Product Design ’05
Kyle is an innovator and engineer who graduated from Stanford’s Product Design program. Kyle practices in Washington, DC. His work emphasizes Design Thinking principles that search for empathy with project stakeholders and consider a multitude of ideas before selecting and iteratively refining the best ideas. He is seasoned at managing diverse project teams across disciplines, abilities, languages, nations, and locations. A former mentee and employee of Walt Disney Imagineering, Kyle is fluent in English and American Sign Language. He has a wide range of experience working in the Mid-Atlantic region, including on projects touching data collection and analysis, community engagement, and disability inclusion.
Human Biology ’88
Eric also received a master’s degree from the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. After working as a statistician in medical/pharmaceutical research for over 20 years, he currently works for Kaiser Permanente Northern California as a data consultant. Originally from Los Angeles, Eric has called the Bay Area home since graduating from Stanford and currently lives in Berkeley. He enjoys mah jong (American style), reading, movies, travel, and food.
Public Policy ’05
MA Education ’09
Rudy is currently the Director of Program Success at Minerva Project. Prior to joining Minerva, he managed the U.S. Partnerships team at Coursera and led business growth efforts in Connecticut as a Sr. Account Manager for BloomBoard, an edtech startup focused on educator professional growth. Before transitioning to the tech world full-time, Rudy worked at a research institute studying the use of free online teaching resources on a global scale and at the Institute of International Education, where he designed professional growth programming related to education, technology, and foreign policy. He did SLE, was a member of Stanford Taiko for 4 years, and managed several tutoring programs out of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.
San Mateo, CA
Laura grew up in Chicago and happily relocated to the Bay Area to attend the Stanford GSB. Prior to business school, Laura worked as a consultant in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice. She specialized in change management, communications, and training for technology implementation projects, and her favorite project during that time was working at Harley-Davidson. Laura works at Deloitte’s San Francisco office. Laura loves hiking and running outdoors. On weekends, she can be found hiking the “Dish” or exploring local parks. In addition to Laura’s interest in outdoor adventures, she also has a passion for international cuisine and considers herself a “foodie.” Favorite foods include Indian chicken curry, sushi, and gelato. She also loves to travel and offers consultation on the best reward programs for credit cards, airlines, hotels, and rental cars.
Board of Directors
Los Angeles, CA
BA Psychology ’96
MA Sociology ’96
Cenon is a Group Creative Director at IW/Interpublic Group. Over the past 20 years, he has created advertising campaigns for brands like Jaguar, Dodgers, Intel, Grindr, McDonald’s and Lexus (Super Bowl). He started his career in New York City where he worked for boutique studios (Oscar de la Renta), in-house departments (NYU and Grindr) and large ad agencies (Dentsu and Havas). At Stanford, he was a member of the LSJUMB playing the cowbell and a proud Brannerite.
Adam Bad Wound
San Francisco, CA
MA Education Policy ’05
MA Sociology ’06
Adam has a mission to strengthen people and planet through philanthropy. His career has advanced conservation, education, and social justice organizations working in spectacular places that belong to everyone, such as national forests, parks, memorials, monuments, museums, and wildlands. Adam is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, he is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and certified naturalist from the University of California. In addition to service on the Stanford Pride board of directors, he serves as a board member of the Stanford Alumni Association and Stanford Club of San Francisco. He is an undergraduate alumnus of St. Olaf College and graduate alumnus of Columbia University.
