National Advisory Board
The National Advisory Board (NAB) advises the center staff on a broad range of topics, including evaluation and improvement of existing programs and activities; suitability of proposed new programs; attracting new resources to deepen and expand the center’s work; and integration of community and public service into the mainstream of the university’s activities, particularly its teaching and research.
2020–21 National Advisory Board
- Ekpedeme M. “Pamay” Bassey, Chair
- Katie Hanna Dickson, Vice Chair
- Javier Aguirre
- Sandra Bass
- Henry J. Brandon, III
- Ronald Brown
- Vaughn Derrick Bryant
- Stuart C. Burden
- Lara Burenin
- Molly Efrusy
- Angela Filo
- Jose Gordon
- Mimi Haas
- Constanza Hasselmann
- Andrea M. Higuera-Ballard
- Caroline Huang
- Jennifer C. Keam
- Alexandra Koch
- Bill Koman
- Adriel G. Lares
- Jocelyn Lee
- Nik Marda
- Janet Martinez
- Leigh Sherwood Matthes
- Ted Mitchell
- Adam Nayak
- Michael Ortiz
- George Peinado
- Margaret Raffin
- Kate Ridgway
- Mindy Rogers
- Jennifer Satre
- Emily Schell
- Nicole J. Sheehan
- Dorothy Shubin
- Debra A. Somberg
- Bill Somerville
- Julia Spiegel
- Leela Stake
- Stephen W. Sullens
- Katherine Toy
- Anita Yu Westly
- Susie Brubaker-Cole (Vice Provost for Student Affairs)
- Sarah Church (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education)
- Julia Hartung (Office of Development)
- Adrienne Jamieson (Director, Stanford in Washington)
- Stephanie Kalfayan (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs)
- Megan Pierson (Office of the President)
Student NAB Members
The Haas Center encourages Stanford graduate and undergraduate students to serve as members of its National Advisory Board. Appointments are made for one year with the opportunity to renew for an additional year. All Stanford students in good standing are eligible to apply.
In order to provide their unique voice, student members are expected to attend a fall student orientation and all NAB meetings, give a concentrated amount of time the week prior to each meeting to review the meeting packet, complete specific tasks as charged between meetings, and serve as a liaison between NAB and students as appropriate. Student members will also be paired in a mentoring relationship with other members of the National Advisory Board.
Pamay Bassey, ’93, is chief learning officer for the Kraft Heinz Company, where she creates a culture of continuous learning and drives the company’s global learning and development strategy and initiatives through Ownerversity, Kraft Heinz’s corporate university. Pamay has deep expertise in learning theories derived from artificial intelligence research and practical experience designing and developing highly-rated learning solutions and transformative professional development programs. Prior to Kraft Heinz, Pamay served as the global head of learning platform and professional development for BlackRock. Before that, she was president of The Pamay Group, an e-learning design and strategy company. Pamay is also chief experience officer of the My 52 Weeks of Worship Project, through which she facilitates courageous conversations about cultural and interfaith diversity, inclusion, and understanding. Her 2018 TEDx talk, Navigating Sacred Spaces, is based on her project work and her book: My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey. She serves on the board at the M&G Etomi Foundation, which exists to exists to break the harsh cycle of poverty by creating various programs and activities to teach the value of self-empowerment and improvement to the people of the Niger Delta region in Southern Nigeria, and is past co-president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a public service organization. Pamay earned a BS in symbolic systems from Stanford, with an artificial intelligence concentration, and a MS in computer science from Northwestern. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program in Chicago, an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theater.
Katie Hanna Dickson, '84, studied human biology at Stanford and received a master’s in health education and behavioral science from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She worked as intervention director in the Youth Studies program at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention until 1995. She is an assistant editor and also serves on the board at Narrative Magazine, a nonprofit dedicated to providing universal free access to great literature, where she is currently focused on their initiative to support teachers in the classroom and encourage high school students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to find their voices in the literary arts. Katie is the author of two published literary short stories and is at work on a series of linked short stories. She co-chairs the Ms. Magazine 2020 virtual event benefitting the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campus Vote 2020 campaign to get out the vote among college students in swing states. She recently served on the Museums by Moonlight 2017 and 2019 committees, supporting the Cantor Arts Center, and twice co-chaired Castilleja School’s View360, benefiting tuition assistance.
