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Patrick Duterte - Board Chair
Director
Solano Cty. Health & Social Srvcs. (retired)
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Patrick Duterte - Board Chair

Patrick Duterte was appointed as the Director of Health and Social Services, for Solano County, in September 2001. Patrick directed a department of over 1,200 staff. He previously worked in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara County Human Services Agency as Director of Employment and Benefit Services. In addition, he has managed child welfare programs and employment programs in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

After serving his country in Vietnam, Patrick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of California at Berkeley, and San Francisco State, respectively. Patrick and his wife, Diane, have been married for 31 years, and have five children ranging from 19 to 35 years old. He is an avid skateboarder, in-line skater, cyclist, skier, unicyclist, and Hot Yoga enthusiast, and is a lifetime 49er, Warriors, and Giants Fan.

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Shelly Masur, MPH - Board Treasurer
CEO
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation
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Shelly Masur, MPH - Board Treasurer

Shelly Masur has almost 20 years of experience in public service and non-profit management, working to balance budgets, improve communication, solve problems and make programs and services more effective and efficient.

Shelly currently serves on the Redwood City School Board, as Immediate past-President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association and as an elected member of the California School Boards Association’s Delegate Assembly. She was first elected to the Redwood City School Board in 2005 and currently serves on the board policy committee, the District wellness committee and is a board representative to Redwood City 2020, a collaboration among the District, San Mateo County, Redwood City and Sequoia Union High School District.

Despite the most difficult financial times for local government since the Great Depression, Shelly led the district to make necessary cuts, while preserving important academic programs and overseeing an overall increase in student achievement. She served as president of the board and was on the District budget committee for two years, balancing the District’s budget by making the District more efficient and effective, lessening the impact of budget cuts. As a board member, Shelly improved communication with parents and community member by spearheading an outreach campaign Shelly also worked in committee to develop a wellness policy and led the complete overhaul of all District policies.

Shelly is frequently called upon to provide a local perspective on statewide education and budget issues. She has testified in Sacramento on a variety of issues that affect local school districts, serves on Assemblymember Rich Gordon’s Education Advisory Committee and as a Key Communicator for the California School Boards Association.

Shelly holds a Master’s Degree on Public Health and has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, focusing on adolescent health and youth services. She is the Executive Director of Teen Talk, a teen pregnancy prevention organization. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Shelly was the Director of Community Youth Development programs at the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University. She also served as the Director of School-Based Programs for Girls Inc. of Alameda County and as the Director of the California Adolescent Health Collaborative. Shelly sits on the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council, the Advisory Board for the Partnership for Children and Youth, CSBA’s School Health Advisory Committee, co-chaired the School Wellness Task Force for San Mateo County’s Prevention of Childhood Obesity Task Force (now called the Get Healthy San Mateo Task Force) and is a member of Sequoia Hospital’s Community Advisory Committee.

Shelly lives in Redwood City and has three children who all attend Redwood City public schools. She is married to Josh Masur, an intellectual property attorney.

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Lisa Villarreal
Program Officer, Education
The San Francisco Foundation
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Lisa Villarreal

Lisa Villarreal is an education professional with over 25 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator, with expertise in collaborative programs, professional development and grantmaking. She has worked with students, teachers, parents, administrators, community partners and funders at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Lisa previously served as executive director for the Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services for Schools (CRESS Center) at the UC Davis School of Education. Lisa’s background includes local work at the San Mateo County Office of Education, and high school, middle school, elementary school and preschool teaching. She also has extensive counseling, intervention, and youth development experience. Lisa’s national experience includes serving as vice chair for the National Coalition for Community Schools and consulting for the Annenberg Institute on School Reform at Brown University, as well as for the Council of Chief State School Officers. She has published papers on a range of education, counseling, and youth development subjects.

A California native of Mexican-American descent, Lisa earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from Simpson University and a masters degree in Education from San Francisco State University.

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Mike Berg
Superintendent
Central Unified School District (retired)
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Mike Berg

Mike Berg left Central Unified School District with a breadth of school administration experience that spans 30+ years. He joined their leadership team in 2004, and served as the district’s Chief Business Officer before being appointed Superintendent in 2009. He takes pride in the academic accomplishments of the district’s schools and opportunities for students. The adoption of Guiding Principles, a set of beliefs and goals by which all activities are measured, has served as a steady beacon to guide the district to major accomplishments.

