Board of Directors & Trustees

For the agendas and minutes from KIPP LA Schools' public board meetings, please click here.
Loren Bendele, Chair Former President, Bio
Joe Cilic, Secretary Vice President, Sotheby’s International Realty Bio
Randy Bishop Managing Partner, BearTree Partners Bio
Marc Castellani Director of Investment Strategy & Research, Aspiriant Bio
Zac Guevara Retired; Executive Vice President, Capital International Research, Inc. Bio
Jane Harris Retired; Principal, Compton Unified School District Bio
Lynn Jacobson Former Board of the Trustees Chair, Brentwood School Bio
E.J. Kavounas Former Managing Director, Credit Suisse Bio
Gregory McGinity Co-Executive Director, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation Bio
Julie Miller Partner, Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP Bio
Allen Narcisse General Manager, Uber Eats Bio
Frank Reddick Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP Bio
Jeremy Rogers Founder and Managing Partner, Montana Avenue Capital Partners, LLC Bio
Moira Shourie Former Board Member, Marquez Charter School Bio
Debra Somberg Managing Partner, The Alster Group, LLC Bio


Martha Karsh, Chair of Trustees Attorney; Co-Founder, Clark & Karsh Bio
Marcus Allen NFL Hall-of-Famer Bio
Erika Glazer Activist Philanthropist Bio
Cassandra H. Grey Brand Consultant and Entrepreneur Bio
Nancy Marks Portrait Artist and Author Bio
(coming soon)
Don McCammack Retired; Former President, Avis Rent a Car Bio
Palmer Murray President and Co-Managing Partner, Lourd Capital Management Bio
Judge William A. Norris Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP Bio
Chet Pipkin Chairman of the Board, Belkin International, Inc. Bio
Blair H. Taylor Chief Community Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company Bio


About Our Board Members and Trustees

Loren Bendele is the former CEO of Mr. Bendele joined in January 2007 as the company’s CEO. Previously, he ran Teleflora’s Partner Marketing business and served as a strategy/management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He has also served as an independent consultant focusing on strategy, business development, fund raising, product management, and M&A for companies ranging in size from emerging ventures to established companies. He started his career at Dow Chemical, initially serving as a chemical engineer in Dow’s Strategic Services group. Mr. Bendele graduated with honors in chemical engineering from The University of Texas A&M.

Joe Cilic currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager for Sotheby’s International Realty, a prominent residential real estate company. Mr. Cilic’s duties include recruiting, hiring, budgeting, training, and supervising over 75 agents and employees. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Mr. Cilic worked as an attorney with the law firm of Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, LLP. During his legal career, he specialized in business litigation, real estate disputes, and employment law. Active in the community, Mr. Cilic has served on numerous non-profit and homeowner association boards.  Mr. Cilic holds a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law and did his undergraduate work at St. Edward’s University, in Austin, Texas, where he served as Student Body President and graduated summa cum laude.

Prior to being named Executive Director of KIPP LA, Marcia Aaron was the founding Board Chair of KIPP LA and the Board Chair of KIPP Academy of Opportunity in LA. Previously, she worked as a Senior Analyst at Pacific Growth Equities, and as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Montgomery Securities. She is currently a member of the University of Oregon College of Education Advancement Council. She also serves as the Charter Management Organizational representative on the California Charter Schools Association Member Council. Ms. Aaron is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow. She previously served as a member of the University of Oregon Alumni Center Campaign Committee and on the board of All Stars Helping Kids’ as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon Foundation and the University of Oregon Journalism Advancement Council. She was named the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Young Alumni in 2003. Ms. Aaron holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Randy Bishop is a Managing Partner at BearTree Partners. From 2008 to 2015, he was the CEO of Verengo Solar. Previously, he worked at Intuit, where he oversaw record growth in the Basic Payroll business. At Intuit, he also headed Project Management and QuickenLoans. He was also a principal at Remy Investors, VP and General Manager at SMC, and has served on the boards of several public companies and non-profits. He is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Bishop received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Marc Castellani is a Director of Investment Strategy and Research at Aspiriant, LLC, a national registered investment advisor.  Marc oversees the firm’s private investment offering (private equity, venture capital and private real estate), and actively works with his colleagues on asset allocation, investment strategy and manager selection.  Marc is a member of Aspiriant’s Investment and Client Service Committees. Prior to joining the firm, Marc worked at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Los Angeles in a senior client management role and worked with families and high net worth individuals on portfolio management, tax planning, liability management and wealth transfer strategies.  Before moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Marc worked for several years in New York City in the Mergers and Acquisitions departments of J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Securities.  In that capacity, Marc advised large multinational clients and privately-held, family owned businesses on a range of strategic alternatives including sales, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and growth equity financings. Marc earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his graduate degree in finance at the University of Rochester. Marc lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and children..

