David joined the Board in October 2012, and is a partner with the Sheppard, Mullin law firm. His practice focuses on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation representing clients in a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, energy, manufacturing, insurance and development. David regularly litigates unfair competition claims, business torts, contract disputes, trade secret and trademark matters as well as product defect and securities law claims. He has significant experience with class actions and at trial, and has also handled many contract and investment disputes. Prior to practice , David served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of CA. In 2007, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Misdemeanor Trial Unit for the city and county of San Francisco, trying six cases and winning every one. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Arts from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. His wife, Bridget has been a SMART Mentor for several years and his son, Cole attends Cathedral School for Boys. David also serves on the board of San Francisco Architectural Heritage and chairs the project review committee for that group. David is passionate about providing a real chance to under-served students in a thoughtful and comprehensive way.
Scott is a Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo LLC, a leading private equity investment firm based in San Francisco with $3 billion of capital under management. Scott joined Thoma Bravo in 2002 and focuses on investments in the education and software industries. In the education industry, Scott has experience on the Board of Directors of Plato Learning, a provider of computer based and e-learning instruction for K-12 learners; Datatel, a provider of student information systems and other software to higher education; and Excelligence Learning, a distributor of education products to daycare centers, preschools and elementary schools. In the software industry, Scott has experience on the Board of Directors of Activant, Attachmate, Consona, Entrust, JDA, Manatron, Prophet 21, Roadnet, Vector and Vision Solutions. Prior to joining Thoma Bravo, Scott was a professional at Summit Partners focused on growth equity investments in software, internet and education technology companies. He also spent several years as a product manager at Hewlett Packard and in Corporate Finance at Alex Brown. Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He grew up in Ohio, attended public school and completed summer programs at both Phillips Exeter Academy and Choate Rosemary Hall. Scott grew up in a house of educators as both his mother and sister are teachers. He and his wife Angela live in San Francisco with their daughter, Karis, and son, Wade.
Jad brings over 13 years of experience in start-up environments and well-established growth companies to his role as President and CEO of DriverSide, Inc. Since 1995, Jad has been at the forefront of developing and growing online consumer services. Prior to founding DriverSide, Jad was President of StepUp Commerce, which was acquired by Intuit in August 2006. Earlier, he served as General Manager of Direct Marketing at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, where his oversight over the direct channel resulted in consecutive year-over-year 100% increases in sales growth rate. In 1996, he founded and launched CompareNet, Inc., an online feature comparison site. In 1999, CompareNet was acquired by Microsoft where Jad then led and grew MSN Shopping with revenues growing 60% over the previous year. Jad earned a B.A. at St. Lawrence University and a JD at the University of San Francisco. An inactive member of the California Bar, he practiced law in San Francisco at the outset of his career. He also serves as Board Chair of Cathedral School for Boys, an independent K–8 school in San Francisco. He and his wife Christina live in San Francisco with their two sons Mason and Jack and their dog Isabelle.
Sean joined the Board in October 2012. Sean is a Principal at Ernst & Young, one of the largest group of professional services firms, providing Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transactions services. Sean has worked at Ernst & Young since college, in three countries. During this time he has served clients improve the performance of their business processes. Sean's particular expertise is in helping companies understand IT related issues and to leverage their systems more effectively and efficiently, and brings teams with broad skill sets to solve his clients' most complex issues. Sean was born in Great Britain and has lived in many countries, but has been settled in San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. He has been married to Jennifer since 2005 and has two small children, Jonathan and Alison. His passion for education comes from his background and seeing his own children learn and grow each day. Sean has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Warwick University, England and is a Chartered Accountant. Sean brings to SMART significant passion to help in the lives of our children, their families and communities through education, insights and connections within the Schools of the Sacred Heart where his son currently attends, as well as owning the relationship between SMART and Ernst & Young.
Quinlan D. Fang (Secretary)
Quinlan has been a volunteer tutor/mentor with SMART since 2007 and is a Vice President with Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm with over $2 billion of capital under management. Before joining Symphony, Quinlan was with Genesys, a provider of multi-channel contact center and customer experience solutions, working directly with the COO/CFO on strategic initiatives, corporate development and special projects. Quinlan was also previously with Banneker Partners, a growth capital and private equity firm, where he focused on investments in software/SaaS and internet companies. Before Banneker, Quinlan was a Partner at VII Peaks Capital, a credit-focused alternative asset manager. Prior to VII Peaks, Quinlan worked at Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with over $13 billion of assets under management. Quinlan started his career at UBS Investment Bank, where he advised clients on a broad range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and other strategic initiatives. Quinlan received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual concentration in Finance and Management. He grew up in Sacramento and strongly believes that a high-quality education is a critical component to achieving one's full potential.
