Andrew (Andy) 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. He has 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 a BS from UC Riverside and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Ann 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. Prior to joining Hall Capital, she was a Senior Research Analyst covering healthcare companies at several investment firms in New York and Boston. Ms. Barber is a member of the Investment Committees for the Gateway Schools in San Francisco and the Marin Community Foundation. She earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Fred Cohen is a Senior Advisor and former Partner at TPG Biotech. He was previously a professor 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 is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Burroughs-Wellcome New Initiatives in Malaria Research Award, the LVMH Science Pour L’Art Prize (shared with 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 received his DPhil from Oxford University and his MD from 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 is a co-founder and CEO of Francisco Partners. Prior to 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 (AMIS), Barracuda Networks (CUDA), CBA Group, Cross Match Technologies, Corsair, Legerity, MagnaChip, Metrologic, NPTest/Credence (CMOS), Numonyx, SMART Modular Technologies (SMOD), Ultra Clean Technology (UCTT), Conexant (CNXT), Globespan (GSPN), and ON Semiconductor (ONNN). Mr.Deb is a member of the Board of Trustees at Stanford University, on the board of the U.C. Berkeley Engineering School and is a member of the Stanford GSB Advisory Council. He earned a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Regents Scholar. He also earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sameer Gandhi joined Accel in 2008 and focuses on consumer, software and services companies. Sameer 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. Sameer 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 today. Prior to Accel, Sameer was a partner at Sequoia and led investments in companies like Barracuda Networks, Dropbox (initial seed), Gracenote, Trulia (acquired by Zillow) and Sourcefire. Sameer is from Maryland and graduated from MIT and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
David 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. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Head of Equities at ICMA-RC managing the Vantagepoint Equity Funds and was an analyst at Montgomery Asset Management in San Francisco. Mr. Harkins was also a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans. He is a CFA charter holder and earned his BS and MBA from the University of Colorado.
Steve Monosson has more than 30 years of experience in investment management, mostly as a partner at Osterweis Capital Management, where he was involved in managing client accounts, a mutual fund, and hedge funds. In addition to having previous board experience at the Nueva School, Mr. Monosson currently serves on the boards of the Herbst Foundation and Acterra. He earned a BA in political science from Amherst College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
William E. 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 has also 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 a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Robert Rosner is founder, managing member, and portfolio manager of Buena Vista Fund Management. Prior to forming Buena Vista, Mr. Rosner was a partner in Sofaer Capital Management. He began his career at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Rosner is a Trustee of the Urban School of San Francisco. He earned his BA from University of California, Santa Cruz and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Patricia Shepard has over 20 years of experience in finance, operations, investment management and business leadership. She has held a variety of positions, including CIO of a billion+-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 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 BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
The late Bill Bowes was a philanthropist and founder of US Venture Partners.
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 is CEO of Hellman & Friedman.