We’re a team of educators, social justice advocates, and lifelong learners dedicated to expanding opportunities for equitable test prep.

Across our offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York City, we strive to embody the following Core Values in our work with teachers, students, and each other:

  • Excellence Is Our Standard. We believe in the potential of people, the power of ambitious goals, and supporting each other to achieve excellence.
  • Learning Drives Us. Every day we learn, improve, adapt, and make the changes that propel our progress.
  • Challenges Are Opportunities. A can-do attitude and growth mindset can move mountains.
  • Relationships Fuel Impact. Accountability, trust, and communication are the cornerstones of the relationships, internal and external, which make our impact possible.
  • Equity is Our Aim. We center historically marginalized perspectives and continuously eliminate disparities that affect us and our work.
  • Leadership Team
  • Staff
  • National Board
  • Bay Area Board
  • New York Board
  • SoCal Board
  • Bay Area Young Professionals Board
  • SoCal Young Professionals Board

Leadership Team

Yoon S. Choi, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. Choi brings to CollegeSpring over a decade of leadership, management, and fundraising experience, primarily with organizations serving urban youth. She joined after nearly five years with Spark, a national nonprofit career exploration and self-discovery program for middle school students. She played several different roles throughout her tenure there, including regional Executive Director, VP of California, Chief Strategy Officer, and interim President, taking the organization to new heights with program scale, partnership development, and fundraising.

Previously, Dr. Choi worked at Para Los Niños, a nonprofit providing education, health, and youth workforce / development services to Los Angeles’ underserved communities. An anthropologist by training, she conducted years of fieldwork with NGOs in East / Southeast Asia.

She earned her doctorate in Anthropology with a Critical Theory emphasis from the University of California at Irvine, as well as a master’s degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College.

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Nichole Gangitano

Head of Programs & Impact
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Nichole leads CollegeSpring’s work in program strategy, quality, training, and data and evaluation. Prior to CollegeSpring, Nichole worked at Reading Partners, a national elementary literacy organization, where she led the national programs team, supported organizational growth and scale, provided executive oversight of an after-school initiative, and served in direct program roles as regional director and program manager in Silicon Valley. Prior to her work at Reading Partners, Nichole worked in the early care and education field, recruiting and training college students to serve as AmeriCorps members in preschool classrooms across San Francisco. She has an MPA in nonprofit administration and a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development, both from San Francisco State University. Nichole is a proud AmeriCorps alumni.

With over a decade working in the non-profit educational sector, Nichole is committed to creating equitable educational opportunities for under-resourced schools and communities. A first-generation college graduate, she is honored to work alongside the CollegeSpring team to ensure that a college education becomes a reality for every student.

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Mollie Kutscher

Head of Development & Communications
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Mollie has been fundraising on behalf of education for over ten years, and believes equitable access to educational opportunities is imperative to social justice. Most recently, she was the Director of Development & External Affairs at East Harlem Tutorial Program, a community-based organization founded in 1958. There, she oversaw the organization’s annual gala, the completion of a $45M capital campaign, and managed a team of six fundraisers and communications professionals. Prior to that, she was the founding Director of Development at Blue Engine, where she focused on building the systems, team, and donor base to support a rapidly expanding team-teaching and teacher-training model serving New York City public high schools. Before she joined Blue Engine, Mollie held various fundraising roles at the Oakland, CA based organization Reading Partners, and at the San Francisco Regional office of Jumpstart for Young Children.

Mollie holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. As the Head of Development & Communications, she is leading the team to build a sustainable fundraising model that supports CollegeSpring’s long-term growth and commitment to innovation.

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Krystal O'Leary

Head of California
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Krystal graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in History and minor in Education Studies. After earning her teaching credential from UCLA, she began her education career as a History teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Krystal went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Education from UCLA, where she studied urban education. During her second year of teaching, Krystal moved into education management when she became the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of a media-based California Partnership Academy. Under her leadership, the academy saw an increase in student population, graduation rates, and business/educational partnerships.

