Board of Directors
Iris Hu - Chair
vice president, salesforce
Iris Hu is Vice President of Finance M&A and Business Process Innovation (BPI) at Salesforce. In this role, Ms. Hu is responsible for Salesforce's M&A Finance program—from diligence to integration. She also leads the BPI program for finance & operations on a global basis. Prior to this role, Ms. Hu was responsible for managing finance & operations projects for the company's Global Business Operations group.
Before joining Salesforce in 2005, Ms. Hu held finance and operations positions at Macromedia, a leading web development software provider (acquired by Adobe Systems). She also managed business operations for RedSpark, a spin out of Autodesk. Ms. Hu began her career at IFR, a division of Lindquist Avey McDonald Baskerville, a forensic accounting firm based in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Hu holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton University and International Finance diploma from the University of California at Berkeley.
GENTLE BLYTHE - president
Deputy Superintendent of strategic partnerships and communications, SFUSD
Gentle Blythe has held a variety of roles in public education and community development, serving as a teacher, school reform facilitator, community organizer, and administrator at schools and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Providence, Rhode Island.
Prior to her role as interim deputy superintendent, Ms. Blythe was the chief communications officer for SFUSD, where she led strategic communications for over a decade. During her tenure, public information about and engagement around the work of the school district and its 136 schools has markedly increased, resulting in a positive trend in public opinion polls and school enrollment as well as increased support from voter-approved and philanthropic investments.
Ms. Blythe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and completed her multiple subject teaching credential at San Francisco State University. She has been honored with the Brown University Resource Scholar Fellowship, the Citizen's Community Foundation Award and the Howard R. Swearer Community Excellence Award. She loves being part of a team that is transforming public schools.
dr. Vincent MatThews
As superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Dr. Vincent Matthews serves as the top executive of the eighth largest school district in California and the third largest employer in San Francisco.
Guided by Vision 2025, a blueprint for the future of public education in San Francisco and the strategic plan Impact Learning, Impact Lives, SFUSD will continue to accomplish major results under Dr. Matthew's leadership.
A native of San Francisco, Dr. Matthews completed his preK-12 education as a student at William DeAvila, formally Dudley Stone ECE, Grattan Elementary, Hoover Middle and JE McAteer High School. Following graduation from McAteer, Dr. Matthews earned his Bachelor of Arts, teaching credential and eventually his doctorate in education from San Francisco State University. Early in his career as an educator he taught at George Washington Carver Elementary School and served as principal at Alvarado Elementary School.
Before the San Francisco Board of Education selected Dr. Matthews to serve as superintendent, he served the California Department of Education as the state-appointed superintendent of Inglewood Unified School District. Prior to serving in Inglewood, Dr. Matthews led the San Jose Unified School District as superintendent for 5 1/2 years where he is credited with raising academic achievement, narrowing the achievement gap between Latino and white students, and passing landmark agreements with the San Jose teacher’s union. Prior to working in San Jose, he served as a state-appointed superintendent for Oakland Unified and as an area superintendent for San Diego City Schools.
Myong Leigh - secretary
Deputy Superintendent, Policy and Operations, SFUSD
As Deputy Superintendent for Policy and Operations for the San Francisco Unified School District, Myong Leigh oversees most non-instructional operations that support SFUSD schools.
Mr. Leigh has been a SFUSD staff member since 2000 and has dedicated his career in public education to seeking adequate school funding and creating conditions for educators to do their best work with students and families. Mr. Leigh oversees the district’s business services, facilities, information technology, student nutrition, school enrollment, transportation, policy and planning and intergovernmental relations teams. Mr. Leigh’s work involves interaction and collaboration with numerous staff members in the district including all school sites and all central office departments. His work has focused in subject areas including financial planning and resource allocation, school site-based academic decision-making and budgeting, student assignment and desegregation, collective bargaining and labor relations, capital facilities planning, and transportation.
Prior to his work with SFUSD, Mr. Leigh was the Budget Director for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Earlier in his career, he was a financial advisor to state and local governments on capital facilities financing and budgeting.
Mr. Leigh serves on the boards of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and the Center for Asian American Media and was a member of San Francisco‘s most recent Redistricting Task Force. Mr. Leigh holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Reeta Madhavan - treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, SFUSD
As the Chief Financial Officer, Reeta Madhavan has responsibility over the management and oversight of the financial resources of the school district. She works to ensure that resources are allocated and aligned in a manner that is consistent with district goals and priorities; that funds are spent for the purposes they are intended for and in compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory requirements; that the district maintains the highest degree of integrity in the expenditure of public funds; and that the district continues to maintain fiscal solvency. As CFO, she oversees all the financial operations and activities of the district, including payroll, purchasing, budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, student attendance accounting, and contracts management and compliance.
Ms. Madhavan has been with the district since September 2002, and was the Executive Director of Budget Services prior to assuming the position of Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Madhavan has experience in both corporate and commercial real estate banking. She served as an Assistant Vice-President of Commercial Real Estate Lending and managed a portfolio of construction and leasehold improvement loans in excess of $300 million at a medium-sized bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ms. Madhavan holds a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance and Accounting from Babson College, Massachusetts.
president, sfusd board of education
Stevon Cook is a third generation San Franciscan and graduate of public schools. He attended Williams College in Massachusetts where he majored in American Studies and got involved in various entrepreneurial and social impact ventures. After graduating, he returned to San Francisco where he's worked in education, politics and business. Currently, Stevon serves as President of the San Francisco Board of Education. He was initially elected as Vice-President in November 2016 with over 150,000 votes. In addition, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Mission Bit, an education nonprofit focus on ending generational poverty through coding education.
