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.
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.
2021–22 National Advisory Board
- Ekpedeme M. “Pamay” Bassey, Chair
- Katie Hanna Dickson, Vice Chair
- Javier Aguirre
- Adam Bad Wound
- Sandra Bass
- Henry J. Brandon, III
- Ronald Brown
- Vaughn Derrick Bryant
- Stuart C. Burden
- Gabrielle Crooks
- Molly Efrusy
- Angela Filo
- Jose Gordon
- Mimi Haas
- Nick Hakes
- Lena Han
- Jake Harriman
- Andrea M. Higuera-Ballard
- Jennifer C. Keam
- Alexandra Koch
- Jocelyn Lee
- Polly Liu
- Leigh Sherwood Matthes
- Sasankh Munukutla
- Adam Nayak
- Michael Ortiz
- Megha Parwani
- George Peinado
- Mindy Rogers
- Brian Rosenberg
- Jennifer Satre
- Emily Schell
- Nicole J. Sheehan
- Dorothy Shubin
- Janna Smith Lang
- Debra A. Somberg
- Bill Somerville
- Julia Spiegel
- Preeti Srinivasan
- Stephen W. Sullens
- Molly Tapias
- Katherine Toy
- Anita Yu Westly
- Leela Stake Young
- 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)
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.
Adam Bad Wound, MA '05, MA '06, graduated with his two master’s degrees from Stanford in education policy and sociology. His mission is to strengthen people and the planet through philanthropy. He is Vice President of Philanthropy at GRID Alternatives, an international organization that works to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy. At GRID, he founded the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, which provides grants, fellowships, and scholarships to support tribal energy sovereignty projects across the United States. His career began at Stanford at the Haas Center for Public Service, in a joint appointment with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Since then, he has worked for more than a decade in environmental nonprofits, including the Wilderness Society, NatureBridge, and California Academy of Sciences. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, and a third master’s degree from Columbia University, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Harvard University. Adam actively volunteers at Stanford and recently completed a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association.
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 Chief Operating Officer and 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, the Inglewood Baseball Fund and is Treasurer of USA Triathlon. He currently serves as President of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association and is a Board Member 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.
Gabby Crooks, ’23, is a Maryland native majoring in International Relations and minoring in Human Rights and Spanish. Gabby is passionate about public service and human rights, both domestically and abroad. At Stanford, she works with the Cardinal Careers team out of the Haas Center as a student assistant and is a peer advisor for the Cardinal Service program, as well as staffing the Black Community Services Center. She also is entering her second term as an undergraduate senator and is co-president of Stanford Women in Law (SWIL). This past summer, Gabby was a Public Interest Law Fellow, as part of the Cardinal Quarter program, with San Francisco-based organization, Accountability Counsel, where she supported the organization’s mission to protect the human rights of marginalized communities around the world. After Stanford, Gabby hopes to attend law school and advocate for human rights around the world.
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 US, Africa, and Latin America. Molly serves on the African Leadership Foundation’s U.S. Advisory Council and was an early investor in African Leadership University. Molly and her husband are also founding supporters of the Latin American Leadership Academy, where Molly serves as the Vice Chair of the Board. Molly is a member of the Wayfinder Wise Council, the advisory board for Wayfinder, an organization that provides a culturally responsive, comprehensive mental health and SEL curriculum for middle and high school students. Wayfinder was originally incubated at Stanford’s d.school. 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 an AB from Stanford University in Human Biology and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley in maternal and child health. She currently serves on the Changemaker Task Force for the Dean of the Berkeley School of Public Health. Molly lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and three sons, and is also the Board President of the Park City Education Foundation.
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.