Javier Aguirre, ’96, serves as director of Reentry Services for the County of Santa Clara. He is responsible for the operations of the County’s reentry resource centers in San Jose and Gilroy, countywide coordination, and evaluation and oversight of the Public Safety Realignment Program and Adult Reentry Strategic Plan. Reentry offers services to formerly incarcerated Santa Clara County residents and individuals on active probation and parole supervision. Javier has 20 years of experience with the County of Santa Clara, including eight as a senior policy aide and five as a budget analyst. Javier also served as an elected school board trustee for the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education and is currently a member of the Latino Family Fund de Gilroy, a family-advised fund to increase the participation and visibility of Latinos in the philanthropic sector and to instill Gilroy youth with a commitment to giving and leadership in their community. As a Stanford undergraduate, Javier was involved in the Community Service Work-Study program through the Haas Center and founded Los Hermanos de Stanford in 1994 as a siblinghood student-organization promoting community service, academic excellence, and cultural awareness. After graduating from Stanford, he earned his JD from Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 1999. In 2015, he was invited to be a part of a Stanford Needs Alumni Perspective panel made up of seven alumni experts who assisted the Haas Center in exploring alumni engagement and branding for the debut of Cardinal Service. Javier is motived to support the Haas Center to foster community partnerships advancing racial equity while encouraging public service to students.
Sandra Bass currently serves as associate dean of students and director of the Public Service Center at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley. Upon receiving her doctorate in political science, Sandra was appointed as an assistant professor of criminology and political science at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she integrated service learning into both her undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2002 Sandra joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and in 2010 she was selected to lead the Foundation’s girl’s education, women’s leadership, and reproductive health program in Sub-Saharan Africa, and later was appointed the executive director of Teach With Africa, an organization focused on cross cultural learning for K-12 teachers in the United States and South Africa. Sandra has published numerous articles and essays in academic journals and on various platforms, and has co-edited three volumes. She currently serves on the regional board of Multiplying Good (formerly known as the Jefferson Awards Foundation), the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and the Osher Center for Lifelong Learning Diversity and Equity Advisory Board, and co-chairs the Vice Chancellor's Civic Engagement Advisory Board. She has also served as a "Wise Head" reviewer for the MacArthur Foundation 100 and change competition, on the steering committee of the African Grantmakers Affinity Group, and is the former board chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, among other appointments. She is also a nonviolence trainer and educator. Sandra holds a BA from San Jose State University, and an MA and PhD from UC Berkeley, all in political science.
Henry Brandon, III, ’78 (Parent ’17 and ’19), has nearly 30 years of experience in the private equity industry. He is a partner at Nile Capital Group, a Los Angeles based private equity firm specializing in making investments in the asset management industry. As an investor, advisor and financier to growth companies, Henry has an extensive track record of success partnering with exceptional executives and entrepreneurs to create companies of enduring value. Henry serves or has served on several nonprofit boards, including vice president and founding board member of the Advocates Foundation and the APGA Tour, The Riordan Programs, Sound Body Sound Mind, The Friends of Expo Center, World Golf Foundation Diversity Task Force, Arthur Ashe Safe Passage and the Inglewood Baseball Fund. He currently serves on the board of the Southern California Stanford Black Alumni Club, is a Stanford Admissions Volunteer and is a past member of the Stanford Athletic Board. Mr. Brandon earned a BA in economics from Stanford, where he was a member of two NCAA Championship tennis teams, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.
Ronald Brown, '94, is head trader of Park West Asset Management, an investment firm in Larkspur, California, and has spent his entire career in investment management and investment banking in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Stanford, Ron serves on the LEAD (Lifelong Engagement and Advocacy for Development) Council. Ron co-chaired his 10th and 15th undergraduate reunion campaigns, and recently served on the advisory council of the Graduate School of Education. Ron serves on the board of trustees of San Francisco Day School and was previously treasurer of the preschool, Pacific Primary.
Vaughn Bryant, '94, currently serves as executive director of The Chicago Literacy Alliance. He recently founded V. Bryant Enterprises, established with the mission to invest in, consult with, and create businesses and organizations where a focus on social enterprise leads to a successful and sustainable business. Bryant spent the last four years as the chief program officer for the Chicago Park District. He was responsible for its largest department, Community Recreation. The Community Recreation Department focused on the Park District's core mission of providing high quality leisure services to Chicago residents and visitors. Bryant’s department offered programs for citizens throughout the life course in athletics, aquatics, wellness, special events, cultural arts, and environmental education. Bryant joined the Park District after working on the Violence Prevention Initiative as a deputy officer at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The three-part, evidenced-based initiative consisted of: (1) increasing social and emotional supports in schools; (2) high touch mentorship delivered by community/faith-based organizations; and (3) developing a plan for students to travel safely to and from school, called “Safe Passage.” Prior to his work at CPS, Bryant served as a manager in player development for the National Football League. He was responsible for creating, marketing, and administering programs that facilitate NFL players’ entry into the league, assist them in maximizing their playing careers, and help them successfully transition out of the league. A finalist for the 2008 Commissioner’s Award for Innovation, Bryant was nominated for his creation of the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp. In Bryant’s early career, he spent four years at Stanford University where he worked in athletic administration, undergraduate advising, and providing psychological services to faculty and staff. Bryant is a licensed marriage and family therapist with experience working with individuals, couples, and families across the socioeconomic spectrum. Bryant received a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He is a former fourth-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions, a three-year starter, a two time All-Pac-10 selection at Stanford, and a 1994 inductee into the Detroit Catholic League Hall of Fame. Bryant is a recent graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago, serves on various committees with the Chicago Community Trust and is a board member for the Positive Coaching Alliance – Chicago.