Mike served on Superintendent Torlakson’s Educational Technology Task Force, and is a member of ACSA’s State Superintendent’s Council. He is currently serving on CDE’s “Expanding Student Success” campaign select committee, as well as the Highway City Community Development Corporation, and consults with schools districts, county offices of education, and First 5. He was honored to be named the ACSA State Business Administrator of the Year in 2007, ACSA Region 9 Superintendent of the Year in 2014, and Fresno Compact – Dr. Harold Haak Award winner for exemplary school/business partnerships in 2015.

He is married to Cheri, his wife of 28 years. They have two daughters, both attending CSU Fresno, and is a fanatical bicyclist and classic car enthusiast. He also enjoys a good blues and jazz festival in his spare time.

 

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Perry Chen
Educator-in-Residence
The Stuart Foundation
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Perry Chen

Perry Chen has worked in the field of education and youth development for almost two decades, with a particular focus on children, youth, and families in California. Currently, he is the Educator-in-Residence at the Stuart Foundation, working on philanthropic strategy and programs. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the Chief of Staff & Strategy and the Senior Advisor to the Superintendent at the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) – where he led the design & unanimous adoption of two major strategic plans (see, e.g., www.thrivingstudents.org;www.everystudentthrives.org).

Prior to OUSD, Perry partnered with foundations and nonprofit organizations to work on youth development, expanded learning, and K-12 education initiatives. His portfolio of projects included: capturing grantees’ perceptions & best practices; leading youth development & after school learning communities; and investment advising for P-20 state systems. From 2005-2009, he served as the strategy advisor for The David & Lucile Packard Foundation and The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to develop a master plan for the implementation of Prop 49 (ASES) – the largest state after school investment in national history.

Perry’s other experiences include serving as: a family/youth services organization executive director, a summer programming grantmaker, a litigation attorney, and an adjunct law professor. Perry graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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Mufaddal Ezzy
CA Manager for Public Policy and Government Relations
Google Inc.
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Mufaddal Ezzy

Mufaddal Ezzy has over a decade of experience working in and around the California State Capitol on a range of topics from K-12 and higher education to business and technology.

Born to immigrant parents, Mufaddal grew up in the Bay Area and attended local public schools before heading off to UC Santa Cruz to pursue a degree in American Studies. After finishing undergraduate studies, Mufaddal worked as a Congressional Aide in the Office of US Congressman Sam Farr, where he helped manage local community relations.

He was then selected as one of 18 individuals from a national pool of applicants to participate in the prestigious California Senate Fellows Program, where he worked on a variety of K-12 education and local government policy issues under the mentorship of then State Senator Tom Torlakson.

Following the Fellowship, Mufaddal helped lead Torlakson’s legislative agenda aimed at providing students with an array of pathways to success. His work included helping write the landmark SB 638 (Torlakson, 2006) which implemented the unprecedented $550 million in state funding for afterschool programs made available by Proposition 49.

Mufaddal was then brought on to serve as a key member of the policy team in the Office of Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. There he managed the pro Tem’s efforts in the issue areas of higher education, business, and technology. He played a key role in advancing the pro Tem’s efforts to make California’s middle and high school experiences more hands-on and connected to the economy.

While in Sacramento, Mufaddal helped create a signature state-focused program aimed at providing young Muslim youth leadership and advocacy tools. Now in its 11th year, this program still serves Muslim youth from throughout California. He also championed the creation of APICA–the Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting emerging API leaders engaged in state-level policy work.

Mufaddal currently helps lead Google Inc’s California state-level policy work as CA Manager for Public Policy and Government Relations. He has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and 3 young kids.

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Erin Gabel
Deputy Director of External and Governmental Affairs Division
California Dept. of Education
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Erin Gabel

Erin Gabel is the Director of the Government Affairs Division for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and the California Department of Education. Erin is responsible for the Superintendent’s and the Department’s involvement in state and federal budget and legislative processes.

Prior to joining Tom Torlakson at the Department, Erin was then-Assemblymember Torlakson’s Legislative Director, consulting on education and health policy, and general legislation. Before working at the state Capitol, Erin served as a District Representative for then-Senator Torlakson in Contra Costa, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.

Erin was one of the founding staff members of the Partnership for Children and Youth, as their first Children Nutrition Project Director, and now serves on their Advisory Board. Erin also served as the first coordinator of the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness, an initiative of the California State Legislature to address the childhood obesity epidemic.