Nick Hakes, ’22, studies philosophy with a concentration on medical ethics. Currently, Nick can be found caring for and learning from critically injured patients in the ambulance, helicopter, trauma bay, operating room, and intensive care unit. He also sits on multiple hospital ethics committees. Nick hails from a sweet corn and giant pumpkin farm in Ohio’s Amish Country, so when not in scrubs, he can be found wearing cowboy boots as the president of the Ranchers and Farmers Society of Stanford. He also leads the Stanford Rural Engagement Network, a collaboration between the Haas Center and the Bill Lane Center for the American West to discuss the promise and perils of rural America. Because Nick’s professional goal is to serve the suffering as a trauma surgeon, he intends to pursue a medical degree with a focus on healthcare leadership and policy. With support from the Haas Center, Nick was named a 2021 Truman Scholar.
Lena Han, ’22, is a senior pursuing a BA in economics and MA in public policy. She is passionate about developing more creative and equitable spaces—both physically with urban design and virtually on the Internet—through policy. Lena began her engagement with public policy volunteering with her local government’s Office of Arts and Culture and has spent her time at Stanford expanding her interests, exploring intersections between policy and the arts, media, and technology. On campus, she is highly involved with Stanford in Government, previously heading the Fellowships and Stipends program and serving as the Vice Chair of Operations this year. Through SIG, she has worked to make public service more accessible, visible, and inclusive on campus. Off campus, Lena has interned at USAFacts, a nonprofit website dedicated to driving fact-based discussion in politics by making government data accessible, and volunteered with Mobilize, an organizing software used by progressive campaigns and organizations throughout the country. Through a Humanities Research Intensive grant, Lena has also studied regulation of street art and graffiti in New York City.
Jake graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 and served seven and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Platoon Commander in both the Infantry and Force Recon. During his military service, Jake led four operational deployments, including two combat tours in Iraq. Following his service, Jake attended Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, he founded Nuru International to eradicate extreme poverty in the world’s most unstable, vulnerable regions to help end violent extremism. He graduated in 2008 with his MBA. From 2017 to 2019, Jake helped draft, introduce, and work to pass groundbreaking new legislation called the Global Fragility Act of 2019 that equips America with new authorities and resources to prevent conflict and stabilize some of the most fragile regions of the world. Now he has turned his attention to helping protect the American Democratic experiment as the Founder and CEO of More Perfect Union, a 10-year plan to heal the divide in the nation and make our government work for the American people by building a viable center in American politics and a nationwide movement for unity and reform, as well as passing new legislation to reform the electoral system and structural rules and norms of Congress. Jake has received several honors and been interviewed on ABC, Al Jazeera America, BBC World Service, CNN, Fox Business and MSNBC’s Morning Joe and received coverage in the Christian Science Monitor, Devex, Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Stanford Magazine, Fox News, and others.
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.
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.
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.
Polly Liu, '95, MBA '00, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Business School. In 2001, she founded Beau-coup, an e-commerce company in the party supplies space. She is an active community volunteer and enjoys working with local organizations such as East Palo Alto Academy Foundation, Peninsula Bridge, and Second Harvest Food Bank. At Stanford, she currently serves on the Stanford LEAD Council and is a 25th reunion campaign committee member. As a Stanford student, she was involved in the Haas Center, including holding a summer philanthropy fellowship. Polly was featured in Bay Area Parent in March 2020 for organizing Free Laundry Friends, a fundraising effort that helped pay for laundry services in underserved communities impacted by the pandemic, including for many El Camino Hospital staff members. She is also currently a board member of the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation.
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.
Sasankh Munukutla, ’22, is a senior from Singapore, majoring in computer science and minoring in cognitive science. He is extremely passionate about the intersection of technology and social impact. The summer of 2019 after his frosh year, Sasankh worked at Tarjimly through a CS+Social Good Fellowship from the Haas Center, where he built technology to help with language translation for refugees that is now used in refugee camps around the world. This foundational experience inspired his passion to bring a social impact lens to all his endeavors during college. His past work also includes using NLP to improve the sentiment and attitude towards refugees in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Since January 2020, he has been working on AI for Climate Change research as part of the Stanford ML Group led by Prof. Andrew Ng, which has resulted in a publication on novel findings and methods at NeurIPS. He has also worked on Safety Machine Learning at Uber as a Kleiner Perkins Engineering Fellow (Summer 2020) and spent the past summer building NLP technology to help dyslexic people write better at Microsoft (Summer 2021). During his time at Stanford, Sasankh has served as the Vice-President and President of CS+Social Good, where his work included expanding the Fellowship Program with the Haas Center. He has also Co-Founded the CS Undergraduate Council to help with mentorship, DEI, and advocacy. He currently serves on the Board of TechShift, an international alliance of over 30 CS+Social Good like organizations. Prior to Stanford, Sasankh took two gap years to serve as a combat leader (Infantry Platoon Sergeant) in the Singapore Armed Forces. Growing up across countries as a third culture kid, Sasankh is deeply inspired by and committed to public service across borders and global citizenship.
