Summit Preparatory Charter School is governed by a Board of Directors with extensive educational experience, as well as expertise in business, finance, law, and media. Our board members are all volunteers who have committed their time and energy to ensure the well-being of the school through oversight of the organization, fundraising, and personal financial support. Each Board Member is personally invested in the success of Summit Prep, and believes deeply that every child deserves the opportunity to go to college.
David Chan brings more than fifteen years of consulting experience to the Summit Prep Board. Mr. Chan currently serves as the Practice Lead for the Compliance & Data Niche Center of Excellence at IMS Health where he has orchestrated the efforts of numerous multidisciplinary and cross-functional teams while advising on financial, operational, and government exposures. Prior to being acquired by IMS Health, Mr. Chan was a founding Principal of Marina Consulting. Mr. Chan began his career in Arthur Andersen’s Strategy Finance and Economics division which was later acquired by KPMG’s Forensics division where he served as a Director. Mr. Chan is a regular on the speaker circuit, lecturing at least twice a year at industry conferences. Mr. Chan graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.
Alex Farivar brings experience across technology, finance, and assessment to the board. Alex currently works as a Technical Product Manager at Engrade/McGraw-Hill Education with a focus on the digital formative assessment engine used across McGraw-Hill products, including Engrade. Engrade is a cloud-based education platform used by K-12 districts and millions of users across the country. Alex also serves on the Financial Oversight Committee and is the Chair of the Child Development Services District Advisory Committee for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Prior to his current employment, Alex worked at various education & technology organizations, including Apple, Tutor.com, and Teach For America. Alex earned his M.B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gretchen Humbert brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and financial operations to Summit Prep’s Board. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Prior to joining the Museum, Ms. Humbert spent 2 years as CFO at rent.com and 10 years as CFO of Genex, a full-service Internet agency. She led the strategic planning group for Polygram Filmed Entertainment and served as CFO of one of its film production companies. Ms. Humbert began her career as an investment banker at Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York and completed a bank training program at Citicorp. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, where she earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance/ Entertainment Management. Ms. Humbert lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two teenage sons. She serves as the Treasurer of the Summit Prep Board.
Jasmine Pachnanda brings experience in education and consulting to the Summit Prep Board of Directors. Ms. Pachnanda currently serves as Chief College Officer of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, focused on raising the college graduation rates of Alliance graduates through programs to improve college match, increase alumni mentoring, and further develop the counseling program at each school. Prior to this, Ms. Pachnanda served as a Senior Director for the Broad Center where she is responsible for activating the impact of the Broad Center network. She worked as an economic consultant with Arthur Andersen and Fulcrum Financial before returning to consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked on projects related to educational systems as well as healthcare and media. A graduate of UCLA, Ms. Pachnanda earned her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Summit Prep Board.
Karen Chern Zangle brings experience in social enterprise and consultant to the Board. As a Portfolio Manager at REDF (www.redf.org), she works with organizations that focus on creating employment opportunities for people who have been shut out of the workforce due to barriers in their background such as previous incarceration, homelessness, or mental illness. Many of the social enterprises she works with also serve opportunity youth. Ms. Zangle provides business mentoring and hands-on strategic technical assistants to the social enterprises she works with to assist them in growth. Prior to REDF, she worked at Enrich Consulting, Inc., consulting with high tech and life science companies on their R&D Portfolios and building them analytic tools. A graduate of Duke University, Ms. Zangle earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She serves as Secretary of the Summit Prep Board.