Julie Lythcott-Haims was Stanford’s first dean of freshmen, a position she created in order to help students feel a strong sense of belonging within the university’s community of scholars. She held this position for ten years and in 2010 received Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for exceptional contributions to undergraduate education. A graduate of Stanford University as well as Harvard Law School, Julie most recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She remains deeply interested in humans living lives of meaning and purpose, and encourages the young and young-at-heart alike to have the courage to find their voice and honor what they hear. She is author of the New York Times best seller “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” (Henry Holt, 2015) and a forthcoming memoir on race, “Real American.”
Fausto Ibarra is Director of Product Management for Google Cloud Platform. He has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at technology companies such as Microsoft, VMware and Oracle. He started his career as a software engineer, followed by a few years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company. Fausto is passionate about education and is excited to be serving on the FCE board. He has mentored middle school robotics teams over the last four years, and is a member of the Dads Club Board at Bellarmine College Preparatory, where he volunteers across several programs. Fausto grew up in Mexico City and is the proud father of two sons. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Janice Brody, director of special projects, joined FCE in April 2009 as the director of development. She currently is working on implementing the organization’s strategic plan. Janice has extensive experience in fundraising, outreach, and communications activities, as well as a strong commitment to positive social change for youth from underserved communities. She has a BA in English and French from New York University and a PhD in French Literature from Stanford University.
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Eutiquio “Tiq” Chapa is a Director at the nonprofit Latino Business Action Network (LBAN). LBAN delivers the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Executive Education Program serving Latino entrepreneurs. There are now over 300 alumni of their program and the initiative has also delivered two annual reports called “The State of Latino Entrepreneurship”.
Tiq is a Stanford alumnus and early in his career co-founded a startup and raised funding leveraging Facebook to engage supporters for social causes. He also has spent time working with the White House Initiative for Excellence in Education for Hispanic Americans, Nike and the Stanford Endowment. Tiq grew up in King City, CA in the Salinas Valley and is proud to support fellow 1st generation college students.
As Director of Global Technology Partner Marketing at SAP, James Gold works with leading technology companies in the co-marketing and business development of strategic alliances in enterprise application software. A longtime volunteer for many educational causes, he first discovered FCE in 2014, and quickly realized that the organization’s mission and values were remarkably aligned with his own. In addition to his work with FCE, Jim served as a volunteer mentor for Sequoia High School in Redwood City; a trainer of non-profit agencies for IBM; and spokesperson and fundraiser for PBS (and affiliates), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Hurricane Sandy Relief. He graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont, and has done graduate work in business and political science.
Arundathi Gururajan is a Corporate Development Manager at Ellie Mae, where she is responsible for mergers and acquisition(M&A) strategy and execution. Prior to Ellie Mae, Arundathi has worked on M&A teams at Yahoo, VMware, and Hewlett-Packard. Arundathi is passionate about giving back to her community and has been a lifelong education advocate. She has previously lobbied for access and affordability of higher education at the local, state, and national levels. She is currently actively involved in the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula and is excited to be serving on the FCE Board. Arundathi holds a B.S in Management Science with a Law & Society Minor from the University of California, San Diego.
Lucy Mangas is the Director of Strategic Partner Engagement for Windows10 at Microsoft. Lucy has over 20 years of global sales and marketing experience. She was the Director of EMC Federation Solutions at VMware, Director of Marketing Alliance for System Integrators and Cloud Service Providers at EMC, and had a long professional history at HP. Her extensive global experience includes business development in more than twelve countries. Originally from Mexico City, Lucy moved to Palo Alto in 1995. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Timi Most has been the CFO of Mind Garden, Inc. since it was established in 1994. She has been a community volunteer for over 30 years in both the local schools and with various non-profits. She has extensive experience working with and organizing non-profit organizations. Timi helped found Daybreak Shelter, the first suburban shelter for homeless youth in the U.S. Her non-profit board experience includes serving ten years with My New Red Shoes. Timi’s passion is to work in diverse ways to facilitate positive change for under-served communities. She received her B.A. from the University of Miami.
Michelle Rodriguez is a Senior Manager on the Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging team at LinkedIn. For nearly a decade, she has worked in the tech space at companies like VMware, Yahoo, and SAP focused on employee engagement and building inclusive workplaces. Before her stint in tech, Michelle worked in the public sector and specialized local government and college access organizations. Michelle is also the proud daughter of immigrant parents who instilled in her a great appreciation for education. She holds a BS in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University and a MPA from the University of Southern California.
