Monica joined the Foundation in December 2017. As president and CEO she is responsible for guiding the Foundation’s strategic vision and overseeing the day-to-day activities including the programmatic, human capital, fiscal, and grantmaking operations. She serves as an external ambassador for the Foundation representing the organization to a wide audience of stakeholders including grantees, influencers from academia, research, and policy arenas as well with the broader philanthropic community.
Before coming to College Futures, Monica spent thirty years in media as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country, and then as chairman and CEO of the parent company, ImpreMedia. Monica has long held a deep commitment to improving public education for all students, especially for traditionally underserved student populations, and has been very active in education, especially at the institutional governance level. She served as chair of the California State Board of Education and the Board of Regents of the University of California, spent 24 years as a trustee of the University of Southern California, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. She is on the PPIC Advisory Council of the Higher Education Center.
Monica has also been active in philanthropy and the non-profit sector, including as chair of the Weingart Foundation Board of Trustees, a former member the board of the Rockefeller Foundation, and co-founder of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program.
Jacqueline Khor joined the Foundation in 2011. As vice president for programs, Jackie works closely with the President and Chief Learning Officer to manage the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategy and initiatives. She also oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking operations.
Previously, Jackie was a managing director at Imprint Capital Advisors, a San Francisco-based impact investment advisory firm that has since been acquired by Goldman Sachs & Co. She also served as associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, director of Employment Programs for the New York City Partnership, and vice president in Lehman Brothers’ Public Finance division.
Jackie received her bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management. Jackie tries to start every day with a quick swim. She also serves on the Haas Alumni Diversity Council and combines her passion for food and community service by volunteering for Street Meals in Berkeley.
Maureen joined College Futures Foundation in 2018. As a senior program officer, she leads the development and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in the transition from K-12 to higher education, under the Pipeline to Degree initiative.
Maureen has worked for and with K-12 institutions for more than 15 years. Most recently she held the position of senior community engagement associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University where she led research partnerships with school districts and community organizations. Maureen previously worked for San Francisco Unified School District where she launched their postsecondary success department and developed partnerships with the Mayor’s Office, San Francisco City College, and San Francisco State University to use data to drive equity goals. Maureen’s prior work includes serving as executive director for San Francisco nonprofits including Leadership High School, an equity-focused charter school.
A first-generation college graduate, Maureen earned her B.A. from Franklin Pierce University and her M.P.A. from San Francisco State University. Maureen served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, and her two children are currently California State University students.
Mario De Anda joined the Foundation in 2018. As a program associate, Mario supports grantmaking in the Transfer to Completion portfolio in the Pipeline to Degree initiative.
Mario has over 20 years of experience working to advance college completion and equity in the K-16 pipeline. He has worked with high schools and colleges across California and, while at Big Picture Learning, was responsible for supporting a national network of 60 high schools in transitioning and successfully graduating underserved students from college. In 2016, Mario was recognized as a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow for his commitment to expanding educational practices aimed at improving public education opportunities for underserved communities. Mario’s other prior work includes directing scholarship programs and outreach at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where he founded a national initiative to support undocumented college students, and co-founding the Bay Area College Success Network (formerly the College Access Network). He is committed to working to expand college completion and equity in higher education for low-income and first-generation youth.
Mario earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and his M.A. of Education in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. Mario, the son of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.
Jaime Hauk joined the Foundation in 2017. As a program assistant, Jaime provides grants management support to the program department with a focus on initiatives related to community philanthropy and higher education innovation. She helps facilitate the grantmaking and grants monitoring processes, and supports grantees throughout the lifespan of their grants.
Previously, Jaime was a faculty assistant at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she supported faculty in the finance group. She is originally from Bangor, Maine but grew up in San Bernardino, California and brings her knowledge of the Inland Empire to her work at the Foundation. She has a special interest in social equity, college access, and higher education policy.
Jaime earned a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.
Kathrine Hayes joined the Foundation in 2017. As a program assistant, she provides grant management and administrative support to the Foundation’s program and evaluation and learning teams and helps facilitate the grantmaking and grants-monitoring processes.
Previously, Kathrine coordinated programming for prospective and admitted students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she managed the MBA Admissions Ambassador and On-Campus Visit programs.
Kathrine is a first-generation college graduate and earned a double B.A. in International Relations and Latin American and Latino(a) Studies from Holy Names University.
Joanna joined the Foundation in June 2012. As associate program officer, she manages the Community Philanthropy for Student Success initiative. Her work focuses on supporting partnerships between community foundations, community organizations, and other local stakeholders to create long-term funding for need-based scholarships that are part of broader strategies to strengthen college-going culture in those regions.
