The NewSchools Leadership Council is a dedicated and accomplished cohort of investors that provides strategic guidance to NewSchools’ leadership and portfolio ventures. The Council convenes formally twice a year, and works closely with NewSchools staff and our entrepreneurs throughout the year.
Allison Thoreson Bhusri
Sidney Hawkins Gargiulo
Cynthia King Vance
Lenny T. Mendonca
Brian T. Olson
Allison Thoreson Bhusri graduated from Dartmouth College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has over 15 years of business experience, and is currently consulting as a product lead in the Business Incubation Group at eBay. Prior to joining eBay, she spent four years in brand management at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. She started her career in finance, first at Morgan Stanley & Co., and then in private equity. She serves as a trustee of Gateway Public Schools. Allison and her husband Aneel have one child.
Cecily Cameron graduated from Princeton University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has 15 years of business experience in the financial services, high tech, nonprofit and retail industries. She worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company for 5 years, and her last position was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Old Navy. She serves as a trustee of Marin Country Day School, Leadership Public Schools, Gateway High School and Peer Health Exchange. Cecily and her husband Derek Schrier have three children.
Adam Cioth worked as in investment banker for ten years at Goldman Sachs in New York and for five years for Volpe Brown Whelan in San Francisco, where he served as Head of the Investment Banking Division before launching his own advisory firm, Rolling Hills Capital, serving early-stage technology companies. For the past ten years Adam has served on the board of directors of the French American International School and International High School, including two years as Chair of the Finance Committee and six years as Chair of the Board. Since 2003 Adam has served on the Advisory Board of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Leadership Program involved with curriculum development, program marketing and selection of program fellows. Since June 2011 Adam has served on the board of Leadership Public Schools, a charter school management organization headquartered in Oakland, CA. Adam received a B.A. from Princeton University, studied graduate-level International Economics at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France, and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Steve Dostart is the President and Founder of the Dostart Development Company, LLC (DDC). Prior to founding DDC, he was a Partner at the Mozart Development Company. Steve is a leader in Transit-Oriented Design and in utilizing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for efficient and sustainable design. Earlier in his career, Steve worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in New York, for the Trammell Crow family at the Trammell Crow Company in Dallas and for the Centre City Development Corporation in San Diego. Steve currently is the President of NAIOP Silicon Valley, a trade association for the real estate industry, Vice Chairman of Reading Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students through literacy and investing community members in underserved public schools, and a member of the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the Town Center Task Force in Atherton, CA. He previously served on the Management Board at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College.
Lance Fors received his BA from UC-Berkeley and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in molecular biology. Lance was then Founder and CEO of Third Wave Technologies, which he built into a leading biotechnology company. Since selling Third Wave, Lance has focused on social change and entrepreneurship. Lance focuses on empowering high-potential social entrepreneurs by acting as a thought partner and mentor. Lance has also been the long-term board chair of New Teacher Center, Reading Partners and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), helping them achieve up to 100% compound annual growth and become leaders in their fields. In addition, Lance is chair-elect of the International Association of Social Venture Partnerships, a board member of Growth Philanthropy Network and Jumpstart, and lectures on the potential for nonprofit governance to provide transformational leadership. Lance is the Founder and CEO of a provider of housing for individuals with disabilities. Lance is also lead director and co-owner of Lance Construction Supplies, an inventor on dozens of patents, and an Ernst and Young entrepreneur of the year award recipient.
John Gargiulo is VP of Marketing and Business Development at BlueStacks, a mobile startup that has raised 15M in venture funding from Andreessen-Horowitz, Radar Partners, Redpoint, Qualcomm, Intel and others. He graduated from Colgate University and has 12+ years of business experience, formerly as a creative at the legendary ad agency Cliff Freeman and Partners, known for Wendys’ “Where’s the Beef?” and Little Caesar’s “Pizza Pizza” campaigns. Before moving to California, he founded and ran a small chain of restaurants in New York City called Swich. He has been involved with Democrats for Education Reform since its inception and serves on the boards of Education Reform Now and Bronx Success Academy II, part of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Charter School Network. He and his wife Sidney, also on the Leadership Council, live in Palo Alto.
