2018–2019 Members of the Board
R. Miller Adams, Seattle, WA
Miller is a founder of Pier 70 Ventures bringing 25+ years of experience in the technology sector. He served as VP Global R&D Strategy and Internal Technology Planning a The Boeing Company and president of Boeing Phantom Works Investments, Inc. His responsibilities at Boeing included a broad set of corporate technology venture initiatives. He is a lawyer by training and was a general counsel, secretary, and EVP of a public company in the defense intelligence sector.
James C. Bean ’77, Boston, MA
Provost of Northeastern University, Boston
James C. Bean is the provost of Northeastern University. Before this, he was Harry B. Miller Professor of Business and senior associate dean for academic programs in the Lindquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. He was senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon from 2008–2013 and dean of the Lundquist College of Business from 2004–2008. Bean spent 24 years at the University of Michigan, including appointments as the Ford Motor Company co-director of the Tauber Manufacturing Institute, associate dean for graduate education and international programs in the College of Engineering and associate dean for academic affairs. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in operations research from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics (honors and distinction) from Harvey Mudd College.
Bean is past president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), a charter Fellow of the Institute and recent winner of the George E. Kimball Medal. He serves on the regional board for U.S. Bank and is chair-elect of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. He has previously served as a member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for Engineering Systems at MIT and the Oregon Innovation Council.
Bean and his wife, Margaret (Scripps ’78), live in Boston.
John Benediktsson ’01, Incline Village, NV
Founder, Silfur Capital LLC
John Benediktsson is an engineer, entrepreneur, trader, technologist and angel investor. He is passionate about the impact of technology on financial markets and believes that the well-regulated use of new technologies can benefit market participants.
Most recently, Benediktsson was the CEO and co-founder of a high-frequency trading firm headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. Prior to starting his own firm, he was the CTO of an international proprietary trading firm, where he managed the technical growth from a small startup to a mature successful market-maker. His roles involved directing the development of real-time financial software, connectivity to global financial exchanges and developing proprietary trading algorithms. As part of his leadership of these firms, he held the FINRA Series 7, 55, 63 and 24 licenses.
Prior to working in finance, Benediktsson worked as a senior engineer for a media technology firm in Santa Monica, California, focused on digital asset management, digital media search, digital rights management and content application integration software.
Benediktsson actively supports a number of organizations, including the Autoimmunity Research Foundation and Math for America.
Benediktsson graduated from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, with a degree in engineering.
Michael Blasgen ’63, San Diego, CA
Dr. Michael W. Blasgen is a retired technical executive, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His papers have led to several awards.
Blasgen received a B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He then obtained an MSEE from CalTech and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley. He was an assistant professor at Berkeley for a time and then joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Lab in New York. He worked in positions of increased responsibility at IBM, culminating in a job as director and head of the Austin Research Laboratory. Upon retiring from IBM, Blasgen became the vice president for research at Sony’s U.S. Research Lab. After leaving Sony, he consulted on issues in transaction processing and database management. He is now mostly retired and serves on two nonprofit boards. He and his wife, Sharon, collect art and have used their collection to give away approximately 500 works of art to the Getty Museum, Scripps College and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of the Getty’s Photographs Council.
Vicky Colf ’95, Shadow Hills, CA
Chief Technology Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Vicky Colf serves as Chief Technology Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
As CTO, Colf oversees the Studio’s extensive portfolio of technology services and solutions. She is also responsible for the Studio’s technology strategy, research and development and reports to Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development.
Colf leads the global Warner Bros. Technology organization, which provides critical business and technology intelligence and services to all Studio business units. Warner Bros. Technology teams manage the Studio’s enterprise systems and solutions, information security, consumer intelligence and data governance, emerging technology research and development, content mastering and delivery, content preservation, and archives, among many other existing and emerging technology disciplines.
Prior to her promotion to CTO, Colf led the Studio’s technology teams as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Technology Solutions and Technical Operations. Before that, she served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Content Servicing and Digital Solutions.
Colf oversaw the development of the entertainment industry’s first digital supply chain, Digital End-to-End (DETE). The Emmy Award-winning DETE managed content service disrupted the industry and changed the way that entertainment content is managed and delivered, driving increased efficiency and decreasing time to market.
She previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Digital Services and Technical Systems Development, having joined Warner Bros. Entertainment as Vice President, Corporate Business Development and Strategy in 2004. Colf began her career as a consultant for Andersen Consulting.