Krystal came to CollegeSpring in 2011 to launch academic year programs in the Los Angeles region. The success of that initial program allowed CollegeSpring to nearly double the number of students served in its second year of AYP implementation. Since then, Krystal has launched our Los Angeles office, codified our core program model, and standardized our seasonal staff training curriculum. Upon moving to the National Strategy and Impact Team, Krystal led the conceptualization and design of high-quality, data-driven, and innovative programs, supported program staff and program sites organization-wide, and developed systems and designed programming to ensure the successful onboarding and professional development of full-time programs staff across the organization. With over ten years of experience in education and a deep passion for CollegeSpring’s mission, Krystal now serves as Head of California, where she leads fundraising and partnership development for the region.

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Cailin Papszycki

Head of Partnerships
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Cailin has spent the last decade working to support college admissions initiatives in school districts throughout the country. Her passion for increasing equity and access led her to join CollegeSpring in early 2019 to lead partnership development.

Prior to CollegeSpring, she spent nearly 10 years at Kaplan Test Prep. Most recently, she launched and led the Pre-College Kaplan Partner Solutions team as Director of Institutional Partnerships. Previously, Cailin worked at Corporate Executive Board, a best practices research firm that is now owned by Gartner. While at CEB, she held a variety of sales roles, targeting executives in Advertising, Marketing, and Market Research. Cailin holds her B.A. in History from Boston College.

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Staff

Allyson Cook

Director of Program Quality and Learning
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Allyson began her career as an educator as an Americorps Member and full time teacher in Paterson, New Jersey and since then as served schools as a teacher, college counselor and academic dean. Allyson pursued her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Saint Peter’s University, while overseeing academic and enrichment programming in Newark, NJ that focused on identifying supporting student needs with community engagement. Allyson joined the CollegeSpring team in 2016 to hone in on helping students reach their secondary educational goals and has since grown within the organization serving as a regional team member and now national team member.

Allyson views herself as an integrated change agent who is committed to: empowering all scholars to build a growth mindset, ensuring they develop mastery in 21st century skills, and providing access to high quality colleges and professional careers by creating diverse, engaging learning opportunities. She is an advocate for education reform with the hope to narrow (and one day close) the opportunity and achievement gaps in America. Allyson develops and oversees key components of CollegeSpring programs such as implementation, quality, learning, and training of Programs Staff, Instructors, and Mentors. Allyson works to support designing and refining CollegeSpring’s national standards for high quality program implementation and then creating, training, and providing assistance to ensure the regional teams are set up to be successful in executing the model in alignment with those standards.

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Tania Davila

Programs Data Manager
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Tania began her career as a development associate at a domestic violence services agency in New York City where she used her knowledge and experience in program planning, evaluation, and grant writing to help diversify funding sources. In this role, she was uniquely positioned to understand the importance of data in securing grants, obtaining contracts, and building community partnerships. As Programs Data Manager at CollegeSpring, Tania oversees the quality of data collection and reporting efforts. Furthermore, she is in charge of ensuring staff is properly trained to administer and use data collection systems and tools. In this capacity, she supports the Strategy & Impact team to improve and broaden the scope of CollegeSpring’s reach through data-informed program planning, curriculum design, communications, and development.

As a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Tania holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree and has worked in both clinical and administrative settings on issues pertaining to domestic abuse, family violence, HIV/AIDS, immigration, and alcohol & drug dependency. In the years prior to working at CollegeSpring, Tania was a Personal Advisor for Employment & Training for homeless youth in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Master of Arts in Literature degree from San Diego State University and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Japan.

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Arthur De La Cruz

Partnerships Manager
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Arthur has always been a strong advocate for helping students gain equitable opportunities towards higher education because he was a student who was supported by similar programs.  Through middle and high school, he was a participant in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program which aimed to teach college readiness to students from underrepresented and low-income backgrounds.

With the support of AVID, he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History and Mass Communications.  Most recently, Arthur worked for JCYC Educational Talent Search, a federally funded TRiO program based in San Francisco. With JCYC, Arthur honed his interest in working with low-income and first-generation youth to achieve their higher education dreams.  As a Partnerships Manager in the Bay Area office, Arthur supports schools and teachers in implementing CollegeSpring’s program.

