High Tech High

Board & Governance





Four boards of directors support the mission and goals of High Tech High

  • The High Tech High Board will have governance and fiduciary level control over all HTH schools. The board operates as a public agency and conducts its meetings in accordance with the Brown Act.
  • HTH Learning is a private nonprofit overseeing the development and operation of the facilities that house High Tech High schools.
  • The High Tech High Foundation is a private nonprofit responsible for securing the philanthropic support needed to develop High Tech High schools.
  • The High Tech High Graduate School of Education board has governance and fiduciary level control over the graduate school of education.



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High Tech High Board

Kay Davis, Secretary
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Heather Lattimer, Director
Michael McCraw, Director
Héctor M. Peréz, Director


HTH Learning Board

Teddy Cruz, Director
Kay Davis, Secretary
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Marina Marrelli, Director


High Tech High Foundation Board

Marnie Cheney, Director
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Jeff Quinn, Director


HTH GSE Governing Board

Shafeen Charania, Director
Paul Heckman, Chairman
Gary Jacobs, Director
Martha Kanter, Director
Arthur Levine, Director
Carl Maida, Ph.D., Director
Marina Marrelli, Director
Yong Zhao, Director


Correspondence to board members may be addressed to:

Board Member Name

c/o Cindy Kim
High Tech High
2861 Womble Road
San Diego, CA 92106-6025


Directors of the Boards of High Tech High


Kay Davis 

Former Trustee, San Diego Unified School District
Board Secretary, High Tech High School Board and HTH Learning Board

Ms. Davis served nine years as a San Diego Unified School Board Member, where one of her major accomplishments was establishing the Business-Education Partnership Program. For seven years, she was the Director of the Business Roundtable for Education of the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce. She mobilized the business community on school-to-career programming, charter schools, standards, measurement, accountability, the selection of a new superintendent and passage of a $1.5 billion school bond.
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Marnie Cheney

HTH Foundation Board

Bio Pending
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Teddy Cruz

Director, HTH Learning Board

Teddy Cruz is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his honors include the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize, by the Canadian Center of Architecture and the London School of Economics in 2005, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including representing the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale and “Small Scale Big Change” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. In 2013-14, he was appointed a special advisor on Urban and Public Initiatives for the City of San Diego, leading the development of the Civic Innovation Lab. Teddy is a professor in public culture and urbanism at University of California, San Diego, where he is founding co-director of the Center for Urban Ecologies and The Cross-Border Initiative.
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Gary Jacobs

Chairman and CEO, Jacobs Investment LLC
Chair, High Tech High School Board, HTH Learning, and HTH Foundation. HTH Graduate School of Education Board of Trustees

Mr. Gary Jacobs is the Managing Director of Jacobs Investment Company LLC (JIC). JIC was created in 1997 to participate in real estate development throughout the United States. In partnership with several developers, JIC has invested over sixty million dollars in projects ranging from government services to residential to commercial. Mr. Jacobs serves as Chairman of the Board of DermTech International, Ora Bio Ltd. and Nutrinia Ltd. Mr. Jacobs is also a director of Next Generation Technologies, GEO2 Technologies Inc., Flourinex Active Ltd. and Fallbrook Technologies.

In the community, Mr. Jacobs serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of High Tech High charter high schools, Graduate School of Education and national high school reform movement. HTH is founded on three design principles: personalization, adult-world connection, and a common intellectual mission. He also serves as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Social Sciences at University of California at San Diego UCSD. He and his wife, Jerri-Ann, created the Gary and Jerri-Ann Graduate Fellowship in Social Sciences Endowment and the Jerri-Ann and Gary Jacobs Chair in Social Sciences.

In addition, Mr. Jacobs is a past president of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County. He and Jerri-Ann have endowed the Jerri-Ann and Gary Jacobs Teen Director position and created an endowment for the senior department at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus. Mr. Jacobs is also a board member of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, Jewish Community Foundation, The San Diego Foundation and the UCSD Board of Overseers.

