Abby Smith, Board Chair
Abby Smith joined the Schools Fund Board in 2015 and is Board Chair. Abby is a Principal in Bain’s San Francisco office, and she is the leader in Bain’s North America Education Practice working primarily with California District leaders and several leading charter school organizations. She has also spent time working with UC Berkeley on their transformation with a focus on organizational design. She serves on the Tuck Annual Giving Advisory Board and is the Head Agent for her Dartmouth class. She is a graduate of the Berkeley Public Schools and a former Berkeley High math teacher. Abby lives in Berkeley and has four young children.
Lea Baechler-Brabo joined the Schools Fund Board in 2018 and has been active as a parent and professional in the Berkeley schools since coming to Berkeley in 1996. Lea is an advocate for equity in education and has used her role as a parent leader to be sure our schools welcome and listen to the diverse voices of our community. She has a masters degree in education and did her thesis research on implementing effective parent engagement strategies in a diverse community. Lea is currently an education communications consultant. She is the proud mother of three boys who attended Berkeley schools; her twins are off in college and her youngest is now attending Berkeley High School.
John Caner is the CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association. He has over twenty years of business, non-profit, and community development experience. John served for three and a half years as the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Oakland where he significantly expanded programs and funding, and has served on the boards of several Berkeley organizations including Berkeley Partners for Parks, the Willard Neighborhood Association and the City of Berkeley Pools Master Plan Task Force. John has a long-time interest in education, having served as a volunteer teacher’s assistant at Willard Middle School, volunteer instructor with the Presidential Classroom, and an entrepreneurship mentor with BUILD.org.
Allen Carr joined the Schools Fund board in 2013. He is a Senior Regional Vice President of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. Allen was raised in Berkeley and attended public schools, including Berkeley High. He has been a Berkeley public school parent since 1999. He became a board member because of his passion for supporting children and Berkeley school programs.
Mary Friedman was one of the early founders of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund (then Berkeley Public Education Foundation), which began in 1983 in response to Proposition 13 tax restructuring. She served as the organization’s volunteer Executive Director for 17 years, and she has been consistently on the Board ever since. She has also been a member of the Metro Board of the YMCA of the Central Bay Area since 2000. Her children and grandchildren have attended Berkeley schools.
Jaime Hernandez joined the Berkeley Public Schools Fund in 2013. His background is in educational data management and analytical systems in the international markets. He has been a Berkeley resident since 2005, and he has two young boys attending Berkeley public schools.
Tracy Hollander joined the Schools Fund Board in 2013 and is the Board Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee. She is a credentialed teacher and has taught in schools in New York City and the Bay Area. She has been a Berkeley Public Schools parent since 2004. Tracy is currently President of the PTA Council and is also a community organizer with Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA). Tracy became a Schools Fund Board member because she wants to support teachers in jump starting our children’s futures.
Chris Hudson joined the Board in 2008. He first became involved with the Schools Fund as a spring luncheon sponsor in the early 2000’s. He is a partner in Hudson McDonald, a Berkeley-based real estate investment and management company. He attended UC Berkeley as an undergrad and has lived in Berkeley for more than 20 years. His two children currently attend Berkeley High School, and his wife is a physician at UC Berkeley. In addition to his work for the Schools Fund, Chris serves on the board of the Computer Technologies Program and is active in the Urban Land Institute.
Marisita Jarvis has been an active volunteer in the Berkeley Public Schools since her children attended Berkeley High. She was one of the founding members of the Academic Pathways Project at that school and is committed to work to improve education for all of our students. She thinks the Berkeley Public Schools Fund works very effectively to achieve that goal. She works for the Urban Land Institute in San Francisco, where she is the director of the UrbanPlan Program. She joined the Schools Fund Board in 2003 and is the Co-Vice Chair of Grants.
Nichelle R. Kitt joined the Berkeley Public School Fund in 2013 and currently serves on the Fundraising Committee. Her previous professional work was with Bananas, a Northern Alameda County Resource and Referral Agency. She is the mother of two children who are students in the Berkeley Unified School system. Currently, she is completing her Masters of Social Work with an emphasis on Mental Health.
A former founding member of APT Life Sciences and Arda Technologies, Madan Kumar has managed engineering and technical teams on three continents. He thrives in dynamic, innovative environments like the one he helps guide at CloudBase. He’s also proud of his non-profit work on workforce development, education, water and sanitation. Madan finds happiness in family, cooking, eating, running and serving on the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Board.
Oscar Luna is a finance and management consulting professional. His career started in Buenos Aires, Argentina and most recently, he has worked on finance projects for UC Berkeley, allrecipes.com, and Boeing. Oscar received his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City. He has two children in the Berkeley Public School District. He is a member of the Berkeley Rotary where he is active in their volunteer programs with UC Berkeley students.
Allan "Chuck" Miller
Allan ‘Chuck’ Miller is a local workplace civil rights lawyer who put three children through the BUSD. In 1983 when his daughter’s school, now known as Arts Magnet, was threatened with closure, he with others active on that issue founded the Schools Fund, and he has been active ever since. Chuck feels strongly that public education is a foundation stone of our democracy.
Josh Miller joined the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Board in 2015 and currently Chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Strategic Campaign Committee. Josh works in the philanthropy sector as a professional grantmaker with expertise is nonprofit capacity building, funder collaborations, and program evaluation. Josh received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a BA from Brown University. Josh has two children, one of whom is currently in Berkeley public schools.
