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.
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The Haas Center encourages student members on its National Advisory Board. Appointments are made for one year with the opportunity to renew for an additional year. All Stanford students (graduate or undergraduate) 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.
Kamba Tshionyi, ’98, graduated from Stanford with a degree in human biology. He earned a basketball scholarship to the Farm and was co-captain of the Final Four basketball team. Upon graduation, Kamba served for two years in the Peace Corps in Gabon, where he was a safe motherhood educator. He then pursued his graduate studies, earning a master's from the London School of Economics. After two more years in London in the private sector, Kamba returned to the Bay Area and spent a decade as an executive director in the nonprofit sector with Summer Search, BUILD and All Stars Helping Kids. Kamba currently works at Regis Management, a private investment firm. He is the director, Purpose-Driven Investing and works with individuals, families, and foundations to ensure that their values are reflected in their portfolios. Prior to Regis, Kamba worked as a private banker at JPMorgan and a director at an impact investment advisory firm. Kamba has served on several nonprofit boards, including as the chairman of the 50 Fund, the philanthropic arm of Super Bowl 50, which oversaw the distribution of $13M grants to Bay Area nonprofits—the most donated during any single Super Bowl. He was previously on Stanford's Buck-Cardinal Club board and served as a board member and treasurer for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. Kamba is married to Marisa Brutoco (’00, JD ’04), who is a very active volunteer and board member at Stanford. They live in Menlo Park and have an elementary-aged son and a young daughter.
Henry J. Brandon, III, ’78, 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 from Stanford in Economics where he was a member of two NCAA Championship tennis teams, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School. Henry and his wife Monique live in Los Angeles and have two children who have both attended Stanford: Quintin Chase, ’17, and Blake, ’19.
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. Ron, his wife Mary Rose Fernandez, and their two daughters live in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Milton Chen, MA '83, PhD '86, is an independent author, speaker, board member, and consultant with 25 years of experience in senior positions in educational media and innovation. For 12 years, he served as executive director at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), an operating foundation that utilizes its multimedia website, Edutopia.org, to communicate a new vision for twenty-first century schools, attracting more than one million monthly visitors. Milton has also been the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco, a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2008, he was a Fulbright New Century Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. He has been a trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and serves on the National Park System Advisory Board to advance their role in STEM and humanities education. Milton also serves on the board of trustees for Sesame Workshop in New York and is chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey. His work has been honored by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Fred Rogers Award, and two Bay Area science centers, the Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science. Milton received an AB from Harvard College and a PhD from Stanford in communication and has been a director of the Stanford Alumni Association. He lives with his wife, Ruth Cox, in San Francisco. Their daughter, Maggie Chen, '09, is a medical student at UCLA and was a Gardner fellow. Perhaps most memorably, on his 50th birthday, he was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas.
Courtney Cooperman, ’20, is a Political Science major concentrating in Justice and Law. She is passionate about furthering political ideals in sectors of society where they are often discarded, such as the criminal justice system and treatment of the unhoused population. As a Koret Fellow in summer 2017, Courtney completed a Cardinal Quarter at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, where she developed a toolkit that guides Jewish leaders to educate, advocate, and mobilize their communities around local criminal justice reform measures. Courtney will continue to address similar themes as a summer intern with Senator Cory Booker (BA ’91, MA ’92) in his Newark, NJ office. On campus, Courtney leads the Stanford student organizing team and serves on the board of Heart and Home Collaborative, a seasonal shelter for unhoused women in the greater Palo Alto community. She is also the former tikkun olam (social action) chair and incoming Vice-President of Outreach on the Jewish Student Association, and a member of the Jewish Social Justice Collective. In spring 2017, Courtney participated in an Alternative Spring Break focusing on the Bay Area housing crisis. This spring, she will co-lead a trip on the theme of “Pluralism and Politics: Exploring Faith-Based Advocacy in American Society.” Courtney first got involved with the Haas Center as a Frosh Service Liaison, connecting her freshman dorm-mates to service opportunities that align with their individual interests. She is excited to deepen her involvement with the Haas Center and continue fostering a greater culture of public service at Stanford.