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Estelle Gwinn

Curriculum and Content Manager
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After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in political science from Washington State University, Estelle began her career as a politics and education reporter for newspapers in Washington state. After two years, she returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in secondary teaching and education. While earning her master’s, she also volunteered as a mentor for struggling middle school students and worked as a writing tutor for undergraduate students. Upon graduating, she entered the classroom and spent three years teaching English at one of the most diverse high schools in Washington state where she helped design curriculum to raise students’ standardized state test scores. Her experiences in the classroom quickly expanded her skill set for differentiation and creative curriculum design. She is passionate about social justice and believes education can be the ultimate equalizer if students and teachers are provided with quality, comprehensible support. As Curriculum and Content Manager, she helps develop and refine curriculum materials and staff training materials.

 

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Jacob Hobson

Development and Communications Coordinator
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Jacob believes that access to quality higher education broadens personal horizons, drives economic mobility, and strengthens our democracy. He holds a concurrent Ph.D. in English and Medieval Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He designed and taught a range of courses there as a postdoctoral lecturer, from Old English to Berkeley Literature. Jacob has also published several scholarly articles and short notices about medieval England and Scandinavia. In his free time, he volunteers as treasurer of the Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland’s board. 

 At CollegeSpring, Jacob is responsible for soliciting funds from local and regional foundations in each of our territories. 

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Monica Lee

Instructional Coach
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Monica began her career in education with Moving Forward Education as a tutor and mentor to middle school girls in Oakland, CA. At Moving Forward, Monica deepened her awareness of inequities and inequalities within the public education sector. She continued to develop a passion for greater educational access and equality through her two years of teaching first grade at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. During this time, it became clear to her that although quality public education is advertised as a right for all students, in reality, a quality education is incredibly exclusive and competitive. Monica hopes that her work with CollegeSpring as an Instructional Coach in the New York office will allow her to bring greater awareness to educators and administrators about inequality and college access. She also would like this work to provide an opportunity to help empower and mobilize students of disenfranchised populations to pursue higher-education opportunities. Monica received her B.A. in American Literature and Civic Engagement at Hofstra University. She also received her M.S. in Urban Policy and Leadership with an emphasis in Education Policy from Hunter College. Monica is especially devoted to being an advocate for both students and teachers. She is committed to creating bridges between students, educators, caretakers and community members in order to cultivate culturally responsive learning environments that promote both academic and social-emotional success for all.

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Abby Morenigbade

Partnerships Coordinator
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Abby graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.A. in Psychology and Government. It was during her time at F&M that Abby began to actively pursue her passion for creating a more equitable education system in the U.S. As an immigrant herself, Abby has always held a deep conviction that every child deserves a great education regardless of their socio-economic or immigration status. Consequently, she  volunteered and later interned at a refugee center in Lancaster, PA. During her year at the refugee center, Abby took on different roles that allowed her to work directly and indirectly with refugee students and their parents. She later interned as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Miami in pursuit of contributing to the closing of the achievement gap between students from underserved communities and their more privileged counterparts. 

Prior to joining CollegeSpring, Abby completed a year-long Princeton in Africa fellowship in Uganda. There she taught various subjects, and worked closely with 33 extremely talented, orphaned high school graduates on their college applications. Abby also worked closely with different teams in the office to design effective systems for managing partnerships and recruiting the next cohort of scholars.

As a Partnerships Coordinator at CollegeSpring’s New York office, Abby is responsible for  serving as the liaison between CollegeSpring and partner sites, where she oversees program implementation.

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Eric Santacruz

Programs and Data Coordinator
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Eric graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in History and a Minor in German Studies. Prior to working at CollegeSpring, Eric worked on campaigns and voter registration drives in North Carolina and Southern California.

He joined CollegeSpring after completing a term of service as Public Ally. He believes test prep is an important part of helping students of all backgrounds achieve their potential.

As a Programs & Data Coordinator, Eric provides support in program evaluation and curriculum development.

