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Board of Trustees

List of 23 items.

  • Jennifer C. Haas, Chair

    Jennifer C. Haas began her career in Washington, DC doing policy work around issues related to human rights and international development.

    After several years, she decided to switch gears to focus on creating more lasting change.  This led Jennifer to earn her MA in Education and teaching credential from Stanford University.  Upon graduation, she developed curriculum and taught Social Studies at the both the High School and Middle School levels.  Since leaving the teaching profession, Jennifer has devoted her time and talent to her community and her family.  She is the President of the Levi Strauss Foundation and is a trustee of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.  Jennifer is a former trustee of Marin Academy and World Savvy. 

    Jennifer is a parent of students in the classes of 2018 and 2020.
  • Lande Ajose, Vice Chair

    Lande Ajose is the executive director of the nonprofit, non-partisan project California Competes. An expert in urban labor markets and higher education policy, Lande develops and advocates for bold yet pragmatic policy improvements to equitably boost California’s postsecondary degree attainment. Over her career, she has examined education and employment issues from every angle: as an admissions officer at Vassar College, a senior program officer at the James Irvine Foundation, and as a researcher at MDRC.

    In 2014 Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the California Student Aid Commission where she currently serves as Vice Chair, and in 2016 the Governor appointed her to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), while her prior independent school board service includes two terms at San Francisco University High School. She holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from UCLA, and completed her undergraduate work at Occidental College.
     
    Lande is the proud parent of three children, two of whom are members of the class of 2020 at St. Paul's.
  • Beryl Potter, Secretary

    Beryl Crumpton Potter is an attorney with experience in board governance, advocacy, fundraising and planning.

    She has worked with professional, civic, political and community boards, organizations and committees on national, state and local levels. Beryl is the proud mother of a daughter enrolled in the St. Paul's class of 2021.
  • Scott Sporte, Treasurer

    Scott Sporte is Chief Lending Officer at Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution that finances community health centers, schools, affordable housing and healthy food access in underserved communities around the country.

    He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Yale Divinity School. He is a wine maker in his spare time and a member of the Board of Trustees of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
     
    Scott is a parent of students in the classes of 2017 and 2019.
  • Corwin Booth '78, Chair Emeritus

    Corwin Booth, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a B.S. in Physics from the University of California at San Diego. An alumnus of St. Paul's, he is a parent of two alumni in the classes of 2014 and 2015.
  • Josh Stern, Head of School

    Head of School Josh Stern joined St. Paul's in 1999. He has served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Administrative Programs, and as Director of Sixth Grade and Middle School. He began his work at St. Paul's teaching sixth grade humanities. Mr. Stern earned a B.A. from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and took a year away from St. Paul's to earn an M.A. in Educational Policy from Stanford University.
  • Rev. Mauricio Wilson, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    Raised and educated in Costa Rica, Rev. Mauricio Wilson is the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

    Before and during his seminary years, he served in parishes in San Jose, Costa Rica, and in Astoria and Jackson Heights, New York. He has directed youth programs, Spanish and English language Cursillo, and a hurricane relief effort. Rev. Wilson joined St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the fall of 2009 from All Saint's Church in Great Neck, New York. He received his Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in New York in 2000. He is a parent of students in the class of 2019 and 2021.
  • Francine Anthony

    Francine Anthony has more than 20 years of marketing, services and R&D experience in the computing industry. 

    She is currently the Director of Partner Marketing with Xamarin, a Microsoft company, where she focuses on enabling partners to be successful with Xamarin's technology. Francine has a B.S. Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University and she's also on the Board of Heifer International. When she's not volunteering or running, she's spending time with her son Schuyler ‘21 and her husband Tom.
  • Lowell Bennett

    Lowell J. Bennett was a Managing Director and Fixed Income Strategist at Mellon Capital Management. With over 26 years of investment and finance experience, Lowell was actively involved in the refinement and implementation of current strategies and the development of new strategies by providing fixed income knowledge and expertise. He articulated fixed income strategies and developments to clients and worked with them to fashion practical viable investment solutions to meet their needs. Lowell launched and managed the Enhanced Collateral and Active Bond Funds, and implemented the first fixed income term structure model at Mellon Capital. As an industry expert, Lowell has been featured in numerous industry articles. He served on the Mellon Capital Fidicuary Committee, and is a member of the CFA Institute. He received his B.S.I.E and M.B.A. from Stanford University. 

    Lowell is the parent of a student in the Class of 2019. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. 
  • Sherri Burnett

    Co-President, Parent Association. Parent of the class of 2022.
  • Tracey Cosgrove

    Tracey Cosgrove is the Lower School Librarian and Head of the Technology and Information Services department at St. Paul's Episcopal School.

