2022–2023 Members of the Board

James C. Bean ’77, Portland, OR

HMC Board Chair; Senior Advisor to the President, Northeastern University

James Bean

James C. Bean ’77 was provost of Northeastern University in Boston (2015–2020). Before this, he was senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon (2008–2013) and dean of the Lundquist College of Business (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 (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 2010 winner of the George E. Kimball Medal. He served on the regional board for U.S. Bank and was chair of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. He also has served as a member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for Engineering Systems at MIT and the Oregon Innovation Council.

Bean lives in Portland, Oregon.

John M. Benediktsson ’01, Incline Village, NV

Founder, Silfur Capital LLC

John BeneditkssonJohn 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 bachelore of science degree (engineering).

Dr. Rachel Donahue Beda ’97, Seattle, WA

Physician and Co-owner, Wise Patient Internal Medicine, PLLC

Rachel Donahue BedaDr. Rachel Donahue Beda ’97 is a practicing internist in Seattle, where she is the medical director and co-owner of Wise Patient Internal Medicine. In addition to general adult primary care, Beda provides gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary people, mental healthcare and medical weight loss. After receiving her B.S. (biology) from Harvey Mudd in 1997, she received her M.D. and completed her residency at the University of Washington. She is double board-certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine and is a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). Her past experience includes seven years as a supervising physician in the emergency department of Seattle’s level 1 trauma center, followed by five years providing primary care to Seattle’s underserved and unhoused population at Pike Market Medical Clinic.

Beda is married to Mudd alum Joe Beda ‘97, and they have two daughters. She is working to decrease the hunger rate in Washington through her work with Northwest Harvest, Washington’s largest hunger-relief agency, where she is the chair-elect of the board. For fun, she spends as much time as karma allows trail running with her dog in the Cascade Mountains.

Michael Blasgen ’63, San Diego, CA

Retired, IBM

Michael BlasgenMichael W. Blasgen ’63 is a retired technical executive, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His papers have led to several awards. He received a B.S. (engineering) from Harvey Mudd College, 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 late wife, Sharon (Scripps ‘64), collected art and have given 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.

Justin Christian P25, Indianapolis, IN

President and CEO, BCforward

Justin ChristianJustin P. Christian P25 is the president and chief executive officer of BCforward. Christian’s leadership over the past 24 years has propelled the company from a boutique IT services firm to the best in class IT consultancy and global workforce solutions leader that it is today. With over 6,500 employees, BCforward serves Fortune 1000 and government clients across all industries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. BCforward provides a full suite of customer-centric information technology and human capital solutions spanning application lifecycle management, project management, quality, business intelligence, outsourcing and advisory services.

Christian is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. He has served on the boards of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Goodwill of Central Indiana, Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indianapolis Bond Bank. He is a past chair of the Indianapolis 500 Festival Board of Directors and a current board member for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Lumina Foundation, and is a DePauw University trustee.

Born in New York City, Christian is a 1995 graduate of DePauw University. He resides in Zionsville, Indiana, with his wife, Darrianne, and four daughters.

Michael Curtis, Menlo Park, CA


Michael CurtisMichael Curtis spent over 20 years as a technology leader. He led engineering at Airbnb as it scaled from 40 to 1000+ engineers and also oversaw multiple other functions including Data Science, Online Marketing, and Trust and Safety. Prior to Airbnb, Curtis was director of engineering at Facebook where he managed the engineering team responsible for user growth and engagement. Before that he was VP, engineering at Yahoo leading Yahoo Mail. After leaving Airbnb, Curtis joined the board of directors at Zendesk and has focused his time on investing in and advising growing technology companies.

Bruce L. DePriester ’74, Bozeman, MT

Retired, American Funds Group

Bruce DePriesterBruce is a California native who graduated from HMC in 1974. Upon graduation, he spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Ghana as a Chemistry teacher. Upon returning to the U.S., he earned an MBA at UCLA. He worked in financial functions with ARCO and then as CFO/COO for American Funds, a subsidiary of the Capital Group. He and his wife Sharon have two sons and one grandson with another grandson expected in 2022. Sharon/Bruce split time between Orange County and Bozeman, Montana. Bruce enjoys cycling and fly fishing.

