Board of Directors
Matthew Armanino (Bio)
Partner and COO, Armanino
Matt is a seasoned executive with successful start-up and large technology company expertise in corporate strategy, market development, and sales, service and operations management. Since joining Armanino in 2008, Matt has helped lead the firm to its ranking as the Fastest Growing Accounting and Consulting Firm in the West. In addition to being COO and a member of Armanino’s Executive Committee, Matt leads the firm’s Consulting CFO Advisory Services and Cloud Solutions practices. This team of experienced finance and technology professionals assists CFOs to streamline their operations and enhance their business leadership with a keen focus on driving improvements related to people, business processes and cloud technology.
Prior to joining Armanino, Matt was Executive Vice President for Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ: ZBRA), where he led the company’s enterprise solutions business. Matt was the COO at WhereNet, an enterprise technology company that he played an integral role in starting, building and, ultimately, selling to Zebra. Matt also spent several years at PeopleSoft working on mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy and a wide variety of strategic transactions. Prior to PeopleSoft, Matt was a key business advisor to technology clients as a corporate attorney and litigator at several large law firms.
Matt is a member of the California State Bar, Moore Stephens International and ITA (Information Technology Association). He is a frequent speaker for industry trade shows on topics such as strategic leadership for finance executives, IPO readiness, Cloud Solutions, and the future of the accounting and consulting industry. Matt also greatly enjoys his role as Director of Winemaking for Armanino Family Cellars.
Keysha Bailey (Bio) – Envision Education Board Secretary/Treasurer
Keysha Bailey is a Consultant focused on advising corporations on strategic finance and real estate matters. In her prior role, she was Vice President, Asset Management with Prudential Real Estate Investors. In this capacity, she led the strategy for over $2bn in commercial real estate investments including operations, development and joint ventures. Prior to Prudential, Keysha was the President of a Colorado based construction enterprise, with a focus on resort based development.
Keysha was also Vice President in Investment Banking with J.P. Morgan in New York. During this time, she raised over $10bn in the public debt markets for real estate, energy, and diversified corporate clients. While at J.P. Morgan, her experience included derivative structuring and mergers and acquisitions.
Keysha earned her BA in economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Keysha resides in San Francisco with her husband, Joseph, and two young sons, where they actively enjoy music and sports. She is a supporter of several community and religious charitable organizations.
Parker Blackman (Bio) – Envision Education Board Chair
Parker Blackman is a committed public interest professional with more than 20 years experience in the non-profit and philanthropic fields. From 2001 – 2012 Parker served as West Coast Managing Director of Fenton Communications, working with numerous education reform organizations and foundations including Envision Education, Aspire Schools, The Campaign for College Opportunity, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The Stuart Foundation. Parker is currently providing management, strategic planning, organizational development and communications consulting services for foundations, non-profits and social ventures. Parker earned his BA in US History from Stanford University.
Kathi Burke (Bio)
Kathleen “Kathi” J. Burke served as Chair of the Mills College Board of Trustees from 2009 – 2016. She has been a Trustee of Mills College since 1997. Prior to joining Mills College, Burke had a 20-year career in the financial services industry, holding various management and executive positions, including Vice Chair and Director of Corporate Human Resources at BankAmerica Corporation. Ms. Burke is currently a community volunteer.
Previously, Burke was Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Security Pacific Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Security Pacific National Bank. Throughout her career, Burke has demonstrated a dedication to women’s education and career development. She has held numerous board memberships and has been the recipient of several distinguished honors and awards. Burke is the former Executive Director of the Stupski Foundation, which works to foster innovation in K–12 public school systems so that all students graduate ready for college, career, and life. She is the former Vice Chair of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a former member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, and a former trustee of the Washington State University Foundation.
Kathi lives in Tiburon, California, with her husband Ralph.
Dea-Anne D’Amico (Bio)
Adjunct Professor, Moore School of Business, USC
Dea-Anne D’Amico, an authority on the organizational dynamics of value creation as recognized by her Lectureship at Moore School of Business (USC), has lived and worked in nine countries while holding global responsibilities. Most recently, Ms. D’Amico served as Senior Vice President for a supplier of nanoscale instruments and software to Apple, Samsung and Intel that has operations in 30 countries.
Previously, Ms. D’Amico served on the Executive Committee of the Europe and Americas group of the world’s largest packaging company, top global supplier to Nespresso, PepsiCo and other global brands. The regions under her responsibility spanned 103 sites across Europe, the former Soviet Union countries and the Americas, contributing over $4 billion in revenue. Prior to this role, Ms. D’Amico held the position of Vice President of Global Human Resources for a firm providing global
telecom interoperability on behalf of private equity investor Warburg Pincus. Her focus there was to align the firm with growth in Asia and India and to prepare it for an IPO. At HP, Ms. D’Amico chaired three key steering committees across 35 countries in the Compaq-Tandem-Digital Equipment merger, the world’s largest at that date. Ms. D’Amico held similar responsibilities at AT&T and at biotech Merck-Serono, number one in reproductive health.