Andrew Dallakoti, ’20, is majoring in economics and mathematics while pursuing a coterminal master’s degree in Public Policy. He’s been involved with the Haas Center since freshman year, previously serving as the Director of Technology of Stanford in Government. Two summers ago, he earned a Cardinal Quarter fellowship through the Haas Center to work for ELPASO, a nonprofit aiming to close the educational achievement gap among Latinx students in Boulder, Colorado. The following year he interned for U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) where he researched issues pertaining to equitable housing, tariffs and subsidies, and the Farm Bill. More recently, Andrew co-led an Alternative Spring Break to Macomb, IL to study the economic, social, and political aspects of America’s “Rural-Urban Divide.” He now serves as the Financial Officer and co-Coordinator for Stanford’s Alternative Breaks program. On campus, Andrew is a residential assistant at Murray, a teaching assistant, and a member of the ASSU Executive Cabinet as Co-Director of Academic Freedom and Political Engagement. He is excited to extend his involvement at the Haas Center and to continue promoting the value of public service at Stanford.
Katie Hanna Dickson, '84, studied human biology at Stanford and received a masters 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 serves on the board of 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 voice in the literary arts. She is also an assistant editor at Narrative. She is on the advisory board of Girls Learn International which empowers students to be informed advocates for girls’ education. She also serves on the Ms Magazine Steering Committee and co-chaired the 5th Annual Ms Luncheon, supporting Ms Magazine’s global reporting and Girls Learn International. At Castilleja High School she co-chaired the CSA Parent Education committee for two years and is currently event co-chair for View 360, Castilleja’s tuition assistance benefit. She was a board member at the Common Ground Speaker Series, a Bay Area parent education consortium where she worked on the speaker committee. She recently served on the Rodin by Moonlight 2017 committee supporting the Cantor Arts Center.
Susan Ford Dorsey is the president of the Sand Hill Foundation, a family foundation she established in 1994 with her late husband, Tom Ford. In 1984, she founded Health Innovations, a healthcare consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning, and marketing. She has served on the board of trustees for Menlo School including as chair, and as a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is the past chair of Peninsula Open Space Trust and has served on the boards of the Peninsula Community Foundation, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Children's Health Council and Phillips Brooks School. In 1991, she co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an education enrichment program for children in East Palo Alto. At Stanford, Susan has served on the advisory council for the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and on the board of directors for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She served on the H&S Council from 2001 to 2012 and is a past chair. She has also served on the Stanford Challenge Steering Committee, the Stanford Athletic Advisory Board and the Stanford Parents' Advisory Board. Susan earned her bachelor's degree from UC San Diego in cellular biology and an MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.
Together with her husband, Molly Efrusy, '94, founded and serves as president of the Efrusy Family Foundation, which primarily focuses on youth leadership development and education in the U.S. and Africa. Molly is vice chair of the board for Firelight Foundation, an organization that identifies, funds, and strengthens promising community organizations that support the health, resilience, and education of children in Africa. 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 is also 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 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 policy advisory council 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 on the Board 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.
Molly Forstall, ’91, JD ’94, P ’21, attended the Stanford in Washington program as an undergraduate and earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies. She received her JD from Stanford Law School. Molly began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. of the Northern District of California. She then practiced law for several years at Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, where she focused on employment litigation and counseling for technology companies. She has served as chair of the board of the Children's Preschool Center in Palo Alto and the School Site Council of Huff School in Mountain View, and as Development Chair of the Board of Trustees at Keys School in Palo Alto. She and her husband, Scott (BS '91, MS '92) live in Los Altos Hills with their two children. Having turned their attention to the world of Broadway, they won a Tony award for Best Musical of 2015 as co-producers of "Fun Home.” They are also members of Impact Partners, which is dedicated to funding independent documentary storytelling that entertains audiences, engages with pressing social issues, and propels the art of cinema forward.
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. Mrs. Haas serves on the board of directors of Levi Strauss & Co. She is vice chair of the board of trustees and chair of the Committee on Painting and Sculpture of the New York Museum of Modern Art; is vice chair of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and serves on the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Center. Mrs. Haas is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle. Mrs. Haas is an inaugural fellow at the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. Mrs. Haas was previously a director of The Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco University High School, and Children Now.
Jamie Halper, ’81, is Senior Advisor, and until last year Partner, at Leonard Green and Partners. He has worked 29 years in private equity, including an earlier role as co-founder and President of TDA Capital Partners, aprivate equity firm with investments in developing countries. He currently serves on Stanford's Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Haas Center’s National Advisory Board. He is also on the board of Coaching Corps, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jamie and his wife, Priscilla, live in Los Angeles and are blessed to have four Stanford students. Jamie has served on the boards of many companies including Focus Brands, Lucky Brand, and David’s Bridal. Jamie earned a BA from Stanford in Economics and an MBA from Harvard in 1985. Jamie lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife, Priscilla.
