Board of Directors

Mary Vascellaro
Board Chair,
Community Leader, Education and the Arts

Tammy Crown
Vice Chair,
Community Leader, Education and Conservation

Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus
Principal, Montalvin Manor Elementary

Robert Cahill
Co-Founder and CEO, Jhana Education

Herald Chen
Member, Private Equity and Co-Head of Technology, KKR

Jaime Dominguez
Headmaster, Stuart Hall for Boys

Michael Dunn
Chairman and CEO, Prophet

Abby Durban
Community Leader, Education and Children’s Health

Jason Fish
Co-Founder, Alliance Partners

Karen Gilhuly
Community Leader, Education

Jessica Lessin
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Information

Elisa Jagerson
CEO, Speck Design

Michael Millman
Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets Americas, JP Morgan

Aaron Money
Managing Director, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, LLC

Tom Stocky
VP Product, Facebook

Kareem Weaver
Managing Director, NewSchools Venture Fund

Ex Officio Board Members

Arthur Rock
Principal, Arthur Rock & Co.

Meg Whitman
CEO, Hewlett-Packard

Board Member Biographies

Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus
Principal, Montalvin Manor Elementary
Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus began her work in education in Kansas where she worked with KU College assistance Migrant Program and Educational Talent Search, both federally funded TRiO programs geared towards low-income first generation college students. In her position she observed that most of her students and families wanted to go to college, but were not on track academically to be accepted, and knew her work needed to shift into the classroom. Katherine joined Teach for America in 2009 and began teaching at Lincoln Elementary School, a turn-around school in Richmond, CA. In her role at Lincoln Elementary School she served as a special education teacher and was honored as a National Sue Lehman Teaching Excellence Finalist in 2011. Currently, Katherine serves as the principal of Montalvin Manor Elementary school, a Title I designated school in unincorporated San Pablo, CA serving preschool – 6th grade students.

Robbie Cahill
CEO & Co-Founder, Jhana
Rob Cahill is the CEO and Co-founder at Jhana, a company dedicated to giving every person the great manager they deserve through engaging online training. He was previously at Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN) as Chief of Staff to the Founder as the company scaled rapidly from just 20 employees. Before that, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company focused on operations and strategy, including working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on public education. He is a 6-time world and national champion in Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, a fifth-generation San Franciscan and a third-generation Giants fan.

Herald Chen
Member, Private Equity and Co-Head of Technology, KKR
Herald Chen rejoined KKR in 2007, having previously worked for the Firm from 1995 to 1997, and heads the KKR Technology industry team within KKR’s Private Equity platform. He has been directly involved with the recent investments in WebMD, Optiv, Epicor Go Daddy, Mitchell, Internet Brands, Ping. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Chen was a Managing Director with Fox Paine & Company, Chief Executive Officer of ACMI Corporation, and Chief Financial Officer and co-Founder of Jamcracker, Inc. He was also with Goldman, Sachs & Co. He holds a B.S. and a B.S.E., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Suzanne Crandall
Community Leader, Education and Children’s Health
Suzanne has worked for various firms including Oak Hill Capital Partners, McKinsey & Co., and Citicorp. She is dedicated to improving children’s health and education, and has extensive Board involvement including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends, Duke University’s Board of Visitors, FitKids and BUILD. She holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an A.B. from Duke University.

Tammy Crown, Vice Chair
Community Leader, Education and Conservation
Tammy Crown is a former strategy consultant most recently working in the capacity of Vice President of Strategy for Charles Schwab and Company in San Francisco. Prior to this position, she was as a strategist at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago and Mercer Management Consulting in New York working on a variety of operational and strategic issues in the financial, consumer goods and utilities industries. Ms. Crown holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC and JFCS in San Francisco as well as sits on the Environmental Committee for CFP foundation in Chicago.

