High Tech High
Board and 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.  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.
  • 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

HTH Learning Board
Richard Atkinson, Director
Kay Davis, Secretary
Gary Jacobs, Chair
Marina L. Marrelli, Director

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



HTH GSE Governing Board
Shafeen Charania, Director
Paul Heckman, Chairman
Gary Jacobs
, Director
Martha Kanter, Director
Neeru Khosla, Director
Carl Maida, Ph.D. Director
Marina L. Marrelli, 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 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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Gary Jacobs
Chairman and CEO, Jacobs Investment LLC
Chair, High Tech High School Board, 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
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 highimpact  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.  


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.

Abel Valenzuela Jr.
HTH GSE Governing Board

Abel Valenzuela Jr. is Professor of Urban Planning and Chicano Studies and Director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Urban Poverty. He is also Chairman of the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies. Professor Valenzuela is one of the leading national experts on day labor (mostly immigrant men who solicit temporary daily work in open air markets such as street corners, empty parking lots, and store fronts) and has published numerous articles and technical reports on the subject. His academic base is urban sociology and planning. In addition to the topic of day labor, he has published numerous articles on immigrant settlement, labor market outcomes, urban poverty and inequality, including co-editing (with Lawrence Bobo, Melvin Oliver, and Jim Johnson) Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2000, Immigration and Crime: Race, Ethnicity, and Violence (with Ramiro Martinez Jr.). He has also published in American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Annual Review of Sociology, New England Journal of Public Policy, Working USA: a Journal of Labor and Society, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Regional Studies. Dr. Valenzuela earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.C.P. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born and raised in Los Angeles.

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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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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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: October 21, 2014, 9:55 am

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