board of trustee members
The school is governed by a Board of Trustees who steward the school's long term health, hire and support the Head of School, and attend key strategic initiatives in finance and fundraising.
Will Aldrich has been building Internet businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. He is Director of Product for YouTube Red, and ran product for Smule, SurveyMonkey, TripIt, parts of Yahoo!, and CNET before that. Will has co-clerked the SFFS Annual Fund twice. Will is also co-chair of McLaren Bike Park Founders, and 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. 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).
Camilo Barrera Acosta is a technology entrepreneur who was born in Colombia and raised in Washington, DC. His most recent company, Pay By Group, was a payments software solution that was acquired by a large travel management company. He now works at Facebook. Camilo has been actively involved in education advocacy and philanthropy for nearly 15 years, including serving on boards at KIPP DC and JumpStart DC. Camilo is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School, which spurred his commitment to advancing Quaker education. At Sidwell, he has served on the Alumni Executive Board, clerked the San Francisco regional club, and served on the Alumni Philanthropy Task Force. He holds a BA from Princeton University. Camilo has lived in San Francisco with his labrador retriever, Kipper, since 2011.
Charles Bello is vice president and team director at ConferenceDirect, a Los Angeles based meeting solutions company. Charles has over 20 years of industry experience in multiple market segments, including corporate, association, religious, and nonprofit associations. Charles is knowledgeable in site selection and contract negotiations for all types of events, from senior-level board meetings to city-wide conventions with over 25,000 attendees. Charles was recognized as Rookie of the Year for his performance during his first year as a ConferenceDirect associate, and was most recently recognized as one of ConferenceDirect's Top 25 Performers. Prior to joining ConferenceDirect, Charles held various leadership positions with IHG, Hilton, and Renaissance Hotels. A Boston native and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Charles relocated to San Francisco in 2000. He resides in the city with his partner Robert, their son, Jack (SFFS Class of 2025) and their rescue puppy, Hazel.
Lucas Fortier Borden is a San Francisco native and a proud member of the SFFS’s first graduating class. After nine formative years at Friends, he attended the Bay School of San Francisco where he further strengthened his connection to mindfulness and community, becoming an integral part of the school’s admissions program. College on the East Coast brought a change of environment, as did a Junior Year stint in Australia. He graduated from Boston College in 2019, majoring in Economics and minoring in Hispanic Studies. That summer, Lucas returned home to SF where he worked as a bookseller at Green Apple Books, before taking his current position at Square, Inc. in the legal department. For fun, Lucas likes to swim in the bay (no wetsuit required) and create digital art.
Ed Chung (Treasurer) 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. Ed co-founded Help Children with Epilepsy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families suffering from pediatric epilepsy. Ed was born in St. Paul, MN, and also lived in Ohio and Korea. Ed graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his MBA from Stanford University. He lives in Noe Valley with his wife, Eugine, and their children, Minjae and Minyoung, both SFFS Class of 2023.
Rory Eakin is a co-Founder and Director of CircleUp, an investment platform powered by technology. CircleUp harnesses the power of data and technology to provide capital and resources to emerging consumer brands. Prior to CircleUp, Rory served as Director of Investments at Humanity United, a foundation dedicated to cultivating the conditions for enduring freedom and peace. He started his career in the classroom, working as a math teacher at the University of Cape Town for two years. Rory received his MBA from Stanford as well as a public policy degree from Princeton, and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Cape Town. Rory grew up in Washington DC, attending Sidwell Friends School for 14 years. As a third-generation Quaker school student, the values and philosophy of a Quaker education have shaped his worldview and professional career. Rory lives in Noe Valley with his wife, Emily Rummo, and two children, Rowan (SFFS Class of 2026) and James (SFFS Class of 2029). Rory currently serves on the SFFS Finance Committee.
Chrysty Esperanza is Foundational Counsel Lead at Square, Inc., where she leads the Litigation, Corporate, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Trust & Safety teams. At Square, she provides strategic counsel and partnership on a broad spectrum of legal and compliance issues. Prior to Square, Chrysty was Sr. Counsel at Electronic Arts Inc. She previously served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice, and also as an associate at Farella, Braun and Martel LLP. She received her BA in Mass Communications from UCLA, and her JD from UC Hastings College of Law. Chrysty is a Bay Area native, and has been living in San Francisco for over 20 years. She lives in Noe Valley with her husband, Scott, and their three boys, Tayo (Class of 2024), Makana (Class of 2027), and Koa.
