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Philip Arca,Action Alliance for Children
Khin Mai Aung, Asian Law Caucus
Lisa Cohen, AFS International
Michael Copland, Stanford, MEd Program
Jon Fox, StarMedia Broadband
Jonathan Gordon, Viant
Sandy Herz, Software Development Forum
Manami Kano, Consulate General of Japan
Mark Kushner, Leadership Charter High School
Alejandro Montenegro, Education and Mental Health Services
Brendan Peterson, Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Michael Stein, Compasspoint Non-profit Services
Larry Yang, City of San Francisco Social Services

Philip Vincent Arca, M.A.
Mr. Arca has over fifteen years of management experience in the not-for-profit sector. He is currently the Executive Director of the Action Alliance for Children while doing consulting work for the Center for Electronic Art. He was for eight years the Executive Director of Oakland Zoo where he negotiated numerous successful corporate sponsorships. Mr. Arca is the founder of Arca and Associates Management Consulting and is an affiliate consultant for The Support Center of San Francisco and Lord Cultural Resources.

Khin Mai Aung
Ms. Aung is a Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, where she works with youth on school discipline, youth criminalization, and language access in juvenile hall. She also works with senior citizens in housing and immigration. Prior to joining the Caucus three years ago, she was a litigation attorney at Morrision & Foerster. Ms. Aung is also a Tenant Commissioner on the San Francisco Rent Board, and a member of the Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Board of Directors.

Lisa Cohen, M.Ed.
Ms. Cohen is currently Field Development Coordinator with American Field Service (AFS), a leading high school exchange program. She has also worked with WorldTeach and sits on an Advisory Board for the Overseas Development Network and the Northern District Board for Region XII of NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

Michael Copland
Ms. Cohen is currently Field Dr. Copland is the Director of the Prospective Principals Program at Stanford University's School of Education, where he has been an Assistant Professor and Teacher and Research Assistant since 1999. He has six years teaching experience and seven as a school administrator at three different schools in the Bellingham School District in Washington State. Recent publications include "Rethinking School Leadership" and "The Myth of the Superprincipal."

Jon M. Fox, Jr.
Mr. Fox is VP of production for StarMedia Broadband, a division of StarMedia Networks, the leading Internet media company for the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. He has overseen the construction and daily activities of Broadband studios in Mexico City, Rio, Buenos Aires, New York and San Francisco, as well as the development of completely digital mobile webcasting units. Prior to being bought by StarMedia, Jon was a co-founder of Webcast Solutions and before that MediaCast, both pioneering companies in the Streaming Media Industries.

Jonathan Gordon
Mr. Gordon is currently doing contract internet programming. Prior to that he was a consultant for three years with Viant, a digital consulting firm, where he served as a technical lead on project work, as well a member of the Technology Center and Innovation Group. Previous to his work at Viant, Jonathan was a technology consultant for Andersen Consulting.

Sandy Herz
For over four years Ms. Hearz has been the Executive Director of the Software Development Forum. She has coordinated partnerships with over 30 major Silicon Valley companies. Prior to that she worked as the Corporate Services Manager for Project HIRED, and a Senior Account Officer at Citibank for four years where she was responsible for $58 million in direct Citibank facilities to high-risk corporate clients. She also serves on the Board of Directorsfor Social Advocates for Youth.

Manami Kano
Ms. Kano is currently the Cultural Affairs Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan. Ms. Kano serves on the advisory board of Kearney Street Workshop, and works with the National Asian American Telecommunications Association, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California and several other community based organizations. Ms. Kano has also spent 5 years in Japan, first as a teacher on the JET program, and then for 2 years as a television producer of an educational travel series.

Mark Kushner, Esq., J.D., M. Ed.
Mr. Kushner is Principal and Founder of Leadership High School, San Francisco's first start-up charter high school. An attorney, high school English teacher, and tennis coach, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco's University High School and the California Network of Educational Charters.

Alejandro Montenegro, Ph.D.
Dr. Montenegro has twelve years of experience in top supervisory positions in Education and Mental Health Services. He served as Director of In-country Training for numerous U.S. Peace Corps programs in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S and has taught at universities in South America, England, and the U.S.

Brendan Peterson
Mr. Peterson is a Grants Manager with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. He was previously a Grants Manager with the J. Paul Getty Trust for ten years.

Michael Stein
Mr. Stein is a member of the CompassPoint Nonprofit Services Consulting Group and is an Affiliate Consultant with the Management Center. He is the former Internet Coordinator for Children Now and the LaborNet Program Coordinator for the Institute for Global Communications. He is also the author of Fundraising on the Internet, and co-author of Aether Madness: An Offbeat Guide to the Online World. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Global Communications and www.corpwatch.org.

Larry Yang, M.A.
Mr. Yang is a medical social worker with the City and County of San Francisco. He has served on the Board of Directors for Kairos House, and worked with ACTUP/Golden Gate, The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Shanti Project, Hospice by the Bay, Catholic Charities, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center. Mr. Yang was also the co-founder of an award-winning marketing communications company.

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