Zac Guevara is a Chartered Financial Analyst who retired in 2009 after serving as an investment analyst, research director, board member, and executive vice president with Capital International Research, Inc. He joined Capital in 1992 as a participant in “The Associates Program” after graduating from Harvard University with an AB in government. As an investment analyst, his research coverage included the transportation, newspaper, Internet media, education, home building, and defense industries. Guevara also currently serves on the boards of the California Endowment, Self Help Graphics & Art, the Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and Communities in Schools of Los Angeles. In the past, he has served on the board of Para Los Niños (Past Chair & current Emeritus Board Member), I Have a Dream Foundation - Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Education Research Institute. A resident of San Marino, Guevara currently focuses his attention on working with non-profit organizations, personal investing, and traveling. 

Jane Harris is a retired elementary school principal. During her years as principal, she was also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Prior to serving for 12 years as a principal in the Compton Unified School District, she was a Region A Instructional Adviser for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has 18 years teaching experience at Taper Avenue Elementary School, a California Distinguished School in LAUSD. Jane was the faculty chairperson the year Taper Avenue made history by being selected as the first Nationally Distinguished School in LAUSD. When Jane retired as a principal from CUSD in 2005, she discovered that her desire to teach and make a difference in the lives of students in urban schools was still very much alive. During retirement she continued to teach Classroom Management at CSUDH, led workshops for assistant principals and coached new and experienced principals serving in underperforming Compton Unified schools. She worked for six years as a University Supervisor for beginning teachers at Loyola Marymount University. In 2009, Jane started coaching school leaders for KIPP LA Schools. She coached 10 KIPP school leaders and led training for the special education staff. Jane has served on the board of the South Bay Literacy Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching adults how to read and write. Jane currently serves as a tutor for the South Bay Literacy Council.

Lynn Jacobson received her BA in Broadcast Management from the USC School of Journalism.  Ms. Jacobson began her career at WVOX-WRTN radio in New York.  Moving to television, she joined the CBS television network and was relocated to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles she held the position of Associate Director, Movies for Television at CBS. Ms. Jacobson then became the VP of Television Development at Orion Television. Ms. Jacobson completed 13 years on the Board of Trustees of the Brentwood School; two as Vice Chair and two as Chair of the Board; Ms. Jacobson remains the longest serving Trustee in the history of Brentwood School.  Ms. Jacobson previously served four years on the Grant Screening Board of the EveryChild Foundation, where she was a founding member.  She has also served on the Advisory Board of the Mar Vista Family Center.  Currently, Ms. Jacobson serves on the Advisory Board of Teach for America - Los Angeles. She has three children and lives in Santa Monica with her husband, Craig.  Ms. Jacobson is also an avid runner, skier, and stand-up paddle boarder.

E.J. Kavounas has over 15 years of corporate finance experience, most recently in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse where he worked as a Managing Director with global responsibility for Private Placements across multiple industries including Real Estate, Clean Technology, and Media.  He joined Credit Suisse first in Boston in 2004 from Houlihan, Lokey, Howard and Zukin where he was an Associate in Corporate Finance.  Prior to that position, he worked as a Strategy Consultant in the Information, Communication and Entertainment Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the Walt Disney Company.  Mr. Kavounas received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Middlebury College where he graduated cum laude.  After college, Mr. Kavounas spent a year as a volunteer teacher in Thailand with WorldTeach.

Gregory McGinity is the Co-Executive Director of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Mr. McGinity leads the foundation’s investments in education policy, advocacy and research aimed at removing policy impediments that hinder student achievement. Mr. McGinity has extensive experience in education policy at the federal, state and local levels. In 2005, on leave from the foundation, Mr. McGinity served as chief of staff to the California Secretary of Education Richard Riordan. Prior to joining The Broad Foundation, Mr. McGinity was the Senior Education Policy Consultant to the California State Board of Education and served on the legislative staff for two Members of Congress.  Mr. McGinity also served in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education.  Mr. McGinity received his B.A. in History and Political Science from UC Berkeley and his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School.

