Board of Directors
Our school is led by a small and growing board deeply committed to our vision and with significant experience in education. The Board’s primary responsibilities are to create, adopt and monitor a long-term strategic plan and associated budget, and to employ and evaluate the leadership of our school.
Board agendas, minutes, and important documents can be found here.
JAIME DOMINGUEZ (Chair)
Head of School, Stuart Hall for Boys
Jaime Dominguez has served as Head of Stuart Hall for Boys since 2004. He received his B.S. in Biology from Princeton University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Jaime began his career in education in New York City as one of the early corps members of Teach for America. Subsequently he taught math and science in Austin, Texas, and London, England. Prior to his headship, he was a Middle School Administrator at the American School in London.
BITA NAZARIAN (Secretary)
Executive Director, 826 Valencia
Bita is the Executive Director of 826 Valencia, an organization committed to closing the Bay Area education gap. Bita joined 826 Valencia’s Board of Directors in 2006 and served for five years, three of them as President. Prior to 826, Bita served as a teacher, leader, and administrator in SFUSD. She currently supports new school administrators by facilitating a class for UC Berkeley’s Leadership Support Program. She was recently recognized as a Superbowl 5o Fund’s Playmaker and as one of 7×7 magazine’s 2015 Hot 20. Bita is a proud parent of a New School SF founding kindergartener - go Bat Rays!
POOJA MEHTA SHAH (Treasurer)
Board Member, Playworks National
Pooja most recently served as the Vice President of Strategy, Finance and Operations at Peer Health Exchange, a national nonprofit organization that trains college students to provide a comprehensive health education to underserved high school students. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, she was the Chief Financial Officer of a national nonprofit organization called Reading Partners and also spent some time at the KIPP Foundation. Pooja started her career in technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers followed by corporate business development at Cisco Systems. Pooja graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics and minor in Business Administration. She earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Pooja Serves on the national board of Playworks.
Managing Partner, Four Rivers Group
Farouk Ladha founded Four Rivers Group (FRG) in 2007. Prior to FRG, he was a Managing Director at SVB Capital, the venture capital arm of Silicon Valley Bank, where he managed the firm’s direct equity group. At both FRG and SVB, Farouk led numerous investments that have become public companies or been acquired. Prior to SVB Capital, Farouk worked at Broadview in the technology M&A group, and at PwC in the turnaround group consulting to businesses in crisis. Farouk began his career in sales and channel development at an inventory management startup selling into the healthcare space. Farouk graduated with High Honors at Dartmouth College, earning a B.A. in economics and a minor in Islamic Studies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Farouk is actively involved in the community and volunteers in numerous capacities within the Aga Khan Development Network.
Managing Director, Farallon Capital
Ravi Paidipaty joined Farallon Capital in 2008 and serves as a Managing Director. Previously, Ravi worked as a private equity associate at Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Ravi graduated with Distinction from Yale College with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics & Economics and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He sits on the board of Reading Partners San Francisco.
Partner, Valiant Capital
Danny is a partner at Valiant Capital, an investment fund based in San Francisco. He joined Valiant in the Summer of 2008, prior to the Fund’s launch. Previously, Danny worked as a private equity analyst at Thomas H. Lee Partners and as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. Danny graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Executive Director, Code & Canvas
Patience Yi is a former technology executive that now utilizes her skills and training to foster connections between the worlds of art and technology in SF. She founded and operates a non profit art organization that provides below market studio space to local artists and has created programs that provide economic opportunities for artists in the bay area. In addition to her arts advocacy, Mrs. Yi is also an Executive Coach that focuses on adult development, leadership and working with individuals and teams to identify their values and then how to operate and make decisions that align with those values. Mrs. Yi is committed to arts, education and equity among all and is honored to leverage her background and experience to help New School SF in achieving their goals and commitment to San Francisco's children and families.
Our advisory network consists of individuals with unique skills and experiences who provide advice and guidance to the Heads of School, parents, teaching staff and board. Areas of expertise will include:
21st century learning
Equity and inclusion
Social-emotional learning, conflict resolution
English Language Learning best practices
Child development and health
We will actively recruit and encourage school community members with relevant skills to join the network, including parents. Network advisors and expertise will be accessible to the Board and Home & School Council. Both bodies may invite advisors to join meetings as guests, or consult with them on an ad hoc basis. Advisors may also contribute to student inquiry projects as outside experts and mentors.