Board of Directors
Grace serves as KIPP NorCal’s Board Chair. Grace also serves as a Director for Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher training graduate school; the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Education; and as a Director on the Silicon Schools Fund Board. Grace previously worked in venture capital and investment banking.
Abe M. Friedman
Abe is a Partner and Head of PJT Camberview, served as co-director of the Stanford Institutional Investor Forum and as a member of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance. Abe was previously the mayor of Piedmont and served on the city council for 8 years. He currently serves as KIPP Norcal’s Vice-Chair and Governance Chair.
Sumari is a Project Coordinator for DCG Strategies, a commercial real estate firm with a mission to serve California’s community-benefit organizations. Sumari is a KIPP NorCal alumni, previously attended KIPP Bridge Academy before pursuing her BA from Loyola Marymount University in African American Studies with a double minor in Political Science and Journalism.
Michael, co-founder and Principal of Strada, is a member of the Investment Committee and helps lead Strada’s deal sourcing efforts. Michael was the City of San Francisco’s primary negotiator on many of the largest development projects over the last decade, including Naval Station Treasure Island, the Hunters Point Shipyard and the Transbay Terminal. Michael serves as the chair of KIPP NorCal’s Facilities Advisory Council.
Getting her start at Hewlett Packard, Caretha has spent 40 years in the technology industry working with start-ups and early-stage ventures in the areas of organizational strategy development; and executive coaching and effectiveness. Her philanthropic interests centers on work focused with underrepresented populations. Caretha is co-founder of the Black Directors Health Equity Agenda and member of the Board. She chairs the board of The Leverage Network (TLN), is a board member of Accion Opportunity Fund, KIPP Schools in Northern California, and member of the national board of Facing History and Ourselves. In addition, she serves on the advisory boards of the Black Economic Alliance and Culture Shift. She has been recognized as one of the Bay Area’s most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times; and Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and was named a Visionary Leader by the SF Chronicle for her work in diversity.
D’Lonra C. Ellis is the Chief Legal Officer of the Oakland Athletics. D’Lonra is an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of Law and sits on the board of Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides direct legal services to low income residents in seven Bay Area counties; and on the board of Seven Stories Institute, which runs a non-profit bookstore collective in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.
Andrea Evans serves as a member of the San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board. For over twenty-five years, she has worked extensively at the intersection of law and policy in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. In particular, she has led efforts to promote human rights, immigrant rights, and women’s rights domestically and abroad.
Laura Fisher is a therapist for youth and families in underserved populations. She had previously served on boards for health, education, and civic engagement such as Peer Health Exchange, Civil Society at Stanford University, and The San Francisco Day School.
Cheryl E. Frank
Cheryl E. Frank is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. Previously, as an equity investment analyst, she covered the health care services sector, drug retail industry, and software companies in the U.S. and Europe.
Jessica García-Kohl is the Executive Director of the Westly Foundation. For two decades, she has dedicated her career to nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors, strengthening communities and creating equitable opportunities for children, youth, and families. She serves as Vice President for the Board of MidPen Housing and is a Board of Director for Braven.
Ron Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley dedicated to improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinx families, and is President and CEO of Presencia, LLC, which provides marketing and sales consulting services. He served as Mayor of San José, California and on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the Sunnyvale City Council. He currently serves on the Silicon Valley Capital Club Board of Governors, and Board of Directors for SV@Home.
Andrea is currently serves on the Atkinson Foundation Board and the National Advisory Board at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service. Andrea previously served on several other non-profit boards in the education and environmental space in San Mateo County. Andrea previously worked in brand management and strategy consulting.
Haley Lopez is a software engineer at Encantos, where she builds education technology for the future. She has been involved with a variety of local organizations; City Youth Now, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, KIPP Foundation, and SMASH. Her passion stems from her own experience with community organizations and the support they provided her and her family.
Jenny Risk is the chair of the Nueva School’s Innovative Learning Conference Planning Committee. She was a KIPP board member in Nashville and served on the Springstone School’s board, a middle school serving students with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Nashville Advisory board for Stand For Children.
Emily Rummo is a founding Partner at Transcend, a nonprofit that leads innovation in school design in close partnership with schools across the country. Before joining Transcend, she was the founding Chief Operating Officer at KIPP Bay Area Schools
and served in that role from 2008 – 2014.
Sohi Sohn Chien
Sohi Sohn Chien currently serves as Board Vice-Chair of the Community School of Music and Arts, bringing art and music education to over 28,000 Bay Area students. She is a founding member of Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Donor Circle for Safety Net: Housing and My New Red Shoes, bringing new clothing and shoes to children in underserved communities to help them start the new school year.
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini established the Sobrato Family Foundation in 1996 as a vehicle for multiple generations of the Sobrato family to unify their philanthropic giving for maximum impact. Lisa currently serves on the Boards of Directors for KQED, Silicon Schools, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, and American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. She has previously served as Board President for the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, Child Advocates, The Good Tidings Foundation, and Today’s Youth Matter.
David Stinfil serves as Senior Vice President at Siebert Williams Shank, an investment bank. He also currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee for the Board of the Alameda Health System Foundation and as Chair of the Finance Council for the Board of KIPP Public Schools Northern California.
Sandi Thompson is currently a volunteer immigration attorney practicing through Catholic Charities. She also serves on the Obama Foundation West Coast Advisory Board, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, WorkLife Law Center and Lawyers for America. Thompson previously served as a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Woodside, a Board Member of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and Peninsula Open Space Trust.
Ted Williams is the Managing Partner at Springbok Partners, an investment firm that provides seed capital and consulting in the financial service industry. He is on the board of Winston Capital, St. Louis Trust Company, SPO Partners, Array Ventures, NPX Advisors, Pitchfork Land & Cattle, and Nilo Corporation. He has also served on various educational-based boards.
Blake Grossman is a Managing Member at ThirdStream Partners, focusing on venture and strategic opportunities in financial services and financial technologies. Blake has a twenty-eight year career in the financial industry, notably serving as the CEO of Barclays Global Investors and the Vice Chairman of BlackRock.