A native of Portland, Oregon, Board Chair Mary Powell obtained a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, a J.D. from Golden Gate University and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown Law. She is a partner at Trucker Huss, an employee benefits law firm located in San Francisco. Mary is also the mother of an alumna in the Class of 2019 and a student in the Class of 2021. In her spare time, she loves to hike, swim, attend the theatre and read autobiographies. Mary and her husband fell in love with CAIS even before they had children and they were excited about the idea of their children learning to speak Mandarin. They truly treasure the CAIS community. Mary chairs the Executive Committee and serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Facilities Committee.
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees 2020-2021
The CAIS Board of Trustees is responsible for formulating the long term policy and direction of the school and communicating that to the head of school and his administrative team. The Board comprises current and former parents as well as community members. Each member of the Board has demonstrated a commitment to the school’s long term success. Every effort is made to ensure that the Board represents a broad cross section of our school community and includes individuals who bring particular talents to the school.
The Board meets eight times a year. However, individual committees of the Board meet more frequently on issues such as finance, facilities and development. An executive committee of the Board includes the Board chair, vice chairs, treasurer and secretary, and meets regularly with the head of school.
The Board gives the head of school and his team broad discretion in the day-to-day running of the school, personnel decisions, curriculum and discipline issues. The Board reviews the head of school’s performance each year to insure that he has clear goals as well as the resources and support to achieve those goals.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Emily He is the SVP of Human Capital Management of Oracle Corporation. Most recently, she was the Chief Marketing Officer of DoubleDutch, the leader in Live Engagement Marketing solutions for events, conferences, and tradeshows. She has had 18 years of experience in enterprise software, playing various marketing, corporate strategy and business development leadership roles in companies such as DoubleDutch, Saba Software, E2Open, Siebel Systems and Oracle Corporation.
Emily is known for supporting business growth with highly differentiated branding and messaging as well as innovative digital marketing, demand gen and customer experience programs. She is a well recognized thought leader on the topics of authentic leadership, category design, and engagement marketing. You can find per perspective across a broad spectrum of business publications, including the Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and The Huffington Post.
Emily has a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives in San Francisco with her entrepreneurial husband, master inventor son, and daughter who’s a naturally fierce leader. She’s an avid traveler who has visited 60+ countries and enjoys continuously discovering the world with her family in tow.
Emily serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, and Finance Committee.
Sara Roberts is currently an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP with a focus in Strategy, Organizational Culture, and Purpose-Led Transformation. Prior to EY, she was Founder and CEO of Roberts Golden, a boutique consultancy, where her team and she advised on organizational strategy and culture transformation efforts for nearly a quarter of the Fortune 100 as well as many other large brands and NGOs. Her deep area of expertise is helping organizations get clear on their purpose and how to align and activate it to drive their most pressing strategic imperatives. She has been known as a “go-to” person when companies are looking to become more customer-centric, innovative, and agile in the way they operate.
Sara is an accomplished author and her latest book, Nimble, Focused, Feisty: Organizational Cultures that Win in the New Era and How to Create Them, was published in August of last year. This book outlines her perspective that in the most successful “new era” companies a customer-centric purpose is what focuses their organization in order to drive results. She is also the co-author of the best-selling book, Light Their Fire: Using Internal Marketing to Ignite Employee Performance and Wow Your Customers. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at top events including Gartner, The Conference Board, and the Association for Corporate Growth on the topics of transformation, purpose, and culture and has been quoted and featured in numerous publications including BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Forbes.
Sara has extensive board experience having previously been the board chair for Drawbridge, an arts program for homeless children, and Family Builders by Adoption which places hard-to-adopt children in loving homes.
She is mom to Vinn Schumann, Class of 2024, who began at CAIS in his first year of Pre-K.
Sara serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Advancement and Executive Committees.
