Officers

Brendan Hamel-Bissell

President
San Francisco, CA
MS Electrical Engineering ’16
PhD Electrical Engineering ’16

Brendan was born and raised in Underhill, Vermont, a town of 3000 people. He was first inspired by LGBT issues at 12 years old when he attended a House Committee hearing on Civil Unions at the Vermont State House with his father. He is an active supporter of the LGBT and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) community as the president of Stanford’s GradQ, cofounder of Stanford oSTEM, and graduate student panelist at the Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference (OUTC). He was recognized by Stanford with a 2013 Graduate Education Academic Achievement Award. Brendan earned his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) in 2010. He is currently a professor at Sonoma State University. His research interests include fiber optics and photonic devices.

Eric Elkin

Vice President
Berkeley, CA
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.

Kyle Duarte

Secretary
Washington, DC
Product Design ’05

Kyle 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.

Laura Shact

Treasurer
San Mateo, CA
MBA ’10

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

All the officers listed above are members of the Board of Directors. The other members are:

  • Adam Bad Wound, MA Education Policy ’05, MA Sociology ’06
    San Francisco, CA
  • Claude Baudoin, MS Computer Science ’74
    San Rafael, CA
  • Marcus Busby, Product Design ’13
    San Francisco, CA
  • Sunny Choi, MS Engineering Management ’97
    San Mateo, CA
  • Jessie Dubreuil, AB English ’99, AM English ’00
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • Jim Farah, Economics ’68
    New York, NY
  • Will Frankenstein, Mathematics ’07
    Washington, DC
  • Max Benjamin Johnson, International Relations ’15
    New York, NY
  • Ayse Kenmore, MBA ’77
    New York, NY
  • Kelly LaBuff, Mechanical Engineering ’14
    San Francisco, CA
  • Brianna Lister, Mathematical & Computational Science ’14
    San Francisco, CA
  • Justin Liu, Biology ’07
    Menlo Park, CA
  • Anthony Lopez, Communications ’04
    Sunnyvale, CA
  • Kevin Luo, MS Management Science & Engineering ’18
    Milpitas, CA
  • Allison Martin, Political Science ’18
    Palo Alto, CA
  • David Press, History 1990
    New York, NY
  • Raul Rios, MBA ’06
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Rudy Rubio, Public Policy ’08, MA Education ’09
    Piedmont, CA
  • Danny Taing, Psychology ’07, MA Sociology ’08
    New York, NY
  • Kevin Wegener, Electrical Engineering ’00
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Lily Zheng, Psychology ’17, MA Psychology ’17
    Mountain View, CA

Presidents Emeriti

  • James W. Haas, ’64
  • Kathy Levinson, ’77
  • Kathy Veit, MA ’88
  • Juan Jover, MS ’84, PhD ’85
  • George Duran, ’89
  • Nick Kelley, ’00
  • Elly Matsumura, ’01
  • Shiyan Koh, ’05
  • Ryan Wirtz, ’04
  • Anietie Ekanem, ’02
  • Dwight Tran, ’06
  • Jim Farah, ’68
  • John Elias, JD ’06
  • Nancy Baker, ’71