Howard Deshong III ’89, P22, Los Angeles, CA

Managing Partner, Galileo Partners

Howard DeshongHoward Deshong III is the managing partner of Galileo Partners, a single-family office based in Los Angeles. He serves on the boards of several non-profits, including The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (where he Co-Chairs the Board) and the Annenberg School for Communication Trust at the University of Southern California. He is also currently on the boards of two private technology companies: OWL ESG, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and Marine Learning Systems, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Deshong earned a bachelor of science degree (physics) from Harvey Mudd College, and a MALD and PhD (on counter-terrorism policy) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked on defense-related issues at the RAND Corporation for six years followed by three years at a nonpartisan Congressional agency. Howard then entered the private sector, joining Oppenheimer Investment Advisers in 2001. He left that firm to help start Bristlecone Value Partners in 2004 and founded Galileo Partners in 2007.

Jason Fennell ’08, San Francisco, CA

Data Privacy, Facebook

Jason FennellJoining Yelp in 2008, Jason Fennell ’08 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 six million to over 100 million 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 B.S. (computer science and math) from Harvey Mudd College. He and his wife, Lilly, live in San Francisco.

Matthew Ferri, New York, NY

Partner, PDT Partners

Mathew FerriMatthew 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 a B.S. (mechanical engineering), M.S. (electrical engineering and computer science) and M.S. and PhD (nuclear engineering). 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 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, McClean, VA

Computer Scientist

Kathleen Fisher

Kathleen Fisher is the Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA. Previously, Fisher was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She served as chair of the department from 2016-2021. Before joining Tufts, she was a program manager at DARPA where she started and managed the HACMS and PPAML programs, and a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Labs Research. She received her PhD in computer science from Stanford University. Kathleen is an ACM Fellow and a Hertz Foundation Fellow. Service to the community has been a hallmark of Kathleen’s career. She has served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) and as Program Chair for three of SIGPLAN’s marquee conferences: PLDI, OOPSLA, ICFP. She has also served as an Associate Editor for TOPLAS and as an Editor of the Journal of Functional Programming. Kathleen has long been a leader in the effort to increase diversity and inclusion in Computer Science: she was Co-Chair of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) for three years, and she co-founded SIGPLAN’s Programming Language Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) Series. Kathleen is a recipient of the SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award. She is a past Chair of DARPA’s ISAT Study Group.

Scott E. Fraser ’76, Los Angeles, CA

Provost Professor of Biology and Bioengineering, Elizabeth Garrett Professor of Convergent Biosciences, Director of Science Initiatives, University of Southern California, Translational Imaging Center

Scott E. Fraser ’76 has a longstanding commitment to quantitative biology, applying the tools of chemistry, engineering and physics to problems in biology and medicine. His personal research centers on imaging and molecular analyses of intact biological systems, with an emphasis on early development, organogenesis and medical diagnostics.

After training in physics (B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1976) and biophysics (PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1979), he joined the faculty at UC Irvine and rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 1990, he moved to Caltech to serve as the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology and as the director of the Biological Imaging Center. He is deeply committed to interdisciplinary training and translational research, having helped found the Caltech Brain Imaging Center and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as well as serving as the director of the Rosen Center for Biological Engineering.

In fall 2012, he moved to USC to take a provost professorship in the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He remains active in interdisciplinary research and serves as the director of science initiatives for the USC campuses.

Laurie Girand, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Consumer/Social Justice Advocate

Laurie GirandLaurie 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 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 (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 daughter.

Robert L. Gould ’87, Los Angeles, CA

Faculty, UCLA

Rob Gould.Robert L. Gould ’87 (mathematics) is on the teaching faculty in the UCLA Department of Statistics, where he serves as vice chair of the undergraduate statistics program. Driven by a belief that you can see lots of things by looking, he has co-authored an introductory statistics textbook designed for community college students and founded the American Statistical Association DataFest competition, a national data analysis competition and celebration of all things data. He earned a PhD (mathematics) from UC San Diego in 1994 and has been on the faculty at UCLA ever since. As lead investigator of the Mobilize project, he is the co-author of what is believed to be the first data science curriculum for high school students and which is currently taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as several other districts in California. He is a proud alum of the dorm formerly known as “New” West Dorm and South Dorm.

