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Ruth Bissell [bio]
Craigile Brumfield [bio]
Lucy Chen [bio]
K. Samantha Cho [bio]
Kristen Clifford [bio]
Cathy Dean [bio]
Lane Dent [bio]
Bradley Graham
Megan Howard [bio]
Patrick Jennings [bio]
Jordan Kanis 
Jane Mortimer [bio]
Grant Mulliken [bio]
Louis Ng [bio]
Courtney Norris [bio]
Jenny Pearlman [bio]
Nehal Raj [bio]
Aarti Raman [bio]
Sherry Smith [bio]
Evan Strother [bio]
Mike Walker [bio]

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.

Lucy Chen is the Product Lead at Oculus VR for the Rift software platform and is passionate about building the future of work through virtual reality. Her career has spanned across functions such as growth, product management, business strategy, data analytics, finance, investor relations, and brand marketing as well as industries across tech (Facebook, LinkedIn), finance (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), professional services (Gap International consulting), and consumer packaged goods (Procter & Gamble). In her spare time, she loves traveling and coaching people to build their professional brands and land their dream jobs. Lucy graduated with a B.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University.

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.

Kristen Clifford is a member of Facebook's Corporate Development team, where she is responsible for helping drive M&A and corporate strategy for the company. A New Jersey native, Kristen formerly lived in New York City, where she worked in investment banking. She received a B.A. in Economics and History from Dartmouth College. Over the last ten years, Kristen has served various college readiness programs on the East Coast and in the Bay Area.

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 three recent graduates from San Francisco Day School.

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. 

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 two recent graduates of San Francisco Day School.

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 is with Slalom Consulting, where he serves as a Tech Industry and Client Partnership Leader. He has a passion for helping others realize their fullest potential and has served on a variety of boards and councils focused on such missions. Louis is a graduate of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. #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 SF Day.

Aarti Raman is a Senior Manager at Glassdoor where she defines strategy for the sales teams serving Glassdoor's Enterprise and Small Medium Business customers. Over the course of her career she has worked in Finance, Management Consulting and Strategy/Operations across three continents, and speaks fluent French and Spanish. She has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and an M.B.A with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring high school students, practicing yoga, training on circus apparatus and hiking around the Bay Area.

Sherry Smith is a Senior Fellow at Making Waves Foundation. She previously served the foundation as Managing Director and 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.

Evan Strother is an Operating Associate at Friedman Fleischer & Lowe. He previously served as a Product Specialist at YouTube (Google), before which he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for several years, advising health care, public sector, and consumer companies on their top technology challenges. He is a Washington, D.C. area native who moved to San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood from Atlanta. Evan holds a degree from Duke University in Civil Engineering. On the weekends he likes to play golf, go biking, and host barbecues. 

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.