Board of Directors
Scott Kapnick — Board Chair
Scott Kapnick is a managing partner and member of the board of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, and chief executive officer of Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC. Highbridge Capital Management is a global leading alternative investment and asset management organization. Scott is a retired management committee member, partner, and co-head of Global Investment Banking at the Goldman Sachs Group. Before returning to the United States in 2006, he was also co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs International. Scott is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chairman of the Churchill Archives Centre Campaign Board, managing director of the Metropolitan Opera and serves on the board of directors of the Naples Botanical Garden. Scott received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College. He holds a combined J.D./master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Yusuf Alireza is the former CEO of Noble Group, a Hong Kong-based global supply chain manager of agricultural and energy products, metals and minerals. Yusuf is a retired management committee member, partner, and co-president of non-Japan Asia at the Goldman Sachs Group. Yusuf holds a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Craig Bruya is retired from Microsoft Corporation, most recently as chief financial officer of Microsoft Business Solutions. During a three-year sabbatical, he taught accounting and management classes to M.B.A. students at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at Microsoft in executive finance positions primarily in Microsoft International as well as nine years with the audit division of Arthur Andersen & Company in Seattle, Brussels, Belgium and Athens, Greece.
Mary Byron is retired from Goldman Sachs, most recently as the global head of corporate technology including Finance, Risk, Operations and Human Resources at Goldman Sachs. She served on the Technology Division Executive, Operating and Risk Committees. Prior to this role, Mary was based in Tokyo as CIO for Asia Pacific businesses and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and has held various roles within technology, including managing the firm’s global networks and computing infrastructure. Mary was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Auburn Theological Seminary. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986.
Dr. Luis Crouch
Dr. Luis Crouch is the Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of RTI’s International Development Group and is a recognized international leader in providing high-level advice to governments involved in complex educational systems change. In this role, Luis leads work in key strategic areas, addressing important challenges in global health and youth issues, and in particular, measurement and finance issues regarding these two sectors. Prior to this, Luis was Coordinator for the Global Good Practice group with the Global Partnership for Education. Luis has worked on all aspects of policy analysis research and implementation, from field surveys to quantitative and qualitative analysis to policy dialogue presentations. Luis has experience in many countries in the developing world. In particular, he was a high-level technical advisor to the governments of South Africa in the period after the end of apartheid and Egypt during the current drive to decentralization. Luis received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Erin Ganju — Co-Founder and CEO
Erin Keown Ganju is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Room to Read. From the early start-up days of Room to Read, she has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the Organization’s scalable, replicable model for improving the quality of education across Asia and Africa. She oversees Room to Read’s global operations which includes implementing programs in ten countries, fundraising teams in North America, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region, and a worldwide staff of more than 900 employees. Erin has been selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs for 2014 and in 2012 was one of Fast Company’s Extraordinary Women. Before founding Room to Read, Erin worked at Unilever, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and technology start-ups. She has spent extensive time working and living in Asia, where she saw firsthand the need to enhance developing countries’ educational systems. Erin holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
Jerry del Missier
Jerry del Missier is former COO of Barclays Bank Plc and former Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking. Before joining Barclays in 1997, Jerry was the Senior Managing Director of Derivative Products at Bankers Trust, responsible for European Business. Jerry is a former Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Markets Management Group of the International Institute of Finance. He served on the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Queen's School of Business. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario.
Kim Anstatt Morton
Kim Anstatt Morton worked almost a decade on Wall Street as an equity research analyst at UBS and Hambrecht and Quist in New York City. She later joined Montgomery Securities in San Francisco where she covered emerging growth and big cap biotech companies. Kim is passionate about literacy, education and the arts. She enthusiastically serves on the advisory board of 10x10, a global movement for girls' education through a film and social action campaign (and a partner of Room to Read). She is a member of San Francisco’s Edgewood Arts Advisory Board, has trained as a docent for middle school children with SFMOMA, and is active on their Artist’s Circle Donor Development Committee. Kim has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services in San Francisco with abused and neglected children and has tutored a special literacy program for sixth through eighth grade students struggling with reading at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and fine art and graduate painting degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kim travels extensively in the developing world and lives in San Francisco with her husband Ian and son Baker.
John Ridding is the chief executive officer of the Financial Times and FT.com. He was formerly editor and publisher of the Financial Times, Asia, as well as chairman of Pearson in Asia. John led the launch of the Asia edition of the FT in 2003. It won the award for the best newspaper from the Society of Publishers in Asia in its launch year and received top awards for business reporting, scoops and newspaper design at the same ceremony in 2006. He graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics.
Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Susan now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development. Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Susan was Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Susan began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms. Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel, Bain & Company, and a number of start-ups. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.
