Summit Public Schools Board

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Mr. Robert J. Oster
Chairman of the Board
A private venture investor since 1987, Mr. Oster has worked with both institutional and other private investors in all phases of venture investing. Prior to venture investing, he worked as a professional economist and in several high-level finance positions, the last being Vice President of Finance and Administration for Oracle Corporation, where he spearheaded Oracle’s initial public offering. In addition to chairing the SPS Board, Mr. Oster is Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He received his BA in economics with honors from Occidental College and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Diego Arambula
Arambula was a member of Summit’s faculty for over a decade, before shifting his focus towards creating transformative change in his hometown of Fresno, CA. He joined Summit Preparatory Charter High School as a social science teacher at the beginning of its third year of operation and taught for six years. After stepping out of the classroom, Arambula helped launch Summit’s first high school that integrated a blended learning model, Summit Public School Rainier, in East San Jose. After a year as the founding Executive Director of Rainier, he moved into the role of Chief Growth & Innovation Officer, helping to expand Summit schools and infuse innovation throughout the organization. Prior to coming to Summit Public Schools, Arambula served as Communications Director for Congressman Cal Dooley, after serving as Deputy Campaign Manager. He holds a BA in government, with honors from Harvard University and a MA in education from Stanford University.
Mr. Steven Humphreys
Mr. Humphreys has served as CEO or President of four high technology companies, some of which he grew from early-stage. Most recently he served as CEO of Kleer Semiconductor Corporation, growing its revenues more than 10 times in 18 months. He began his career at General Electric Company where he worked in a variety of manufacturing and information technology positions. In addition to serving on the board of Summit Public Schools, he is a trustee of the Portola Valley School District, Chairman of the Board of Organ-I AB and Organ-I, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Identive Group, a publicly traded information security company. Mr. Humphreys received a BS from Yale University and an MS and MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Andy Thompson
Mr. Thompson is President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Proteus Digital Health. He is a veteran of Silicon Valley biomedical startups, formerly serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of FemRx and Chief Financial Officer of CardioRhythm. As a consultant and venture capital investor he contributed to several successful healthcare companies including Cell Genesys, Cytotherapeutics, Northstar Neuroscience and QRx Pharmaceuticals. He holds an MA in engineering from Cambridge University and was a United Kingdom National Engineering Scholar from 1982 to 1985. He also holds an MA in education and an MBA from Stanford University. Mr. Thompson was a founding board member and Foundation President of Summit Preparatory Charter High School.
Mr. Blake Warner
Mr. Warner is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Valley Partners LLC, a firm that provides strategic merger and acquisition advisory services focused on the growth sectors of the digital economy. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at Thomas Weisel Partners LLC, where he provided investment banking services for the software, media, and communications sectors. In addition to serving on the SPS Board, he is currently the Chairman of the Governance Council of Everest Public High School, providing oversight as well as helping set strategic goals and operational objectives. Mr. Warner received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Ms. Meg Whitman
Ms. Whitman is one of the most highly regarded businesswomen in the United States; she has also been involved in state and national politics, most recently having run for the office of Governor of California. From 1998-2008, she served as CEO of eBay, growing the iconic Silicon Valley company from $4 million to $8 billion in revenues. Before eBay, she worked as a high level executive at several other well-known companies including Stride Rite, Hasbro, and the Walt Disney Company. She was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2008 and more than once was named one of the “Top Five Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine. Ms. Whitman is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Hewlett-Packard; Procter & Gamble; Teach for America; SIEPR; and Zipcar. She received her BA from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Ms. Deanna Sands
Deanna Sands’​ career spans many roles in education, as a teacher, scholar, and leader. She is deeply dedicated to diversity and inclusive education and has devoted much of her career to enhancing educational opportunities for people with disabilities. In her leadership roles, she has worked closely with community partners;enhanced faculty mentorship initiatives; forged ongoing partnerships with school districts; and led the school’s doctoral faculty through the development of a new Doctorate of Education program in Leadership for Educational Equity. Ms Sands holds an EdD in special education research and administration from the University of Alabama and an MA in special education, University of Michigan.
Mr. Evan Smith
Evan Smith brings experience from both the public and private sectors, having worked both in education as well as across a broad set of private sectors, primarily developing strategy for both large and small companies. Currently a Director of Global Corporate Strategy at Starbucks, Evan joined Starbucks after three years with the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey and Company and a few years working for e-commerce startups in San Francisco and New York City, respectively. Prior to this private sector work, Evan was the Director of School Operations for the Washington, DC Public Schools, managing many day-to-day, school-level operations functions across the district’s 123 schools. Evan started his career as a high school social studies teacher in the New Orleans Public Schools. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in history from the University of Cambridge (UK), and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Stefan Weitz
Stefan Weitz has an extensive background in technology and business. Mr. Weitz joined Microsoft in 2002, leading diverse projects across strategy, education partnerships, and engineering. He has served on advisory boards for many startups, ranging from biometrics to advertising to virtualization. Mr. Weitz is currently the CPO of Radial and holds an MA in political science and physics from Gonzaga University. He lives in Seattle.
Ms. Shirline Wilson
Shirline Wilson brings a focus on leadership development to our board. Ms. Wilson has spent 20 years working in Finance, IT and Business Excellence through leadership roles at The Cobalt Group, Microsoft and Cypress Consulting. Shirline’s accomplishments include leading major program and organizational change efforts, improving processes and systems, managing risk, and developing team capacity. Ms. Wilson is an alum of Antioch University. She is serving as the Interim State Director for Democrats for Education Reform WA and is parent of three great kids including one who attends Rainier Prep, a charter middle school. She lives in Seattle.

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