Meet the RAFT Bay Area Leadership Team

Executive Staff

Grainger Marburg

CEO

Grainger has more than 20 years of combined experience in education, management consulting, philanthropy, and non-profit management. Grainger most recently served as the Executive Director of CFY – San Francisco Bay Area, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. more...

Grainger has more than 20 years of combined experience in education, management consulting, philanthropy, and non-profit management. Grainger most recently served as the Executive Director of CFY – San Francisco Bay Area, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. Previously he was the Executive Director of Peninsula Bridge, a non-profit that serves motivated low-income middle school students. Highlights of his past experience include a two-year teaching assignment in Micronesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, managing a comprehensive neighborhood improvement initiative in east San Jose with the former Silicon Valley Community Foundation, successfully turning around a local nonprofit, and serving as a high school English teacher. Grainger has a B.A. from Hampshire College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Greg Brown

Senior Director

After earning a Master's Degree in engineering from Stanford University, Greg managed creative design teams and directed worldwide technical training at FMC's Corporate Technology Center in Santa Clara, California. Following FMC, Greg was Vice President of Content Development at The Tech Museum of Innovation. more...

After earning a Master's Degree in engineering from Stanford University, Greg managed creative design teams and directed worldwide technical training at FMC's Corporate Technology Center in Santa Clara, California. Following FMC, Greg was Vice President of Content Development at The Tech Museum of Innovation. Greg worked with teachers, board members and sponsors to define the mission of The Tech and produce content for the planned facility. During the start-up, he developed 200 hands-on exhibits and educational programs, including the Tech Challenge. After the museum opened in 1998, Greg's responsibilities included fund-raising, operations and strategic planning. Greg has taught at San Jose State and Stanford, and serves on two non-profit boards. Greg has been at RAFT since 2008.

Doug Lang

Director of Operations

Doug joined RAFT in 2012 as the Director of Operations, and is responsible for retail operations, warehouse, production, IT, and facilities. Doug brings over 30 years of experience to RAFT, working for both high tech and biotech companies in a variety of management roles including business operations, customer service, order management, and supply chain. Doug earned a BA in Social Science from San Jose State University and an MA in Management from the University of Phoenix

Sherri Shaner

Director of Development

Sherri has over 25 years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas in sales, management and fundraising. For the last 10 years she has been raising money for education organizations in order to close both the achievement and opportunity gap to support her belief that everyone has a right to a quality education. more...

Sherri has over 25 years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas in sales, management and fundraising. For the last 10 years she has been raising money for education organizations in order to close both the achievement and opportunity gap to support her belief that everyone has a right to a quality education. As a volunteer, she has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Professional Technical Diversity Network and the Chinese American Women’s Club.

Kristy Ward

Director of Marketing

Kristy Ward initially joined RAFT as a Strategic Marketing Encore Fellow in 2013 and continues as the Director of Marketing. Previous to RAFT Kristy spent 30 years in the high tech industry; holding roles in IT, marketing, communications, partnerships, and business management. more...

Kristy Ward initially joined RAFT as a Strategic Marketing Encore Fellow in 2013 and continues as the Director of Marketing. Previous to RAFT Kristy spent 30 years in the high tech industry; holding roles in IT, marketing, communications, partnerships, and business management. Most recently she has been in operations at Referential, Inc. Always active in the community, she’s excited to leverage her corporate experience to benefit RAFT. Kristy has a BA from Scripps College and an MBA from UCLA.

Board of Directors

Jon Flaxman

Chair

Jon Flaxman is a 29 year veteran of Hewlett Packard having held a variety of different financial and operational roles throughout his HP career. More recently, from 2002 until March 2007, Flaxman served as Senior Vice President and Controller of the company. He was also the Principal Accounting Officer from February 2005 to March 2007. more...

Jon Flaxman is a 29 year veteran of Hewlett Packard having held a variety of different financial and operational roles throughout his HP career. More recently, from 2002 until March 2007, Flaxman served as Senior Vice President and Controller of the company. He was also the Principal Accounting Officer from February 2005 to March 2007. Following this assignment, Flaxman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of HP. In that capacity, Jon’s organization covered Indirect Procurement, Real Estate, HP Financial Services, and all the Internal Administrative Shared Services for the company. Since November 2008, Flaxman has been the CFO for the Imaging and Printing Business Group. Jon has his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. A long time resident of the San Francisco, Bay Area, Jon is married with three children.

