Board Member Bios
Heather M. Hopkins, Founder, Board Chair, launched My New Red Shoes after hearing a story from her mother about dreading the first day of school as a child because her family couldn't always afford clothing and shoes that would make her proud and ready to face the new school year. From 2006 to 2008, Heather served as the volunteer Executive Director of My New Red Shoes. She served as Board Chair for six years. Through her efforts, Heather was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2007. She graduated from Princeton University. Heather can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timi Most, Board Vice Chair, has been the CFO of Mind Garden, Inc. since it was established in 1994. She has been a community volunteer for over 30 years in both the local schools and with various non-profits. Timi has extensive experience working with and organizing non-profit organizations as well non-profit board experiences. She helped found Daybreak Shelter, the first suburban shelter for homeless youth in this country and is on the Board of Foundation for a College Education. Her passion is to work in diverse ways to facilitate positive changes for underserved children and families. Timi received her B.A. from the University of Miami.
Lisa Sweeney, Treasurer, Treasurer, is the Executive Director of Fox Hollow Ventures. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Finance at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and worked in private equity, making investment decisions and serving on the boards of numerous portfolio organizations. She also taught private equity at the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Cira Nickerson, Secretary, is Managing Director for the Palo Alto/Hawaii Complex. Cira has served for 19 years with Morgan Stanley and works closely with her Management Team on the strategy, business growth and development of 220 Financial Advisors across seven branches. Cira was recently recognized with the Morgan Stanley Platinum Award for her successful results with Diversity and Inclusion across her Complex. She attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia and holds a degree in Medical Technology. She lives in Los Altos with her partner Kim and three rescue dogs.
John Brown, Board Member has been involved in marketing in the technology industry for over 15 years and is currently a manager of market research at Apple, Inc. He holds a Master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco and currently has a therapeutic practice in San Mateo, CA. John is a motivational speaker for teens and couples and has been active in the youth population as a youth group leader and mentor over the last nine years.
Alissa Shipper, Board Member, is a VP, Investment Director at Fidelity in the Family Office Group. Alissa has over 20 years of investing experience including 9 years at CM Capital, a $1B+ multi-asset class family office in Palo Alto, where she served as Director of the Funds Investment Department. Prior to CM, she worked as an analyst at a hedge fund and in fixed income capital markets. She has a BS in Operations Research from Columbia University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chris Penner, Board Member, is the Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales and Alliances at Box, where he runs the indirect and partner sales strategy for Box worldwide. Prior to joining Box, Chris worked at NetApp where he served as the Senior Director of the Microsoft Business Unit and the Senior Director of Strategic Alliances and Solutions, among other leadership roles. Prior to NetApp, Chris also lead strategic alliances, channel sales, business development, and OEM sales at Interwoven (acquired by HP) and Plumtree Software (acquired by Oracle). Chris spent his earlier years as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, and held management roles at Agilent Technologies and Kaiser Permanente. Chris has a BS from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.