Board

Board Members

Susan Stutzman, President
Susan Stutzman currently serves as the librarian for Piedmont High School.  Prior to this, she was a teen services librarian in the Oakland Public Library system. She is a current vestry member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland and is also a negotiator for the Associated Teachers of Piedmont. She received her B.A. and teaching credential from U.C. Berkeley and her graduate degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Julie Palley, Vice President
Julie Palley is an independent marketing consultant. From 1983 to 2003, Julie served in a variety of marketing roles at Levi Strauss & Co., including Marketing Director for the Youthwear division and Director of Worldwide Marketing Projects. She began her career in Brand Management with The Clorox Company. Ms. Palley received her BS in Business Administration-Marketing from University of Illinois, Urbana.

Barb Fremder, Secretary
Barb Fremder is a co-founder of East Bay College Fund. After a career in visual merchandising, she currently spends her time volunteering in the community and raising her two daughters and two dogs. Ms. Fremder received her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

David Staley, Treasurer
David Staley is a co-founder of East Bay College Fund, and has resided in the East Bay since 1981. He is currently a Senior Vice President in the Mortgage Backed Securities group of Barclays Capital in San Francisco, and has worked in the financial services industry in San Francisco since 1985. Mr. Staley received his BA in US History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Andy Fremder
Andy Fremder is a co-founder and past President of East Bay College Fund (2002-2013). From 1994 until 2003, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Farallon Capital Management. Mr. Fremder also sits on the board of PacWest Bancorp, a publicly traded bank headquartered in Los Angeles.  He is a director of One Pacific Coast Bank, a community development bank headquartered in Oakland. Mr. Fremder received his BBA and MPA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tom Gold
Tom Gold is professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the study of China and Taiwan. He received his BA from Oberlin College and MA and PhD from Harvard University. He currently serves on the Boards of National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society of Northern California,  International Technological University in San Jose, and American Alliance for International Education.  In the past he has served on the Boards of Pacific Environment, Chinadialogue and Berkeley Hillel.

Seth Hamalian
Seth is Principal of the Mission Bay Development Group, LLC.  He is responsible for strategic planning, structuring transactions, marketing, sales negotiations, interface with public agencies, and public and private financing for projects under management.  Prior to founding Mission Bay Development Group, Seth served as Managing Director for Farallon Capital where he actively managed over $1 billion in assets and was responsible for due diligence, acquisitions, asset management and sales of investments in real estate and real estate related debt instruments.  Seth previously held Associate positions with iStar Financial and Starwood Capital where he underwrote over $5 billion in transactions. Prior to that he was an Analyst with C.B. Commercial.  Seth holds a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance from Wharton and a B.A. in Urban Studies also from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Leslie Kawamoto Hsu
Leslie has committed over ten years to increase college access and success for the most underrepresented and marginalized young people in the Bay Area and beyond.  Leslie is a College Readiness Specialist at Oakland Unified School District and was formerly the College Access Director at the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco Unified School District.  Leslie received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (focus in Education and Social Justice) with a minor in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley in 2005 and her M.Ed. in School Leadership at Harvard University in 2009. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

Gavin Kwong
Gavin is the Business Manager of Lighthouse Community Charter School, an Oakland K-12 charter school serving 700 students. He oversees the school’s financial, human resource, operational, and technology activities.  Prior to that, he taught high school math and business for five years in the SF East Bay after working in investment banking and technology product marketing.  Gavin received his BA from UC Berkeley and a dual MBA / MA Educational Studies (Policy and Leadership) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Samuel R. Miller
Sam Miller is a Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Sidley Austin LLP.  He specializes in Antitrust and complex commercial litigation.  He served as lead counsel for the Antitrust Division in the first DOJ case of U.S. v. Microsoft.  He teaches a seminar on Antitrust in high-tech markets at UC Berkeley Law School.  He has published a number of articles on antitrust and other litigation topics.  He is recognized as a leading Antitrust practitioner in Chambers, Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal California.  JD, UC Berkeley, 1975; BA, Yale University 1971.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore is a former Trustee of Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, his alma mater.  He has served on the board of Morrisania West, an organization dedicated to at risk children in the Western Addition, SF.   He co-founded an organization (Concentric Circles) that provides informal mentoring to youth recently released from juvenile hall.  Erik has worked in Sales & Trading for 14 years and is currently a Director in Investment Banking at Banc of America Securities Merrill Lynch.  He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College.  He holds a Masters in French from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Susie Poncelet
Susie has worked as a Physician Assistant in family practice and has spent the past several years serving on the parent association executive board at two Oakland schools.  Inspired by the work of East Bay College Fund, she has decided to begin a certificate program in College Advising and Career Planning to help support Oakland students in the college process.  She received a Physician Assistant Certificate and a Master of Health Sciences from Duke University and a BS in Psychology from Tufts University.

Jim Saavedra
C. James Saavedra has over 40 years of experience in the information systems/technology business, primarily serving financial institutions and financial service providers. He is a director of One Pacific Coast Bank, a community development bank headquartered in Oakland. He was Senior Vice President with Union Bank of California, beginning in 1992 and encompassed a broad range of responsibilities including managing all commercial banking, customer service, call centers, and bank operations technology strategies, as well as operations for the commercial real estate and commercial loan portfolios.

From 1983 through 1992, Mr. Saavedra served as Senior Vice President of the Wholesale Loan Services Division at Wells Fargo Bank, NA. He served as Vice President and Director of Data Center Services for First Nationwide Savings Bank from 1979 through 1983. Formerly, Mr. Saavedra worked as Director of Information Systems for World Airways from 1977 to 1979. He served as Vice President of Operations for the Western States Bankcard Association during 1969 and until 1977. Mr. Saavedra served at The Morris Plan Company from 1964 to 1968, and then at Electronic Data Systems from 1968 to 1969, working in various systems engineering related positions. Mr. Saavedra graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Andrea Walker
Andrea Walker is a native Oaklander, who is passionate about her community and enthusiastically works to improve the city she calls home. Andrea has worked in education and nonprofit for eight years and is a graduate of Skyline High School. Andrea received her Associate of Science in Business Administration and Associate of Arts in Social & Behavioral Science from Butte-Glenn Community College and earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Sacramento State University.

Currently, she is the Executive Program Assistant and Financial Literacy Instructor at OneCalifornia Foundation and a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Oakland Bay Area Chapter.