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 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.
For more information, please contact Tom Schnaubelt.
Jamie Halper, ’18, has spent almost 30 years in private equity, specializing in retail and international investments. He is a senior advisor and until last year a Partner since 2003 at Leonard Green & Partners in Los Angeles, a private equity firm with over $15 billion in capital.
Prior to that, he was co-founder and CEO of TDA Capital Partners, which operated funds for investments in less developed countries in Central Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has lived overseas and traveled for business to more than 40 countries. Earlier in his career, he was a Principal at Odyssey Partners.
Halper has served on the boards of many companies including Focus Brands, Lucky Brand, and David’s Bridal. He is a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the National Advisory Board Chair for Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service.
Halper earned a BA from Stanford in Economics and an MBA from Harvard in 1985.
Ekpedeme “Pamay” M. Bassey, '93, is Director, Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development for BlackRock. She is also Chief Experience Officer of “My 52 Weeks of Worship Project” through which she facilitates courageous conversations about cultural and inter-religious diversity, inclusion, and understanding.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Pamay was the president of The Pamay Group, an e-learning design and strategy company, and has over 20 years of experience in designing and developing innovative learning experiences for various audiences.
Pamay holds a bachelor of science degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University and a master of science degree in computer science from Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program in Chicago, Illinois, which is an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theater. She serves on the advisory board of Spiritual Playdate and as a strategic advisor at the MG&E Foundation. She is a past co-president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, past board member for the African Women’s Development Fund, and is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a public service organization.
Opemipo 'Ope' Akerele, '18, is a senior studying science, technology, and society (with a concentration in life sciences and healthcare) from Los Angeles and Lagos, Nigeria. In the two-year investment banking program called The Cardinal Fund, Ope was one of 30 analysts who managed and invested $1,000,000 of the Stanford Student Enterprises portfolio. She was also a Public Finance Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank in New York during the summer of 2017, working with a group to raise funding for government institutions and nonprofit organizations in affordable housing for low or middle-income families and in environmental bonds for projects in treating water of combined sewer systems that deal with overflow. She will be returning to Barclays as a full-time banking analyst next year in New York. In previous years, Ope has served as co-president of the Stanford African Students Association and president of the Afrobeats African Dance Team, an organization she founded during her freshman year. Her other involvements include Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Pacific Free Clinic, independent research in Ghana and England concerning global mental health and politics, and CS + Social Good. She enjoys dancing, singing, fashion, and spending time with family and is a resident computer consultant in Crothers Memorial dorm.
Jacques Antebi, '87, is an Operating Executive with Tailwind Capital, evaluating investment opportunities and partnering with management teams of portfolio companies to improve operations and execute add-on acquisitions.
Previously, Jacques worked at KIND Healthy Snacks, driving the company’s strategic and international growth. Earlier he led the Equity Investments Division for the Inter-American Development Bank Group, a multi-lateral institution dedicated to social and economic development in the Americas. Jacques also held executive positions with CEB (now part of Gartner), GE Capital in Europe, and Capital One. Until 2002, Jacques was a partner with McKinsey & Company, helping public and private sector clients address strategic and operational opportunities. Jacques began his career as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
Jacques has served on the boards of Stanford’s Alumni Association and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as boards of nonprofit organizations, private businesses, and equity funds.
Jacques earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton. Jacques lives in New York with his wife, Susie. They have two children, Michelle, ’15, and Daniel (NYU ’18).
Emma Leeds Armstrong, '18, is a senior studying classics and political science with a focus on campaigns, representation, and voting. This year, she will write an honors thesis in the Ethics and Society program about the impact of campaign finance laws on the inclusion of low-income candidates in elections.
Emma is the former vice chair of fellowships and stipends for Stanford in Government, a position in which she worked to provide 80 paid summer fellowships in policymaking offices around the world. She also completed the Haas Center’s Public Service Leadership Program, where she developed a strong belief in the power of policymaking as public service. In addition to serving on the National Advisory Board, Emma serves on the Stanford Committee for Undergraduate Standards and Policies, where she enjoys working alongside faculty and administrators to make decisions about the undergraduate educational experience.
