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Hilary Love Bader [bio]
Ruth Bissell [bio]
Craigile Brumfield [bio]
Melissa Buckley [bio]
Brianda Castro [bio]
K. Samantha Cho [bio]
Cathy Dean [bio]
Lane Dent [bio]
Michael Duryee-Browner [bio]
Fernando Enciso-Marquez [bio] 
Megan Howard [bio]
Patrick Jennings [bio]
Jane Mortimer [bio]
Grant Mulliken [bio]
Louis Ng [bio]
Courtney Norris [bio]
Jenny Pearlman [bio]
Nehal Raj [bio]
Sherry Smith [bio]
Mike Walker [bio]

Hilary Love Bader is a native of suburban Philadelphia who moved with her family to San Francisco from New York in 2014. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Hilary had a long career in New York in advertising, branding and direct marketing with Ogilvy and Mather and Young and Rubicam in longstanding relationships with IBM and Accenture. Hilary also worked on significant education projects such as Teach For America, seeing firsthand the attempt to respond to the No Child Left Behind Act. She and her husband, Eric, have two young children - Theo, a fifth grader at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, and Charlotte, a third grader at San Francisco Day School - as well as a dog, Bear.

Ruth Bissell is Head of Upper School at San Francisco Day School. She previously provided educational leadership to the San Lorenzo Unified School District, working with school administrators to enrich curriculum with project-based learning and designing professional development for teachers. Ruth has also served as Assistant Principal at Davidson Middle School, Terra Linda School, and LPS College Park School, all in the Bay Area, and began her career as a social studies teacher in Emeryville. Ruth holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.A. in educational leadership from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts.

Craigile Brumfield is the Managing Partner of Sennosen LLC, a firm that invests in public equity securities. Prior to Sennosen, Craig oversaw the global equity long/short team for AXA’s Rosenberg Equities unit. He attended the United States Military Academy, Howard University and The University of Chicago, graduating with degrees in Engineering and Law. Craig is actively involved with and supports the Visiting Committee of The University of Chicago, the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, and St. Augustine’s School, a Youth Progress Program in New Orleans. He and his wife, Erin Mullen, have a son at San Francisco Day School.

Melissa Buckley is a Director at the California HealthCare Foundation. She runs the Foundation’s Health Innovation Fund, which invests in technology and service companies with potential to significantly lower the cost of care or improve access to care for low-income Californians. Previously, Melissa worked as a consultant at McKinsey and in health care investment banking at J.P. Morgan in New York. She serves on the advisory board of Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. She received a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master of public policy from Harvard University.

Brianda Castro has been a member of the Breakthrough community for the past fourteen years. Over the years she has participated in the program as a student, a Teaching Fellow, and a tutor. Brianda graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Economics. Her interest is in the intersection of education reform and financial markets with a focus on financial mechanisms that improve the affordability of education.

K. Samantha Cho has worked in the Silicon Valley computer industry, in strategy and management consulting, and in Business Development at various Internet start-ups. Originally from Korea, she went to school in 7 different countries, and strongly believes in outstanding education for all children. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and Stanford University, respectively, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  She is the parent of two children at San Francisco Day School.

Cathy Dean has 15 years of experience in financial services, industrial manufacturing, and high technology businesses. She serves on the Board of Gateway High School, which she previously chaired, and has been actively involved with the Brown Club of Northern California and the Junior League of San Francisco. Cathy holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Sandy, have a child at San Francisco Day School, as well as two recent graduates.

Lane Dent has over 15 years' experience working in the interior design and architecture field on both residential and commercial projects. She earned a B.S. in interior architecture from the Academy of Art University. She also holds a double major in environmental studies and studio art from the University of Vermont. Lane sits on the board of the Caneel Family Foundation which she and her family created almost 5 years ago to further education and other community projects in their hometown of Rochester, NY. They focus heavily on changing the trajectories of low-income students through a summer educational outreach program called Horizons. She was thrilled to find another outstanding educational outreach program to get involved with and support in San Francisco. She and her husband, John, have two children attending San Francisco Day School. 

