Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Head-Royce School, comprised of current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents and community members who bring strategic expertise from a variety of professions. Board members typically serve up to 3 three-year terms in the following main capacities:
Fiduciaries: Trustees serve as stewards of the School’s resources, including people, facilities, and financial assets.
Strategists: The Board sets the long-range, strategic direction of the School, side-by-side with the Head of School, in addition to supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
Ambassadors: Trustees embody and convey the School’s mission and core values.
Trustees serve on various working committees that focus on strategic initiatives for the long-term health of the School, including finance, investment, master planning, audit, facilities & community relations, student life, master plan, development, and governance.
Current Board Members:
Charlie Baxter is a private investor and is Chairman of Wineshipping, a leading wine industry logistics company, and Chairman of Reyn Spooner, a Honolulu-based apparel company. Charlie was an early investor in and now serves on the Board of Rakuten, Inc., Japan’s largest eCommerce company. He is also Chairman of Rakuten USA, Inc., a holding company for Rakuten’s North American businesses. Charlie spent nearly eight years working and living in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Japan before returning to the Bay Area in 2003. He received a BA in political economy of industrial societies from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Jinee Tao, are the proud parents of twins who attend Head-Royce: Lauren ’23 and Will ’23.
Neal Finkelstein is an education researcher based at WestEd in San Francisco, working nationally on education evaluations and their implications on education policy design. Prior to joining WestEd, Neal served as Director of Educational Outreach Research and Evaluation for the University of California Office of the President. He also served as a Senior Program Officer for the National Research Council and the Committee on Education Finance in the investigation of equity, adequacy, and productivity considerations in the financing of K–12 public schools. Neal earned a B.A. in economics and psychology from Swarthmore College and a MPP, M.A., and Ph.D. in education policy and management from UC Berkeley. During his post-doctorate work in 1997 at the University of Warwick, England, he studied the implementation of national standards in the English education system. Neal and his wife, Becky Johnson, have two daughters who are Head-Royce alumnae, Dora ‘13 and Bobbi ‘17, and a son, Aaron ‘21, a current Head-Royce upper schooler.
Jennifer Mathews Friedman
Jennifer Mathews Friedman is mother to three current Head-Royce School students–Max ’20, Aaron ’22, and Eleanore ‘24–and currently co-manages a family real estate investment and development business. Earning her J.D. from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1997, she is a lawyer by training, with experience in private practice and government, who has taught as an adjunct professor at Mills College in Oakland in the government and public policy departments. For the past two years, Jennifer has volunteered as Co-Chair of the Head-Royce School Annual Fund. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and a Co-Chair of the Growth Campaign for First Place for Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting former foster youth. Jennifer received her B.A. in 1994 as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley. She and her family live in Piedmont.
Gary Hall is a Partner, Senior Managing Director and National Head of Investment Banking at Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC, where he is responsible for managing the firm’s infrastructure and public finance business. Mr. Hall’s professional career spans over 20 years and includes positions in government, law and investment banking. Prior to joining Siebert Cisneros Shank, he was an Executive Director in the Public Finance – Investment Banking Group of JPMorgan Securities LLC and a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Hall has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a law degree the University of Notre Dame. Gary currently serves on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (writes investor protection rules and other rules regulating broker-dealers and banks in the United States municipal securities market), and on the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council. He has one son, Ryan '19, who began his HRS journey as a kindergartener.
Rachelle Hebrard has been a dedicated parent and volunteer within the Head-Royce community since 2006. She has accumulated 20+ years of fortune 500 commercial banking, operations management, procurement, and sales experience. Rachelle has served in a variety of executive leadership capacities including former Senior Vice President of Bank of America, and Account Executive of First Data Corporation. She facilitated various change management initiatives to integrate product lines, improve service delivery, and optimize overall client relationships. Rachelle is currently Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehab Group, Inc., a medical corporation specializing in providing treatment to injured workers. She is responsible for daily operations, practice administration, contract negotiation, and the annual budget. Rachelle serves on the executive board of Berkeley Jr. Bears Youth Football Association; a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth sports to under-served children ages 5-15. She also serves on the executive board of The Links, Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter as Treasurer. Rachelle is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She and her husband, Michael, live in Piedmont with their two sons who are Head-Royce lifers, Justin '18 and Nicholas '21.
