EPAAF is a 501(c)3 organization, governed by a Board of Directors.
The directors are:
Mindy Rogers, President and Chair
Mindy Rogers began her career at Bain & Company. She later joined Wells Fargo Bank, where she held a variety of managerial positions in banking operations including Vice President and District Manager of Northern California check processing, a 24/7 operation with over 300 employees and an $11 million budget. After leaving Wells Fargo, she became a consultant to the bank on a range of issues, including merger integration support, cost reduction, operational management, marketing, and new product launches. At Sacred Heart Schools Atherton, Mindy served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including eleven years as a member of the Board of Trustees. For four years she chaired the Board, where she led a strategic planning process, worked with the administration to implement numerous key initiatives and launch a $95 million capital campaign, led a search for a new head of school, and worked to improve governance and financial reporting. Currently, she serves on the boards of Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Positive Coaching Alliance, CollegeSpring, Sophie’s Scholars and Tutorpedia Foundation (current chair). She also serves on the Stanford Parents’ Advisory Board (past chair) and the Stanford Graduate School of Education Advisory board. Mindy earned her B.A. in Economics, with Honors and Distinction, and her M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Laura Aryeh Murawczyk
Laura Aryeh Murawczyk received her BA and MA from Stanford, and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. She has worked in education at Harvard Project Zero, at the lowa Young Writers’ Studio, and as a writer, translator, and workshop leader. It was at Project Zero that Laura developed her interest in project-based learning with a particular focus on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. She has since served as an educational advisor with a special focus on child development, and early childhood and elementary education; she currently serves on the San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves and Stanford’s NY Committee for the Arts.
Patrick Dunkley is the Deputy Director of Athletics at Stanford University. Mr. Dunkley joined the athletics staff after nearly a decade of serving Stanford as a member of the Office of the General Counsel. Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Mr. Dunkley was a vice president in the legal department at Charles Schwab in San Francisco. He spent the first 10 years of his legal career as an associate and partner at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman. Before he began his legal career, Mr. Dunkley was a certified public accountant for eight years, including several years at a national accounting firm. Mr. Dunkley graduated with a degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1982 and earned his law degree from Santa Clara in 1990. Mr. Dunkley has a passion for the education and development of children and is on the boards of a charter school and a non-profit organization focused on integrating sports and tutoring.
Mudita Jain has spent the past 12 years volunteering for organizations that promote literacy — from 2005 to 2010 in Bangalore, India, and in the Bay Area since then. She has worked as an aide in classrooms, raised funds for the Palo Alto School District by serving as a chair and a director for secondary schools, been on the committee that approves teacher grants, and served as the PTSA representative on the Palo Alto High School site council. She has a BS in Mathematics from UC Davis, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona at Tucson.
Lauren Gray Koenig, ’81, studied human biology and economics at Stanford. She received an MBA in finance from New York University in 1985. She worked in investment banking in New York for six years and then locally in residential real estate development until 1995. She served on Sacred Heart Schools’ board of trustees for nine years and was the Co-Chair of SHS Capital Campaign. Lauren has served on various other committees for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. She served on the Graduate School of Education Advisory Board and through this became a tutor and mentor at East Palo Alto Academy for several years. She also served on the Major Gifts Committee for The Stanford Challenge Campaign. She currently serves on the East Palo Alto Academy Charter Advisory Board, the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service National Advisory Board, the Stanford Parents Advisory Board, and on the committee for Part the Cloud, an organization devoted to Alzheimer’s research.
Polly Liu holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Prior to business school, she worked in the corporate finance department at The Walt Disney Company. In 2001, she founded Beau-coup, an ecommerce company in the party supplies space. She is an active community volunteer and has led the community service efforts at Almond Elementary School since 2015.
Marnie Marcin has twenty years of experience across the public, private and social sectors, from investment banking, principal investment and law to management and strategy consulting.
Marnie has a strong penchant for philanthropy. She serves on the Board and Audit Committee of the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation, which grants four-year, merit-based scholarships to students. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, a P-12 independent school, where she is Chair of the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee. Her past positions include Program Officer for Strategic Philanthropy at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Director of Strategy and Investments at Omidyar Network, where she helped pioneer a novel approach to investing for social and financial returns.
Marnie received an AB cum laude from Princeton University and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Angela Nomellini received a BA in English from Stanford University and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. Her interest in education began when her eldest son started school and she became active at both the local school and district level. Among other activities, she has served as a Local Panel member for Partners in Literacy and as a member of the Hillsborough School District Board of Trustees for seven years, twice as president. She was a member of the steering committee for the Stanford Challenge Campaign and the Stanford K-12 Initiative advisory board. She also recently served on the board of Coaching Corps, a non-profit which provides quality athletic experiences for underserved youth. Currently, Angela serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and is a trustee of the California chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a member of the TNC North America Advisory Group and a member of the gift planning committee for the TNC Our World Global Campaign.
Daniel L. Schwartz
Daniel Schwartz is dean of Stanford Graduate School of Education and an expert in human learning and educational technology. Schwartz oversees a laboratory whose computer-focused developments in science and math instruction permit original research into fundamental questions of learning. He has taught math in rural Kenya, English in south-central Los Angeles, and multiple subjects in Kaltag, Alaska. This diversity of experience informs his work. Among many honors, Schwartz was named Graduate School of Education Teacher of the Year for 2015. His latest book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work and When to Use Them, distills learning theories into practical solutions for use at home or in the classroom. NPR noted the book among the “best reads” for 2016.