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Board of Trustees

The school is governed by a Board of Trustees (25 members) who steward the school's long term health, hire and support the Head of School, and attend key strategic initiatives in finance and fundraising.

Seth Brenzel (Clerk) Michael Feldman Sam Mogannam
Shabnam Koirala-Azad (Clerk) Betsy Hambrecht Arnold Oji
Will Aldrich Jim Hansen Joel Roos
Amy Baker (Secretary) Dan Hirsch Mark Selcow
Ed Chung Edgar Lopez Cynthia So Schroeder
Shannon Cogen Kathryn Ma Anne Stanton
Greg Dalton Maureen McAvoy Chris Valdez
Michele Dilworth   Kelly McKane Sarah Wigglesworth
    Clint Wilkins
     

Will Aldrich has been building Internet businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. He is SVP Product at SurveyMonkey, and ran product for TripIt, parts of Yahoo!, and CNET before that. Originally from upstate New York, Will lives in the Mission District with his wife Jen and their kids Nick (SFFS class of 2020) and Eliza (SFFS class of 2023). Will has co-clerked the SFFS Annual Fund twice. Will is also co-chair of McLaren Bike Park Founders, and served two terms as an Associate Board Member of the Mary A. Crocker Trust. Will loves exploring the outdoors on bike and on foot with family and friends. He received a BA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Amy Baker has spent nearly 20 years in the world of training within the technology sector—training customers, partners or employees, and training these audiences in technology, sales skills, or professional development. She held her most recent training and development role at Riverbed, and prior to that she led training efforts at Cloudmark, Critical Path, and Autodesk. Amy comes from a long line of teachers and grew up in Cambridge, M.A. attending an independent day school, where her mother taught for 40 years. She went on to graduate from Dartmouth, first with a B.A. in English and later with an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Amy became a Quaker in the late 90s, finding a spiritual home in the San Francisco Friends Meeting where she currently serves as Treasurer. Within the Quaker community she was an early advocate of SFFS, and has served on the Quaker Life Committee at SFFS both as a San Francisco Friends Meeting member and now as a parent. Amy and her husband Skip Pile live in San Francisco with their daughter Molly (SFFS class of 2021), where they are a familiar sight as a bike commuting family.

Seth Brenzel serves as the Executive Director of The Walden School, a summer school, camp, and festival for creative musicians of all ages. He has served on the boards of The Walden School, Swarthmore College, and Earplay. He is a past president of the Swarthmore College Alumni Association, and has served on the Development Council for the Haas School of Business. Seth received a B.A., with degrees in Music and Political Science, from Swarthmore College, and received an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership San Francisco, for which he also serves as an alumni advisor. Prior to his work for The Walden School, Seth held positions as a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting, and as both Director of Marketing and Director of Sales for Atomz (now part of Adobe). Since 1995, he has sung tenor with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and is currently a professional member of that Grammy Award winning ensemble. A Bay Area native raised in Sacramento, Seth currently lives in Bernal Heights with his partner, Malcolm Gaines, and their young daughter, Cora.

Ed Chung is the Co-Founder/Portfolio Manager of View Ridge Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on investing in publicly traded securities. Prior to founding View Ridge, Ed was a Managing Director at Farallon Capital Management and also worked in private equity and investment banking previously. Ed co-founded Help Children with Epilepsy, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families suffering from pediatric epilepsy. Ed was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and also lived in Ohio and Korea. Ed graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his MBA from Stanford University. Ed lives in Noe Valley with his wife, Eugine, and their children, Minjae and Minyoung, both SFFS Class of 2023.

Shannon Cogen, currently the Grants Manager for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. After clerking for the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Shannon entered private practice. Working in firms in New York and San Francisco, Shannon specialized in securities litigation and white collar criminal defense. Shannon also serves on the Jamestown Council, which provides development support for the Jamestown Community Center. Shannon lives in San Francisco with her husband, Doug and her children Jack (SFFS class of 2014) and Tess (SFFS class of 2017).

Greg Dalton started his media career managing the high school radio station at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, where he grew up. He later worked as a journalist in China, Canada and the United States for the Associated Press, McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour and other news organizations.  After going on a 2007 global warming expedition in the Arctic aboard a Russian icebreaker, he founded Climate One as a project of The Commonwealth Club. Today he is Executive Producer and Host of Climate One’s radio and TV shows, which raise awareness about the urgency of the climate challenge and the availability of cost-effective solutions.