Shamit Grover ’05, Irvington, NY

Co-founder, Vesper Company

Grover Shamit.Shamit Grover ’05 is a co-founder of Vesper Company. Vesper Company partners with entrepreneurs to scale defensible technology and services companies by providing active support and aligned, durable capital. He serves on the board of New England Marine Monitoring and Kobalt Music Group. Prior to founding Vesper Company in 2021, he was a managing director in the Private Capital Group of MSD Partners, L.P where he led or supported the firm’s investments in Owl Rock, WCG Clinical, Ultimate Fighting Championship, BrightView, Transaction Network Services and OneWest Bank, among others. Prior to joining MSD Capital, Grover was at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in the global private equity and mergers and acquisitions groups. He received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College (double major in engineering and economics/CMC).

Mar Hershenson P24, Palo Alto, CA

Pear Ventures

Mar HershensonMar Hershenson P24 is a co-founder and managing partner at Pear VC, a seed-stage investment firm in Palo Alto backing companies like Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Doordash, Gusto and Branch. At Pear, she works closely with founders to take companies from an idea to defining business. She was recognized in the Midas Brink List of Top Tech Investors in 2015. Hershenson received her PhD (electrical engineering) from Stanford University in 2000 for her breakthrough work in circuit design automation and taught the Analog Circuit Design course at Stanford for over a decade. She made her mark as an entrepreneur by co-founding three companies: Barcelona Design, Sabio Labs and Revel Touch. She ran each company from day one, being deeply involved in all aspects of the business, including product definition and development, business strategy, sales, recruiting and financing. After the acquisition of Sabio Labs, Hershenson served as VP of product development for Magma Design Automation’s Mixed Signal division. She has received many awards throughout her career, among them, the renowned T35 Young Innovator Award from MIT (for her technical work) and the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award in 2010 (for her work in entrepreneurship). She currently serves on the advisory council of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She previously served on the board of Palo Alto Child Care Centers and is a founding member of All Raise and the Equity Summit.

Hershenson lives in Los Altos, California, with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking and watching soccer.

Robert A. Hulse ’96/97, Los Altos, CA

Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Bob Hulse.Bob Hulse ’96/97 is a partner in the intellectual property group at Fenwick & West. He focuses his practice on building strategic patent portfolios in a wide range of technical fields, including computer software and electronics, electromechanical and medical devices, digital healthcare and electronic media. His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, evaluating risks from third-party patents, and assisting in efforts to design around those patents, and he has experience in intellectual property diligence matters on both sides of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. In addition to providing legal services, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, teaching patent drafting and prosecution. He is also a member of the faculty at the Practicing Law Institute and has lectured on topics related to patent law at the University of Washington School of Law, Dalhousie University and the National University of Singapore.

Maria M. Klawe, Claremont, CA

Harvey Mudd College President

Maria Klawe

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Oliver Kwan, Shanghai, New York City and Singapore

Founding Partner, New Wheel Capital

Oliver Kwan.Oliver Kwan is the Chairman and CEO of Motion G, Inc. and the founding partner of New Wheel Capital, which focuses on investing in early stage ventures and funding fundamental research. He is a serial TMT and FinTech entrepreneur in China with over 20+ years’ experience of managing growth. He was the founder and EVP of WanDa Internet Technology Group, where he formulated the growth strategy and managed the scaling of the user base to 200 million within two years. Previously, he founded the 99Bill Corporation, a Fintech company offering mobile wealth management, consumer credit and payment service to 100 million users in China. Prior to 99Bill, Kwan was the angel investor and SVP of NetEase.com (Nasdaq: NTES).

Kwan graduated from Shanghai JiaoTong University with a B.S. (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering), followed by a M.S. (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Arizona.

Kwan also serves on the board of AiJian Special Foundation, which promotes non-state-owned enterprise ownership and entrepreneurship. Kwan graduated from Shanghai JiaoTong University with a B.S. (naval architecture and ocean engineering), followed by an M.S. (industrial engineering) from the University of Arizona.