In the summer of 2000, Mr. Jacobs created and funded the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute. The institute brings together ten Jewish teenagers from San Diego, ten Jewish teenagers from the Shaar HarNegev region in Israel, ten Israeli Bedouin teenagers from Segev Shalom and ten Palestinian teenagers from Gaza for a year long program during which participants and staff travel together to San Diego, study historical Muslim/Jewish relations in Spain for a week and then in Israel for a week to study with a modern perspective.

Mr. Jacobs graduated in 1979 from the University of California at San Diego with a B.A. in Management Science. He worked as a Software Programmer and Engineer at Linkabit Inc. and QUALCOMM from 1979 through 1996, then as a Senior Education Specialist until 2000 working with K-12 educational institutions to enhance science and math studies.
Mr. Jacobs lives in Del Mar with his wife Jerri-Ann, son Adam, daughters Sara, Beth, and Mara, and their dogs, Jasmine and Goldie.
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Paul Heckman

Chair, GSE Governing Board

Bio Pending
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Carl Maida, Ph.D.

HTH GSE Governing Board

Carl Maida is a professor at UCLA, where he teaches medical anthropology, global health, and scientific research ethics in the Graduate Program in Oral Biology. He has a joint appointment in the Institute of the Environment in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, where he teaches courses on action research methods and conducts community-based research on natural hazards, community toxics, environmental disease, and urban sustainability. He co-directs Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-College Science Education program at UCLA School of Dentistry. At UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, he conducts studies of the impact of natural disaster on children, adolescents and their families as a member of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and as a member of the UCLA AIDS Institute, among persons living with HIV. He is a member of the UCLA Campus Sustainability Committee, and chairs its Academic Subcommittee. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
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Marina Marrelli

HTH GSE Governing Board
HTH Learning

Marina L. Marrelli has served as CEO, Founder & Managing Partner at GlobeFlex Capital in San Diego since 1994. Prior to that, she was Vice President and Head of International Marketing at Nicholas Applegate Capital Management, San Diego, marketing investment management services to domestic and international investors. Before that, Marina managed a team of editors for a books and journals division as Managing Editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in San Diego and Orlando.

Marina serves on the Board of Directors for the High Tech High Graduate School of Education as well as the HTH Learning Board. For seven years, she was a Board member for Flintridge, a secondary school for women in La Canada, CA as well as Voices for Children – an agency providing court-appointed special advocates (CASAs) for children in the San Diego foster care system. She is also a Founding Board Member of the WomensTrust of Pokuase Village, Ghana – a micro lending NGO, making small loans to entrepreneurial women. Marina was formerly a fundraiser and event Chair for the San Diego Museum of Art as well as an Investment Committee member for Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties.

Ms. Marrelli attended Dartmouth College and the Loyola University of Rome and received B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, she earned a M.Sc. degree in Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Shafeen Charania

HTH GSE Governing Board

Shafeen Charania is a successful and proven leader, marketer, business strategist and entrepreneur. He has more than 20 years experience in a variety of US and international roles with companies like Microsoft and IBM, where he excelled by exhibiting creativity, customer and market savvy, leadership, and by achieving high impact results.

Shafeen’s strength is solving complex problems, really understanding the nature of a situation, and then finding creative answers that are attainable, sustainable, and transformational.

A passionate entrepreneur, Shafeen is a partner/founder of several hightech/ education/media startups based in Seattle, Washington. Shafeen also consults to corporations, educational institutions, governments and nonprofits on new market entry, global business execution, strategy, vision, mission, and marketing/business execution.

He is a noted public speaker and lecturer, and has spoken at a number of business schools across the United States and Canada, including Foster School of Business at University of Washington, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia, and Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Martha Kanter

HTH GSE Governing Board

Martha J. Kanter is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University. Her academic interests include: The Confluence of Access, Equity & Excellence in Education; The Intersection of Policy and Politics in American Higher Education; and The Contributions of America’s Community Colleges to the Nation’s Social Fabric, Civic Future and Economy.
Previously, Dr. Kanter was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2009, confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009 and served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2013.