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Francisco Soto

Partnerships Coordinator
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I am the son of two immigrant parents. Brother of four sisters and one brother (all older). From a young age, I thought that getting a job right after high school was what I was meant to do. That didn’t happen because my sister forced me to apply to college. I was accepted to CSULA after clearing a few hurdles. It took me 6 years to graduate – not because the material was hard, but because I did not see the immediate benefit of completing college. That quickly changed when I decided to pursue a career in auto mechanics through the automotive program in Los Angeles Trade Tech College. I immediately knew it wasn’t for me. The next semester I enrolled at East Los Angeles College to experiment with majors I might like. I took an introductory accounting class and everything clicked, I made an appointment with a counselor at CSULA a month after, and the rest is history.

I graduated with a Bachelor in Finance, but knew that I wanted to work with my community instead of diving into the finance world. So, I applied to the Public Allies program, which trained me trained in various social issues, including anti-racism, gender, and the school-to-prison pipeline. It also placed me at a partnered nonprofit in order to get exposed to the nonprofit culture. I was fortunate enough to be hired by CollegeSpring because of this.

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Yvonne Tran

Instructional Coach
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Yvonne’s passion for helping students lies in her belief that education can transform lives. Her parents left Vietnam in 1975 as refugees and were able to rebuild their lives with the support and education they received in America. For Yvonne, her own education allowed her to break out of her introverted shell and pursue some amazing opportunities.

While attending high school in Southern California, she found a knack for writing and reading, so she decided to pursue fields that allowed her to tell stories. She attended UC San Diego to study communication and received her Master’s degree in Applied Research at Boston University’s College of Communication. Prior to joining CollegeSpring, Yvonne held various positions in higher education, a multicultural advertising agency, and college access program. With over 10 years of experience in education, she now wants to use her storytelling skills to increase student success. As an Instructional Coach in CollegeSpring’s Southern California office, Yvonne builds capacity at CollegeSpring school sites by supporting teachers and ensuring program quality for their students.

Outside of work, Yvonne volunteers for a variety of community organizations that focus on art and youth empowerment. She also dabbles in freelance video editing, traveling, and spoiling her Westie puppy.

 

 

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Andrea Vernitsky

Director of Curriculum and Training
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With more than ten years experience in education, Andrea has dedicated her career to the belief that strong curriculum is the backbone of academic success for all students. After receiving her degree in English and linguistics at NYU, she entered the NYC Teaching Fellows program, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education and applied her education and training to creating rigorous and engaging curriculum for a diverse group of students while teaching high school English in Brooklyn. She also served as a Literacy Coach, New Teacher Mentor, developed curriculum for afterschool programs, coached aspiring teachers as part of the New Teacher Project and held the position of program manager with a literacy nonprofit organization before joining CollegeSpring.

Andrea leads CollegeSpring’s instructional strategy and the design and development of curriculum and training materials.

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Leila Watkins

Grant Writer
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Leila is deeply invested in equitable access to college and the role higher education plays in promoting civic engagement. She believes that increasing access to college not only improves the economic prospects of individuals but also creates a stronger, more diverse democracy that is good for everyone. Most recently, she worked as a professor at Western Kentucky University, where she taught interdisciplinary courses on democratic dialogue, civic engagement, research and writing, literature, and mental health. She designed collaborative course projects in which students conducted community-based research on local social issues, interviewed stakeholders, and led democratic deliberations to elicit diverse perspectives on issues important to their local communities.

Leila received her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina. She has published several academic articles on Renaissance literature and is currently working on a book about poetry and mental health in seventeenth-century England.

As Grant Writer at CollegeSpring, Leila uses her knowledge of the higher education sector to research and solicit institutional funds to help give all students an equal opportunity to prepare for college.

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Mark Yabut

Instructional Coach
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Prior to joining CollegeSpring, Mark spent the first three years of his career in education as a teacher in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California where he taught high school math and guided students in testing strategies that resulted in the 4th highest gains in California Standards Test (SBAC) within all of Los Angeles Unified School District. Mark also pioneered and wrote the business curriculum program where he partnered with PepsiCo and other local organizations to expose students to case studies and career options in business. With a passion for social justice, Mark created the speech and debate program, where students wrote and performed speeches competitively at the state level. Mark also served as the advisor for the Queerspace student organization in order to promote an accepting environment for all students, especially the most vulnerable students, through education, support, social action, and advocacy.

