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Board of Trustees (page3)

Diego Lopez, Student Member
Diego Lopez has lived in Hayward, California his entire life. Since a young age, Diego’s parents taught him that education comes first and that in order to be successful a person must do well in school. During the 8th grade, Diego was awarded the “Latino Recognition Award” for his academic excellence. During the graduation ceremony from Ochoa Middle School, Diego was awarded the “Athletic Award” and the “Academic Award” for his commitments to school and sports. After 8th grade, Diego chose to attend LPS Hayward. During his 9th grade year he earned a spot on both the varsity soccer and baseball teams. That year, he was awarded “Most Improved” in soccer and “Rookie of the Year “ for the baseball team. Also during the 9th grade, Diego was chosen to be a part of LPS Hayward’s Learning Lab Network for the Stupski Foundation. This Foundation’s purpose was to find ways for students to become more engaged in school and to encourage students to drive their own learning to be successful. Diego looks forward to the opportunity to represent the student body of the Leadership Public Schools’ network by serving on the LPS Board of Trustees.

JR Matthews
Mr. Matthews is a Managing Director of Tregaron Capital, a Palo Alto based private investment firm. He currently sits on the board of directors of HR Plus, Glowtouch, an Indian Outsourcing company, and PIU Management. He is a current member of the Alliance of Chief Executives and a former member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). His previous work experience includes 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of a group of wholesale, retail and real estate companies with more than 300 employees. Matthews received a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stu McLaughlin, Board Treasurer
Stuart McLaughlin is a Partner at Sansome Partners, a San Francisco-based investment firm. Prior to joining Sansome in 2000, Mr. McLaughlin was at Advent International, a private equity firm, and at McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm. He was previously a Trustee and Treasurer of the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national summer and after school program. Mr. McLaughlin holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. 

Yolanda Peeks
Ms. Peeks served Oakland students for over 30 years as teacher, principal, Executive Officer, and Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. In the latter stages of her career, Yolanda joined the staff of the Developmental Studies Center in Oakland as director of professional development, establishing a national cadre of teacher trainers and coaches. Then, as an executive associate with Performance Fact, Inc., an educational leadership development organization, Yolanda focused on enhancing the leadership capacity of district-level and school leaders. After retiring in 2008, Yolanda now consults with educational organizations and continues to volunteer with non-profits that are dedicated to improving the health, academic achievement, and life-long success of children and youth. She believes that out of all of life’s infinite lessons, the ones that are most inspiring are those learned daily in classrooms and are grounded in the unwavering confidence, belief, and trust in one’s own and in young people’s unlimited capacity to learn, overcome relentless challenges, and prosper.

John R. Selby
John Selby is a Managing Director at Grandmaster Capital Management, an equity-orientated investment fund based in San Francisco. He is concurrently a Managing Director at Thiel Capital, a macro investment fund also based in the Bay Area. Mr. Selby was previously a Senior Vice President at PayPal, Inc., where he held a variety of roles, including management of the company’s international and corporate operations. His prior experience also includes a position at GFTA Analytics GmbH, a Düsseldorf-based foreign exchange trading and financial consulting company. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hamilton College and currently serves on their Board of Trustees.

Alex Terman
Alex Terman is a partner at The Learning Accelerator, a non-profit organization that supports the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across America. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in non-profit leadership, education reform, and business strategy. Prior to joining TLA, Mr. Terman was the co-founder and CEO of Digital Parent, an online service providing expert advice and e-learning resources for parents of young children. Mr. Terman served as the founding Chief Operating Officer of Leadership Public Schools from 2002 to 2007. He is also a board member of Rocketship Education, and has served as Chief Business Officer for the Stupski Foundation, an operating foundation focused on transforming urban school districts. In addition to his involvement in education, Mr. Terman has experience working in business and corporate development roles at America Online and in management consulting at Bain & Company. He has an MBA from Stanford, an undergraduate degree in history from UC Berkeley, and has completed the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a two-year program that prepares leaders for senior management roles within public education.

Guatum Thapar, Teacher Representative
Gautam Thapar is in his third year of teaching, and second teaching U.S. History and A.P. U.S. History at LPS Richmond. He graduated in 2010 from Stanford University with honors in International Security Studies while studying Political Science and Economics. He joined Teach For America in 2010 and in 2012 was a national semi-finalist for TFA’s Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching award. Last academic school year, 69% of his students scored Proficient or Advanced on the CST in U.S. History, up from 38% the year before, and 56% of his A.P. U.S. History students passed the AP Exam, up from 18% the previous year. In addition to teaching, Mt. Thapar is currently serving as a grade level lead and a member of the Instructional Leadership Team on the Richmond campus.

Ricardo Toyloy
Mr. Toyloy has 20+ years of business experience designing and developing technology strategies, including technically qualifying customers and assisting sales teams by interfacing with technical decision makers. Additionally, he has worked with customers and business partners at various companies prototyping and implementing corporate products and service solutions. His current position is in IT Vendor Management for Citigroup’s Strategic Infrastructure Services.  He also worked many years at Raychem Corporation, now known as Tyco Electronics, where he designed and implemented the infrastructure solution for the manufacturing division. While at Raychem he served on the SAP core team implementing the new corporate solutions worldwide. He has volunteered his entire career helping children and young adults achieve their full potential. Mr. Toyloy graduated with a business degree in Information Technology at the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Louise Bay Waters, Board President
Dr. Louise Bay Waters is the Superintendent and CEO of Leadership Public Schools. Dr. Waters comes to LPS from the Stupski Foundation where she headed research on districts that have accelerated the performance of students of color and poverty. Her work at Stupski built off of her experience in the Oakland Unified School District. As Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement in Oakland, Dr. Waters led the instructional reforms from 2001 – 2004 that resulted in district achievement gains that out-paced the State. She was also responsible for Oakland’s exit from two long-standing Office of Civil Rights oversight decrees related to bilingual education and disparate academic opportunities for African American students. As a principal in the New Haven district (Union City), she designed award-winning assessment and extended day programs. Prior to her career in district administration, Dr. Waters led the state’s first new teacher program, a partnership between Oakland and the California State University, East Bay. As a professor of Teacher Education at the university, she was head of a number of urban teacher preparation programs.

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