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.
You can find the application for student NAB members here.
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.
Ekpedeme “Pamay” M. Bassey, '93, is a life-long learner, a lover of laughter, words, big ideas and serving her community. She is an executive, entrepreneur, educator, world traveler, comedian, speaker, and author of My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey. She serves as director of learning for the BlackRock Investment Academy, and 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, was based on her work. Pamay is past co-president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, a public service sorority. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Haas Center’s National Advisory Board. Pamay resides in Brooklyn, NY.
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).
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.
Matthew Colford, ’14, JD/MBA ’22, is a joint degree candidate at Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of Business. After graduating from Stanford in 2014, Matthew was awarded the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship and served as a special assistant and policy advisor to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. Prior to returning to graduate school, Matthew spent several years as a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. His public service experiences also include roles at The White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and at the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Matthew was heavily involved with various programs at the Haas Center, including Stanford in Government (SIG), the Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB), and the Military Service as Public Service Program (MSPS). From his experience leading MSPS and an ASB trip, Matthew authored a chapter in General Jim Mattis' book Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military, published by Hoover Institution Press. He currently serves on the board of the John Gardner Fellowship Association. He and his wife Megan (’13) live in Palo Alto and are avid Stanford fans.
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.
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.
Janet Diaz, ’19, is studying Anthropology with an emphasis in Society and Culture. She decided to commit to Stanford after touring the Haas Center.
The summer after her freshman year, she returned home and worked at the Boys & Girls Club leading class activities and chaperoning day excursions with Fort Worth kids. The following summer, as a Philanthropy Fellow, she worked at the Grove Foundation, where she evaluated Safety Net grantees in San Mateo County and recommended nonprofits for Grove’s new portfolio in civic engagement.
Janet has dedicated nearly every quarter since her freshman spring to taking a community engaged learning course. The organizations she has learned from and served provide health and education services. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka and South Africa and engage in CEL courses abroad.
On campus, she has been a project lead and recruitment chair for DSO (Development Solutions Organization), a nonprofit consulting student group. She is a member of Stanford Women in Politics, a CEL coordinator through the Haas Center, and she continues to facilitate Latinx discussions at East Palo Alto Academy (a project she became involved with through a CEL course). During her senior year, Janet will devote time to her Anthropology honors thesis, exploring employee motives in domestic violence nonprofits, in particular how they conceptualize and approach their work with immigrant women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amber Moore is a PhD candidate in Stanford’s Immunology Program. She studies how activation of the parent’s immune system during pregnancy impacts placental and fetal health. Amber is interested in women’s health, reproductive rights, health disparities, pregnancy and maternal/fetal health. Amber became affiliated with the Haas Center through the Graduate Public Service Fellowship, where she first learned about community engagement and has since explored ways in which she can meet both her professional and service goals.
In addition to serving on the National Advisory Board, Amber sits on the Immunology Admissions Committee, where she works with faculty to make decisions that expand and help shape the Stanford Immunology Program. She is also the co-founder of the Solidarity, Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity (SoLID) Mentorship Program that helps PhD students broaden their mentorship network and receive support from Stanford faculty who can help them thrive in graduate school.
Before coming to Stanford, Amber earned a B.A. in anthropology and chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, studied cancer and transplantation immunology at the National Cancer Institute, and worked as an HIV research specialist in Japan. Amber is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship.
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.
Joshua Petersen, ’19, is a senior dual-degree honors candidate studying Philosophy and German Studies with a minor in Global Studies, and a junior-year Phi Beta Kappa Electee. He is from Temple, Texas.
He has interned at the European Parliament, assisting policy writers on the Common European Asylum System and Dublin Accords. He has worked as a FSI Global Policy Fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations in Berlin, and in 2017, he was a DAAD Fellow studying and researching transatlantic cooperation in Germany.
