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Notes from the Board

Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Trustees for 2017-18

September 28, 2017

The CDS Board of Trustees is a group of parents, community members and alumni parents who are entrusted with the stewardship of the school. The work of the Board revolves around setting long-term policy to ensure that the school stays true to its mission and remains financially healthy. We meet several times per school year as a full Board, and committees and task force meetings happen almost every week. 

The Board works closely with the Head of School and the administrative team to support CDS, its students, and its faculty. This past year, the Board led a strategic planning process to lay out much of the work we will do over the next few years. Read more about the Strategic Plan here and see if there is an area that interests you. If you would like to be involved, please email Lindsay Galligan, Liaison to the Board of Trustees, at and tell us how you would like to help.

The Class of 2017-2018

The CDS Board is a mix of parent Trustees and non-parent Trustees, including alumni parents; one day we hope to have CDS alums on the Board! Trustees sign on for a three-year term, and it is the hope that most Trustees will serve two three-year terms, which fits the best practices guidelines set by the National Association of Independent Schools. 

This year, we enthusiastically welcome the following new Trustees:

Jen Hamilton

Jen is the founder of the Room to Breathe Project, which is focused on empowering kids to achieve lifelong success through Social Emotional Learning. She gained experience in the non-profit sector when she served as Chief Financial Officer of Kiva, an organization that facilitates micro-lending around the world. She currently serves on the Board of Mission Graduates and previously served on the Board of Equal Access International. She was also the founder of On The Road Travel and co-founder of the Perth Bagel Company. At CDS, Jen has been a classroom liaison, admissions tour guide and member of the audit committee. Born and raised in Canada, Jen holds an MBA from INSEAD (France & Singapore) and a BCom from Queen’s University (Canada). She and her husband, Seth, are the parents of Sloane (’23) and Ryan (’25).

Stephanie Holland

Stephanie Holland is an attorney who has been actively involved in the school throughout her eight years as a CDS parent.  During the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, she was a member of the school’s Advancement Committee.  From 2013-2014, she served as the PTTA Faculty Appreciation Coordinator.  Prior, she had a recurring role working on the Fiesta committee procuring live auction items, has been a classroom liaison multiple times, and an Admissions tour guide.  Originally from Southern California, Stephanie received her BA in economics from Stanford University and her JD from Cornell.  She practiced labor and employment law at Littler Mendelson and spent twelve years as in house counsel for AT&T specializing in telecommunications regulatory law.  She and her husband, Ron, are parents to Lily (’19) and Cole (’21).

Ryan Kluft

Ryan is the VP of Corporate Development and Head of Mobile and Search Advertising at Ooma. Prior to joining Ooma, Ryan held executive positions at Talkatone and Symphony Teleca. Earlier in his career, Ryan was a technology investor at General Atlantic and Symphony Technology Group. Previously, Ryan served as a founding Board Member and Treasurer of Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit provider of pro bono professional services for nonprofits and social change organizations. Ryan earned his B.S.F.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University and his M.S. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Ryan and his wife, Ana Andreescu, are the parents of Emma ('26).

Jeanette Perez

Jeanette Perez has volunteered at CDS as an admissions tour guide, class liaison, Advancement Committee member, and Fiesta Communications Committee Chair (2016 and 2017).  Previously she worked for over a decade in the book publishing industry as a Senior Editor at HarperCollins and freelance book editor focused on fiction, memoir, and lifestyle books, working with bestselling authors such as Ann Patchett, Jennifer McMahon, and Nia Vardalos. Jeanette earned a BA in American Studies and English from Stanford University and an MA in English from Columbia University. She and her husband, James Kim, are parents to Luna (‘25) and Pax (age 2).

Carl Schneebeck

Carl Schneebeck is a management consultant and coach who works with clients in the tech, food, and non-profit sectors. His primary focus is on helping leaders guide their teams with a management style that aligns with their organization’s mission and values. He is a professor of leadership and communication at Presidio Graduate School where he also earned an MBA in Sustainable Management. Carl has a BS in Environmental Biology and Management from UC Davis and worked for ten years as a communications and campaign strategist for environmental advocacy organizations in Jackson Hole and San Francisco. At CDS, he has served on the PTTA and coordinated the Buddy Family program. Carl and his wife, Kate Nitze, are the parents of Leo (‘22) and Silas (‘25). He prefers getting places by bicycle.

Diane Walters

Diane Walters is the Chief Financial Officer for the Urban School of San Francisco. Prior to joining Urban in 2013, Diane was the Chief Financial Officer for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the interim Chief Financial Officer for the San Francisco Ballet.  Before discovering her passion for the non-profit finance sector, Diane was a mechanical engineer in the automotive, avionic, and high tech sectors (she refers to this period of time as “the dark years”). Diane has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She serves on the Advisory Board at St. Brendan School and is a weekly volunteer math tutor at James Lick Middle School. She lives in Noe Valley with her husband Mark and their 7​th​ grade daughter. In her free time, Diane enjoys travelling, hiking, and reading.