Founding her career at Disney, Ms. D’Amico was notably responsible for M&A and
reorganization activities undertaken by The Disney Development Company and Euro Disney. As an entrepreneur, Ms. D’Amico’s consultancy clients include McDonald’s, Honeywell, BT, Coca-Cola and Portland, Oregon’s “Startup Camp”. She has supported Board committees for publicly held, private equity owned and founder-controlled organizations, including while serving as Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum.
Mark Daoust (Bio)
Partner, Bain & Company
Mark is a Partner at Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading business consulting firms. He is a member of the private equity practice, leading due diligence efforts and post-acquisition projects spanning a wide range of industries. His broad range of corporate experience includes corporate portfolio strategy, business unit growth strategy, strategy implementation, M&A, and organizational improvement. He has significant cross-industry expertise with a focus in Consumer Products and Retail.
Mark has served as the Consultant Program Manager for Bain Bay Area, responsible for professional development, staffing, as well as other HR and operational processes for over 60 Bain Consultants. He received the global Bright-Dix award for excellence in professional development, coaching and mentorship.
Mark received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in Economics from Williams College. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Liz, and their daughters, Lucy, Annie and Phoebe.
Marjorie Goux (Bio)
Chief Legal Counsel at Clif Bar & Company
Marjorie Goux is Chief Legal Counsel at Clif Bar & Company in Emeryville, California. Previously, she served at The Clorox Company in Oakland, California as general business counsel to the Glad Products Company, and Hewlett-Packard Company as Chief Trademark and Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel for the Imaging and Printing Division, Palo Alto, California. Before her corporate roles, she was on the award-winning private practice IP team of Baker & McKenzie both in London, UK and Palo Alto, California.
When she’s not busy with business, Marjorie passionately advocates for education reform and improving conditions for women and girls in the workplace, home, and school.
Marjorie is a graduate of The University of Washington (BSc Chemistry) and University College, London(Honors Law), wife of a conceptual artist, and happy mom to amazing boy/girl twins.
Grace Hoagland (Bio)
Director of Leadership Programs at Stanford University School of Education
Grace M. Hoagland is Director of Leadership Programs and is a member of the teaching faculty at the Stanford University School of Education. She completed her graduate education at Oxford, Harvard and Indiana University, where her doctoral thesis was a study of entrepreneurial leadership in public schools. Her work in education has centered on school reform, including service as executive director of regional reform initiatives in Indiana, St. Louis and the Bay Area.
Grace is also the former Executive Director of the Bay Area Coalition of Essential (now Equitable) Schools. She is a recent department chair in the Department of Educational Leadership at Cal State University East Bay. She currently serves on the board of Partners for School Innovation; until recently she served on the Stanford School of Education Advisory Board and chaired the Stanford Associates Board of Governors. She and her husband, Laurance, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Phil Johnston (Bio) – Envision Education Board Vice Chair
Partner at Spencer Stuart
Phil Johnston combines decades of executive search experience with senior level life sciences and technology industry experience. He has conducted more than 150 board, CEO and CEO succession assignments for global life sciences and technology companies such as Illumina, Gilead and Equinix. He leads the West Coast boards practice and is a Leadership Advisory Services and Human Resources functional expert, having successfully completed more than 100 CHRO searches. Phil previously ran the Southeast Asia business based in Singapore and prior to that, led the Western U.S. business for the firm including offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Phil has served on a number of public, private and non-profit boards including Discovery Toys (private company acquired by Avon), and TIBCO (public company acquired by SAP). He currently serves as Vice Chair of Envision Education.
Phil attended University of Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in psychology and a master’s in industrial relations at Carlson School of Management.
Kristi Kimball (Bio)
Executive Director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Kristi Kimball is the Executive Director of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of K-12 education for all children in California and nationwide through investments in high-performing charter schools and human capital development for teachers and school leaders. The Foundation supported a number of grantees that helped win the landmark school finance reform in California known as the “Local Control Funding Formula” (enacted in 2013), and they have also supported the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California and nationwide.
Prior to joining the foundation, Kristi worked as a consultant and strategic advisor to a number of education foundations and non-profits. Her clients and partners included: Bay Area Council, Education Counsel, Education First Consulting, Expeditionary Learning, Foundation Center, Gates Foundation, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Kabcenell Foundation, Monitor Institute, National Public Education Support Foundation / Education Funders Strategy Group, and Raikes Foundation.