Adam Nayak, ’22, is a senior pursuing a degree in civil and environmental engineering. Originally from Portland, OR, 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 where he works with investors, founders and companies on emerging tech policy or regulatory issues. From 2020-2021, he participated on the Biden-Harris Transition Team, where he served as a Member of the National Security Council Agency Review Team and led the confirmation teams of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks. Michael previously served as Head of Public Affairs at Roivant Sciences, a unicorn parent company of biotechnology and technology subsidiaries. From 2009-2017, Michael held senior positions in the United States government at the White House, National Security Council (NSC), and Department of State. He served as 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. He also served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barack Obama. Michael is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Stanford in Washington National Advisory Council, Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service National Advisory Board, and the Stanford Associates. He has participated in the Aspen Institute Socrates Program and the Milken Institute Associates program. Michael graduated with honors from Stanford University.
Megha Parwani, '22, is double-majoring in philosophy and political science. She is interested in building a more representative and robust democracy, through research-backed interventions at the local, national, and international levels. During her 2020 Cardinal Quarter fellowship with Generation Citizen, she researched how higher education institutions can prepare students for democratic citizenship, and, working with then CEO Scott Warren, planned an international, virtual conference about youth activism. On a gap year during 2020, she worked at the nonprofit Equal Citizens. There, she co-directed Deliberations.US, a new project that leverages digital technology to make deliberation a pillar of American democracy. This built on her experience as a research assistant at Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy, where she helped run and analyze national deliberation events and organize the Cardinal Course, COMM138/238: Applying Deliberative Polling, which allows students to study and implement Deliberative Polls in their communities. She has also encouraged civic and political engagement on campus as the ASSU Executive Cabinet's Co-Director of Academic Freedom and Political Engagement, and the former Managing Editor of Opinions at The Stanford Daily. This year she is excited to be a Cardinal Service Peer Advisor, Issue Area Coordinator at the Haas Center, and a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow.
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.
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 has served 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, Stanford Health Care, 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 former 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.
Dr. Brian Rosenberg, the current president-in-residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is an American academic administrator and a scholar on Charles Dickens. Rosenberg received his BA from Cornell University and his MA and PhD in English from Columbia University. He has published numerous articles on Dickens and other subjects as well as two books. Rosenberg began his academic career as an adjunct assistant professor of humanities at the Cooper Union in New York City in 1982. He worked at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, from 1983 to 1998 as an English professor and as chair of the English Department and participated in the development of the college’s strategic plan. From 1998 to 2003, Rosenberg was dean of the faculty and an English professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. While in this position, he was responsible for all academic programs, athletics, the library, instructional technology, and the Lawrence University art gallery. He directed the design and passage of the university’s first new general education requirements in 15 years, created the college’s first mentoring program for new faculty, and wrote the long-range faculty staffing plan. Rosenberg became the 16th president of Macalester College in August 2003. He led a number of fundraising campaigns for the college, such as the Macalester Moment campaign, and oversaw the construction and renovation of several buildings on campus. Rosenberg is very interested in the politics of higher education and has written many articles on the subject.
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.
