Meet the Black Pine Circle Board of Directors
Peter Wong – Chairman of the Board
Peter Wong is the chief operating officer of TruTag Technologies, Inc., a product authentication technology company. Mr. Wong has over twenty years of experience working with start-up and emerging technology businesses. He was senior vice president, corporate development, and general counsel of SKAI Ventures, a technology incubator, of which TruTag is a portfolio company. Prior to that, Mr. Wong spent over eight years at Emeryville-based LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., an educational technology products maker, where he most recently served as its senior vice president and general counsel. He also served as vice president of corporate development and associate general counsel for Quokka Sports, Inc., a digital sports media company. Mr. Wong received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. He has served on the board of trustees for the UC Hastings Foundation and was also a co-chair of BPC’s Q Lab Capital Campaign. A native of Hawaii, he lives in Berkeley with his wife and two sons, who are Black Pine Circle School students.
Marc Derewetzky is the principal of The Derewetzky Law Group in Uptown Oakland, specializing in litigation of complex business disputes and elder issues. Mr. Derewetzky’s currently focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith claims for both insurers and policyholders, and he has handled cases in this area throughout the western United States. Mr. Derewetzky also has considerable experience in admiralty law and has litigated commercial landlord tenant disputes, product liability, and bankruptcy cases. Mr. Derewetzky received his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1987 and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton, with honors, in 1980. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1987, with the exception of a six-year tour of duty in Los Angeles. He has two children who are both K-8 Black Pine Circle School graduates. Mr. Derewetzky enjoys basketball, photography, world travel, and eating.
Sandra Williams Hamp has over 27 years of experience in the field of education. Currently, she serves as the executive director of K-12 for the College Board Western Regional Office. The College Board is best known for the SAT®, AP®, and PSAT/NMSQT®. Sandra is responsible for strategy and oversight of K-12 operations in the twelve western states. As a recognized leader in assessment and college readiness, she works extensively with educators and state leaders to develop strategies to drive academic excellence and college opportunities. Sandra has worked with some of the nation’s largest school districts including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Clark County to improve academic achievement through professional development, assessments, and strategic K-12 partnerships.
Prior to joining the College Board, Sandra worked at UC Berkeley, where she partnered with Bay Area school districts to increase the number of students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities. While at UC Berkeley, she received two distinguished service awards for her valuable work with students, families, and educators. She has also taught educational development classes at Contra Costa College, Los Medanos, Merritt College, and Diablo Valley College and served as a consultant and board member for numerous Bay Area nonprofit organizations.
Sandra is deeply committed to supporting access to and diversity in higher education for all students, especially foster youth and first-generation college students. A native of Berkeley, Sandra received her B.A. from the UC Berkeley and an M.S. in education from California State University, Hayward. She resides in Pinole with her husband Tim and son Timothy, who is a third grader at Black Pine Circle School.
Brett Hazlett is managing partner of LFH Consulting, a strategic and financial advisory services firm serving the education, nonprofit, healthcare, and retail sectors. In this capacity, Mr. Hazlett has served as the interim CFO providing guidance for business strategies, financial management, and funding to start-up companies focused on the education and sustainability sectors. Additionally, he has helped UC Berkeley develop strategic planning processes and initiatives to improve its financial sustainability and better deliver on its mission. Previously, Mr. Hazlett was a financial executive for Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical and retail industries, serving most recently as vice president of finance at Levi Strauss and Company. He is also an adjunct professor of corporate finance in the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts. Mr. Hazlett received his M.B.A. from Purdue University in 1999 and his B.S. degree with distinction, also from Purdue, in 1998. He lives with his wife and daughter, who is a third grader at Black Pine Circle School.
Jill Hughes is a parent of three children currently attending Black Pine Circle. She has a B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. For many years she worked as a psychologist with children and adolescents in private practice and residential treatment settings, specializing in severe emotional disturbance and trauma. For the last ten years, however, she has stayed home with her children. Ms. Hughes lives with her husband and three children in Orinda.
Adrienne La Pierre
Adrienne La Pierre is a principal and a vice president of RPS-Iris Environmental, a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm focused on finding creative solutions to environmental issues at the intersection of science, policy, and business. Ms. La Pierre has over twenty years of experience in environmental consulting, with an emphasis on toxicology, human health risk assessment, and risk communication. She provides strategic scientific guidance to help clients manage their various environmental liabilities in a manner that is both health protective and cost effective. Her work ranges from serving as an expert witness on the health effects of chemical exposures to mediating disputes about complex technical environmental problems. Ms. La Pierre received her M.S. from Harvard and her B.S. from UC Davis. Her daught daughter currently attends Black Pine Circle School.