Darren is the father of Claire (Class of 2024) and Willy (Class of 2026). He grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where he received a B.S. in environmental economics. He obtained a M.P.P. degree from Harvard, an M.D. from Stanford, and he did residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. While at UCSF, he met his wife, Stefani Wedl, who is now a Hospitalist physician at CPMC. Darren is currently the CEO of Apixio, a healthcare technology start-up that uses artificial intelligence to mine medical records to improve care quality. During his career, he has held executive roles in managed care and healthcare technology companies. In his free time, Darren continues to pursue his rock star dreams as a drummer in a local band. He is honored to serve on the Board and support CAIS and its parent community.
Darren chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Executive and Advancement Committees.
Chris, a San Francisco native, muddled his way through Cantonese and Mandarin before embracing and studying Chinese, Chinese history and philosophy, and Asian-American studies as an undergraduate at Brown University. After college, Chris grappled with the challenges of urban redevelopment, civic engagement, and municipal governance as a legislative aide to members of the Oakland City Council before obtaining a Master in Public Affairs degree (Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School) and a Juris Doctor (Columbia Law School). After law school, Chris practiced land use and environmental law at an international law firm, where he specialized in mixed-use development projects and served as CAIS’ legal counsel for the 888 Campus project. Impressed by CAIS’ vision and community, Chris and Joyce were delighted to join the CAIS family when their son began Pre-K at CAIS. Joyce is a former room parent and Chris previously served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. As a Deputy City Attorney to San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Chris drafts legislation, litigates on the City’s behalf, and advises a myriad of City officials and departments. Chris and Joyce are the joyful parents of Theo (Class of 2025) and Ezra (Class of 2030).
Chris serves on the Committee on Trustees, the Facilities Committee, and the NCIS Committee.
For nearly 30 years, Sherilyn Adams has dedicated her career to the non-profit sector, focusing on issues of child abuse and neglect, family violence, mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. Sherilyn received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work at California State University in Sacramento where she lived most of her life before moving the Bay Area in 1997. Before joining Larkin Street Youth Services in 2003, she worked on another non-profit focused mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults. At Larkin Street, she has led the agency through tremendous growth, nearly tripling the number of housing beds for youth over the past ten years, and putting Larkin Street at the vanguard of the field for its innovative multi-service model to resolve youth homelessness.
Sherilyn and her partner, Elaine, are the proud parents of Ella, class of 2024. Since joining CAIS, Sherilyn has been a room parent and participated on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Elaine and Sherilyn continue to believe that CAIS is the perfect school for Ella and love being part of such a caring, vibrant school community.
Sherilyn serves on the Finance Committee.
Daniel Chang has two children ages 5 and 7. Hugo, his oldest son attends CAIS and is in the Class of 2026. His younger son Julian will be attending Alamo in the Fall of 2020. His wife Deb spends a lot of her time volunteering for CAIS and is a board member of Julian’s Awareness Movement (JAM). He was born in Taipei, Taiwan and spent his entire youth there. Daniel attended Taipei American School (TAS) and graduated in 1994. That fall he moved to Portland, Oregon and attended Lewis and Clark College. He graduated with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Chinese while studying abroad in Beijing for one semester. After graduation, Daniel moved to the East Coast and worked for Air Products and Chemicals in their Career Development Program. He ended up moving back to the West Coast as a Marketing position opened up in Santa Clara. He is currently the President of Fang Da Properties, a real estate investment company. He is also a board member of JAM, which he founded with his wife Deb.
Family is the most important part of Daniel’s life. You will either see him on the golf links or trying to keep up with the rest of his extremely active family. He have been involved with CAIS as the Preschool soccer coach for his son’s soccer team. He believes in the school’s mission and wants all CAIS kids to succeed.
Alda Leu Dennis is a venture capital investor at Initialized Capital. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas and moved to the Bay Area in high school.
Alda began her career as a financial analyst at The Walt Disney Company. Then, she practiced as an attorney as a litigator at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and in-house counsel at Clarium Capital and Founders Fund. After that, Alda moved on to be COO of a start-up called Airtime. Thereafter, she served as managing director of 137 Ventures, a later-stage venture firm. She graduated from Stanford with degrees in economics and political science, and a JD from UCLA.
