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Board of Advisors

Ned Barnholt, Retired Chairman, President, and CEO of Agilent Technologies

Ned Barnholt led the spinoff of Agilent from Hewlett-Packard in 1999. Prior to that, he served in a number of management and executive positions at the company including executive vice president and general manager of the Measurement Organization.

Ned is currently the non-executive chairman of the KLA–Tencor Corporation and serves on the board of directors of eBay and Adobe Systems. He also serves on the board of trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He has been active in the community and is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). He has been on the board of directors of ALF, The Tech Museum, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and numerous other community and industry organizations throughout his career.

Ned holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.


Laura Casas, Foothill-DeAnza Foundation Board, Trustee

Laura Casas serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Foothill-De Anza College. Laura co-founded a transitional home for domestic violence victims and their children and served for five years as chair of the Adelante Higher Education Conference, designed to encourage underrepresented high school girls to pursue higher education, among other activities.

Laura holds a law degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.


Bruce Chizen, Retired CEO - Adobe Systems, Senior Advisor,  Permira Advisers Ltd.

Bruce Chizen serves as a Senior Adviser of Permira Advisers Ltd. Mr. Chizen is a Venture Partner and Member of the Advisory Board of Voyager Capital. He served as a Strategic Advisor of Adobe Systems Inc. from December 2000 to December 2007 and was its President from April 2000 to January 2005.


Ann Danner, Nonprofit Consultant

Ann Danner is a consultant to non-profit organizations with Compass-Point, where she draws on her extensive background leading, advising and raising funds. From 1993 to 1997, Ann was executive director of the Nonprofit Development Center (now CompassPoint), where she spearheaded development of a strategic plan, increased the budget and staff, and added new programs to better meet the needs of the nonprofit sector.

Before that, Ann was executive director of the Foundation for HOPE for eight years, helping to raise more than $3 million for HOPE Rehabilitation Services. For her work, she was honored as Professional Fund Raiser of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Silicon Valley Chapter. Ann has served on the board of directors of RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers), HIP (Housing for Independent People), Foothill-DeAnza Foundation, United Way, YMCA, San Jose Museum of Art and HOPE Rehabilitation Services. She is past president of the National Society of FundRaising Executives and the Junior League of San Jose and was a founding board member of the Volunteer Exchange and the Nonprofit Development Center.


Melissa Dyrdahl, Retired CEO, Ella Health

Melissa Dyrdahl is the CEO of Ella Health, a women's wellness provider that empowers women to take control of their health with an innovative approach to providing services that combines the best technology with experienced, caring staff and beautiful facilities. Lisa was previously the Vice President of Marketing at Pivotal Labs, the renowned agile software development firm whose clients include Twitter, Salesforce.com and TaskRabbit. Melissa is a technology marketing expert with extensive experience creating new businesses, building brands, developing marketing strategy and inspiring teams to deliver results.

Prior to Pivotal Labs, Melissa was Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Adobe Systems where she was a member of the executive team responsible for growing the company from $700M to almost $3B. Melissa led Adobe’s global marketing organization, eventually becoming responsible for a team of over 500. Under her leadership and vision, Adobe became one of the world’s most recognized technology and consumer brands. In addition, Melissa was responsible for the company’s philanthropy and community affairs and initiated the creation of the Adobe Foundation.


Debra Engel, Retired CHRO, 3Com

Debra Engel is a director and advisor to a number of organizations in Silicon Valley. She currently serves on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves and the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation and is a member of the Core team for CHReate.  She is an advisor to Not for Sale and serves on the Leadership Council of the Opportunity Fund. She is an advisory board member for Healthiest You and Saama Technologies and is on the HR advisory board for Nimble Storage. Debra is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and an emeritus member of the California Strategic Human Resources Group.

Debra previously held numerous nonprofit and for profit board positions with organizations including the Institute for the Future, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Skoll Fund, Aspect Communications, Memestreams, and Beyondwork

Honors include recognition by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, induction into the National Academy of Human Resources and into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

Debra served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Services for 3Com until August, 1998. Prior to joining 3Com in November of 1983, Debra served as Corporate Staffing Manager for Hewlett Packard and as HR manager for HP’s Avondale division. Debra earned her M.S. in Industrial Relations from Iowa State University.


Diane Frankle, Partner, Kaye Scholer LLP, ALearn Chair Emeritus

Diane Frankle is Chairman of the Board of Directors of ALearn. Diane is a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP, a national law firm. She regularly advises clients in a wide variety of mergers, acquisitions, and change of control transactions and on various disclosure and governance issues.

Diane also serves on the Board of Directors of ACG Silicon Valley, a business networking organization. She is a member of the ABA’s M&A Committee and the Committee on Corporate Laws. She co-chairs the ABA’s Delaware Forum and chairs the ABA’s Subcommittee on Public Company Acquisitions. She served on the State Bar of California Business Law Section Corporations Committee from 1992 1996, was co-chair from 1995-1996, and was the editor-in-chief of the State Bar’s Guide to California Securities Law Practice.

Diane was named one of Silicon Valley's Women of Influence for the year 2010 by the San Jose Business Journal. Diane was chosen by The Recorder as one of its 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law. She was named one of the Top 25 Transactional Women Lawyers in California in 2014 and has been consistently ranked in the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014-15 San Francisco Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year.”


Greg Gallo,  Partner, DLA Piper

Mr. Gallo is a partner at DLA Piper, LLP. The respected global legal publisher Chamber & Partners lists Mr. Gallo in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, noting that clients praise his "calm, facilitating skills." The PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009  recommends him in two areas, Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets: Equity. In 2007, Lawdragon  named him among the Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America. He has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer and the San Francisco Business Times  has named him among the best lawyers in San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Gallo was also named in Best Lawyers in America  every year in the past decade. 


