Walter J. Haas
Walter J. Haas
Wally Haas is the founder and Board Chair of Coaching Corps. A love of sports and community service guides him in his long-standing involvement in business, philanthropic and educational organizations.
From 1981-1995 Wally’s family owned the Oakland A’s. During that time Wally was the team’s Executive Vice President (1980-87), Chief Operating Officer (1988-89), and then CEO and Chairman (1993-95).
Wally is the Board Chair of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and President of the Elise and Walter Haas Fund.
Wally served on the Board of Directors of Levi Strauss & Co. and was a member of the company’s Corporate Ethics and Social Responsibility Committee from 1995 until 2006. He is a former Trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Association, the San Francisco Urban School and the Marin Country Day School. As an avid and loyal Cal fan, he has contributed his leadership to many of the university’s fundraising efforts.
Founder and Co-Chairman of Cresset, Eric Becker has a long history of starting, backing and nurturing companies. Prior to founding Cresset, Eric co-founded Sterling Partners (1983), a value-added, growth private equity firm that raised eight funds with over $5.7B of capital. At Sterling, Eric served for 32 years as Senior Managing Director and Co-Chairman of the Operating Committee.
Eric also founded the Caretta Group (2015), a private investment firm that invests in and partners with customer-focused growth companies that have a compelling mission, Trilogy/Vennpoint (2015), a real estate investment firm that invests in value-added real estate in the path of progress and LifeCard International (Co-Founder), a healthcare technology company that automated claims processing and developed digital portable medical records.
Eric is keenly interested and active in a range of civic and philanthropic organizations and holds multiple board positions. He served as the Co-Chairman of Chicago Ideas Week, a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders created to provoke new ideas and inspire actionable results. He is also past Chapter Chairman of DC/Baltimore YPO, and a Palm Beach Chapter Member of CEO, YPO, and Tiger21. Eric attended The University of Chicago and studied Economics before launching his successful entrepreneurial career.
Steven R. Bell
Steven R. Bell
Steve Bell is a former senior executive for The Northern Trust Company where he spent his entire 37-year career. At his retirement in 2019 Steve was the President of the West Region; responsible for the private wealth management business of Northern Trust in the Western United States. Steve graduated from Duke University and received his M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago. He has served as a board member with various charitable, civic and educational organizations in Chicago and San Francisco. Connecting with the outdoors is Steve’s favorite pastime often hiking, trekking and climbing with his wife locally and around the world. He and his wife Susan reside in Menlo Park.
Cathy Cha is president of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Under her leadership, the Fund is exploring innovative approaches to advancing equality and justice so every person has opportunities to thrive and to live life with dignity and hope. Cathy’s work is driven by a career-long commitment to improving the lives of aspiring communities facing discrimination and poverty. Her collaboration-focused approach with funders, movements, nonprofits, and government has helped spark wide-ranging social impact, including California’s rise to the top among states in advancing pro-immigrant policies. Today, the Haas, Jr. Fund is broadening its commitment to helping people achieve their dreams by advancing immigrant rights and LGBT equality, promoting a fair and representative democracy, and ensuring that college is affordable for low-income students and families. Cathy was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2019.
Mitchell Cohen currently serves as Managing Director of Trilogy Search Partners, LLC, a private equity firm that backs search fund entrepreneurs. He is formerly a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity firm headquartered in San Francisco. He joined Hellman & Friedman as an Associate in 1989 and became a General Partner in 1992. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several for-profit companies, as well as numerous non-profit organizations, including Marin Community Foundation and the University of Virginia Investment Management Company. He has also served in leadership positions at Marin Academy, Marin Country Day School, Congregation Emanu-El, and the San Francisco Zoological Society. He graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and lives with his wife and three children in Ross, California.
Bret serves as the Chairperson of Asurion where he has led the growth of Asurion from annual revenue of $100 million, to over $6.5 billion. He brings more than thirty years of proven leadership, business management and consulting experience to Asurion’s executive team. Bret’s prior business experience includes CEO, COO and General Manager positions at companies such as Excite@Home, Kendara, Risk Management Solutions and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also worked at McKinsey & Company, consulting to Fortune 500 companies on strategic, operational and organizational issues.
Bret graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Directors of Stanford Health Care. He serves as an officer of the Board of Directors for CTIA – The Wireless Association.
Antonio Davis is a retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player and former All-Star. Since his retirement, he has served as the former president of the NBA Players Association (NBPA), an ESPN Analyst, co-host/analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio and former executive director of Off The Court program in the NBPA. Antonio played 16 professional basketball seasons for teams such as the Pacers, Raptors and Bulls. He is a West Oakland native and graduate of McClymonds High School.
