About MA
About MA

Board of Trustees

The role of the Board of Trustees is to be the guardian of the school's mission. It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is appropriate, relevant and vital to the Marin Academy community. The Board tracks and monitors the school's progress toward fulfilling its mission.

The Board plans for the future of the school, and ensures that Marin Academy has financial and leadership resources to achieve its strategic plans. In addition, the Board is responsible for selecting, supporting, and evaluating the Head of School. The Board is composed of representatives of the Marin Academy community and other community leaders who bring specific skills and perspectives to the deliberations involved in setting strategic policy for planning for Marin Academy. Board members do not serve to represent particular agendas or factions, nor does the Board have any involvement in the day-to-day operations of the School.

2019-2020 Marin Academy Board of Trustees

List of 28 items.

  • Ned Klingelhofer, Chair

    A resident of Belvedere and parent of Samantha '16, Jackson '18 and Ella, Ned is serving his fifth year on the Board; he also is the Chair-Elect. He is a former portfolio manager for Bitterroot Enterprises and San Francisco Sentry Investment Group and is currently a trustee for Bridgebuilders Foundation. Ned received a BA in Political Science from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
  • Rona Gomel Ashe

    Rona is a resident of Mill Valley and the parent of Sarah '17, Neil '19 and Aidan '21. Rona consults on strategy and communication with nonprofit organizations and is an active community volunteer.  Previously, she was an executive in the media industry focused on brand marketing and business development. Rona earned an AB from Brown University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Ari Blum '94, Vice Chair, Committee on Trustees

    A Marin Academy graduate, as is his younger sister Morgan Blum Schneider ’98, Ari earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a partner in the commercial real estate investment company of Rawson, Blum and Leon. Prior to joining the family business, Ari served as the Chief Financial Officer for Inside Track, a mission-driven education services company, and as the Director of Finance and Planning for Niman Ranch, a sustainable food company. He is an active and engaged alumnus, currently serving on the Alumni Board. He and his wife, Mead, live in Larkspur with their two boys. 
  • Travis Brownley, Head of School

    Travis actively serves on all Board committees in her role as Head of School. She has been involved with independent schools for more than 30 years as an English teacher, dean of students, division head, and athletic coach in day schools, boarding schools, single-sex, and co-ed schools. Travis earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MALS from Dartmouth College.
  • Sara Byrne, MAPA President

    Sara and her husband, Tom, live in San Francisco with their children Sophia ’20, Audrey ’21, and Tucker, an 8th grader. Sara is the president of the Marin Academy Parents Association (MAPA). She previously worked in the Sales and Trading division of Montgomery Securities and currently serves on the Gateway School Board of Trustees. Sara has been a member of the board at the Belvedere Tennis and Swim Club and is an active volunteer at San Francisco Day School. Sara holds a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arizona.
  • Berta Campos-Anicetti

    A resident of Tiburon and parent of Carlos ’15. Berta is the Promotores Program Director at the Novato Youth Center and is currently working with parent volunteers in reducing access to alcohol in underage youth and improving access to mental health services for the Latino community. She earned her undergraduate degree in Science from UC-Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC-Berkely. Berta has over 26 years of experience working with Latino and low-income families.  She emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was 16 years old. The gift and challenges of this experience have informed her work and given her great compassion for the difficulties that are faced by newcomers to this country.
  • Mary Collie, Faculty

    A member of the faculty, Mary has been at MA since 2006 and teaches      English II and a variety of upper-level electives. She also coaches the Girls Water Polo team with her husband, MA math teacher Jamie Collie, who also served on the Board of Trustees. Outside of MA, Mary coaches with USA Water Polo’s Olympic Development Program. She is currently the head coach of the Pacific Zone Cadet team. When not on the pool deck, she enjoys running, crossfit, reading and spending time with her husband, son and two dogs.
  • Mona Couchman

    A resident of Sonoma county, Mona and her husband, Mark, are the parents of two daughters, Laura ’20 and Kiki ’16, who is a student at Stanford. Mona is currently a full-time volunteer. She has worked in textiles and clothing manufacturing in Hong Kong, and then later in bioinformatics in Silicon Valley. Mona earned her undergraduate degree in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz. She served on the Board of Trustees at the Presentation School in Sonoma County.
  • RAJAN DEV