Kate joined the board in 2015 and is the Academic Dean and an Instructor of English at San Francisco University High School, where she has worked for 20 years. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and spent eight years at the University of California - Berkeley pursuing a Ph.D. in English before a serendipitous call from the chair of UHS’s English Department sent her career down an unexpected and rewarding new path. In her time at UHS, Kate has designed and taught upper division English electives in topics such as the literature of World War I and gender identity in fiction. She served on the committee that wrote the school’s mission statement, a vision that still guides the institution’s direction more than 10 years later. As an administrator, she led the school’s implementation of a 1:1 iPad program, redesigned the daily schedule, and participated in the creation of the mentoring program, a cutting edge approach to student support. During her time at UHS, Kate has had the pleasure of teaching and advising many SMART alums, and she was instrumental in making UHS a partner school with SMART
Eden joined the Board in October 2016. Eden is the Founder and CEO of FaveRave, an employee engagement and insights platform that helps businesses to empower and engage employees for improved retention, increased productivity, and an overall awesome employee experience. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Eden spend over 15 years in sales, marketing and finance leadership roles at companies including Comcast, Covad, Boston Consulting, and Morgan Stanley. Eden has a BA in Economics & Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Stanford. Eden grew up in Toronto, Canada but now lives in San Francisco with her husband, her son Kellan (age 11) and her daughter Chapel (age 9.) Eden’s passion for education was first ignited when she spent two summers working at a street children’s shelter and school in Costa Rica. She has previously sat on the board of the Stanford Business School Fund and continues to be an active volunteer and fundraiser for Stanford as well as for the Schools of the Sacred Heart, where both her children attend school.
Jennifer Goldstock Wright (Director Emeritus & Co-Founder)
Jennifer is one of the co-founders of SMART and was SMART’s first Executive Director. Currently, Jenny lives and works in New York where she started her own business as an Independent Philanthropic Advisor. In this capacity, she has worked with trusts, wealthy individuals, family and corporate foundations, professional athletes, entertainers and nonprofit organizations. With these clients she has performed all roles from creating new nonprofit organizations to securing nonprofit status, to creating by-laws, to building a board, to running the day-to-day programs. Prior to starting her own business, Jenny served as the Executive Director of The Chilton Foundation, a private family foundation for a hedge fund manager in Connecticut. Prior to that, Jenny was a consultant to myriad nonprofit organizations focused on education and youth services. Jenny advised these organizations on how to create new programs, establish new systems within existing programs, correct problems within management structures, and evaluate success to instill best practices. Jenny received her Bachelor’s degree at Skidmore College and her Master of Education from Harvard University.
Jennifer joined the Board in March, 2017. Jennifer is currently the Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Arcus Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing next generation cancer immunotherapies. Prior to Arcus, Jennifer was the Chief Financial Officer of Medivation which was acquired by Pfizer in 2016. Prior to Medivation, Jennifer spent 20 years in investment banking, including at Credit Suisse, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and most recently at Citigroup, where she ran their west coast life sciences investment banking practice. During her 20-year tenure as an investment banker, Jennifer covered biotechnology and pharmacuetical companies, primarily in the Bay Area. In 2014, Jennifer was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Buisness by San Francisco Business Times. Jennifer has a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jennifer grew up in Houston, Texas where she attended The Kinkaid School. She loves spending time with her family including Billy, and their daughter Presley (2), who recently started preschool in San Francisco.
Scott Jordon (Chair)
Scott is currently a Managing Director with Glynn Capital Management, a private equity partnership based in Menlo Park, California. Scott joined Glynn Capital in 1999 and focuses on investments in software, business services and Internet infrastructure industries. Prior to Glynn Capital, Scott earned his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University after working several years with Westbrook Partners, a private equity investment firm in New York City. Scott also spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. in their New York and Hong Kong offices. Scott graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley. Scott has been actively involved in educational non-profits his entire life and passionately believes in the importance of improving educational quality and access for all children. Scott joined SMART’s Board in 1999.