Laura Larson P20, Ithaca, NY

Laura LarsonWith a history degree from Cornell and a career in finance, Laura Larson P20 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 mathematics culture for elementary through pre-K children, their parents/caregivers and teachers to offer mathematical competency for all. While society often isolates math and science from general learning, Larson has focused on changing the belief that math is only for some people and 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). In 2020 Larson opened Odyssey Bookstore in Ithaca, NY and simultaneously has more to read, and less time to do it.

Albert J. Lee, Washington, D.C.

Founding Principal, Summit Consulting

Albert LeeAlbert J. Lee is the founding principal of Summit Consulting, a Washington D.C.-based consultancy. He has extensive experience managing consulting engagements involving diverse teams of experts and professionals.

Prior Summit, he was a senior consultant at Bates White LLC, where he specialized in economic damages. Lee participated in some of the largest litigated matters handled by Bates White. He was also a manager at KPMG. His clients included many Fortune 500 companies. At Summit, Lee has led a number of high-profile engagements and served as a testifying expert. Under his leadership, Summit was recognized by Inc. Magazine in 2015 and 2016 as one of the fastest growing firms in the U.S. Summit also earned the 2015 Seal of Distinction Award from WorldatWork Alliance for employee work-life balance.

A frequent lecturer at universities, Lee received his PhD from UCLA and a B.A. from USC. He served as the UCLA Centennial Campaign chair for the New York region, and is a member of the board of visitors of the UCLA Economics Department. Lee spends the bulk of his free time enjoying the company of his family, supporting local charitable organizations. He hails from Hong Kong and visits Asia frequently but spent his formative years in New York City. Southern California is his second home.

Allan Leinwand, San Francisco, CA

CTO, Shopify

Allan Leinwand is Chief Technology Officer at Shopify leading the engineering teams that make commerce better for everyone.

Prior to Shopify, Allan was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Slack, transforming the way work gets done for hundreds of thousands of companies and tens of millions of users. He led engineering and operations at Slack from pre-IPO and past the company’s acquisition by Salesforce in 2021 for $28 billion. Before joining Slack, Allan was Chief Technology Officer at ServiceNow, where he was responsible for overseeing all technology direction and strategy as the company grew revenue from $100 million to nearly $4 billion. He has co-founded and held senior leadership positions at multiple companies and was a venture capital investor for seven years. He founded Vyatta (acquired by Brocade), the open-source networking company, and co-authored “Cisco Router Configuration” and “Network Management: A Practical Perspective” and has been granted a patent in the field of data routing.

Leinwand previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he taught on the subjects of computer networks, network management and network design. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Curtis Mewbourne P25, Boca Raton, FL

Investor, MewCap, LLC

Curtis Mewbourne is an Investor and Founder of Mewbourne Capital, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience investing in financial markets. Previously, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at PIMCO in Newport Beach, CA, where he managed investment accounts for institutional investors and mutual funds. Prior to that he was a bond trader at Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers in New York and London. He was nominated for Morningstar Fixed Income Manager of the Year and won six Lipper Awards for Best Mutual Fund Performance.

Curtis served as a Trustee or Director at the Ethel Walker School, the Nightingale Bamford School, and the PIMCO Foundation.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Fellow at Stanford University in the Distinguished Careers Institute Program. Curtis is an avid private pilot and enjoys surfing, skiing, mountain biking, yoga, scuba diving, and travel.

Tyler Mingst P22, Los Angeles, CA

Chairman, Intriva Capital

Tyler MingstTyler Mingst P22 is co-founder and chairman of Intriva Capital, a European-based private equity investment business. Before founding Intriva, he was a partner with Apollo Management’s distressed loan group in London, focused on credit portfolio acquisitions and restructurings, and where he and his family lived for nine years before returning to the U.S. in 2014. Prior to London, Mingst managed due diligence assignments with Ernst & Young’s global real estate team while based in Germany, China and Thailand. These immersive international experiences instilled an understanding and deep appreciation of different cultures and methodologies for doing business. Mingst received his B.A. from The Colorado College and his MBA and master’s of architecture degree from UCLA. Mingst and his wife, Heather (SCR ’91), have two sons and live in Santa Monica, California. He enjoys open-water swimming and working on car and bicycle projects in his garage.