Alex is an environmental and energy attorney (of counsel) with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in its Chicago, IL office. Alex focuses his practices on assisting corporate clients with risks and liabilities arising out of litigation and regulation, as well as securing permits and tariffs for renewable energy and other facilities to operate. He assists clients in the automotive, chemical, defense, energy, manufacturing, railroad, and real estate sectors. Prior to law school, he was an associate at Exponent, Inc., a scientific and technical consulting firm, where he assisted testifying expert witnesses in a variety of disciplines, including economics, statistics, epidemiology, and toxicology. Mr. Bandza received his B.A. in economics in 2008 from Stanford University, where he graduated with interdisciplinary honors in environmental science, technology and policy. He also studied abroad in Berlin and “abroad” in Washington, DC, where he later served as a peer mentor and RA for the Stanford-in-Washington program. He received his J.D. in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
San Rafael, CA
MS Computer Science ’74
Claude is the longest serving SP Board Member. Born and raised in France, Claude got his undergraduate engineering degree at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He worked for 35 years in IT and software management, then started his own boutique consulting practice, cébé IT and Knowledge Management. Over the years, his work has taken him with increasing frequency to Mexico City, where in addition to advising various organizations, he continues to improve his Spanish. Claude wrote two books on software development, and in spite of that experience is tempted to write more, sensing in particular a need for an “IT Management for Dummies” book. Claude met his husband Ed in Austin in 1983, and has lived in the U.S. since 1985. Claude and Ed were married in Boston in 2005. Claude loves travel, food, friends, geopolitics, history, languages, literature, photography, and has traced back his family through thirteen generations of totally obscure people. His long service to Stanford Pride included many years as Treasurer, and he now manages our membership database and the monthly e-Update. He enjoys the opportunity to serve the community, but keeps repeating that he’s happy to cede his spot to make room for others. After a number of years in Texas, Claude and Ed came to their senses and moved back to the Bay Area in 2017… and have not regretted it for a second.
Santa Cruz, CA
AB English ’99
AM English ’00
Jessie received her B.A. and M.A. in English from Stanford and her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. She is the Associate Director for Learning at the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is also faculty at Merrill College and in the Writing Program. She was formerly the Director of the First Year Experience Program at Colorado College, where she taught English and interdisciplinary humanities courses and was active in the Collaborative for Community Engagement. She has taught literature, rhetoric, and writing at UVa, Rice University, and the Horace Mann School in New York. She lives with her partner Aran (also ’99), two darling terriers, and an active two-year-old (Helen). In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, running and hiking in the Monterey Bay region and beyond.
AB Human Biology ’99
Angel currently works at MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights, leading their US-based advocacy and policy efforts with Latinx gay and bisexual men. He/She is an immigrant, curanderx, ballroom house parent, two-spirit/queer, Zapotecx/Xicanx activist and organizer whose life experience has enabled him to connect, advocate with/for, uplift and celebrate community members from all walks of life. Angel has a doctorate in medicine from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and a Master’s in nonprofit administration from University of San Francisco. With a 20+year history of progressive policy, advocacy, and management experience across a range of public health settings, including community-based organizations, community health centers and public health departments, Angel possesses a strong and unwavering history as a Latinx HIV/AIDS and immigrant rights advocate. He/She is also the co-founder of Mi Vida Loca Collective (aka La Familia de Stanford), the first student led, Latinx social support group at Stanford.
Will is from New York and graduated from Stanford with a BS in Mathematics. After Stanford, he moved briefly to DC and then earned his PhD at Carnegie Mellon, where he co-founded Allies Grad/CMQ+, CMU’s graduate student LGBTQ+ student group. He has moved back to Washington, DC and is currently a data scientist in Deloitte’s government and public sector market and an Adjunct Lecturer in Georgetown’s Mathematics & Statistics department. He enjoys dim sum, Dr. Frankenstein jokes, and helping connect other east coast bound alumni.
Political Science ’01
Anthony is a Community Liaison with Gilead Sciences for the Washington, DC and Virginia region He has over thirteen years of experience in the HIV field. He has served in a myriad of positions at a variety of organizations within the field with the most recent before his current position being the Vice President of HIV Programs in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida. His work has taken him from Los Angeles, to Chicago, to Tampa, and now he is enthusiastic about being in the Nation’s Capital.