With several years of experience in San Francisco schools and nonprofit educational organizations, Joanna is committed to improving the lives of low-income youth through increased opportunities for college. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a high school Special Education and English teacher in San Francisco. She also brings with her experience in the legal field, primarily tax and employment law and in legal publishing. Joanna has volunteered with various literacy programs and community-based organizations dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income youth in San Francisco.
Joanna holds a master’s degree in education from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Henry Velasco joined the Foundation in 2018. As grants manager, he is responsible for the management and implementation of the Foundation’s policies and procedures related to grants administration.
Previously, Henry was the grants manager at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment in San Francisco. He has 10 years of grants management experience, and over 7 years of legal administrative experience.
Henry received a B.F.A. in Theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Shawn joined the College Futures Foundation in September 2015. As a senior program officer, he leads the Transfer to Completion portfolio of the Pipeline to Degree initiative. Shawn is responsible for the development and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in higher education attainment.
Shawn has extensive experience in higher education as both a faculty member and university administrator. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held the position of chief of staff to the president of San Francisco State University, where he served as a member of the senior leadership team, advised the president on academic policy, student achievement, and strategic planning, and facilitated institutional partnerships. Shawn is professor emeritus of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. As a faculty member, he was active in university governance and served three terms as chair of the Academic Senate. He also directed nationally ranked speech and debate programs at two institutions and is a past president of intercollegiate debate’s national governing body, the Cross Examination Debate Association.
Shawn received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Diego State University and completed Ph.D. coursework at the University of Utah.
Regan joined the Foundation in 2013. Regan leads communications efforts related to College Futures Foundation and its work, including communications strategy development, messaging, publications, digital content, campaigns, and special initiatives. She also serves as strategic communications advisor to staff, board, and grantee cohorts, and as a member of the Foundation’s management committee. She has more than ten years of experience as an editor, writer, researcher, and campaign and project manager.
Previously, Regan led communications efforts for California Humanities, a state partner of the NEH that funds and works with California’s libraries, universities, teachers, and artists to promote lifelong learning. She managed California Humanities’ rebranding campaign, which included developing and launching a new visual identity, websites, and publications.
Prior to that, Regan served as Production Manager and Communications Associate at PolicyLink—a public policy think tank focused on equity and opportunity for low-income communities and people of color. While there she edited, produced, and contributed to dozens of publications and was a co-author of The Covenant with Black America, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list.
Regan has provided communications consulting services to numerous clients working for a healthier and more just California, including The California Endowment, UC Berkeley’s Chief Justice Warren Institute, ZeroDivide, World Learning, Scripps College, and the Bay Area Leadership Network of Color. She has also taught writing and literature at the college level, headed a women’s resource center, edited two major literary journals, served as board member for a consortium of publications, and run communications trainings for institutions of all sizes. She is currently on the planning committee for ComNetwork SF.
Regan graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Pomona College with a B.A. in English and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University.
Kendall Guthrie joined the Foundation in 2016. She leads the Evaluation and Learning department, which conducts research and analysis to inform strategy development and assess the effectiveness of the Foundation’s program initiatives. The team also shares its results, lessons, and knowledge with target audiences through strategic communications.
Previously, Kendall led the Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation team for the Postsecondary Success program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also worked on the Gates Foundation’s College Ready strategy team, which focused on helping more students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
Kendall has worked as a management and evaluation consultant to foundations of all sizes, advising philanthropy and nonprofit leaders on strategic, systemic approaches to social change. She also spent a number of years helping human services providers and local governments to use telecommunication for organizing, advocacy, and improved delivery of local government services. She loves helping social change leaders refine their theory of change and identify creative ways to gather data and harness their collective wisdom to strengthen their work.
Kendall earned a B.A. from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
Jumin Kim joined the College Futures Foundation in 2010 as its first research and data analyst. Currently, as strategic learning officer, she works closely with the program team to provide direction and management of the Foundation’s learning, measurement, and evaluation processes in support of strategy development and refinement.
Previously, Jumin was director of alumni relations for Summer Search, a national youth leadership development organization, where she helped develop an academic success and civic engagement program for low-income college students. She also served as director of administration at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, a San Francisco-based advocacy organization.
Jumin received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She enjoys spending time with her family, particularly watching her two girls make each other laugh, and is looking forward to sleeping in one day.
Lauren joined the Foundation’s Evaluation and Learning team in 2015. As a data analyst, she manages the process of collecting scholarship student data with grantee partners, assists the data systems manager with the development and maintenance of CALynx, and provides data and analytics to staff to support strategic development.
Previously, Lauren worked for USFon, a nonprofit broadband provider in rural Texas. She originally hails from the Bay Area, but lived out of state (and country) for 10 years prior to returning in 2014. She has worked at a variety of impact-driven organizations as a researcher and community outreach specialist where she focused on projects improving access to education and technology resources. She is a passionate nonprofit researcher dedicated to improving educational outcomes for under-resourced and underrepresented communities.