Emma has worked at Crowdpac, a civic tech startup that crowdfunds political campaigns; Close the Gap Ca, a political consulting firm aimed at achieving gender parity in the California state legislature; and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Emma currently works at the public relations firm, Edelman, on the digital insights and analytics team.
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.
Melissa Buckley, '91, is a program-related investment consultant for the California HealthCare Foundation's Innovations for the Underserved program, which focuses on reducing barriers to efficient, affordable health care for the underserved by encouraging, testing, and promoting lower-cost models of care. In this role she supports the foundation's program-related investing.
Melissa has served as an independent strategic consultant to nonprofits and health care companies, including Health Evolution Partners, the Pacific Business Group on Health, the Tides Foundation, Room to Read, and United Way Bay Area. Prior to working independently, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York and San Francisco. She has also worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.
She serves as a trustee for Breakthrough Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization that puts low-income middle school students on the path to college and inspires college students to become educators.
Melissa received a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master of public policy from Harvard University.
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.
Bret Comolli, MBA '89, serves as the chairman of Asurion overseeing the growth and success of Asurion’s strategies and business operations. He has been with Asurion for over 14 years as CEO and chairman, and has been part of the team that has grown the company from 100 people and $100 million in revenue to over 18,000 employees and $7 billion in revenue. He has more than thirty years of proven leadership, business management and consulting experience. Bret’s prior business experience includes CEO, COO and general manager positions at companies such as Excite@Home, Kendara, Risk Management Solutions, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also worked at McKinsey & Company, consulting to Fortune 500 companies on strategic, operational and organizational issues. Bret graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor of science in engineering and earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In addition to the Board of Asurion Corporation, he is active on a number of boards: the Stanford University Board of Trustees; Stanford Health Care; the Haas Center for Public Service; CTIA–the Wireless Association; Coaching Corps; and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board, where he is the Chair.
Carrie Denning, '08, MA '08, MBA '15, holds degrees in business, history, and art history from Stanford. She currently serves as chief of staff at Sidewalk Labs, which works with cities to build products addressing big urban problems. Previously she served as director of strategy and partnerships at Shared Studios. As a recent graduate, Carrie spent a summer in Mumbai, India, working with Bombay First and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, and then had a yearlong Lorry I. Lokey Fellowship at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she co-authored "The Good Haul," a report on freight transportation innovations that reduce environmental impacts and improve supply chain throughput. She then worked in IBM's Smarter Cities practice area in Washington, D.C. for three years. She also served with Bloomberg Associates, Michael Bloomberg's new urban consulting "swat team" in New York City, and China Vanke, China's largest residential real estate development firm in Shenzhen, China.
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.
Michael Eseigbe, ’18, is a pre-med senior studying human biology, concentrating in biomedical design innovation and entrepreneurship. Michael is passionate about healthcare innovation and using technology to empower people to better manage their health. After getting his introduction to the Haas Center through the Frosh Liaison Program his freshman year, Michael became coordinator for the program the following year. With 17 freshman representatives, he organized outreach to over 1,600 freshman on campus. As a Haas summer fellow, he worked at Waste No Food, a local nonprofit working in food waste and redistribution.
In his junior year, he worked as a volunteer intern for SIRUM, a nonprofit that works to redistribute unused and unopened medicine to individuals who skip their prescriptions due to cost. Interested in combining his entrepreneurial interest with his nonprofit work, Michael joined the Mayfield Fellows Program to explore startups and innovation in Silicon Valley. He worked for Fluxx, a grant management startup that builds software solutions for private foundations and nonprofits.
In his spare time, Michael likes to play tennis and basketball with his friends and curate music playlists.
Sally Falkenhagen, ’75, began volunteering for Stanford in 1977 when fundraising meant phone appeals with pizza (and cow bells to ring if you got a gift). She served as an area co-chair for the Keystone Program of Stanford’s Centennial Campaign and for the Leadership Gift Program of the Campaign for Undergraduate Education. In past years, she co-chaired her 40th and 25th class reunion campaign and the special gifts committee of her 35th class reunion. She holds a BA in human biology.