Rebecca Foster is the CEO of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, a community development financial institution that invests in affordable housing. Prior to leading the Housing Accelerator Fund, Rebecca worked on public private partnerships in Mayor Lee's office, focusing on issues ranging from family homelessness to citywide broadband. Rebecca spent eight years in public sector and infrastructure investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco, raising capital for governments, universities, and utilities. She received her BA from Brown University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rebecca serves on the boards of ARTA, a whitewater rafting organization, the California Housing Partnership Corporation, and SFFS. She lives in the Castro with her husband, Doug, and three boys: Rowan (Class of 2024), Henry (Class of 2026), and Mattias (Class of 2030).
Nikita Gujral serves as Managing Director of Investments for the UCSF Foundation Investment Company's $2 billion endowment. Previously she has held investment roles at UC Berkeley's endowment, Gore Creek, and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She started her career at Morgan Stanley in Technology Mergers & Acquisitions and spent some time in the non-profit sector at The 9/11 United Services Group, an organization formed to help coordinate the social service sector in New York City after the September 11th attacks. She received her BBA from The University of Michigan School of Business and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Nikita sits on the Investment Committee of The Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Although originally from Michigan, Nikita has lived in New York, Boston, Chicago, and this is her second stint in San Francisco. She lives in Laurel Heights with her husband, Ranvir, and three children, including: Zade (SFFS class of 2027) and Tahlia (SFFS class of 2029). Nikita currently serves on the SFFS Investment Committee and has volunteered for the Annual Fund.
Dan Hirsch was a managing member at Farallon Capital Management through 2016. He served on the board of Horizons at San Francisco Friends School and is on the board of The Mission Preparatory School, a public charter K–8 school located in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood. Dan grew up in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School. He has a BA from Amherst College and a JD from Yale Law School. Dan lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Claire (SFFS Class of 2022).
Jennifer Hsieh has spent the last 12 years leading finance teams at various tech start-ups, serving most recently as Head of Finance at CareZone, a digital health company. At CareZone, she led the company through multiple financings and played an integral role in all strategic and operational decisions, culminating in the sale of the company’s technology assets to Walmart. Just prior to making the leap into the start-up world, Jen was with Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media, Telecom and Leveraged Finance investment banking groups. She started her career at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown in technology investment banking later transitioning to equity research where she covered the internet sector. While Jen was born in New York, she grew up mostly overseas spending 8 years living in Australia and the UK. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from the Wharton School. She currently lives in Noe Valley with her husband, P.J. Haley, and her two sons, Quinn (SFFS Class of 2028) and Connor.
Ernie Hsin (Secretary) is a partner at the international law firm Gibson Dunn. He specializes in technology-related litigation, with an emphasis on patent cases covering a broad range of technologies, including telecommunications, software, and medical devices. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Law Alliance, an organization that provides free legal services to under-resourced Asian communities in the Bay Area, as well as of Epic Church in San Francisco. Ernie grew up on the East Coast (Boston and Potomac, Maryland) and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a JD from Columbia Law School. He lives in SOMA with his wife Carla and their kids James (SFFS Class of 2022) and Eden (SFFS Class of 2024), as well as their cat Elmo. When his schedule allows, Ernie likes to play pick-up basketball with faculty and other dads at SFFS, where he tries with difficulty to keep up with the many younger, taller, and more talented players.
Ching-Yee Hu is Vice President of Growth for Premier Nutrition Company. After early stints in management consulting and technology product management, Ching-Yee followed her heart into consumer marketing. She has led marketing and innovation teams for General Mills, Nestle, Haagen-Dazs, and Kettle Chips. Her work has been recognized by the Cannes Lion award, the Kelly Award for print advertising, the Landor Breakaway Brands award, and AdAge Top 100 Marketers. After founding and selling (surviving!) her own natural foods company, Ching-Yee consulted for founders and CEOs in the food and beverage space before falling in love with La Tourangelle. Ching-Yee holds an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth, and undergraduate degrees in English and economics from UC Berkeley. She has previously served on the boards of San Francisco Classical Voice and Presidio Knolls School. Ching-Yee and her husband Gary Orenstein live in Glen Park with their two daughters (Elie, SFFS Class of 2021 and Zoe, SFFS Class of 2024) and beloved hound Charlie.