David Kirshman is currently Acting CFO at the California College of the Arts (CCA). He is the retired CCA Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration (1999-2013), and served as Acting President for two terms. During David’s career at CCA, in partnership with the Finance-Audit and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees, the CCA endowment grew by 400 percent (from $6 million to $30 million). He spearheaded the effort to strategically acquire and improve nine buildings and parcels in Oakland and San Francisco, which would facilitate CCA’s expansion. David served as a Trustee at CCA from 1985 to 1999, chairing the Business Committee of the Board of Trustees. He has also taught at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. From 1996 to 1998 David was the CFO at Avirnex Communications, an international telecommunications firm. Prior to his work at Avirnex, he had a twenty-three-year career at Ernst & Young from 1972 to 1995, where he was a partner and Director of Tax. David earned a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1969, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1972. Accordingly, he was a Certified Public Accountant and member of the State Bar of California. David is married to Deborah Kirshman, and, in his leisure time, enjoys hiking, art, Osher Lifelong Learning classes, and traveling. Their two children, Rachel '96 and Daniel '99, attended Head-Royce School, as do the two eldest of his four grandchildren, Riley '26 and Jacob '30.
Jason Langkammerer ’88, Alumni Council
Jason Langkammerer graduated from Head-Royce in 1988 and, after completing his undergraduate coursework at UCLA, earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In 2005, Jason founded AT6 Architecture, a small San Francisco-based architecture firm providing residential and light commercial design services. In 2010, the company expanded to provide full service architecture and construction services under the name AT6 Design Build, and has since been recognized in regional and international publications, awards programs, and home tours as well as being named one of California Home & Designs "Ten to Watch" architecture firms. Jason's previous leadership roles include serving as the Student Representative on the Academic Council, as well as sitting on the Director Search Committee in graduate school, as the Architect position on the SF Department of Building Inspection Board of Examiners, and on the Head-Royce Alumni Council since 2015. Jason's company has sponsored numerous Head-Royce students for the senior project program, as well. Jason resides in Alameda with his wife, Samantha Hero, and three children: Beckett (6) and twins Oliver and Jack (4).
Sara Malan, Parents’ Association President
Sara Malan is the managing attorney at the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), a nonprofit organization serving people living with HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area. She has been with ALRP for 13 years, focusing largely on housing law. She is the former President of the Board of Directors for the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco, where she spent over 10 years serving on their board and advocating on behalf of tenants. Since joining the Head-Royce community, Sara has been an active parent volunteer, seizing opportunities to support the students, faculty and staff both in and out of the classroom. She graduated with a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Sara and her wife Mona have two daughters in the Lower School: Elena ’26 and Ava ’28.
Tejal Patel '86, Co-Vice Chair
Tejal is a Head-Royce alumna and Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network. Previously, she worked at Williams Sonoma for six years as a buyer. She attended Boston University, where she majored in economics with a minor in French. Tejal spent some time in the dot com world before enrolling in business school at UC Irvine, where she earned her MBA. Tejal and her husband, Laszlo Muhl, have a daughter who attends Head-Royce, Eva ’26.
Sonya Schroeder, Assistant Secretary
Sonya is co-founder and Head of Corporate Services at iiWisdom, a startup in the corporate governance space. She has over 15 years of experience developing strategic marketing and research plans for leading corporate brands. She formerly served as a consultant at Bain & Company and has held senior operating roles at American Express, Time, Inc., and The Geppetto Group. She has been actively involved with Challenge Success, an organization devoted to redefining success for today's teens, and volunteers with several arts organizations. She graduated with a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard. Sonya and her husband, Darren, have three children–Nick, Zack ’20 and Natalie ’25.
Terry Tao, Co-Vice Chair
Terry was previously an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions. She represented a number of public and private companies in the information technology and life sciences industries. Terry has also served on the boards of two other organizations: The 1990 Institute, an organization devoted to the study of major economic and social issues related to China; and Career Resources Development Center, an organization dedicated to providing education and job training to adults from a diverse, low-income population of San Francisco. She received her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She and her husband, Chad Jones, have two children: Audrey ’18 and Charlie ’21.