Constanza Hasselman, ’21, is on sociology's data, markets and management track with a minor in human rights. She is passionate about women's rights, education and criminal justice reform. During her freshman year, she learned about Cardinal Service as a Frosh Service Liaison. As a sophomore, Constanza was an Emerson Fellow in the inaugural social justice cohort. She has completed two Cardinal Quarters in the human rights field. Her role as co-vice president of BASES' Social Impact Team complements her involvement with the Haas Center, as it gives her perspective on other campus communities. An aspiring social entrepreneur, Constanza is fascinated by the unique challenges presented by the intersection of business and social good. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the National Advisory Board and hopes that her critical, honest voice will help determine the next successful pathway for the Haas Center for Public Service.
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 Bay Area Schools, 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 Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. 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. Andrea currently lives in Hillsborough with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, skiing, doing Zumba, and volunteering in the community.
Michelle Howard, ’20, is a senior from Tucson, Arizona. She is studying bioengineering with a minor in religious studies, and plans on attending law school after Stanford. Michelle is extremely interested in understanding how the intersection of business, policy, and tech impacts the public sector. This year, Michelle will write an honors thesis in the Science, Technology, and Society department on the regulation and concerns of biotechnology in Silicon Valley. Michelle first became involved with the Haas Center her freshman year when she completed a Cardinal Quarter with an NGO in Nicaragua. After witnessing disturbing practices by the NGO, she began questioning international service. Her junior year, she decided to co-found and co-lead an Alternative Spring Break titled, “Saving the World? The Ethics of International Service.” This trip consisted of visits to academic, non-profit, private, and government organizations involved in international affairs, during which participants learned about the difficulties the US faces in aiding and serving communities abroad. Michelle is also a research assistant at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in biosecurity prevention, a member of Stanford Women in Business, and a Stanford Outdoor Education Trip Leader. Michelle is now completing a second Cardinal Quarter with the Haas Center in Sydney, Australia as an intern for The Institute for Economics in Peace, a think tank that ranks countries according to their peace levels and reports on the economic impacts of violence.
Dr. Jennifer C. Keam, ’96 (English, Biology), MA ’98 (English) 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. She lives in New York City with her husband Eric Bannasch (’96, MBA ’03), and their two young children.
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 non-profit organizations, Bill is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) 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. Bill lives in Rancho Santa Fe, CA with his wife, Amy, and daughters, Nicole, Laine, and Blaire.
Adriel Lares, '94, is the CFO at Fastly, where he has helped the company reach an annualized run rate of $100 million in just five years to 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. Adriel 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, Adriel studied at Oxford through overseas studies and engaged in service through Barrio Assistance, the Stanford Volunteer Network, and his fraternity. He and his wife, Yvette Tom, were married in 2012 and have twin daughters. Adriel is also a vintner of Memento Mori, a Napa Cabernet sourced from multiple vineyards and produced in highly limited quantities.
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.
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. She also enjoys the arts and traveling with her husband, Bill Matthes, ’82, and their two teenage children.
Lenny Mendonca, MBA '87, is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a lecturer at the Stanford Business School, and a senior fellow at the Presidio Institute. He is also an advisor to several entrepreneurs. Lenny founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Lenny led their knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm's communications, including the McKinsey Quarterly. He served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). Over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny is the chair of Children Now, co-chair of California Forward, and co-founder and chair of Fusecorps. He is the chair emeritus of the Bay Area Council and their Economic Institute, and was vice chair of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of Fidelity Charitable, New America, Western Governors University, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, The Educational Results Partnership, The College Futures Foundation, California Competes, The Opportunity Institute, Commonwealth Club and the Super Bowl 50 Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees for Junior Statesmen of America and the advisory boards of QB3, the Haas Center at Stanford, and The Public Policy Institute of California. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast with his wife, Christine. They raised their two daughters, Allie and Rebecca, there and are the founders and owners of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
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 2 year, 4 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, Mitchell 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 not for profit 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.
