Dr. Marguerite Conrad, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University, specializes in language and literacy education, focusing on reading theory and methodology at the elementary and middle school level. Dr. Conrad teaches reading methods courses in the multiple subject credential program, the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI), and the Masters in Language and Literacy/Reading Specialist Program. She also teaches courses in social studies methods, family literacy, and writing theory and methodology. Dr. Conrad has worked as a reading specialist, literacy coach, literacy consultant, and professor of education for the past 20 years. Dr. Conrad taught in public schools for thirteen years.
Betsy Crabtree is president of SF Arts Media LLC, a company that provides arts media, including a monthly publication, an arts calendar-based website and apps for the iPhone and Droid, as part of the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts’ Arts & Tourism program. She also serves as a trustee for Head-Royce School, and is currently chair of the Trustee Committee. Betsy is a long-time supporter of Oakland Fund for the Arts, a nonprofit that funds arts programs in Oakland public schools. She received a B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida. Betsy lives in Oakland with her husband, Bill Hirsch, and sons, Brady and Jack Hirsch.
Jean Driscoll is an adjunct professor of economics at the University of San Francisco School of Business and Professional Studies. Ms. Driscoll worked as a finance and strategy consultant for more than two decades, first at McKinsey and Co., and later in her own practice, which served business, public and nonprofit clients. Her consulting engagements ranged from advising major financial institutions, including Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, on the development of new products and market strategies for real estate lending and retail banking, to financing land conservation projects on behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and other philanthropies. Ms. Driscoll has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Zen Hospice Project. In recent years, she served on the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent’s Day Home and the Northern California Community Loan Fund.
Cathy Greenwold is Executive Vice President of TMG Partners, a real estate development company focused on urban infill projects in the San Francisco Bay area. Ms. Greenwold has been responsible for expanding the company’s portfolio through strategic acquisition of projects with particular emphasis on development opportunities and value enhancement. Ms. Greenwold has managed over $2.7 billion in project financing and development activity for TMG. She has over 35 years of real estate and finance experience, and is a member of the TMG’s Investment Committee. Ms. Greenwold holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles. She was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned a Masters of Science degree in Business.
Gayle Quinn has worked at the West Oakland Health Council for 39 years, and has served as the Director of Health Education there for 26 years. In addition to her work at WOHC, Ms. Quinn has served as assistant to three Alameda County Supervisors, and has been involved in the local faith-based community. Ms. Quinn earned a Master’s Degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Health Sciences from San Francisco State University. Ms. Quinn currently serves on the advisory board of the Allen Temple Robert C. Scott Wellness Center.
Peter Reinke chairs the history department at Head-Royce School, where he has taught history for fourteen years. Previously, he was an assistant to U.S. Senator John Chafee. While in Washington, D.C. he was a founding board member of U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords’ Everybody Wins literacy foundation. Mr. Reinke is a trustee of the California State Teachers Retirement System, the nation’s second largest public pension fund. He chairs the system’s Corporate Governance Committee and is past vice-chair of its Investment Committee. He serves on the California board of Common Cause and is also a founding advisory council member and panelist for the East Bay College Fund. He previously served as vice chair of Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission and chaired that city’s municipal Sunshine Ordinance Committee. Mr. Reinke also chaired the board of Clausen House. Mr. Reinke earned his BA from Brown University with department honors in history, and an MA from Columbia University for Independent School Leadership.
Helaine Lasky Schweitzer worked in administrative and development capacities at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, from 2004 to 2009, and as the Assistant Director for Development and Administration, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, Boalt Hall, from 2002 to 2004. Prior to her work at Boalt, Helaine was a corporate litigation attorney for ten years, following a career as a newspaper reporter covering government and legal affairs for Bay area daily newspapers. Helaine has extensive development experience beyond her professional development work at Boalt, including major fundraising work for Head Royce School. Helaine has served on the Boards of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East BAy and Tehiyah Day School.
Maisha Wilson is a CPA with more than 17 years of experience in accounting, financial operations, strategic planning and analysis. Since 2009, Maisha has been vice president of finance at Cartridge World North America, a global retail organization. Earlier in her career, Maisha spent six years as vice president at Edison Learning, Inc., a charter school operator based in New York. She also has worked as a corporate controller and was a senior associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Maisha has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.