Nigel Ball

Vice Chair

Nigel Ball, VP Solutions, Communications Business Unit, Oracle Corp

Nigel has a 30 year career in the High Tech industry where he gained extensive marketing and general management experience. Prior to joining Oracle in early 2010 Nigel retired from a 26 year career at Hewlett Packard in 2008 and then transitioned to the non profit world as an HP Encore Fellow on a 12 month assignment to RAFT. more...

Nigel Ball, VP Solutions, Communications Business Unit, Oracle Corp

Nigel has a 30 year career in the High Tech industry where he gained extensive marketing and general management experience. Prior to joining Oracle in early 2010 Nigel retired from a 26 year career at Hewlett Packard in 2008 and then transitioned to the non profit world as an HP Encore Fellow on a 12 month assignment to RAFT.

Nigel held many senior level marketing positions for HP most recently as Vice President, Marketing for HP's Technology Solutions Group (TSG) in the Americas. In this capacity Nigel led the region marketing team, building awareness and preference, executing demand generation activities, implementing TSG business strategy in the region and improving overall marketing effectiveness.

In other roles at HP Nigel was responsible for building complementary solution offerings with software and system integrator partners. He led global management, marketing, technical, sales and infrastructure teams in the Enterprise Systems Group. He was also responsible for ensuring HP's partnerships and solutions address future technologies.

Born in the United Kingdom, Nigel held various posts in the U.K. and Europe before coming to the United States in 1994. He was educated in the U.K. and holds an Honors Degree in Microbiology from Liverpool University.

Deborah Nelson

Secretary

As chief of staff for HP’s Enterprise Sales, Marketing and Strategy group, Deborah Nelson is responsible for governance and overseeing of operations across the global sales and marketing teams for HP’s $ 54 billion Enterprise Business. more...

As chief of staff for HP’s Enterprise Sales, Marketing and Strategy group, Deborah Nelson is responsible for governance and overseeing of operations across the global sales and marketing teams for HP’s $ 54 billion Enterprise Business. HP’s goal is to become its customers’ partner of choice for enterprise solutions and the leader in client loyalty. For the past five years, Nelson led worldwide marketing of HP’s services, software, servers, storage, and networking across five global business units. Prior to that, she ran global marketing for HP’s personal computers, technical workstations, handheld products, mobile and wireless solutions, and personal storage appliances.

Nelson has held a broad range of leadership positions over her 25-year career. Her experience spans software, services and hardware products, channels and partners, marketing communications, market research, and business development in HP’s Americas and European field and worldwide organizations.

In June 2009, Nelson was honored with the HP Recognition Award by the Connect user group for her dedication, support and advocacy of the HP user community. She received the Frost & Sullivan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 because of her pioneering efforts to drive marketing excellence at HP.

Nelson graduated from Northwestern University and serves on the board of directors for RAFT: Resource Area for Teaching.

Clay Young

Treasurer

Clay Young is a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He has over 20 years of experience in the assessment, design and implementation of internal controls and information security. His clients are primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industries. He has a BA from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Clay previously served on the boards of Junior Achievement and CityClub in Seattle, Washington.

Shelley Brown

Board Development Committee Chair

Shelley is a retired human resources executive with over 25 years of experience working for high technology companies including Hewlett Packard, Aspect Communications, Siebel Systems, and Ariba, Inc. She currently focuses her time as a community leader and board member. In addition to serving on the board of the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), more...

Shelley is a retired human resources executive with over 25 years of experience working for high technology companies including Hewlett Packard, Aspect Communications, Siebel Systems, and Ariba, Inc. She currently focuses her time as a community leader and board member. In addition to serving on the board of the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), she is a board member for the American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter, the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN), Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, the Stanford University School of Education, and is the chair of a family foundation with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). She has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA.

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Ann Danner

Ann Danner is currently a consultant to nonprofit organizations specializing in Strategic Planning, Board Development and Fund Raising Planning. She was Executive Director of the Nonprofit Development Center (now called CompassPoint) from August 1993 through December 1997 more...

Ann Danner is currently a consultant to nonprofit organizations specializing in Strategic Planning, Board Development and Fund Raising Planning. She was Executive Director of the Nonprofit Development Center (now called CompassPoint) from August 1993 through December 1997 where she presided over the development of a strategic plan, an increase in budget and number of staff members, and the addition of several new programs designed to better meet the needs of the nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining the Nonprofit Development Center, Ann served as Executive Director of the Foundation for HOPE for 8 years, helping to raise over $3,000,000 for HOPE Rehabilitation Services. During that time, Ann was honored by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Silicon Valley Chapter, as Professional Fund Raiser of the year.

