Steve brings a combination of general management, marketing, and strategic planning experience to the JMSG Community. Before becoming an independent consultant, he was a Director of Marketing for The Clorox Company where he was on the executive management team for the Glad Division. He managed marketing for this SBU which had revenues of $500+ million. Steve also led marketing for Clorox's Business to Business Division and was Brand Manager for several of Clorox's largest brands including Brita Water Filtration Systems where he tripled household penetration (from 5% to 18% of the U.S.). He has extensive experience delivering financial results, developing strategic plans, launching new products, managing people, and developing and executing business plans. While at Clorox, he received the fastest promotion to Brand Manager and then Director of Marketing. Previous to Clorox, he worked as a management consultant at Marakon Associates where he led corporate strategy, valuation and financing projects. Steve earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from U.C. Berkeley.
Mimi is a creative ad vet with an unparalleled arsenal of experience. Her career spans from working in creative hot shops Chiat/Day, Hal Riney & Partners, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, to being a Creative Director at Apple where she was involved in the most anticipated product launches of our time, iPhone and iPad. After immersing herself in social media at creative boutique Mekanism as a Brand Strategy Director, Mimi joined Y&R to helm a big-thinking, media-agnostic, tech-loving creative department that reflected her rich background. Ad Age honored Mimi as a “Woman to Watch” and featured her work for Levi’s Jeans for Women as one of the “50 Best TV Commercials in 50 Years of Advertising.” She has also been recognized by Cannes, Communication Arts, the Clios, D&AD, and The One Show. In addition to Apple and Levi’s, Mimi has worked on such recognized brands as Saturn, HP, Phillips, Pepsi, Banana Republic, and method home products. Mimi's daughter Nell graduated from JMSG in 2015.
Rafael is Head of School at Bertschi School in Seattle, Washington. Prior to this, he was Head of School at Seattle Girls' School (SGS). During his time at SGS, he was a member of the inaugural 7th grade faculty and as Curriculum Coordinator. He later became Assistant Head of School, with responsibilities ranging from coordinating the PNAIS accreditation process to managing faculty and programs. He led the team reviewing the school’s mission and partnered with the Board of Trustees to develop the Seattle Girls’ School Strategic Plan. In addition to his administrative leadership, Rafael is an experienced math and science educator. His professional experience includes working as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and department chair in elementary and secondary schools such as Villa Academy (Seattle), the International School of Prague, the American School of Madrid, and for the Archdiocese of Miami.
Jan Hanson is Chief Operating and Financial Officer at GoldieBlox, a company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers by delivering toys, games and entertainment that encourage and celebrate building and problem-solving. Jan has more than 25 years’ business experience in supply chain, information technology and finance in the US and abroad, including starting a company in Ghana. In addition, she has raced sled dogs, caught an alligator and canoed solo 32 miles though a swamp. Jan acknowledges she has enjoyed more than her share of life’s joys and experiences… but is still eager for more. Jan holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.
From an exclusive internship with the White House to a coveted position at one of the most innovative technology companies in the world, Chanel proudly represents her alma mater Julia Morgan School for Girls. Recently, Chanel wrote the foreword for her mother Robin Johnson's book "Say it Proud," a book of daily affirmations for children based on their family ritual of starting each day with a positive outlook. In her spare time, Chanel enjoys West African dancing and making custom beaded jewelry for her family and friends.
Kevin Kelly (Treasurer) is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald Packaging Inc., a leader in manufacturing of flexible packaging located in Union City. After receiving a graduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics he wrote for BusinessWeek Magazine for ten years and has written for numerous publications since, mainly on management issues. He is a board member of Bishop O’ Dowd High School, a member of the President’s Advisory Committee of St. Joseph’s High School, which he attended, the board of Family-Aid for Catholic Education which raises money for financial aid for students at Oakland Diocese Catholic schools, and he is on the finance committee of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He also serves on the board of the Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence, a U.S. government program that serves the manufacturing community. His daughter Maeve attended Julia Morgan and attends Bishop O’Dowd, while his daughter Fiona is a JMSG 8th grader. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the educational opportunities afforded young women at Julia Morgan, as is his wife Erin. The Kellys live in Oakland. Their family also includes a son who attends Bishop O’Dowd as well as a dog who is home schooled.
Valerie is an independent consultant providing strategic and project management services to health care clients. She has spent more than fifteen years working to develop new programs that benefit women and low-income communities in California. Recent clients include the Athena Breast Health Network, Social Interest Solutions, and the California HealthCare Foundation. Valerie holds a Master in Public Health and Master in Public Administration from Columbia University and B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. She lives in Orinda with her husband and two daughters. Her daughter Claudia is in 8th grade at JMSG and Izzy graduated from JMSG in 2014.
Beth is an organization & HR strategy consultant working with clients in a variety of industries, including retail, wholesale apparel, and consumer packaged goods. She has also worked, volunteered, and consulted in the nonprofit sector. Early in her career, she worked in development for a variety of nonprofits, including Stanford University. In business school, she completed a major course of study in nonprofit management. While her consulting & HR work has been predominantly in the private sector, she has maintained an active volunteer role, getting involved in education and girls leadership. She was active at her daughters' elementary school, volunteering in the classroom and chairing the school's annual Book Fair. She is a Girl Scout and leads her daughter's troop. She recently served as the Service Unit Leader for Girl Scouts in Alameda, providing leadership to 650 girls in 59 troops. Beth received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her daughters Ellie (2014) and Grace (2016) are both JMSG alumnae.
Carrie (Vice President) is a Human Resources professional with a focus on performance management and career transitions. She is currently a Sr. Employee Relations Manager at Genentech and previously was a part of Genentech's staffing team during one of their many periods of high growth. From 2008-2014 she built a consulting practice focusing on outplacement, career transitions, and performance coaching. Carrie received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C.L.A. and is a certified coach with the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.
She has served in Development roles at Thornhill Elementary School and St. Mary's College High School, as well as at Montclair Presbyterian Church, where she was the co-chair of the Pastor Nominating Committee. Her daughter Megan graduated from JMSG in 2011 and her daughter Hannah in 2016.
Rhonda (President) is a member of Severson & Werson where she is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Group. She was a member, vice-president, and president of the Oakland Barracuda Aquatics, and a member of Equal Rights Advocates. She was a co-founder of NIA at Head-Royce School where she and four other African American women established an endowment scholarship fund for a child of color. She was also on the steering committee of the Learning Disabilities Network, a parent run organization. Rhonda has a J.D. from U.C.L.A. Law School, a M.P.A. with an emphasis in Judicial Administration from U.S.C., and a B.A. from U.C.L.A.
Emily was part of the second class of Julia Morgan (Class of 2003!). She went to the east coast for undergrad, but promptly returned to the beautiful Bay Area upon graduation. After 3 years of consulting for Deloitte Consulting, she moved over to Salesforce, where she works as a Manager on the Strategy and Operations team. At Salesforce, she develops the go-to-market strategy in the Enterprise business in both the Americas and Asia. She lives in San Francisco, and enjoys all the city has to offer, particularly trying the many fabulous restaurants, exploring nearby hiking trails, and diligently learning how to surf. She is also passionate about travel, cooking, and scuba diving. She is looking forward to reconnecting with the Julia Morgan community!
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