Mark currently attends the University of Pennsylvania where he is studying to earn a Master of Science in Education Entrepreneurship. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a minor in Technology, Arts, and Media. Additionally, Mark received his M.A. in Urban Education – Policy and Administration and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. 

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Kenny Abbott

Instructional Coach
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Before entering the field of education, Kenny spent several years in the entertainment field in Los Angeles. After graduating from Messiah College with a degree in Communication and an emphasis in Film Production, Kenny spent several years working for camera houses and production companies on a variety of projects. After a few years in this field, he made the decision to go back to school and pursue a career in education. He received his Masters Degree in Urban Education with an emphasis in Teaching with Technology from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining the CollegeSpring team, he spent several years as a special education teacher in schools in Watts and Inglewood, California. 

Kenny is passionate about developing a more equitable system of education that provides access for all students to opportunities in higher education. He believes in the power of technology as a tool that can help accelerate equity in education. 

He lives near the beach with his wife and his adorable poodle mix, Finn.

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National Board

Tom Friel, National Board Chair

Retired Chairman and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.
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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 from 2003 to 2007, and CEO from 2003 to 2006. 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 currently serves as a Board Member of the Computer History Museum and TalentSky, and is a member of the advisory boards of Docusign Corp. and the Seraph Group.

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Yoon S. Choi, PhD

CEO, CollegeSpring
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Dr. Choi brings to CollegeSpring over a decade of leadership, management, and fundraising experience, primarily with organizations serving urban youth. She joined after nearly five years with Spark, a national nonprofit career exploration and self-discovery program for middle school students. She played several different roles throughout her tenure there, including regional Executive Director, VP of California, Chief Strategy Officer, and interim President, taking the organization to new heights with program scale, partnership development, and fundraising.

Previously, Dr. Choi worked at Para Los Niños, a nonprofit providing education, health, and youth workforce / development services to Los Angeles’ underserved communities. An anthropologist by training, she conducted years of fieldwork with NGOs in East / Southeast Asia.

She earned her doctorate in Anthropology with a Critical Theory emphasis from the University of California at Irvine, as well as a master’s degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College.

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Stephanie Cohen

Chief Strategy Officer, Goldman Sachs
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Stephanie Cohen is Goldman Sachs’ Chief Strategy Officer. Building on a 20 year career in M&A, serving Corporate as well as Financial Sponsor clients, she is leading the firm’s commitment to client centricity, innovation and diversity. She was named partner in 2014 and an ex-officio member of management committee in 2018.

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Avi Dorfman

Vice President, D. E. Shaw & Co. & Co-Founder, Compass
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Avi Dorfman is a vice president of D. E. Shaw & Co., a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management. He is a leader of its Innovation team and a member of its Litigation Investing team within its Corporate Credit unit.  In his role with the Innovation team, Mr. Dorfman focuses on incubating software and fintech investment opportunities. In his role with the Litigation Investing team, Mr. Dorfman focuses on the sourcing of investment opportunities in commercial lawsuits and leads the team’s efforts to engage with corporations and research institutions. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group in 2017, Mr. Dorfman co-founded Compass, a national real estate technology platform valued at $4.4 billion, through which he conceived of the company’s initial product and initialized operations. In 2017, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Mr. Dorfman to his Technology Advisory Council. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Dorfman was a vice president at Accretive, LLC, a venture capital firm.  Before that, he was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of the corporate finance and strategy practice.  Mr. Dorfman began his career as an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers.  He earned his B.A. in political science with first class honors from McGill University and received his masters in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University.  He serves on the board of CollegeSpring, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on providing standardized testing preparation and college access mentorship to students in low-income communities.

