Board of Directors
Dr. David B. Zenoff chairs OP’s Governing Board. He has advised CEOs and Boards of Directors on organization development and change, strategy, and leadership in 90 organizations in 32 countries. Has been on three public company boards of directors. Former Board Chair, Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Taught in the Graduate Schools of Business of Columbia and Stanford Universities. Consulted (gratis) for Boards of Directors and/or Executive Directors of: San Francisco Achievers, First Place for Youth, Reading Partners, Mercy Housing of California, and Mercy Beyond Borders. He received a BA from Stanford, and MBA and DBA from Harvard.
Mark Atkinson is CEO of Mursion, a virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. Founder and former CEO of Teachscape, the nation’s leading provider of online and mobile tools for teacher training and evaluation. Senior Producer, CBS News where he won an Emmy. Director, The Achievement Network, Presence Learning. Visiting Scholar, Stanford. Member, OP Founding Team. He received a BA from Yale.
Melissa Barnes-Dholakia is Founder and CEO of MBD Partners, which supports charter schools in school design, goal setting and monitoring, and performance reporting. Former Co-Director of the award-winning Lighthouse Community Charter School, which serves low-income Latino youth in Oakland. Member, OP Founding Team. She received a BA from Whitman College and MA from the University of Oregon, and was a 2002 New Leaders Fellow.
Greg Berardi is CEO and Founding Partner of Blue Marlin Partners, a marketing and PR firm in San Francisco. Prior, he worked for Bank of America, Fidelity Investments and InsWeb. Award-winning newspaper reporter in Northern California. Member, OP Founding Team. Board Member of Teenforce and former Trustee of the Schools of the Sacred Heart in SF. Greg received his BA from CSU Sacramento.
Christy T. Covalesky is Wealth Manager and Shareholder at Wetherby Asset Management, one of the leading independent investment advisory firms in the United States. Christy started her career at Cambridge Associates, where she advised endowments and nonprofit institutions on investment portfolio strategy and management. She has two young children and enjoys seeing the world through their eyes. She received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sue Davenport, nonprofit consultant in Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources. Former Business Manager, Controller at San Francisco University High School, Treasurer, Junior League of San Francisco, and Controller, First Nationwide Investment Corporation.
Stephen Davis is a Partner at Banneker Partners and has been an active investor in technology companies since 2000. Prior to Banneker Partners, Mr. Davis co-founded Vista Equity Partners, was a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, and practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law in New York with Debevoise & Plimpton and Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Davis graduated from Carleton College and has a JD and MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Davis and his wife Jill Cowan have three children who attend school in the Bay Area.
Peter Dworkin recently retired from the biotechnology industry where most recently he was Vice President, Corporate Communications, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest biotechnology companies in the U.S. Previously, he was the head of investor relations and corporate communications for several other bioscience companies, including Applied Biosystems, a leader in genomics. Before entering the biotech industry he was a journalist with US News and World Report Magazine, the SF Chronicle and Fortune Magazine. He received an AB from Brown and a MBA from UC Berkeley.
Josh Elkes is New York raised and San Francisco based. He currently works at Getty Images in strategic sales and business development. He has also enjoyed a rewarding career in the music industry and is a respected advocate and consultant for several highly regarded non-profits. Elkes holds seats on the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee, Lincoln Center’s Young Patrons Committee, the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council Acquisitions Fund, the New Museum’s Curators Council, SF MoMA’s SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), the MET Museum’s Apollo Circle Patrons Committee, the MoMA Junior Associates, Team Tassy’s (non-profit in Haiti) Board of Directors, and Grassroot Soccer’s (AIDS/HIV Prevention in South Africa) Ambassador’s Council.
Robert Greene has been a thought leader in independent schools and nonprofits for more than 20 years, having served successfully as a teacher and administrator in several independent schools, as well as in urban school environments and social entrepreneurship agencies. Mr. Greene earned his Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. in Economics, with a Political Science minor, from Brown University. He currently a Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach with JONES, a firm that specializes in diversity-based organizational development consulting.
Lisa Gruber is a former fixed-income professional who has since dedicated 20+ years developing and leading fundraising activities that have benefitted youth in education and residential care for underserved mothers and children. She recently worked with UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s staff to successfully launch a new fundraising event to support programs directed towards the wellbeing of patients and their families. She studied Business Administration and Economics at Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Gruber is currently spearheading a remodeling project for a Union Square Historical District Building.
Joi Jackson-Morgan is a San Francisco native and the Executive Director at the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic in her childhood neighborhood, Bayview Hunters Point. Joi is also a New Leaders Council Fellow, a fellowship dedicated to cultivating new progressive community leaders. During and after her undergraduate work at California State University at Hayward, she worked as a math and science teacher at several Bay Area junior high and high schools. She returned to school at Charles R. Drew University to complete her Master’s degree in Urban Public Health.
Peter Joost is a private investor based in San Francisco. His investment interests have been in various industries, including semiconductor equipment, healthcare and investment partnerships. He has invested in mainland China for over 20 years through private and public investment entities which he founded. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has a BA from Stanford and a MBA from Harvard.
George Lula is a risk management and corporate development expert. Former Managing Partner and Owner, Grove Investments, LLC. Founding Shareholder and Financial Officer, Visible Brands. Former CEO, PNC Capital Markets and SVP, Mellon Bank. Current Director and Former Board Chair, Mercy Beyond Borders. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Pamela Mann is an attorney who practiced primarily in the area of structured finance. She is a member and former Board Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Education Fund. She served on the boards of Ronald MacDonald House, the Jewish Community Center, and Temple Emanu El. She has volunteered as a college mentor with College Track and for many years as a tutor at Cobb Elementary School. She is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Berkeley, and Lowell High School.
Linda Mayne is a real estate broker and has owned her own brokerage company, Mayne and Company Real Estate, for 29 years. Linda is also a contemporary artist and has worked as an artist in Art With a Pulse. In 2015, she devoted her open house to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. She received her BA from UCLA.
Karen Rathman is President of the Board of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. She is a Senior Scholar at the Center of Adolescence at Stanford University, studying Youth Purpose. She mentors in the Stand-By-Me Mentoring Program. Mrs. Rathman received her BA from the University of Connecticut and MA from the University of London, Institute of Education.
Scott Roberts is Vice President, Enterprise Business Development, LinkedIn. Former Director of Business Development and Business Management, Yahoo! Founder, former VP of Business Development and General Manager, eTranslate. Investor in: Rakuten, Wealthfront, TraceLink, NerdWallet, and Sokanu. Former Trustee, Live Oak School. Member, OP Founding Team. He received a BA from Yale.
Charles Ward is Chief Development Officer for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience. He has held executive positions with the law firm of Rohan & Stepanian, Mirror Cable Television, SFJAZZ, and Family Service Agency of San Francisco. Charles is a former Mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Ethics Commission. He served on the advisory committee of the Museum of the African Diaspora, and is a past Board member of BAYCAT, a nonprofit organization in the Bayview. Charles is a consultant to the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra and a member of the Board of Directors of SF Travel. He received his BA from California Western University and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.