Max Benjamin Johnson
New York, NY
International Relations ’15
Max moved to New York City the day after he graduated from Stanford in June 2016. He lives with his fiancee Tim Eisenmann (GSB ’15) who he met during his Junior year while studying at the GSB Coupa Cafe. In 2016 Max co-founded the direct-to-consumer fine jewelry company AWE Inspired with his mother Jill Johnson, a 30 year jewelry industry veteran and 3-time cancer survivor. AWE creates meaningful and ethically sourced fine jewelry that gives back 20% of each sale to four national charity partners (www.aweinspired.com). Prior to founding AWE, Max worked on the Digital Marketing Team at Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn.
New York, NY
Ayse’s dedication to advancing LGBTQ rights began in earnest at the Stanford GSB in 1976 with the founding of an informal support group for LGBTQ Biz School students called Alternative Executive Life Styles – a name necessitated by the very-large closet in which most GSB students then lived. During the decades since, she has served on the boards of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, DIFFA, HRC, The Victory Fund, the National AIDS Memorial Grove, Continuum, and An Uncommon Legacy Foundation. She has provided significant support to the James Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Main Library, Maitri Residential Care, the LGBTQ Leadership Council of the DNC, and to hundreds of gay, gay-friendly and/or Democratic candidates and issues. Ayse’s professional career began at Vogue and Mademoiselle Magazines (Condé Nast Publications) and included Executive Marketing positions at Jantzen Inc., Levi Strauss International (Paris), Director of Personnel Administration for Peat Marwick International (Western Europe), and Director of Career Management Center at Stanford’s GSB where she included respect for sexual orientation as an imperative for recruiters. Ayse retired from active business involvement in 1994 after making majority investments in and providing marketing management to several middle market (under $200 million) consumer companies — and successfully selling or going public. Born in Ankara, Turkey, Ayse is descended from generations of Turkish diplomats.
PsyD Clinical Psychology ’12
Neda is the Lead Psychologist at Stanford Health Care’s Inpatient Psychiatry Units and a Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. She is a Board Member of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association, as the Member at Large. Within the Stanford community, Dr. Kharrazi is involved with a number of committees and groups aimed at advocating for LGBTQ+ affirming care practices. She has provided multiple workshops to health care professionals on affirming care practices with gender and sexual minority patients and how to cultivate a LGBTQ+ affirming workplace.
San Francisco, CA
Mechanical Engineering ’14
Kelly grew up in Galveston, Texas and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. She now works as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Plenty, helping to build a global network of field-scale indoor farms. She is passionate about applying innovative technology and design principles to have positive world impact at scale, as well as empowering the next generation of diverse tech talent! In her free time, she volunteers with local nonprofits in the Bay Area, and can be found surfing in Pacifica.
San Francisco, CA
BA ‘20 Political Science
Jason Lin is a Business Associate at Visa. Prior to joining Visa, he was a Summer Investor Analyst at JPMorgan’s Financial Sponsors Group. He is a Co-Founder and current Board Member of Fuzhou, America, a non-profit dedicated to providing mentorship and resources for the underserved Chinese-American community. At Stanford, he was the lead analyst for a search fund team, a Research Assistant for one of President Obama’s cybersecurity specialists, and the Director of Business Development at Stanford Student Enterprises. He enjoys trying out new food in the Bay Area and hunting mushrooms on the weekend.
San Francisco, CA
Mathematical & Computational Science ’14
Bri grew up in Los Angeles, California and graduated with a B.S in Mathematical Computational Science. Since graduating she’s worked in Product Analytics at several San Francisco companies and currently works as a Data Scientist at DoorDash. In her free time she supports SF queer nonprofits and plays in the SF Gay Softball , Kickball, and Football leagues.
Anthony is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford and has made California his home. With 15 years of experience in Communications, he has held corporate communications and community relations roles at a public agency, staffing firm, and a bank. He currently leads Employee/Internal Communications at a tech company in Silicon Valley. Anthony has been involved with the LGBTQ+ community in various roles, including volunteering with the Trevor Project, leading a company LGBTQ+ ERG and as a board member at a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center in San Francisco that serves the under-served communities of San Francisco, with a focus on the transgender community.