Alda and her husband, Hilary, are happy CAIS parents. They have a son and daughter who are Class of 2025 and a daughter who is Class of 2029.
Chris Foley grew up in Indiana, and joined the Navy to run nuclear power plants. The NAS Alameda was his last duty station. Following his discharge in 1987, Chris moved to San Francisco, where he owned and operated the Start to Finish bicycle stores until he sold the company in 1997. He is currently a partner at the real estate brokerage Polaris Pacific, where he specializes in land sales and entitlement. Chris is also the founder and CEO of the Market on Market, a food hall in the Twitter building. When his daughter, Class of 2021, started at CAIS, Chris told the school he was always available to help. Eventually he was approached to join the board to advise on real estate and development matters. Chris’ hobbies include traveling the world, especially to Asia, eating great food, bicycling, hiking and spending as much time as possible with his daughter. Chris serves on the Facilities Committee and is also as chair of the National Center for International Schools Committee.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Domingo Guerra moved to the US at 18 to pursue his passion for technology. After years working as an engineer at Applied Materials and a program manager at Brocade, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of starting a company. In 2011, he co-founded Appthority, a mobile cybersecurity startup which became the market leader in-app security. Domingo served as President until 2018 when Appthority was acquired by Symantec. Today Domingo leads the go to market and messaging strategy for Symantec’s Endpoint Security division.
Domingo holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He’s been granted 15 patents across the semiconductor, robotics, and cybersecurity industries.
Domingo lives in San Francisco with his wonderful wife Yvonne (an endodontist, originally from Hong Kong) and two amazing daughters, Lucía (entering Kindergarten) and Maya (anxiously waiting to start P3 in 2021). On weekends, they can be found exploring nature in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.
Bryant Jenkins is the father of Sydney (Class of 2024; 5th Grade) and Madison (Class of 2030; Preschool). Bryant attended high school in the New Orleans metropolitan area and moved to the SF Bay Area with his wife Liyun Li in 2011. Bryant is a Principal at Sperry Capital, an infrastructure financial advisory firm. Prior to that he was a project finance consultant and public finance banker for KPMG, UBS and Stone & Youngberg. Bryant has a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
He previously served as Treasurer for Foundation for a College Education, an East Palo Alto nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of students of color who graduate from four-year colleges. He is a committed member of the CAIS community and an adherent to the school’s mission. Bryant and Liyun strongly believe in the invaluable intrinsic benefits that accrue from bilingual education. Bryant is a member of the Facilities Committee and serves as secretary of the NCIS Sub-Committee.
Paul Kocher grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and received a B.S. in biology from Stanford University. Excitement about the technology industry sidetracked his plan of becoming a veterinarian, and he became a cryptographer instead. Paul’s technical work includes co-authoring the SSL 3.0 protocol (which encrypts web connections when the “lock” icon is shown) and many other projects related to Internet and device security. He founded the company Cryptography Research, Inc. in 1995, which became a division of Rambus when it was acquired in 2011. He also co-founded ValiCert, has advised multiple technology start-ups, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. Paul is honored and excited to serve on the CAIS board for many reasons, including the school’s unique role in fostering bridges between the U.S. and China, which he hopes will be a foundation for global friendships, business relationships, and diplomatic relations in the years ahead.
Paul chairs the Facilities Committee and serves on the NCIS and NCIS Audit Committees.
An immigrant from Hong Kong at the age of twelve, Dr. Ben Lui and his family received health care from the very same health care safety net to which he has devoted his entire career since graduating from Yale Medical School and the SFGH Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program. He is currently the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for On Lok Lifeways, an organization dedicated to serving and caring for frail seniors in its Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). During his stint at the San Francisco Department of Public Health as Chief of Community Primary Care and Director of Community Integrated Health Care, Dr. Lui led system transformation work to enhance the health network’s capabilities to address patients’ social needs. As Director of Chinatown Public Health Center, he served and advocated for a primarily immigrant population, most of whom were socioeconomically disadvantaged and culturally isolated. He believes health care is a right and not a privilege, and feels honored to work in the safety net to help those patients most in need.