After graduation, Sally worked for several years for Quincy Cass Associates, a small investment firm in Los Angeles, then moved with her husband, Craig (BS ’74, MS ’75, MBA ’89) to Midland, Texas, where she worked for First National Bank of Midland. In 1980, Sally and Craig moved to London, where Sally worked for Bank of America and Bankers Trust in institutional investment sales. After returning to the Bay Area in 1987, Sally turned to volunteer work. In addition to volunteering for Stanford, she joined the Junior League of Palo Alto–Mid-Peninsula, eventually serving as president. Her Junior League training led to other volunteer activities.
Sally currently advises the endowment fund board of the Junior League; chairs the advisory board of the Rosalie Rendu Center, an ESL program in East Palo Alto; and serves on the board of trustees of Hidden Villa, a nonprofit educational organization in Los Altos Hills. Sally and Craig live in Atherton. Their son graduated in 2016 from Stanford with a BS in mechanical engineering.
Molly Forstall, ’91, JD ’94, 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. She is currently on 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 recently turned their attention to the world of Broadway, they won a Tony award for Best Musical of 2015 as co-producers of "Fun Home".
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.
TJ Heyman, 81, MBA '85, is currently the managing partner of Woodbourne Investment Management. Previously TJ was founder and general partner of WillMax Capital Management and the original founder of HomeUSA.
TJ graduated in 1981 from Stanford in economics with distinction and in 1985 from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA and a partner for life (in his wife and best friend, Jane McConnell, ’81).
TJ and Jane have raised their four children in Boulder, Colorado. TJ has served on the board of the Boulder Community Foundation as well as The Boulder Valley Foundation for Public Schools. Jane and TJ are sponsors of the I Have a Dream program in Boulder County and have founded and underwritten the Culture of Giving Campaign in Boulder County.
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, and Family Connections, where she is the chair of both the Young Scholars Committee and the Advancement Committee. Andrea is also the president of the Parent Group at South School in Hillsborough in addition to being an active classroom volunteer. Andrea previously served on the board of trustees of CuriOdyssey from 2005 to 2011.
Andrea received a bachelor of arts 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. Andrea 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.
Brian Kaplun, ’18, is a senior from Los Angeles majoring in human biology, with a concentration in public health and health policy. He is passionate about the health of marginalized communities, and hopes to dedicate his life to addressing healthcare disparities as both a physician and public health advocate.
In 2015, Brian interned in the Human Rights Campaign’s Health and Aging Program, where he worked on the Healthcare Equality Index, an information and advocacy tool focusing on LGBTQ+-inclusive hospital policies. In 2016, he interned at Pangaea Global AIDS as a Huffington Pride Fellow, where he worked on HIV treatment and prevention policies for marginalized communities in Zimbabwe. In the summer of 2017, Brian worked on healthcare policy reform as a Sandhill Fellow at Kaiser Family Foundation.
On campus, Brian has been involved as a volunteer at Arbor Free Clinic since his freshman year, where he served as a health insurance and referrals counselor and community engagement coordinator, as well as a Community Health Advocacy Fellow leading a community-based research project. Currently, he works as one of the clinic managers at Arbor, overseeing patient and community engagement, referrals and health insurance counseling.
Brian has also been working as a sexual health peer counselor at the Stanford Sexual Health Peer Resource Center since his freshman year, and he served as its co-director and projects manager this past year. Additionally, he has worked at the LGBT Community Resources Center as coordinator of the Flourish mental health and wellness program, and as a suicide prevention educator through We Continue, a campus group focused on peer-to-peer facilitation of the QPR prevention program.
After he graduates, Brian will matriculate to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York through the Flexmed program, where he will pursue a joint MD and MPH degree.
