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).
Amy Baker's (Secretary) professional home is in training and development for the technology sector, specializing in learning paths for the pre-sales engineer. Her passion for being where the learning happens has served enterprise software companies such as Guidewire, Riverbed, Cloudmark, and Critical Path. Amy’s spiritual home is in the Quaker faith, having become a member of the San Francisco Friends Meeting in the late '90s. Within the Quaker community she was an early advocate of SFFS, and served on the Quaker Life Committee, both as a San Francisco Friends Meeting member and as an SFFS parent, before stepping into her current role of co-clerk. Amy’s regional home was originally New England, where she earned a BA in English at Dartmouth and later an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Now she and her husband Skip Pile live in San Francisco with their daughter Molly (SFFS class of 2021).
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. During his on-property hotel career, Charles spent eight years with IHG in San Francisco, first working at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins and then successfully opening the InterContinental San Francisco. He led the group sales team efforts in the position of area director of sales for the InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco. As a leader in his industry, Charles currently serves on the Board for the Northern California Chapter of Green Meetings Industry Council and is a past member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). 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, Ripley.
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. 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.
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. Prior to founding Climate One, Greg served six years as COO of The Commonwealth Club. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Politics from Occidental College. Greg and his wife Lucia Choi are parents of Kai (SFFS Class of 2014) and Claire (SFFS Class of 2018).
Michael Feldman (Co-Clerk) 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 2004–2010 and on the Board of Directors of Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco from 2004–2014. Michael was raised in Cleveland, OH, 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).
Rebecca Foster is the executive director of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, a nonprofit fund focused on capital solutions to produce and preserve 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 is a board member of the Mission Preparatory School and ARTA, a whitewater rafting organization. She lives in the Castro with her husband, Doug, and three boys: Rowan (SFFS class of 2024), Henry (SFFS class of 2026), and Mattias.
Teuila Hanson is executive vice president, chief strategy and people officer, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, leading its strategy and people functions. Before working at the Fed, she led talent development and diversity, and managed the global employment law group, at AECOM. She also worked as an employment attorney at ABM Industries and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She holds a BA in American Multi-Cultural Studies from Sonoma State University and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. Teuila and her husband grew up and live on the peninsula with their two sons Zach (Cate School '21) and Josh (SFFS '20).
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).
Ernie Hsin 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.
Shabnam Koirala-Azad (Co-Clerk) is dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco and Professor of International and Multicultural Education. She is co-founder of the first graduate program in Human Rights Education in the United States. For several years, she served as the co-chair of USF's Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Shabnam earned a doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from UC Berkeley and a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts. Shabnam, husband Badi, daughter Alia (SFFS Class of 2020), and son Ayan (SFFS Class of 2024), are actively involved in the Baha'i faith community and inspired by its vision to promote unity.
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, Theo, and Kate Hoffner) thrive at San Francisco Friends School.
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. Edgar has earned industry recognition for his successful management of several high-profile public-private partnership projects. He structured and managed the innovative public-private partnership for the $488 million California Academy of Sciences. His other PPP projects include the $25 million seismic upgrade and rehabilitation of the Conservatory of Flowers, the $55 million in tenant improvements at Moscone Convention Center, and the $525 million Moscone expansion project. His more than 25 years of experience with Public Works also includes serving as project architect and project manager on a some of the city’s most significant buildings, including the 13-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 is a San Francisco resident living with his wife and two sons, Benji (SFFS Class of 2023) and Alex, in Duboce Triangle.
Kathryn Ma is a writer and lawyer. She grew up in West Chester, PA, where her family belonged for many years to the High Street Meeting and went to Quaker family camp in Cape May, NJ. Inspired by her parents' Quaker service and by her brother's commitment to Sidwell Friends School, where he served as a trustee, Kathryn joined with a group of entrepreneurs, parents, and educators to establish the San Francisco Friends School in 2001. She served as the founding board clerk for six years and returned to board service in 2014. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. 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 Harper Books. She is a member of the Emeritus Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR, and has served on various arts and education boards. She and her husband have three daughters.
Maureen McAvoy (Treasurer) 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 was raised in Denver, CO, and received her BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Kelly worked in development for several nonprofit 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. She currently serves on the board of Horizons at SFFS. 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).
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 nonprofit 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. Bi-Rite has developed an extensive community outreach program, with two full-time staff members, focusing on work with organizations based in San Francisco with initiatives that directly help populations in need, impacting and benefitting San Franciscans. Bi-Rite’s giving and volunteerism focuses on organizations addressing youth and education; the city’s disadvantaged populations; the arts; sustainable agriculture; and supporting a good, fair, and just food system for all. Sam is the co-author of Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking, and Creating Community Through Food (Ten Speed Press, 2011). He 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 nonprofit 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).
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).
Mark Selcow is general partner at Costanoa Ventures, an early-stage tech VC firm. He has spent the past 20 years in the software industry, and served as CEO of Quizlet, president at BabyCenter, and president at Merced Systems. Mark spent 10 years as a trustee of the March of Dimes Foundation and was chair of the California Chapter of the organization. Mark’s hometown is West Hartford, CT, but he has lived in San Francisco since 1987. He’s an alumni of Brown (BA) and Stanford (MBA). Mark lives in San Francisco, with his wife, Lisa Acree, and his children Lucy (SFFS Class of 2019), Andrew (SFFS Class of 2021), and Nora (SFFS Class of 2023). In his free time, Mark is a drummer currently playing in two bands.
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 BA in English from UC Santa Barbara, a Secondary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from 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 nonprofit that invests in social enterprises around the world. Sarah holds an AB 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).