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Board of Directors

Presidio Graduate School FounderPresidio Graduate School’s Board of Directors exemplifies and supports the school's mission and vision. The Presidio Board is responsible for the school’s overall mission impact, strategic direction and finances, bringing a wealth of insight and expertise to its responsibilities.

Board Profiles

NIZAR ABDALLAH, MBA, PhD, was Engineering Director at Actel Corp. He was also Co-Founder and Executive Director of a European scientific applications start-up and professor of Computer Science at a French engineering school. He is also external co-director of an international program organized by UNESCO for researchers and engineers in developing countries. His MBA is from Presidio Graduate School and his PhD is from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris, France.

NICOLE-ANNE BOYER is a futurist, facilitator, and collaboration expert enabling leaders to co-create solutions to our most pressing systemic challenges. She learned her unique craft at Global Business Network, a pioneering think-tank, and founded Adaptive Edge, a consultancy devoted to accelerating “better futures”. An innovator in business education, Nicole was a lecturer and program director at CEDEP in INSEAD and teaches futures thinking to leaders around the world. A global citizen, Nicole has lived in Vancouver BC, Singapore, India, Paris, and now San Francisco. Past careers include being a pollster, political speech writer, and venture capitalist. Nicole also co-authored the popular book, Worldchanging: A Users Guide to the 21st Century and holds a BA (hons.) and MA from the University of British Columbia.

JONATHAN M. DeGOOYER, JD, is the AGC & Assistant Corporate Secretary at Marin Software, Inc., which provides a leading cross-channel performance advertising solution to digital marketers. Prior to Marin Software, DeGooyer was a Vice President and AGC at Hewlett-Packard Company. Prior to HP, DeGooyer was a litigation associate at Morgan Lewis. DeGooyer recently served on the boards of HP’s Political Action Committee and the Eviction Defense Collaborative, and currently serves on the Justice and Diversity Center Leadership Council and the Milagro Foundation Board of Directors. DeGooyer has a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

SUZANNE FARVER, JD, ALM, Chair, teaches corporate sustainability strategy at Harvard University Extension School. With over 30 years’ experience in non-profit management, she also serves as finance chair and treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Institute board. As executive director of the Aspen Art Museum in the 1990s, she brought the organization from fiscal crisis to financial health, with balanced budgets in each year of her tenure. She holds a BA from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa), an ALM in Environmental Management from Harvard University (class marshal), and a JD from the University of Denver.

SASKIA FEAST, MBA, PhD, First Vice Chair, is Western Region Vice President at Natural Capital Partners, a world-leading provider of market-based solutions to help clients combine business success with positive impact on the environment. She has worked for large (Chevron, B.P.) and small (Cyrano Sciences, EOS Climate) organizations, launched the first handheld electronic nose and was part of team that established a new class of emission reductions traded in California's carbon market. Saskia is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed scientific papers, white papers, and the voice of product videos. Her MBA is from Presidio Graduate School, where she was the senior manager of business partnerships, and she holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Liverpool University, United Kingdom.

FRANK GERBER, MBA is a managing partner of Blueshift Partners, a private investment company based in Marin. He has also worked as a business valuation consultant and a partner in a residential real estate investment fund. Frank has served on the board of directors of several private companies including Just Desserts, Sustainable Spaces, Athleta, and Digital Innovations, and as the Board Chair at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Frank holds a BA in English and Communications from Hope College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

LEE GOTSHALL-MAXON, JD, Second Vice-Chair, is a partner of the Allen Matkins law firm. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Bar Association, and San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association. He has served as Board President of both the Volunteer Center of Marin and Central City Hospitality House, also as a board member of San Francisco’s Legal Aid Society. He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a JD from Hastings College of the Law.

RICHARD M. GRAY, MDiv, PhD, holds a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bucknell University, MDiv summa cum laude from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. He was with N.W. Ayer, a national advertising agency, for 16 years, and was Ayer’s Detroit Creative Director. Founding president of World College West, he raised $13 million to establish the college and build its environmentally designed 200-acre campus.

REBEKAH HELZEL, CFA, MBA, Secretary, is a start-up and small business advisor on finance and strategy. Achieving the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) while working at BA Securities, she had an extensive career in investment banking, including of many aspects of the financial markets. She went on to co-found for-profit enterprises and started up her own non-profit which advocates for and builds affordable housing. She has served on many cultural and service organization boards in the Bay Area and Sun Valley, Idaho. Rebekah holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School.

TYLER JACKSON, Student Board Member, is a 2nd year MBA candidate at Presidio Graduate School and a Social Impact Fellow at RSF Social Finance, where he is exploring new economic models that support sustainable food and agriculture. Tyler is also the Development Director of Invest with Values, a free educational resource for investors learning to align their money and values. Previously, he was the Research and Planning Associate for Shared Interest, a non-profit social investment fund that uses loan guarantees to support micro-lending, agricultural cooperatives and small businesses in Southern Africa. Tyler received his BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College where he served on the Board of the college’s Sustainability Fund.

MAUD ALI LONG, MA, is President and Trustee of The Springcreek Foundation in Corte Madera, California. Previously she served as CEO of an online training start-up, IntegriTeach and Project Director at Philanthropy Northwest in Seattle for The Northwest Giving Project. In addition to her involvement at Greenwood Elementary School in Mill Valley (attended by her two sons), she sits on the board of Educational Tall Ship in Sausalito. Ali holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

WALT POUNDS consults with social enterprise entrepreneurs on strategy, operations, finance, leadership and organizational development. He had an extensive career in high tech working with Fortune 500 and early stage companies. Most recently Walt was Founder/President of Solbourne, an IT services company which was sold to Deloitte Consulting. Taking active roles in Social Venture Partners, Investor Circle, Slow Money and Unreasonable Institute, Walt consults for domestic and international business projects. Walt serves on several boards including California Safe Soils and Imagine, an organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in Boulder County. He received an MBA from the University of Colorado.

RAHUL RAJ is an innovator extraordinaire. As the Director of Sustainability + Merchandising Innovation at Walmart.com, he incubated new revenue streams that leverage the constraints of sustainability to deliver products and services that work better, save money and enable us all to live better. He has been honored with Walmart's Innovation Champion Award and a First Movers Fellowship with the Aspen Institute. He is also the founder of Meal Exchange – a nonprofit recognized by TIME magazine as "revolutionary" for its approach in addressing hunger. He holds an HBBA in Marketing and Philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University.

STEVEN L. SWIG, JD, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Formerly with the Law Office of Joseph Alioto, he was Partner and Managing Director of Titchell, Maltzman & Mark; Executive Vice-President of Swig, Weiler & Dinner Development Co.; and Counsel with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. He has served on many boards including the University of Oregon, the A.C.L.U., and A.C.T.

MALCOLM S. WALTER, Treasurer, is Chief Operating Officer of Bentley Systems, Inc., the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Malcolm joined Bentley in 1999 and has served as COO and senior vice president since 2000. Previously he served as CFO for R&B, Inc., a worldwide distributor of automotive parts for aftermarket repair. Malcolm is also on the board of Water for People, an NGO which seeks to eradicate water poverty in the developing world. Malcolm is a CPA and received his BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.