Agustin “Auggie” Torres, Jr. is part of Facebook’s Events team and serves as an Events Coordinator at their global headquarters in Menlo Park. He works with various teams and departments on a variety of on-campus events throughout the year. He is also an active member of the Latin@ employee resource group at Facebook where he works with the leadership team to create a community for his fellow Latino Facebookers. Agustin has been able to leave his mark everywhere he has been. As a student at Purdue University, Agustin became the Founding President of the Latino Student Union and is one of Founders of the Purdue Latino Cultural Center. Agustin is a former resident of East Palo Alto. Even though he has moved out of the community, he still has family and friends who live in the community. East Palo Alto has always been a part of his identity. At an early age, Agustin’s parents taught him the importance of remembering where he came from, giving back to his community, and helping others reach for excellence. He holds a BS in Management from Purdue University, an MA in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Anna Waring has been FCE’s executive director since July 2007. Prior to joining FCE she was president of Josephinum Academy, an all girls’ Catholic school located in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. Anna has a BA in Psychology from Williams College and received her PhD in Education from Stanford University. She serves on a number of boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, the board of Crystal Springs Uplands School, and the Head of School Council at Milton Academy in Milton, MA. Anna is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Asra Hussain joined Foundation for a College Education in January 2016. She has been working in education since her college years at UCLA, where she graduated with a degree in history. After graduating, she continued to work in education, serving the youth of the East and South Bay Areas. In 2010, she left the workforce to pursue her masters in counseling at Santa Clara University, where she began working with underrepresented populations. In 2012, Asra joined the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula in East Palo Alto, where she served as the College Bound Director for three years.
Josue Castellon joined FCE as Associate Director of Programs, College Success, in July 2015, having worked during the 2014-2015 academic year as an AmeriCorps Public Ally at FCE. Josue is originally from Norwalk, CA located within the county of Los Angles, and graduated from University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies and a Double Minor in Critical Gender Studies and Chicano Studies. Josue has been working with college bound programs since 2009 through the UCSD TRiO Outreach Programs. It was through outreach work that he experienced firsthand the importance of education and advocacy and recognized the importance of family participation within their child’s education path.
Ernesto Reyes joined FCE as STEAM Program Director & Assistant Director of Programs, Grade 9 Transition, in November 2017, having worked as the Youth Leadership Program Manager at Bioneers. Ernesto is from Fontana, CA, the first in his family to go to college and graduated from the University of California – San Diego in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies – Political Science, emphasis in Latin America. Ernesto has worked with underserved, low income, and marginalized working class and communities of color since 2011 with programs like Trio Upward Bound Educational Talent Search – San Diego and AmeriCorps City Year – San Jose.
“Being the first in my family to attend and graduate college, I understand the struggles and successes of navigating the path to higher education. It is a privilege to be a part of these families’ journey towards college graduation and success.”
Terry Gutierrez joined FCE as the STEAM and Collegebound Programs Assistant, in July 2017, serving as FCE’s 2017-18 Americorps Public Allies Fellow. Terry is from Compton, CA and graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies. Prior to joining FCE, Terry has been working in college bound and college success programs since 2013 through UCSD’s Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service, Cross-Cultural Center, and Multicultural Greek life. Being a low-income first-generation college student of color from a community like East Palo Alto and participating in college bound programs since 2001, Terry comes into FCE with key insight of holistic support for youth of color in a college bound environment. As such Terry looks forward to empowering FCE youth in learning communication, reflection, and leadership skills through a Social Justice lens while supporting them reach a higher education.
Mary Enright joined FCE in January 2015. A lifelong child advocate with a teaching credential, she has served in educational programs for low income children of color including: Reading Partners, Building Futures Now, and 10 Books A Home. Mary is also a lifelong human rights advocate and retired attorney with a Bachelor’s Degree in American History. When not at FCE she works to restore our public forums and reduce the political polarization endangering our democracy. Mary is grateful for the educational opportunities she has been given throughout her life and is heartened by the promise she sees in her students at FCE every day.
Clo Labrousse joined FCE as a STEAM Teaching Aide and Tutor, in 2015, and also currently works as a Middle School Math Teacher at the International School of the Peninsula. Clo graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a double Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Geography. Clo has worked with East Palo Alto middle schoolers for several years, including as a summer school Math teacher at the new Ravenswood Middle School.
B. Michael McFarland is the director of development. Most recently, he served as development director for Trinity School in Menlo Park, institutionalizing a culture of philanthropy and facilitating a capital campaign to support construction of the new Learning Center. He has served in various development capacities for the Chicago Charter School Foundation, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Voices for Illinois Children, Benedictine University, Louisville Youth Choir, and Walden Theatre. He holds a B.A. in Drama from the Catholic University of America and has performed with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Olney Theatre, as well as touring the US for two years with National Players Tours. Since 2015, he has served on the board of the Melanoma Coalition, which works to eradicate melanoma, today’s fastest-growing cancer.
Susan Stephens, FCE’s development associate, has over thirty years’ experience in administration and management in the non-profit and medical fields. Prior to returning to college as a non-traditional student Susan worked as a medical assistant and medical office manager in Redwood City and Los Gatos. At FCE, Susan manages the donor database, and works on the direct mail and online campaigns as well as overseeing the day-to-day office management. Susan grew up in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. She has a BA in American Studies from Oklahoma State University and has completed MA studies in Applied History/Museum Studies.