Sergio Monsalve P25, Palo Alto, CA

Founding Partner, Roble Ventures

Sergio Monsalve.Sergio Monsalve is Founding Partner at Roble Ventures, which is an early stage technology venture capital fund focused on investing in human enablement technologies, which includes workplace transparency, cloud software, remote work platforms, skills development technologies and marketplaces. His focus at Roble is to fund entrepreneurs interested in helping all humans get ahead with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Sergio has been on the board of directors of dozens of companies including 2 unicorns: Udemy ($4Bn IPO), and Adaptive Insights (Sold to Workday for $1.6Bn). Sergio is also a Lecturer at Stanford, where he teaches “Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Education Technology.” At Mudd, Sergio is Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurial Committee and Vice Chair of the Board Affairs Committee. Sergio holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Sergio was born in Mexico and is an active mentor to Latino/a youth, including initiatives to improve diversity in entrepreneurship.

Karen Morrison ’08, Sacramento, CA

Acting Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Karen MorrisonKaren Morrison ’08 is the Acting Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), where she directs and oversees the operations of all department functions. Morrison was previously the assistant director and chief science advisor at DPR, and since joining the department in 2018, Morrison has worked to advance major human health and environmental policy issues related to pesticide use in California.

Morrison has worked in the intersection of science, policy and society at the state and local level since 2013. This includes positions with the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee, where she analyzed legislation and organized legislative oversight, and as a science advisor with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Morrison also served as a commissioner on the Environment and Utilities Commission with the city of West Sacramento.

Morrison earned a PhD (chemistry) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. (chemistry) from Harvey Mudd College. She and her family live in Sacramento, California.

Shaun M. Pacheco ’12, Santa Clara, CA

Senior Imaging Systems Specialist, Ghost Locomotion

Shaun Pacheco ’12 is a Senior Imaging Systems Specialist at Ghost Locomotion, where he is architecting imaging systems for an attention-free self-driving platform for a new generation of consumer cars. Prior to that, he worked as an Image Scientist at Apple, where he helped develop technologies to enhance camera performance and enable new camera features for their products.

In 2016, Pacheco completed his PhD in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. During his PhD program, he worked on developing new optical systems for biomedical imaging and computational imaging, which is the combination of computer science and optics to achieve camera performance that is not possible with just computer science or optics independently. Pacheco was a President’s Scholar while attending Harvey Mudd College, where he earned a B.S. (physics).

Justin Peterson ’85, New York, NY

CTO, Tradeweb Markets LLC

Justin PetersonJustin Peterson ’85 is the chief technology officer of Tradeweb, where he oversees the development of all trading platforms, infrastructure systems and cyber security globally. He was appointed CTO in April 2020 and previously served as managing director and head of institutional technology at Tradeweb. In that position, he was responsible for leading ongoing development of the firm’s electronic platforms and trading systems. He joined Tradeweb in 1999 to help drive development of pricing and trading software, later managing the global support team and European technology group. He is a longstanding member of the firm’s management team and served on Tradeweb’s Global Operating Committee for many years.

Peterson has more than three decades of experience in computer science and development, with over 20 years dedicated to the financial services sector. He was a vice president at Citibank, managing development of web-based customer delivery and payment systems for its corporate bank and improving its electronic funds transfer system. Prior to that, he worked at NYNEX Science and Technology, focusing on telephone network planning software. Earlier, he developed computer-aided integrated circuit design tools at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Peterson holds a B.S. (engineering) from Harvey Mudd College and a PhD and M.S. (both computer science) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Autumn Preskill ’09, New York, NY

Staff Engineering Manager, Flatiron Health

Autumn PreskillAutumn 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 Transfix, a freight brokerage startup, 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 (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. (engineering) from Harvey Mudd College.

Preskill currently resides in New York City with her husband, Ben (’09). They welcomed their first child in 2018.

