Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley’s Board of Trustees is composed of more than 20 members. The Consul General of France, the Chief of Chancellery, the Cultural Attaché, the Deputy Cultural Attaché, the Head of School and two Faculty members are non-trustee participants. The Co-Presidents of the Parents’ Association are ex officio members. The remaining trustees are chosen from among the community at large, the parent community, the alumni parents and the alumni to represent a broad range of perspectives and professional backgrounds. The Board meets at least nine times a year to discuss and determine long-term strategies for the school.
The work of EB’s Board of Trustees is to:
Establish the school’s mission and direction, and develop guiding principles.
Be accountable to the public trust and to the school’s constituencies.
Exercise fiduciary responsibility and oversight.
Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.
Some helpful clarification on the Respective Roles of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School is available here.
If you have any question for the Board, you can contact the Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Board of Trustees
Executive Committee Members
Emma Shepherdson Gimon, Chair, joined the Board in July 2014. Emma is a structural engineer by training with more than a decade’s experience both in active practice and in teaching. Her focus was on the interface of structural design and architecture. A native Australian, she has worked in academic institutions and in the private sector in Boston, New York, the Bay Area, and Brisbane, Queensland. Emma graduated with honors from the University of Queensland and received a doctorate in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Not being able to help herself, she went back to school and completed a Master of Science in 2012 at UC Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group. Someday soon she hopes to use this degree to transition to working for a non-profit involved in the necessary societal change for our sustainable future. Right now, Emma is busy with the board and running around after her children. She and her husband Eric have three children at EB - Louise (K), Paul (G2) and Luc (G4).
Alexandra Thusy-Privat is vice-chair of the Board which she joined in 2014. She also serves as the chair of the Marketing Committee. Alexandra is the founder and CEO at Peek a Green LLC, an online green boutique for babies and children since 2008. Before that, Alexandra worked as Vice President & General Manager at WDHB Consulting Group for five years and as a Management Consultant for two years. Alexandra holds a BA in Business from the Université de Savoie, as well as a Master in Marketing from l’Institut d’Etudes Supérieures de Marketing and a MSc in Global Marketing from Staffordshire University. Alexandra and her husband are the parents of a Middle Schooler at EB.
Jeff Loustau joined the Board in 2013, chairs the Building & Grounds Committee, and serves as Secretary to the board. His professional experience at the California Housing Consortium, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and The John Stewart Company has focused on developing mixed-use/mixed-income housing. He served on the Board of the MAITRI AIDS Foundation for fifteen years and is active in two French guilds, Ligue Henri IV and La Gauloise. A licensed architect, he is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Eileen, have two sons, one of whom is in middle school at EB.
Nick Waugh joined the Board in 2016 and serves as the chair of the Finance Committee. He is also the Treasurer of the Board. He is an investment banker in the Higher Education & Nonprofit group at George K. Baum & Co where he provides underwriting and financial advisory services to colleges, universities and other institutions. Nick was previously a Director in the Education group at Standard & Poor’s where he rated nonprofit institutions. Before that, he consulted companies on their social and environmental practices at Business for Social Responsibility. Nick received his B.A. in economics from Williams College and his M.B.A from Yale University. He and his wife Riley Bove have two children in the Lower School.
Michael Pincus, is a Member at Large and the chair of the Organization & Governance Committee. Michael served for six years (2002-2008) on the EB Board and has been back since 2015. Michael has worked in education in South Africa, Australia and the U.S.A. since 1972. In this capacity, he has taught and been a school administrator. He gained his B.A. and B.A.(Honours) degrees – the latter is equivalent to a M.A.– at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, majoring in English and history. His post-graduate work was done in history with a focus on the emergence of separate development in the urban areas of South Africa. There he also gained his teaching credential. From July 2000 to present, he was Assistant Head and Continuing Head of the Upper School (fourth through eighth grade) at Saint Mark’s School in San Rafael.
Catherine Dower, Member at Large, joined the Board in July 2014 having previously served on the Board in 1998-1999. Catherine is a California licensed attorney with 20 years’ experience in health policy and research who applies analytic, project management and communication skills to improve health care. She currently works at Kaiser as Director for National Nursing Research and Policy. Catherine received her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. She and her husband Jon have two children, including one who is still at EB.