Colf sits on the boards of Harvey Mudd College and of STEAM:CODERS, a nonprofit organization that teaches underrepresented and underserved students and their families the fundamentals of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), in preparation for academic and career opportunities. Colf holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Joe Connolly, Pacific Palisades, CA
Joe Connolly recently retired from his law practice after more than 35 years in business litigation. Before entering private practice, he was a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County and a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where he was a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Connolly’s areas of legal expertise include investment fraud, commercial real estate, legal and accounting malpractice, and insurance. Throughout his career he also served as a mediator, arbitrator and hearing examiner for organizations including the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the Los Angeles Police Commission. He holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Southern California Law School.
Connolly presently serves on the boards of The Jean Perkins Foundation and Harvey Mudd College. His prior board service includes the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and St. Matthew’s School.
Connolly and his wife, Cindy, live in Pacific Palisades and have five children and seven grandchildren.
Michael Curtis, San Francisco, CA
VP of Engineering
Mike is the VP of engineering at Airbnb, he is responsible for delivering simple, elegant ways to match people with the most interesting places in the world. Mike is building a team of engineers and data scientists that have a big impact as Airbnb continues to build the bridge between the online and offline worlds. In addition to engineering, Mike leads cross-functional teams dedicated to bolstering Airbnb’s growth while building trust between millions of hosts and guests around the globe. Prior to joining Airbnb, Mike served as a director of engineering at Facebook focused on user growth and engagement. Previously he was at Yahoo where he led the engineering team for Yahoo Mail.
Bruce L. DePriester ’74, Bozeman, MT
Retired, American Funds Group
Howard Deshong III ’89 P21, Los Angeles, CA
Managing Partner, Galileo Partners
Jeff Drazan, San Mateo, CA
Managing Partner, Betram Capital
Jeff Drazan is the managing partner of Bertram Capital, overseeing all aspects of Bertram’s investment strategy, execution, and administration. Previously, he was a co-founder and managing director of Sierra Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with $1.5 billion under management. Prior to Sierra, he served in a variety of operations and R&D management positions at both AT&T and Bell Laboratories.
Drazan has served as a director of Centex Telemanagement (CNTX – acquired by MFS); Stratacom (STRM – acquired by Cisco); On Assignment (ASGN); Micromuse (MUSE – acquired by IBM); ConvergeNet (acquired by Dell); Combinet (acquired by Cisco); Quinta (acquired by Seagate); Vertel (VRTL); ParAcer (acquired by Stratos Lightwave); FrontBridge (acquired by MicroSoft); Sychip (acquired by Murata); Micro Power (acquired by Westin Presidio); American Fiber Systems (acquired by Vayo); Valere Power (acquired by Eltek – ELTK.NO); Theravance (THRX); Digital Generation Systems (DGIT); Power Distribution, Inc. (acquired by Smiths Group LTD); Extrusion Dies, Inc. (acquired by Nordson Corporation); One Distribution (acquired by The E-Land Group); Author Solutions Inc. (acquired by Pearson plc); Maxcess (acquired by Berwind); Clarus Glassboards (acquired by Riverside); Rowmark (acquired by Windjammer Capital) and Spireon (acquired by Greenbriar Equity).
Jeff currently serves as a director of Paula’s Choice (cosmetics); ECS Tuning (automotive); Creative Drive (ecommerce content management), Anord (industrial applications), Spectrio (customer engagement solutions), Trademark Global (internet retailers), Registrar (SaaS assisted provider to FDA) BearCom (business communications solutions) and Best Media Vision (hyper-local media).
Drazan received his BSE in civil engineering from Princeton in 1980, followed by an MBA from the Stern School of Business Administration at New York University.
Wayne Drinkward ’73, Portland, OR
President and CEO, Hoffman Construction
Wayne Drinkward is president and CEO of Hoffman Construction Company, the Pacific Northwest’s largest locally owned construction company. Hoffman is one of the top five privately held companies in Oregon, with 2010 revenues of approximately $800 million. Prior to joining Hoffman, Drinkward worked for 12 years with another construction firm, rising from estimator to vice president. In 1985, he joined Hoffman as a project manager and was promoted to vice president in 1986, executive vice president in 1990 and president in 1992.
Drinkward graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1973 with a B.S. in engineering and is a member of the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees.
Drinkward is active with many industry and community service organizations. He is a member of the Salvation Army National Advisory Board, the Construction Industry Round Table, the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the board of directors of the Oregon Business Council, the OHSU Foundation, the OHSU Cancer Institute and the board of directors for The Halton Company.