Stuart Burden, ’84, received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his MHS in public health from Johns Hopkins University. His career has blended philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, strategy consulting, and global health. He is currently the vice president of corporate and foundation relations for Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Stuart previously served as a consultant with Monitor Institute (now Monitor Deloitte) and the director of the Community Affairs Department of Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation. Prior to Levi Strauss, Stuart worked for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, as well as the Ford Foundation, New York Foundation, and Citibank in New York. From April 2000 to January 2003, Stuart served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Presently, Stuart serves on the Board of Directors of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the International Women’s Health Coalition in New York. Stuart has participated in many service endeavors for Stanford, including Stanford Alumni Association’s Board of Directors from 2005to 2014, (serving as chair from 2011-2013). He has also been involved with Stanford Connects and the Leading Matters Steering Committee. He has also served as a visiting mentor for the Haas Center, where he was involved as an undergraduate.
Lara Burenin, '06, MA '07, obtained a bachelor’s degree in American Studies with a focus in urban education, and a master’s degree in elementary education through the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Lara began her affiliation with the Haas Center her freshman year as a tutor in the Ravenswood Reads program. She continued as a tutor coordinator for the program in her sophomore through senior years. Lara also served as an Education & Youth Development Fellow for two consecutive summers with EPASA and as an EPASA mentor during the school year. Her work in Haas Center programs inspired her to become a teacher. Lara taught in Oakland, at the Stanford Charter Elementary School, and in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto over five years. She is currently in her fourth year as the District Literacy & English Language Development Coordinator in Ravenswood. In this role, Lara has helped shape the literacy instructional vision for the district through the transition to the Common Core State Standards. She leads the selection of curricula and instructional practices for literacy and ELD, facilitates professional development, and coaches teachers to support implementation of the district vision. She enjoys being in touch with Haas Center education program leaders through her district role, and mentors an Education and Youth Development Fellow each year. It has been incredibly rewarding for her to work towards improving educational outcomes for the Ravenswood community in different roles for over a decade.
Together with her husband, Molly founded and serves as president of the Efrusy Family Foundation, which primarily focuses on youth leadership development and education in the United States, Africa, and Latin America. Molly serves on the African Leadership Foundation’s U.S. Advisory Council, is an investor in African Leadership University, and is the Bay Area Chapter head for the African Leadership Academy. Molly and her husband are also early supporters of the Latin American Leadership Academy. Molly is a member of the Wayfinder Wise Council, the advisory board for Project Wayfinder, a Stanford d.school-led project to help high school students discover meaning and purpose. Prior to becoming involved in the nonprofit/philanthropy sector, Molly worked as a health care consultant for 15 years for several companies including McKesson Corporation. Her work focused on outcomes research, where she managed prospective and economic modeling studies to determine the cost effectiveness and quality-of-life impacts of various drugs and diagnostic tests. Molly was also an early employee at the Institute for Global Health, a center of applied prevention and public health research at UCSF founded by Richard Feachem. Molly received a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley in maternal and child health. She currently serves on the Policy Advisory Council for the Dean of the Berkeley School of Public Health. Molly serves on the Board of the Park City Education Foundation in Park City, Utah.
Angela Filo, ’93, co-founded and leads Yellow Chair Foundation, a family foundation established in 2000 that gives grants in the areas of educational equity, climate change, civil liberties, investigative journalism and U.S. maternal health. Angela serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and on the Stanford Graduate School of Education Advisory Board as well as the Undergraduate Cabinet. She has been involved with nonprofits, in both staff and board roles, since her undergraduate days spent volunteering and working at the Haas Center. For almost a decade she taught journalism and photography at Eastside College Preparatory School, in East Palo Alto, California. Angela serves as a board member for ProPublica and is an advisory board member of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is an alum. She currently co-chairs the American Civil Liberties Union’s national centennial campaign.
Jose Gordon, ’99, is business lead for Communications at Facebook, overseeing strategy and planning globally. Previously, he was senior director and head of Global Communications at eBay; in addition, he served as president of the eBay Foundation and led the company’s philanthropy in support of small business and inclusive entrepreneurship. Jose joined eBay from the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation in Oakland, where as executive director he built and led the NBA’s leading team foundation, targeting educational equity and youth development. Previously, he served as senior director of communications for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto. Jose graduated from Stanford University with degrees in economics and American Studies and received the school’s James W. Lyons Award for Service and a Stanford in Government Fellowship. Committed to equity and mentorship, Jose has served as an advisor to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, Good Tidings Foundation, Playworks, and Learn Fresh. He also coaches youth basketball and soccer.