Francisco Jiménez, Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Santa Clara University

Francisco Jiménez is currently the Fay Boyle Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University. Francisco immigrated with his family to California from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, and as a child he worked in the fields of California. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Council for the Humanities, and Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC). He was selected the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

He has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature, and his stories have been published in over 50 textbooks and anthologies of literature. His collection of autobiographical short stories, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child was selected a Booklist Editors’ Choice 1997. His latest book, Reaching Out, describes his experience as a first generation college student at Santa Clara University.

Francisco received his B.A. from Santa Clara University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.


Ed McCracken, Retired Chairman and CEO - Silicon Graphics 

Edward R. McCracken retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. in 1998. He was previously employed by Hewlett-Packard Co. for 16 years. Mr. McCracken's experience as chairman and chief executive officer of a technology company as well as his service on National's Board (including as lead director) provides expertise in technology, business operations, corporate leadership, director experience and corporate governance, and management. 


Webb McKinney, Retired Executive Vice President, Hewlett-Packard Company

Webb McKinney is currently a management consultant. He also serves on the boards of Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) and The American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley. He worked for Hewlett-Packard Company for thirty-four years.

Webb has a BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.


T. Mike Nevens, former Partner, McKinsey & Co.; Education Activist

Mike Nevens serves as a senior advisor to Permira on the Technology Sector. Permira is an international private equity fund with 21 billion euros of funds under management. Mike serves on the on the boards of directors of Borland Software, Exeros Software, and ModelN Software. He is also a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of the San Jose Museum of Art and is a past president of that board. He is a member of the board of the California Prison Healthcare Receivership Corporation, and ZER01: The Art & Technology Network.

Mike retired as a Director (senior partner) of McKinsey & Co. in 2002 having led McKinsey’s global technology practice. He also served on the board of the McKinsey Global Institute, which conducts research on economic and policy issues. Mike received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from the Krannert School at Purdue University, where he was designated a Krannert Scholar.


C.S. Park, Former Chairman and CEO -Maxtor, Board Chairman - Seagate

C.S. Park, former Chairman and CEO of Maxtor Corp. currently serves as a director on the board of Seagate Technology. Maxtor was acquired by Seagate in 2006. He is also on the board of American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley and the advisory boards of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and International Security Studies at Yale University.

Previously, Park was Chairman and CEO of Hynix Semiconductor based in Korea, and managing director and investment partner at H & Q Asia Pacific, a private equity firm. Park has a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southwestern University in Fort Lauderdale, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate desgree from Yonsei University in Seoul.  .


John Porter, Jr., Ed.D., Retired Superintendent of Schools, Franklin-McKinley School District, San Jose

Dr. Porter is a nationally recognized education consultant and public-private systems expert, providing business leaders, educators and government leaders with practical steps and models to enhance integration between different institutions and develop new cooperative governance structures to improve education at all levels, regardless of the student’s post secondary goals.

Prior to becoming the Franklin McKinley Superintendent, John held the same position in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  He also served as Director, America’s Choice School Design: High Schools at the National Center on Education and the Economy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing and enriching education and human resource institutions through policy analysis and development, institutional design, and technical services. There, he led the implementation of the America’s Choice School Design in 32 high schools and twelve districts around the country. He also coordinated three regional educational reform initiatives with business leaders and higher education partners.

Besides being a former teacher, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of schools, Dr. Porter has created, over the past thirty years, a series of unique school, district, and community designs using the concepts embedded in the standards-based reforms, academic and applied learning integration, and new forms of youth apprenticeships as one holistic model.

John also created several unique safety-net and acceleration programs to bring at-risk students in elementary, middle, and high school up to grade level in literacy and mathematics.  The most notable of these was the Saturday Science Academies designed with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to accelerate literacy scores for students in Grades 4-8 using real science problems developed by NASA's Educational Division and JPL.


Deborah Stipek, Ph.D., Dean and current Professor of Education, Stanford University

Deborah Stipek is the James Quillen Dean and Professor of Education at Stanford University. Deborah's doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children's achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. She also chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students' Engagement & Motivation to Learn and the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. She joined the Stanford School of Education as Dean and Professor of Education in January 2001.


Fernando R. Zazueta, Incorporator and Founding Chair, Mexican Heritage Corporation

Fernando R. Zazueta has had a long and distinguished career as a lawyer, both as a partner in Boccardo Law Firm and in private practice focused on personal injury matters. He is the Legal Advisor to the Mexican Consulate General of San Jose. Fernando is well known in Silicon Valley as the incorporator and founding chairman of the board of the Mexican Heritage Corporation (MHC), which hosts many cultural and civic events. He is currently the Chevalier of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a philanthropic organization.

Fernando has long been active in local, county, state and national bar associations as well as in Hispanic bar groups. As a law student at UC Davis, he did ground-breaking research on the use of Spanish interpreters in law courts, which was published in the UC Davis law review. Fernando was born in México, came to California as an infant and was raised by a migrant farm worker aunt and uncle in the San Joaquin and Santa Clara Valleys.

He has received many awards, including the first Leadership Excellence Award granted by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2000, the “Father of the Year” award by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, and in 2006 the St. Thomas More Award from the Santa Clara County St. Thomas More Society. Fernando received his B.S. degree in Business and Industrial Management from San Jose State College, and his law degree from UC Davis.