He is also an emeritus board member and past chairman of the Portland Salvation Army Advisory Board, a member and past president of the board of trustees of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, a member and past president of the Oregon Episcopal School, a past member and president of the Architectural Foundation of Oregon, and a past member and chair of the Oregon Independent College Foundation.
Drinkward and his wife, Julie, reside in Portland, Oregon. They have four grown children and one grandson.
Jason Fennell ’08, San Francisco, CA
SVP of Engineering, Yelp
Joining Yelp in 2008, he became an engineering leader and assumed responsibility for search in 2010. After focusing on the growth of the search team for several years, he took over responsibility for advertising, data infrastructure, and partnerships as well as other algorithmically focused teams. Since Fennell joined, Yelp has grown from 6M to over 100M reviews and scaled its daily traffic volume and revenue similarly.
In addition to his technical oversight, he has also been a strategic driver for engineering recruiting and international office expansion.
Fennell earned a BS in computer science and math from Harvey Mudd College. He and his wife Lilly currently live in San Francisco.
Matthew Ferri, New York, NY
Partner, PDT Partners
Matthew Ferri is a founding partner at PDT Partners, a quantitative investment firm based in New York. Ferri joined PDT in 1997 when it was a proprietary trading group within Morgan Stanley. PDT Partners became an independent investment manager in 2013.
Ferri completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University and his graduate studies at MIT. He has degrees in mechanical engineering (B.S.), electrical engineering and computer science (M.S.), and nuclear engineering (M.S. and PhD). His doctoral thesis research at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center focused on superconducting magnet designs for advanced tokomak experiments.
Among other interests, Ferri supports the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at MIT, serves on the advisory board for the Songs of Love Foundation and is a member of the steering committee for the PDT / Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics partnership.
Originally from Colorado, Ferri lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He often spends weekends in the Upper Hudson Valley, where he enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking and relaxing by the pond.
Kathleen Fisher, Cambridge, MA
Professor of Computer Science
Laurie Girand, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Laurie Girand began her career as a graphics OS programmer. She moved on to evangelism, product management and product marketing at Apple Computer before serving as director of product marketing for a graphics hardware peripheral manufacturer. For 10 years, she headed a strategic planning and recruiting company, providing consultants and advice to companies including Adobe, Digital Equipment Corp, Netscape, Novell and Sun. During this time, Girand also held successive roles of advisory board member, board member and co-president of STOP Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit of consumer advocates of food safety, where she played a key role in tightening FDA regulation of unpasteurized juice.
In 2001, Girand and her family moved to the Netherlands, where Girand was a member of the Board of the Regional International School of Eindhoven. From 2010 to 2012, she served on the STEM Committee–comprised of faculty, staff and parents–of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. She is presently a member of the Parents’ Advisory Board of Stanford University and the Board of Regents for the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.
Girand holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford. She resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband, Scott A. McGregor, former CEO of Broadcom Corp. and her 10 year old daughter.
Murray Goldberg, Vancouver, BC Canada
Founder and CEO, Marine Learning Systems
Murray Goldberg was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, researching the effects of technology in learning. In 1995, he went on to develop WebCT, the world’s first commercially successful Learning Management System for higher education. He left the university to launch and lead the company, which grew to 350 employees serving 14 million learners at 4,000 organizations in 80 countries. Goldberg is widely acknowledged as one of a small number of key pioneers in the field of Learning Management Systems and has given over 250 invited presentations and keynote addresses on the subject of Learning Management Systems around the world.
Among other awards and distinctions, Goldberg was awarded the prestigious Killam teaching prize during his first year as a faculty member at UBC; the Manning Award for Innovation; the Canarie IWay Award for his contributions to information technology; the New Media Hyperion Award for his contributions to learning technologies; and an honorary doctorate from the Southern Cross University for his pioneering work in shaping educational technologies. Most recently, Backbone Magazine named him as one of the top 15 Canadians in digital media.
Jocelyn Goldfein, San Francisco, CA
Jocelyn Goldfein is a managing director at Zetta Venture Partners in San Francisco. She focuses on consumer, enterprise and ed-tech software. Goldfein has held engineering leadership roles in high-growth companies, such as VMware and Facebook, as well as small startups. Her teams have built systems including enterprise middleware, operating systems, consumer web and mobile apps, shrink-wrapped desktop software, developer tools and big data analytics engines. Goldfein is a widely recognized industry spokesperson on scalable engineering operations, software release process and diversity in tech. She has served on the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees since 2013 and holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Stanford University.