Yasi Nouri Massih
Yasi Nouri Massih was on the Schools Fund board from 2009-2016 and was the Board Chair. She attended Malcolm X, Willard, and Berkeley High before going to Cal for her undergraduate work. She has worked in the biotech industry and recently completed her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. She has three children, two of which are currently in Berkeley public schools. Yasi was introduced to the Schools Fund through former board members Judith Lubman and Amy Roth.
Locke Schultz Jaeger
Locke Schultz Jaeger joined the Schools Fund Board in 2014 and is the Development Chair. Locke is known among her friends as a very strong (some say fierce) advocate of Berkeley Public schools. She attended LeConte, Malcolm X, Willard, and Berkeley High and has three children making their way through the Berkeley Schools. As a parent, Locke has been, and continues to be, an active participant in the PTA, in the classroom, and in the community. Being close to the community, Locke has seen the great value of the support of the Berkeley Public School Fund in the classrooms, schools, and the lives of the students and is delighted to join her efforts with so many other Berkeley School supporters to continue to grow and strengthen the Schools Fund.
Marsha Weintraub has been a community member of the Schools Fund Grants Committee since 2009. She taught in the West Contra Costa School District for 34 years as an elementary school teacher, a Title I resource teacher, and a Resource Specialist. A Berkeley resident for most of her adult life, she wants to support educators in their efforts to create a high quality, 21st century education for Berkeley Public School students.
Karthiga Anandan, Emeritus Advisor
Karthiga Anandan joined the Schools Fund Board in 2011 and was the Board Chair. Karthiga works as a realtor in the area. Prior to her current job, she worked in high–tech and was trained as an engineer. Karthiga has been very involved in fundraising at her children’s schools and joined the Schools Fund Board to further utilize these skills and fundraise at the community level. She currently has two children in a Berkeley Public School and has lived in Berkeley since 2001.
Laurie Capitelli, Emeritus Advisor
Laurie Capitelli is a three-term Berkeley City Council member and has served on the Schools Fund Board since the 1980’s when his own children were in the Berkeley schools. Laurie was a high school history teacher before becoming a real estate agent in the 1970’s at Red Oak Realty, where he still works. Laurie is heading up efforts on the Berkeley City Council for universal access to pre-school and addressing substance abuse at Berkeley High.
Linda Della, Emeritus Advisor
Linda Della served on the Schools Fund board starting 2009. Linda has lived in Berkeley for 25 years after getting her MBA at UC Berkeley. While presently retired, Linda spent a career in marketing at DDB Needham, Clorox, Sun Maid Raisins, and as the co-founder of a software start-up. Linda has two children who have attended Berkeley public schools. Linda joined the Board because she values public education to keep communities strong.
Candice Eggerss, Emeritus Advisor
Candice Eggerss joined the Schools Fund board in 2010. She is a Managing Director at Firelake Capital Management, a venture capital firm investing with a focus on sustainability. She spent time as a classroom volunteer at Oxford Elementary and was recruited by a former board member. Candice served on the Board because of her belief that education is the foundation for the achievement of a fulfilling and successful life and is especially interested in seeing young girls prepare for and aspire to careers in math, science, technology, and finance where they are underrepresented today.
Christina Kellogg, Emeritus Advisor
Christina Kellogg’s passion for public education comes from her years teaching theater and English for Prince George’s County public schools outside Washington DC and teaching video production at Berkeley High School. In between teaching, she was a television producer/director for twenty years on the East and West coasts with Showtime Networks, History Channel, Discovery Channel, CourtTV, VH1, among many others. She is currently Director of Communications for Cal Performances and lives in Berkeley with her husband. Both of her children are graduates of Berkeley High.
Karen McKie, Emeritus Advisor
Karen McKie served on the Schools Fund Board from 2000 to 2011, retiring as Board Chair. Karen was pivotal to community efforts to save music in the Berkeley public schools and served as the Parent Coordinator for the BHS Jazz Ensemble 1993-1999. Karen also helped to restore the high school’s orchestra and marching band. She partnered with the previously established Joffe Music Fund to create the Joffe/Boatwright Music Scholarships to support youth striving to excel in the BUSD music program. She was a founding member of both the Berkeley High School Development Group and the AP Program. Karen has been a Berkeley resident since 1971 and has two sons who attended BUSD public schools and graduated from Berkeley High School.
Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs, Emeritus Advisor
Jenny joined the Schools Fund Board in 2013. She got her start in Berkeley Public Schools when she did research at Emerson Elementary as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She has taught 3rd and 5th grade, worked as a teacher coach in India and with Teach for America. She started the Berkeley Schools Report blog on the equity gap in our schools, and she served as a member of BUSD’s working group to accelerate the achievement of African American students. She currently works as an education consultant to connect more youth with the outdoors. Her husband is a teacher at Berkeley High.
Kyra Subbotin, Emeritus Advisor
Kyra Subbotin joined the Schools Fund Board in 2010 because her kids have attended BUSD schools and have personally benefited from Fund-supported projects and volunteers working in their classrooms. Kyra believes in direct support for BUSD’s hard-working, dedicated teachers. She formerly served as chair of the Development Committee. In her other life, she is an employment lawyer.