Michele Dilworth has over 20 years of experience raising brand profiles, building teams and contributing to the success of both private and nonprofit organizations. Michele began her career in high tech product development and marketing before transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she has worked in the arts, social services, global affairs and philanthropy. She currently serves as the Director of the Foundation Center’s West Coast regional office. Born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Michele is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Ed and their three sons – Patrick (Stuart Hall High School Class of 2017), Edmond (SFFS Class of 2015 and Lick-Wilmerding High School Class of 2019) and Lucas (SFFS Class of 2019).

Michael Feldman is a Co-Founder and Partner of PSAI Realty Partners, a firm specializing in the investment in value-add office properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to PSAI, Michael was a Partner at M&H Realty Partners (now Merlone Geier Management), a firm specializing in the investment in value-add retail properties. Before M&H, Michael was an analyst at the Yale Investments Office. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale (Hillel) and served on the Board of Directors of the Urban School from 2004 to 2010 and on the Board of Directors of Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco from 2004–2014. Michael was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is a 1991 graduate of Yale University. He and his wife, Christine Glastonbury, live in San Francisco with their two children, Felix (SFFS class of 2018) and Elinor (SFFS class of 2022).

Betsy Hambrecht is a partner at WR Hambrecht + Co, a boutique investment bank focused on growth companies, and Interim CFO of web publisher, Salon Media Group. Prior to joining WRH+Co, Elizabeth was CEO at Salon Media Group, and before joining Salon, Betsy lived in Asia, where she founded several start-up companies, and worked as an equities analyst covering emerging markets at Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong) and at Baring Securities. Betsy has served on the board of Trustees of the Asian Art Museum of SF and KQED, and was a founding board member at the SF Friends School. She graduated with a B.A. degree from Vassar College and studied Mandarin at the Taipei Language Institute. She and her husband, Robert Eu, are parents of SFFS alums Courtney (SFFS class of 2011) and Rachel (SFFS class of 2011), and current SFFS middle-schooler Jamie (SFFS class of 2018).

Jim Hansen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim and his wife, Katie Hansen, are thrilled to send Jack (SFFS class of 2016) and Delia (SFFS class of 2019) to school in the Mission District of San Francisco, blocks from where Jim’s family settled in the 1870’s. Jim has volunteered for a number of committees at SFFS, including co-Clerking the Annual Fund. Jim received a B.A. in Economics from Santa Clara University and has spent the majority of his professional career in financial markets and has built a number of proprietary market-making firms. Jim will serve on the Finance committee.  

Dan Hirsch grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School.  He has a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  Dan is a Managing Member at Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C., which he joined in 2003.  Dan serves on the board of Horizons at San Francisco Friends School and on the board of The Mission Preparatory School, a public charter K-8 school located in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood.  Dan lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Claire (SFFS Class of 2022).

Shabnam Koirala-Azad was raised in a Nepali-Iranian bicultural family in Kathmandu, Nepal. She moved to the United States to pursue undergraduate studies in Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts, where she also earned her elementary teaching credential. Always fascinated by the relationship between education and social change, Shabnam went on to receive a Masters and Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Upon completion she took on a full time faculty position in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Some highlights of her 11 years at USF include, co-founding the first graduate program in Human Rights Education in the United States, serving as co-chair of the university's council on diversity and inclusion, and most recently, serving as Associate Dean for academic affairs and community relations for the School of Education. Shabnam, husband, Badi, daughter, Alia (SFFS class of 2020) and son, Ayan (SFFS class of 2023), are actively involved in the Baha'i faith community and inspired by its vision to promote the unification of humankind.  

Edgar Lopez is the City Architect and Deputy Director for San Francisco’s Public Works Department. He leads the Building Design and Construction group responsible for delivering a wide range of capital projects and programs totaling over $4 billion. His more than 25 years of experience with Public Works also includes serving as project architect and project manager on some of the city’s most significant buildings including the13-story LEED platinum, $190 million Public Utilities Headquarters, the renovation of San Francisco City Hall, and the city’s Forensic Laboratory, among other projects. Edgar has served on several boards including the American Institute of Architects-San Francisco Chapter, the American Institute of Architects California Council, and the San Francisco Parks Trust. He is also a member of the Land Economic Society Golden Gate Chapter. Edgar and his wife Jessica live in San Francisco with their son Benji (Class of 2023).

