Board of Trustee Directory

Board Members

The role of the EBI Board of Trustees is to support the school’s mission by ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of the school. The Board’s role is one of policy and not day-to-day administration and it is therefore primarily responsible for setting EBI’s strategic plan, hiring and evaluating of the head of school, and acting as the school’s fiduciary and financial stewards. Additionally, Trustees are volunteers who advocate on behalf of the school with their respective networks and communities

The Board of Trustees consists of up to 21 members from both inside and outside of the immediate school community. Nominees for these positions are selected by a nominating committee composed of Board members and are subsequently approved by the entire Board. From a variety of sources, the committee solicits candidates who will be representative of EBI’s community and have demonstrated a strong affiliation with the school.

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Anye Spivey
Chair, Buildings and Grounds/Presidente Edificios y Terrenos
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Anye Spivey

Chair, Buildings and Grounds/Presidente Edificios y Terrenos
Anye Spivey nació y creció en San Francisco, California. Asistió a la Universidad de Georgetown en Washington, D.C., con un título en Finanzas. Pasó los últimos 15 años trabajando inicialmente en banca de inversión y más tarde en el campo  inmobiliario. Anye es un ávido jugador de baloncesto y golfista, chef aficionado y trabajará diligentemente para mejorar sus habilidades en el idioma español durante su tiempo en EBI. Vive en Oakland con su esposa Jackie y sus dos hijos, Massai y Kamau. Anye Spivey was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Finance. He's spent the [ast 15 years working initially in investment banking and later as a mixed-use real estate developer. AnyŽ is an avid basketball player and golfer, amateur chef and will be working diligently to improve his Spanish language abilities during his time at EBI. He lives in Oakland with his wife Jackie and their two sons, Massai and Kamau.
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Amin Azzam
Chair-Diversity Committee
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Amin Azzam

Chair-Diversity Committee
Amin Azzam is a passionate educator who works with students at the opposite end of the age-spectrum of the wonderful students at EBI: he works with graduate and professional students at UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Samuel Merritt University. Amin is a psychiatrist by training— but don't let that prevent you from engaging him in conversation! He is excited about learning how to serve on a board of trustees for a community that embraces international-mindedness as enthusiastically as he does. He and his wife June are the proud parents of two EBI students— Margo (5th grade) and Remy (K).
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Annie Rodriguez
Advancement Committee
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Annie Rodriguez

Advancement Committee
Annie Rodriguez, an East Bay native, pursued a BA in English Literature at UC Berkeley, and landed in the "dot com" space. She continues to work in technology as the VP of Global Services for Taller Technologies - a global Agile development firm providing mobile, web and embedded software solutions. After living in Spain (and several other foreign countries) for 8 years and managing globally distributed and culturally unique teams for over 15 years, Annie values the opportunities that derive from diverse environments. She is passionate about growing her family to explore, respect, and proactively participate in the many differences that make up our greater community. These values are what led Annie and her husband, Freddie, to EBI's doorstep in the Fall of 2008, where, today, their three children, Aidan (4B), Isabella (3B) and Max (KA) enjoy their days.
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Edwin Kirimi
Chair, Head Review and Support Committee
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Edwin Kirimi

Chair, Head Review and Support Committee
Edwin Kirimi is a technology professional who believes that independent schools provide a safe, nurturing environment in which students are encouraged to reach their full potential. He believes these schools play a crucial role of shaping young minds and awakening intellectual curiosity in their students. After coming to the U.S to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Information Systems, he fell in love with the independent school setting. He is currently the Director of Technology Operations at the College Preparatory School in Oakland CA. His passions include figuring out how to leverage technology to facilitate teaching and learning. He is an avid runner and has done a few marathons.
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Eric Elia
Vice Chair
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Eric Elia

