Advisory Board

Maggie Aliabadi

Maggie has been a nurse for 21 years, 16 of those as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has primarily worked with underserved populations in Omaha, Seattle and San Francisco. Her volunteer work has included, but isn’t limited to, the Nebraska Health System Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the 45th Street Homeless Youth Program in Seattle, UCSF Advanced Health Practitioner Advisory Board, Youth Speaks, and San Francisco Day School. Maggie’s devotion to nursing and her community connect with the core values of Breakthrough: collaboration, excellence, gratitude, perseverance and responsibility. She earned a BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a MSN from the University of Washington. She and her husband, Mani, have two children attending San Francisco Day School.

Lauren Hirshfield Belden

Lauren is a passionate brand expert, who prior to establishing her freelance career, served as a Senior Director of Strategy at Interbrand San Francisco and the Director of Innovation at Redscout. She also held leadership roles in account planning (at DDB, Tonic 360, BBDO and Venables Bell & Partners), market research (at Cheskin), and brand strategy and innovation for a number of consumer-facing brands. Lauren graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she majored in English and Creative Writing. She is a published writer, avid traveler, ever-ideating entrepreneur, and the co-founder of the Tanzania Love Fund scholarship foundation. Lauren can often be found chasing her daughter and son around Belden Barns, a Sonoma Mountain winery and farmstead that she launched in 2014 with her husband Nate.

Ruth Bissell

Ruth 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

Craigile 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

Lucy 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.

 

Cathy Dean

Cathy 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

Lane 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.

Caroline Fiegel

Caroline is an Associate on the Strategy and Analytics team at Quip, a Salesforce Company. She earned a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and began her career in investment banking ahead of joining Salesforce in fall of 2018. Caroline first became involved with Breakthrough as a volunteer Teacher and Tutor at the after school program and is passionate about educational equity.

Charles Hauck

Charles has over 20 years of management experience in the software, Internet, and real estate sectors, including start-up and Fortune 500 firms. He spent much of his earlier professional career at Microsoft in product and business management roles, including international roles in one of Microsoft’s global consumer businesses. He became involved with Breakthrough SF as a tutor in 2017 and believes strongly in the importance of excellent educational opportunities for everyone. He is a graduate of Stanford University with majors in History and Economics and earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Patrick Jennings

Patrick has two decades 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 seventh graders at SF Day School.

Jordan Kanis

Jordan is Director of Relationship Management and Energy and Resource Innovation for Silicon Valley Bank, where he has worked since 2011. His career in the financial sector includes previous roles as VP, Relationship Management at Union Bank and Relationship Manager/Business Development at Bank of America. Jordan earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, San Diego. He and his wife are the parents of a child at San Francisco Day School.

Palin Liu

Palin is a Corporate Strategy Manager at Charles Schwab, helping to drive the overall retail experience for Schwab customers. His prior experiences spans across tech and financial services, including stints in technology investment banking, equity research and management consulting. Palin earned a B.A in Economics and a Master’s in Finance both from Claremont McKenna College. He volunteers at several organizations supporting underprivileged youth through college readiness programs, as well as sits on the strategy board for Schwab Employees for the Environment.  

Aniela Mack

Aniela is a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, with casework spanning the technology, private equity, and nonprofit spaces. Prior to Bain, Ani worked in impact investing as a Fund Fellow at TPG’s Rise Fund, where she supported projects in the healthcare and education sectors. Ani graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Economics and Education Studies, and was introduced to the Breakthrough SF community when she served as a Teaching Fellow in 2015.

Jane Mortimer

Jane 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

Grant is a research scientist working at Apple. He previously served as Senior Staff Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, in the Office of the CTO. Before that, Grant spent 15 years in academia, exploreing the neural underpinnings of perception and motor control, and on a more applied level, 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.

 

Courtney Norris

Courtney 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.

Mark Pan

Building culture and education organizations is Mark’s jam. It all started with three summers teaching at Breakthrough Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. He’s now a private HR consultant on the side, and the Director of Business Strategy at Newsela, a differentiated reading site. Prior to Newsela, Mark shaped universities’ online learning strategy as an early employee at Coursera, and taught in Malaysia as a Fulbright Scholar. Mark received his BA (magna cum laude) in urban studies and education from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Jenny Pearlman

Jenny is Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Policy at Safe & Sound. 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

Nehal 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

Aarti is Head of Strategy and Analytics for Sales Operations at Uber. She previously served as Senior Manager at Glassdoor, where she defined 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.

 

Sindura Ravichandran

Sindura works in go-to-market strategy and operations at Optimizely, prior to which she worked in consulting at Deloitte. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2016 with a B.A. in computer science. She is passionate about bringing educational and mentorship opportunities to disadvantaged youth; she volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a ‘Big’ as well as a member of the Junior Board.

 

Beth Shapiro Schulte

Beth is a partner and equity investor for The Capital Group. Prior to joining Capital in 2003, Beth was an investment banker and served in business development for a number of technology companies. Beth holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in romance languages from the University of Pennsylvania. Beth lives in San Francisco with her husband, David Schulte, and their two children.

 

Sherry Smith

Sherry is executive director of Berkeley Community Scholars. She previously spent 13 years at Making Waves Foundation as Director of Operations, Managing Director, and Senior Fellow. Sherry 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

Mike 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.