Sidney Hawkins Gargiulo
Sidney Hawkins Gargiulo is a Partner at Covey Capital, an investment partnership that manages $300 million of capital from individual and institutional investors. She has over a decade of investment management experience investing in a wide range of industries including technology, business services, retail & consumer companies, among others. Prior to Covey, she worked for Ziff Brothers Investments and Hawkshaw Capital Management in New York. Sidney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest University, and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Bruce Greenwald in the Value Investing Program. She has been actively involved in education reform for many years, having served on the boards of New Leaders for New Schools, Education Reform Now, and Bronx Success Academy II, part of the Success Academy Charter School Network. She and her husband John, also on the NewSchools Leadership Council, live in Palo Alto.
Matt is Managing Partner of Rethink Education. He also chairs the board of Engrade and is founder of Stonework Capital, an ethically oriented hedge fund. He serves as an advisor to University Ventures and the College Board. Matt previously helped start three technology businesses, including Rethink Autism, DB Software (acquired by Cadre Software and now part of CA) and Synernetics (acquired by 3Com) and he worked as an associate at ABS Ventures. In addition to Synernetics, his successful angel investments include Wireless Generation (acquired by News Corp.), Atricure (NASDAQ: ATRC) and Wellfleet (merged with Synoptics to form Bay Networks and then acquired by Nortel). Matt received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Yale University. He taught at Bowdoin College and the City University of New York.
Laura Lauder, a native of Canton, Ohio, co-founded Lauder Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in internet and media investments with her husband Gary. Currently she is focused on strategic grant making through their family foundation, the Laura and Gary Lauder Philanthropic Fund. Laura is the Vice Chair of the $1.6B Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco and the Chair of its Foundation Council. She serves on the boards of SV2 in Silicon Valley, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and the advisory board of Stanford University School of Education. She has served on the boards of the National Public Radio Foundation and Spark Networks —a NYSE Amex Company and parent of JDate. Laura and Gary were co-founders of the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute. Laura is a current member of the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project, a policy program of the Aspen Institute and a National Service Initiative to expand Americorps. Laura is an active member of the Jewish community and a winner of numerous awards for her leadership. She recently co-founded a national and international expansion of teen philanthropy programs. She is the founder of DeLeT: Day School Teaching through Leadership, a national Jewish Teach for America program, modeled on her experience as a fellow in the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Laura is an avid cyclist and won a bronze medal in the Maccabi Games in Israel in the sport of cycling in 2009. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, Gary, and their teenage son and daughter.
Tony Lautmann opened and managed the Northwest region of The Staubach Company, a commercial real estate firm founded by Roger Staubach, and later acquired the franchise rights to the Bay Area. When the company’s ownership was consolidated, Tony joined the Board of Directors of The Staubach Company. In 2008 after 18 years with The Staubach Company, Tony played an active role in selling The Staubach Company to Jones Lang LaSalle. Stemming from Tony’s coaching of more than 20 youth athletic teams, he developed a long term interest in helping kids. With a desire to advance underprivileged kids, Tony also taught a Life Skills course based on the “180 Degrees” curriculum for 4 years at Elementary and Middle Schools in Redwood City and East Palo Alto. In an effort to positively impact kids on a greater scale, Tony works with The New Teacher Center, assisting the CEO and CFO on a variety of projects. Through the Boys and Girls Club of East Palo Alto, he also mentors underprivileged high school athletes who are hoping to play college athletics. Tony received a B.S. in Engineering from Stanford. He and his wife, Denise, live in Portola Valley and have 6 kids.
Cynthia has extensive experience in the for-profit and non-profit worlds as a consultant, executive and board leader. Current non-profit board service includes SCO Family of Services (chair), New York Public Radio (vice chair) and Montefiore Medical Center. She was a consultant with McKinsey and launched TV channels UK Gold and UK Living in London as CFO and Commercial Director. Cynthia has led education reform work including restructuring, human capital and teaching/learning projects for the New York City Department of Education, transition management for Newark Public Schools, student success initiatives for Hunter College, and education technology strategy for Classroom Inc. Cynthia graduated from Princeton University with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ann Mathieson has a background in marketing, education and philanthropy. She is a trustee and former Board Chair of the Marin Community Foundation, which oversees the billion dollar Buck Trust and over 300 donor advised funds. She is also a trustee at Marin Academy, an independent high school and on the Bay Area Board for Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit supporting health education for underserved high schools. Previously, she was a co-founder and President of the Bay Area “I Have a Dream” Foundation, a college access program for at-risk students. She was elected to the Kentfield School Board for two terms and served as its President. Ann worked for 15 years as a marketing executive, first at Hallmark Cards and then with Collagen Corporation, a bio-medical start-up. Ann graduated with a BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Stanford University. She and her husband, Andy, have four children and live in Marin County, CA.