Mimi and her late husband, Peter Haas, were early significant supporters of the Public Service Center at Stanford, which was renamed in 1989 in honor of the Haas family of San Francisco in recognition of major endowment gifts that secured the future of the center. In 2004, the Haas family reaffirmed their support of public service education at the university by endowing the Peter E. Haas Directorship (held by the center’s faculty director) and creating a new endowment to advance service learning at Stanford. Mimi has served on the NAB since its founding. Peter served on Stanford’s board of trustees with founding Haas Center board member John W. Gardner, whom Peter and Mimi admired greatly. Gardner was the first incumbent of the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professorship in Public Service (established 1989). Until his death in 2005, Peter was a major leader in the Bay Area corporate and civic community, known for his socially responsible business ethics and practices. Mrs. Haas is president of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, a position she has held since August 1981. As president, Mrs. Haas has been deeply committed to ensuring that low-income young children and their families receive access to high-quality early care and education as well as health services in San Francisco. With the overwhelming evidence of the importance of early development and education, Mrs. Haas has been steadfast in supporting programs that lay the emotional, physical, and intellectual foundation for every child to enter kindergarten ready to learn. She is the vice chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Compensation Committee and chair of the Governance Committee of the New York Museum of Modern Art, vice chair of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Martha’s Vineyard Youth. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle. She previously served on the board of Levi Strauss & Co for two separate terms: 2004-2006, 2014-2018; The Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University; the San Francisco Symphony; San Francisco University High School; Summerbridge National; and Children Now.
Constanza Hasselmann, ’21, MS ’22, is serving on the National Advisory Board for a second year. She learned about Cardinal Service as a Frosh Service Liaison, engaged with applications of social justice as an Emerson Fellow, and has completed two Cardinal Quarters in human rights. Constanza studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she had critical conversations about history, institutions, and race. Her thesis examines barriers to self-employment through entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated persons. On campus, she is active in the public interest technology (PIT) community as co-president of the PIT Lab. She is pursuing an honors thesis with the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law and is a Mayfield Fellow with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.
Andrea Higuera-Ballard, '94, MBA '01, is an active community volunteer who is passionate about children and education, particularly in underserved communities. She currently serves on the boards of KIPP Public Schools Northern California, which is part of a national network of free and open enrollment public charter schools; the Atkinson Foundation; and Crystal Springs Uplands School. Andrea previously served as the president of the Hillsborough Schools Foundation and on the boards of Family Connections and CuriOdyssey. Andrea received a BA in international relations with distinction from Stanford University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a diploma in international business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. She previously worked as a brand manager at the Clorox Company; a strategy consultant for Swander, Pace & Company; and the director of public affairs for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City.
Caroline Huang, ’21, is a senior majoring in human biology with a focus on global health. She is interested in exploring the determinants of healthcare disparities and improving health education. In past years, she has served as a member of the Stanford Global Health Student Council, the education officer for the Stanford chapter of Partners in Health Engage, and the global health co-lead for the King International Development Association. She has also participated in the Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship to study cardiovascular disease, and the Global Service Fellowship to teach in Dali, China. Additionally, Caroline is invested in advancing representation of the disability community on campus. She has been a student representative for the ASSU and the vice president of Power to Act, Stanford’s student organization for disability activism.
Dr. Jennifer C. Keam, ’96, MA ’98, is a board-certified radiation oncologist who completed residency at the University of Washington and fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Originally from Oregon, she completed her MD/MPH at Oregon Health and Science University. Jennifer's involvement with the Haas Center began as an undergraduate through the Stanford Volunteer Network, Ravenswood Tutoring, the Arbor Free Clinic, and the Public Service Scholars Program. For her, public service was a formative part of her education. At Stanford, Jennifer is a member of the LEAD Council. She is a member of The Rockefeller University's Institutional Review Board and also serves on the MDS Foundation board.
Alexandra Koch, ’21, is an international relations major with a specialization in international security and a minor in human rights. Motivated by the belief that national security and human rights are mutually inclusive and interdependent, Alexandra’s academic pursuits, extracurricular activities, and summer opportunities have sought to operate at the intersection between security and justice. She has interned at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague as a Halper International Fellow for her Cardinal Quarter this past year and is spending the summer prior to her senior year as part of the research team for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) in Washington, D.C., a global pro-bono law firm focused on post-conflict constitution drafting, peace negotiations, and supporting transitional justice mechanisms and war crimes prosecutions. In addition, she continues to work with ICC Prosecutor Shyamala Alagendra on a prosecutorial handbook on sexual offenses and child sexual abuse cases that will serve as an international model. On campus, Alexandra is co-president of Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students Association (SENSA) and the Stanford Planned Parenthood Generation Action (SPPGA) and a research assistant for the Stanford Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Stanford King Center on Global Development.