Bradley A. Geier
Bradley A. Geier
Brad Geier is a founder, co-owner and co-managing partner of Merlone Geier Partners, a private real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition, development and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties on the west coast. The firm has raised $4.3 billion of discretionary equity capital over the past 27 years, acquiring over 165 properties. Prior to the formation of Merlone Geier, Mr. Geier held senior positions at Trammell Crow Company and Taubman Company.
Mr. Geier graduated from Stanford University in 1979, earning an undergraduate degree in history with departmental honors. In 1983 he earned an MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr. Geier is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He is a director of H.G. Fenton Company, a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and serves on the Policy Advisory Board of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego. In addition, he is an honorary lifetime trustee and a past President of the Board of Trustees of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. He lives with his wife, Cathy, in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and is the father of five grown children and seven grandchildren.
Brian Grey is a technology/digital media startup company advisor and investor, serving most recently as CEO at Bleacher Report, Inc. (acquired by Time Warner in August 2012), where he led the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of Bleacher Report’s next generation sports publishing platform. A veteran of the digital sports media space, Grey joined Bleacher Report in June 2010 following a successful leadership tenure as Senior Vice President & General Manager of FOX Sports Interactive where he oversaw FOX Sports’ digital businesses and spearheaded the expansion of original video production and programming. Prior to FOX Sports, Brian was GM of Yahoo! Sports, where he directed the site’s push into original editorial programming and led Yahoo! to the number one position in fantasy sports. Before joining Yahoo!, he worked in digital media product management and business development at Nike, Inc., Netscape, and Shutterfly, Inc.
Prior to beginning his business career, he coached college baseball at U.C. Santa Barbara and later scouted for the Chicago White Sox. Brian holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Pacific University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Andersen School of Management. He is a member of the board at San Francisco Friends School. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Paige and his daughters Zeli and Ava.
Ted Griggs was named President, Group Leader and Strategic Production and Programming, NBC Sports Regional Networks, in October 2016. Griggs oversees NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Washington + working closely with the general managers of each network to lead strategies promoting the growth and optimization of the businesses. He also oversees the strategy for Production and Programming for the NBC Sports Regional Networks. Griggs reports into David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and Executive Vice President, Content Strategy, NBC Sports Group.
Previously, Griggs served as President of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, now NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. He first joined the network in 1998 as Vice President of Production and Operations. In 2007, Griggs was named Vice President and General Manager, and promoted to President in 2012. Griggs led the operations of the networks, including affiliate relations, advertising sales, production, programming, marketing and public relations.
Before joining NBC Sports Regional Networks, Griggs spent 15 years (1982-1997) at Golden Gate Productions, in a variety of roles and was eventually promoted to executive producer. Griggs worked on numerous sporting events, spanning from “Sports Illustrated For Kids” Olympics Specials to Stanford University Football and World Cup Downhill Skiing. Griggs was named nine times to San Jose Mercury News’ “Bay Area’s 25 Most Powerful Sports People.”
A native of Hayward, Calif., and a graduate of Moreau Catholic High School and San Francisco State University, Griggs resides in Connecticut with his wife. They have three children.
Charlotte Haas Prime
Charlotte Haas Prime
Charlotte Haas Prime is a sixth generation San Franciscan. She believes in the power of sports and the positive influence of coaches on children and the broader community. Charlotte has served on the Development committee and Young Leaders committee of Coaching Corps since its inception. She is the current chair of Coaching Corps’ San Francisco Game Changer Awards dinner. After receiving her BA in psychology from Kenyon College in 2000, Charlotte returned to the Bay Area to become a teacher at Marin Country Day School. She taught Spanish and served as an advisor to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students until 2007. In 2008, Charlotte joined the Board of Trustees at Marin Country Day School and focused her time on multiple areas, including the finance, admissions, strategic planning and recruiting committees. She also chaired the student support services committee to help families and staff in developing a balanced approach to teaching students with learning differences. Charlotte is currently serving on the board and will chair the Walter and Elise Haas Sr. Fund, a fund created by her great-grandparents to help provide access and opportunities to people and to build a more equitable community. Charlotte is also very involved with Trails Forever, a fundraising vehicle of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy used to fund, build and maintain trails and parks all over the Bay Area. She serves on the Trails Forever committee, has co-chaired the New Growth committee and is currently co-chair of their annual dinner. She is currently at home with her three young children and husband in the Cow Hollow area of San Francisco. In her free time she loves to cook, enjoys running on Crissy Field and being with her family.