    Rajan lives in Berkeley with his wife, Rhea, and daughter, Aasha ’20. Rajan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and then later received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia. He is currently the strategy lead for the Global Agency Development team at Facebook. Previously, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board Member at Hot Studio, a digital experience design and innovation firm. He’s an avid Golden State Warriors fan and always ready to have a conversation about hoops, organizational culture and support of people.
  • Lorri Hamilton Durbin

    Lorri lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and is the Head of School at Town School for Boys. She has previously served as Middle School Director for the Dalton School, NYC; Associate Director for The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University; Head of the Middle School for The Nueva School in Hillsborough; Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at San Francisco University High School; and Alumni Coordinator, Admissions Counselor and teacher for Midland School in Los Olivos. In addition, Lorri worked for Cambridge Associates, LLC and Goldman Sachs. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Boys School Coalition and is a member of the Common Sense Media Regional Council. She has also served twice as a member of the Board of Directors of the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) Board. Lorri received her B.A. in Government from Pomona College, her M.A. in Policy and Administration from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. 
  • Jessica Eisler

    Jessica and her husband, Michael, are residents of San Francisco and parents to Alexandra ‘22, Sam in 8th grade, and Nathaniel in 6th grade. She received a B.S. from the University of Oregon and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University. Her previous work includes Kentfield Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Rehab Without Walls. She recently founded Function & Beyond, a home modification consulting firm for clients of all ages facing varying degrees of physical limitations. Jessica serves on the Common Sense Media San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Council and Service Corps Board, and she also enjoys being active in her children’s schools. She has volunteered for the MA Annual Fund and within the Hamlin and Town School communities, including in the roles of Town Annual Fund Chair, Fall Fundraiser Chair, and the Parents’ Association President. 
  • Lisa Hauswirth

    A San Francisco native, Lisa and her husband, Chris, are the parents of Emma, a member of the class of 2019 and Cole, class of 2021. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in History and Art History from Brown University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She spent the first part of her professional life in brand management at the Clorox Company, and now works as a consultant advising both start-ups and seasoned companies on growth-driving brand and marketing choices. Lisa serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and the Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation.
  • Peter Kelly

    A resident of Mill Valley, Peter is serving his third year on the board and is the parent of Miles, '18, and Rachel, in 8th grade. He is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Managing Growing Enterprises and Entrepreneurial Acquisition, and at IESE in Barcelona, Spain. The former CEO of a home respiratory services company for 15 years, Peter is also a private investor in and advisor to several private companies. He received Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
  • Jason Lee '07

    Jason is a Marin Academy graduate, as is his older brother, Eddie Lee ‘ 04. Jason is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and he is finishing his MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Jason currently works in product analytics and data science at Salesforce. Previously, he worked in analytics at Pinterest and Google. Jason is a founding member of the Marin Academy Alumni Board and has been an active Annual Fund volunteer. Jason lives in San Francisco.
  • Paul Levitan

    A resident of Mill Valley and parent of Jacqueline '16, Jonathan '20, and Joshua, Paul is serving his sixth year on the Board. He was Co-Founder, CEO, and President of Galaxy Desserts. Previously, Paul was a management consultant with Bain & Co.. Paul received a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Stanford University.
  • John Longley

    A resident of Ross, John and his wife, Annie, are the parents of four boys; the eldest, Jack, is a junior at MA. John is the Co-Founder and CEO of DoBot, a financial app that helps the consumer save, budget and invest wisely. Previously, John was the Managing Director and Head of Private Wealth iShares for Blackrock, and the CEO for Citi Private Banking. He is also a partner in Geometry Wines. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College. He has been active as a board member for both the Ross Valley Schools and Ross Valley Lacrosse.
  • Marie Lyons, Chair Elect

    Marie and her husband Tom live in Kentfield with their four sons, including two MA graduates, Henry ’14, and Mac '17, and two current students, Will ’18, and George '21. Marie has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and previously worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a health policy analyst. She has also held leadership positions with the Kentfield Schools Foundation (KIK).
  • Ian McKinnon