Michael Dunn
Chairman and CEO, Prophet
Michael Dunn serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prophet; Inc. Mr. Dunn serves as Chairman of Prophet Brand Strategy and has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since January 2000. He has been the President of Prophet Brand Strategy Inc. since June 1998. He serves as a Strategic Advisor on client engagements, and has deep expertise in the specialty retail, financial services, high technology, and Internet sectors. From March 1994 to May 1998, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Context Integration and also served as its President. He has been a Director of LECG Corporation since December 2009. He served as a Director of RedEnvelope Inc., since August 2000. He served as a Director of Access Plans USA, Inc. He has written many white papers and case studies and co-authored Building the Brand-Driven Business. Mr. Dunn holds a BA in Economics from Haverford College and an MBA and MA in Business and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Abby Durban
Community Leader, Education and Children’s Health
A native Texan, Abby Durban spent the first part of her marketing career in the technology industry before changing gears to lead the corporate marketing efforts at Zagat Survey in New York. Upon returning to the Bay Area, Abby launched Bespoke Home, a luxury home and linen shop in Palo Alto. Her passion for education is long-standing but has intensified as she has become involved with her own three childrens’ schools. Abby is active in many philanthropic organizations, including Tipping Point, and serves as President of the Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Board of Directors. Abby holds a BA in Political Economy from Princeton University.

Jaime Dominguez
Headmaster, Stuart Hall for Boys
Jaime Dominguez’s career has spanned the globe beginning with teaching 7th /8th grade science in New York City as a 1993 corps member and then moved on to teaching positions in Austin, London and San Francisco. For the past few years, he has worked as the principal of Stuart Hall For Boys, an independent K-8th grade school for boy in San Francisco. Through his role as a school leader, Jaime works to help his faculty, students, and parents see the value in helping students at all schools in the city. Recognizing this passion in his own personal life, Jaime joined the board of Teach For America – Bay Area in November 2009.

Jason Fish
Co-Founder, Alliance Partners
Jason M. Fish is currently a private investor and a co-founder and member of the Management Committee of Alliance Partners, an asset management firm based in Chevy Chase, MD. From 2000 through 2008 Jason served in various management and Board roles including President, Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer for CapitalSource, Inc., a NYSE traded commercial finance company which he co-founded. Prior to founding CapitalSource Jason was a Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management, a San Francisco based private investment firm, which he joined in 1990. Before joining Farallon, Jason was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Teach for America in the Bay Area, Jason is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco University High School and the San Francisco Ballet. Jason is a graduate of Princeton University.

Karen Gilhuly
Community Leader, Education
Karen Gilhuly is a native of the Bay Area, having graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English Literature. Her interest in education has spanned over 25 years, primarily through extensive participation in the numerous schools her four children have attended, both in the US and the UK. Her oldest daughter was a corps member in Phoenix, Arizona. Karen is an active supporter of many philanthropic organizations including SFMOMA, the California Academy of Sciences and the Peninsula Bridge Program.

Elisa Jagerson
CEO, Speck Design
Elisa was the CEO of Speck Design (www.speckdesign.com), a company she recently sold. She has spent her career running and investing in services companies. Prior to joining Speck, she was Managing Director of the equity group Bay Laurel Capital and also served as interim CEO of three of its portfolio companies. Elisa serves on several Boards including Remedy Interactive and Astia. She graduated with honors from Princeton and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of business.

Jessica Lessin
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Information
Jessica E. Lessin founded The Information in 2013 and is the publication’s Editor-in-Chief. She covered Silicon Valley and the technology industry for eight years at the Wall Street Journal before switching gears to become a “reportrepreneur.” At the Journal, she wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the paper, consistently breaking news about major products, management changes and strategy shifts at Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies. She was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 series on digital privacy and has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNN and PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show.” Jessica graduated from Harvard University in 2005 and lives in San Francisco

Michael Millman
Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets Americas, JP Morgan
Michael joined J.P. Morgan in 1997 and currently oversees a wide variety of equity mandates ranging from structuring and executing initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and specialized capital raising alternatives such as equity private placements and convertible security offerings. In his current role, Michael spearheads the firm’s strategic advisory and equity capital raising services for J.P. Morgan’s most important clients around the world. He is also a member of J.P. Morgan’s Equity Underwriting Commitments Committee, the organization responsible for evaluating all aspects of proposed transactions. Prior to his current role, Michael served as the Global Head of Technology Equity Capital Markets. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Aaron Money
Partner, FFL Partners
Prior to joining FFL in 2003, Aaron Money was an Associate at DB Capital, Deutsche Bank’s principal investing arm. At DB Capital, he participated in evaluating and executing private equity and mezzanine debt investments and had ongoing responsibilities with portfolio companies in a variety of industries. Prior to that, he worked as an Analyst in investment banking at Chase Securities, Inc., where he focused on mergers & acquisitions and leveraged finance transactions serving clients in the transportation industry. Aaron serves as the Chairman of WellStreet Urgent Care and as a Director of Benevis LLC, Interactive Health, and Midwest Dental. He formerly served on the boards of Eyemart Express, C.H.I. Overhead Doors, Curo Financial Technologies, Milestone AV Technologies, and Guardian Home Care.