Sunil Rajasekar P26, Los Gatos, CA

President, Mindbody

Sunil RajasekarSunil Rajasekar serves as Mindbody’s president and chief technology officer. Previously, Rajasekar served as vice president and general manager at eBay, leading engineering and product management. He has also served as CTO for Lithium Technologies and as vice president of engineering at Intuit. He serves on the board of Storable and is an active investor and advisor to startups.

He often spends his free time discovering new restaurants. He has been Yelp Elite Squad member for more than 13 years and has over 6,000 reviews. Rajasekar lives in Los Gatos, California, with his family.

Uma Rajesh P24, Memphis, TN

Uma RajeshUma Rajesh P24, has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and has worked in fields of Marketing, Sales, Pricing, Engineering, and Finance. She embodies a truly global mindset, having lived and worked in multiple countries.

Rajesh is passionate about education and has invested in startups in the educational field. In addition, she mentors high-school students and advocates for the needs of “profoundly-gifted” youth. Her goal is to help these students maximize their potential and fulfill their aspirations, while benefiting their communities and society at large.

Rajesh also serves on the National Leadership Council of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, consistently recognized among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the US. She and her husband live in Memphis, TN and have two children and a cat.

Michael Schubmehl ’02, Hinsdale, IL

Quantitative Researcher, Jump Trading

Michael SchubmehlMichael Schubmehl ’02 spent two decades developing quantitative trading strategies for two leading trading firms in Chicago, Illinois. Mudd prepared him well for the blend of mathematics, data analysis, and software development that defines modern algorithmic trading. After two stints as a clinic liaison, multiple guest lectures, and numerous recruiting trips, he finally joined the HMC Board of Trustees in 2014. He retired from finance in early 2020 to pursue other interests, including climate change, renewable energy, and making the pandemic seem like a fun adventure for his two young daughters. He currently lives in Hinsdale, Illinois.

Ramona Sequeira P23, Cambridge, MA

President, U.S. Business Unit and Global Portfolio Commercialization, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Ramona SequeiraRamona Sequeira P23 is president of Takeda’s U.S. business unit and leads Takeda’s portfolio commercialization globally. She serves as a member of Takeda’s global executive team.

Sequeira joined Takeda in 2015. Through her work with Takeda and, prior to that, with Eli Lilly, she has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Having led businesses in Canada, Europe and the U.S., Ramona has worked across multiple markets, cultures and healthcare systems. She has successfully launched products, transformed businesses and delivered sustainable and patient-centric growth, while driving high employee engagement and organizational alignment.

Since joining Takeda, Sequeira has shifted the structure of Takeda’s U.S. business and altered the investment mix to enable focus, agility and sustainable growth. She has aligned her organization around a common vision, values and culture, areas which she believes are fundamental to longterm organizational success. She also leads efforts to effectively commercialize Takeda’s exciting pipeline globally across GI, neuroscience and rare disease.

Known for her forward-looking approach, Sequeira leads her organization to build trust with stakeholders by partnering to create effective business strategies tailored around the needs of patients. She enjoys participating in leadership forums inside and outside of Takeda to share her views on the role of trust and reputation in longterm company success. A passionate advocate of talent development, diversity and inclusion, she is an active mentor and coach to numerous individuals, internal and external to Takeda. Sequeira has a keen interest in authentic leadership and has led numerous executive development programs.

Sequeira is a member of the PhRMA Board of Directors and is treasurer of the board. Prior to that, she served as chair of PhRMA’s State Committee. She is committed to the industry’s role in shaping a positive environment that rewards pharmaceutical innovation and ensures patients have access to life changing medicines.

Sequeira received an MBA from McMaster University in Canada and has a B.S. with honors (molecular genetics and molecular biology) from the University of Toronto. She resides in the Boston area.

Jessica Skon, San Francisco, CA

CEO of BTS Group

Jessica ParisiThroughout her 19-year career at BTS, Jessica Skon has pioneered the application of customized experiences and simulations for leading Fortune 500 clients such as Salesforce.com, VMware, Chevron, Toyota, Bechtel, Fidelity, Uber, Atlassian, New Relic, Microsoft, Twitter and others. Skon leads BTS USA with profit and loss responsibility for offices in Stamford, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.