Daphne Li is a managing director at Health2047, the innovation arm of the American Medical Association, where she helps scale portfolio companies. She is also currently chief operating officer for First Mile Care, a chronic disease management company focusing on preventing diabetes. During her career, she has helped launch and scale numerous technology start-ups, as well as identify and develop new growth areas for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Health2047, Daphne was senior vice president of enterprise at Upwork, an on-demand platform for freelancers. She led marketing and product management at ADP and led strategy for Apple’s education business. Daphne currently co-clerks the SFFS Parents Association and serves on the board of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She also served on the board of KQED. She holds an MBA and a BA in Economics from Stanford. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Oliver Chubb, and twin girls, Josephine and Kalista (SFFS '24).
Rob Lippincott is an educational consultant and edtech executive devoted to pursuing innovation at the intersection of learning and technology. As a senior vice president at PBS, Discovery, and Pearson, he has led the creation of media and technology products that are used in more than half of U.S. schools. He is active on several boards of directors and advisors for edtech firms and initiatives, as well as board chair for Enso Village, a Zen-inspired senior living community under development in Healdsburg. He has previously served on the Board of Sidwell Friends School, Cambridge Friends School, and the New England Aquarium. Rob taught at Newtown Friends School, Abington Friends School, Stowe School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He lives with his wife, Jenifer, in Mill Valley, across the bridge from two San Francisco-based daughters and has enjoyed watching nephews and niece (Nick '16, Theo '24, and Kate '19) thrive at San Francisco Friends School.
Elizabeth Longstreth is an administrative leader for The Permanente Medical Group at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. She began her public health career helping form the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF, and has worked across the country for organizations ranging from small, rural community health centers to large, urban teaching hospitals. A Bay Area native, Elizabeth earned her BA from Pomona College and her MPH from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She is also a board member of the San Francisco Public Health Foundation. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Adam and children Birdie (SFFS class of 2025) and Ty (SFFS class of 2028).
Edgar Lopez provides strategic analysis and advisory services to clients in the delivery of complex capital projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, through his company, Edgar Lopez & Associates LLC. Edgar has over 30 years of experience directing the entitlement, design, and construction of projects totaling over $5 billion. Edgar is the former City Architect and Deputy Director of Public Works in San Francisco. He has served the boards of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco and the State of California chapters, and the Parks Trust. Edgar loves spending time with his wife and two children, cooking, and skiing in Lake Tahoe.
Maureen McAvoy (Co-Clerk) 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. 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. 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).
Kelly McKane (Co-Clerk) was raised in Denver, CO, and received her BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Kelly worked in development for several non-profit organizations in Chicago and Washington, DC including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, WTTW (Chicago’s public television station), and NPR. Since moving to San Francisco, Kelly has been an active volunteer with a variety of Bay Area cultural, community, and educational organizations, including SFFS and the San Francisco Education Fund. She served on the board of Horizons at SFFS and Montessori Children’s House of the West Coast. Currently, she is a grant writer for Safe & Sound. Kelly and her husband Mark live in San Francisco with their three sons Michael (SFFS Class of 2017), Luke (SFFS Class of 2019), and Matthew (SFFS Class of 2021).
