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.

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.

Dave Muilenburg

Director of Finance

Dave joined RAFT in 2015 as Director of Finance after 20 years in the high tech industry. Dave brings strategic financial planning and analysis leadership having supported a variety of business organizations including corporate finance, product design, sales, marketing and manufacturing for technology companies. more...

Dave joined RAFT in 2015 as Director of Finance after 20 years in the high tech industry. Dave brings strategic financial planning and analysis leadership having supported a variety of business organizations including corporate finance, product design, sales, marketing and manufacturing for technology companies. This is Dave’s first venture into the non-profit sector and he is excited to use his experience in financial stewardship to support RAFT’s important mission. Dave has a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University and MBA from San Jose State.

Jason Pittman

Director of Learning

Jason joins RAFT as Director of Learning and is excited to focus on serving teachers and students in the bay area who most need empowerment and effective resources for learning. more...

Jason joins RAFT as Director of Learning and is excited to focus on serving teachers and students in the bay area who most need empowerment and effective resources for learning.

Before his ten year career as a teacher in the Washington DC area, Jason Pittman founded and sold a small tech firm. After the career change, Jason received several national teaching awards and recognitions, including the National Science Teacher's Association's Early Science Teacher of the Year Award, by breaking the mold for the traditional educator and the traditional classroom. He has served for three years of oceanic exploration with Dr. Robert Ballard, finder of Titanic, as Educator-at-Sea, and created curricula with National Geographic's experience based learning JASON project. His Washington DC area students planted gardens with Michelle Obama and created an award winning app for smartphones.

Jason previously served as Khan Academy's Master Curriculum designer and lead teacher for their brick-and-mortar Khan Lab School.

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

John Kern

Chair

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.

Christine Martino

Vice Chair

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.

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.

Andrea Whittaker

Secretary

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.

Webb McKinney

Board Development Committee Chair

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.

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.

Barry Groves

Dr. Barry Groves was the Superintendent of Schools for the Mountain View Los Altos High School District in California from 2006-2015. Student achievement increased every year of his tenure and the high schools are ranked in the top 1% nationally by Newsweek and US News and World Report. more...

Dr. Barry Groves was the Superintendent of Schools for the Mountain View Los Altos High School District in California from 2006-2015. Student achievement increased every year of his tenure and the high schools are ranked in the top 1% nationally by Newsweek and US News and World Report.

Prior to his tenure with the Mountain View Los Altos High School District, Groves was Superintendent of Schools for the Cambrian School District. He has also been a school principal, classroom teacher, coach, research assistant, and consultant.
Groves’ honors include Honorary Service Award from the California State PTA in 2015, Chairperson of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce in 2014, and Mountain View
Businessman of the Year in 2013. He is an elected member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Commission.
Groves serves on the boards of many local organizations and has been widely
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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.

Cecil Mak

Cecil is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Silicon Valley office with over 17 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to public and private companies. He was a Partner in KPMG’s National Office consulting on complex technical accounting, auditing and SEC reporting matters. more...

Cecil is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Silicon Valley office with over 17 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to public and private companies. He was a Partner in KPMG’s National Office consulting on complex technical accounting, auditing and SEC reporting matters. Cecil also served for two years as a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission consulting on financial reporting matters, including the study and development of rule proposals under federal securities laws, and various SEC oversight activities.

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.

Shelly Viramontez

Dr. Shelly Viramontez is an associate superintendent for Campbell Union School District in Northern California. She came up through the ranks as a classroom teacher, student and teacher support provider, assistant principal, principal, Director of Special Education and Student Services and currently is the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources. more...

Dr. Shelly Viramontez is an associate superintendent for Campbell Union School District in Northern California. She came up through the ranks as a classroom teacher, student and teacher support provider, assistant principal, principal, Director of Special Education and Student Services and currently is the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources. She also teaches part time as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.

Viramontez currently serves on two community based Boards and has worked with community agencies to partner with her school district in an effort to provide comprehensive support and services to meet the vast needs of students and families that are beyond a school district’s expertise and/or ability to provide. Her belief in supporting the whole child has been a stalwart of her leadership focus throughout her career. She also serves on several educational related Boards, such as ACSA (Association of California School Administrators), she has served on her region’s Executive Board for the last four years. In her various roles, she has had much experience with problem solving, conflict resolution, labor relations and negotiations. She believes deeply in the importance of human development with a particular interest and commitment to leadership development. A favored part of her job is developing, coaching and supporting site and district leaders.

Peg Wynn

Peg Wynn is responsible for Telenav’s human resources (HR) operations worldwide. She has 30 years of HR experience in the Silicon Valley area, most recently as vice president of HR for Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm in spring of 2011). Prior to Atheros, she served as vice president of HR at Granite Construction, senior vice president of HR at Adobe and vice president of worldwide HR at Xilinx. more...

Peg Wynn is responsible for Telenav’s human resources (HR) operations worldwide. She has 30 years of HR experience in the Silicon Valley area, most recently as vice president of HR for Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm in spring of 2011). Prior to Atheros, she served as vice president of HR at Granite Construction, senior vice president of HR at Adobe and vice president of worldwide HR at Xilinx. Peg has also served in senior management roles at Intel Corp. and has managed her own consulting firm focused on strategic planning, productivity improvement and large-scale change management programs for international clients.

Peg received her Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She was the recipient of the 2002 Overall HR Excellence Award presented by the Silicon Valley HR Symposium, and also received the 2002 Tribute to Women and Industry Award presented by the YWCA, for her role in the company’s cost reduction program.

Kathy Yates

Kathy is passionate about mission-driven organizations that foster positive social impact. She has served as CEO or COO for companies in publishing, online media, and education software, including the San Jose Mercury News, Marketwatch.com and Teachscape. more...

Kathy is passionate about mission-driven organizations that foster positive social impact. She has served as CEO or COO for companies in publishing, online media, and education software, including the San Jose Mercury News, Marketwatch.com and Teachscape. She also has more than 20 years experience serving as a Director on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations doing work in education (Bellarmine College Prep, KTEH Channel 54), health care (Good Samaritan Health System, ReSurge International), and civic development (American Leadership Forum).

Advisory Board

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