On campus, Josh has been involved in both the public service and arts communities. As director of Stanford-in-Government Stipends, he greatly expanded the program’s scope in its early years. He has also served as a Cardinal Service Outreach and Peer Advisor. Most recently, he has been engaged in anti-gun-violence activism. This has led him to a position on the Brady Campaign’s Youth Council to End Gun Violence. He also acts as co-Executive Producer and Artistic Director for Stanford Theater Laboratory and has acted and directed with Stanford Shakespeare and Stanford TAPS. He hopes to continue studying the intersection of international policy and political theory in graduate school.
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.
Lucas Rodriguez, ’19, is a senior studying Political Science and Economics. This year, he will write an honors thesis with the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law on the intersection between economic development and subnational authoritarianism in the Jim Crow South, attempting to understand how authoritarian policies in the South during the first half of the 20th century could have impeded economic growth in the region.
Lucas is also beginning his 4th year with Stanford in Government (SIG), a student affiliate of the Haas Center that seeks to further Stanford students' engagement with public service through the lens of public policy. During his freshman year with SIG, Lucas worked with the Public Policy Forum committee helping to facilitate peer to peer conversations on different policy issues. Then, his sophomore year, he co-directed the same committee. This past year, Lucas co-directed SIG's stipend program, a position in which he worked to provide upwards of 30 undergraduate students with funding to pursue public service and policy related opportunities all over the globe. This year, he looks forward to co-directing a new Institutional Partnerships committee in SIG, where he'll help coordinated SIG's service and policy related efforts with different organizations across campus such as the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Lucas thoroughly enjoys his work with SIG for it has allowed him to interact with service and policy minded students from all corners of Stanford's campus.Besides his work with SIG, Lucas also writes magazine features as a Senior Staff Writer for Stanford Politics and helps recruit students to the Stanford in Washington (SIW) program in his capacity as a SIW peer advisor. Additionally, Lucas has twice worked with his home state Senator Bill Nelson, once in Senator Nelson's office in Lucas' hometown in Miami and then most recently in Senator Nelson's Washington DC office while he participated in the Stanford in Washington program. Lucas has also worked in DC with the Boston Consulting Group in their public-sector consulting practice and with the Alliance for Justice, a non-profit legal advocacy organization. In his free time, he watches and plays a lot of soccer, and reads political magazines.
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.
Andrea Ruedas, ’19, is a senior majoring in Sociology and is especially interested in the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Her summer after freshman year, she received the Education Achievement Fellowship to work with education and housing organizations in Boulder, CO. Andrea was also a recipient of the Public Interest Law Fellowship; she worked with the Eviction Defense Collaborative as a law clerk and focused on collaborating with San Francisco residents to combat housing injustice and increase legal access. This past summer, Andrea was a summer fellow at the Flora Family Foundation, which operates with the Hewlett Foundation, in order to explore the connection between her direct experiences in public service and the role of philanthropy as a vehicle for social change. Her philanthropic projects were focused on the Bay area housing crisis, education equity, and gender rights.
During the past two academic years, she served as an 8th-grade math teacher for the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy as an Education Partnership Fellow at the Haas Center. Currently, she is President of Derechos, the Latinx Pre-Law Society, a Resident Assistant at Branner, the public service themed dorm and is writing an honors thesis on immigration social movements. In the future, she plans to attend law school to use her legal knowledge to reform the inaccessibility and systemic injustices of the U.S. justice system.
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.
Paul Serrato, ’19, is a senior from Winder, GA studying public policy with a concentration in health care policy. This year, he will write an honors thesis on the responsiveness of dental providers to increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates.
For the past two years, Paul has served as the ASSU Elections Commissioner in charge of operating and regulating student government elections. Increasing civic engagement among undergraduate and graduate students was a key priority that he achieved by increasing voter participation by 30% through the implementation of a new ballot system. He now serves in the executive branch as chief-of-staff of the ASSU Executive Cabinet.
Paul has also involved himself with the Alternative Spring Break program at the Haas Center as both a trip participant and a leader. This past year, he helped facilitate a course on immigration policy and led an ASB trip to Washington D.C. to meet with activist organizations and governmental agencies involved with advocacy and reform initiatives. He aspires to pursue a career in public service at the intersection of medicine, immigration, and health policy reform.
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.
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.
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 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.