Ann has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including The Health Trust, RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers), Foothill-De Anza Foundation, HIP (Housing for Independent People), the United Way, YMCA, San Jose Museum of Art and HOPE Rehabilitation Services and is a past President of the local chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now called Association of Fundraising Professionals - AFP) and the Junior League of San Jose. She was a founding Board Member of the Volunteer Exchange and of the Nonprofit Development Center. She is a member of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley.

Abraham Darwish

Abe Darwish is a leader in Corporate real estate and facilities management. He is known for his ability to provide and implement innovative, cost-effective workplace solutions for dynamic and complex business situations. more...

Abe Darwish is a leader in Corporate real estate and facilities management. He is known for his ability to provide and implement innovative, cost-effective workplace solutions for dynamic and complex business situations.

He has held leadership positions with 3Com Corporation, Rolm Corporation, Portfolio Property Investors and Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers. He has managed both small and large organizations, improved existing facilities operations, and built workplace environments from the ground up, worldwide.

He is also active in the community as a Board member of Next Door & RAFT. He is also past member of the Real Estate Trust Advisory Board of SVCF and past Board member of Design Response.

Edd Fleming

Edd holds a BA in Chemistry from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and a Medical Degree from Vanderbilt Medical School, where he was elected AOA as a junior. Edd is now a Director at McKinsey & Company.

Robert Grimm

Bob Grimm was born in Missouri and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

He joined Hewlett-Packard and worked there in manufacturing, marketing, research and development, and general management positions until his retirement in 1986. more...

Bob Grimm was born in Missouri and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

He joined Hewlett-Packard and worked there in manufacturing, marketing, research and development, and general management positions until his retirement in 1986.

He served eight years on the Los Altos city council and one year as mayor.

He has served on the boards of many nonprofits. He currently serves on the boards of the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Association, and Resource Area for Teaching. He also serves on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges.

He has four children. He lives in Los Altos

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Joe Hernandez

As the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Intuit’s small business group, Joe is responsible for leading the delivery of legal, regulatory and compliance services to its flagship products of QuickBooks, Payments, Payroll and DemandForce. Recently, Joe has been working with a team to apply the Lean Startup principles to re-imagine the provision of legal services. more...

As the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Intuit’s small business group, Joe is responsible for leading the delivery of legal, regulatory and compliance services to its flagship products of QuickBooks, Payments, Payroll and DemandForce. Recently, Joe has been working with a team to apply the Lean Startup principles to re-imagine the provision of legal services.

Joe also supported Intuit’s global business division and its operations in Canada, UK, India and Singapore for four years. Joe has been an attorney in Silicon Valley for twenty years advising technology and emerging growth companies and held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems prior to joining Intuit.

Joe has been involved in his community as an elected official having been elected to the City Council for the City of Campbell for a four year term from 2004 to 2008. Prior to his election, he also served as a planning commissioner for Campbell for six years. As a bay area native, he holds a B.A. in Communication and Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University.

Erin Hintz

Erin Hintz is an accomplished marketing executive with more than 18 years demonstrated expertise driving exceptional business results; developing new markets; creating successful brands; building and leading high-performance teams. more...

Erin Hintz is an accomplished marketing executive with more than 18 years demonstrated expertise driving exceptional business results; developing new markets; creating successful brands; building and leading high-performance teams. Her specific areas of expertise include:
- Strategic business planning
- Product and brand management
- Integrated marketing
- Creative pricing strategy
- Online and retail marketing
- Social media and public relations
- Staff development and training

Erin is currently Vice President of Global Marketing and General Manager of eCommerce, Online Service Division for Citrix Systems Inc. Citrix transforms how businesses and IT work and people collaborate in the cloud era. With market-leading cloud collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services.

Erin holds an honors bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a post-graduate diploma in Business Management from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Erin is on the board of Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) and is an avid San Jose Sharks fan.

John Kern

John Kern is Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Cisco. He leads a global organization responsible for accelerating innovation, enabling profitable growth, and delivering an unrivaled customer experience. His functional accountabilities include new product introduction, sourcing and supplier management, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and quality. more...

John Kern is Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Cisco. He leads a global organization responsible for accelerating innovation, enabling profitable growth, and delivering an unrivaled customer experience. His functional accountabilities include new product introduction, sourcing and supplier management, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and quality.

Since joining Cisco in 2003, Kern has held various leadership positions in the supply chain. Most recently, Kern managed Product Operations, Supplier Management and Quality Operations, the key interfaces between the supply chain and Cisco’s engineering design team and global supply base. He also previously managed Global Supplier Management, responsible for enabling Cisco's sustained innovation and supply chain excellence.

