The Charter School Growth Fund has assembled an active Board of Directors with extensive business, venture capital, and philanthropic experience.
John J. Fisher, Co-Chair, is the President of Pisces, Inc., a company he founded in 1992 as a family investment and management office for the Fisher family. In addition, John is a founding Partner of Sansome Partners, a private equity investment group with investments in timber, hotels, and operating businesses. John has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He serves on the Board of the KIPP Foundation and a number of school reform organizations.
Greg Penner, Co-Chair, is a General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners, an investment management firm based in Menlo Park, California. Prior to joining Madrone, Greg was the SVP and CFO of Wal-Mart Japan from 2002-to 2004 and the SVP of Finance and Strategy for Walmart.com from 2000-2002. From 1997-2000, Greg was a General Partner at Peninsula Capital, an early stage venture capital fund. Previously, he worked in strategic planning at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and corporate finance at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greg is a director of Baidu.com (Beijing), 99 Bill Corporation (Shanghai), and The Seiyu Ltd. (Tokyo). He received an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Donald G. Fisher, is founder and chairman emeritus of Gap Inc. Since its beginnings in 1969 as a jeans-only store in San Francisco, the company he started with his wife, Doris, has grown and expanded to become one of the greatest successes in retailing history. Mr. Fisher has long been a community leader and philanthropist. He serves on the California State Board of Education and is a director on the board of EdVoice, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), and Teach For America. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and a governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Michael W. Grebe is President and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, where he was a member of the Board of Directors for six years prior to his selection. Previously, Mr. Grebe was Chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner, one of the country's largest law firms, where he was a partner for over 25 years and concentrated his practice on corporate and financial law. During his distinguished career, Mr. Grebe has served on the boards of universities, corporations, military institutions and political organizations. He served in the United States Army, earned his Bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy, and received his law degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Grebe lives in Milwaukee and is married with two grown children.
James C. Rahn serves as president of the Kern Family Foundation (Waukesha, WI). He is responsible for providing leadership and direction to expand existing programs and establish new programs in support of the Foundation's mission to build the future through values, education, and innovation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rahn served as a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, where he established and directed the Center for Urban Teaching. He is a social entrepreneur, having co-founded two non-profit corporations in the education reform sector: HOPE Schools and Educational Enterprises. HOPE Schools includes three schools, serving 550 students K-12, almost all of whom are participants in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Educational Enterprises has an approved public school charter to launch EAGLE College Prep (Phoenix, AZ) in the Fall 2008. Rahn spent the first seventeen years of his professional life in Lutheran education as a middle school teacher, principal, and regional school coordinator.
John Lock, CEO and President, is a highly successful operational manager, hands-on private equity investor, and investment banker. Mr. Lock has extensive experience managing start-up companies and has served as CEO, CFO, COO and board member of numerous organizations. He has strong negotiation skills and is intimately familiar with the rigorous analysis necessary in making investment decisions. Prior to joining CSGF, Mr. Lock served as the Executive Director and teacher at a charter high school located in Southern California. Mr. Lock is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. – less–ZoomInfo