Members of the 2020-21 Board of Trustees

List of 22 items.

  • Louise Bedsworth | Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.S., Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley.
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  • Isavane Samanna | Vice Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Social Science (Hons), University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
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  • Mar Brandt | Advancement Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.S. with Honors, International Business from the California State University, San Francisco

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  • John Kinnaman | Audit Task Force Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., International Studies, University of Wyoming
    Masters of International Business, University of South Carolina
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  • Jordan Karp | Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Economics and Philosophy, Columbia University; Masters, City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
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  • Suzanne Skipper | Finance Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    Iowa State University
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  • Darek DeFreece | Secretary, Diversity Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Political Science, UC Berkeley, J.D. from Boston College Law School
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  • Christine Chen | Strategic Planning Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., International Relations, Pomona College
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  • Leah McGowen-Hare | Trustees Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Technology Education
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  • Brandi Catanese | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent (Olivia '22 and Lily '26)
    BA, UC Berkeley; PhD, Stanford University
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  • Cathy Hunter | Trustee

    BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design; MEd from Loyola College with an emphasis on women in leadership
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  • Mark Sopp | Trustee

    Parent of two Redwood Day children.
    BS in Design, Arizona State University School of Design
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  • Charlie Soulis | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A. U.C. Santa Barbara; M.S. University of Chicago
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  • Bryant Terry | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent
    M.A., American History from NYU and B.A. English from Xavier University of Louisiana
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  • Elyse Whitehead | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent
    BA in Psychology and American Studies, with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill and JD, magma cum laude from UC Hastings
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  • Kareem Yusuf | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent
    Ph.D., University of Leeds, focused on Decision Support Systems for Civil Engineering construction
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  • Rob Zirkle | Trustee

    Alumni Parent
    B.Arch, U.C. Berkeley | M.Arch, Yale University

    Rob Zirkle, longtime Oakland resident, is the President and CEO of brick., a 20-person architecture firm based in Emeryville. Brick’s designs outsmart conventional thinking to create lasting value for education, commercial, and multi-family housing clients.
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  • John Loeser | Head of School, Ex-Officio

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Education and Psychology from Swarthmore College and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from Harvard University.
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  • Deann Hays | CFOO, Ex-Officio

    B.S. in Accounting from Colorado State University
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  • Megan Larson | PGA President

    Redwood Day Parent
    BA in Political Science, University of Notre Dame; JD, University of Oregon School of Law
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  • Kayla Stoler | Faculty Trustee

    6/7th Grade History Teacher, 7th Grade Advisor
    BA, College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University
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  • Rhonda Smith | Faculty Trustee

    Parent of Theo (5th grade)
    Bay Area educated - Kindergarten through UC Berkeley; BS in Psychology and Social Welfare; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
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