Aaron is a member and chairs the strategy and finance committee of the Teach for America Bay Area Advisory Board and formerly served on the Junior Achievement Bay Area Advisory Board. He received an A.B. in economics from Duke University.

Tom Stocky
VP of Product, Facebook
Tom is the product lead for K12 Education at Facebook, working in partnership with Summit Public Schools on a platform for personalized learning. He’s been at Facebook for more than five years, previously as the VP of Search & Profile, overseeing engineering, product, and design. Prior to Facebook, Tom was at Google for more than six years, where he helped start the company’s developer products team and later led teams working on search, client, and travel products. He also serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Tom received an MEng and BS in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from MIT, as well as an MBA from MIT Sloan, and was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab.

Mary Vascellaro, Board Chair
Community Leader, Education and the Arts
Mary Vascellaro, Teach For America-Bay Area Advisory Board Member, holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Brown University. In addition to her work with Teach For America, at Brown University, Mary serves on the Associates Council of Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and is a Past Chair. Mary also serves on Brown’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and chairs Generation Citizen whose mission is to invigorate democracy through an Action Civics curriculum. She also serves on the Felice Lesser Dance Theater board in New York. Mary has extensive experience advising and working in the fields of arts and education in London, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kareem Weaver
Executive Director, New Leaders – Bay Area
Kareem Weaver is a Bay Area native who has committed himself to transforming education in the Bay Area. This has led to 19 years of award-winning teaching and leadership service. In his first year as a principal, Lazear accomplished double-digit proficiency gains in math – seven times the district average. Kareem currently serves as Executive Director of New Leaders (Bay Area) and has helped create a partnership with WCCUSD which created a new talent pipeline that has begun to produce transformative principals and teacher-leaders. He’s also working with advocacy organizations to increase the community’s appetite for quality schools and bringing other non-profits whose expertise is critical to transforming educational outcomes, into the district. Kareem earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Morehouse College and a Masters from the University of South Carolina in Clinical-Community Psychology.

Ex-officio Board members

Meg Whitman
CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Ms. Whitman has served as HP’s president and chief executive officer since September 2011. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of HP since January 2011. From March 2011 to September 2011, Ms. Whitman served as a part-time strategic advisor to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a private equity firm. Previously, Ms. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc.Prior to joining eBay, Ms. Whitman held executive-level positions at Hasbro Inc., a toy company, FTD, Inc., a floral products company, The Stride Rite Corporation, a footwear company, The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company, and Bain & Company, a consulting company. Ms. Whitman also serves as a director of The Procter & Gamble Company and is a former director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and Zipcar, Inc.

Arthur Rock
Principal, Arthur Rock & Co.
Arthur Rock is Principal of Arthur Rock & Co. and was a partner in Davis & Rock from 1961 to 1968, both venture capital firms. Mr. Rock is also President of The BASIC Fund, which provides scholarships for inner city children to attend private schools. He was Chairman of the Board of Scientific Data Systems and a member of the Board of Directors of Teledyne Inc., Xerox, Argonaut Insurance, Apple Computer, AirTouch, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Echelon Corporation. Mr. Rock was a founder of Intel Corporation and served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee and lead director. Mr. Rock has also served as trustee of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School, the California Institute of Technology, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Opera. He is a recipient of the Medal of Achievement of the American Electronics Association and the American Academy of Achievement, the Arents Pioneer Medal of Syracuse University, the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award from the University of California, the Northern California Business Leader of the Year from the Harvard Business School Association, and the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award. He has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, the California Business Hall of Fame, the Bay Area Business Council Hall of Fame, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Mr. Rock received a BS degree in Political Science and Finance from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard University.