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Alex Farman-Farmaian

Partner & Vice Chairman, Edgewood Management
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Alexander Farman-Farmaian is Vice Chairman, Partner and Portfolio Manager at Edgewood.  He joined in January 2006 and helped implement the current valuation approach of the Edgewood Investment Committee. He is an analyst on portfolio companies, served as Director of Research, and produces the “Economents™”, a periodic economic and financial markets update for clients.  Prior to joining Edgewood, Alex was for 19 years a senior member of the Portfolio Management team at W.P. Stewart & Co. where he chaired the Investment Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR – NY), the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and serves as a Trustee of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), an organization that promotes access to health services and fundamental human rights of women and girls around the world.  Alex was formerly President of the Princeton Club of New York, is a member of the Economics Club of New York and is on the board of Kalinat S.A., a potato chip manufacturing company in Caracas, Venezuela.  He received a BA in Economics from Princeton University in 1987, and speaks fluent French, Spanish, Farsi and conversational Italian.

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Joel Jones

Vice President, Sales Planning and Operations, Facebook
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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 also serves as Chair of CollegeSpring’s Bay Area board of directors. He 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.

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Larry Kubal

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

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Juanita Lott

Technology Entrepreneur and Executive
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Juanita Lott is the founder and former chair and CEO of Bridgestream Software, an enterprise software company that was sold to Oracle in 2007. Gartner recognized Bridgestream as one of the ‘cool vendors in security and privacy’, and Burton Group recognized Ms. Lott as ‘a pioneer’ in role based access management solutions.

Ms. Lott has extensive operational expertise in global companies, particularly those undergoing rapid growth. She served as EVP and CHRO of Epicor Software where she focused on talent, leadership development, organizational and globalization strategies for this privately held ERP software business. Ms. Lott also served as a member of Sybase’s executive team as the organization successfully transitioned from a pre-IPO company to over $1B in revenue.

Ms. Lott is an Investment Partner in the Portfolia Investment Fund and a former member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives where she received the Forum’s Trailblazer Award in 2001, 2003 and 2004. She is a trustee alumna of Springboard Enterprises, a venture catalyst organization that provides support to women led businesses.Ms. Lott continues to work as an advisor and mentor to women entrepreneurs and is currently on the advisory board of Talent Sonar Software. She has been a presenter at Stanford’s MBA program on entrepreneurship from the perspective of women and is a contributor to Inc.com.

Ms. Lott received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of California and her Master’s Degree from Mills College

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Garrett Neiman

Co-Founder & Former CEO, CollegeSpring
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Garrett is the co-founder and former 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.

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Todd Penner

Portfolio Director, College Preparation & Completion, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
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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.

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Mindy Rogers

Philanthropist
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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.

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Ralph Sutton

Founder & CEO, Validity Capital Partners, LLC
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A former trial attorney with over 17 years of experience litigating cases, Ralph has deep experience in litigation funding.

Before joining Validity Capital Partners, he was the chief investment officer at Bentham IMF, the US subsidiary of the Australian litigation funding pioneer, where he 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 also 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.

Ralph also 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.

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Bay Area Board

Joel Jones, Regional Board Chair

Vice President, Sales Planning and Operations, Facebook
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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 also serves as Chair of CollegeSpring’s Bay Area board of directors. He 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.

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Diana Balgas

Executive Director of Transfer Programs, CSU East Bay

Walker Conolly

Manager, Business Integrity, Facebook
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Walker is a Senior Manager with Facebook’s Business Integrity team. BI’s mission is to ensure safe and trusted connections between people, businesses, and Facebook. In his prior role as Forensics Services Director with PwC, he solved complex regulatory matters and assessed and improved risk and compliance programs for financial services and technology clients. Walker has a B.S. in Computer Science from Lehigh University, and lives in San Francisco.

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Tarah S. Evans

Executive Director, Franklin & Catherine Johnson Foundation
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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.

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Joan Kiekhaefer

Senior Vice President, US Bank
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Joan Kiekhaefer is SVP at US Bank in the Technology Banking Group.  At US Bank, Joan manages the Bank’s relationships with large corporate technology companies.  Prior to joining US Bank, Joan held similar positions at Banc of America Securities and Fleet Bank.  Joan has worked with a number of education related non-profits including leading the Education Foundation of Orinda.  Joan has an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and an AB in Economics from Stanford University.  She resides with her family in Orinda, CA.

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Matthew Kinsella

Managing Director, Maverick Capital Ventures
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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.

