Mark Kupershmid - Board President
Mark has been a private investor for the past decade across a variety of industries, and he has served in operating roles or provided consulting services with respect to several of his investments. He previously served as Co-Head of Technology Corporate and Investment Banking for Banc of America Securities and also ran Trammell Crow Company’s Northern California commercial real estate operation. He began his career with Morgan Stanley in New York. Mark received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude.
Tim Bull - 2017-18 Parent Board Member
Tim is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for MixBit in San Mateo, a technology startup building tools to help companies hold better video and audio conferences. Tim and his family moved to the Bay Area from Melbourne, Australia in 2013, when his startup Trunk.ly (where he was both CEO and Co-Founder), was acquired by the founders of YouTube. Prior to Trunk.ly, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Global as a Director of IT Architecture, conducting reviews of technology projects designed for use by 160,000 staff globally. He was selected by PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia as part of their youth leadership team and was the National Director of Software Development. He has experience on both sides of the board process, including a previous term as a board member for an elementary school in Melbourne. Tim enjoys volunteering at the school, sailing, writing software and playing computer games. Along with his wife Karina and two children, he lives in Belmont just across 101 from the new campus. They are a D.Tech founding family with both children currently attending the school.
Mr. Goodman, Executive Director of San Francisco based non-profit start-up, Operation Genesis, Inc. and the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for the San Mateo County Community College District. He is a father and husband, prior to turning to a career in educational leadership and youth development he worked as a legal paraprofessional for nearly a decade. Earning degrees in Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education, he worked as an educator and was elected to two terms of office on the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees and served as President twice. Mr. Goodman’s volunteer experience includes work with the Red Cross, South San Francisco Host Lions Club, North San Mateo County Boys & Girls Club and mentor to a host of youth throughout San Francisco and San Mateo County. Mr. Goodman is a passionate advocate for all students, with a focus on historically underserved students and their families within our community.
Steven Laub is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Atmel Corporation, a public semiconductor company based in San Jose. For over 25 years, he has served in executive management and board positions in public and private semiconductor corporations including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Image, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer at Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Executive Chairman of Teridian Corporation. He also was a technology partner at Golden Gate Capital Corporation, a private equity buyout firm. Prior to that time, Mr. Laub was a vice president and partner at Bain and Company, a global strategic consulting firm. Mr. Laub holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.) and a degree from Harvard Law School (J.D.). Mr. Laub brings to the Board the critical expertise gained over an accomplished career focusing on executive management, public and private company board service, and a background in law.
Lija McBride - Secretary
Lija McBride joined the d.tech board in January 2016. She earned BA in American Studies and MBA from Stanford University. Most of Lija's professional career was spent in retail and consumer strategy, marketing and merchandising roles at companies like Gap and Evite. More recently she has spent her time and energy serving on and managing non-profit boards including The Princess Project and the Parca Auxiliary. She lives on the peninsula with her husband and two sons. She enjoys hiking, watching sports, and traveling.
Dr. Kenneth Montgomery - Executive Director, Design Tech High School
Ken is the co-founder and executive director of Design Tech High School. Ken completed his PhD in administration and policy analysis at Stanford University. As a teacher Ken held a variety of positions including: founding speech and debate coach of a team that grew from 15 students to 250 and was number one in Southern California, technology coordinator, conference champion football coach, a member of the USA Today All-teacher team, and National Board Certified teacher. While at Stanford Ken published several articles on school improvement and developed a school leadership course.
John Peterson - Chief Financial Officer
John has been practicing design thinking for over thirty years. He is the CEO and co-founder of Senturus, Inc., a Business Analytics consulting company with a sizable training division. Before Senturus, John directed marketing for Virage, a software startup that he helped take public. John, who holds three patents, also spent nine years at Apple in manufacturing and product management. He led teams to design Macintosh computers for the K-12 education market, including the first one with built-in 3D and video. John holds an MBA from Harvard, as well as degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Stanford. John spends his free time with his 4 kids backpacking, cooking or working in his shop, which is equipped with CNC machines and a plasma cutter.
Alex Terman is an independent education consultant, focusing on strategy, finance, and operations for K-12 schools and related organizations. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Alex served as a Partner at the Learning Accelerator, a non-profit organization that supports the implementation of high-quality blended learning.
Alex was the co-founder and CEO of Digital Parent, an online service providing e-learning resources and advice for parents of young children, and served as the Chief Business Officer for the Stupski Foundation, an operating foundation focused on transforming urban school districts. He was also the founding Chief Operating Officer at Leadership Public Schools, a charter management organization serving low income communities in the Bay Area. In addition to his involvement in education, Alex has worked at America Online and Bain & Company. He has an MBA from Stanford, a BA in History from UC Berkeley, and he completed the Broad Residency, a two-year program that prepares participants for leadership roles in public education.