Paul-André Abboud is a board-certified emergency physician with The Permanente Medical Group. Originally from the East Coast, Paul completed his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by two years of working alternatively in patient outcomes research and teaching sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, before obtaining his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. As the Site Chief of the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Emergency Department, he represents a staff of over 200 emergency physicians, nurses, and technicians who care for patients 24 hours a day. Paul also serves on the Medical Executive and Emergency Management committees of the Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center. He is very happily married to his wife, Kristen, a licensed architect, and mother of their two children at EB. Paul’s appreciation of multiculturalism is innate; he grew up in a polyglot immigrant family with a cultural heritage encompassing Italy, Bohemia, Malta, Greece, and the Middle East.
Setenay Bozkurt-Frucht joined the Board again this year as the Parents’ Association francophone Co-President. She served at the Board between 2012 and 2014, also as the francophone Co-President. Setenay was born and raised in Turkey and worked as an engineer before moving to California to pursue her graduate studies in Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. She worked as an environmental consultant for a decade before joining civil service. She is currently working as an engineer and river scientist at the San Francisco Bay Water Board, protecting and restoring creeks and rivers. Setenay and her husband Ken are the parents of two children in the Lower and Middle School at EB.
Antoine Carriere joined the Board in 2016. A French citizen who emigrated to the US in 2007, he has worked in corporate finance as an analyst, in management consulting, and in the Internet sector (as founder of a web start up, and in the past five years as a manager at Google). Antoine is passionate about resolving growing pains in highly uncertain environments. He identifies priorities, gets the basics right (people, KPIs, processes, decisions), jumps in as needed, then ensures that scaling the business results in further efficiency gains without compromising execution velocity. The three values he puts on top of everything else in business are Insight, Impact, and Trust. At home, Antoine is married and has three children, including two at EB.
Gabrielle Hedlund is serving her second year as the English Faculty Participant. Gabrielle holds a B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz. She worked as a technology journalist for nearly a decade before moving to the business side of technology, building sites in the early days of the Internet. Later, she transitioned to teaching, earning her credential at CSU Hayward. Gabrielle taught English at Castro Valley High School for several years, then took time off to raise her two children and live in NYC. She joined the EB Middle School staff in 2015 where she teaches sixth through eighth grade English. Gabrielle and her husband, Marc, have two children at the Lower School.
Pascal Hoffmann joined the EB board in 2016. He grew up in France and spent most of his adult life in the Bay Area. Pascal has 20+ years of professional experience in strategic planning, sales and marketing, and management consulting, most recently with McKinsey and Accenture. Pascal is passionate about learning and teaching. He started teaching Mathematics in High School, taught Financial Derivatives in the ESCP Business school in Paris, and taught several professional courses. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a Master of Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA ParisTech) in Paris. Pascal and his spouse Tegan have two sons, Edward (EB Alumnus) and Henry (current EB student).
Stephanie Sullivan serves as the co-chair of Development on the EB Board. She is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with 20 years experience in Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. She was born and raised in San Francisco, completed a BA in evolutionary biology at UCSB, then went on to complete a BSN and MSN (Nursing) at Columbia University. Her professional experience has included non-profit clinical practice and management, academic medicine (UCSF), and for the last ten years, gynecologic oncology at Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has been active in the EB community in many volunteer capacities, including as the Annual Fund Vice/Co-Chair. Stephanie and Paul have two children at EB.
Todd Vollmerhausen joined the Board in July 2016 as the Parents’ Association Anglophone co-president. Todd is a California licensed attorney with 15 years’ experience in the healthcare field advising both physicians and non-profit organizations on matters including corporate formation, licensing, and employment. Todd has extensive experience working with non-profit boards and their committees focusing on self-governance, operations and quality assurance. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his J.D. as well as a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property from Golden Gate University. He and his wife, Denise Glagau, have two children: Sophie (G5) and Caden.
Stephanie Walton serves as the co-chair of Development and is the mother of two children at EB. Steph and her family feel privileged to belong to the EB community. She is passionate about the relationships she has developed with the wonderful EB families and fund raising for the school. Steph is a mortgage banker, singer in the EB parent band, Crisis, and host of The Lady Brain Show on Comcast television.
Jaime Araujo Bezian is one of the newest members of the Board, joining this year. Jaime recently returned from France where she spent fourteen years working in the wine industry, first at LVMH and then later with Terravina, the marketing and strategy consultancy she founded and ran for over ten years. Having worked predominantly in Europe and Asia, Jaime came back to California in 2016 to become a partner in her family’s new wine, Accendo Cellars, based in the Napa Valley. With her came a French husband, Stephane, and two bilingual and bicultural children, Aidan (G6) and Angele (G4), for whom a bilingual education was a key priority of the move back to the US. Having been lucky enough to find a school as wonderful as EB, it seemed logical to find a way to participate more fully in the life of the school and give back to this very unique and special institution. Jaime helped with the wine auction at the Gala in April 2017 and is proud to have been asked to serve on the board starting this July.