Dr. Lui is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. His board experience includes serving as President of the Board of Directors of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, and as a board member of On Lok Senior Health Services.
At CAIS, Ben is a member of the Reopening School Scenario Planning Task Force and has been serving as an Admission Docent since 2016. In addition, he was a member of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A Harvard University graduate with a concentration in East Asian Studies, Dr. Lui appreciates the beauty, balance, and power of an education infused with the best of the East and West. He has happily found this beauty and balance in CAIS for his children, Georgiana (Class of 2024) and Declan (Class of 2028).
Born and raised in Ohio, Dina moved to California after graduating from college and then later to San Francisco with her husband Michael. Dina has a lifelong passion for education. She holds a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in educational technology. She taught 1st and 3rd grade for many years prior to becoming a mom to Cesare, CAIS Class of 2022. For the past three years, she has volunteered in the pediatric department at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Since Cesare began attending CAIS Pre-K in 2012, Dina has been an active and enthusiastic member of the CAIS community, volunteering in numerous capacities from room parent to ShowCAIS chair. As co-chair of ShowCAIS for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, Dina helped set new fundraising records. Additionally, she plays the role of team mom for Cesare’s baseball and rugby teams. When not volunteering, you can find Dina traveling, reading, cooking, and rooting on the San Francisco Giants with her family.
Dina serves on the Advancement Committee.
Mr. Mueller served as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State for 32 years specializing in U.S. relations with China and Asia. The culmination of his career was as American Consul General to Hong Kong from 1993 to 1996, leading the 400-person Consulate General. These were the formative years leading up to Hong Kong’s reversion to China in 1997.
Following his career with the State Department, Mr. Mueller began a second career in education. In 1998 Mr. Mueller became Head of School of Northfield Mount Hermon School, a college preparatory boarding high school in Massachusetts. During his seven-year tenure he deepened the school’s historic commitment to global education, particularly to China and Asia, and led the strategic planning and decision-making to become a smaller school of 650 students on one campus rather than two. He then served from 2005 to 2010 as Head of School of Hong Kong International School, a pre-K through grade 12 school with a diverse, global student body of over 2500 students. Most recently he served as Head of School of Shanghai American School, a 3,000-student international Pre-K through 12 school on two campuses.
Mr. Mueller’s diplomatic career included assignments to Asia and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. At the Department he worked at a senior level for Secretary of State George Shultz coordinating the worldwide work of the State Department and subsequently for Secretary James Baker carrying out the President’s national security agenda with Congress. Earlier in his career Mr. Mueller worked for and traveled with Secretary Henry Kissinger. The highlight of that assignment was meeting his future wife, Claire, who was also a career diplomat.
In the early years of his career, after two years of Chinese language training, he and Claire were assigned to the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing from 1976 to 1978. They were there to witness the events surrounding Chairman Mao Zedong’s passing, the end of the Cultural Revolution, and the subsequent launching of economic reform under Deng Xiaoping. Previously he had studied Vietnamese for a year and then served two assignments to the American Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam.
Mr. Mueller also served at the American Consulate General in Hong Kong in the 1980’s as Chief of the Economic Section and earlier on the team which negotiated the first US-PRC trade agreement. He was also Director of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center from 1996 to 1998, an educational non-profit organization building understanding among the peoples of Asia and the U.S. He has traveled widely throughout Asia and seen firsthand the transformation of China and other Asian countries.
Mr. Mueller has served on several non-profit education boards of trustees, including a previous term on the CAIS board and Hong Kong International School.
Mr. and Mrs. Mueller have two sons. Jonathan and family live in Colorado, and Eric and family live in San Francisco. The Muellers are proud grandparents of five young grandchildren, Jackson, Katherine, Clara, Allison, and Gillian.