Shamit Grover ’05, New York, NY
Shamit Grover joined MSD Capital in 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Waypoint Leasing Holdings. Grover is also involved in MSD Capital’s investments in Kobalt Music Group, The Brickman Group and Transaction Network Services, and was previously involved in MSD Capital’s investment in OneWest Bank. Prior to joining MSD Capital, Grover was at Merrill Lynch where he worked in the Global Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions groups. He graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and double majored in Economics at Claremont McKenna College.
Glen Hastings ’93, London, UK
Business Operations Manager, Facebook
Glen Hastings is the strategy and analytics manager for emerging businesses at Facebook. He is responsible for marketplace operations and optimization for Facebook’s off-network mobile advertising business. Hastings has been working in online advertising for over 10 years and previously took lead roles in Facebook’s launch of on-network mobile advertising and Yahoo’s re-launch of its search advertising platform. Prior to joining Yahoo and Facebook, he spent five years as a chemist and engineer in the disk drive industry and was a strategy consultant with Accenture.
Hastings holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a concurrent masters of engineering management from the McCormick School of Engineering, both at Northwestern University.
Hastings lives in La Verne, California, with his wife, Janel Henriksen Hastings (Scripps ’91), and their two children. He participates in long-distance endurance cycling events and recently completed the California Death Ride and the Climb to Kaiser. He enjoys reading, craft beers and travel.
Josh Jones ’98, Santa Monica, CA
Maria M. Klawe, Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College President
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Karin Klein, New York, NY
Founding Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Karin Klein is a founding partner at Bloomberg Beta, Bloomberg’s venture fund that invests in early-stage tech companies focused on making business work better. Prior to launching Bloomberg Beta, Karin led new initiatives for Bloomberg LP, where she and her team built new businesses, developed strategy and created partnerships. Before joining Bloomberg, Karin led Softbank’s team that reviewed all new investments during the period when Softbank invested in Buzzfeed’s seed round and realized the most successful exits in NYC (including Buddy Media, The Huffington Post and Associated Content). Before Softbank, Karin worked with the MC Group and Knowledge Universe, education and media focused investment funds. Karin first developed her passion for building businesses when she co-founded an educational training company for children.
Karin currently serves on the board of directors for Paramount Group (NYSE:PGRE) and the advisory board for L’Oreal’s Women in Digital. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an MBA and BS from the Wharton School and a BA from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura Larson P20, Woodinville, WA
With a history degree from Cornell and a career in finance, Laura Larson has enjoyed working in both quantitative and qualitative realms. In 2003, following many years of volunteer work in a variety of settings, Larson co-founded Zeno, a Seattle-based organization that creates a positive math culture for elementary through Pre-K children, their parents/caregivers and teachers to offer mathematical competency for all. While our society often isolates math and science from general learning, Larson has focused on changing the belief that math is only for some people and —all too tragically—disproportionately NOT for minorities and women. After successfully launching three children into the world – including one Mudder – Larson enthusiastically joined the Harvey Mudd Board to address these and other challenging issues in education. Larson is an omnivorous reader who also enjoys every opportunity to be outside (cycling, swimming, rowing, triathlons).
Sheldon Logan ’06, Santa Cruz, CA
Senior Software Engineer, Google
Sheldon Logan is a senior software engineer at Google LLC working on storage (specifically health, security and performance of spinning media) within their Technical Infrastructure group. Before Google, Logan earned a bachelor of science in general engineering from Harvey Mudd College before completing a PhD in computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Logan has several hobbies which he is passionate about, Latin dancing (salsa, merengue, bachata etc.), playing the piano (he plays monthly at Santa Cruz SDA Church), travelling, photography, playing chess and spending time with his wife, Trissia. Logan currently resides with Trissia and their wonderful dog Bailey in Santa Cruz, California which they consider their home away from their real home Jamaica.
Ann E. McDermott ’81, New York, NY
Ann McDermott is the Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University, where she recently served as associate vice president for academic advising and science initiatives in the Arts and Sciences and currently serves as rising chair of the Educational Policy and Planning Committee of the Arts and Sciences. She has a B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, where she carried out research in physical organic chemistry with Philip Myhre, and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Kenneth Sauer and Melvin Klein carrying out spectroscopic studies of the photosynthetic reaction centers of green plants.
McDermott carried out postgraduate work at MIT with Dr. Robert Griffin, studying nuclear magnetic resonance, and at the Tropical Medicine Institute of the ULB in Brussels, Belgium, studying African Sleeping Sickness. Her research at Columbia University concerns understanding the remarkable ability of naturally occurring proteins to catalyze chemical reactions. She studies the structure and inherent flexibility of these proteins using magnetic resonance methods and implications for drug discovery and biologically based solar energy conversion.