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Paula Schmidlin

Global HR Executive

Tony Tao

Program Manager, Medallia
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Tony is a Program Manager at Medallia, Software as a Service company, where he advises customers on how best to use technology to maximize customer satisfaction and experience. Prior to Medallia, he worked at various financial technology companies in New York and London. Outside of work, Tony was Junior Council Chair at Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest victims’ assistance organization, where Tony raised money and awareness among a new generation of donors.
Tony holds a Bachelors from NYU and an MBA from Cornell and grew up in Hayward, CA.  In Hayward, Tony studied with bright classmates who were unable to get the college assistance help they needed. This is his main reason to join CollegeSpring – to help others realize their educational potential.
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Sinohe Terrero

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Quid
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Sinohe Terrero is CFO and COO at Quid, a startup that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help the world’s largest organizations make decisions that matter.  Prior to joining Quid, Sinohe held executive level finance and operations roles at high-growth startup companies. Notably, he served as VP of Finance and Analytics at Etsy, an online marketplace, and SVP of Finance and Analytics at Indiegogo, a global crowdfunding platform.  Sinohe also worked for Citigroup as a VP in their Global Financial Services Division on a number of IPO filings. He’s a CPA, and received a BA in Accounting from Baruch College in NYC and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch. Sinohe also served as an adjunct professor at the Zicklin, where he taught Financial Statement Analysis.
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New York Board

Avi Dorfman, Regional Board Chair

Vice President, D. E. Shaw & Co. & Co-Founder, Compass
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Avi Dorfman is a vice president of D. E. Shaw & Co., a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management. He is a leader of its Innovation team and a member of its Litigation Investing team within its Corporate Credit unit.  In his role with the Innovation team, Mr. Dorfman focuses on incubating software and fintech investment opportunities. In his role with the Litigation Investing team, Mr. Dorfman focuses on the sourcing of investment opportunities in commercial lawsuits and leads the team’s efforts to engage with corporations and research institutions. Prior to joining the D. E. Shaw group in 2017, Mr. Dorfman co-founded Compass, a national real estate technology platform valued at $4.4 billion, through which he conceived of the company’s initial product and initialized operations. In 2017, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Mr. Dorfman to his Technology Advisory Council. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Dorfman was a vice president at Accretive, LLC, a venture capital firm.  Before that, he was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of the corporate finance and strategy practice.  Mr. Dorfman began his career as an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers.  He earned his B.A. in political science with first class honors from McGill University and received his masters in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University.  He serves on the board of CollegeSpring, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on providing standardized testing preparation and college access mentorship to students in low-income communities.

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Karen Bene

Director of Online Sales, LinkedIn
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Karen joined LinkedIn in 2011 and is currently a Director of Online 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.

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Alex Farman-Farmaian

Partner & Vice Chairman, Edgewood Management
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Alexander Farman-Farmaian is Vice Chairman, Partner and Portfolio Manager at Edgewood.  He joined in January 2006 and helped implement the current valuation approach of the Edgewood Investment Committee. He is an analyst on portfolio companies, served as Director of Research, and produces the “Economents™”, a periodic economic and financial markets update for clients.  Prior to joining Edgewood, Alex was for 19 years a senior member of the Portfolio Management team at W.P. Stewart & Co. where he chaired the Investment Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR – NY), the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and serves as a Trustee of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), an organization that promotes access to health services and fundamental human rights of women and girls around the world.  Alex was formerly President of the Princeton Club of New York, is a member of the Economics Club of New York and is on the board of Kalinat S.A., a potato chip manufacturing company in Caracas, Venezuela.  He received a BA in Economics from Princeton University in 1987, and speaks fluent French, Spanish, Farsi and conversational Italian.

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Russ Krivor

Principal, Sovereign Properties
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Mr. Krivor developed an interest in real estate at a young age. He spent his teenage summers working at his uncle’s high-rise and commercial construction sites in Chicago. While studying Economics at Northwestern University, he observed an incredible demand for affordable single-family homes in south Florida.  Eager to take advantage of the market opportunity, Russ, took a break from college at 19 and founded his first homebuilding company in 2004. The firm initially set out to build 5-10 homes annually. By the end of 2006, they had built and sold over 200 homes.