Bill Koman, ’81, is CEO of The Koman Group. With a 35 year career in real estate development, management and investment, Bill has led TKG in developing over $1.5 billion in new projects including Class A office, retail, and mixed-use, primarily in the Midwest markets. In 2011, he expanded the firm’s presence to the west coast and established West of 5, a southern California real estate platform based out of San Diego. Bill is involved in numerous philanthropic and community organizations throughout the country with a focused effort on cancer research and care. In 2010, he founded Pedal the Cause, an annual, multi-city cycling challenge that to date has raised over $30 million for cancer research. Active in many professional and nonprofit organizations, Bill is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, along with current/previous board involvement with Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation and Siteman Cancer Center, Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego Medical System and Pedal the Cause in St. Louis and San Diego.
Adriel Lares, '94, is the CFO at Fastly, where he has helped guide company as a private enterprise to an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange and position itself in the top echelon of rapid-growth Silicon Valley companies. Previously, Adriel was the CFO at 3PAR, where he led a successful IPO, managed investor relations, and scaled the accounting, finance, and treasury functions. He has a strong foundation in corporate finance from his investment banking roots at Morgan Stanley's technology banking practice in Menlo Park. Adriel serves on the boards of the National Hispanic Institute and Family House, a home for families with children fighting cancer in San Francisco. As an undergrad, he studied at Oxford through overseas studies and engaged in service through Barrio Assistance, the Stanford Volunteer Network, and his fraternity.
Jocelyn Lee, ’93, MA ’94, has been an educator for 24 years and most recently served as executive director at Foundation for College Education, a college access organization. A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a master’s degree in education, she holds additional post-graduate teaching credentials. Jocelyn began her teaching career as a high school student teacher in the Stanford Teacher Education Program, working to support the achievement of high school students from East Palo Alto. She has served as a school leader from the preschool level through high school for 20 years providing leadership, guidance, and support to teaching staff and developing practices to help bring about educational equity. Jocelyn focused on educational improvements that were responsive to the unique needs of each school community including increasing access to technology, designing programs to give girls more access to STEM, and partnering with community organizations to provide enrichment opportunities. These interventions improved achievement for historically underserved students at each school she led. Jocelyn has a deep commitment to giving children a positive experience in their educational journeys with a focus on community engagement and family/school bonds.
Nik Marda, ’21, MS ’21, is pursuing a bachelor's in political science, with a minor in mathematics, and a master's in computer science. He is passionate about helping governments harness and regulate emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence. In summer 2019, Nik served as a Civic Digital Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Since then, he has worked on government and technology projects through internships with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Tech Talent Project, and the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Nik has also published a paper on human-computer interaction, researched with the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute Cyber Initiative, and authored a policy proposal on civic tech loan forgiveness, for which he was acknowledged by the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. On campus, he is director of technology for Stanford in Government, co-president of the Stanford Public Interest Tech Lab, co-founder of the Stanford Open Data Project, and senior editor for Stanford Politics. Nik is also passionate about mental health advocacy, helping to develop and teach a class on wellness in technology and serving as a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line. With support from the Haas Center, he was named a 2020 Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Janet Martinez, ’21, is a senior from Santa Ana, California majoring in international relations and minoring in comparative studies in race and ethnicity. Janet is interested in community-led development, social policy reform, and human rights in the United States and abroad. She is a past recipient of the Chappell Lougee Grant and interned with the nonprofit alliance SF Rising as a Praxis Fellow this summer. Her dedication to public service has led her to become a tutor, financial officer, and most recently, co-president of the Barrio Assistance tutoring program. Additionally, Janet has held leadership roles in Las Hermanas de Stanford and has served as a Community Service Work-Study peer advisor at the Haas Center. After Stanford, Janet plans to complete her master’s in social policy and pursue a career in public service.
Leigh Sherwood Matthes is a native New Yorker with a 15-year history in marketing and advertising between NYC and Los Angeles. Currently she is an active philanthropist and real estate renovator. Matthes has been a past trustee at the UCSF Foundation, the Katherine Del Mar Burkes School, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. As a past member, Matthes has served with the UCSF Cancer Council, the Center for Childhood Creativity, and was a past board member of Holsted Marketing, a Manhattan-based direct marketing firm. Additionally, Matthes has chaired or co-chaired events for Every Mother Counts (a global outreach maternal health organization), UCSF Cancer Center, UCSF Pediatric Oncology Center, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Tipping Point Community, Gladstone Institute, Break Through Collaborative, Commonsense Media, California College of the Arts, Environmental Working Group, and SMART (an organization that provides low-income students access to exceptional education and support on the path to college). She also co-chaired ongoing events for the UCSF Wellness Lecture Series. With her passion for education, Matthes currently serves as either a trustee or advisory board member for Stanford’s School of Education Challenge Success program, Slide Ranch, and the Convent of the Sacred Heart Advancement Committee. Matthes believes in the spirit of both a local and global community. As a mother and leader, Matthes has organized service trips for groups and her family to Indonesia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, South Africa, and Guatemala. Matthes thrives on the challenge of combining creativity with business.