On the basis of this research, McDermott is the recipient of the Pure Award in Chemistry (1996) and the Eastern Analytic Symposium Award for Achievement in Magnetic Resonance (2005), and she is an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Her research group has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Sloan Research Foundation and the Cottrell Research Foundation. Her former students and postdoctoral coworkers are on the faculty of University of Illinois, University of Delaware, Texas A&M University, Tel Aviv University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and others. She is the author or coauthor of over 100 peer-reviewed publications. At Columbia University, she teaches in both the graduate biophysics and the undergraduate chemistry programs.
Sergio Monsalve, Palo Alto, CA
Venture Capital Investor, Norwest Venture Partners
Sergio J. Monsalve is a Venture Partner at Norwest Venture Partners in Palo Alto and San Francisco. He is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. In both roles, he is focused on the “Future of Work” and on developing technology innovations and entrepreneurship in education. He is on the board and an investor of various companies in this area of focus, including Udemy, Adaptive Insights (Sold to Workday), Alma Campus, and Kahoot!
Monsalve has also held various entrepreneurship and leadership roles in high-growth technology companies like eBay, Paypal, Portal Software (IPO during tenure), as well various venture-backed startups he helped get off the ground as a founder or founding executive. He is originally from Mexico, and is an active advocate and spokesperson for the increased participation of the LatinX community in engineering and in the technology industries. Monsalve joined the Harvey Mudd Board of Trustees in 2018. He holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and a masters of business administration from Harvard.
Kjersten Moody, Bloomington, IL
Vice President and Chief Data & Analytics Officer, State Farm
Kjersten Moody joined State Farm in July 2017 as vice president and chief data & analytics officer. Previously, Kjersten led Data & Analytics and IT groups at global companies, such as FICO (Braun), Thomson Reuters and Unilever. She has a record of delivering tangible, positive business results, and a depth of experience in scaling operations, planning/executing mission-critical business initiatives, and achieving profitability objectives.
Kjersten is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Nat Natarajan P21, Los Gatos, CA
Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Technology Officer, Ancestry
Nat Natarajan has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Technology Officer of Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, since February 2017. Prior to Ancestry, Nat held executive positions in technology and product development at Intuit and PayPal. He was also one of the early members on the team that founded Travelocity.com, totaling more than 20 years of experience building highly innovative products and successful teams.
At PayPal, Nat managed and led significant growth during his tenure. He was a key executive in PayPal’s merchant services business that was about 60 percent of PayPal’s revenues in 2014. He led global engineering, operations and platforms teams at PayPal. As Chief Technology Officer and senior vice president of product management and engineering for Intuit’s Consumer Tax Group, Natarajan helped to shape their product and technology roadmap, accelerate the pace of innovation and build a world-class product leadership team.
He speaks regularly at technology forums and has served on multiple panels related to product innovation, agile technologies and leading transformations. Natarajan has a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University in India.
Jessica Parisi, San Francisco, CA
President and CEO of BTS USA.
Throughout her 19-year career at BTS, Jessica has pioneered the application of customized experiences & simulations for leading Fortune 500 clients such as Salesforce.com, VMware, Chevron, Toyota, Bechtel, Fidelity, Uber, Atlassian, New Relic, Microsoft, Twitter and others.
Jessica leads BTS USA with P&L responsibility for offices in Stamford, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin.
- Jessica has played a key role in developing BTS Strategy Execution Services, including:
End-to-end strategy alignment and the power of creating experiences where leaders at all levels practice the execution and evolution of the business
- Strategy prototyping for the C-Suite
- Defining great – how codifying high performance by role drives clarity and quickly “moves the mean”
- Execution challenges and choices – creating deep practice simulations by role based on the most pivotal and daily moments “on the job” and how the best respond
Teresa Pineda ’06, Portland, OR
Cost Engineer, Nike
Teresa Pineda ’06 is a cost engineer at Nike, working to improve the product profitability of young athlete’s shoes through manufacturing efficiency, material optimization and footwear construction while not compromising product performance and value. Pineda joined the team at Nike after nine years working in biotech, as a clinical studies engineer at BIOTRONIC on an 1,800-subject clinical trial for a new pacemaker electrical lead, and she began her career at Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute (OBEI), a research startup doing early-phase R&D developing wound care bandages for severe trauma, stem cell therapies for compartment syndrome, burn therapy dressings, and textile development research.
Pineda is passionate about nutrition and health, practices yoga daily, and is working on a master’s in nutrition. She lives in Portland with her husband and loves her new role as mommy to their son.