Dr. Jennifer C. Keam, '96, MA '98, received her BS in biology and BA in English from Stanford University, where she also completed her MA in English. Originally from Oregon, she returned to receive her MD and MPH in epidemiology from Oregon Health & Science University. She is a board-certified radiation oncologist who completed residency training at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Jennifer's involvement with the Haas Center started in her undergraduate years when she led the Stanford Volunteer Network and was involved with various programs such as Ravenswood Tutoring, the Arbor Free Clinic, and the Public Service Scholars Program. For her, public service was a formative part of her education.
She lives in New York City with her husband Eric ('96, MBA '03), and their two young children. They have established the Rose Ann Keam Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. Jennifer also serves on the board of the MDS Foundation.
Lauren Gray Koenig, ’81, studied human biology and economics at Stanford. She received an MBA in finance from New York University in 1985.
She worked in investment banking in New York for six years and then locally in residential real estate development until 1995. She served on Sacred Heart Schools Atherton board of trustees for nine years and was the co-chair of SHS Capital Campaign. Lauren has served on various other committees for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. She served on the Graduate School of Education Advisory Board and through this became a tutor and mentor at East Palo Alto Academy for many years. She also served on the major gifts committee for The Stanford Challenge campaign.
She currently serves on the East Palo Alto Academy Charter Advisory Board and the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation Board. Lauren also serves on the Part The Cloud board that raises funds for Alzheimer's research.
She and her husband Brad reside in Atherton and have three children, a daughter at Stanford (2019), a son that graduated from the Naval Academy (2016), and a son who graduated from Dartmouth (2013).
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.
John Levin, MA ’70, JD ’73, is the chair of Folger Levin LLP. His practice focuses on transactions and strategic advice for businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and nonprofit organizations.
John received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1973. He earned a bachelor of arts from Harvard College in 1969 and a master of arts in education from Stanford University in 1970. Following law school, John served for one year as law clerk to Associate Justice Stanley Mosk of the Supreme Court of California. In 1978, John co-founded Folger Levin and served as its chairman and managing partner for nearly 30 years. He has been a member of the California bar since 1973.
John is active in a wide range of community activities and has served on numerous boards. In 2009 he completed a ten-year term as a trustee of Stanford University, the last five years as vice chair of the board. In 2015, Stanford awarded John its Gold Spike in recognition of exceptional volunteer leadership service. In 2016, Stanford School of Medicine awarded John its Dean’s Medal, its highest honor. In 2017, Stanford Law School recognized John with its National Public Service Award. He is currently chair of the board of directors of Stanford Health Care, a member of the board of directors of Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and convening co-chair of the campaign for Stanford Medicine. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California and a founding member of the board of trustees of Coaching Corps.
John has been active in the leadership of Stanford Law School, serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, co-chair of the campaign for Stanford Law School and a member of the executive committee of the school’s board of visitors. With his wife Terry, John established The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. John has also served as chair of the board of trustees of the Claude and Louise Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation, vice chair of the board of trustees of Marin Country Day School, a member of the board of trustees of Marin Academy, a member of the board of trustees of the Little School, a member of the advisory board of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, a member of Harvard University’s Committee on University Resources and a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
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, Equador, South Africa, and Guatemala.
Matthes thrives in 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.
Luis Ornelas, '18, is a senior majoring in urban studies with a concentration in urban society and social change. Luis was awarded the national Newman Civic Fellowship Award for his service focused on education. After freshman year, he served with Breakthrough Santa Fe as a Teaching Fellow where he taught seventh grade science and an elective history course that he developed. Luis also received the Educational Achievement Fellowship, which allowed him to work with The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Colorado. There he worked on a collective impact project to close the educational opportunity gap between low-income Latinx youth and their peers. This past summer, he worked on policy and parent advocacy programs with the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice. On campus, Luis served as an Education Partnerships fellow with East Palo Alto Stanford Academy and is president of the Stanford Pre-Education Society (SPREES), a pre-professional student group that supports and inspires Stanford students to pursue professional and intellectual interests in the educational field. He hopes to inspire his peers towards careers in education and one day help increase educational equity by becoming a professional in the field himself.
