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.
Julissa Arce, Board Member
Writer, Immigration Rights Activist
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
Larry Kubal, Board Member
Founder, Labrador Ventures; Managing Partner, Labrador Ventures III, IV and V
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
Garrett Neiman, Board Member
Co-Founder and CEO, CollegeSpring
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
Ralph Sutton, Board Member
Chief Investment Officer, IMF
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
Gene Sykes, Regional Board Chair
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
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.
Jason Collins, Regional Board Member
Retired NBA Player
Jason Collins is a retired American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Collins attended Stanford University, where he was an All-American in the 2000-2001 season. Upon graduating with a B.A. from Stanford, Collins was selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft with the 18th overall pick. A 13-year veteran, Collins played center for six teams including New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston, Washington and, most recently, the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). While in the league, Collins’ teams earned 10 trips to the playoffs, including 2 NBA Finals appearances.
After the 2012-13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he is gay. President Obama expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement and said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins has traveled the country with the mission of empowering people to live their lives as their true selves, and has become an active member of numerous charities, foundations and organizations. In 2013, GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, honored Collins with the Courage Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards. In 2014, Logo TV honored Collins with its inaugural Trailblazer Award. Also in 2014, the Matthew Shepard Foundation honored Collins with its Making a Difference Award at its annual Honors Gala. In April 2014, Collins was featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In January of 2015, the National Civil Rights Museum honored Collins with a Sports Legacy Award.
Jason is an Ambassador for the NBA Cares— spreading goodwill on behalf of the NBA with its players, community and corporate partners. He also served on President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, which worked to motivate Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle via physical activity and nutrition. Collins resides in Los Angeles, California.
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
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
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
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
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.
Jordan Waxman, Regional Board Member
Managing Partner, HSW Advisors at HighTower
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
Walker Connolly, Regional Board Member
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
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
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
Matthew Kinsella, Regional Board Member
Managing Director, Maverick Capital Ventures
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
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
Max Clermont, Emerging Leaders Board Member
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.