Julie Miller co-leads the Business Management and Family Office practice at HCVT LLP, which provides personalized family office, business management, and tax services. Prior to joining HCVT, Ms. Miller was a partner in the business management firm of Kaufman, Bernstein, Oberman, Tivoli & Miller, LLC.  Ms.  Miller began her career at Gelfand, Breslauer, Rennert and Feldman, CPAs.  She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on accounting and finance. Ms. Miller is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, she serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Ms. Miller was President of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and was recently elected as a lifetime honorary trustee. She is also ending her tenure on the board and the executive board of Vista Del Mar. Ms. Miller has been a KIPP LA board member since June 2015, and she serves on the Finance Committee. Ms. Miller chairs HCVT’s Community Service Committee.

Allen Narcisse  is General Manager at Uber Eats, a division of Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Allen was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ebyline. Previously, Allen was Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Paramount Pictures. He also worked in a variety of management roles at the Los Angeles Times ranging from leading online initiatives to leading operations at Hoy, the Times’ Spanish language newspaper. Allen earned a BBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, Allen has been actively involved in community-based volunteering, including coaching 7 to 12 year-olds at Ladera Heights Little League.

Frank Reddick is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and has more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and public company representations. Mr. Reddick is a Practice Manager of the firm’s corporate practice and serves on its Policy and Planning Committee and Management Committee. He is principally engaged in the practice of corporate and securities law, with a concentration on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. He advises clients in a wide range of industries, including the media, entertainment, and gaming industries. Mr. Reddick received his BA with high honors and great distinction from California State University at San Jose in 1977 and his JD in 1980 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif. He is a member of the California Bar.

Jeremy Rogers is co-founder and managing principal of Montana Avenue Capital, LCC, a real estate investment, management and development company based in Los Angeles. Previously, he was co-head of Rockwood Capital’s Los Angeles office, overseeing new debt and equity investments. Prior to Rockwood, Mr. Rogers managed acquisitions and structured financing of land development and homebuilding projects at Hearthstone, Inc. He began his real estate career at Credit Suisse after graduating with is MBA from Duke University. Born and raised in Ontartio, Canada, Mr. Rogers graduated from Queen’s University with honors and is fluent in Japanese. 

Moira Shourie developed an interest in education causes while experiencing the ups and downs of public school with her children. Ms. Shourie was elected to the board of Marquez Charter Elementary in Pacific Palisades, and is active in fundraising at St. Matthews Parish School. She also serves on the board of Zocalo Public Square, an organization that strives to bring humanities journalism directly to the people via live events across the nation. Prior to this, Ms. Shourie was Director of International Programming at MTV Networks International where she was part of the group that launched MTV and VH1 channels in India, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Russia focusing on content and programming strategy. Ms. Shourie is an enthusiastic choral singer and has performed with the choirs of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NY, and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, LA. She is an avid golfer and will only divulge her handicap under duress.

Debra Somberg is the Managing Partner of The Alster Group LLC, a strategic and operational partner to companies in the consumer, financial and healthcare fields. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of BECU, the fourth largest financial cooperative in the country with $13  billion of assets, where she sits on the Finance and Risk Management and Compensation Committees. Previously, Ms. Somberg co-managed Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm with $500+ million under management, for nearly a decade. She began her career at Goldman, Sachs and McKinsey & Co and has served as a Senior Managing Director at Montgomery Securities and a Founding Partner at Thomas Weisel Partners. Ms. Somberg has a MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. She is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization’s Northwest Chapter, Social Venture Partners, and is a former trustee of ACT Theater.


Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work. In 1998, Ms. Karsh founded the Karsh Family Foundation with Bruce Karsh, President of Oaktree Capital Management and her spouse of 32 years, focusing primarily on supporting education. To date, the Karshes and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $150 million, supporting scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America. Currently, Ms. Karsh serves on the Boards of the KIPP Foundation, the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, Common Sense Media and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation; she also chairs the Advisory Board of KIPP LA. Ms. Karsh graduated from Virginia Law School (J.D. 1981) and the University of Virginia (B.A. 1978), and has three children – Katie, an Education Associate with Common Sense Media; Jeffrey, an Analyst with Canyon Capital Realty Advisors; and Michael, a junior at Brown University.