Lenny Mendonca is a Director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company. Lenny has for many years led the firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. His client work is focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council, Chairman of the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is also a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Founder and Chairman of Presidential Citizens Fellows. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
Anupam Mishra is a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman, a global private equity firm currently investing an $8.9 billion fund. He leads the firm’s investing efforts in the areas of software and education technology, and currently serves as a Director on the Boards of Kronos Inc. (leader in workforce management software) and Ellucian (the preeminent provider of software and services in the higher education market). Anupam was formerly a Director of GeoVera Insurance Group Holdings, Ltd and Intergraph Corporation. He was also active in the Firm’s investment in PARIS RE Holdings Limited. Prior to Hellman & Friedman, Anupam was employed by Bain Capital in San Francisco, Nextset Software in Palo Alto, CA, and The Boston Consulting Group in Los Angeles. He graduated magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard College, and later received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brian Olson graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a BS in Mathematics and Computing. From 1988 until 1995 he worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. From 1995 until 1998, Mr. Olson was an investment analyst at Tiger Management. In 1999, he co-founded Viking Global Investors, a hedge fund which currently manages over $10 billion of capital from individual and institutional investors from around the world. Mr. Olson was with Viking until the fall of 2005. Since then he has devoted his time to various philanthropic and personal endeavors. Mr. Olson is the chairman of Civic Builders, a not-for-profit company which constructs schools in New York City and makes those schools available for use by charter schools at affordable rents. He is chairman of the board of Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), an advocacy group who mission is to ensure that every child in Connecticut, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family circumstance, receives a world-class K-12 education. Mr. Olson and his wife, Jill, live in Greenwich, Connecticut with their two sons.
Andrea Rice is the President and Co-Founder of CareerCore, an early stage technology company that drives better career outcomes for individuals at every stage of their career. Prior to CareerCore, Andrea spent several years as a senior Wall Street executive. She was a Managing Director in equity research at Deutsche Bank, E*Offering, and Volpe Brown Whelan (acquired by Prudential) and was one of the first Wall Street analysts to cover the consumer Internet companies including Yahoo, Excite, Lycos, Infoseek, CNET, and AOL. Andrea was a frequent contributor on CNBC, CNN and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and Fortune. Andrea also advised technology-focused hedge fund Camelot Capital on their Internet investments, and drove key elements of Stanford University’s MediaX initiative that fosters collaborative research between multinational corporations and Stanford professors. Early in her career, she worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and Theodore Barry & Associates in Los Angeles. Andrea received her MBA from Stanford Business School and her bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University, where she was an All-Ivy tennis player. She serves on the Leadership Council of NewSchools Venture Fund, a leader in the transformation of public schools, and on the board of Reading Partners, a national nonprofit focused on improving literacy among low income K-5 students. A native of Los Angeles, she currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Joe Wolf is a venture investor and entrepreneur focused on providing deserving kids with superior educational and life opportunities. In addition to his work on the New Schools Leadership Council, Joe is the co-founder and Chairman of The Learning Accelerator- a not for profit organization focused on accelerating the implementation of blended learning in district schools. Joe is also on the board of New Classrooms (formerly School of One), is on the board of Innosight Institute (Clay Christensen and Michael Horn’s think tank focused on disruptive innovation with an emphasis on education), and is on the National Board and head of the Innovation Committee for Summer Search (a leadership development program focused on low income kids). Joe was previously a Partner at RS Investments (formerly Robertson Stephens Asset Management) from 2001-2012. At RS, Joe co-managed a team that grew from 100MM in assets to over 12B. His responsibilities included investment and portfolio management, strategic development, sales and marketing, and business management. Prior to RS, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Company in both the equities division and the strategic consulting group. Joe holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Joe lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife Malin and 3 kids Ava, Tatum, and Tomas. In his free time, Joe is an avid outdoorsman enjoying trail running, mountain biking and skiing.