Autumn Preskill ’09, New York, NY
Software Engineer, Transfix
Autumn Preskill ’09 is a staff software engineer and manager at Flatiron Health, where she works on building systems that enable cancer researchers to learn from the experience of every cancer patient. Prior to that, she worked as a software engineer at a freight brokerage startup called Transfix, where she led a team that specialized in building tools that make it easier to book shipments, from modeling and predicting prices to matching shipments with relevant carriers.
In 2015, Preskill received her PhD in energy and resources from UC Berkeley, where she studied the effects of energy storage and renewable energy on the electricity grid. She graduated with her B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2009.
Preskill currently resides in New York City with her husband, Ben (’09). They are expecting their first child in November 2018.
Deborah Quazzo, Chicago, IL
Founder & Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration
Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV AcceleraTE, a venture capital fund investing in exceptional entrepreneurs and their companies in the $75B education and talent technology sector. In addition, she is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of the ASU+GSV Summit and Founder and Senior Advisor of GSV Advisors. Now in its 10th year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 4,000 attendees.
Deborah currently serves on the boards of Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Lightneer, Remind, and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a board observer at CreativeLive and RaiseMe, and an advisory board member of Area9 Lyceum. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, Harvey Mudd College, National Louis University, Oriental Education Institute (OEI), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The Board of Dean’s Advisory Council at Princeton University, and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.
Deborah received the 2014 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award from the Princeton University Club of Chicago, the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award from CFY PowerMyLearning, the 2016 LEAP Innovator in Education “Champion” Award from LEAP Innovations, the 2016 Inaugural Impact Award from Golden Apple Foundation, and the 2017 Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.
Gregory P. Rae ’00, New York, NY
Leader, Martian Entertainment
Gregory Rae is a Tony Award winning producer based in New York. His theatrical credits include The Play That Goes Wrong, Allegiance, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014 Tony Award), A Time To Kill, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award, 2016 Olivier Award), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award), bare (off-Broadway), and The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award). He is an executive producer of the films Hello Again, The Goldfish, Clutter, and The Muslims are Coming, and co-executive producer of The Green. He joined Carl White as a partner in Martian Entertainment LLC in 2013. His upcoming projects include the national tour of The Lightning Thief.
Rae graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2000 with a degree in mathematics and computer science, and received a doctorate of humane letters from Manhattanville College in 2014. He worked at Google as a software engineer in charge of log analysis until 2006. After leaving Google, he got involved in politics as one of the national leaders of Living Liberally, and has advised several campaigns for marriage equality around the country. In 2008, he was the technical lead for the No On Proposition 8 campaign in California, and in 2010 he served as treasurer of Fight Back New York, a political action committee that successfully targeted three New York state senators who had voted against marriage equality. Rae serves on the board of trustees of Harvey Mudd College. Previously, he served on the board of The Production Farm, and is an emeritus board member of The Tank. He is an associate member of The Broadway League.
Jeffrey Rosenbluth, New York, NY
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth is a private investor and former head of Fixed Income Arbitrage at Salomon Brothers Inc. Rosenbluth is also co-founder of Applause Code LLC, an independent iOS application development company. He works part time as the chief technology officer of Elm Partners Management LLC. He serves on the board of advisors for Chalkstream Capital Group, a private investment fund. Rosenbluth is a founding board member and a member of the executive committee of Math for America, a foundation that seeks to improve mathematics education in the United States. He is an overseer of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Rosenbluth serves as chairman of the NYU/Courant Advisory Council and as chairman of the advisory board of Courant’s Program in Financial Mathematics. He holds PhD and M.S. degrees in mathematics from New York University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSE in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hector Ruiz, Austin, TX
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Hector de Jesus Ruiz has been a luminary in the field of technology for nearly three decades. He is an accomplished engineer, corporate strategist and chief executive. His professional career began at Texas Instruments in the company’s research laboratories and manufacturing operations. He then spent two decades at Motorola, rising from running a microchip manufacturing facility in Scotland to overseeing the firm’s worldwide semiconductor operations to leading semiconductor research and development and finally serving as president of the company’s semiconductor products sector. In 2000, Ruiz joined AMD as President and COO, and in April 2002 he was named CEO. At AMD, Ruiz set the strategic direction of the company, helping guide its growth from a small, broad supplier of components to an innovative technology solutions leader in the processor space. He also received numerous accolades during his tenure at AMD, including the Semico Bellwether Award (2009), 2005 Executive of the Year (EE Times), 2005 CEO of the Year (Electronic Business) and 2006 Top 25 Business Leader (Fortune). Ruiz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and he completed his doctoral degree at Rice University. Ruiz currently serves on UT’s College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. In 2006, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT-Austin, and in 2012, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Texas Exes’ highest honor. He also currently serves as a trustee emeriti of Rice University and is on the board of trustees of the RAND Corporation and the board of directors of Breakthrough Austin.