Vice Chair
Eric Elia, Board Chair, is a proud Philadelphian who has lived in the Bay Area for most of his adult life. He's been fascinated by the intersection of storytelling and technology, which led him him down a career path at the intersection of media and technology, particularly online video. He is Managing Director of Cainkade, a product design and development studio that makes websites, mobile and tablet apps for companies large and small in education, digital health and media. Previously he was part of the founding team at Brightcove, the leading online video platform company, led the online service at Comcast, and worked on industry-first broadband products at @Home Network. When he's not diving with sea lions in Monterey, Eric lives in Oakland with his wife Cindy and two spirited boys who enjoy teasing their parents in Spanish.
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Javiera Flores
Co- Chair. Committee on Trustees
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Javiera Flores

Co- Chair. Committee on Trustees
Javiera was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Northern California, Javiera has spent much of her professional life in Spanish speaking countries where she had to learn to perfect her written and oral Spanish. Today she is in awe of her children's capacity to articulate often complex concepts and ideas in both written and oral form. While Spanish immersion was what initially attracted her to EBI, it has been the school's mission and focus on developing individuals with a strong sense of self and community that motivates her work as a trustee. Javiera has spent most of her professional life in different aspects of organizational development, She is a founding member of Plurlaistic Networks. Javiera has a BA in Sociology/Social work from UC Davis. She lives in Emeryville with her husband Marcos and two daughters, current EBI middle schooler and EBI Alumna.
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Jose Morales
Secretary, Advancement Committee
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Jose Morales

Secretary, Advancement Committee
Jose was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. As the son of Spanish teacher, and through periods living in Guadalajara, Mexico and Madrid, Spain he grew up with a heavy influence of Spanish speaking cultures. This experience eventually lead a desire to work in other countries and has included stints back in Madrid, living in São Paulo, and working throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Jose started work as an engineer in the aerospace industry, but has spent 25+ years in the software industry, today serving the Head of Global Field Operations at Atlassian. Jose and his wife live in Oakland and are thrilled to have their two kids enrolled at EBI where they are getting a global, multi-lingual, IB education.
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Kristen Sagafi
Advancement Committee
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Kristen Sagafi

Advancement Committee
Kristen Law Sagafi was born and raised in the Midwest, and moved to the Bay Area for law school in 1999. Kristen dedicated the first fifteen years of her legal career to representing plaintiffs in consumer class actions. Now, she is a consulting partner at Tycko & Zavareei LLP and teaches a course on consumer litigation at Berkeley Law while working on her first book. Kristen and her husband, Jahan, live in Oakland with their son, Ben, who is in second grade at EBI. Kristen loves reading, camping, and learning everything Ben already knows about outer space.
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Loa Ortiz
Diversity Committee
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Loa Ortiz

Diversity Committee
Though she was an engineer in a past life, Loa's true calling is working with young people during that most cherished and mysterious time of life: middle school! She currently teaches sixth grade at The Berkeley School and is excited to bring her experience and perspective to EBI's board. Having grown up with the gift of a second language, she knew she wanted the same for her own daughter, Viola, and was thrilled when she found EBI. In her copious free time, she can be found swimming with the Temescal Masters, going on adventures with her family and cooking all kinds of delicious things.
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Luke Dunnington
Finance Committee
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Luke Dunnington

Finance Committee
Luke Dunnington spent his youth in Austin, TX and formative years in Virginia where he earned a BA in History & Psychology from the University of Virginia. From ’99-’02, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, working with coffee growers to export into US specialty markets. Luke moved to Berkeley in 2006 to pursue his MBA at the Haas School of Business, where he met his wife, and upon graduation launched a career in large scale solar development building over 1,500 MW in California and Texas over the last decade. As the COO and Co-Founder of Intersect Power, a leading developer of solar power plants and clean energy infrastructure, Luke is driving economic solutions to climate crisis. He lives in Oakland with his wife and three children.
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Maya Chakko
Chair. Risk and Management Committee
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Maya Chakko