Recognizing the trend away from home ownership in 2008, Russ wanted to transform the firm into a powerhouse for multifamily development with a strong focus on upscale suburbs with difficult zoning laws. He approached a family friend for equity, and invested a great deal of his own money. In 2010 Dolce Living Mansfield, Mr. Krivor’s first rental community, opened its doors. Since then, under his various brands, Russ has developed nearly 5,000 apartments across five markets in the United States. Today, Mr. Krivor’s firm Sovereign Residential has over $150 million in capital under management and constructs and owns multifamily developments throughout the American southeast.

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Teena-Ann Sankoorikal

Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP
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Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal is a partner at Covington & Burling, LLP. She has broad experience in litigation, 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.

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SoCal Board

Gene Sykes, Regional Board Chair

Co-Chairman of M&A and Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group, Goldman Sachs
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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.

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Ambassador Frank Baxter

Retired CEO and Chairman, Jefferies & Company
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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.

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Jason Collins

Retired NBA Player, NBA Cares Ambassador
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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.

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Shomik Dutta

Co-Founder and Partner, Higher Ground Labs
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Shomik has built a diverse career in politics, renewable energy, and finance. He is a Founding Partner at Higher Ground Labs, a seed-stage accelerator focused on finding and supporting better political technology for progressive campaigns. He is a veteran of several Democratic campaigns and served as the Mid-Atlantic Finance Director for the ’08 Obama Campaign. Shomik worked in the Obama White House as special assistant to the White House Counsel and then served as an Advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Shomik later worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign as a fundraiser. In 2013, Shomik co-founded a private equity firm focused on renewable energy and infrastructure. He oversaw the planning, financing, and development of two utility-scale solar plants in Asia and in Sub Saharan Africa. Shomik holds a B.A. from Williams College and a M.B.A from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. Shomik recently served as the Chairman of the Board of RePublic Schools, a Charter Management Organization devoted to providing high-quality education to low-income students in the Deep South.

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Sarah Ketterer

CEO, Causeway Capital
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Sarah 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.

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John Kissick

Retired Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Ares Management
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John H. Kissick a Co-Founder and retired Senior Partner at Ares Private Equity Group, Ares Management GP LLC, and Ares Capital Corporation. He is Limited Partner of Peak View Partners, LLC. He also served at Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund I, L.P.; Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund II, L.P. and Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund III, L.P. Prior to joining Ares in 1997, 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, 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. 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.

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Scott McConnell

Principal, Ares Relationship Management Group
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Scott is a Principal and Relationship Manager for North America in the Ares Relationship Management Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2007, Mr. McConnell was a Manager in the Centralized Interest Rate Risk Group at IndyMac Bancorp, Inc. Previously, Mr. McConnell was a Senior Associate in the Audit practice at KPMG, LLP, where he focused on the banking and financial services industry. Mr. McConnell holds a B.S., cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University in Accounting. He also holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Information Systems and Quantitative Management. Mr. McConnell holds a CPA license (inactive) and is a CFA® charterholder.

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Dale Okuno

CEO, Okuno Associates, Inc.
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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).

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Wendy Wachtell

President and CEO, Joseph Drown Foundation
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Wendy Wachtell is President and CEO 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.

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Bay Area Young Professionals Board

Chloe Breider

Associate, IVP

Bobby Christianson

Associate, Accel-KKR

Nhi Duon

Marketing Manager, Entelo

Patrick Fong

TPG Capital

Robert Sternberg

Associate, Accel

Oscar Wong

Associate, GIC

Timothy Wang

SoCal Young Professionals Board

Trisha Ananiades (Board Co-Chair)

Counsel, The Walt Disney Company

Kelly Marshall (Board Co-Chair)

Senior HR Consultant, Capital Group

William Brien

Associate, Gibson Dunn

Dana Craig

Senior Associate, Gibson Dunn

Kaela Farrise

Admissions and Diversity Program Coordinator, Independent School Alliance

Keith Goss

Programming Operations, Roku

James Huynh

M.P.H. Community Health Sciences & M.A. Asian American Studies Student , UCLA

Alexander Jacobson

Management Consultant, PwC Consulting

Peter Wyman

Associate, Goldman Sachs