams and managing multiple complex engagements simultaneously, and is a leader with a proven track record who invests heavily in the career and skill development of his team.  Walker actively works to establish a practice that provides a great depth of knowledge across a wide range of services.  


Tarah S. Evans, Regional Board Member

Executive Director, Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation

Tarah has more than 15 years of experience with non-profits and in the private sector and her role is to manage the widespread philanthropic efforts of the company and the Johnson family.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Tarah also obtained her certification (CPCC) in Executive Coaching in 2005 from the Coaches Training Institute.

Tarah began consulting to the Job Corps division of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. She also worked as an associate at a consulting firm that developed curricula for job training programs serving at-risk youth.

Tarah was also director of New Ways Workers, a San Francisco-based youth program for high school students. Working with the mayor’s office and the San Francisco school district, she designed and launched a variety of mentoring and school-to-career programs to help students finish high school and move on to college – as well as handling fundraising, grant-writing, and working directly with the youth.

At Asset Management, she handles all manner of giving, including grants to educational, arts and environmental organizations. Youth education programs are her passion – she currently serves on the board of the East Palo Alto Youth Court, one of the newest additions to the portfolio.


Katherine Hagey, Regional Board Member

Manager, Bain & Company

Katie Hagey is a Manager in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office. She began as an Associate Consultant in Bain’s Boston office in 2008. Katie currently works with Bain’s Private Equity clients on due diligence projects across a range of industries.

Since joining Bain in 2008, Katie has worked primarily with retail and consumer products clients across numerous sectors including grocery, casual dining, apparel and accessories, gift products, footwear and activewear. Her experience covers a range of functions, with expertise in corporate innovation / adjacency strategy / new concept development and enterprise technology (IT) strategy.

In addition to her client work with Bain, Katie is the AC Recruiting Manager for Bain Bay Area. She is passionate about higher education, particularly admissions and financial aid.

Katie received her BA/BS, MBA, and MA in Higher Education from Stanford University.


Joel Jones, Regional Board Member

Vice President, Sales Planning and Operations, Facebook

Joel joined Facebook in 2012 and leads the global Sales Planning & Operations team, which scales Facebook’s business through planning, enablement, and operations. Prior to Facebook, Joel worked at Yahoo! for five years with roles leading the Americas Ad Marketplaces team, as the Chief of Staff to the CEO, and in the Corporate Strategy group. Prior to that, Joel spent seven years with McKinsey & Company leading digital media business growth and go-to-market strategy in high tech. Joel has an M.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech and a B.S.E. in Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan, and currently resides in San Jose, CA.

Matthew Kinsella, Regional Board Member

Managing Director, Maverick Capital Ventures

Mr. Kinsella joined Maverick in 2005 and was responsible for the public software investment effort from 2008 to 2014 and in 2014 he began focusing full-time on Maverick’s private investment efforts.  He received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (Summa Cum Laude, Hamilton Award recipient) where he was President of Keenan Hall and Treasurer of the Class of 2005.  Prior to joining Maverick, Mr. Kinsella interned in the Alternative Investments Group at J.P. Morgan, the Notre Dame Endowment Office, and the Chicago Board of Trade.  He serves as Chairman of the Maverick Capital Foundation.

Sinohe Terrero, Regional Board Member

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Quid


Southern California Young Professionals Board

Dana Craig, Young Professionals Board Chair

Senior Associate, Gibson Dunn


Trisha Ananiades, Young Professionals Board Member

Dreamworks


Lorenzo Arroyo, Young Professionals Board Member

Associate, Gibson Dunn


William Brien, Young Professionals Board Member

Associate, Gibson Dunn


Arthur Chan, Young Professionals Board Member

Associate, Gibson Dunn


Alexander Jacobson, Young Professionals Board Member

Management Consultant, PwC Consulting


Katy Sharp, Young Professionals Board Member

Associate, Gibson Dunn


Jared Strumwasser, Young Professionals Board Member

Associate, Gibson Dunn


Taylor Thompson, Young Professionals Board Member

Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services


Peter Wyman, Young Professionals Board Member

Associate, Goldman Sachs


Bay Area Emerging Leaders Board

Dean Serure, Emerging Leaders Board Chair

Associate, Summit Partners

Dean is currently an Associate in the Healthcare Group at Summit Partners. Prior to Summit, Dean worked in the Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Brown University. Dean was a four year letter winner and four time academic All-American in water polo while attending Brown. When not in the pool or in the classroom he helped tutor Iraqi Refugees through the BRYTE program and sat as the Athletic Services Chair of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.


Max Clermont, Emerging Leaders Board Member

Campaign Strategist

Max Clermont is a campaign strategist based in Los Angeles. He was most recently a manager with 270 Strategies, a political consulting firm headquartered in Washington D.C. Max has worked with a diverse array of domestic and international electoral campaigns, issue organizations, technology companies, and corporate partners. He has led his clients in the design and implementation of political and policy strategy focused on organization building, issue identity, partnerships, and constituent activation. He focuses on helping leaders and organizations in the health, political, and justice space enhance the experience of the communities they represent and find ways to encourage action.

Prior to joining 270, Max was a Regional Field Director in Florida for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He previously held positions with the 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committee, Partners In Health, Pencils of Promise, and Brown University.

Max is inspired by work that protects rights and promotes equity in our “systems”. Max received his B.A. and M.P.H. from Brown University with a concentration in health policy and practice.