She has played a key role in developing BTS strategy execution services, including end-to-end strategy alignment and creating experiences where leaders at all levels practice the execution and evolution of the business. She does strategy prototyping for the C suite, including defining “great” (how codifying high performance by role drives clarity and quickly moves the mean). She is an expert in execution challenges and choices: creating deep practice simulations by role based on the most pivotal and daily moments on the job and how the most qualified people respond.

Yvonne Wassenaar, San Francisco, CA

Board Director and Start-up Advisor

Yvonne WassenaarYvonne Wassenaar has 30 years experience scaling companies globally and driving transformation with technology. She currently is a board member of Forrester, Anaplan, Rubrik and Harvey Mudd College. Yvonne is also an advisor to cyber security start-ups StackHawk, SGNL, and Solvo. Most recently Yvonne served as CEO of Puppet, the development operations platform trusted by enterprises to deliver better software faster. Prior to Puppet, Wassenaar was CEO of Airware, CIO at New Relic and held multiple leadership roles at VMware and Accenture. With many people concerned with how modern technology is used, Yvonne is championing its use to drive a safer, more efficient and innovative planet.

Dee West ’65 P92/93, Lincolnshire, IL

Owner, Dee R. West Consulting

Dee WestDee West, now semi-retired, is the sole proprietor of Dee R. West Consulting Service, a management consulting company he established in 1983. He serves as its Principal Consultant. The original business focus was manufacturing and distribution operations, but the scope of consulting activity has expanded to include a wide range of business areas and industries.

After graduating from HMC with a BS in Engineering in ’65 and receiving an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in ’66, he joined General Electric Company in their Manufacturing Management Program. During his 13 years at GE, he held a variety of manufacturing related positions including Project Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Specialist Manufacturing Research, shop Unit Manager, Corporate Consultant with manufacturing systems and materials management as primary areas of responsibility, and Program Manager – Manufacturing Technology where he was responsible for computer technology in the 26 plant Major Appliance Group. Early in his career he proposed, led a study team, led the cost justification effort, did much of the application design, participated heavily in hardware and software architecture design, led the effort to select the proposed equipment, and wrote the detailed specifications for what is believed to be the first “Real Time” Factory Control System. That system was subsequently developed internally by GE, and all or portions implemented in a number of GE plants and businesses. He also served on the Corporate Management Information Systems Steering Committee and was a member of the corporate Simulations Symposium.

Dee left GE in 1979 to join FMC’s Construction Equipment Group (Link Belt) where he served as Operations Manager and then General Manager of the Group’s worldwide spare parts operation.

He has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors (AABOG) for more than a decade and served as its president during the ‘19-20 and ’20-21 academic years. Dee and his wife Joan have 4 children – one graduated from Scripps, one from HMC, one from Brown and one from Princeton.

Michael G. Wilson ’63, London, UK

Film Producer

Michael G. WilsonMichael G. Wilson ’63 began his producing career in 1976, working with Albert “Cubby” Broccoli on The Spy Who Loved Me. Together, they co-produced the next six James Bond films, five of which Wilson also co-wrote. He then went on to produce the hugely successful GoldenEye with his sister, Barbara Broccoli, as well as the next nine Bond franchise releases. Wilson has also produced a number of successful film and stage productions; most recently, he and Barbara produced the box office hit No Time to Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Daniel Craig.

Michael graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1963 (engineering). He then received a juris doctor from Stanford Law School and worked for the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., before joining the law firm Surrey & Morse. There, he became a partner specializing in international tax and business transactions before transferring to EON Productions, of which he is currently Chairman.

Interested in all aspects of still photography, Wilson is recognized as a leading expert on 19th-century photography. In 1998, he opened the Wilson Centre for Photography, one of the largest private collections of photography today, spanning works from some of the earliest extant photographs to the most current contemporary productions. The Centre is a facility for research on the history, aesthetics and preservation of photographs and loans to international museums and galleries.