Ted Mitchell, ’78, MA ’81, PhD ’83, is the president of the American Council on Education (ACE), the coordinating body for American higher education institutions and associations, spanning two-year, four-year, public and private institutions. ACE focuses on federal policy analysis and advocacy, fostering innovation and developing leadership capacity in institutions, and promoting equity and opportunity across the spectrum of higher education. Prior to coming to ACE, Ted served as undersecretary of education in the U.S. Department of Education, responsible for higher education policy and programs, adult education, federal student aid, and a set of White House initiatives aimed at serving traditionally underserved populations. Immediately before becoming undersecretary, Ted was chief executive officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund (2005-2014), which provides seed capital and counsel to leading education entrepreneurs at the K-12 level, and served as the president of the California State Board of Education. He has held campus level leadership positions including the presidency of Occidental College (1999-2005), vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA (1991-99), and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College (1981-91). He has had extensive board service on both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. At Stanford, Ted served as a member of the Board of Trustees, the H&S Council, the Stanford Athletic Board, and was deputy to the President and to the Provost in 1990-91.
Adam Nayak, ’22, is a rising junior planning to pursue a degree in civil & environmental engineering. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Adam has grown up with a passion for environmental conservation, beginning to volunteer with his local watershed council in the fourth grade. Adam is particularly interested in equitable practices of sustainable development and community impact within environmental health systems. As co-president of Engineers for a Sustainable World, a Cardinal Commitment student organization, Adam has paired an interest in environmental conservation with engineering practice. He worked on a small team of students during a two-quarter Cardinal Course to design and prototype sustainable infrastructure solutions in Chavín de Huántar, Perú, an archaeological site in the Andes Mountains. Through the Cardinal Quarter program, he traveled to Perú with the team to implement the project and promote cultural conservation. Adam is also a core member of Students for Workers’ Rights, and co-chair of the Multiracial Identified Community at Stanford.
Michael Ortiz, '05, is senior policy director at Sequoia Capital. He previously served as head of public affairs at RoivantSciences, a unicorn parent company of biotechnology and technology subsidiaries. Prior to entering the private sector, Michael held senior positions at the White House, National Security Council (NSC), and Department of State. His most recent roles in government included deputy counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of State and senior advisor to the national security advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice, at the White House. Earlier in his career, Michael worked on President Obama’s top legislative initiatives at the White House and the NSC, and served as an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then-Senator Barack Obama. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Stanford in Washington National Advisory Council. He has participated in the Aspen Institute's Socrates program and the Milken Institute Associates program. Michael graduated with honors from Stanford University.
George Peinado, ’92, has been investing in both large and small consumer-facing business for most of his 25-year private equity career. For the last seven years, George has been investing in companies and entrepreneurs in the consumer space through his own company, GAP Investments. Prior to forming GAP, George served as a managing director of Chicago-based Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP) and as a principal of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (DLJMB) in New York. George either currently serves or has served on over a dozen corporate boards including CDW, Yankee Candle, Bolthouse Farms and Simple Mills. He is currently on the Board of the Chicago Botanic Garden and has been active in his community youth soccer and hockey programs both as Board member and coach. George received his BA in international relations and economics from Stanford in 1992 and MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1997.
Margaret Raffin, '68, is president of the Ishiyama Foundation. Currently a member of the board of Stanford Health Care, University Healthcare Alliance and chair of the Stanford Medicine Community Council, she has also served Stanford on the Athletic Board and the Stanford Earth Development Task Force. Margaret is former chair of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Board of Trustees and previous member of the Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Regional Board of Directors. She has served on other boards in the past. Currently she is a director of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and of the National Parks Conservation Association, which advocates for protection of our national parks.
Kate Ridgway is an avid philanthropist who focuses her time and energy on environmental education and global environmental issues. Kate currently serves on the board of the Colorado Outward Bound School. In addition, she is an avid supporter of the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm, environmental/farm education center for Stanford students and low-income students in the Palo Alto area. Prior to that she served on the Advisory Board of the Tuolumne River Trust. She has been a longtime supporter of World Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society and was a founding member of NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs. Kate has a bachelor’s degree in history and biology from the University of Colorado and a master's in education from Stanford.
