Leadership & Board

Our leaders represent the best attributes of the private and public sectors. We get things done. And we take risks that get results. Across functions, our global leaders have deep expertise in international education, business and finance. Our board is comprised of CEOs of major companies, leaders of industries, and regional influencers. These people push us, keep our eye on the prize, and help us achieve our bold goals. Their vision empowers us to provide millions of children in low-income communities with the lifelong gift of education.


Board of Directors

Mary Byron, Board Chair

Mary Byron is currently the owner of Cloud Nine Quilts based in Montana. Mary 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.

Yusuf Alireza, Chair-Elect

Yusuf Alireza is the CEO and Co-CIO, ARP Global Capital Limited. Yusuf is also 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. 

Andrew Balls

Andrew Balls is PIMCO's Chief Investment Officer for Global Fixed Income. Based in London, he oversees PIMCO’s European, Asia-Pacific, emerging markets and global investment teams. He manages global portfolios and is a member of PIMCO’s investment committee. Before joining PIMCO in 2006 he was an economics correspondent and columnist for the Financial Times in London, New York and Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oxford, a master's degree from Harvard and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford.

Mike Cannon-Brookes

Mike Cannon-Brookes is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company that helps teams organise, discuss and complete shared work. Atlassian has more than 200,000 customers globally, including Spotify, NASA, Mercy Ships, Sotheby’s and Visa. Mike was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2006 by Ernst & Young alongside Co-Founder and Co-CEO Scott Farquhar. In 2016 they were awarded Australian Financial Review’s ‘Australian Business Person of the Year’ and in 2017 Forbes named them on their ‘Global Game Changers’ list. Mike was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2009.  

Sabine Chalmers

Sabine Chalmers is General Counsel of BT Group Plc, formerly known as British Telecom. Previously, she served as Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors at AB InBev. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and is a member of the New York State Bar. Sabine is a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Modelo. She also serves on several professional councils and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and Legal Momentum, the United States’ oldest legal defense and an education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. Sabine’s education reflects her global background. She spent her formative years as a student in the Philippines at the International School Manila, went on to graduate from London School of Economics, and received her Solicitor distinction at London’s College of Law. She is on the Board of Advisers at Harvard Law School’s Center for the Legal Profession, where she also received its Legal Profession Award for Excellence in 2016.

Dr. Luis Crouch

Dr. Luis Crouch is the Senior Economist 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.

Carl Huttenlocher

Carl Huttenlocher is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer for Myriad Asset Management. Myriad is a multi strategy hedge fund investing across equities and fixed income with a focus on the Asia Pacific region and the global technology sector. Prior to founding Myriad in 2011, Carl was a Managing Director of Highbridge Capital Management, Senior Portfolio Manager for the Highbridge Asia Opportunities Fund and a member of the Global Investment Committee for Highbridge Capital Corporation. Before joining Highbridge in 2002, Carl worked at Citadel Investment Group and Long Term Capital Management. He also founded Intelligent Markets—a venture capital-backed financial software company—and served as chief executive officer from 1999 to 2001. Carl earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carl is married to Tami Lippit. They live in Hong Kong and have four children.

Scott Kapnick

Scott Kapnick is Chief Executive Officer of HPS Investment Partners, LLC ("HPS") which he founded in 2007. HPS is a leading global investment platform with a focus on non-investment grade credit and has over $73bn of assets under management. HPS has approximately 163 investment professionals and over 400 employees globally and is headquartered in New York with 12 offices worldwide. HPS was originally formed as a unit of Highbridge Capital Management, LLC, a subsidiary of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In March 2016, the principals of HPS acquired the firm from J.P. Morgan, which retained Highbridge and the hedge fund strategies. From 2013-2016, Mr. Kapnick also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Highbridge Capital Management. Before founding HPS, Mr. Kapnick was a Management Committee Member, Partner, and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, positions he held from 2001 to 2006. He also served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International from 2005 to 2006 and spent 12 out of his 21 years at the firm in Europe (London and Frankfurt). Mr. Kapnick was named Partner in 1994. Mr. Kapnick is a graduate of Williams College and holds a combined JD/MBA from the University of Chicago. He also studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Mr. Kapnick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Room to Read, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery.  