Jean-Philippe Kouakou-Zebouah joined the Board in 2017 and serves as the co-chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. He was born in the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) and grew up in Paris, France where he completed his undergraduate (CNAM-Paris) and graduate (Essec-Paris) studies in Accounting and Financial Engineering respectively. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Jean-Philippe has 20+ year experience in Forensic Auditing, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis and Strategic Consulting. He and his wife Jesica have one daughter who is an EB student.
Emma Ragot is a faculty participant on the Board. She is originally from the Western region of Vendée in France. She studied psychology and education and taught at the elementary level for nine years in the south of France. In 2002, she and her family moved to Berkeley to start a new adventure. Two years later, she was hired at EB to teach in Preschool, and then in K and most recently, in 1st and 2nd grades. Emma has three children who have all gone through EB, two of them have graduated and are now at Cal and St Mary’s College High School and the youngest one, Eliott, is in Grade 3. Besides spending time with her family and teaching, Emma enjoys reading, cooking, camping, attending to her vegetable garden and her chickens!
Mark Westover joined the Board in 2017 and serves as the co-chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. He is the Founder of Nishioba Consulting providing management consulting to early stage start ups. Mark was previously CFO of Xmatters and has held a variety of leadership positions in Strategy, Corporate Development and Finance at LiveOps, Sybase, BearingPoint and AT&T. Mark received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. He and his wife, Dr. Barbara Galligan, have two children at EB.
Aaron Ross has served as Talend’s General Counsel since August 2015. Prior to joining Talend, Aaron held senior in-house legal roles at technology companies Flex, Atmel and Technicolor. Prior to going in-house, Aaron was an associate in the London and Paris offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the San Francisco offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell University and a J.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
Committees of the Board
The board has a number of standing and ad hoc committees. The Executive and Organization and Governance Committees may only have trustees as members of them. Members of the other committees may include parents or community members with the relevant skills. Some of the key Board committees are:
This committee coordinates, with the Board Chair, the work of the board, taking the lead in planning the board’s agenda. It serves as a sounding board for the Head; acts in place of the board between board meetings in the manner prescribed by the bylaws and as expressly delegated by the board; and reports any actions to the board in a timely fashion. It also oversees the head of school’s evaluation. It does not make policy.
Organization and Governance Committee
This committee oversees the growth and development of the board. This committee is responsible for succession planning; it oversees the identification, recruitment, cultivation, selection and orientation of new trustees; it facilitates the board self-assessment; and it identifies the board’s needs for education and training, and designs vehicles to meet those needs. This committee also determines the needs for bylaws changes. All trustee nominations and bylaw changes are sent to the board for its approval.
This committee coordinates the school’s fund-raising activities; advises the board on the financial goals of the annual fund campaign and on any capital or endowment campaign; reviews the case statement for all fund-raising appeals; facilitates trustee and other volunteer involvement in fund- and friend-raising activities; and raises funds. All trustees are involved in fund development.
This committee ensures the long-term financial health of the school. It is involved with the following functions:
Finance. In concert with the Head and the Business Officer, the committee develops the long-range financial plan and yearly operational budget, including setting tuition levels for board approval; monitors the implementation of the budget; makes periodic reports to the board on the school’s financial status; and educates the board on nonprofit financial reporting and trends affecting the school’s finances. This committee may include outside experts on finances and financial planning.
Investments. The committee develops and recommends to the board for its approval policies that delineate how the school will invest its financial resources and what amount of return on investment the school will use in its yearly operating budget; monitors the investment portfolio’s return, including setting investment objectives and meeting with the professional adviser; and periodically reports to the board on the endowment’s performance. A subcommittee of the finance committee, rather than the total committee, oversee investments.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
This committee oversees the growth and development of the school’s plant and grounds, including stewarding the master plan and determining and recommending to the Board and the Finance Committee how assets are allocated to both maintain and enhance the school’s physical plant. Its members can include parents and others with expertise in construction and related fields.
Strategic Marketing Committee
This committee is an ad-hoc committee that was established few years ago to support the school’s marketing team to ensure that adopted marketing strategies & actions promote EB’s sustainability (short and long term) through successful admissions, retention and communication efforts internally and externally.