Fellow of the Science Museum in London, Wilson is also a trustee of Harvey Mudd College, a trustee of the Carnegie Institution for Science and trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He has recently retired as trustee of the Art Fund and chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. Wilson and Broccoli are founders of the London Screen Academy and Directors of the Dana and Albert R Broccoli Foundation.

In 2022, he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire honour for services to film, to drama, to philanthropy and to skills. In 2014, the Producers’ Guild of America honored Wilson with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures and, in 2013, he received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film for Skyfall.

Wilson is married to Jane Wilson, a Scripps College graduate. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Terence Wong ’09, San Diego, CA

Strategy Insights and Planning Associate Consultant, ZS Associates

Terence WongTerence Wong ’09 is a strategy insights and planning associate consultant at ZS Associates, where he delivers innovative solutions to biomedical research, clinical development and medical affairs challenges for clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Prior to ZS, Wong was a clinical genomics analyst at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, where he analyzed whole genome sequencing data to identify genetic causes for rare disease in critically ill infants and developed strategic partnerships with biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the rare disease space. In addition, he teaches a genetics course at UC San Diego Extension and volunteers as a Guardian Scholars mentor at Promises2Kids.

Wong earned a B.S. (chemistry and biology) from Harvey Mudd College, a PhD (biological and biomedical sciences with a concentration in cancer biology) from Harvard University and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration from National University. His doctoral dissertation research, completed at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, involved integrating large functional genomic datasets to identify and characterize novel genetic vulnerabilities in cancer. During his graduate studies, Wong served as vice chair and management and budget officer of the Broad Institute NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students, where he coordinated professional development activities for over 1,200 scientific trainees.

Wong currently resides in San Diego with his partner.

Lindsay Wray ’08, Bay Area, CA

Director of R&D, Bolt Threads

Lindsay WrayLindsay Wray ’08 is a pioneer in the field of silk protein research with over 13 years of experience harnessing the power of silk for cosmetics, textiles, and biomedical applications. She is director of research for Personal Care at Bolt Threads, a materials innovation company, and is developing sustainable and plastic-alternative ingredients for the beauty industry. Prior to this role, Lindsay was CSO of a direct-to-consumer skin care company and prior to that she developed textile spinning processes that resulted in the first spider silk biotechnologies available for purchase—the Bolt Threads tie and Best Made hat.

In 2014, Wray earned a PhD (biomedical engineering) from Tufts University, where she studied silk’s applications in regenerative medicine. She earned a bachelor of science degree (biology) from Harvey Mudd College.

Susan Wu, San Francisco, Australia, Taiwan and New Zealand

Angel Investor

Susan Wu

Susan Wu is an entrepreneur and investor who spends time between Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and California. She has spent her career building high-growth, scaleable software infrastructure that has reached billions of people worldwide.

Wu is a co-founder of Project Include, a non-profit group focused on accelerating diversity and inclusion outcomes in the technology industry. She is a co-founder of Luminaria, a guild of educators, innovators and scientists, who are reimagining our education systems to empower children to thrive in and build a future world that is anchored in humanity and realized through invention.

Previously, Wu was one of the earliest employees at Stripe and helped build the company from 30 employees to over 1,000, and from two countries to over a dozen. She helped develop and launch Stripe’s international organization and business, establishing Stripe’s go-to-market playbook from Europe to APAC and directly managing a multibillion dollar business unit.

Wu has been an active developer in the open source and esports communities. She is a member emeritus and former CMO of the Apache Software Foundation. As an angel investor and advisor, she has contributed to many high-growth startups, including Square, reddit, Medium/Obvious, Canva, Color Genomics, Twitter, Notion and others. She has also been a founding team member for communities such as YC 120 and Above All Human. YC 120 is a community organized by Y Combinator that brings together 120 emerging scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. Wu is also an Edmund Hillary Fellow, contributing to the infrastructure and development of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

Fast Company named Wu as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and Most Influential Women in Technology. She was named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the 10 Most Influential People in Silicon Valley. Wu is a writer and vocal leader of building a more human and humane technological future and has been published or quoted in journals such as Wired Magazine, The Atlantic, The New York Times and many others.

Wu holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Cornell University.