Board Profiles

Nicole-Anne BoyerSecond Vice-Chair

Nicole-Anne Boyer is a futurist, facilitator, and collaboration expert enabling leaders to co-create solutions to our most pressing systemic challenges. She learned her unique craft at Global Business Network, a pioneering think-tank, and founded Adaptive Edge, a consultancy devoted to accelerating “better futures”. An innovator in business education, Nicole was a lecturer and program director at CEDEP in INSEAD and teaches futures thinking to leaders around the world. A global citizen, Nicole has lived in Vancouver BC, Singapore, India, Paris, and now San Francisco. Past careers include being a pollster, political speech writer, and venture capitalist. Nicole also co-authored the popular book, Worldchanging: A Users Guide to the 21st Century and holds a BA (hons.) and MA from the University of British Columbia.

Danielle CarbonneauStudent Board Member

Danielle Carbonneau, Student Board Member, is a second year MBA candidate with a background in education and international development. Prior to enrolling at Presidio, she was a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank designing, developing, and implementing capacity building programs for youth and educators in developing countries. Much of her work centered on integrating concepts of social, economic, and environmental sustainability into new and existing programs. As Administrator of the World Bank’s scholarships and fellowships programs, she introduced online and face-to-face networking opportunities to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange within the community of 5,000+ alumni and scholars. She holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in International Education Leadership from The George Washington University. She is based in Washington, DC.

Gretchen Cummings

Gretchen Cummings is a managing director at American Institutes of Research (AIR), a global behavioral and social science research firm, where she oversees project and program services and works with AIR’s new business incubator. Prior to this, she was deputy director and chief of staff for the education program. Cummings has worked in nonprofit management, planning, governance, and leadership for over two decades, with a focus on building organizational effectiveness in mission-driven organizations. She earned an AB at Princeton University, an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School, and her MBA at Presidio Graduate School.

Mona Das

Mona Das, MBA, BA, graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Psychology. She spent eight years as a Sales Executive for a variety of software companies in Portland OR, and Dublin Ireland. For the past 12 years she has been running her own mortgage business, which combines her passion for helping people and exceptional customer service. She has been awarded the Portland Monthly 5 star mortgage professional award consecutively since it’s inception. In 2012, Mona graduated from Pinchot University, with an MBA in Sustainable Business. Mona has served as the Vice-Chair of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation and on the Budget Committee for The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as well as a leadership position at Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future. She has been very involved in a number of roles at Pinchot, where she still serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She also serves on the board for Women’s Business Exchange. She recently launched MOXY!, to inspire, coach and mentor women to live their life and earn their livelihood by following their true purpose. She just returned from Women’s Campaign School at Yale University where she was trained on how to run for political office, her goal is to run for Senate.

Jonathan M. DeGooyer

Jonathan M. DeGooyer is the AGC & Assistant Corporate Secretary at Marin Software, Inc., which provides a leading cross-channel performance advertising solution to digital marketers. Prior to Marin Software, DeGooyer was a Vice President and AGC at Hewlett-Packard Company. Prior to HP, DeGooyer was a litigation associate at Morgan Lewis. DeGooyer recently served on the boards of HP’s Political Action Committee and the Eviction Defense Collaborative, and currently serves on the Justice and Diversity Center Leadership Council and the Milagro Foundation Board of Directors. DeGooyer has a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Candice Eggerss

Candice Eggerss has 30 years of investment experience in private and public markets as a venture capitalist, a portfolio manager, and securities analyst in multiple industries, specializing in technology, cleantech, and telecommunication industries. She is currently a Managing Director of Firelake Capital Management, a venture capital firm, where she also co-managed a small capitalization technology portfolio. She serves on the boards of Cornerstone Capital Group, Amazing Care Network, and WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Resource Management). She holds a BS from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Suzanne FarverChair

Suzanne Farver teaches corporate sustainability strategy at Harvard University Extension School. With over 30 years experience in non-profit management, she also serves as finance chair and treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Institute board. As Executive Director of the Aspen Art Museum in the 1990s, she brought the organization from fiscal crisis to financial health, with balanced budgets in each year of her tenure. She holds a BA from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa), an ALM in Environmental Management from Harvard University (class marshal), and a JD from the University of Denver.