Lauren completed a Master of Global Policy Studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a proud graduate of Oberlin College and serves on the Alumni Leadership Council as the Co-Chair of the Latino Alumni Association.
Phillippe Wallace joined College Futures in 2010. He oversees the Foundation’s $500 million investment portfolio as well as finance, accounting, information technology, facilities, and non-grantmaking operations.
He brings over 20 years of experience in foundation and investment management, technology, and corporate finance. Previously, Phillippe was the senior vice president and chief financial and operating officer of ZeroDivide, a public foundation focused on technology access, where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, Phillippe held senior roles in private equity and technology investment banking.
Phillippe has an M.B.A. in Strategy and Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fellow in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. He is active in the sector, serving on the Communications Committee of the Foundation Financial Officers Group, as a former director and treasurer for Hispanics in Philanthropy, and as a member of the Alumni Diversity Council at the Haas School of Business.
Krysten Curtis joined the Foundation in 2010. As the director of Finance and Administration, Krysten is responsible for all finance, accounting, and reporting activities. Additionally, in tandem with the CFO, Krysten is responsible for oversight of Foundation-wide operations, including human resources, as well as oversight of the investment portfolio. Krysten is a member of the management committee and works closely with senior management to enhance operational support of the Program and the Evaluation and Learning departments. She is also involved in the generation and presentation of materials to various committees of the Board of Directors.
Previously, Krysten was an audit manager at a large, regional Bay Area accounting firm primarily serving nonprofits and foundations. Earlier in her career in public accounting, she worked with clients ranging from city and local governments to school districts to venture capital firms.
Krysten received her B.S., cum laude, in business administration with a concentration in accounting, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also an active Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. When not at work, Krysten enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, exercising, and following Bay Area sports.
Stefanie Charren joined the Foundation in 2011. As the office administrator, Stefanie ensures back office operations and Foundation events are executed to high standards. She co-manages the president and CEO’s calendar, and as board liaison, supports the scheduling and meeting needs of the Board of Directors.
Prior to her current role, Stefanie supported the Foundation’s work in several consulting capacities, from grant administration and selection to coordinating the Foundation’s grantee convenings. Previously, she coordinated the Youth and Scholarship Program at Habitat for Humanity East Bay—a three-year pilot scholarship and college access/success program serving children of Habitat homeowners. Stefanie’s interests and work experiences are informed by a desire to foster effective systems and happy people. From writing a behind-the-scenes column for the San Francisco International Film Festival, teaching college-level English and writing, and crewing for private yachts in the Mediterranean to co-managing a domestic violence shelter, recruiting and managing IBM’s contracted administrative workforce in Northern California, and offering administrative and organizational support to small businesses as an independent consultant—she brings a creative touch to support meaningful learning experiences and sustainable business practices.
Stefanie earned a B.A. in American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
David Guzman joined College Futures Foundation in 2006. He is responsible for maintaining the Foundation’s computer hardware, operating systems, servers, and collaboration tools, as well as managing all outside IT support vendors. David also oversees the Foundation’s portfolio of student loan receivables and related servicers.
Previously, David was with Chela Education Financing and moved to the Foundation when it was created in 2006. He has over 13 years of experience in consumer lending with institutions in Utah and California. David’s background includes positions at commercial banks and credit unions, where he has managed IT and credit and collections systems, and helped launch electronic banking for credit union members.
Aileen Lui joined College Futures Foundation in 2006. As a senior accountant, she monitors the Foundation’s bank account activities, investment transactions, daily cash position, monthly closing, student loans, and other accounting duties.
Previously, Aileen was in the accounting department of Chela Education Financing. She has over 20 years of experience in banking industries, including as a customer service representative, running a wire department, and working in international banking.
She attended City College of San Francisco and extension courses at San Francisco State University.
Mark Terrell joined the Foundation in 2006 as a senior accountant, focusing on accounts payable, benefits administration, and payroll. He also assists with the month-end close process, preparing financial statements and account reconciliations.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the accounting and administration field. Previously, he worked for a variety of businesses including architecture firms, hotel and restaurant management, and nonprofits.
Mark was a music major in college. He was a keyboardist and vocalist for a rock band in the late-80s and early-90s, and had the big hair to prove it.
Amanda Ufheil-Somers joined the Foundation in 2017. As accounting and communications associate, she supports the Finance and Administration team with accounts payable and account reconciliations, and works with the director of communications to manage the Foundation’s website and publications.
Previously, Amanda was assistant editor of the quarterly magazine Middle East Report, where she also served as operations manager for the magazine’s nonprofit publisher. She brings several years of experience working at the intersection of nonprofit operations and communications, and a passion for education equity.
Amanda earned a B.A. in anthropology from Reed College.