Nisha Mody is currently a partner at OSKR, LLC, a consulting firm providing expert services to clients engaged in complex litigation. Ms. Mody’s practice focuses primarily on financial and economic issues involving intellectual property infringement, as well as the valuation and negotiation of patent portfolios. Prior to joining OSKR, she worked as in-house economist at Howrey LLP, a law firm in San Fransicso. She received a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College, then completed her coursework towards a M.A. in economics and received a Ph.D. in political economy and public policy at the University of Southern California. She previously co-taught graduate level courses at Santa Clara University Law School and is currently working on earning a CPA designation. She and her husband have lived in the Bay Area since 2001, and both their sons have attended Black Pine Circle School since kindergarten.
Lior Pachter was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa where he attended Pretoria Boys High School. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1988 and, after graduating from Palo Alto High School, attended Caltech, where he received a B.S. in mathematics in 1994. In graduate school he started working in computational biology, and after receiving his Ph.D. from MIT in 1999, he moved to Berkeley, where he is now the Raymond and Beverly Sackler professor of computational biology at UC Berkeley. He lives with his wife and three daughters in the Berkeley Hills. His two older daughters have attended BPC since kindergarten.
For the past twenty years, Mary Paci has focused her interest and passion on education and public health. Since 1997, she has served on the board of trustees of Commonwealth School, an independent high school in downtown Boston founded in 1957, which two of her three children attended. She has been a member of the Leadership Council at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) since 2005, and of the Partners Council for the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies since 1993, as well as serving on the HSPH AIDS Initiative International Advisory Council. A native of La Jolla, California, Ms. Paci received her B.A. in art history from Pomona College and completed the coursework and exams toward an M.A. in art history at Boston University. She met her husband, Piero Paci, a pathologist from Assisi, Italy, when she went to study at the University of Florence during a year abroad, and they were married for thirty-three years until his death in 1989. Ms. Paci’s father, Roger Revelle, was the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the 1950s and was among the first scientists to conduct research leading to the recognition of global warming and its consequences. Her mother, Ellen Revelle, was in the first graduating class (in 1931) of Scripps College, founded by her great-aunt, Ellen Browning Scripps. Ms. Paci is the devoted mother of three children and grandmother of six grandchildren, including two granddaughters, both graduates of Black Pine Circle School.
Eric Pearson is the supervisor for Home Entertainment at Pixar Animation Studios and the father of two children who currently attend Black Pine Circle School. At Pixar, he plays an operational and strategic planning role, helping the studio work with Disney Distribution to plan and deliver the right finishing touches for all of the feature and short films and ensure the best quality product for home consumers around the world. At home, he plays with his children, bikes, and writes as often as he can. Mr. Pearson graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and has a wide range of professional experiences from software development to film production to marketing strategy. Prior to working at Pixar, he was founder and product manager at Offermatica (now Adobe Test and Target), where he helped conceive, build, and launch a marketing and advertising optimization service now used by thousands of companies worldwide. Mr. Pearson also currently serves as the chair of the board of directors at BAYCAT, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching underserved youth and young adults how to produce digital media (video, animation, and music) and empowering them to tell their unique stories.
A native of Berkeley, California, Erik Price graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in economics and earned a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 1991. Mr. Price currently works with the Pac-12 Athletic Conference. After spending seven years in the office of the Faculty Athletics Representative at the University of California, where he served as senior administrative analyst (1994-2000), he was promoted to Pac-12 assistant commissioner in 2006. His responsibilities include assisting the twelve member universities in monitoring and applying NCAA and Pac-12 Conference legislation. He also coordinates the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Mr. Price attended Black Pine Circle School from 1972 to 1981, and both of his children attended Black Pine Circle. Mr. Price served as co-chairman of the school’s Library Capital Campaign, and he has served as co-chairman of the development committee since 2008.
Leigh J. Salvo is currently a partner at The Gilmartin Group, a healthcare-focused financial communications and investor relations consulting firm. For more than two decades, she has delivered effective, comprehensive strategic communications programs to a range of renowned companies – from micro to large cap, and private to public. Prior to joining Gilmartin, Leigh was founder and partner at Direct IR, a firm specializing in investor relations and crisis communications, representing more than 75 publicly-traded companies in the healthcare, technology, and energy industries. She has also worked with venture capital firms providing funding for successful transactions and initial public offerings, and has served as a director for The American Stock Exchange, where she oversaw the development and execution of financial communications programs for AMEX-listed companies. Ms. Salvo is a recognized communications expert and frequent National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) panel speaker. She received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in accounting from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She lives in Lafayette and is the mother of two Black Pine Circle graduates: a senior in college at The Rhode Island School of Design and a freshman at George Washington University.
Shalini Sharp is EVP and CFO of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of rare genetic diseases primarily affecting pediatric patients. With 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry, Ms. Sharp leads the finance, corporate communications, corporate strategy, and information technology operations of the company. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the TB Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and distribution of treatments for tuberculosis in the developing world, and Agenus Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology firm focused on the development of immunology-based treatments for cancer where she was formerly chief financial officer. Prior to Agenus, she held various roles at Elan Corporation plc, an Irish company working on neurological diseases, including chief of staff to the chairman of the board during the company’s restructuring. She was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, specializing in life sciences. Ms. Sharp has both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. She has two children who currently attend Black Pine Circle.