Saskia FeastFirst Vice-Chair

Saskia Feast is Western Region Vice President at Natural Capital Partners, a world-leading provider of market-based solutions to help clients combine business success with positive impact on the environment. She has worked for large (Chevron, B.P.) and small (Cyrano Sciences, EOS Climate) organizations, launched the first handheld electronic nose and was part of team that established a new class of emission reductions traded in California’s carbon market. Saskia is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed scientific papers, white papers, and the voice of product videos. Her MBA is from Presidio Graduate School, where she was the senior manager of business partnerships, and she holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Liverpool University, United Kingdom.

Frank Gerber

Frank Gerber is a managing partner of Blueshift Partners, a private investment company based in Marin. He has also worked as a business valuation consultant and a partner in a residential real estate investment fund. Frank has served on the board of directors of several private companies including Just Desserts, Sustainable Spaces, Athleta, and Digital Innovations, and as the Board Chair at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Frank holds a BA in English and Communications from Hope College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Lee Gotshall-Maxon

Lee Gotshall-Maxon is a partner of the Allen Matkins law firm. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Bar Association, and San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association. He has served as Board President of both the Volunteer Center of Marin and Central City Hospitality House, also as a board member of San Francisco’s Legal Aid Society. He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a JD from Hastings College of the Law.

Rebekah HelzelSecretary

Rebekah Helzel is a start-up and small business advisor on finance and strategy. Achieving the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) while working at BA Securities, she had an extensive career in investment banking, including of many aspects of the financial markets. She went on to co-found for-profit enterprises and started up her own non-profit which advocates for and builds affordable housing. She has served on many cultural and service organization boards in the Bay Area and Sun Valley, Idaho. Rebekah holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School.

Maryline Daviaud Lewett

Maryline Daviaud Lewett, MBA, BA, joined Black & Veatch as Business Development Manager EV Business for the newly created SII division: Smart Integrated Infrastructure. Her responsibilities include Business Development, Sales, and Partnerships for Black & Veatch’s cross-sector SII practice, which combines disruptive technologies such as smart transportation, smart city applications and distributed infrastructure for the Energy sector.
With expertise in Sales/Business development and team management, Maryline has a sales track record of over 15 years in the software and hardware green technology, life sciences and energy sectors.
 Her past experience includes the positions of Senior Manager, Business Development of the Electric Vehicles Business Division – Schneider Electric, Sales Director at Akamai Technologies, Director of Business Development at TechSoup Global. She has received her MBA in Sustainable Management from the San Francisco Presidio Graduate School in 2006 and a BA in Economics from Nantes University, France.

Alex Parnia, PhD.

Dr. Parnia has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration and he has served at the University of Hartford, Cambridge College, Nichols College, and Pacific Oaks College as faculty, Campus Dean, Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment, Executive Vice President, Provost, and President. Dr. Parnia’s academic and operational expertise spans a variety of higher education environments. He is active in CIC, ACE, and AGB and has been a Consultant-Evaluator for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Walt Pounds

Walt Pounds consults with social enterprise entrepreneurs on strategy, operations, finance, leadership and organizational development. He had an extensive career in high tech working with Fortune 500 and early stage companies. Most recently Walt was Founder/President of Solbourne, an IT services company which was sold to Deloitte Consulting. Taking active roles in Social Venture Partners, Investor Circle, Slow Money and Unreasonable Institute, Walt consults for domestic and international business projects. Walt serves on several boards including California Safe Soils and Imagine, an organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in Boulder County. He received an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Rahul Raj

