Members of the 2022-23 Board of Trustees

List of 24 items.

  • Isavane Samanna | Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Social Science (Hons), University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
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  • Jordan Karp | Vice Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Economics and Philosophy, Columbia University; Masters, City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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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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  • Mark Sopp | Buildings & Grounds Committee Chair

    Parent of two Redwood Day children.
    B.S. in Design, Arizona State University School of Design
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  • Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Chair

    Redwood Day Parent (Mingus '23 and Phoenix '23)
    B.S. (Civil Engineering) from Clark Atlanta University, a B.S.
    (Environmental Engineering) from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.S. (Civil/Environmental Engineering) from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Louise Bedsworth | Finance Committee Chair

    Parent of Alumni
    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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  • Elyse Whitehead | Secretary

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A. in Psychology and American Studies, with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill and JD, magma cum laude from UC Hastings
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  • Christine Chen | Strategic Planning Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., International Relations, Pomona College
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  • Brandi Catanese | Trustees Committee Chair

    Redwood Day Parent (Olivia '22 and Lily '26)
    B.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., Stanford University
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  • Monica Espinosa | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent
    B.A., Economics and Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley; and J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
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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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  • Benjamin Jones | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent (Jack '28 and Parker '28)
    B.A. Stanford University, J.D. Northwestern University School of Law
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  • Renuka Kher | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent (Anamika '26 and Anand '29)
    Renuka received her bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Michigan and completed her graduate work at Emory University, where she received a master's in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health. She is an alumnus of the Coro Leadership Program and also holds a certificate in Innovation Leadership from California College of the Arts.
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  • Jared Leiderman | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent (Hazel '26 and Tovah '29)

    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.P.A., Harvard Kennedy School of Government
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  • Leah McGowen-Hare | Trustee

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

    Parent of Three Redwood Day Children
    B.A. Economics and Philosophy, Columbia University; MBA, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
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  • Erik Soderberg | Trustee

    Redwood Day Parent (Hanna 2024, Lukas 2021)
    B.S. in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, M.S. in Civil/Structural Engineering at University of Texas
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  • Susan Webster | Trustee

    Redwood Day Grandparent (Sally ’29 and Maddie ’31)
    B.A., Economics, Wesleyan University
    M.S. in Accounting, NYU Stern School of Business
    J.D., Fordham University School of Law
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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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  • Irene Lee | PGA Co-President

    Redwood Day Parent (Saskia ‘21 and Christian '24)
    B.A., University of Pennsylvania
    MHA, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
    MBA, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business
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  • Elizabeth Van Benschoten | PGA Co-President

    Parent of: Aden Pemberton '25
    Education: B.A., Women Studies and Political Science, Brown University; MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
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  • Alex Pollard | Faculty Trustee

    6th and 7th-grade science teacher, advisor, and Grade Level Dean
    B.A. in environmental science and a Master's in Education from the University of Florida
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  • Emily Hedges | Faculty Trustee

    Kindergarten (KA) teacher
    Parent to a current second grader at Redwood Day and a preschooler. 

    BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University
     
     
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