Chair. Risk and Management Committee
Maya Chakko grew up in San Diego and spent her childhood exploring sandstone cliffs, playing at the beach, and watching the acrobatics of ravens. Maya has a B.A. in Sociology from Haverford College and a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She is a policy analyst for the federal government. Her two kids thoroughly enjoy EBI, and Maya delights in how they continually quiz her about what they learn. She is a voracious reader and loves art.
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Michael Huff
Diversity Committee
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Michael Huff

Diversity Committee
Michael Huff has been an educator for more than 28 years. He has a BA in sociology from UC Berkeley, an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, and an MA in public administration and policy analysis from Cal State East Bay. He teaches sociology and criminology at the university level as well as to men and women incarcerated in prison.  Michael is a dad to William, Zachary, and Zuri.  
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Monique Spyke
Chair
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Monique Spyke

Chair
Monique Spyke, is a Bay Area transplant from the State of Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and African-American Studies from Smith College. Monique is passionate about serving her communities. She is a Managing Director and partner at PFM, a financial services firm committed to doing meaningful work by partnering with institutions transforming their world. Monique also sits on the board of the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation. Monique believes in the mission and core values of EBI. She is focused on raising her two daughters to be good stewards, productive citizens of the world, and effective change agents.
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Paul Sytsma
Finance Committee
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Paul Sytsma

Finance Committee
Paul Sytsma's professional experience spans the technology and sustainable food sectors. He currently works for Cunningham Collective, an innovation-to-market consultancy, where he directs engagements related to strategic positioning, marketing execution, data strategy and analytics. Additionally, Paul serves as an instructor for the Food Craft Institute in Oakland, CA, teaching marketing strategy and data analysis techniques to food entrepreneurs. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In his free time, you can find him skiing at Kirkwood, rock climbing, baking bread, and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.
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Steven Oliver
Treasurer, Chair of Finance
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Steven Oliver

Treasurer, Chair of Finance
Steven Oliver was born just outside Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Orange County, CA. He moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where he received both a BA and PhD in Physics. After graduation, he moved from the academic world to the world of business, first as a McKinsey consultant and now as a Principal in the Google Business Operations and Strategy team. At both McKinsey and Google, Steven has worked closely with people from around the world. Seeing the diverse perspectives that they bring to a problem and watching them operate at such high levels in a second or third language has led to an appreciation for the value of multilingual education. When not at work or EBI, Steven enjoys making wine, brewing beer, sailing and skiing. His two daughters, Leila and Elise, both attend EBI.
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Valentina Imbeni
Advancement Committee
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Valentina Imbeni

Advancement Committee
Valentina Imbeni is the founding head of La Scuola International School, a preK-8 Reggio Emilia inspired, IB accredited and Italian Immersion program. Valentina was born in Modena, Italy and grew up in Bologna in a family of educators and politicians and policy makers, where the importance of high-quality education in society was a frequent topic of conversation at the lunch table. She graduated from the University of Bologna and received a PhD in Engineering of Materials from Bologna University and the University of Cambridge, U.K. After living and working in the UK she moved to San Francisco in 2000 to work as a researcher in Bioengineering for UC Berkeley and then at the Stanford Research Center (SRI) where she continued her research on biomedical devices and managed large grant proposals and a not-for profit scientific organization. Valentina enrolled her son Stefano at the Italian playgroup that was to become La Scuola in 2005 and immediately became a vital member of the LPSI community. After the birth of her second son, Matteo, Valentina re-discovered her passion for education and accepted the position of Direttrice in June 2007, with the goal of growing the small family day care into a fully-fledged PreK-8 school. La Scuola is now IB, CAIS, WASK and CIS accredited and leader in Reggio Emilia education in the US. Valentina is passionate about science, social constructivism, the Reggio Emilia philosophy and International and bilingual education. In her free time Valentina loves to spend time with her husband and her 2 boys, to learn new things, cook delicious Italian food, and run and walk along the Pacific Ocean.