John Wood — Founder
John Wood is the founder of Room to Read. He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999. He was in charge of marketing and business development teams throughout Asia, including serving as director of business development for the Greater China region and as director of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. John continues to bring Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems with an intense focus on results and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. Today, John focuses full-time on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media opportunities for the organization. John also teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and New York University’s Stern School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative. John holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Follow John on Twitter @JohnWoodRtR.
Frank van Veenendaal
Mr. Frank van Veenendaal retired from Salesforce in 2015 after almost 14 years with the company in multiple leadership roles including Vice Chairman, President of Worldwide Sales and Services, President of Worldwide Sales and Chief Sales Officer, President of North American Operations and Global Corporate Sales, President of Worldwide Corporate Sales and Services and Senior Vice President of North America Sales at Salesforce.com. He was instrumental in growing Salesforce from $5M to $5B+. Mr. van Veenendaal has over 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience. Previously Mr. van Veenendaal held various sales and sales management positions for companies such as Actuate, Interleaf, Integrated Solutions, Pyramid, and Harris Corporation. Mr. van Veenendaal also serves on the board of directors of Coupa, NewVoiceMedia and Vlocity.
Hilary Valentine (Chair)
Hilary Valentine is a partner at Black & White Design and serves on the Board of Directors of the Valentine Family Foundation and the Canary Foundation. She also serves on the Emeritus Board of Breast Cancer Connections. Her primary focus has been to evangelize the Room to Read mission in front of high net-worth donors in the technology world. The Valentine Family Foundation provided the initial multi-year seed funding for Room to Read's Girls' Education program. Hilary graduated with a BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University. Hilary served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012 and was Co-Chair of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008 and was Chair of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010.
Christopher S. Beer
Christopher Beer is the managing member of Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, a firm providing strategic business and intellectual property services to individuals, companies and other lawyers both in the U.S. and worldwide. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington and master’s degree from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Chris served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2004 to 2013.
Peter T. Grauer
Peter T. Grauer is Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial media company. He has been a member of the Bloomberg Board since October 1996 and was named Chairman of the Board in March 2001 succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Mr. Grauer joined Bloomberg full time in his executive capacities in March 2002. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 to 2000 when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston and then Managing Director and Senior Partner of CSFB Private Equity until March 2002. Mr. Grauer serves as lead director of Davita, Inc., as well as the Boards of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Rockefeller University and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Program for Management Development.
Tim Koogle is a private venture capitalist, entrepreneur and business leader, and philanthropist. He has had a long career in starting and growing businesses of scale. From 1995 to 2001 he served as Yahoo! founding Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Currently, Tim is on the board of a number of private early stage companies in which he is a venture capital investor. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of Thomas Weisel Partners, a publicly held investment bank; is the founder and CEO of Serendipity Land Holdings; chairman of the board of Method Home Products, Inc.; and managing director of the Koogle Foundation, a nonprofit foundation focused on the education of underprivileged and high risk young people in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Tim holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS and EngrD in engineering from Stanford University.
Alastair Mactaggart is President of Emerald Fund Inc., a San Francisco residential real estate developer. Since 1998 Emerald has developed in excess of US$2 billion of real estate, including over 1,500 units of new housing, and 1,900 units of condominium conversions. Alastair serves on the board of Sutter West Bay Hospitals, which includes San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center. Alastair received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in San Francisco, CA. Alastair served on Room to Read’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009.
Dr. Fernando Reimers
Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fernando was a senior education specialist at the World Bank. He has extensive experience in the area of international development assistance with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other development organizations. Fernando is best known for his theory of “informed dialogue,” an approach to bridge scientific research and education policy through the mapping and mobilization of social networks. Fernando is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a fellow of the International Academy of Education, a member of the Advisory Board of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education. Fernando earned doctoral and master’s degrees in education from Harvard University and obtained a Licenciatura en Psicologia at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by Emerson College for his work advancing global education.
Muneer A. Satter
Muneer Satter manages Satter Investment Management (SIM), a Chicago-based private investment firm, and the Satter Foundation, a private family foundation. SIM has significant investments in several life sciences and medical technology companies. Muneer retired in 2012 after sixteen years as a partner at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division. As Global Head of Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Group, Muneer raised and managed more than $30 billion of investments. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and he is on the Board of the Nature Conservancy where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Muneer received a B.A. from Northwestern University, and a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Muneer served on the Room to Read Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010 and was Co-Chair from 2005 to 2008.
Jenny Shilling Stein
Jenny Shilling Stein, Senior Advisor, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, co-founded the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in 2002 to identify and support the most talented social entrepreneurs. The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies. Its goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment. Jenny is also a Visiting Practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Jenny currently serves on the boards of FoodCorps, Global Health Corps, Sanergy, Think Unlimited, and The Future Project and is an Advisor to New Classrooms. Jenny received both her Master of Business Administration and her Master of Education from Stanford University. She graduated magna cum laude in Psychology and English from Amherst College.