Edie Zusman is Chief of Neurosurgery at NorthBay Medical Center and Medical Director of the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience in Fairfield, CA. Edie specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, epilepsy, aneurysms, vascular malformations, and disorders of the spine. She started Northwestern University Medical School at age 19, completed her Neurosurgical Residency at UC Davis, and received fellowships in epilepsy, brain tumor surgery, and molecular medicine research at UC San Francisco. She has been recognized by her peers nationally and locally. She was elected to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Board of Directors, and was named a top doctor by Sacramento Magazine. Edie completed her MBA at George Washington University in 2013 and has authored over 30 papers on socioeconomic aspects of healthcare. She serves on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, the Institute for Medical Quality, and is former chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. Edie is married to her college sweetheart, Steve Pratt, CEO of Noodle.AI, and they have two Head-Royce lifers Adam ’14, an EMT and volunteer firefighter studying computer science at Colgate University, and Abby ’17, an equestrian who is attending the Northwestern School of Engineering.
Jessica Dodson was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College, where she earned her B.A. in Creative Writing. Jessica went on to earn her MBA at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Upon graduating from UCLA, she joined American Express in the Merchant Services group within the Travel Related Services Division. At American Express, Jessica led marketing and sales teams across the United States from offices in New York and San Francisco. From American Express, she went on to work for Gap as the brand’s head of cross-channel, direct-to-consumer marketing, which included email, direct mail, credit card, and gap.com marketing. More recently, Jessica worked at OpenTable.com where, as Director of Strategic Partnerships, she launched the company’s third-party advertising and partnership platform supporting clients such as American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Sapphire, Domaine Chandon, and Kendall-Jackson Family of Wines. Jessica recently co-authored cases for Stanford Graduate School of Business, focusing on how sports and fitness companies are using digital media to help tell their brand stories. Currently working as a stylist and wardrobe consultant, Jessica recently founded her own company—59 Morton, A Style Collective—and sits on the Board of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation. Her previous board experiences include Advisory Board Member of Level Money, Park Day School’s Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for Playworks, a non-profit dedicated to bringing organized play and leadership skills to underserved communities and institutions. Jessica lives in Piedmont with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Lucas ’20 and Sadie ’22.
Rachel Flynn is a real estate executive at Google working on new developments in Mt. View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Planning at Lennar/FivePoint in San Francisco–overseeing the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Station. She has served as Director of Planning and Building in numerous cities including Oakland, CA, the capital city of Richmond, Virginia, and Lynchburg, Virginia. Rachel is a licensed architect and worked predominantly for Cannon Design in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Toronto, Tel Aviv, and Abu Dhabi. Rachel is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Jobs and Housing Coalition of Oakland, the SF Business Times, the Sierra Club of Virginia, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, and the Governor of Virginia. She currently serves on the Boards of Holy Names University and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Francisco. Rachel is a graduate of Harvard University and Catholic University. She has volunteered for years as a “big sister” to six girls and one boy through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. Rachel is married to James Hingeley, an attorney and law professor at the University of Virginia.
Marc Furstein serves as managing director of Fortress Investment Group's San Francisco office. He is the president and chief operating officer of the Credit Funds at Fortress Investment Group LLC and is also a member of the firm's Management Committee. Fortress is a leading global investment manager with approximately $43.6 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2011. Previously, Marc co-founded and was the COO of American Commercial Capital (a specialty finance company) and Coronado Advisors (an SEC registered broker dealer). Both companies were sold to Wells Fargo in 2001. Marc received his B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Samantha, who have been HRS parents since 2011, have two children: Jayden ‘24 and Jessica ‘21.
Vangeria Harvey has practiced law in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is currently employed by the County of Alameda in the Department of Child Support Services. Prior to joining the county, she advocated for the rights of children and seniors. She is a dedicated parent volunteer at Head-Royce and currently serves as an Upper School Liaison on the Parents’ Association and is Co-Chair of the African American Family Network (AAFN). Vangeria also devotes passion and energy to the NIA Speaker of Color Series and the NIA Endowed Scholarship at the School. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. She and her husband, Haywood, are the proud parents of two lifers at Head-Royce– Harrison ’17 and Madison ’22.
Wanda M. Holland Greene
Wanda M. Holland Greene is the Head of School at The Hamlin School in San Francisco. Prior to her leadership at Hamlin, she served for 11 years as a senior administrator and ex-officio trustee at The Park School in Brookline, MA. Wanda began her career in education at Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she served as a teacher, advisor, and the school’s first director of student life. She is a former trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools, Concord Academy, The Chapin School, and other organizations. Currently, she serves as a trustee at Columbia University, is an Education Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and is also an advisor to Common Sense Media and Carney Sandoe Associates. Holland Greene earned a B.A. from Columbia College in English Literature with a concentration in psychology. She holds an M.A. in curriculum design and instruction from Teachers College. She has been named one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and was recently awarded a Women Making History Award by the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women. She has two sons who attend Head-Royce–David ’23 and Jonathan ’26.
