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 email@example.com
Timi Most, Board Vice Chair, is the CFO at Mind Garden Inc. Timi has been a community volunteer for over 30 years in both the local schools and with various nonprofits. She has extensive experience serving, organizing and leading a variety of organizations. She helped found Daybreak Shelter, the first urban homeless shelter for teenagers in the United States. Timi received her B.A from the University of Miami.
David Fisch, Board Member, is the VP of Partnerships at Houzz where he leads the company's strategic partnership efforts. Previously, David spent a number of years at Facebook working on business development and platform partnerships. Prior to Facebook, David worked at StubHub where he was responsible for launching and scaling StubHub’s finance department and leading other strategic corporate initiatives. In addition, David was a high yield research analyst at Goldman Sachs focused on the gaming, lodging, and leisure sector. David received his BA from the University of Michigan and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Cira Nickerson, Board Member, is Executive Director for Morgan Stanley and the Complex Manager for the Palo Alto/Hawaii Complex. Cira has served for 16 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.
Andrew Page, Board Member, brings 20 years of finance and business strategy experience to the Board of My New Red Shoes. Andy currently serves as President of 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, where he leads the company's product and engineering, marketing, finance, business development, laboratory operations and legal/regulatory affairs functions. Prior to joining 23andMe, Andy served as the President of Gilt Groupe, an online, invitation-only luxury goods retailer. Prior to joining Gilt, Andy was COO and Financial Officer of PlayPhone Inc., where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operations across 15 countries. Andy holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Claudia Ferguson is a Senior Vice President and high profile deposit relationship manager at Presidio Bank, a community business bank headquartered in San Francisco. Her banking career spans over 20 years in the San Mateo community. She forms long-lasting client relationships and always looks for opportunities to enhance the service experience for her clients. Claudia is an active member with National Charity League and Young Men Service League and volunteers her time at My New Red Shoes and many local charities along with her two children. She is also a current member of the San Mateo Leadership program and is actively involved in the local schools her children attend. Born and raised in Germany, Claudia completed her education in finance and banking laws abroad before settling in San Mateo.
Lisa Sweeney, Treasurer, is the Director of Finance for the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a leading venture philanthropy foundation with a mission to change the world by finding, funding and supporting social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining DRK, she was a Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and worked in middle-market private equity, making investment decisions and serving on the boards of numerous portfolio companies. 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.
John Brown, Secretary, 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.
Laura Krane, Board Member, has nearly two decades of philanthropic and business experience, spanning Internet technology companies and a variety of San Francisco Bay Area service organizations. Over the past 10 years, she has served organizations including the Children’s Health Council and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Laura worked as Director of Sales at Yahoo! beginning in 1997, where she oversaw growth of millions of dollars in annual advertising revenues. Krane has a degree in Communication from the University of Arizona. She is the mother of three children under the age of eight and lives in Atherton, CA with her husband David and their new pet mouse, George.
Ivonne Valdes, Board Member, brings over 25 years of international sales and marketing expertise. Ivonne is currently Vice President, Go-To-Market, Enterprise Group, Technology Services Sales, Marketing and Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company. Ivonne is an instrumental leader within the HP Enterprise Group, driving solution selling and developing Go-To-Market programs that garner lifelong customers while staying in step with Cloud, Proactive Services and Pay Per Use services. In 2014, Ivonne was recognized as one of the TOP 100 Most Influential Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry and CRN annual Women of the Channel. Ivonne, has recently been selected to serve on the AOE/AOIT advisory board of McClymonds High School located in Oakland, CA. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BA in clinical psychology from Caldwell College.
Alissa Douglas is a Managing Partner and Founder of Vernal Point Advisors, a wealth management firm serving ultra high net worth families. 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.
Amy Arora is a Director with eBay Inc’s Corporate Development group in San Jose, CA. In this capacity, she is responsible for M&A activities for eBay’s PayPal, Marketplaces and Enterprise divisions. As part of this role, she also leads the Customer Service initiative for the eBay / PayPal separation. Prior to joining eBay, Amy spent most of her career at IBM, helping shape the company's software and services business through M&A. Prior to IBM, she held various roles at Nike and Boeing. Amy received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her MBA at Harvard Business School.