UCSF Foundation Investment Company Board

Andrew (Andy) Ach, Chair
Mr. Ach is a financial and municipal bond adviser to public school districts and other public sector institutions. He was a founding partner at Norcross Hill & Ach, a public finance firm that advised public agencies on how to raise money through municipal bonds and other instruments. He served for nine years on the board of trustees of The Urban School of San Francisco and also served on the boards of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco. Mr. Ach currently serves on the board of trustees of The Breakthrough Collaborative. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Ann Barber
Ms. Barber is a managing director at Hall Capital Partners LLC and head of the equity strategies group, which researches public equity and equity hedge investments. Previously, she was a senior research analyst covering health care companies at several investment firms in New York and Boston. Ms. Barber serves on the investment committees for the Gateway Schools in San Francisco and the Marin Community Foundation. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, her master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Fred Cohen, M.D.
Dr. Cohen is a senior adviser and former partner at TPG Biotech. Previously he was a professor in the departments of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Medicine, and Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. He served as chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and directed an active research program in the areas of prion biology, structure-based drug design, bioinformatics, and heteropolymer chemistry. Dr. Cohen is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American College of Physicians. He received numerous awards and honors, including the Burroughs-Wellcome New Initiatives in Malaria Research Award, the LVMH Science Pour L'Art Prize (shared with Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner, MD), a Searle Scholars Award, and Young Investigator awards from the European Society of Endocrinology and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Cohen graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and earned a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University and his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine and endocrinology training at UCSF. He serves on the boards of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, CareDx, Five Prime Therapeutics, Genomic Health, Progyny, Rapid Micro Biosystems, Roka Bioscience, Tandem, and Veracyte, among others.

Dipanjan (DJ) Deb
Mr. Deb is a co-founder and CEO of Francisco Partners. Before founding Francisco Partners in 1999, Mr. Deb was a principal with Texas Pacific Group. Earlier in his career, he was director of semiconductor banking at Robertson Stephens & Company and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Deb currently serves on the boards of GoodRx, Ichor Systems, and Plex Software. He formerly served on the boards of AMI Semiconductor, Barracuda Networks, CBA Group, Cross Match Technologies, Corsair, Legerity, MagnaChip, Metrologic, NPTest/Credence, Numonyx, SMART Modular Technologies, Ultra Clean Technology, Conexant, Globespan, and ON Semiconductor. Mr. Deb is a member of the board of trustees at Stanford University, a board member of the UC Berkeley Engineering School, and an advisory council member for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents Scholar, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Melinda Ellis Evers
Ms. Evers is a co-founder of Ellis Partners and co-manages the operation of the firm. She serves as portfolio manager with oversight responsibility for the firm's asset-management and financial teams. Ms. Evers started her real estate career with A.R. Jarvis & Company, a regional mortgage brokerage firm, and spent seven years in acquisitions and portfolio management with Grubb & Ellis Realty Advisers. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Evers is a member of the Lambda Alpha Land Economics Honor Society, the Urban Land Institute, the Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. She also is a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Her past industry board affiliations include The Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage and the Bay Area Mortgage Association.

Sameer Gandhi
Mr. Gandhi joined Accel in 2008 and focuses on consumer, software, and services companies. He led Accel's early investments in Birchbox, Bonobos (acquired by Walmart), Crowdstrike, Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon), DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam (acquired by Google), Grovo, Jet (acquired by Walmart), Plex, Raise, Rylo, Spotify, Venmo (acquired by Braintree/PayPal) and Yapstone. Mr. Gandhi works closely with Accel's India team and is involved in investments such as Flipkart, BookMyShow, Myntra, Freshdesk and Taxi4Sure (acquired by OLA) - some of India's most prominent technology companies. Before Accel, he was a partner at Sequoia and led investments in companies like Barracuda Networks, Dropbox (initial seed), Gracenote, Trulia (acquired by Zillow) and Sourcefire. Mr. Gandhi is from Maryland and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

David Harkins
Mr. Harkins joined the UCSF Foundation Investment Company in 2015 as the founding president and chief investment officer. Previously, he oversaw equity and fixed-income investments as managing director of public markets for the University of Pennsylvania endowment. Before that, he served as vice president and head of equities at ICMA-RC, managing the Vantagepoint Equity Funds, and also was an analyst at Montgomery Asset Management in San Francisco. He also was a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans. Mr. Harkins is a CFA charter holder and earned his bachelor's and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado.

William (Bill) Oberndorf, Chair, UCSF Board of Overseers
Mr. Oberndorf began his career investing for the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas, in 1978, and was a founding partner of SPO Partners & Co. in 1991. He established Oberndorf Enterprises, LLC, in 2012 to invest his family assets. During his investment career, he has served on numerous corporate boards and partnership entities. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Oberndorf also has served on many nonprofit boards. In addition to serving as chairman of UCSF's Board of Overseers, he currently serves on the boards of the American Federation for Children, The Foundation for Excellence in Education, and University School in Cleveland, Ohio. He is married to Susan C. Oberndorf, who is president of the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation. He earned his bachelor's degree from Williams College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Robert Rosner
Mr. Rosner is founder, managing member, and portfolio manager of Buena Vista Fund Management. Before forming Buena Vista, Mr. Rosner was a partner in Sofaer Capital Management, and he began his career at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Rosner is a trustee of the Urban School of San Francisco. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Patricia Shepard
Ms. Shepard has more than 20 years of experience in finance, operations, investment management, and business leadership. She has held a variety of positions, including CIO of a billion-plus-dollar liquid investment fund, managing director of a venture fund, manager of a winery and vineyard, president of foundation holding companies, executive director of a family office, and a director of various foreign investment funds. Ms. Shepard serves on the investment committee for Marin Community Foundation. She is actively involved in supporting interventional education for children with language-based learning differences and sensory processing disorders. Ms. Shepard earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Founding Directors (no longer serving)

Bill Bowes
The late Mr. Bowes was a philanthropist and founder of US Venture Partners.

Robert Burke
Mr. Burke is the co-founder of three real estate firms including AMB Property (predecessor to Prologis). Recipient of the UCSF Medal for his leadership role in acquiring the Mission Bay campus site.

Philip Hammarskjold
Mr. Hammarskjold is CEO of Hellman & Friedman.

Steve Monosson
Mr. Monosson was previously a partner at Osterweis Capital Management.


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