Kanter oversaw all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory and administrative policies and programs, including the $175B annual federal student aid programs, adult education, career-technical education, international education and 6 White House Initiatives (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Educational Excellence for African Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, American Indian/Alaska Native Educational Excellence, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships).

To spur education, economic growth and social prosperity, Kanter was charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020” as measured by the proportion of college graduates through the decade. Under Secretary Kanter and her team focused on improving college access, affordability, quality and completion to implement President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative.
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Michael McCraw

Retired President and CEO, California Small Business Development Corporation
Director, High Tech High

Mr. McCraw is the President/CEO of California Southern Small Business Development Corporation, where he administers State of California loan guarantee programs, and underwrites and services small business development loans for municipalities in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, and southern Orange counties. Mr. McCraw is a member of the Board of The San Diego Foundation, serves as an instructor of microenterprise development for the San Diego State University Economic Development Certificate Program, and hosts the cable television show “Business to Business.”
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Heather Lattimer

High Tech High School Board

Dr. Lattimer’s areas of expertise include secondary literacy, content area literacy, social studies and history education, project based learning, curriculum design and evaluation, action research, and international education. A former middle and high school teacher, Dr. Lattimer is the author of two professional texts for teachers, Thinking through Genre (Stenhouse, 2003) and Reading for Learning (NCTE, 2012), has published and presented widely for both professional and academic audiences, and is a nationally recognized consultant. Her research focuses on literacy, teacher education, teacher professional learning, and 21st century learning in international contexts. While at SOLES, she founded and directed both the Master’s Credential Cohort Program and Education Minor and is currently working with colleagues to create an on-line Master’s in Education program. Dr. Lattimer is currently working on a book about implementing Common Core Standards, co-editing a text about Action Research, and exploring the use of project based learning and digital technology in affordable private schools in Kenya. More information about Dr. Lattimer’s research, publications, and teaching can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/hlattimerusd
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Héctor M. Peréz

High Tech High School Board

Héctor M Peréz is currently Graduate Programs Coordinator at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego and Principal at De-Arc – a small unorthodox design studio in La Jolla, CA with projects that fluctuate between art, artifacts, buildings and academia. Alternating between solo and collaborative efforts, his projects include: in(fo)SITEs -Information Centers for In-SITE 2001 in Tijuana & San Diego / Lifeguard Stations – in La Jolla Shores & Cove / FrameWorks – a public art-fence commissioned by San Diego Museum of Art / South Oxnard Community Library – a 20,000 sf library / LA ESQUINA – a 4000 sf live-work project designed and developed by Perez in Barrio Logan.

Héctor has taught design studios and workshops at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CPSLO), NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NSA+D), Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and Woodbury University.
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Jeff Quinn

High Tech High Foundation

Jeff Quinn is a private real estate investor and developer. He has developed and operated a wide variety of properties including self-storage, mobile home parks, and residential projects. His projects have included properties in Spain and Brazil.

He has been involved with several high profile institutions in San Diego including serving as a partner and General Manager of the San Diego Sports Arena and the Executive Director of the San Diego Hall of Champions

In 2010 two of Jeff’s children graduated from the High Tech schools. His son now attends the United States Air Force Academy, the first High Tech graduate to gain acceptance to one of the U.S. military academies. His daughter is training as an oral surgery assistant.

Jeff is a life-long San Diego resident with a long family history in the area including his grandfather who was Chief of San Diego Police and San Diego County Sheriff.

Jeff graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in American Literature. He and his wife, Mary, live in Mission Hills and on Orcas Island, Washington.
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Dr. Yong Zhao

HTH GSE Governing Board

Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership(2013).

He currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.

Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.
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