San Francisco, CA & Los Angeles, CA
Computer Science ’18
MA Computer Science ’19
Chris is originally from the sunny suburbs just outside Los Angeles. Chris grew up as a competitive dancer, training in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. After attending Stanford for undergraduate and graduate school, he is now thoroughly enjoying his role as a software engineer at Instagram, Facebook Inc where he also helps lead the company’s largest LGBTQ+ ERG. He firmly believes in the importance of finding community for all dimensions of oneself including sexual and gender orientation. This motivates him to allocate his time towards creating safe, inclusive and uplifting spaces for his queer community. For these reasons, Chris is excited to serve the Stanford LGBTQ+ alumni!
Political Science ’18
Allison hails from a suburb of Houston, Texas, but finds home in the stories and souls of people. She has worked in consulting, legal operations and non-profit advocacy and prioritizes working on projects that matter with people who care. She finds peace in non-fiction books and good humor.
Los Angeles, CA
Raul is currently VP of Strategy at Walton Isaacson, a full-service advertising agency for Fortune 500 companies, leading brand strategy initiatives for Lexus, Toyota, Facebook, Macy’s, Verizon, Unilever, Constellation Brands, Pernod Ricard, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s, Intel, Medline, Spaulding, LA Dodgers, Grindr, United Nations Free & Equal, Disney, and Sony. He also led insights on multicultural consumers, luxury, and retail at Iconoculture, a consumer insights division of Gartner. He is a member of the Alliance for Inclusive Multicultural Marketing’s LGBTQ Roundtable, furthering LGBTQ representation in brand communications. He is a guest lecturer on consumer behavior and segment specific marketing, including LGBTQ, at USC’s Marshall School of Business and USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. He is a guest contributor at Luxury Daily on women, LGBTQs, and multicultural consumers. Lastly, he is on the Board of Directors for LA Pride, the world’s first permitted parade and festival advocating for LGBTQ rights. He earned his MBA from Stanford and dual undergraduate majors in Chemistry & English Literature from Whittier College. He is from Phoenix, AZ and currently resides in West Hollywood, CA.
Los Angeles, CA
Electrical Engineering ’00
Kevin is a native of Washington, DC but has lived in 6 places since 2000. Finally he is settling down in Los Angeles with his partner of over a decade. Currently he works at Medtronic (the medical device firm that commercialized the pacemaker) in marketing. Before Medtronic he worked for 6 years in the Air Force where he first led a team doing laser bio effects research and later was in charge of finding and funding the best and brightest scientists in Latin America. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2008 and a Masters in International Relations from St. Mary’s University in 2002. Kevin loves traveling and studying languages. He has run four marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, swam with sharks in the Galapagos and attempted to learn how to cook at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Mountain View, CA
MA Psychology ’17
Lily is an organizational consultant, executive coach, and diversity, equity, and inclusion expert who works with organizations to turn positive intentions into positive impact. She works to create just, inclusive, and innovative workplaces for her clients through data-driven assessments, strategic advising, training, and collaborative content creation. An out and proud queer, trans, Chinese-American woman, Lily works to leverage her experience and expertise into advancing justice for marginalized communities everywhere. Lily received her Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University and lives with a partner in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves sci-fi, snowboarding, trying to recreate her mother’s recipes, and wearing too much black.
- [1994-1995] Kathy Levinson, ’77
- [2002-2004] Juan Jover, MS ’84, PhD ’85
- [2005-2006] George Duran, ’89
- [2006-2007] Nick Kelley, ’00
- [2006-2007] Elly Matsumura, ’01
- [2007-2008] Ryan Wirtz, ’04
- [2007-2009] Anietie Ekanem, ’02
- [2009-2010] Shiyan Koh, ’05
- [2009-2011] Dwight Tran, ’06
- [2018-2020] Brendan Hamel-Bissell, MS ’16, PhD ’16
- Kathy Veit, MA ’88
- James W. Haas, ’64
- Jim Farah, ’68
- John Elias, JD ’06
- Nancy Baker, ’71