Board Members

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.

Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. is a partner in Covington & Burling’s San Francisco office and vice-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. Mr. Gilliam counsels clients in criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations, as well as in complex civil litigation. Before joining Covington, Mr. Gilliam served as a federal prosecutor for nearly eight years, and prosecuted a range of white collar and other criminal cases. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Gilliam was the Chief of the Securities Fraud Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. Mr. Gilliam currently serves on the board of the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation and the advisory board of the East Bay Community Law Center, and previously served as a director of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Mr. Gilliam received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his BA in History from Yale University.

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.

Dr. Natalie Compagni Portis is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked in public mental health and private practice since 1985. Ms. Portis works with adults, children and families dealing with trauma and loss, as well as with patients and their families dealing with cancer and other life threatening illness. Ms. Portis has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Ms. Portis is on the board of A Home Within, a national organization offering long term, pro bono psychotherapy for foster children. She coordinates the collaboration between the Wright Institute and A Home Within to train students to work effectively with children, their caregivers, and adults who are or have been in the foster care system. She has worked locally and nationally on matters of health policy, including issues related to breast cancer, and she lectures and consults with regard to optimal patient care, and the patient perspective in treatment and research.

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.

Marcelo Quinones is an attorney at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he advises clients on a variety of complex litigation matters. Before law school, Marcelo was a Teach for America corps member, teaching for three years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. After graduating from UC Berkeley School of Law, Marcelo was a post-bar fellow at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.  Marcelo currently serves as a board member for San Francisco La Raza Lawyers’ Association, as committee chair for the Lawyers in Schools Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and as a member of the advisory committee for the education law clinic of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  Marcelo is proficient in Spanish.

Laura Robell is currently the Managing Director of Programs for New Leaders in the Bay Area. Laura has 15 years of teaching and leadership experience in the Bay Area. She taught English and journalism at San Lorenzo High School and was the principal at Elmhurst Community Prep, an Oakland Unified middle school. Laura joined ECP in its first year of operation as a founding administrator in 2006 as it converted from a large, comprehensive middle school into a small school and saw dramatic gains in student achievement. Laura holds a BA from Duke University and an MA in Education from Stanford and was a 2006 New Leaders resident.

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.