As 2018–19 moves with lightning speed toward our Year-End Celebration and 8th Grade Graduation in June, we want to take a moment to share with you the transitions taking place on the San Francisco Friends School Board of Trustees. Our trustees traditionally serve two three-year terms and are chosen according to a wide variety of factors, including: professional background and experience; skill sets; diversity across multiple areas including racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and ages of children; volunteer experience at SFFS and beyond; and balancing parent and non-parent trustees. Additionally, we seek a commitment to upholding the mission of the San Francisco Friends School from all prospective Board members.
This year, we want to extend our gratitude to the following trustees as their terms come to a close:
- Seth Brenzel completed his term as SFFS Board Co-Clerk last year, and has also served on the Development, Quaker Life, and Finance Committees, as well as the Committee on Trustees and the Board’s special Future Initiatives working group, among countless other projects, task forces, and committees.
- Betsy Hambrecht is one of the founding parents at SFFS, as well as a founding trustee who has served two tours of duty on the Board and is a part of the original group who helped to mold Friends into the vibrant school it is today. She is the mother of three alums—Courtney SFFS ‘11, Rachel SFFS ‘11, and Jamie SFFS ‘18—and has served on the Finance and Investment Committees. She has also participated in numerous special working groups like the High School Task Force, the Future Initiatives, and the Tuition Working Group.
- Anne Stanton most recently co-clerked the Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee, which recently wrapped up a community-wide survey. She has also co-clerked the Future Initiatives working group; served on the Access and Affordability working group, the Committee on Trustees, and the Development and Community Committees; and is mom to alumna Stella SFFS ‘17.
- Clint Wilkins has served on numerous Board committees during his tenure as a trustee at SFFS, including the Quaker Life, Finance, and Community Committees. He also participated in the High School Task Force and Tuition Working Group.
Seth, Betsy, Anne, and Clint have provided invaluable leadership and dedication to our community, and they have all helped to shape the future of Friends. We will always be thankful for their many years of service. As they depart, four new trustees will be stepping in to continue the mission of SFFS:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
We are so appreciative of the sound leadership we have on our Board, and look forward to greater growth under the guidance of our new trustees!