PHILANTHROPY ADVISOR, REISBAUM CONSULTING
Mark Reisbaum is a Philanthropy Advisor for Reisbaum Consulting. Formerly, he served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Contemporary Jewish Museum where he oversaw the Development function, working to build the CJM's base of philanthropic support in the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally. Previously he served as the Senior Director of Philanthropic Engagement at the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, which he joined in 1997. Having also served as Chief Endowment Officer from 2009 to 2013, Mark has overseen one of the largest Jewish community foundation programs in North America, with funds and foundations totaling nearly $1.8 billion in assets and granting over $150 million in the past year.
Mark came into the non-profit world in 1993 after a 10-year career in investment banking in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for cross-border loan syndications and project finance in North and South Asia for Citicorp Investment Bank, and New York. During his tenure Mark arranged financing for major real estate projects in Asia and the Middle East. He also served as Director of Entry-Level Training for Citicorp/Citibank in New York. He has a B.A. degree from Columbia College and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
An active community volunteer, Mark participates in the Gill Foundation's Outgiving program, a national network of LGBT and allied philanthropists, and completed a six year term on the Board of Directors of GLAAD. He is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, a 2-year cohort focusing on the development of Jewish volunteer and professional leaders throughout North America.
Mark grew up in Los Angeles, in a family that participates actively in the Jewish community and cultural arts. He and his husband, Michael Case, live in San Francisco.
Vice President of Programs, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund - Retired
Sylvia Yee, former vice president of programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, played a key role in the selection and development of the Fund’s education, leadership and civil rights programs. Her work at the Fund is driven by a long-standing commitment to social justice and is deeply linked to her many community and nonprofit leadership roles.
At the Fund, Sylvia helped spark several major initiatives. For example, she played a lead role in establishing the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, a public-private collaboration to turn schools into community centers for youth development.
Sylvia has served as board chair of numerous national and local organizations, including Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the Foundation Consortium, Family Support America, and the Bernal Heights Community Foundation. She currently is a board member of BoardSource, Teaching Channel, Coaching Corps and the national advisory group of Stanford’s Haas Public Service Center.
Sylvia earned her Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. She taught and administered programs at the elementary, secondary, and university levels, both in the U.S. and in the People’s Republic of China. Her publications include Careers in the Classroom and Got Me a Story to Tell: Five Children Tell About Their Lives.
Producer, sf chronicle
Amy Graff is a news producer for SFGATE, focusing on Bay Area news, real estate and science and environment stories. As a mother raising three children in San Francisco, she also covers parenting topics and writes the site’s Mommy Files blog.
Amy can empathize with any parent navigating SFUSD’s lottery system as in 2007 she launched a blog called the SF K Files chronicling her experience of finding a kindergarten for her daughter. The blog still exists and is a popular resource for San Francisco parents.
Amy got her start in journalism writing features for the Daily Californian, the student newspaper at UC Berkeley. She went on to become a senior editor covering travel at VIA, the magazine for the American Automobile Association, and was a content manager helping oversee a team of over 30 bloggers at BabyCenter.
Amy has been a guest on dozens of radio and TV shows nationwide from Forum (NPR) to Good Morning America (ABC) to the BBC. Her writing has also appeared in the Huffington Post, Sunset and San Francisco magazine.
managing partner, Latham & Watkins
Ms. Silverman is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins, Co-chair of the firm's Information Technology: Systems & Solutions Industry group and a member of the Global Antitrust & Competition Practice. She advises a variety of clients, from young to enterprise-sized, on their most strategic and complex transactions and internal competition issues. Her work focuses on obtaining merger control clearances in the US and globally, as well as cartel defense and commercial pricing and distribution issues. Ms. Silverman works closely with both corporate and litigation partners, displaying her extensive experience in the high technology, biotechnology, consumer products, entertainment, media, health care and retail industries.
Before joining Latham, Ms. Silverman worked at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division as Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, and in the Foreign Commerce Section. In 1993, she returned to private practice, and to the Bay Area in 1996.
The San Francisco Business Times inducted Ms. Silverman into its "Forever Influential" Honor Roll of the most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area. She was also named among the "Top 100 Lawyers in California" by the Daily Journal, with the newspaper calling her "a corporate antitrust extraordinaire" who has advised on "a staggering number of huge deals." Additionally, she has been recognized as one of "California's Top Women Lawyers" by the Daily Journal (2008-2016), as a leading California Antitrust attorney by Chambers USA (2006-2015) and also as one of "California's Leading Competition Practitioners" by Who's Who Legal: California (2007-2015).
Ms. Silverman is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She is a past Chair of the monopoly practices (Section 2) Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section and has served on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Antitrust Section. Ms. Silverman is active in a variety of professional and other trade associations, speaks and writes on a range of antitrust and law firm management topics, and sits on several nonprofit boards dedicated to bringing resources to women and girls, low-income and other vulnerable populations and defeating modern-day slavery.
managing director / institutional marketing
Cheryl King joined LM Capital Group in October 2017 as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. King was Head of Marketing and Consultant Relations at Symphony Asset Management (SAM). Before joining SAM, she was Managing Director in charge of business development at Symphony Financial Partners and has held similar positions at Victory Capital Management, Dresdner RCM Global Investors, and Fidelity Investments. She is also a former board member of the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives and past advisory member for the Institutional Investor Roundtables.
Ms. King received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.