Board of Trustees

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Paul Appleby


Paul is Chief Executive Officer and board member of Kinetica, a San Francisco based startup that is helping companies all over the world adopt AI and advanced analytics. Paul has successfully built and led global teams for companies such as Salesforce, Siebel Systems, C3 IoT and BMC Software. Earlier in his career, Paul was CEO of Gocorp and Director of Financial Services and Telecommunications for the German software company SAP. Paul is a passionate advocate the transformation of education around design thinking and project-based learning. He regularly writes and speaks about how to prepare society for a post-industrial future driven by artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. He serves on both the Forbes Tech Council and the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. An experienced public company Director he is also an advisor to corporations and non-profits in the United States and in Asia. Paul is also an avid cycler, surfer, and skier.


Maurice Goodman

Mr. Goodman serves as the 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. Prior to his career in educational leadership and youth development, he worked as a legal paraprofessional and received degrees in Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education. He was elected to two terms of office on the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees and twice served as President. Mr. Goodman’s volunteer experience includes the Red Cross, South San Francisco Host Lions Club, North San Mateo County Boys & Girls Club. Mr. Goodman is a passionate advocate for all students, with a focus on historically underserved students and their families within our community.

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Purvi Kunwar

Purvi Kunwar joined the board in July 2018. She has a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and from UC Berkeley she received a BA in Political Economies of Industrial Societies, a BA in Development Studies and a Certificate in College and Career Counseling. Purvi’s professional career has been in healthcare management. Purvi has served on the Board of the Menlo School, Hillsborough Schools Foundation and the Peninsula Girls Chorus. Purvi also co-created and led the Youth Ambassador Program for the American India Foundation for high school students.


Mark Kuperschmid


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 Bank of America Securities and also ran the northern California commercial real estate operation for Trammell Crow Company. He began his career with Morgan Stanley in New York. He 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.


Steven Laub

Steven Laub is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Atmel Corporation, a public semiconductor company based in San Jose. For more than 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 and was a vice president and partner at Bain and Company, a global strategic consulting firm. Mr. Laub holds a BA degree in economics from the UCLA and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Laub brings critical expertise in executive management.


Lija McBride


Lija McBride joined the board in January 2016. She earned a BA in American Studies and an MBA from Stanford University. Most of Lija's professional career was spent in retail and consumer strategy, marketing and merchandising roles, including at The 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 and enjoys hiking, watching sports and traveling.


Alex Terman

Alex Terman is currently the Senior Director of Finance and Operations for the Valhalla Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Alex had a consulting practice focused on strategy, finance, and operations for K-12 schools and education technology companies. Previously, he was a Partner at the Learning Accelerator which supports high-quality blended learning, and the co-founder and CEO of Digital Parent, providing e-learning resources for parents of young children. He served as the Chief Business Officer for the Stupski Foundation, focused on transforming urban school districts, and was the founding Chief Operating Officer at Leadership Public Schools, a charter management organization serving low-income communities. Alex has worked at America Online and Bain & Company. He has an MBA from Stanford University, a BA in History from UC Berkeley, and he completed the Broad Residency. He also serves on the board of Rocketship Public Schools.

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