Crystal Land, Head of School
Crystal M. Land is a passionate educator who believes that student-centered learning transforms lives. She has enjoyed over 25 years in academic leadership as an English teacher, educational consultant, senior administrator, and Assistant Head of School. Since joining Head-Royce in 1989, Crystal has focused her attention on creating learning environments where students and professionals can thrive personally and academically. Crystal holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and an M.A. in English from Middlebury College. She currently resides in Oakland with her husband, Will Miller, and their dog, Riley. They have two children, Zach ’09 and Haley ’14, both Head-Royce alumni.
Alastair is a real estate developer and investor based in San Francisco. For the last twenty years he has been a partner at Emerald Fund, one of the city’s leading developers, and has built condominiums, apartments, shopping centers, a self-storage facility and a hotel in San Francisco. Currently he invests throughout the Bay Area, with a strong focus currently on Oakland. In 2016-2018 he created and led a ballot initiative which resulted in the passage of California law AB 375, the most extensive consumer privacy legislation ever passed in the United States. Alastair is committed to community involvement, and was deeply involved for many years as a volunteer on the board of San Francisco’s non-profit California Pacific Medical Center hospitals, culminating in the approval and construction of two major new hospitals in that city in 2014. He is a past board member of Room to Read, the San Francisco Mission YMCA, and board chair of the Sutter Physicians Foundation at California Pacific Medical Center. Currently, he serves on the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee and is co-chair of the Harvard West Coast Committee. He and his wife, Celine Mactaggart, have three children and live in Piedmont, just outside of San Francisco.
Rosanna Mucetti, Assistant Treasurer
Rosanna is the Superintendent at Napa Valley Unified School District and an Adjunct Professor for CSU East Bay in their Educational Leadership Department. Previously, Rosanna was the De
Tim Ripsteen ' 93
Tim is a Head-Royce alumnus and Managing Partner of Potrero Capital Research, a small capitalization equity investment fund. Prior to founding Potrero Capital Research, he was a senior research analyst with JPMorgan and Hambrecht & Quist. Since 2003, Tim has served on the School’s alumni council and was the president from 2007–2009. He also served on the Building on Excellence Campaign Council, which helped raise funds for the School’s master plan. Tim is also a graduate of UCLA. He and his wife, Vanessa (also a Head-Royce alum), have four daughters who attend Head-Royce–Margaret ’22, Catherine ’23, Caroline ’25, and Frances ’30.
Peter Smith '78, Secretary
Peter graduated from Head-Royce in 1978 and is the father of a Head-Royce graduate, Andrew ’10. Peter is a mediator and attorney with a small firm in downtown Oakland. Prior to his current position, Peter was an Alameda County prosecutor and an attorney in private practice. He also served in a number of public positions, including as chair of both the Oakland Planning Commission and the Oakland General Plan Congress. Peter earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard in 1982 and received his law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1986. Peter previously served on the Head-Royce Board of Trustees from 1988–1991 as President of the Alumni Council. He has assisted the School in a variety of ways, primarily around facilities and long term planning. Peter and his wife, Patricia, live in Oakland.
Scott Verges, Board Chair
Scott is currently Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TMG Partners, a San Francisco-based real estate development company. He is also currently a Director of Flora Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company focusing on woman’s health diagnostics. From 1999–2005, Scott was CEO of Burnham Pacific Properties, a New York Stock Exchange company controlling 104 shopping centers in the Western U.S. From 2009–2015, he served as Chairman of the Board of JSM Indochina, a London-based real estate investment company focused on development in Vietnam and Cambodia. Scott is also the former Director of Ferrous Resources, Ltd., a Brazilian iron ore company. From 2002 - 2015, he was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Mills College, where he taught real estate investment and business law. Scott has co-produced several award-winning documentaries including, The Waiting Room, We Are Wisconsin, and is a producer of the narrative feature Beyond Redemption. Scott earned his B.A. in philosophy from New College and a J.D. from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. He lives with his fiancé, Britta Sjogren, and her daughter, Asta Sjogren-Uyehara ’21. Scott’s daughter, Sophie Verges, graduated from Head-Royce in 2009.