Born in Taiwan, Peter Shiau moved to the US when his father was transferred while working for the Taiwan Foreign Service. After growing up in Los Angeles amid the glitz of Hollywood, he fled to Princeton University to pursue a degree in politics and economics. He moved back to LA regretfully working in the film business for two years before moving back to the East Coast to earn an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.
Peter took a summer internship at America Online which started a life-long love for technology. Over a 25-year career, he developed into an enterprise technology executive with expertise in product management and business development. Working at both startups and enterprises, Peter drove innovation across diverse sectors including financial services, utilities, video streaming, online advertising and more. Peter recently co-founded two startups: blockstack.io to provide blockchain infrastructure for financial services and was acquired by Digital Asset Holdings; and pear.ai which provides energy analytics to enterprises. He currently is on leave from pear.ai to manage his family’s real estate business.
At CAIS, Peter served as the FSA’s vice-chair for two years and a class liaison for many years. He has volunteered for various school activities, most memorably as a line monitor at the bouncy house during Holiday Faire.
Peter lives in San Francisco with his wife Sharon (also from Taiwan), daughters Kate ’19 who is a high school sophomore at The Bay School and Kelly ’23, and Mochi the poochon.
John Wang has two children, a son in the Class of 2026 and a younger daughter. His wife Jennifer is a very active member of the CAIS community. John grew up on the East Coast and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. He continued his education in Los Angeles, attending Southwestern Law School for his J.D. John is currently a partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he chairs the higher education financing group and is a member of the public finance department. He also enjoys working on financings with cultural institutions, solid waste disposal companies and developers, energy developers and public utilities. While John is a resident in the San Francisco office, he also works with clients in Hawaii, Guam, Nevada and Texas. John enjoys spending time mentoring more junior attorneys at the firm. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family and rooting for the UCLA Bruins, the New York Yankees and the Oakland Raiders. John is thrilled and honored to serve on the Board and currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Committee on Trustees.
Having entered CAIS at age three, by age five Julia Brown Weil ’97 was assisting her father with translation on business trips to China. After CAIS she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and then on to Whitman College where she majored in Asian Studies. In college she received two Freeman grants, including one to travel to China and help the Beijing Kun-Opera Company rewrite a traditional Chinese Opera. After college, Julia began her career in advertising at TBWA/Media Arts Lab and worked on the Apple account, where she helped produce all the advertising for the launch of the iPhone 3G in 2008 and 3GS in 2009. To combine her professional arc with her passion for China, she started with Ogilvy & Mather in Los Angeles before transferring to its offices in China. Working in Beijing and eventually Shanghai, Julia managed accounts for international companies such as Unilever Dove, Nestle, Moet & Chandon, and Jawbone. Julia has recently moved back to San Francisco with her husband, Bertil, who works in international business development. The couple met while they were both working in Beijing. She is working now as an independent consultant specializing in helping companies determine how to market their consumer goods in China. “Some of my best childhood memories are from CAIS. It opened my mind to possibilities and instilled an exploratory spirit,” says Julia. “I feel most comfortable navigating between two cultures. I need to be a citizen of the world.” Julia serves on the Audit Committee.
Charlie Wyman is the father of an alumna in the Class of 2019 and student formerly in the Class of 2023 at CAIS, and husband of Megan, who is also very active in the CAIS community (notably, Megan served as editor of the 30th anniversary retrospective of CAIS published in 2012). Professionally, Charlie is a principal of Seven Post Investment Office, a multi-family office based in San Francisco dedicated to serving client investment management and financial advisory needs. He has spent his career in finance, initially as an equity research analyst and also as an investment advisor specializing in mergers & acquisitions and capital raising work for consumer, healthcare, and technology growth companies. Charlie grew up in Connecticut, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, having lived and worked in Hong Kong and mainland China in his professional and academic career. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Mandarin Chinese and economics from Middlebury College. In addition to his responsibilities as a member of the CAIS Board, Charlie currently serves on the San Francisco Bay Area regional board of Reading Partners, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing literacy support and tutoring services to school children who are reading six months to 2.5 years below their grade level.
Charlie serves as chair of the Audit Committee.