Roger Lee (Co-Founder)
Roger Lee is one of SMART’s co-founders and currently serves as Vice President and chair of the Development Committee. Roger is currently a General Partner with Battery Ventures, focusing on investments in enterprise software and Internet infrastructure. Previously, Roger was a co-founder of Corio, a leading managed service provider. At Corio, Roger first oversaw all business development activities and later became the General Manager of the eCommerce business unit. Prior to Corio, Roger worked as the Manager of Internet Products at Edify. In addition, Roger was also the co-founder and President of NetMarket, a software and services company that developed transaction security software for the Internet, acquired by Cendant Corporation in November of 1994. Roger graduated with distinction from Yale University with a BA of Political Science.
Martin Encinas Leon
Martin Encinas Leon joined the board in 2016 and is an alum of the SMART Program. Martin is passionate about higher education and entrepreneurship. He is a Real Estate Investment Specialist who recently was invited to join a a Top 5% Producer of an experienced real estate group at Coldwell Banker in San Francisco. He is CEO/founder of Trackd Out, Inc., a platform for artists and musicians to instantly book recording studios. He attended the University of Southern California on a full scholarship, where he received a B.S. in Music Industry with a minor in Business. During college, Martin managed various recording studios and worked with many artists in Los Angeles. Post graduation, Martin worked in the technology industry and was employed at Apple and Google. Martin is excited to continue to be a part of SMART, and looks forward to support and empower students from lower income communities through higher education.
Charles (Chip) M. Linehan (Director Emeritus & Co-Founder)
Chip is one of the co-founders of SMART, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education Leadership at Harvard University. Prior to his return to school, Chip spent twenty years at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a private equity partnership based in Menlo Park, California with $11 billion of capital under management. Chip received a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Harvard University. Chip became involved with SMART because of his passionate belief in the importance of offering educational opportunities to bright and motivated students regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.
Maja Lithander Smith
Maja joined the Board in October 2013. Maja is a mother of twins, interior designer, and recently repatriated expat from Tokyo, back to San Francisco, who is passionate about educating children. She has been a supporter of SMART since 2008 and parent of both Hamlin and Town schools. She founded Alegria Imports, a home design store, which she ran for 10 years and then started Alegria Interior Design and works with clients all over the world. Daughter of a passionate educator, Maja was raised with the moral compass of stewardship and is motivated by providing the gift of education as a tool to change lives. She received her BA from UC Santa Barbara in Political Science, International relations and has lived all over the world, attending both public and private schools. Maja is an avid supporter of educational scholarship programs around the world ranging in scale from a rural program in Guatemala, founded by her mother, to leading a chapter and fundraising for Room to Read, in Tokyo where she helped to raised $1.8 Million in one evening.
There is no greater gift than an incredible education. Kasey and her husband Aidan have been SMART student sponsors since 2005. Additionally as a Board Member, Kasey is involved with the SMART Goes to College fundraising event. Kasey is currently a full-time mom raising her two boys. When not shuttling them around, she can be found volunteering at Town School for Boys where she is an active member of the community thanks to her older son. Kasey spent her working years in marketing, pr, sales and business development building online and interactive media companies including Disney, @Home Network and RespondTV. Kasey holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. She grew up in the Bay Area and attended Head-Royce in Oakland.
Alison joined the board in 2015 and is the founder of Blink Consulting, an educational consultancy that is critically rethinking diversity. Since 2005, Blink has collaborated with over 80 schools nationally, as well as the EPA, Region 9 and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics to help create communities where all children, youth and adults can thrive. Before joining SMART's board, Alison served on Park Day School’s Board of Trustees. Before Blink, Alison taught for thirteen years in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including Marin Academy and Head-Royce Middle School. Alison hails from Philadelphia and is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a B.A. in African Studies. She went on to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she earned her first Ed.M. in Risk & Prevention and a second in Learning & Teaching with a focus on curriculum design.
Stacy Perry brings more than 18 years of public relations and communications experience to SMART. Stacy served as a Vice President at Text 100, a global integrated communications consultancy, where she delivered results driven strategic communications campaigns and executive thought leadership to leading technology companies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Her clients included ARM, Ask Jeeves, Bay Networks, Brio Software, Cadence, IBM and SGI. Stacy is currently a full-time mom and an active member of the Katherine Delmar Burke School community, where her daughter is a fifth grade student. Stacy graduated with a BA from Skidmore College. She has also been an active member and served on the board of the Junior Committee of the San Francisco Symphony. Stacy lives in San Francisco with her husband Matthew, their daughter Abby (10), and their dog Cody.