Michael R. Ortiz, '05, is the head of public affairs at Roivant Sciences. He previously held senior positions at the White House, the National Security Council, and the Department of State. As the State Department’s Deputy Counterterrorism Coordinator, he led successful diplomatic efforts to implement policies and programs focused on countering violent extremism. As senior advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice, he served as the NSA’s principal policy advisor and traveled with President Obama to 18 countries. As director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council, he led efforts to implement the President's national security legislative agenda. At the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, he worked on the President’s top domestic policy priorities, including healthcare reform. He also served on Capitol Hill in the offices of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then-Senator Barack Obama. Michael is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Stanford in Washington National Advisory Council, and Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service National Advisory Board. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in history. Michael and his family reside in Washington, D.C.
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 MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1997 and his BA in International Relations and Economics from Stanford in 1992.
Margaret, '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 and is on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service. 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 masters degree in education from Stanford University. She resides in Woodside with her husband Rick and their three children.
Claire Robinson, '20, is an American Studies Major with a concentration in "Law and Social Justice," and a minor in Ethics in Society. In these programs, she has explored how identity, community, and society interact with legal systems. This year, Claire will write an honors thesis exploring community-based dispute resolution programs, with a focus on how they apply to the context of family violence. At Stanford, Claire has been devoted to service. She has worked as an intern at Aarti for Girls and the Bronx Defenders. In addition, she has been a long-time member of the student staff at Stanford Queer Student Resources and the Stanford Women's Community Center, devoted to creating community among students. In addition, Claire has dedicated significant time towards Bay Area JusticeCorps, assisting self-represented litigants in California family courts.
Mindy Rogers, '84, MBA '88, 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. Mindy and Jesse (’79) live in Atherton, CA and have three children who have attended Stanford: Jennifer, '13; Christine, '16; and Thomas, '19.
Roopal Mehta Saran, '94, is the executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities. Previously, Roopal was the director of Client Services at KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that works to bring balanced and active play into the lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. She managed relationships with KaBOOM! partners including The Walt Disney Company, MetLife Foundation, Pacific Gas and Electric, Tampa Bay Rays, and others. Roopal also worked at First Book, a national nonprofit that brings new books into the homes of children from low-income families, where she led the Community Development Team. Before her move to the nonprofit sector, she worked as an attorney in Illinois and Washington, D.C., representing school districts and state departments of education. Roopal has served on the board of the Stanford Alumni Association and the Stanford Associates Board of Governors and is a recipient of a 2014 Stanford Alumni Association Governor’s Award. She has served on reunion committees for her 10th and 15th Stanford reunions, and co-chaired her 20th reunion in 2014. She is also an active volunteer with her local girl scout council and her kids’ middle and elementary school PTAs. Roopal has a BA in English and MA in education from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Illinois. While at Stanford, Roopal was very active at the Haas Center for Public Service, chairing the Stanford Volunteer Network and working on national service. Upon graduation, she received the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award. Roopal lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband Atul, ’94, daughters Riya and Sarina, and son Jaiden.
The Honorable Dorothy Shubin,’81, 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 and her husband, Gregory Pieschala, ’79, reside in Pasadena, CA, and have two children, including a daughter in the Stanford class of 2023. Dorothy is on the board of the Stanford Club of Pasadena and has served as co-chair of the board.
Krystal Smith, PhD ’22, is at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford, training as a sociologist with a focus on organizational studies and higher education. Her primary research interest is moral development in college, and in particular, how students’ political and religious commitments evolve in relation to their institutional contexts. In addition to this, she is part of the Civic Life of Cities Lab, where she studies how nonprofits survive, thrive, and contribute to civic life in cities like San Francisco. Prior to Stanford, Krystal spent three years as the Western U.S. Regional director for the Veritas Forum, where she coached universities in hosting large-scale civic dialogues on big life questions between professors with different beliefs. Before that, she completed her Bachelor’s (’13) and Master’s (’14) in Social Work at North Carolina State University where she was a Park scholar and a Caldwell fellow. At NC State, Krystal’s college experience was deeply shaped by her public service commitments, especially her mentorship work with Neighbor2Neighbor, a community development center in Southeast Raleigh. Krystal first became involved with the Haas Center when she met Tom and Mary Esther Schnaubelt and became the graduate fellow for Branner Hall, Stanford’s public service dorm. Krystal helps run the yearlong Service Scholar Program, and she loves her work at Branner so much that she is bringing her husband Dash to live in the dorm with her after they get married in August 2019. In addition to this role, Krystal has been a fellow with the Ethics Center, and is currently a fellow with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a Harvey fellow, and an IES fellow. She and Dash are members of Citizens Church in San Francisco, and they love running Golden Gate Park, biking around San Francisco, and exploring all the amazing food and drinks the Bay Area has to offer.
