Stephanie Hurder, Board Chair
Dr. Hurder brings to the board a strong background in financial oversight. She is currently a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Los Angeles. Dr. Hurder has held positions at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Harvard Business School. For two years, she served on the board of the Harvard Pierian Foundation, and the Alumni Foundation of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Prior to joining BCG, Dr. Hurder was an academic economist researching educational attainment, and career and family outcomes for individuals with secondary education. Dr. Hurder holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, an M.A. in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics, all from Harvard University.
Dr. Hurder previously served two terms as Libertas's Board Treasurer (2015-2017).
"I come from a family of professors with a strong belief in education. I know it was critical to my success that my parents knew how the system worked and could coach me through every step of the college and graduate school process. I want to help all children not only set the goal to attend college, but help them get the resources and advice to make that a reality."
Bruce Dougan, Board Vice-Chair
Bruce W. Dougan is the Managing Director and Organization Design and Development Practice Lead for Group50® Consulting, and brings to the board over 30 years of HR and operational experience in companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50. He has a unique results focused approach to Human Capital Management. His expertise spans; Talent Management, Org Design and Development, Strategic Planning and Execution, Change Management and Executive Coaching.
"I benefited from a very personal and high touch public school and that learning environment is difficult to find now. I want to help deliver that learning environment to as many students as possible and I believe Libertas delivers academic quality and character building required to enable their students to be successful."
Shan Aggarwal, Board Secretary
Shan Aggarwal brings to the board his insight from working with Greycroft Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund based in LA and NY. His responsibilities with Greycroft include originating new investment opportunities, evaluating potential investments, and working closely with existing portfolio companies. Prior to Greycroft, Shan worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company. While at Bain, Shan advised clients in Media, Consumer Goods, Technology, and Healthcare, as well as spending time within the Private Equity Group. He also helped chair Bain LA's pro bono consulting arm, Inspire, and helped advise a number of local non-profit organizations. Shan holds a B.S. in Neuroscience, summa cum laude with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles.
"My family instilled the value of education at a young age. As immigrants, my parents came to this country in search of opportunity, and taught me from their experience the power that education has to open doors. They made numerous sacrifices and invested so that I could receive a quality education. I believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe and constructive environment."
Michael Lopez, Board Treasurer
Michael Lopez brings to the board significant specialized charter school finance knowledge. As the Vice President of Operations and Finance for Green Dot Public Schools he has been the organizational lead for budgeting process with multiple parties to lead organizations from budget inception to Board approval. In addition to this he brings his specialization in grant budgeting, capital budgeting, model building, forecasting and dashboard development. Michael holds a B.A. from University of Southern California.
Sharlene Brown, board member
Ms. Brown is a management consultant at Accenture in Los Angeles. Prior to her work in Los Angeles, Ms. Brown was the founding Leadership and Student Achievement Manager at Success Academy Bronx 1 and played various roles to ensure the success of the developing school. Ultimately she worked at the Success Academy network level overseeing professional development and performance reviews of special education staff across nine high performing charter schools. Ms. Brown holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
Ms. Brown recently completed two terms as Libertas's Board Secretary (2015-2017).
"My passion for education reform is also personal. As my own parents came to this country in search of better opportunities, I seek to support other families who also aspire to see their children go to college and become successful. I was raised in the Bronx and saw the education inequity firsthand. I firmly believe that all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, deserve access to an excellent education."
Kara Maguire, board member
Ms. Maguire is the Vice President of People at Aspire Public Schools, a network of college prep charter schools serving students in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, the Central Valley and Memphis. Prior to Aspire, she spent 7 years at Uncommon Schools in the Northeast, managing recruitment, talent development and diversity. Ms. Maguire began her career as a 6th grade math and science teacher at Johnnie Cochran Jr. Middle School in LAUSD. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Business Leadership from the University of Puget Sound and an MAT in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University.
"As the daughter of school teachers and a Pell grant recipient, I know first hand how critical education is and how tenuous the path to college can be. I've been privileged to spend most of my career in public schools, working to make college access a reality for every child. I believe deeply in the power of education to change lives, and know that every family deserves a great school."
Pedro Noyola, board member
Mr. Noyola was a founding board member of Reality Changers, a mentoring and tutoring organization in San Diego whose mission is to build first generation college students, where he served as Treasurer, CFO, and Finance Committee Chairman. Mr. Noyola began his career at Deloitte and has built and led finance organizations for institutionally-funded companies. Pedro is currently the Vice President Business Development, Verizon Telematics. He is also a CPA (inactive) and earned a B.A. and an M.P.A in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Noyola recently served two terms as Libertas's Board Chair (2015-2017) and was also Libertas's founding Board Treasurer.
"I joined to honor my parents. As teenagers, they both held full-time jobs to support their families, and although they deeply understood the value of an education, neither had the opportunity to graduate high school or go to college. From that experience, they made tremendous sacrifices and tough choices to ensure my siblings and I could receive a quality education."