Our Trustees, Ambassadors and Young Leaders are committed to helping Aim High realize its mission. As champions of our organization, they help us to build a sustainable organization and increase our outreach and impact.

We always seek passionate supporters of Aim High who want to join our Board of Trustees, Ambassador Council or Young Leaders Board.  Applications are accepted year-round. Learn more about serving on our Board of Trustees here. If you’re interested in applying for a position please complete the online application.

Board of Trustees


Albert M. Adams, Regional VP, Tahoe/Truckee
Retired Head of School, Lick Wilmerding High School

Charlie Bullock
Mooreland Partners LLC

Ana Chowdhury
Founding Member of Alta Vista School, Volunteer and Philanthropist

Stephen Davenport
Writer & Volunteer

Bob Falkenberg, Regional VP, Silicon Valley
Investor & Philanthropist

Kristin Gannon
Eastdil Secured

Mahlet Getachew
General Counsel, Suki AI, Inc.

Kirstin Hoefer
VP of Operations & Customer Experience, Core Wellness, Inc.

John Horsch
Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy

Andrea Howard*
Ford Motor Company

David Ingraham
CEO, Teleport

James Kalamas
Medsleuth

Courtney Klinge, Vice President
Sports Basement

Pamela MayExecutive Member
Design Media

Bill Mellin, President
Retired, Farallon Capital Management

Kaya Murray
MetLife Real Estate Investors

Brandon Nicholson
Hidden Genius Project

Rohan Palekar
89Bio, Inc.

Howard Ro, Treasurer
PwC

Hildy Shandell
CEO, Solarelle LLC

Michael Shippey
Deloitte

Sandra Shorenstein
Shorenstein Properties

Gary Teague
Bank of America

Rosina Tong
San Francisco Unified School District

Larry Weiss
Financial Advisor

Bruce Wheeler
Retired, Bank of America

Sharon ZezimaSecretary
Pax Labs, LLC

*Aim High Graduate

Ambassador Council


The Aim High Ambassador Council is comprised of community leaders who care deeply about educational equity, and who volunteer to be champions of Aim High. Members advance our mission via their professional expertise; connections to local and national resources, colleagues or peers; philanthropic support and/or other forms of guidance and assistance. Ambassador Council members will also have access to Aim High events, program updates and organizational leadership. New members are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Founding Members

Susan Adams
Learning Services Consultant

Amy Alamar
Educational Consultant and Facilitator

Kris Bailey
Director of Communications and Marketing, Urban School

David Bennett
Engle, Lindsley, & Regan

Derek Brown
Marketing Communications Professional

Laura Brown
Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation

Susan Byrd
Lampert Byrd Foundation

Malia M. Cohen*
Chair, California State Board of Equalization

Mitch Cohen
Managing Director, Trilogy Search Partners

Stevon Cook
Commissioner, San Francisco Unified School District

Deborah Dasovich
Wells Fargo (retired)

Marilyn Disbrow
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (former), Napa resident

Zoe Duskin**
Principal, The Primary School, YLB Founding Chair

Aaron Philip Dworkin
Chief Executive Officer, National Summer Learning Association

Javier Garcia
Partner, Ernst and Young

James Harris*,**
510 Media; Trustee, Oakland Unified School District

Scott Harrison
Bank of America

Chandra Johnson
Director of Communications, San Francisco Human Services

Rick Jones
Jones Family Vineyards

Kris Klein
Credit Suisse (retired)

Lisa LaHorgue
Communications Professional, Adopt a Family Marin

Mark Lampert
BBP Partners, Lampert Byrd Foundation

Robert Leri
Superintendent and Chief Learning Officer, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Vince Matthews**
Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District

Jené Morris*
Founder, I am Jené Morris, Training for young basketball athletes; Admissions Associate, Archbishop Riordan High School; Former WNBA and San Diego State Basketball Hall of Famer

Marites Rivera**
California Dept of Education

Brian Rogers
Rogers Family Foundation

Larry Rosenberger
Research Fellow, Fair Isaac Corporation

Glenn A. Shannon
Shorenstein Properties

Lydia Shorenstein
Shorenstein Center

Eric Temple
Head of School, Lick Wilmerding High School

Patrick Tenney
Emrose Capital

Frank Van Veenendaal
Startup Investor and Advisor

Shafia Zaloom**
Author and Health Educator, Former Aim High Trustee

Lisa Wallace
Executive Director at Truckee River Watershed Council

Kelley Warner
San Anselmo Economic Development Committee

Bruce Wheeler (Board of Trustees)
Bank of America (retired)

*Aim High Graduate
**Former Aim High Teacher/Site Director

Tahoe/Truckee Leadership Council


Al Adams, Regional VP
Laura Brown
Sue Coe Adams
Mindy Carbajal
Katie Jamison

Robert Kautz
Robert Leri
Suzi Phebus
Neil Wangsaard
Ken Yagura

Young Leaders Board


In Spring 2017, we launched the Aim High Young Leaders Board (YLB), a cohort of distinguished professionals ages 22-35 who are committed to narrowing the opportunity and achievement gaps across Northern California. Representing the business, legal, education, nonprofit and tech communities of the Bay Area, our Young Leaders serve as ambassadors for Aim High and advance our fundraising, volunteer, and alumni engagement efforts.

New members are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the opportunity here. Apply today by emailing your current resume and a letter of interest to Mariah at mnapoles@aimhigh.org

Members of the Aim High Young Leaders Board:

Jacqueline Kurzer, Co-Chair
Marin Horizon School

Gardiner Kreglow, Co-Chair
Bain & Company

Nandu Anilal
Thumbtack

Max Barnes
San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development

Kat Clark
Apple

Ryan Frank
Accenture

Theresa Hall
Salesforce

Michelle Geng
Grammarly

Saloni Gupta
Sageview Capital

Lauren Kinch
BNY Mellon

Chanda Lockhart
Gateway Public Schools

Tansy Mak*, Members Chair
Handel Architects

Gavin Nachbar, Development & Community Development Chair
Waymo

Gabriel Peixoto
Warren Lex, LLC

Daniel Prendiville
Eastdil Secured

Evan Schwartz
Golden State Warriors

Paul Shulman
SquareTrade

Alyssa Simpson
Blue Shield

Ryan Smrekar 
Google

Matt Szenics
Lyft

Colin Webster
The Bridgespan Group

Zoe Williams*,**
Three Babes Bakeshop

Josh Zheng
IBM

*Aim High Graduate
**Former Aim High Teacher/Site Director