Dr. Elizabeth M. King

Elizabeth is currently Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Commissioner of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie); Technical Adviser to Echidna Giving and the Gender Innovation Lab (World Bank), and the Global Education Commission; Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University; and co-Editor of the Journal of Development Effectiveness. She was Director of Education from 2009 and Acting Vice President for Human Development in 2013 before retiring from the World Bank, Washington, DC, in September 2014. In these positions, she was the World Bank's senior spokesperson and professional head for global policy and strategic issues related to education and human development. She has published on topics such as household investments in human capital and the link between these investments and poverty and economic development; gender issues in development; education finance, and the impact of decentralization reforms. She has worked on countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and the Philippines, among others, contributing to public expenditure reviews, country economic assessments, policy analyses of the human development sectors, and impact evaluations of policies and programs. Ms. King has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a Masters and BA (Economics) degrees from the University of the Philippines.

John Lindfors

John Lindfors is the Managing Partner of DST Investment Management, the investment adviser of DST Global funds. Over the last several years, DST Global has invested in companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, JD.com, Didi, AirBnB, Spotify, Xiaomi, WhatsApp, etc. and currently has more than $10 billion of assets under management. John joined DST in 2010 and has been based in Hong Kong since 2011. Prior to joining DST, John was the Partner in charge of the European Technology and Media Investment Banking department for Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and worked in London and New York during his 17 years at the firm. John earned a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993.

Dr. Geetha Murali

Dr. Geetha Murali is the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read. As Chief Executive Officer, Geetha oversees Room to Read’s global operations, which include programmatic work in 15 low-income countries, a global network of investors and volunteer chapters, and a worldwide staff of more than 1,600 employees. In her most recent role as Chief Development and Communications Officer, Geetha oversaw Room to Read’s global resource development department with staff across nine locations. In that role, she was responsible for global fundraising, marketing, public relations, and communications, while working directly with the organization’s largest investors. Under her leadership, Room to Read embarked on several key initiatives, including the development of major institutional and cause-marketing partnerships, as well as the launch of legacy giving and multi-currency crowdfunding programs. Dr. Murali was instrumental in helping Room to Read scale its impact by building innovative public and private partnerships.

Geetha has nearly 20 years of diverse experience across the corporate and non-profit sectors. This includes working as a statistician for multinational companies and with large-scale technology programs such as the Digital Equalizer Program (American India Foundation) and Adobe Youth Voices (Adobe Systems Incorporated). Geetha received her master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s and doctorate degrees in South Asian Politics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Stasia Obremskey

Stasia Obremskey is the strategy director for Contraceptive Technology Development at Rhia Ventures, a social impact investing firm focused on women’s health. She has more than twenty-five years of experience providing financial and strategic planning consulting to organizations in the U.S. and Asia. She began her consulting career as a management consultant with Bain & Company. Previously, she worked in investment banking for Morgan Stanley & Co. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance, from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In addition to her consulting work, she has extensive experience as a member of several non-profit boards where she has held a number of leadership positions.

John Ridding

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.

Vicky Tsai

Vicky Tsai is the Founder and CEO of Tatcha, the global luxury skincare brand founded in 2009. Splitting her time between the company’s offices in San Francisco and Japan, Tsai partners with scientists at the Tatcha Institute in Tokyo to create beauty rituals for modern life. She innovates within tradition to help people reconnect with themselves from skin to soul. Every Tatcha purchase supports children's education through the brand's Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures Program, established in 2014 in partnership with Room to Read. To date, the program has funded over 5 million days of school for girls in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Tsai’s work at Tatcha has earned her the WWD Beauty Inc Founder’s Award (2019) and the Cosmetic Executive Women Female Founder Award (2019). She holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School, and prior to founding Tatcha, Tsai held roles at Merrill Lynch and Starbucks.

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.

Susan Wojcicki

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

John Wood is the founder of Room to Read, which he started after a fast-paced and globe-trotting career with Microsoft, where he served as Director of Business Development for the Greater China region and as Director of Marketing for Asia-Pacific.  After nearly two decades with Room to Read as his main focus, John is now devoted to “helping people I trust and admire to build some of the world’s next great companies.”   He is the Asia Partner for Concentric Equity, a $2 billion Chicago-based family office.  He serves on the Board of Asia Partners, the largest first-time fund focused on technology investing in Southeast Asia.  He is also on the Board of Directors of Green Monday Holdings, and the Advisory Boards of XA Network, New Story and Global Citizen Year.  He is an active investor in 20 growing companies in sectors including medical technology, internet, ecommerce, plant-based proteins and purpose-driven businesses.  John holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and has four honorary doctorates, including those from McGill University and the University of San Francisco.  