Rahul Raj is an innovator extraordinaire. As the Director of Sustainability + Merchandising Innovation at, he incubated new revenue streams that leverage the constraints of sustainability to deliver products and services that work better, save money and enable us all to live better. He has been honored with Walmart’s Innovation Champion Award and a First Movers Fellowship with the Aspen Institute. He is also the founder of Meal Exchange – a nonprofit recognized by TIME magazine as “revolutionary” for its approach in addressing hunger. He holds an HBBA in Marketing and Philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kamran Saddique

Kamran Saddique, Masters Degree, BSc, co-founded City Innovate Foundation in San Francisco in 2014. Much of Kamran’s professional experience is in financial engineering around new technology ventures, especially smart city initiatives. Previously, he served as a Partner and Co-Founder to Inside Investor, a media and venture capital firm. Prior to that he served as an investment advisor to a company owned by one of the royal family members in Abu Dhabi, UAE and as an investment banker (VP of Private Equity) for Convergence Capital in the Dubai International Financial Centre, responsible for closing transactions of interest to the general partners in Real Estate, Aviation, Mining, Water Desalination, Carbon Credits, Health, Education, Media. Kamran has a Masters Degree in International Business from Aston Business School (UK) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).

Steven SwigCo-founder, Emeritus Advisor

Steven L. Swig, JD, Co-founder, Emeritus Advisor, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Formerly with the Law Office of Joseph Alioto, he was Partner and Managing Director of Titchell, Maltzman & Mark; Executive Vice-President of Swig, Weiler & Dinner Development Co.; and Counsel with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. He has served on many boards including the University of Oregon, the A.C.L.U., and A.C.T.

Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson is the Managing Partner (Retired) of Opportunity Capital Partners. OCP was formed with the belief that there were many potential minority entrepreneurs whose education, experience, vision and talents matched the profile of successful entrepreneurs, and that capital was the missing ingredient.  Realizing that there was a scarcity of sources of capital for minority entrepreneurs, OCP was formed to help bridge that gap. As a pioneer of the industry, Peter Thompson joined OCP at its inception in 1971 and guided the firm through its formation, growth and the recent winding down of its funds. Peter Thompson is a seasoned private equity investor with more than 40 years of experience in providing financing to companies across a broad range of industries, including broadcasting, banking, oil and gas exploration, manufacturing and healthcare.

Peter Thompson has served as a member of the board of directors of numerous organizations, including the National Association of Investment Companies, many OCP portfolio companies, the Bay Area Small Business Development Corporation, and the Black Adoption Placement and Research Center. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University in 1963 and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 1965.

Malcolm S. WalterTreasurer

Malcolm S. Walter, Treasurer, is Chief Operating Officer of Bentley Systems, Inc., the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Malcolm joined Bentley in 1999 and has served as COO and senior vice president since 2000. Previously he served as CFO for R&B, Inc., a worldwide distributor of automotive parts for aftermarket repair. Malcolm is also on the board of Water for People, an NGO which seeks to eradicate water poverty in the developing world. Malcolm is a CPA and received his BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sabrina Watkins

Sabrina Watkins, MBA, BSCE, serves as Head of Sustainable Development for ConocoPhillips, with global responsibility for corporate policies, positions and implementation strategies. She chairs the Senior Advisory Council for the Global Environmental Management Initiative and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She chaired the executive committee of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development from 2007-2009. In 2012, she was named to Industrial Safety and Health News “Power 101” list of influential leaders in sustainability. Watkins began her career in upstream production and drilling engineering. During her 32 years in the industry, she has held senior management roles in asset development, production, procurement, drilling, health, safety, and environment. Since 2001, she has led early-stage innovation, upstream technology strategy and global environmental technology and assumed her current role in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1981 and a MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute in 2007.

Mark Schulman, PhD

Ex Officio

Mark Schulman is currently the President of Presidio Graduate School and his complete bio can be viewed here.

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