Mindy Rogers, '84, MBA '88 (Parent '13, '16, and '19), began her career at Bain & Company. Later, she joined Wells Fargo Bank and held a variety of managerial positions in Wells Fargo's banking operations, including vice president and general manager of Northern California check processing. After leaving the bank, she became a consultant to Wells Fargo on a wide range of issues. Mindy is a member of the board of trustees at Stanford University and serves on Stanford's Graduate School of Education Advisory Council and the Parents Advisory Board, of which she is a past co-chair. She is a director of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. In addition, Mindy sits on the board of Positive Coaching Alliance, College Spring, and Coaching Corps. She serves as board chair for the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation and is a board member of Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, where she served as chair for four years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Jennifer Satre, ’71 (Parent ’01, ’07, ’10), grew up in Madera, California. After graduating from Stanford, she earned her teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught elementary school for many years in both California and Nevada before earning her master’s in education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1980. A veteran teacher, Jennifer has been a community leader in Reno for decades and serves on many boards in the state, including as an officer for the Stanford Club of Northern Nevada and the Sierra and a board member of the Nevada chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She is an advisory board member and past board chair of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Jennifer and her husband Phil, ’71, are longtime volunteers and supporters of various Stanford efforts, including as former members and chairs of the Parents Advisory Board. They are both recipients of The Stanford Medal: Phil in 2013 and Jennifer in 2019.
Emily P. Schell, MA ’18, PhD ’23, is training as a psychologist at the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE), where she focuses on young adults and cultural psychology. Her research interests concern academic decision-making in college and, in particular, how universities can create more supportive academic advising systems for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Emily earned a double BA in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Brown University. Public service and community organizing played a large part in her undergraduate experience, from her first days as a first-year mentee in Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service. Emily founded the anti-sexual violence group, Stand Up! to create more proactive and supportive communities for survivors. After Brown, Emily served as a Fulbright English teacher in rural Kinmen, Taiwan and went on to earn her MA in international comparative education from Stanford. Emily has served as the GSE student government’s service co-chair, a Haas Center Community-Engaged Learning Fellow, as well as a teaching assistant and primary instructor for Cardinal Courses. Most recently, she completed a Graduate Public Service Fellowship, through which she deepened partnerships with nonprofits such as DreamCatchers and the Buena Vista Homework Club. In addition, Emily plays bass clarinet in the Stanford Wind Symphony and serves on the board of the nonprofit Wu Yee Children’s Services.
Nicole J. Sheehan, ’89, graduated from Stanford with a degree in economics, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. Following a successful career in investment banking with Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette and investment management with Symphony Asset Management, she has dedicated herself to helping educational and environmental nonprofit organizations pursue meaningful causes. Nicole currently serves on the National Board of Directors of NatureBridge, serves on the Board of Trustees of Menlo School, and volunteers as a member of the Open Space Council of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Nicole is a past board member of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and Lick-Wilmerding High School and served on the Woodside School Foundation Board. An active volunteer for Stanford, Nicole most recently was a member of the 25th reunion committee, and has also held various volunteer roles for Harvard University and for Sidwell Friends School. Nicole feels that assisting in the growth and development of transformative organizations, and working with people who are making a difference in the world, is deeply gratifying.
The Honorable Dorothy Shubin, ’81 (Parent '23), serves as a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court, presiding over felony criminal cases and is a member of the court community outreach committee. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2001, Dorothy prosecuted criminal cases as an assistant United States attorney for the Central District of California and was deputy chief of the Major Frauds Unit. Dorothy earned a BA from Stanford in history and a JD from the UCLA School of Law. Dorothy has served on various nonprofit boards, including the boards of Polytechnic School and The Children’s Center at Caltech and served as board chair of the Western Justice Center, a nonprofit dedicated to building a more civil, peaceful society. Dorothy is on the board of the Stanford Club of Pasadena and has served as co-chair of the board.
Debra Somberg, '87 (Parent ’19, ’21), is founder of NewView, a nonprofit organization unlocking the power of tri-sector engagement to build innovative and successful business models that tackle social problems in new and sustainable ways. The organization has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as small innovative companies, such as Propel and MoCaFi, to address issues ranging from food insecurity and financial credit to workforce development. Debra also currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Foundation, the financial cooperative BECU, and the sustainable forestry company Port Blakely. Previously, Debra co-managed Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm focused on the consumer with $500 million under management. She has been an investor and advisor to numerous high-growth companies over the years, including co-founding diabetes management company Brook and advanced material company Carbitex. Debra graduated from Stanford, phi beta kappa, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bill Somerville is president and CEO of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and a founding member of the National Advisory Board. He has decades of experience in the nonprofit sector. He is a nationally recognized expert on creative grantmaking, having spent more than 50 years developing innovative programs to help the neediest among us. In 1991, after 17 years as the executive director of the Peninsula Community Foundation (now known as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), Somerville founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF), which specializes in creative giving programs customized to donor’s interests. Bill has consulted with over 400 community and family foundations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is a recipient of the 2004 Gerbode Fellowship Award in recognition of outstanding achievement as a nonprofit executive. He serves on the advisory boards of the Peery Family Foundation, the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, and the Junior League of Palo Alto. Bill worked with the Haas Center to establish the Tom Ford and Sand Hill Fellowships to introduce more young people to philanthropy and foundation work. He authored Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker with Fred Setterberg, which is a guide to decisive, hands-on grantmaking.