Erin is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and proud mother of one two-year old son, who personalizes the importance of early learning and the future of public education.

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Justin Gibson
Executive Leader of the Audit Function
First Republic Bank
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Justin Gibson

Justin is the Executive leader of the Internal Audit function at First Republic Bank.  Justin leads a collaborative cross-functional department designed to meet the requirements of the banking industry’s complex regulatory environment.

Prior to First Republic, Justin was the Senior Director of Global Sourcing at McKesson where he also held leadership positions within Internal Audit.

In addition to his work at First Republic, Justin is on the Board of Governors for the San Francisco Institute of Internal Audit and a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.  Justin has been actively involved in youth mentoring and tutoring programs for the last 20 years.  Justin was a Little Brother and Big Brother including Big Brother of the year for the State of Texas in 2004.

Justin graduated with a B.A. Degree in Economics, Minor in Accounting, Specialization in Computing from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2014.

Justin lives in Redwood City with his wife and two boys.

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Nuno Goncalves Pedro
Partner
Delta Partners
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Nuno Goncalves Pedro

Nuno Gonçalves Pedro is a Partner co-leading Delta Partners’ digital practice in San Francisco, specifically in Delta’s Investment and Corporate Finance units. At the same time, Nuno serves as a board member for various mobile players, including social networks, gaming studios and productivity tool developers.

Prior to that, Nuno was the managing partner and CEO of Strive Capital, a quantitative early-stage venture capital fund focused on early-stage consumer mobile. He is still responsible for managing Strive Capital’s current fund.

Before Strive Capital, Nuno was the Senior Expert and member of the APAC TMT leadership team for McKinsey and Co, focused on the entire mobile value-chain. Prior to McKinsey and Co, he was Strategy Director for GSM Association leading amongst others to the creation of the Group’s first ever equity venture.

During his career of over 20 years, Nuno has worked across 35 countries. From Asia-Pacific to North America, Nuno has led corporate investments in TMT, taken responsibility for product management, marketing and data analytics, business and corporate development of companies from very small early-stage start-ups to the leading tech and telecom players of the world.

Nuno is also a frequent speaker at key industry gatherings such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress/Expo. He has been a member of the Jury for the Global Mobile Awards since 2007 and in 2006 he was recognised as one of the “top 26 Portuguese executives abroad”.

He holds post-graduate diplomas from Wharton School at UPenn, London Business School and the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford GSB. He is also qualified as a Computer Engineer by IST at the Technical University of Lisbon.

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Soo Venkatesan
Civic Volunteer
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Soo Venkatesan

Soo Venkatesan has over 15 years of business and nonprofit experience in the financial services, investment and philanthropic sectors. Soo most recently served as Senior Program Officer at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation where she was responsible for building a portfolio of grantees and collaborative regional and statewide initiatives to advance STEM learning opportunities throughout California’s out-of-school programs and systems. She previously worked at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, leading investments in informal science learning in the Bay Area.

Soo brings business, investment and organizational capacity building experience to her civic projects and priorities. As a senior investment professional at J.P. Morgan Capital, Soo identified and led investments in internet-based start-ups and served as an advisor and board member to her portfolio of private companies. Early in her professional career, Soo worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and investment banking associate at J.P. Morgan, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

Soo currently serves as a trustee of the San Francisco Opera Association and advisory member of the Meritus Fund. She also served on the board of San Francisco School Volunteers (now the San Francisco Education Fund) and is actively engaged in projects focused on education and innovation. Soo graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School. She and her husband Raj Venkatesan have two children and reside in San Francisco.

Patrick Duterte - Board Chair

Patrick Duterte was appointed as the Director of Health and Social Services, for Solano County, in September 2001. Patrick directed a department of over 1,200 staff. He previously worked in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara County Human Services Agency as Director of Employment and Benefit Services. In addition, he has managed child welfare programs and employment programs in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

After serving his country in Vietnam, Patrick received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of California at Berkeley, and San Francisco State, respectively. Patrick and his wife, Diane, have been married for 31 years, and have five children ranging from 19 to 35 years old. He is an avid skateboarder, in-line skater, cyclist, skier, unicyclist, and Hot Yoga enthusiast, and is a lifetime 49er, Warriors, and Giants Fan.