Prior to Cisco, Kern worked in the semiconductor industry, including seven years at Texas Instruments, in various sales management roles, primarily in the hard disk drive market.

In March 2010, Kern was cited by Supply & Demand Executive in its 10th annual listing of Pros to Know in the supply chain industry, for providing competitive advantage and delivering value to the bottom line.

Kern holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Kevin Macfee

Kevin Macfee is a partner at KPMG LLP and has over 15 years of experience providing financial statement and internal control audit services to SEC registrants and venture backed companies. His primary focus is in the Technology sector, but he has experience with a wide range of clients and industries. Kevin also serves as the Assistant Treasurer & Secretary of Via Services. He graduated from Kansas State University and is married with one child.

Christine Martino

Christine Martino is an accomplished technology executive with over 25 years experience in general management, product management and marketing. Currently, as the Director of Big Data Programs at Intuit, she drives strategy and execution across Intuit’s small business and consumer product lines to leverage the power of data to drive growth and delight customers. more...

Christine Martino is an accomplished technology executive with over 25 years experience in general management, product management and marketing. Currently, as the Director of Big Data Programs at Intuit, she drives strategy and execution across Intuit’s small business and consumer product lines to leverage the power of data to drive growth and delight customers. Prior to Inuit, Christine retired from a 24-year career at Hewlett-Packard where she held senior level roles including Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services driving the company’s strategy and development of Infrastructure-as-a-Services offerings. Christine’s other roles at Hewlett-Packard included Vice President and General Manager of HP’s Scalable Computing organization, which provided infrastructure solutions to cloud and High Performance Computing customers, and Vice President of HP’s Open Source & Linux Organization. Christine’s career showcases a strong track record of driving revenue and market share growth, managing businesses in excess of $1B and taking innovative new products to market successfully.

Webb McKinney

Webb McKinney is currently a management consultant with a primary focus on merger integration and leadership development. Mr. McKinney also serves on the boards of three non- profit organizations: Resource Area for teaching (RAFT), Alearn, and Encore.org. He also serves on the board of Smart Modular Technologies. more...

Webb McKinney is currently a management consultant with a primary focus on merger integration and leadership development. Mr. McKinney also serves on the boards of three non- profit organizations: Resource Area for teaching (RAFT), Alearn, and Encore.org. He also serves on the board of Smart Modular Technologies.

Prior to retiring from HP after 34 years of service in Nov 2003, McKinney was the EVP leading HP's ongoing merger integration and global citizenship efforts, as well as HP's organizational effectiveness and governance initiatives.

Previously, McKinney co-led HP's post-merger integration team. His responsibilities included planning and leading the integration of HP and Compaq's systems, processes and people.

Before the merger, McKinney served as president for the Business Customer Organization at HP, with responsibility for worldwide sales, marketing, and delivery of HP products and services to large, medium, and small businesses.

In 1999, McKinney was appointed an HP vice president and general manager of the PC business within the HP Computing Systems Organization. In this role, he had worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and marketing of the Personal Systems Group's commercial desktop, mobile computing and server businesses.

McKinney was named general manager of the newly formed Home Products Division in 1994, leading HP's initial entry into the consumer market for home computing products.

Between 1992 and 1994, McKinney served as general manager of the PC Software Division in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was named general manager of the former Cooperative Object Computing Division in 1990 after having served as general manager of the Santa Clara Information Systems Division since 1988.

In 1986, McKinney was named general manager of the Office Productivity Division in Pinewood, England. Between 1983 and 1970, he held various research and development and division R&D management positions at the Santa Clara Division, the former Personal Office Computer Division and the Personal Computer Group. McKinney joined HP in 1969 as a marketing engineer in the Santa Clara office.

McKinney was born in Upland, Calif. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Cynthia Ruby

Cindy Ruby is a former elementary school teacher with the Portola Valley and Los Angeles City School Districts, with a strong interest in K-12 education. She currently serves as a trustee in the Saratoga Union Elementary School District and also serves on the boards of a variety of local organizations more...

Cindy Ruby is a former elementary school teacher with the Portola Valley and Los Angeles City School Districts, with a strong interest in K-12 education. She currently serves as a trustee in the Saratoga Union Elementary School District and also serves on the boards of a variety of local organizations -- The Health Trust, Friends of PACT, and the Saratoga Foothill Club Foundation. She is a former President of the Junior League of San Jose.

