High Tech High
Board and Governance

Three 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.  HTH Learning is also responsible for adult learning programs, including the teacher certification program and the residencies and institutes offered to network affiliates and the general public.
  • The High Tech High Foundation is a private nonprofit responsible for securing the philanthropic support needed to develop High Tech High schools.

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High Tech High Board
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Kay Davis, Secretary
Michael McCraw, Director
Melissa Ratcliff, Director
Heather Lattimer, Director

HTH Learning Board
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Kay Davis, Secretary
Richard Atkinson, Director
Marina Marinelli, Director

High Tech High Foundation Board
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Marnie Cheny, Director
Melissa Ratcliff, Secretary
Jeff Quinn, Director


HTH GSE Governing Board
Gary Jacobs, Director
Paul Heckman, Chairman
Neeru Khosla, Director
Carl Maida, Ph.D. Director
Marina L. Marrelli, Director
Shafeen Charania, Director
Martha Kanter, Director
Abel Valenzuela, 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 ......

Richard C. Atkinson
President of the University, Emeritus  University of California
Director, High Tech High Learning

Richard C. Atkinson served from 1995-2003 as the seventeenth president of the University of California system.  His eight-year tenure was marked by innovative approaches to admissions and outreach, research initiatives to accelerate the University’s contributions to the state’s economy, and a challenge to the country’s most widely used admissions examination—the SAT 1—that paved the way to major changes in the way millions of America’s youth will be tested for college admissions.  Before becoming president of the UC System he served for fifteen years as chancellor of UC San Diego, where he led that campus’s emergence as one of the leading research universities in the nation.  He is a former director of the National Science Foundation, past president of the American Association of American Universities, and was a long-term member of the faculty at Stanford University.  His research in the field of cognitive science and psychology has been concerned with problems of memory and cognition.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Education, the American Philosophical Society, and a mountain in Antarctica has been named in his honor.
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Kay Davis
Former Trustee, San Diego Unified School District
Board Secretary, High Tech High, HTH Learning and HTH Foundation

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
Bio Pending
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Marina Marinelli
Bio Pending
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Gary Jacobs
Chairman and CEO, Jacobs Investment LLC
Chair, High Tech High, HTH Learning, and HTH Foundation

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
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Neeru Khosla
HTH GSE Governing Board

Neeru Khosla is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization, which aims to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the US and worldwide.  Mrs. Khosla currently serves as a member on several advisory boards, including The Nueva School’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for High Tech High School’s Graduate School of Education, the Advisory Board for the Wikimedia Foundation, the Advisory Board for DonorsChoose, the Advisory Board for Stanford University’s School of Education, and is one of the founding members of the K-12 Initiative of the Design School (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford University.  Mrs. Khosla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University/San Jose State University, a Master’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University, and a Master’s of Education degree from Stanford University.
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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
High Tech High Foundation Board

Marina L. Marrelli is the CEO, Founder & Managing Partner at GlobeFlex Capital in San Diego.  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 books and journals division as the Managing Editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in San Diego and Orlando.
Marina serves on the Board of Directors for the High Tech High Foundation, Flintridge, a secondary school for women in La Canada, CA and Voices for Children – providing court-appointed special advocates for the children in the San Diego foster care system. She is also a Founding Board Member at the Women’s Trust of Pokuase Village, Ghana - a micro lending not-for-profit organization.  Marina was formerly and Fundraiser and Annual Gala Planner 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 recieved B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.  Additionally, she earned a M. Sc. degree in Literature, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Marina and her husband Bob live in Mission Hills with their son, Charlie.

Michael McCraw

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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Melissa Ratcliff

Director, High Tech High
Secretary, HTH Foundation

Melissa Bonney Ratcliff is the President of Ratcliff Strategies, LLC, a strategic communications consulting firm working with non-profits, universities, businesses and high-profile individuals during times of change and opportunity. She worked previously as the Director of Communications at The Broad Education Foundation in Los Angeles.  Before that, while living in Washington, DC, Melissa served in The White House as Deputy Communications Director for Vice President Al Gore and at the Environmental Protection Agency as Press Secretary to Administrator Carol M. Browner.  She  also worked in Washington, DC at the Democratic National Committee as the Press Secretary.

In addition to serving on the High Tech High Board and the High Tech High Foundation Board, Melissa is the co-founder of the LA Diaper Drive, a non-proift that annually provides over a million diapers to low income families.  She is Vice President of Marketing & Events at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Melissa attended the University of Pennsylvania.  She lives in La Jolla with their three children, Ava, Beckett, and Serena.

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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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Updated: June 27, 2014, 2:57 pm

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