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

Ana Chowdhury
Volunteer and Philanthropist

Stephen Davenport
Writer & Volunteer

Bob Falkenberg, Regional VP, Silicon Valley
Investor & Philanthropist

Kristin Gannon
Eastdil Secured

Kirstin Hoefer
Independent Consultant

John Horsch
Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy

Andrea Howard*
Ford Motor Company

David IngrahamVice President
M/C Partners

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
PwC

Hildy Shandell
Shandell Associates LLC

Glenn A. Shannon,
Shorenstein Properties

Michael Shippey, Treasurer
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 ZezimaTreasurer
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

Kris Bailey
Director of Communications and Marketing, Urban School

David Bennett
Engle, Lindsley, & Regan

Laura Brown
Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation

Susan Byrd
Lampert Byrd Foundation

Malia M. Cohen*
Chair California State Board of Equalization

Deborah Dasovich
Wells Fargo (retired)

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

Zoe Duskin**
Principal, The Primary School

Aaron Philip Dworkin
Chief Executive Officer, National Summer Learning Association

James Harris
510 Media; Trustee, Oakland Unified School District

Scott Harrison
Bank of America

Rick Jones
Jones Family Vineyards

Kris Klein
Credit Suisse (retired)

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

Marites Rivera**
California Dept of Education

Brian Rogers
Rogers Family Foundation

Lydia Shorenstein
Shorenstein Center

Eric Temple
Head of School, Lick Wilmerding High School

Patrick Tenney
Emrose Capital

Frank Van Veenendaal
Startup investor and advisor

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
Marilyn Disbrow
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:

Alyssa Simpson, Co-Chair
Figure8

Jacqueline Kurzer, Co-Chair
Marin Horizon School

Nandu Anilal
Thumbtack

Samuel Brock
St. Anthony Foundation

Kat Clark
Landed

Ryan Frank
Accenture

Theresa Hall
Salesforce

Michelle Geng
Grammarly

Saloni Gupta
Sageview Capital

Maya HolmMarketing and Communications Chair
ZERO1

Lauren Kinch
BNY Mellon

Gardiner Kreglow
Bain & Company

Skye Lawrence
Biome Analytics

Chanda Lockhart
Gateway Public Schools

Tansy Mak*
Handel Architects

Gavin Nachbar
Waymo

Gabriel Peixoto
Alto Litigation, PC

Daniel Prendiville
Eastdil Secured

Evan Schwartz,
Corporate Partnerships Chair

Golden State Warriors

Paul Shulman
SquareTrade

Ryan Smrekar 
Google

Matt Szenics
Lyft

Colin Webster
The Bridgespan Group

Julie Xu
Waymo

*Aim High Graduate