Kathryn Ma was raised Quaker in Pennsylvania, where her family belonged for many years to the High Street Meeting in West Chester, PA, before moving to California. She was Founding Board Clerk of the San Francisco Friends School, and is honored to have returned to board service. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and practiced law for a number of years before becoming a writer. Her books include a short story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and the novel The Year She Left Us, published by HarperCollins. She and her husband have three daughters. She is a Board member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR.

Maureen McAvoy currently runs Learning and Development for the West Coast offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where she leads training program development and does leadership coaching.  Prior to that, she spent over 15 years focused on strategy development and business management as a consultant at BCG, as an executive at Charles Schwab, and as a co-founder of SchoolPages.  Maureen is a native of the Midwest and received her MBA from the University of Chicago.  Maureen and her husband Brian Elliott have two boys who have both attended SFFS: Connor (SFFS class of 2014) and Riley (SFFS class of 2016).  As a parent at Friends, Maureen has been an active volunteer, serving as co-clerk of the Parent Association, the Blue Party and the Finance Committee, in addition to other roles.  

Kelly McKane grew up in Denver, Colorado, and received her B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. For ten years, Kelly worked as a grant writer and development professional in Chicago and Washington, DC, for non-profit organizations, and for National Public Radio, where she was Director of Development. Kelly served on the Board of the Montessori Children’s House of the West Coast preschool in San Francisco, including two years as Board Chair. She recently joined the Board of Horizons at San Francisco Friends School, and will be assuming the role of co-clerk. During her nine years as a parent at SFFS, she has co-clerked committees including the Blue Party, Circle of Friends, and the Farewell Committee for Cathy Hunter. Kelly and her husband Mark live in San Francisco with their three sons Michael (Class of 2017), Luke (Class of 2019) and Matthew (Class of 2021).

Sam Mogannam is the second-generation owner of Bi-Rite Market, and founder of the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses. Sam co-founded and is on the board of 18 Reasons, a non-profit community food education space committed to empowering his community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook and eat good food every day. He stepped into the family grocery business in 1997, after working as a chef at his own restaurant, and transformed the market into a culinary landmark that employs over 300 people. Sam is on the founding board of the Specialty Food Foundation, formed in 2014, whose mission is to give needed funds to organizations around the country fighting hunger and enabling food recovery. Sam is also on the advisory board of the Seedling Projects, a non-profit that produces the Good Food Awards, which honors American craft food producers around the country that make food that is responsible, authentic, and delicious. Sam is a native San Franciscan and is proud to be raising two more, daughters Zoe (SFFS class of 2017) and Olive (SFFS class of 2021). Sam finds zen in cooking a meal out of whatever scraps he can find in his fridge.

Arnold (Arnie) Oji grew up in Fresno, California and is an Alumni Parent Board member. He and his wife Patrice are parents to Zac who was in the first graduating class at SFFS and is a 2015 graduate of Lick-Wilmerding High School. Zac currently attends Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where the Honor Code and the spark to run track & field (lit by 5th- 8th grade cross-country) continue to guide his education.  While a parent at SFFS, Arnie was active on a number of committees, including “Light the Way” – our first campaign.   A graduate of the University of California, Davis with a BA in Economics, Arnie is a Strategic Account Manager at North Carolina based SAS Institute.  Arnie serves on the Development and Quaker Life Committees and co-Clerks the SFFS Parents of Alumni Committee.

Joel Roos was raised in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and graduated from George School, a Quaker boarding high school in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Joel graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in Architectural History, and has a background in developing large-scale urban real estate projects. He is a Partner at Pacific Union Development Company. Joel was a founding board member of the San Francisco Friends School and was involved in the acquisition and development of the 250 Valencia Street building.  He left the SFFS Board in 2006 to manage the construction project. Joel was a Trustee of the San Francisco Jewish Home for the Aged from 2007 to 2011, is a current Trustee of Congregation Emanu-el  and serves on the Jewish Federation's Capital Planning Committee. Joel has a daughter, Hannah, who graduated Bryn Mawr College class of 2012 and resides in Boston. Joel and his wife Laurie Isenberg have a son, Will,  who is graduate of SFFS class of 2015.