Debra Somberg, '87, is co-founder of WinWin, a hybrid organization that creates the ecosystem and provides investment capital to catalyze ventures that drive synergistic benefits for the private, social, and public sectors. It recently invested in an innovative food stamp company that aims to transform the lives of people in poverty by creating an integrated sector business model. She also serves on the boards of The Seattle Foundation, the public charter schools KIPP LA, the financial cooperative BECU, and The Port Blakely Companies, a sustainable forestry company. For nearly a decade, Debra co-managed Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm focused on the consumer with $500+ million under management. She has been an advisor to numerous high growth companies over the years including co-founding innovative diabetes management company Brook and advanced material company Carbitex. She began her career at Goldman, Sachs and McKinsey & Co and has served as a senior managing director at Montgomery Securities and a founding partner at Thomas Weisel Partners. Debra graduated from Stanford in '87 and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently resides in Seattle, having returned from living abroad with her husband and three children in her husband’s hometown of Hamburg, Germany. She is the proud mom of a daughter in the Class of 2019.
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.
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 serves on the National Advisory Board for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, 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 an MS in industrial engineering and a BA in economics from Stanford University. At Stanford he also played football and was a three-year varsity letterman.
Gabrielle Torrance, ’20, is a senior majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Economics. This year, she plans to write an honors thesis on education policy and economic development in rural regions. She grew up in Illinois, where she and her family operate a corn and soybean farm and raise Hereford beef cattle. As a result, Gabrielle has become passionate about expanding awareness of rural issues and bridging the rural-urban divide. To this end, she has served on the Haas Center Rural Engagement Working Group, and she and fellow NAB member Andrew Dallakoti co-led a 2019 Alternative Spring Break trip to her home region. Following this rewarding experience with the ASB program, she looks forward to serving as an ASB program coordinator this year. Due in part to her three-year involvement with Stanford in Government, Gabrielle has become especially passionate about social impact and policy as public service. She participated in the Spring 2019 Stanford in Washington program, during which she interned on Capitol Hill for Rep. Cheri Bustos. Additionally, she completed a tutorial on education policy through the BOSP Oxford program during her sophomore year. Gabrielle spent the summer of 2018 in Washington, DC interning at a Freedman Consulting, addressing issues ranging from poverty and inequality to tech policy, and in the summer of 2019, she worked at the Boston Consulting Group in their social impact practice. Gabrielle is grateful to Stanford’s public service community for providing advice, support, and the opportunity to continually learn from students passionate about effecting positive change in the world.
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.
Rachel Vaughan, ’20, is a senior majoring in Human Biology with a focus on child development, particularly in contexts of trauma and deprivation. She is particularly interested in how to optimize educational and developmental outcomes for children in foster care. To that end, she received Cardinal Quarter Fellowships to spend summers working at Respite Care of San Antonio, a group home for foster youth with special needs, and the Youth Law Center, a nonprofit in San Francisco that advocates for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Most recently, she served as an Education and Youth Development Fellow at Spring Initiative, an organization that helps youth in the Mississippi Delta achieve their academic and personal potential. While on campus, she enjoys working as an Education Partnerships Fellow for Ravenswood Reads, an after-school tutoring program that provides individualized literacy instruction to elementary school students in East Palo Alto. Tutoring for Ravenswood Reads since freshman year has been a highlight of her Stanford experience because of the bonds she has formed with her students and her fellow tutors. Volunteering with Buena Vista Homework Club, a group that provides academic support to students living in the Buena Vista Trailer Park in Palo Alto, has complemented her experience in Ravenswood Reads. On Friday afternoons, she can usually be found at the Palo Alto YMCA, teaching swimming to children with special needs through SNAP (Special Needs Aquatics Program). Weekends are filled with time catching up with friends, reading outside, and providing respite care for an eight-year-old with autism spectrum disorder. She formerly served as the director of community service and voter registration for Stanford in Government (SIG), where she helped to establish the Stanford Votes initiative, and is also a member of the Student Alumni Council (SAC), an organization that serves as a liaison between students and alumni.
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 at risk in California, enhances opportunities and skills for youth, and supports organizations that make our communities and our state better for our families. It firmly believes in providing an even-playing field for at-risk and 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 B.S. in Business Administration, Information System, from San Diego State University.