Kevin Schofield P13 P13, Seattle, WA
Kevin Schofield is a freelance writer and journalist, and the founder of Seattle City Council Insight, a web site providing independent news and analysis of the Seattle City Council.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science, he worked for Microsoft Corporation for 26 years in a variety of technical and general management positons. That culminated in a term as Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, the division of the company focused on advancing the state of the art in computing. Upon leaving Microsoft in 2014 he decided to embrace his love of writing.
Kevin volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.
Beyond writing, his personal passions are his twin daughters, photography, cooking, and playing the guitar. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Michael Schubmehl ’02, Hinsdale, IL
Quantitative Researcher for Jump Trading
Michael Schubmehl develops quantitative trading strategies for a leading proprietary trading firm in Chicago, Illinois. He’s been excited to participate in the rapid evolution of computerized trading over the past decade, incorporating advances in mathematics, data analysis, software, hardware and networking. The interdisciplinary nature of modern trading makes it a natural fit for Harvey Mudd students, and Schubmehl has worked to strengthen Mudd’s relationship with the industry by serving as a Clinic liaison, delivering guest lectures and recruiting on campus.
Schubmehl’s primary philanthropic activities have focused on Harvey Mudd, with particular emphasis on expanding the student research opportunities that he found so valuable over his four summers there. Schubmehl earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd in 2002.
He currently lives in Hinsdale, Illinois, with his wife and daughter.
Ellyn Shook, New York, NY
Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, Accenture
Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for helping the 459,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR leaders and experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age, fueling Accenture’s differentiation in the market and ability to improve the way the world works and lives.
A member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee, Ellyn is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for its diversity efforts.
Ellyn serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the steering committee of Paradigm for Parity. She is active in Women in America and Ellevate Women’s Network, and is also a member of the HR50 division of World50. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ellyn one of the top 10 CHROs, and she was recognized as a LinkedIn Top Voice in 2017.
Scott Smallwood P17, Arlington, VA
Scott Smallwood graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in mathematics and economics and from Stanford with a PhD in operations research. He currently runs a small quantitative hedge fund.
Before venturing out on his own he spent 25 years working in the airline, consulting and finance industry. He started at American Airlines in the Operations Research group (now
Sabre Decision Technologies) building mathematical models to help solve the complex problems involved in running an airline. Scott then moved to California and worked for Applied
Decision Analysis, a quantitative consulting firm. Seven years later it was back to the east coast for two years in the fraud department at Capital One and then 13 years at Morgan Stanley and PDT Partners.
Scott and his wife live in the Washington, D.C., area. They have three kids, and their oldest graduated from Harvey Mudd in 2017.
Scott loves being outdoors in almost any activity. He is an avid runner and biker and loves snowboarding and kite-boarding with his children. A sports enthusiast, he has spent time using statistics to predict sporting events.
Venkat Varadachary, New York, NY
Senior Vice President for Information Management and Chief Data Officer, American Express
Venkat Varadachary is the senior vice president for information management and chief data officer at American Express. He has over 15 years of experience in business innovation leveraging data analytics and capabilities in the risk, services and commerce space. In his current role, Varadachary leads a team that builds, leverages and deploys analytics, capabilities and data-driven products and services that take advantage of American Express’ rich data assets to drive profitable growth for the company. As chief data officer, he also leads American Express’ data strategy and governance, from monitoring the quality and quantity of data flowing through its systems to creating the next generation of data insights.
Prior to this role, Varadachary held various leadership roles in risk management and analytics spanning the consumer, small business and reward loyalty space. As head of the Membership Rewards Analytics team, he led the development of the first rewards decision infrastructure and analytics in the industry that drove large gains in program economics. During the last recession, Varadachary led the program office for risk management activities and developed AXP’s suite of global customer assistance programs for customers in financial hardship. More recently, he also led a new business development initiative on private sales that resulted in the establishment of the AXP Vente-Privee joint venture. Prior to his experiences in information management, Varadachary held various leadership roles in risk management. He earned bachelor’s degrees in genetics and economics and a master’s in quantitative methods.