Jamie Halper is Executive Chairman of the Owl Rock Opportunities Fund. He is a former Partner at Leonard Green and Partners. He has worked 30 years in private equity, including an earlier role as Co-founder and President of TDA Capital Partners, a private equity firm with investments in developing countries. He is a member of the Stanford University: Board of Trustees, Chairman of its Finance Committee and a Board member of Stanford Management Company. Jamie is a former Chair of the Haas Center’s National Advisory Board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jamie has also served on a number of corporate boards, including Focus Brands. Jamie earned a BA from Stanford in Economics with departmental honors and distinction and earned an MBA from Harvard, with second year honors, in 1985. Jamie lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife, Priscilla and has four amazing children.
Justin Hoeveler is the CEO of US Sports Camps (USSC), the world’s largest operator of sports camps and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. Justin has spent the past 9 years at USSC leading growth across different sport categories during which the company grew from hosting 50,000 campers annually to hosting 100,000 campers in 2019. In 2018 Justin started an esports skill-development company aimed at building better training habits and community in aspiring esports players. The company was acquired by Roark Capital in August of 2020. Prior to joining US Sports Camps, Justin worked as the Director of Operations for Priority Sports, a boutique sports agency in Chicago, Illinois. Justin also spent 1.5 years working as a school finance consultant for the Active Network in San Diego, CA.
Justin received 3 varsity letters in tennis and 1 letter in basketball from Northwestern University and was a 3-time member of the All-Big Ten Academic Team. He received his MBA from Wharton in 2017 and has been a Board Member of the Youth Tennis Advantage since 2017.
John P. Levin
John P. Levin
John Levin is Chairman of Folger Levin LLP. His practice focuses on transactions and strategic advice for businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and non-profit organizations.
John received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1969 and a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University in 1970. Following law school, John served for one year as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stanley Mosk of the Supreme Court of California. In 1978, John co-founded Folger & Levin and served as its chairman and managing partner for nearly 30 years. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1973.
John is active in a wide range of community activities and has served on numerous boards. In 2009 he completed a ten year term as a Trustee of Stanford University, the last five years as Vice-Chair of the Board. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Stanford Health Care, a member of the Board of Directors of Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Convening Co-Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California, a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Coaching Corps and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service.
John has been active in the leadership of Stanford Law School, serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Law School and a member of the Executive Committee of the school’s Board of Visitors.
With his wife Terry, John established The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. John has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Claude and Louise Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Marin Country Day School, a member of the Board of Trustees of Marin Academy, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Little School, a member of the Advisory Board of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, a member of Harvard University’s Committee on University Resources and a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Andrea Quinones – Rivera
Andrea Quinones – Rivera
Andrea Quiñones–Rivera is an emergency medicine resident physician at LA County-USC. Andrea obtained her medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine where she specialized in the care of urban underserved communities and worked to increase institutional diversity and equity.
She grew up playing soccer and experienced first-hand the impact that sports make in the lives of youth. After having a life-changing experience with a Coaching Corps coach, she went on to launch a Coaching Corps chapter as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz.
She holds a master’s degree in public health from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health and was a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Her research focuses on health care policy, health disparities, and social determinants of health.
Doug is Chief Executive Officer of True Capital, a boutique wealth management firm created to service the financial needs of professional athletes. Doug is a 15 year veteran of the financial services industry. He is experienced in creating specialized investment strategies and identifying opportunities that meet the changing demands of the industry. Under his leadership, True Capital has experienced phenomenal growth and expanded advisory services to all major sports with a presence around the globe. As the company has grown, Doug has been steadfast in his commitment to delivering the highest level of service to his clients. Prior to co-founding True Capital, Doug was a Vice President within the Private Wealth Division at Citigroup Global Markets and an Investment Associate with Prudential Securities. In addition to his role at True Capital, Doug mentors entrepreneurial companies on corporate strategy, financial management, capital fundraising and mergers and acquisitions.
Doug grew up in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Strategic Analysis from Boston College.
Mindy Rogers began her career at Bain & Company. Later, she joined Wells Fargo Bank and held a variety of managerial positions in Wells Fargo’s banking operations, including vice president and general manager of Northern California check processing. After leaving the bank, she became a consultant to Wells Fargo on a wide range of issues. Mindy has spent the last 25 years working as a community volunteer and leader for numerous non profit organizations. Mindy is a member of the Board of Trustees at Stanford University and serves on Stanford’s Graduate School of Education Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of Stanford’s Haas School of Public Service. She is a director of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and Stanford Health Care. In addition, Mindy sits on the board of Positive Coaching Alliance, CollegeSpring, and Coaching Corps. She serves as board chair for the East Palo Alto Academy Foundation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Mindy and her husband Jesse have 3 children.
