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The Foundation

In 2015, a group of people from the neighborhood, none of whom had any formal ties to Mission High School, created the Mission High Foundation out of a desire to give back to the community starting with Mission High.  We started with two basic premises in mind:

  1. Every student should have access to a great education regardless of income, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identity or where their families come from.
  2. All of us in the community can help make the dream of a great education for all students a reality.

Mission Statement

Guaranteeing success for all Mission High School students by leveraging public and private partnerships in our community.

Board of Directors

Zac Fisher

Zac Fisher

Zac is a founding member of the foundation and currently serves as Co-Chair. He brings 25 years experience consulting for major companies and currently specializes in the education, tech, and healthy food spaces. A graduate of the University of Maryland and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he lives in the neighborhood.
Daniel Yan

Daniel Yan

Dan serves as Co-Chair of the MHF Board of Directors. He joined in 2019, bringing authentic perspective as the foundation’s first alumni board director. He graduated from Mission High School in 2014 after immigrating to the US from China just a few years earlier. At Mission High, he was active on the soccer and baseball teams as well as the guitar club. Dan attended the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2018 with a degree in Finance with Honors. Dan currently works in sports management while carving out enough time for his twin passions of film and Bay Area sports.
Bevan Dufty

Bevan Dufty

Bevan brings more than 35 years of experience as a public servant, community advocate, and politician. In 1993, he began his SF City Hall career, including Director of Neighborhood Services for Mayor Willie Brown, and his election to the Board of Supervisors for two terms (2002-2011) representing District 8.
 
From 2012-2015, Bevan served as Director of HOPE for the City where he established the new Navigation Center model for assisting the homeless. In 2016, Bevan was elected to the BART Board of Directors where he represents the 9th District, which includes portions of San Francisco. Bevan lives with his partner Corey and, along with co-parent Rebecca, is the father of their son. 
Lily

Lily Durston

Lily joined the MHF Board in 2020. Lily is a social impact consultant, advising nonprofits and NGOs on branding and marketing. In her spare time she loves to ski in Tahoe and is an avid runner.
Judy Grossman

Judy Grossman

Judy is super Groovy.  We are lucky to have her on the board.
Eric Guthertz

Eric Guthertz

Eric was the Principal of Mission High School for 12 years and is now a Principal Coach with SFUSD. During his 20 years at Mission High School he taught English, served as the English Department Chair, and Assistant Principal. He is a Bay Area native who earned his Bachelors Degree in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles. He’s a graduate of the Stanford Principal’s Fellowship Program and received the 2013 Dream Catcher Award for his support of arts education. In 2014, Eric received Mayor Lee’s SF Principal of the Year award. In 2016, he received the Aim High Educator of the Year Award and was featured in the national book, “Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried To Fail It, And The Students And Teachers Who Made It Triumph.” Eric also sits on the board of the non-profit Enterprise for Youth.
Jenn Keese-Powell

Jenn Keese-Powell

Jenn joined the MHF Board in 2020. She brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising roles. She spent 15 years focused on marketing, communications, and public relations in the financial services industry, and currently works in institutional advancement in education. She earned a bachelors degrees in Latin American Studies from Regis University and a masters from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Jenn is mother of two boys, one of whom attends Mission High.
Stephen Lambright

Stephen Lambright

Stephen is a founding member of the foundation. He brings more than 20 years of experience in a range of executive positions in marketing, strategy, product management, and business development at some of the world’s most innovative technology, transportation, and entertainment companies. He is currently the Vice President of Marketing for AEye, a leader in robotic perception technologies for the self-driving automobile industry. A long-term resident of the Mission district, he lives with his wife and college student daughter.
Isa Oliveres

Isa Oliveres

Isa joined the Board of the MHF in 2015 and is a former Board Chair. Originally from Mexico City, she is currently attending graduate school at Harvard Business School. Until recently, Isa was an executive with Dropbox where she engaged other young professionals to support the Mission High community. Isa a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. A voracious reader and jigsaw puzzle solver, Isa also enjoys cooking, practicing her nascent ceramics skills, and exploring Cambridge with her husband.
Kathy Sabatino

Kathy Sabatino

Kathy joined the MHF in 2018 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. Her background is in Computer Engineering, she studied Mathematics at UC Santa Barbara. Kathy was a member of the Mission PTSA board for six years while her children attended Mission High. She has volunteered in various Math classrooms at Mission for the past two years and is glad to be able to help Mission High in any way she can.
Jodi

Jodi Thirtyacre

Jodi joined the MHF in 2016 and currently serves as Vice Chair. She holds a degree from UC Santa Barbara. Both her children attended public schools and her son, Liam graduated from Mission High before heading to UC Santa Cruz. As a parent, Jodi experienced this school as a community that honored inclusivity and encouraged creative and independent thinking. Jodi is currently with Kaiser Permanente. In her spare time Jodi balances running road and trail races with chilling in her hammock in the backyard.

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