Michael R. Ortiz, '05, was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as the Deputy Counterterrorism Coordinator of the Department of State from 2016–2017. In this capacity, Michael worked with foreign governments and the UN to implement policies and programs focused on counterterrorism and countering violent extremism. From 2014–2016, he served at the White House as Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice. In this capacity, Michael helped coordinate the interagency policy making process, traveled with President Barack Obama and Ambassador Rice to 18 countries, and advised on a full range of national security and foreign policy issues. Prior to this role, he served as Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council, where he worked to implement the President's national security legislative agenda. Michael also previously served in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, working on the President's domestic and economic legislative agenda, including health care reform, the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices, and Wall Street reform. Earlier in his career, he served in the offices of Senator Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Michael is a frequent contributor in the media on national security matters. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Stanford in Washington National Advisory Council.
Debra Tisoy Pacio, ’15, MA ’18 is a secondary English teacher candidate with the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). She currently student teaches two tenth grade accelerated English courses at the performing arts magnet Lincoln High School in her hometown, San Jose, CA. Prior to entering STEP, Debra served as a Cardinal Service Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the Haas Center for Public Service on the Development & Communications and Outreach & Student Development teams. She continues to freelance as a nonprofit communications writer with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, an opportunity initiated by a Community Service Work-Study (CSWS) internship.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honors in English Literature, Debra found a home for her passion in education at the Haas Center. From 2012-2014, she participated in and led an Alternative Spring Break course and trip on Filipino-American issues. Her first teaching experience at Galing Bata, a bilingual English-Tagalog program in SOMA SF, was also made possible through CSWS.
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.
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.
Jim Shelton, MA ’93, MBA ’03, president of Education, and former deputy secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, manages the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s education strategy, partnering with educators, communities and other key stakeholders to produce life changing learning experiences and systems to address the needs of the whole child. Previously, he served as the president and chief impact officer at 2U, Inc., an education technology company that partners with top colleges and universities to bring their degree programs and credit-bearing courses online. He served as the program director for education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Shelton has held a broad range of management, policy, and programmatic roles aimed at expanding access to personalized learning experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Morehouse College in addition to his Master’s degrees in both business administration and education from Stanford University.
D’Neisha, '99, earned her bachelor’s in organizational communication from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she remained involved with numerous Haas Center programs, particularly through her participation in Stanford in Washington and membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization.
D’Neisha serves as vice president of global communications for Heritage Link Brands, LLC, the largest U.S. importer and marketer of Black-produced wine from Africa and its diaspora. With over a decade of communication, multicultural outreach and general management experience, she has served in key roles for Ketchum Public Relations, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Her commitment to Stanford includes leadership as board member of the National Black Alumni Association and former co-president and board member of the Black Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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. Most recently, Kamba transitioned out of the nonprofit sector and works at Align Impact, an impact investment firm, where he leads Client and Philanthropic Services to philanthropically-minded individuals, families, and foundations.
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 currently serves on Stanford's Buck-Cardinal Club board and was previously 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.
Kristin Wilson, PhD '22, is a second year PhD student in Stanford's program in modern thought and literature. She graduated from Oxford University in 2016 with an MSc and from Princeton University in 2014 with a BA.
At Stanford, Kristin serves as co-chair of the Diversity Advocacy Committee and of the Nominations Commission. She is a 2017-2018 d.school Creativity in Research Scholar.
Diana Zhao, '18, is a pre-med student majoring in political science. She is fascinated by the discrepancies between health practice and health policy, and is working on bridging the two in her studies at Stanford. She hopes, after getting her MD, to one day work in Washington, D.C., reforming healthcare policies that will better serve vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently working on an honors thesis about mental illness in Asian American populations.
Diana has been fortunate enough to participate in and contribute to the many leadership and service-learning aspects of the Haas Center, including traveling to Ecuador on a Haas grant to learn about how its government addresses rural-urban healthcare disparities, creating and teaching a service-learning trip to Washington, D.C. on immigrant justice, and serving as a coordinator for incoming ASB and TGB trip leaders. Diana is also leading We Continue, a suicide prevention and empowerment project, on Stanford's campus to bring greater visibility to the issue and address the mental health needs of students.