    She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in English Literature from Portland State University. She joined St. Paul’s in 2004. She loves to look at books and read—surprise! She especially enjoys time with her family (which includes Liam ’11 and Emma ’14), visiting museums, and playing Frisbee with Percy, the dog, on the beach at the Albany Bulb.
  • Brook Dooley

    Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP. Parent of the classes of 2018 and 2020.
  • The Rev. Canon David Forbes

    The Rev. Canon David Forbes is the founder of St. Paul's Episcopal School. The Rev. Canon Forbes also founded San Francisco’s Cathedral School in 1957.
  • Matt Garfunkle

    Matt Garfunkle is a Managing Director at Pantheon, a specialist investor in alternative asset classes such as private equity and infrastructure. Matt has been with the firm for over 18 years and has nearly two decades of financial services experience. Matt holds a BA in History and Economics from Brown University and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Matt is the proud parent of two daughters in the Class of ’18 and Class of ’23. Among other things, he is kept busy by his dog, two cats, six chickens and two fish.
  • Tom Malarkey

    Tom is a Director with the National Equity Project, a non-profit based in Oakland focused on supporting equity-centered systems change in public schools and community organizations. He is a facilitator, presenter and coach supporting cross-role leadership development around racial equity, collaborative learning and teams, and complex organizational change. Tom holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.A. in international development education from Stanford University, and has completed most of his doctoral work in Education at UC Berkeley. He has published several articles and book chapters. Tom and his wife, Nicole Newnham, have two sons, Blaine ’22 and Finn.
  • Carolyn Otis Catanzaro

    Carolyn Catanzaro has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than 25 years in Bay Area organizations, most recently in higher education as the Assistant Vice President of Development at Saint Mary's College of California.

    She specializes in major gift and planned giving strategies; corporate and foundation relations; organizational development; and leadership volunteer management. Carolyn received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art from Santa Clara University and a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. Carolyn has been a volunteer in support of private and public education for the past 10 years and is pleased to join St. Paul's board of directors for the first time this year.  Her daughter, Jill ‘17, came to St. Paul's as a sixth grader.
  • Nikole Richardson

    Co-President, Parent Association. Parent of students in the classes of 2021 and 2025.
  • Margaret Riley

    Margaret Riley is a Senior Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Financial Institution Supervision and Credit division. She holds degrees from Fordham University, Columbia University, and Pacific Coast Banking School. Margaret is a parent of St. Paul's students in the classes of '20 and '22.
  • Lihbin Shiao

    Managing Partner and Principal, Mosaic Urban Development, LLC
  • Lisa Strait, Vestry Representative, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    Lisa Michelle McIver Strait, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the only child of Willa Mae and Raphael McIver. She went to Spelman College in Atlanta, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with certification to teach in the Atlanta Public School system. Lisa has a wide variety of experience. From 1972-1997 she raised two sons, Kevin and Eric. From 1982-1989 she was a sales associate, garment fabricator and window dresser for Hancock Fabrics, Rockville, MD.  From 1998-2007 she was an Executive Assistant and financial manager for her husband’s consulting firm, MedComm, Inc. After that, she was an assistant to the treasurer and bookkeeper for St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, CA 2003-2007. Lisa has also volunteered in her church and in various Oakland elementary schools.

    Lisa is now retired and maintains her home with George in San Leandro, CA.  She is an avid quilter, costume maker for her grandsons Nico '21 and Zachary '23, and loves to play tennis and golf. Lisa and her husband of 49 years enjoy traveling and their summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
  • Tony Wicks

    Tony Wicks is the president and founder of DICE Bioscience, a company that assists life sciences companies with commercializing novel diagnostic, medical device, and biopharmaceutical products. 

    Prior to starting DICE, Tony was president and co-founder of Premier Source, a boutique provider of strategic consulting, reimbursement, and commercial support services to life sciences manufacturers worldwide. Tony has spent over twelve years in the pharmaceutical industry including five years as a management consultant in the Life Sciences practice of Cap Gemini (formerly Ernst & Young) Management Consulting Services. Tony also held positions in finance and marketing at Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co.    

    He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He loves to travel and enjoys coaching youth sports.
  • Louis Willacy

    Louis​ ​Willacy​ ​is SVP of​ ​Human Resources at The Meet Group. In this role,​ ​Louis​ ​leads the company’s efforts to attract, develop and retain the best talent.​ ​Louis​ ​has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Human Resources.
     
    Prior to working with​ ​The Meet Group, Louis served as​ ​Head of People Operations and SVP Legal and Corporate Development at if(we), where he​ ​led if(we)'s people operations and facilities and​ ​oversaw all legal matters. Prior to if(we), Louis served as Chief Operating Officer and​ ​General Counsel​ ​of Ennovate Media, a media technology company based in New York.​ ​ He also served as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs with The Deal, L.L.C., a financial news publishing company also based in New York.

    ​Louis ​began his career as a corporate associate with Dewey Ballantine LLP working on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Columbia Law School (J.D.), where he served as an Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
  • Leah Williams

    Parent of the class of 2024

Facts About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees holds the ultimate responsibility for the welfare and integrity of St. Paul’s Episcopal School. To fulfill this obligation, the Board engages in the following areas:

List of 6 items.

  • Advocacy

    Explaining the Mission and its value
  • Fundraising

    Working to bring funding resources to build a financially more secure school.
  • Hiring

    Hiring, supporting, evaluating, and advising Head of School
  • Oversight

    Knowing the degree to which the mission and goals are achieved and understanding the condition of the organization (via information provided by the administration and other avenues of communication.)
  • Policy

    Establishing policy at a macro level, including Mission, short and long term planning, financial policies (including annual operating budget), personnel policies, and other.
  • Self-management

    Recruitment of new trustees, succession planning and otherwise managing the operations of the Board in order to perform the responsibilities listed above.

Board Composition and Nomination Process

List of 4 items.

Board of Trustees Committees

Executive Committee
Jennifer C. Haas, Chair
 
Finance Committee
Scott Turner '82, Chair
 
Development Committee
Beryl Potter, Chair

Governance Committee
Carolyn Otis Catanzaro, Chair
 
Facilities Committee
Scott Sporte, Chair
 
Audit Committee
Louis Willacy, Chair

Strategic Planning Committee
Tony Wicks, Chair
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