    Ian and his wife, Sonnet, split their time between Mill Valley and Greenwich, CT, and are parents to Ashley ‘22 and William, who attends Duke University. Ian currently works at Sandia Holdings, LLC, and he previously worked at Ziff Brothers Investment. Prior to joining ZBI, he was an investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch & Co. and a consultant with Bain. Ian is a Trustee of Albuquerque Academy and Santa Fe Institute, and a Trustee Emeritus at Occidental College. He has served on the MA Investment Committee and is a former board member of REACH Prep, an organization that provides academic assistance to underprivileged middle school students. Ian holds a B.A. from Occidental and an MBA from Harvard.
  • Alicia Nogales

    A resident of San Francisco, Alicia and her husband, Greg Little, are the parents of Brian ’19. Alicia received her degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and previously worked in the entertainment industry before spending her time working in the area of arts education. Alicia was a long-time trustee of San Francisco Day School, First Exposure, and SF CameraWork.
  • Stephanie Notowich, Vice Chair, Finance

    The parent of Maddie Crowe ’17, Davis Crowe ’19 and third grader Margot, Stephanie and her husband Lee are residents of Ross. Stephanie earned her degree from Pace University and serves as a Vice President at Dodge & Cox. She has been an active Annual Fund volunteer for MA.
  • ROB PEDRERO

    A resident of San Francisco, Rob and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children; son Bobby is a member of the MA class of 2020. Rob attended Dartmouth College and later earned an MBA from Stanford. He is a private investor and president of Pharr, Inc. Previously he was a real estate and telecom entrepreneur as well as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Rob is an Emeritus Board Member and prior Chair of the San Francisco Zoological Society, and currently serves as a Trustee of Town School for Boys.
  • Sophie Ross

    Sophie lives in San Francisco with her husband, Dane, and her children Michael ‘22 and Michael’s brother, who is a student at Carnegie Mellon. She is the Global CEO of Technology for FTI Consulting, Inc. which focuses on e-Discovery and Information Governance Management. She was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Strategic Discovery Inc. and the Executive VP of Global Delivery and Operations for Freeborders. She serves on the board of the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. Sophie holds a B.S. from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Harvard. 
  • Mark Sachleben

    A resident of San Francisco and parent of Audrey '17 and Eric '19, Mark is serving his third year on the Board.  Mark is CFO of New Relic, Inc., a publicly traded software company. He also served on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco Friends School. Mark received an MBA from Stanford University and an AB in engineering science and a B.S. in mechanical and fluid engineering from Dartmouth College.
  • Ed Sarti

    Ed lives with his wife, Michelle, and their three children in Kentfield. Their daughter, Evelyn, is in middle school and their sons, Edward ‘20 and Roan ’21, attend Marin Academy. Ed practices transactional and tax law in Sausalito and was previously with the Schinner Law Group and Robert W. Wood, PC, both in San Francisco. Ed is an alumnus of Rider University (New Jersey) and the University of San Francisco School of Law; he is also a Certified Public Accountant. Ed is a member of the Board of Directors at Point Blue Conservation Science where he served as Board Chair for 5 years.
  • Tony Stais

    The father of Elizabeth ’16 and Meredith ‘20, Tony and his wife, Marcie Holland, live in San Francisco. He is currently a Managing Director at TWP Private Wealth Management in San Francisco. Tony was co-head of trading at Stifel Financial and a member of the executive team at Thomas Weisel Partners. Tony is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he served on the President’s Visiting Committee and remains active in alumni affairs. When not spending time with his family or with clients, Tony can be found cycling in the hills of Marin.
  • Molly Tanner, Faculty

    Molly is a MA math faculty member and a resident of San Rafael. She previously taught in Nashville, TN and at the Flint Hill School in Washington, DC. She has served at MA as a senior academic counselor, a faculty advisor for the financial aid IDEQ group, and an outings leader. Molly received a B.S. from Vanderbilt in Math and Child Studies, as well as an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt in Child Studies.
  • Kevin Thau

    Kevin resides in Ross and is the parent of Mallory ‘22, 7th grader Jordan, and 5th grader Sadie. He is a General Partner at Spark Capital and previously was an early employee at startups such as Twitter, Openwave, and SGI. Kevin earned his B.S. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Chris Torto

    Chris lives with his wife, Waneska, and their two daughters in San Anselmo. Their daughter, Sophia ‘20, attends Marin Academy and their daughter, Julia, is in 7th grade at Mark Day School. Chris is the CEO of Ascenty Data Centers, the largest data center firm focused on Latin America. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He served on the Board of Trustees of Mark Day School in Terra Linda.