Marcus Allen, a University of Southern California standout and Heisman Trophy winner, was the tenth player selected in the 1982 National Football League Draft, playing 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. Considered one of the game’s best goal line and short-yardage runners, Mr. Allen began his pro career as the NFL Rookie of the Year and ended as the game’s all-time rushing touchdown leader. During his 11 seasons with the Raiders, he was named to the Pro Bowl six times, and earned Superbowl XVIII MVP honors when the Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9. In 1995, Mr. Allen made NFL history when he became the first player in league history to rush for over 10,000 yards and catch passes for 5,000 more. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. A dedicated supporter of disadvantaged children, Mr. Allen has worked with All Stars Helping Kids to raise nearly $500,000 over the last three years in support of educational programs in Los Angeles.

Erika Glazer is a passionate activist philanthropst. Ms. Glazer has served on numerous boards of directors including the Israel Museum, United Jewish Federation, several private schools in the Los Angeles area, and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Her experiences living and traveling throughout Peru, Latin America, Western Europe, Africa, and Asia have provided her with a special appreciation for her life and a dedication to help others less fortunate. Among the many projects to which Ms. Glazer has dedicated herself are helping build several low-income homeless shelters throughout Los Angeles, establishing college scholarships to enable disadvantaged students in Los Angeles to attend California State University Los Angeles, underwriting capital projects, and funding scholarships for former Israeli combat soldiers who otherwise would be unable to attend college.

Cassandra H. Grey is the founder and creative director of the Los Angeles-based boutique-creative agency, StudioCHG, which specializes in developing non-traditional marketing and advertising strategies for fashion and beauty brands. Ms. Grey and her husband, Mr. Brad Grey, CEO of Paramount Pictures, are passionate supporters of KIPP and have visited numerous schools within KIPP’s Los Angeles network. They are fervently dedicated to increasing awareness for the program within their own community and beyond.

Palmer Murray is an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Management Division in Los Angeles. A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Murray attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics. Previously, Mr. Murray worked for Vice President George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C. and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Relocating to Los Angeles in 1990, Mr. Murray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He then joined Trust Company of the West in the Private Client Services Division where he remained for five years as a Senior Vice President before joining Morgan Stanley. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Marlborough School and is Vice President and Treasurer of the Otis Booth Foundation. 

Don McCammack, now retired, was President of Avis Rent a Car in Southern California from 1983 to 1997. He began his career at Arthur Young and Company, then joined Avis in Southern California, serving as its Controller and Vice President of Finance before being promoted to President. Mr. McCammack is a longtime KIPP LA volunteer and supporter: he runs the Career Guest Speaker Program at KIPP Academy of Opportunity. In addition to his work with KIPP LA, he currently is a Friend of St. Raphael Elementary School. In the past, he served as a Board member of the Pacific Outward Bound School and as Chairman of the St. Michael’s Elementary School Development Council. A longtime Los Angeles resident, Mr. McCammack received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

Judge William A. Norris is a senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He served as a business litigator for 25 years and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit for 17 years. During his career on the bench, Judge Norris wrote landmark opinions in many areas, including securities, tax, class action litigation, election law, and the First Amendment. Judge Norris is the founding president of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His career highlights also include serving as president of the Los Angeles Police Commission on appointment by Mayor Tom Bradley, and as a member of the California State Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of California State University on appointment by Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. In 2002 he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Judge Norris received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and executive editor of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

Blair Hamilton Taylor is Chief Community Officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. Previously, Mr. Taylor was the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, a position he held from 2005-12. The League is an affiliate of one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations with offices in more than 100 cities. With a staff of over 300 and a budget in excess of $25 million, the 88-year-old Los Angeles Urban League is one of America's largest civil rights entities. Mr. Taylor is a visionary leader, community servant and coalition builder with nearly twenty five years of public and private sector business experience. A Los Angeles resident for more than two decades, Mr. Taylor was born in New York as the third of five children. He learned the value of higher education at a young age. His father earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his law degree from NYU; his mother earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from Smith College and her masters from Yale University. These were significant achievements for African Americans of their era. More importantly, both parents were tireless community servants and instilled in their five sons a passion for advancing causes of the less fortunate. Prior to joining the LA Urban League, Mr. Taylor served as Executive Vice President of College Summit, a national college access initiative with a track record of nearly doubling the college enrollment rates of low income students. During his tenure, College Summit achieved the fastest growth in the organization's history, quadrupling its student outreach to more than 6,000 students in 2005.