Prasad Sabada

Prasad Sabada brings a deep understanding of Engineering, Marketing, Business Development and Operations developed over 26 years of professional experience at leading high-tech companies such as Google, Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard. more...

Prasad Sabada brings a deep understanding of Engineering, Marketing, Business Development and Operations developed over 26 years of professional experience at leading high-tech companies such as Google, Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard. In his most recent position as a Director, Operations at Google, Prasad is responsible for strategic sourcing and re-marketing that enable innovation and minimizes TCO for Google’s infrastructure that powers all Google services. He leads a team that operates at the cusp of business and technology in their operational support of Google's fleet as well as other Product Areas such as Chrome, GFiber, Android, and Google X.

Prasad holds B.Tech in Electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, and MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prasad is married and has been a long time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

Barbara Stinnett

Barbara Stinnett is a seasoned operating executive with over 25 years of innovative, applied technologies experience, in both consumer and enterprise markets. She is an innovator, with a tight focus on innovation and creating disruptive technologies that deliver growth in new markets. more...

Barbara Stinnett is a seasoned operating executive with over 25 years of innovative, applied technologies experience, in both consumer and enterprise markets. She is an innovator, with a tight focus on innovation and creating disruptive technologies that deliver growth in new markets. As a senior operator, she’s created, built and led companies in startups and emerging companies successfully through their exits, to holding multiple C level positions in the Fortune 25 technology firms, managing P&Ls up to $6B+, with 4,500+ employees globally.

She is recognized for being customer centric, building strong customer facing teams, with the ability to create strategies with crisp sales execution plans. Barb has led the transformation of several firms, leveraging from the integration of the HP/Compaq merger, and working with multiple venture capital and private equity firms globally in conducting market due diligence and applying solid change management and operational best practices to industry rollups, mergers and acquisitions. As part of the innovation process, Barb has a proven track record in assisting product oriented companies to move closer to delivering value proposition solutions to consumers and clients, placing her giving companies a competitive advantage in their markets, delivering profitable, consistent results.

As a keynote speaker, board director, mentor and advisor to firms in the technologies market, she is a motivational leader; she developed best practices while at Hewlett Packard, and has expertise that has progressed through her career, holding positions including CEO, President, COO, CSO, EVP, and Founder of her own firm. She has held executive roles and board seats on firms such as HP, Sybase, Oracle and Cisco, and several midcap software and consulting companies.

The expansion and development of offerings into new markets globally is an area of expertise, understanding how to build out go to market plans, and determining where it makes sense to use direct resources, and where to build out and engage partner firms, such as VARs, SI’s, OEM’s and ISV’s. . Understanding how to expand companies internationally is a unique skill that is called upon regularly in her business. .

Barbara has extensive practical knowledge, a pragmatic approach, and content expertise in global marketing, sales & services, including subject matter expertise in consumer packaged goods, healthcare, business intelligence & analytics, social collaboration, unified communications, media and entertainment, and global supply chain and manufacturing. Her firm specializes in working with emerging software companies and their executives, in building strong leadership, customer loyalty, and governance boards.

Barbara holds degrees in Computer Science and International Business from the University of Wisconsin. She continues to serve her community through mentorship for CEOs via chairing the CEO Council of Silicon Valley, a mentor in the Minnesota Emerging Software Association (MESA), and is certified by the National Association of National Directors (NACD), an active member and mentor as part of the Women’s Corporate Directors, and of Watermark.

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Andrea Whittaker

Dr. Andrea Whittaker is Director of Teacher Performance Assessment at Stanford University's Center for Assessment, Equity and learning. She provides technical assistance and policy support to universities and state departments engaged in the national pilot of a teacher performance assessment.
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During the 15 years prior to her position at Stanford, Andrea was Professor of Education at San José State University where she served as faculty, middle level program coordinator and department chair for Elementary Education. Since the early 1990's, she has participated in many local, state, national and international initiatives related to policy, school reform, assessment and/or best practices in teaching and learning. Andrea is currently President-Elect of the California Council for Teacher Education and serves on the board of directors for RAFT and ACE Charter Schools. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University, MA and BS from California State University, Fullerton, and multiple subject credential from San José State University.

Advisory Board

  • Hon. Elaine Alquist
  • Linda Darling-Hammond
  • Susan and Philip Hammer
  • Margaret Honey
  • Gay Krause
  • Cathie Lesjak
  • Ann Lieberman
  • Becky Morgan
  • Tashia Morgridge
  • John A. Sobrato
  • Tom Torlakson
  • Bernie Trilling
  • Mark Walker