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.
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.
Lisa Farmer is Principal and Founder of LMF Advisors, a political and non-profit consulting firm that provides strategic fundraising services. With two decades of leadership fundraising under her belt, Lisa has advised numerous candidates for elected office, Boards of Directors, Executive Directors, Founders, social justice non-profit teams, fundraising campaign committees, families and individuals on how to define and attain their world-changing goals through philanthropy and activism. She joined the SMART Board of Directors in September 2017.
Lisa grew up in NYC and graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. She lived and worked in Boston until relocating to San Francisco in 2011, where she now lives with her husband Chris and two daughters. In their spare time Lisa’s family travels often, eats everything and plays outside with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.