Stephanie Hurder, Board Member
Dr. Hurder brings to the board a strong background in financial oversight. She is currently a Partner and Founding Economist of Prysm Group, a firm that specializes in economic and governance design for blockchain companies, institutions, and governments. She is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at industry and academic blockchain events. Previously she was 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) and as Libertas’s Board Chair (2017-2018).
"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."
Gary Olson, Board Member
Gary Olson retired in 2003 after practicing corporate law at Latham & Watkins LLP for 35 years. While at Latham, his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and general corporate and securities matters. He served as primary outside counsel to a number of public and privately held companies and he regularly represented boards of directors and special committees in corporate governance matters. He was chair of the Latham corporate department from 1989 to 1996. Mr. Olson grew up in and went to college in Kansas -- Pittsburg State University (BS 1965) and University of Kansas (JD 1968).
"Our family is very involved in education. My wife taught pre-school in La Canada for over 25 years and volunteered for many years in the early childhood programs at Descanso Gardens. Our two daughters have followed in her footsteps—one is a substitute elementary and middle school teacher in Glendale and the other is a special education teacher and currently runs a special needs program at the Palm Crest Elementary School in La Canada. Our daughters received good educations in the La Canada school system. I have given talks on charter schools and have seen first hand what good education can do for young children and hope to provide that opportunity to the Libertas community."
Gregory Pope, Board Treasurer
Greg Pope brings to the board significant knowledge in finance and operations. He is currently a Principal at Anzu Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on early-stage breakthrough industrial technologies. Previously, Greg was an Investment Fellow at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, one of the world's top cleantech incubators. Greg also spent over six years as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he led much of the firm's power and renewables business on the west coast. Greg has executed engagements with senior executives at utilities, renewables developers, traditional energy companies, and private equity firms, in corporate strategy, business unit transformation, new business development, market expansion, and innovation.
Greg holds MS degrees in energy and environmental economics from Oxford University and University College London, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a BA in economics from Georgetown University.
Kara Maguire, Board Chair
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."