Ms. Ryan is an award-winning journalist and author of five books, including Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters (1995) and Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry (2020). She has been the media consultant for the San Francisco Giants since 2009.
Kevin Skelly is superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District, a post he held from July, 2007 to June, 2014. He came to Palo Alto after serving as an associate superintendent of Learning Support Services for the Poway Unified School District, a district of 35,000 students in San Diego County. Prior to Poway, Skelly served eleven years as the principal of Saratoga High School in Saratoga, CA. Skelly’s background includes work with budgeting, benefits, compensation, policy, curriculum and instruction, standards and assessment, special education, and staff development. He has been a presenter, author, coach, and Big Brother. His passion for education and children began with his work after college with talented students from low-income neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., and shoe-shine boys in Quito, Ecuador. Skelly received his BA in Economics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Education Management and Policy from UC, Berkeley. He and his wife Carrie have four grown children.
A native of Oakland, he spent 15 seasons in the major leagues and was a member of three world championship teams. As a pitcher for the Oakland A’s, he posted four consecutive 20-win seasons. He was formerly the pitching coach and special assistant to the general manager of the San Diego Padres. Mr. Stewart was also the assistant general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. A long-time community activist, he established and directs the Dave Stewart Foundation.
Deborah Stipek, PhD
Deborah Stipek, PhD
Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. is a Professor of Education at Stanford University and former dean. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. She also chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students’ Engagement & Motivation to Learn and the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. She joined the Stanford School of Education as dean and professor of education in January 2001 and stepped down as dean in September 2011.
Todd Walthall is Chief Operating Officer at Blue Shield of California, a 4 million+ nonprofit health plan with over $20 billion in annual revenue serving the state’s commercial, individual and government markets. He is accountable for management and performance of the company’s membership, customer support, technology infrastructure, and creating a compelling value proposition across key lines of business. Walthall also chairs the Operating Committee of the company, which is accountable for driving organizational priorities and results.
Walthall is a strategy, operations and general management executive with over two decades of leadership experience steering new products from concept to launch, translating theoretical business models into viable growth strategies, and implementing successful customer service and retention programs. He is committed to growing talent internally and creating a work environment that supports team members both personally and professionally.
Joining Blue Shield in 2014, he served as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience leading all aspects of business operations from enrollment to claims processing and teams responsible for delivering exceptional customer service. Walthall was also responsible for the development of highly personalized digital solutions designed to keep healthcare consumers and providers better informed. In 2017, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Markets responsible for management and performance of the company’s membership and revenue streams. He was promoted again into his current Chief Operating Officer role in October 2019.
Preceding Blue Shield, Walthall served as Vice President and General Manager of Digital Service Integration at American Express. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Head of Deposits and Payments, and Senior Vice President of Channel Management at USAA (contributing to the development of the industry’s first mobile check-deposit service).
Walthall serves several boards, including California Association of Health Plans (CAHP), AUGUST.CO and Coaching Corps (uses sport to inspire kids in the community to reach their full potential). He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the executive sponsor of Blue Shield of California’s domestic violence awareness campaign and Operation V.E.T. (employee resource group open to employees who wish to support our military community).
Walthall has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College, and a Six Sigma Green Belt. He was a recipient of the 2016 Multicultural Leaders of California award from the National Diversity Council, and recently named by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.”
David Wong was recommended as a Trustee candidate by Jamie Halper. David has been working closely with Jamie and has been instrumental in aiding Jamie with his development efforts for Coaching Corps in Los Angeles.
David is founder and President of DHW Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. In his investment career, he has led over 100 acquisitions spanning a diverse array of industries. He also serves as Director of Fullbridge, Inc. and Destination Media, LLC.
David was educated at Stanford and Harvard Universities and has given generously to the Stanford School of Business and Stanford Center for Social Innovation. He has also established a lead trust to Harvard for the immediate and long-term funding of the Harvard Film Archive in 2011.
He has served as Board Chair to Brentwood School, Co-Chair of the Harvard Class of 1985 Gift Committee, Board member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Trust, and as an Associate of the Milken Institute.
David is an avid skier and tennis player and he enjoys coaching youth team sports.
He attended GCA 2018 and the Los Angeles Football Club event, and he is a current donor to Coaching Corps.