Board Members

Susan Stutzman, President
Susan Stutzman is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood/Young Adult Library Media Services.  She currently serves as the Librarian for Piedmont High School where she has held various leadership and coaching positions.  Prior to this, she was a Teen Services librarian in the Oakland Public Library system. She received her Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and winning the U.C.B. English Department Samson-Howe Scholarship. She went on the Graduate School of Education at Cal, winning the A.D.K. Scholarship for Women Educators, The Chance-Flanders Graduate Fellowship and was also a Distinguished Fellow in the UC Berkeley Gifted Program. She earned her M.L.I.S degree from San Jose State University where she was inducted into Beta Phi Mu, the international scholastic honor society for library and information science. She and her husband Mark have been East Bay College Fund major donors since 2010, she joined the board in 2011, became a mentor in 2012 and Board Chair in 2013.

Julie Palley, Co-Vice President of Programming
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.

Seth Hamalian, Co-Vice President of Development
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.

Gavin Kwong, Treasurer
Gavin Kwong is the Controller of Summit Public Schools, a 6-12 charter school management organization operating public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington Seattle-Tacoma region. He oversees the organization’s fiscal and compliance operations. Prior to that, he served as the Business Manager at Lighthouse Community Charter School, overseeing the school’s financial, human resource, operational, and technology activities. Before working in charter school administration, he taught high school math and business for five years in the SF East Bay. Gavin received his BA from UC Berkeley and a dual MBA / MA Educational Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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.

Yusef Freeman
Yusef Freeman is Managing Director for McCormack Baron Salazar, leading new business development nationally for the company.  In 2010, Yusef opened the development company’s San Francisco office to manage large-scale neighborhood revitalization projects in Northern California.  Prior to joining MBS, Yusef served as a senior researcher for Social Compact in Washington, DC, creating urban neighborhood market profiles for retail development nationally.  His research on urban informal economies was published by the Brookings Institution.  He also worked in the neighborhoods initiative at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore.  Yusef holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a MPA from New York University. He joined MBS through a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence.

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.

Richard J. Gilbert
Richard Gilbert is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1993 to 1995 he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Gilbert’s research specialties are in the areas of competition policy, intellectual property, and research and development. He is active in philanthropy and has served on the Board of the Head-Royce School. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

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.

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.

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 worked for 15 years as a Physician Assistant in family practice. Inspired by the work of East Bay College Fund, she completed a certificate program in College Advising and Career Planning and currently advises first-generation college going students in the college process. She received her Physician Assistant Certification 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.

Robert Stark
Bob is a partner with Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading global executive search and leadership consulting firms. He specializes in CEO succession. He has advised a wide range of Fortune 500 boards and CEOs through short- and long-term succession planning processes and helped countless executives accelerate their development. He is a founding member of the Executive Intelligence Group, which was integrated into Spencer Stuart in 2007 and revolutionized executive assessment with the introduction of a new methodology to evaluate C-level potential. He received a BA in 1987 from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.

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. She is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Oakland Bay Area Chapter.