Janna Smith Lang, PhD’69, P’91, practiced audiology with a special emphasis in pediatric audiology. Her work with deaf and hard of hearing children began with a parent/infant program and continued later in a medical setting and a private practice. While at Stanford, Janna saw the first electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve in a deaf ear which led to the development of the cochlear implant. Over her career, Janna was able to watch the cochlear implant develop to become a routine clinical tool for bringing “hearing” to deaf ears. In the late ‘90s, when universal newborn hearing screening (NHS) became a standard, Janna served on the panel for the development of the NHS program for California. She then developed the NHS program for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and became a consultant for NHS programs across California. Janna has made numerous professional presentations and has several publications. In addition to her professional work, Janna was an appointee to and later chair of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Examining of the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance and Editorial Board Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. She also serviced on numerous committees and was president of California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, served on committees and was president of the California Association of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice, member of the Board of Directors of Project IDEA (Infant Deafness Educational Assistance), member of the Advisory Board for Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf, member of Advisory Board for Phoenix Education Center, Board of Trustees and Board president for Hillbrook School, Board of Trustees for Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents, various committees and Legislative Councilor for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, member of Audiology Technical Advisory Committee and Advisory Panel for Newborn Hearing Screening for California Children’s Services, and member of Utilization Review Committee for Santa Clara Family Health Plan.
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.
President and CEO of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF) and a founding member of the NAB, Bill 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 has worked with the Haas Center for Public Service 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 an impact litigator and human rights advocate with nearly a decade of experience in some of the highest levels of federal, state, and local government. She currently serves as a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to California Governor Gavin Newsom, focusing on consumer protection, privacy, immigration, and election integrity. She previously served as deputy county counsel in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, where she litigated high-impact lawsuits on immigration and social justice matters, including the nation's first lawsuit to block a federal rule that punished certain immigrants for their use of public benefits as well as the country’s first government lawsuit against opioid manufacturers for their role in creating the opioid epidemic. Julia was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year and received an award from the County Counsels’ Association of California for her work to secure a nationwide injunction barring federal defunding of sanctuary jurisdictions. Julia previously served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and as a law clerk to Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before graduate school, Julia researched armed conflict in eastern Africa for the Center for American Progress and the International Crisis Group. Julia is a graduate of Yale Law School (JD), Princeton School of Public & International Affairs (MPA), and Stanford University (BA).
Preeti Srinivasan, PhD ’23, is a student in organizational behavior at the Graduate School of Business. Before coming to Stanford, Preeti received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard College (with minors in Economics and Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality) and her master’s in Economics from Yale University (with a focus on international development). Her research focuses on prosocial behavior and altruism, especially as these behaviors intersect with diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. Specifically, she is interested in how to help people recognize their own forms of privilege, and be better allies to people who are "different" from them across multiple dimensions of identity (ex: gender, race, sexual orientation). She was drawn to her current course of academic research based on her own experience working with nonprofits - she has worked with over a dozen nonprofit organizations across five different countries.
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.
Molly Tapias, '94, is the director of business development at EM Marketing. She is a marketing and sales strategy professional who helps B2B and B2C tech companies differentiate and win in new markets, with new buyers and selling motions. She draws from her unique background of market validation, positioning, customer insights, and social psychology. Molly completed her dissertation in social-personality psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on close relationships and stigmatized group members' prejudice expectations. Prior to earning her doctoral degree, she conducted consumer research for the Pharmacy Access Partnership and health policy research for the Kaiser Family Foundation. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Latin American Studies with Honors at Stanford University.
Katherine Toy, ’91, MA ’95, is Deputy Chief Executive Officer 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. She works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to align the full Parks Conservancy team around the strategic direction and organizational priorities. 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 pathways for 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 more recently, chair of its board of directors. In 2020, Katherine was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Parks and Recreation Commission.
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.
Leela Stake (Young), ’03, MA ’03, is a senior partner at FleishmanHillard, where she leads the firm’s global diversity, equity and inclusion practice and purpose work. She has worked with more than 100 of the world’s most influential companies and organizations on pressing issues facing people and our planet. Under her leadership, FH4Inclusion, the agency’s global award winning pro-bono initiative, has engaged more than 1,000 employees to provide 28,000 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 on the DE&I Taskforce for the Town of Tiburon and is on the Advisory Council of REDF.