Previously, Kristi served as Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she managed more than $85 million in grants over eight years. Her portfolio included investments in: networks of model schools and school districts, research and evaluation, communications, advocacy, community organizing and state policy work. Kristi also served in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, in the Education Policy Research Center at the Urban Institute, and in the Education Office of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Ms. Kimball holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Kristi currently serves on the Board of Envision Education, a charter school network serving high-poverty students in the Bay Area. She is also a member of the California Collaborative on District Reform, a learning community involving a number of the state’s most reform-oriented district leaders. She has previously served on the Boards of: Grantmakers for Education, Livable City, Urban Ecology, and the Federal Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
Bob Lenz (Bio) – Co-Founder of Envision Education
Executive Director, Buck Institute for Education
Since June, 2015 Bob Lenz has been the Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education, the leading provider of resources for Project Based Learning. He previously served as Envision Education’s Co-Founder and Chief of Innovation, leading the organization since 2002. Mr. Lenz is recognized nationally as a leader in high school redesign, deeper learning, project-based learning, 21st century skills education, and performance assessment. Under his leadership, Envision Schools prepared students for college success and persistence at rates well above national averages. Bob authored the book Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards.
Previously, Bob founded Academy X, an award-winning leadership and humanities program at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California. In 1999, Drake High was named one of thirteen New American High Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. In 2000, the school was featured on the cover of U.S. News & World Report as an example of successful high school reform. Bob was the first in his family to receive a college degree, obtaining a BA degree from St. Mary’s College and an MA degree in education from San Francisco State University.
Michael J Mendes (Bio)
CEO and co-owner, Just Desserts
Michael J Mendes
Michael J Mendes is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Just Desserts, a pioneer in hand-crafted, scratch-baked desserts and sweet snacks founded in San Francisco 40 years ago. Michael has developed a new modern brand identity for the company, built a new expanded bakery, and created a line of organic and vegan product which are now in distribution nationally. Mendes has led the company to financial stability and strong growth in the branded premium products segment.
Michael began his career in international marketing at the Dole Food Company. In 1991 he joined Diamond Foods (then known as Diamond Walnut Growers) where he served as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing prior to being appointed Diamond’s Chief Executive Officer in 1997 and Chairman of Diamond Foods in 2010. During his 15 years as President/CEO, he led the company through rapid growth and transformation, including Diamond’s initial public offering in 2005 (Nasdaq: DMND), creation of the Emerald snack brand, and strategic acquisitions of Pop Secret and Kettle Chips. Under his leadership, Diamond grew more than five-fold to over $1 billion in sales.
Michael has held a number of strategic roles within the consumer goods industry. He served as the Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), served on the advisory board for the Wine Group LLC, and a director for the California Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL) and served on the board of Grocery Outlet (owned by Berkshire Partners). Michael was a member of the Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Northern California chapter from 1998 to 2010 and in 2010 he was awarded the GMA CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity. Michael was recognized as the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Business Times. Michael served as Chairman of the Board of City Ballet Foundation – San Francisco.
Michael received an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Wendy Berry Mendes, a Professor at UC San Francisco Medical School, and their daughter Blair.
Gia Truong (Bio)
Chief Executive Officer, Envision Education
Gia Truong is Envision Education’s CEO. Her career in education spans 18 years and includes a series of classroom and administrative positions in Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland school districts and charter organizations.
Gia has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Asian-American Studies from San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. Most recently, she led a curriculum and instruction department of over 60 members through strategic planning and reorganization, and led Oakland Unified School District’s Effective Principals and Leadership Task Force.
Gia is well respected for her accomplishments as a teacher, a teacher leader, principal, a supervisor of principals, and her ability to engage, support, and hold leaders accountable for student success.
Mark Yowe (Bio)
Mark Yowe is a retired Partner from Spencer Stuart, the world’s largest privately held executive search firm. While at Spencer Stuart, he led the North American Life Sciences Practice, as well as the Global Medical Device Practice. During his 22 year career in executive search, Mark specialized in the life sciences and healthcare services industries. His worked focused on the C-Suite where he conducted over 350 assignments placing CEO’s, Presidents, and other top functional executives. He was also active in Corporate Governance; building high functioning boards with clients. His clients included Fortune 500 companies as well as many Private Equity backed companies.
Before his career in executive search, Mark was a founding member of a managed care services company, and a medical device company. Both companies were successfully sold. He was also Executive Vice President of the Presbyterian Healthcare System where he managed a portfolio of companies.
Mark started his business career with American Hospital Supply Corporation, where he held senior commercial roles in 3 divisions, as well as an executive position in Corporate Marketing.
He began his career as an elementary school teacher.