 

Emeritus Board

Hilary Valentine: Chair

Hilary is a board member of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and a member of Part the Cloud whose mission is to fund Alzheimer’s research with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or ultimately curing Alzheimer’s disease. Hilary 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 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. Hilary graduated with a BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.

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.

Craig Bruya

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.

Jerry del Missier

Jerry del Missier founded Copper Street Capital in July 2015. Mr. del Missier is responsible for overseeing all investment activities within the firm and setting the firm’s strategic direction. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry including business acquisition, growth, restructuring and reengineering. Prior to founding Copper Street, Mr. del Missier was Co-Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank and subsequently, Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Bank Plc (1997-2012). During his time at Barclays he held various executive leadership positions and he played a key leadership role in the acquisition and integration of Lehman Brothers and the post-crisis restructuring of the bank. Previously, Mr. del Missier was a Senior Managing Director of Derivative Products for Bankers Trust (1988-1997). Mr. del Missier started his career at Scotiabank (1987-1988) in Toronto. Mr. del Missier holds an MBA from Queens University (1987) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Queens University (1985). 

Erin Ganju

Erin Ganju is a Co-founder, former CEO, and former COO of Room to Read. From the early start-up days, Erin was instrumental in the design and implementation of the organization’s scalable, replicable model for improving the quality of education around the world. In 2009, Erin became Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read. As CEO, Erin oversaw Room to Read’s global operations across 15 countries; a technical assistance unit called Room to Read Accelerator; fundraising teams in North America, Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific region; and a worldwide staff of more than 1,500 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 a couple of 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.

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 is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City and a member of the Partnership for Inner City Education Board of Directors. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the The WNET Group. He is founding Chairman of the U.S. 30% Club. Mr. Grauer is a member of the Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Chairman of the College Advising Corps and a trustee of The Economic Club of New York.

Tim Koogle

Tim Koogle is a private venture capitalist, entrepreneur and business leader, and philanthropist. He has had a long career in starting, running 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. With his wife, Pam Scott, he co-directs the Koogle Foundation, which has been principally focused on the education of at-risk youth, and issues affecting under-resourced women and girls worldwide. In his venture capital role, he has principally focused on impact investing in start-up and early-stage private companies in naturally sourced, non-toxic, and sustainable consumer products. He was a founding investor, board member, and Chairman of Method Home, (now a profitable $1B revenue company), and founding investor, board member, and Chairman of Olly, (now a profitable $300M+ revenue company). Additionally, among his current investor and board responsibilities are: Ripple Foods (a plant-based dairy alternatives company), True Botanicals (a naturally derived skin care and health company), Cedaron Medical, Unilever H&W (which purchased Olly in 2019), Cadence Health (a commercial products company focused on removing barriers to contraception for under-resourced women and girls where he is also Chairman), and several other companies. In his “spare time,” as founder and CEO of Serendipity Land Holdings, he is developing an environmentally sensitive and low-density resort and residential community with Auberge Resorts, Inc. on land he owns on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. He is also restoring vintage sports and racing cars, a life-long passion! 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

Alastair Mactaggart was previously President of Emerald Fund Inc., a San Francisco residential real estate developer. Between 1998 and 2012 Emerald developed in excess of US$2 billion of real estate. Subsequently Alastair founded Californians for Consumer Privacy, and in 2018 sponsored a statewide ballot measure which resulted in the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act, at the time the most protective consumer privacy law in the country.  In 2020 he sponsored another statewide ballot measure, and over 9.3 million Californians joined him in voting to pass the California Privacy Rights Act, which provides 1 in 8 Americans with among the strongest consumer privacy protections globally.  Alastair received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Alameda County, California with his family. Alastair served on Room to Read’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009. 

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 as Board Chair for Girl Rising, a global movement for girls' education through media, film and social action campaigns (and a partner of Room to Read). She is active with SFMOMA’s Director’s Circle Committee, Contemporaries Committee and Media Acquisitions. She is also an active Ambassador for For-Site. 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 BA from Dartmouth College, and fine art graduate painting degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. Kim travels extensively in the developing world and lives in San Francisco and Vermont with her husband Ian and son Baker. 

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.