Nonoko is the Executive Director of SMART. Please see her bio on the staff page.
Randy Seriguchi, Jr.
Randy Seriguchi, Jr. is the Executive Director of Urban Ed Academy (UEA), a non-profit based in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco that serves elementary school boys of color. Prior to joining UEA, Randy worked as a community consultant with the My Brother's Keeper coalition in Sacramento as well as the Prop 47 Sacramento community coalition, building off his position as the Director of National Mobilization for STAND UP for Great Schools, a non-profit that served as the education team for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. His passion for education policy started in law school at American University when he taught constitutional law at Dunbar Senior High School in the District of Columbia during his second year with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and chaired an education law conference during his third year. Randy hails from Asbury Park, NJ and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan.
Vic joined the board in August 2013. Vic has spent his career developing and prosecuting extraordinary legal strategies to protect people and the planet on behalf of government agencies, communities, and non-profit organizations around the country. In 2009 he was lead trial counsel for the City of New York in City of New York v. ExxonMobil, a federal jury trial over MTBE contamination in Queens that resulted in a verdict for the City of $250 million ($104.7 million against ExxonMobil) and for which the team he led was recognized as a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist. Vic has represented numerous cities, public water agencies and utilities in lawsuits involving a variety of toxic chemicals that have contaminated drinking water supplies. From 1986 until June 1997, Vic practiced with the public interest law firm Earthjustice, including as its President from 1994 - 1997. The American Lawyer Magazine called some of his work during this period among the “most important public lands management litigation in this country’s history,” and The ABA Journal noted that his lawsuits caused a “dramatic new direction in forest policy” for tens of millions of acres of federal forests, “forcing an end to business as usual.” LawDragon magazine named Vic one of the top 500 lawyers in America in 2012 and 2013, San Francisco Magazine named Vic a Top Attorney in Northern California (Environmental Litigation) in 2013, and Vic has been a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2005. Vic received a Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment in 1992, and shared the Natural Resources Council of America Award of Achievement for Policy Activities in 1993. The American Lawyer Magazine named Vic to its 1997 “Public Sector 45,” a list of “45 young lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are changing lives.” Vic is a 1976 graduate of Oberlin College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, received high honors, and was awarded the Comfort-Starr Award for excellence in the study of government. He received his law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He has served on several national non-profit boards, including Defenders of Wildlife, Island Press, and the Coral Reef Alliance. He and his wife Lee live in San Francisco with their daughter, Rory, and son, Ibo.
Jasmine has dedicated her career to leading mission-driven, high-growth companies in the field of education. She is the CEO of Fox & Swan, an educational media company that inspires girls to achieve their dreams. Prior to Fox & Swan, Jasmine was CMO at InsideTrack, a student coaching company that increases college graduation rates, and Vice President at GreatSchools, the world's largest guide to K-12 education success. Jasmine has directed short documentary films about public education reform, one of which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has written articles on college success for national media. She graduated with a dual B.A. in Philosophy and Politics from the University of San Francisco and studied Philosophy at Oxford University. Jasmine has been a board member at The SMART Program since 2011, has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco since 2006, and serves on a women's leadership board at USF. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Michael Malaga, their daughter Charlotte, and their dog, Madeleine.
Michele joined the Board in March 2013. Michele Williams began her tenure as the Head of School at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco in 2012. She brings an extensive background in independent school education, including more than a decade as the Head of Stevenson School’s 540-student upper school campus in Pebble Beach, California. Born to a family of educators, Michele grew up in New York and received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Smith College, where she was a varsity athlete. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She began her career teaching history at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. Michele moved to California to join Stevenson in 1991 and held positions of increasing academic and administrative responsibility, including Director of Residence and Dean of Students, before being named Head of the Pebble Beach Campus in 1998. Michele is married and has two sons, Andrew and Patrick.
Advisory Board 2015-2016
Jacqueline Shillings Holmes, Parent of SMART Aluma, Class of 2003
Rose Helm, Middle School Division Head, The Hamlin School