Julia Spiegel, ’06, is a human rights advocate and lawyer. She currently serves as deputy county counsel for the County of Santa Clara, where she brings high-impact lawsuits on a range of immigration and social justice matters and is counsel to the Registrar of Voters and Fire Districts. Julia was named a California Lawyer of the Year in 2018 for her work on the County's lawsuit successfully blocking implementation of a federal action seeking to defund sanctuary jurisdictions. Julia is also a lecturer in International Policy Studies at Stanford. Julia previously served as senior advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and as a law clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She earned a MPA from Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs, and her JD from Yale Law School. Before graduate school, Julia researched armed conflict in Africa for the International Crisis Group and the Center for American Progress. She is a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and a Steering Committee Member of UNICEF NextGen.
Leela Stake, BA, MA ’03, is a senior partner at FleishmanHillard, where she leads global impact and purpose work with businesses and foundations. She works on pressing issues facing people and our planet, including education, environmental sustainability, responsible tech, and women’s empowerment. She also runs FH4Inclusion, the agency’s global award winning pro-bono initiative that has engaged more than 1,000 employees to provide 20,000 hours of service. Leela was previously chair of the Global Sustainable Growth & Corporate Responsibility practice at APCO Worldwide and worked at The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. Leela graduated from Stanford with an MA and BA with honors and distinction and helped develop Stanford’s first social entrepreneurship curriculum. She was awarded the Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy and the Lyons Award for Service from Stanford. Leela is vice chair of the board of the Conservation Corps of the North Bay and is on the Advisory Council of REDF.
Stephen Sullens, '89, MS '90, is a senior managing director of The Blackstone Group and head of portfolio management for Blackstone's Hedge Fund Solutions group. Before joining Blackstone in 2001, Steve was as a director with Citi Alternative Investment Strategies, Citigroup’s hedge fund investment center. Previously, he was manager of alternative investments for the Walt Disney Company. Prior to his six years at Disney, he was an analyst with Trammell Crow Ventures, a real estate investment advisory firm. Steve serves on the board of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, where he chairs the Investment Committee. He also is a trustee of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He received a BA in economics and MS in industrial engineering from Stanford, where he also played football and was a three-year varsity letterman.
Katherine Toy, ’91, MA ’95, is executive vice president of Partnerships and Programs at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service and The Presidio Trust, which provides support and innovative programming to the Golden Gate National Parks, the most visited national park unit in America. Together with her team, Katherine is responsible for delivering the "For All" aspect of the organization's "Parks For All Forever" vision–a vision that invites and delights in having all members of our vibrant community feel welcome and included in the parks and in the Conservancy's public programs. Katherine provides leadership to the Conservancy's Youth and Program Services, Volunteers and Internships, Civic and Community Engagement, and Communications and Marketing divisions. Throughout her career she has been a champion of civic engagement and volunteerism, having served as associate director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement at Stanford where she worked with University boards, committees and councils to identify leadership candidates, and build a pipeline of alumni leaders to serve the University at the highest levels, and as program director of San Francisco School Volunteers (now part of the SF Ed Fund), where she oversaw all program development, recruitment, and training for 2,100 volunteers who serve the San Francisco public schools. She has also spent more than 20 years working on the restoration of the historic U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island. She was the first executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and remains involved today as a member of the organization’s board of directors. Katherine also serves on the Board Development Committee of Girl Scouts of Northern California.
Anita Yu Westly is the co-founder of the Westly Foundation. As an immigrant from Hong Kong, she believes strongly in helping to make sure that every child in California has an opportunity to be successful. The Westly Foundation believes that investing in our children paves the way for success in the future. The Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of health care and education for children from historically marginalized communities in California, enhances opportunities and skills for youth, and supports organizations that make our communities and our state better for our families. The foundation firmly believes in providing an even playing field for under-served children in California. Prior to her philanthropy work, Anita was an executive with Portal Software and worked for Accenture, providing professional service consulting to companies such as American Express and Pacific Bell, helping these companies build large operational systems. In addition to her professional work, Anita serves on the advisory board of CARE (Stanford Center for Asian Health Care Research and Education) to help improve knowledge, education, and clinical care to reduce healthcare disparities among Asian communities and population. She was also a member of the board of directors for The Role Model Program. Anita holds a BS in business administration, information systems, from San Diego State University.