Yvonne G. Perez-Sallaberry is an active 12-year parent veteran of SFFS, on track for 20 years of service after her youngest of three graduates in 2027. She holds a BS in International Economics and Sustainability from UC Berkeley with coursework in French at the Sorbonne University; an MBA from Brandeis University focused on business and leadership skills to maximize social impact; and is currently enrolled at the Wright Institute in pursuit of a Masters in Psychology with the aim of caring and strengthening youth and families. At the Heller School of Social Policy, Yvonne was awarded a permanent personalized plaque for outstanding stewardship work and leadership. After being Director for the Spanish immersion preschool, Language in Action, her love of and fluency in Spanish pulled her in an unexpected but rewarding trajectory as a Spanish teacher. Her passion for social impact simultaneously led her to start her own business as an interpreter/translator assisting in legal and educational matters. She taught and tutored adults and children in Spanish for eight years, including advanced Lower School Spanish speaking students and the faculty and staff at SFFS. At SFFS, Yvonne currently serves as Co-Chair of Admissions, Circle of Friends Rep, and volunteer of the Annual Fund. At Lick-Wilmerding High School, she is a Vice-President of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, Board Member of the Parent Association, and a Parent Representative of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable. Yvonne lives in San Francisco with her husband and three daughters: Juliana (Class of 2017), Julieta (Class of 2019), and Julisa (Class of 2027).
Nelly Sapinski is the Executive Director of the Jamestown Community Center, a Mission District-based nonprofit serving low-income children, youth, and their families through programs that include tutoring, before and after school academic enrichment, summer programs, social/emotional support, sports, youth workforce, parent leadership development and organizing, and Afro-Latino arts education and performance. Before becoming Executive Director, Nelly served as both the Deputy Director of Programs and Interim Executive Director. Prior to joining Jamestown, Nelly served as the After School Program Director at Reading Partners, the national literacy nonprofit, and managed curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Nelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Education from Harvard University. Nelly lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter, Katherine Sapinski (SFFS class of 2017).
Cynthia So Schroeder is the VP, Marketing at Next 10 Ventures, a venture group focused on the global Creator economy and ecosystem. She leads her company's marketing, communications, PR and education initiatives. In 2018, Cynthia co-founded the first global EduCreator Incubator to support education-focused digital content Creators. For over 20 years, she has worked in technology and management consulting in the US, Asia, and Europe, ranging from Fortune 500 clients to internet startups. 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 especially for first-generation students. Most recently, she served on the University of California's Board of Regents. She was the President of the Alumni Associations of the University of California (AAUC) representing 1.8 million alumni worldwide from all 10 U.C. campuses, and the President of the Cal Alumni Association at U.C. Berkeley, where she served on CAA's Board of Directors from 2009-2017. She is a former Trustee at U.C. Berkeley Foundation, and the Presidio Knolls School (2011-2013). Cynthia received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A from UCLA. As a SF native, Cynthia shares her passion for city living and culinary finds with her husband Marc and their son Christoph (SFFS Class of 2022).
As a Silicon Valley native, Shalinee Thakur truly believes that technology, when used for good, can make a positive impact in the world. She has spent most of her career creating solutions to address the world’s most difficult social problems. Having spent nearly a decade at Salesforce.org, Shalinee supported the growth of corporate social impact through finance, operational strategy and customer success both in the US and Europe. She now consults to both nonprofits and social impact divisions of large technology companies with a focus on scaling programs, creating earned revenue streams and risk diversification. She also spends her time volunteering at the local level, specifically focused on education and workforce development of first generation youth in her San Francisco community. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Ravi and their children Liya (SFFS class of 2021) and Myles (SFFS class of 2027).
Ben Tranel is an architect focused on the transformational power of design—how the built environment communicates values and shapes our experience. His creative process is centered around listening and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Over his 14 years in Gensler’s San Francisco office, Ben has grown the firm’s practice, refined its working methods, and strengthened its relationships, both locally and abroad. His portfolio spans mixed-use, residential, office, hospitality, civic and cultural projects. Highlights include: the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, multiple developments in the Bay Area, and the recently completed headquarters building for Alexandria Real Estate in Pasadena, CA. Ben is sought out for his ability to connect divergent viewpoints and align to competing agendas—be they aesthetic, commercial, societal, or financial. He’s an effective, empathetic leader and a master of his craft. The ninth of ten children in a Montana ranch family, Ben understands, deeply, the power of hard work and the mechanics of consensus. Twice Ben has been granted “40 Under 40” awards, and he’s led his teams to many design honors. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Washington University, in St. Louis, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Ben lives in the Inner Richmond with his wife, Karen YunJin Seong, and two children, Adelaide (SFFS Class of 2019) and Juny (SFFS Class of 2023). Ben currently serves on the SFFS Facilities Committee.
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