Mark Selcow has spent the past 17 years in Web and Software. Founder and President at two companies: BabyCenter (consumer Internet) and Merced Systems (enterprise software). Prior to these ventures he spent eight years in Biotech with positions at Amgen, Cetus, and Genentech. He brings previous board experience through his own companies, plus other tech companies, and, he served for 10 years as a Trustee of the March of Dimes. While National Trustee, Mark also was Chair of the California Chapter of the March of Dimes and also co-chaired a research program at Stanford in alliance with March of Dimes. Mark’s hometown is West Hartford, CT, but he has lived in San Francisco since 1987. He’s an alumni of Brown (B.A.) and Stanford (M.B.A). In his free time he’s a drummer currently playing in two bands.

Cynthia So Schroeder is a global community and social marketing executive who advises companies and organizations on building engaged communities. Previously, she led eBay’s Global Community Development and Engagement group, and managed corporate acquisitions and divestments for eBay, Inc. Cynthia is passionate about educational opportunity and serves on the Board of Regents for the University of California, and is currently the President of the Alumni Associations of the University of California. At SFFS, Cynthia volunteers on committees including Equity and Inclusion Committee, Admissions and Development, and co-clerks the Community Connections Committee. Cynthia received a B.A. in Political Science and Rhetoric minor from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a San Francisco native, Cynthia loves learning and living in the city with her husband Marc and their son Christoph (Class of 2022).

Anne Stanton is Director of the James Irvine Foundation’s Youth Program, dedicated to improving educational and career outcomes for low-income youth in California. She has served on both statewide and nationwide boards and councils focused on youth development, including as an advisor to President Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions, Opportunity Youth Initiative. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anne's work focused on creating opportunities and alternatives for homeless and runaway youth, first at Covenant House in New York City, and then for 10 years as Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Anne grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Friends School; she and her husband, Rik Malone (Sidwell Friends ‘74) are thrilled to continue their families’ Quaker education tradition through their daughter Stella (SFFS class of 2017).

Chris Valdez is a Bay Area native who has worked in education for over 20 years. His career started in Madrid, Spain where he and his wife Kathleen taught English for two years before settling back in San Francisco. Since then, Chris has worked at many levels of high school administration, most recently serving as Principal of Marin Catholic in Kentfield since 2009. He holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara, a Secondary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, and is finishing up his post-graduate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Chris considers his son Jesse (SFFS class of 2012) and daughter Georgia (SFFS class of 2014) two more San Francisco Friends School success stories.

Sarah Wigglesworth was born and mostly raised in Kansas. She worked for 10 years as a management consultant in New York, with a focus on strategy and organizational performance, after starting her career in diplomacy and IT business development in Central Europe. Since moving to the Bay Area, Sarah has become deeply involved with Full Circle Fund, a local philanthropic network of active volunteers, where she co-founded the Global Economic Opportunity Circle in 2008 and has served on the Board since 2011. She is also a member of the Board of La Cocina, a food-business incubator in San Francisco, and a Partner with Acumen Fund, a New York non-profit that invests in social enterprises around the world. Sarah holds an A.B. in Soviet Studies from Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges, and an MIA in International Business from SIPA at Columbia University. She enjoys travel, books, maps, food, and being outdoors, and lives in San Francisco with her husband, Asiff Hirji, and two sons, Alexander (SFFS class of 2018) and Daniel (SFFS class of 2020).

Clint Wilkins, an educator and social entrepreneur, has a distinguished career in both independent and public education. He is currently the Director of Education for the Heroic Imagination Project, a new nonprofit organization located in San Francisco devoted to teaching young people to make effective decisions in challenging social situations. Early in his career he was as a teacher, coach, college counselor, dean of students, principal and assistant headmaster at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. After serving as chief executive officer of two outstanding independent schools on both coasts—Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey and The College Preparatory School in Oakland, he was able to realize his lifelong dream of founding a school: Sage Hill School, the first nondenominational, independent high school in Orange County, California—which serves 450 students as a thriving, nationally recognized school. Currently he is starting a new initiative, “enCourage,” which develops programs for schools and non-profit organizations in the field of social and emotional learning. Clint received his B.A. from Williams College in history, master's from Harvard University in religion, and his secondary school teaching credentials at Princeton University. He is married to Carla Woscoboinik Wilkins, a Chilean, and has three grown children.