Michael Duryee-Browner is the 6th Grade History Teacher at San Francisco Day School. Michael was born and raised in San Francisco; his first taste of teaching was as a 7th grade tutor with Breakthrough (then called Day School Summerbridge). In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Michael taught 6th Grade Literature at Breakthrough as a Teaching Fellow. He has been involved with the program ever since, most recently as an Instructional Coach for the 5th Grade ELA Teaching Fellows during the summer of 2016. He holds a B.A. in History from Emory University and a Single Subject Credential (Social Studies) and M.A. in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.

Fernando Enciso-Marquez is a lifelong San Franciscan, and a proud graduate of SFUSD. He currently serves as Community-Engaged Learning Program Manager at the University of San Francisco and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Before joining USF, he served the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and the Bayview Hunters Point community for three years through its community-building agency, BMAGIC, to leverage resources for youth and families in Southeast San Francisco. Fernando also serves on the SFUSD's Public Education Enrichment Fund Community Advisory Committee (PEEF CAC). He recently completed his Master of Public Administration degree at USF.

Megan Howard has been a practicing attorney for nearly a decade. Formerly a business litigator, she is now a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Megan holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She is the parent of an eighth grader at San Francisco Day School, as well as a recent graduate.

Patrick Jennings has 18 years of experience in health care management consulting, particularly in building and leading a successful provider-based consulting start-up. He currently serves on the board of Maya Health Alliance (Wuqu’ Kawoq), a non-profit that provides and facilitates primary care health services in the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. Patrick holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Patrick and his wife, Tracy, have two fourth graders at San Francisco Day School.

Jane Mortimer has been involved with the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center for the past decade, both as a volunteer and most recently as a program manager at the Cancer Resource Center, which provides free supportive care services to cancer patients and their families. Originally from Vancouver, Jane was an advertising executive with over a decade of media and communications experience prior to moving to San Francisco. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and has two children at San Francisco Day School.

Grant Mulliken is a Senior Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, in the Office of the CTO. At Dolby he develops innovative technologies based on the neuroscience of perception to enhance the entertainment experience. For the past 15 years in academia, his research has explored the neural underpinnings of perception and motor control, and on a more applied level, he pioneered brain-computer interface algorithms to assist paralyzed individuals. He received a Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems at Caltech and did postdoctoral work at MIT.

Louis Ng has 13+ years of experience holding a variety of management positions in the Financial and Technology sectors including large global financial institutions and Big 4 consulting. His experience spans a vast portfolio of clients that extend from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Louis is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He currently holds a Delivery Leadership position at the Silicon Valley office of Slalom Consulting, a technology and business management consulting firm. #loveyourfuture

Courtney Norris worked in international development for a decade, serving as a program officer for The Asia Foundation and consultant for the International Rice Research Institute.  She has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a joint M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis.  She has co-authored two English-Vietnamese dictionaries and has also translated the work of several Vietnamese authors into English.  She is a board member of the non-profit Viet Historical Preservation Foundation, which records oral histories of Vietnamese Americans, and also serves as a mentor for the New Leader Scholarship Program. 

Jenny Pearlman is Community Education and Communications Manager at San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. She was previously a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates, a civil-rights and policy advocacy organization, and has consulted with Glide’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center, among other organizations. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Community Initiatives, Hedge Funds Care, The Little School, and San Francisco Day School.  Ms. Pearlman graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and received a degree in International Politics from Georgetown University.

Nehal Raj is a Partner of TPG Capital, where he leads the firm’s investment activities in the technology sector. Nehal received an A.B. with Distinction in Economics and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Nehal also received an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Nehal serves on the board of a number of companies as well as non-profits, including San Francisco Day School. He and his wife, Jenny, have two children at SFDS.

Sherry Smith is Managing Director at Making Waves Foundation. She previously served the foundation as Director of Operations, and brings over three decades of experience in educational leadership roles, including Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Redwood Day School and Director of College Counseling at The Branson School. Sherry holds a B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University, a Masters of Education in Administration and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mike Walker is Head of School at San Francisco Day School. For the past seventeen years, he served as Principal of the Junior School at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Mike began his career teaching social studies and English at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, his alma mater. He later served as a faculty member and Middle School Director at the Hammond School in Columbia, South Carolina, and as Middle School Director at the University School of Nashville. Mike received with a B.A. magna cum laude in English and social sciences from Western Michigan University, an M.A. in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina, and an Ed.D. in the neuroscience of decision-making from the University of Hawai’i.