Yvonne Wassenaar, San Francisco, CA
Chief Information Officer, New Relic
Yvonne Wassenaar empowers companies to envision their future and ensure continued relevance embracing technology and diversity in a rapidly changing world. For over 25 years, Yvonne has advised leaders across the globe on scaling and diversifying their businesses. Yvonne currently serves as CEO at Airware, a geospatial analytics company delivering actionable business insights to F500 companies. Previously Yvonne served as Chief Information Officer at New Relic and she held multiple leadership positions at VMware. Yvonne spent 17 years at Accenture, where she started her professional career as a computer programmer, and was ultimately promoted to partner in the Communications & High Tech Strategy practice. Yvonne received her undergraduate degree and MBA from UCLA where she graduated with top honors. Her market impact recently earned her recognition as a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley; theBoardlist Top 20, and as a WSJ Woman of Note. She sits on the board of Forrester (FORR), the Athena Alliance and Harvey Mudd College. Yvonne is an avid traveler and uses her experiences abroad to deepen her understanding of human interaction and experience.
Bruce W. Worster ’64, Santa Barbara, CA
Digger Pine Enterprises
Bruce W. Worster retired in 2001 as vice president from JDS-Uniphase Corporation in San Jose, a leading supplier for the telecommunications industry. Before JDS-Uniphase, Worster was a physicist at Hewlett-Packard, after which he moved to leadership roles at Measurex, Surface Science Instruments, Tencor Instruments and Ultrapointe Corporation, where he was founder, CTO and president. After retirement, he served as a director of Zygo Corporation from 2002–2010, and as chairman 2009–2010. Worster is also a member of the American Physical Society.
He is named on ten patents for an integrated confocal laser imaging system and related technologies used to analyze defects on silicon wafers during the semiconductor manufacturing process.
Worster graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in physics. He then obtained a master of arts and doctorate of philosophy in 1971 in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master of business administration from Santa Clara University in 1977.
Worster resides in Los Altos Hills, California, with his wife, Susan.
Jacky Wright, Redmond, WA
Vice President, Microsoft
Jacky Wright is a seasoned, global leader in information technology who has made a broad impact in business and on key social issues. She draws on extensive global experience in strategy, consulting, large-scale program development, implementation and management across a variety of industries. As vice president of Microsoft IT Strategic Enterprise Services, Wright is responsible for all Enterprise Services and Platforms globally. She leads a team of more than 1,200 people worldwide to drive product and operational excellence, agility and customer-centricity across the company. Wright is deeply engaged with senior Microsoft leadership to define Microsoft’s product and service strategy for the enterprise and to build leading-edge customer products and services.
Over the course of her career, Wright has had broad responsibility for leading extended, multidisciplinary teams to deliver immediate and long-term business value. During her tenure at Microsoft, she has driven the adoption of ground-breaking new technologies and effectively managed a vastly complex cloud technology migration program. Her areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, complex business integration projects and developing deeply effective collaborations with other senior leaders.
In addition to her professional leadership role, Wright is passionate about creating positive change for historically excluded groups. As she rose to the senior ranks of major corporations such as BP PLC, General Electric, Accenture and now Microsoft, Wright leveraged her experiences and passion to inspire others to take control of their destiny. Her professional and personal interests take her across the world each year, and she takes advantage of the many opportunities to engage with global audiences on key social topics and to effect lasting social change.
Ed Zimmerman, New York, NY
Attorney, Lowenstein Sandler
Ed Zimmerman is a lawyer representing tech startups, growth companies and the venture capital and growth equity funds that invest in them. Ed has worked at Lowenstein Sandler since joining the firm as a summer associate in 1991. He co-founded Lowenstein’s Tech Group in 1998. Dow Jones ranked Lowenstein among the five most active law firms in America for venture capital and private equity deals (2013). Ed has been an Adjunct Professor of Venture Capital at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business since 2005. He has personally invested as an angel investor in more than 100 startups and more than 30 venture funds. Ed has published more than 75 columns on tech startups and growth companies, diversity and gender bias (and sometimes wine), on the Accelerators and Experts pages of The Wall Street Journal, where he currently serves as a WSJ expert panelist, with more than 30 additional articles in Forbes. Ed co-founded and chairs VentureCrush, which also includes VentureCrushFG, formerly known as FirstGrowthVC (which Pando Daily called “New York’s best Accelerator”). Ed worked harvest (briefly) in France and California, and had minor involvement in vinifying a wine granted a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parker. Ed has been involved in political matters and together with a counterpart in government, coordinated a summit for leaders in tech in the LGBTQ community at the White House.