Meet Our Board
Brenda Taussig has spent her professional and volunteer career focused on public policy, health care, and women's issues. In 2020, she "semi-retired" after seven years as the Director of Government & Community Relations for El Camino Health. She previously worked for two members of the California legislature, most recently former State Senator Joe Simitian. Brenda was also an executive with Planned Parenthood in Arizona and Chicago and was a college teacher. Brenda is a 25-year resident of Los Altos, where she and her husband have raised three daughters, who all attended Los Altos schools. She's a graduate of LACF's LEAD program.
Director of Trading, TIAA Kaspick
Chris Singer is the Director of Trading, TIAA Kaspick. He has worked in investment management for over 20 years helping charities improve the value of their planned giving programs and advance their missions. Currently, he oversees a team of investment professionals responsible for implementing investment strategy for some of the nation’s preeminent charitable organizations. Chris holds a BS degree in finance from San Diego State University and is a CFA® charterholder. Chris serves as chair of LACF’s Investment Committee. He lives in Los Altos with his wife and two sons.
Director of Business Development, Fremont Hospital
Crysta Krames is currently the Director of Business Development at Fremont Hospital. She has had a long affiliation with LACF, initially as a volunteer supporting fund development and community outreach efforts with Founder Roy Lave. Crysta has served on the LACF board for six years. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. Crysta has lived in the area for 25 years, ten in Mountain View, and 15 in Los Altos. She is married to Clayton Peters, has three teenagers, five pets, and a passion for social justice, civic engagement, and travel.
Dan Barritt is a community leader with a passion for volunteering and nonprofit board service. Currently, he is a board member at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a nonprofit that teaches effective philanthropy. He also serves as a board member and committee chair at The School Fund, a crowdsourcing nonprofit that pays school fees for low-income students in developing countries. Previously, Dan served on the Board of The Saul and Dayee Haas Foundation where he helped convert the foundation into a public charity and rebrand it to InvestED, a nonprofit that helps students stay in school. Prior to his community work, Dan worked at Google as a Senior User Experience Researcher, and at Microsoft, where he led research teams. Dan has bachelor's degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science and an MS degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
Diane Parnes, Secretary
Founder and CEO, Evolutionary Philanthropy & Nonprofit Services
Ellen Saliba, Treasurer
Ellen Saliba has worked in finance and operations in the computer industry for over 25 years. She has a degree in accounting and an MBA from Babson College, where she has served as a trustee. Ellen has been active in Girl Scouts, LAHS Athletic Boosters and PTSA, and the National Charity League where she served on the National Board of Directors as both treasurer and president. Currently, Ellen serves on the Foothill-DeAnza College District Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, as a mentor at Los Altos High School, and as an adviser to the National Charity League. Since 1991 Ellen has lived in Los Altos with her husband, where they have raised three daughters.
Attorney at Law, Price Law Firm
Harry Price has practiced real estate and business law in Los Altos for over 30 years. He has also taught real estate courses at De Anza College and continuing legal education seminars to attorneys. Harry is a member of several community organizations and has served on the board of directors of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, United Way, and the Los Altos Village Association (where he served as President for two different years). Currently, he also serves as President-Elect of the Los Altos Rotary Club.
Jean Limbach, Co-Chair
Jean Limbach has been an active community volunteer for over 30 years. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula having served on the board seven times during nineteen years of active service, including as president of the League and chair of the Endowment Fund Board. Other community work includes the Los Altos Education Foundation, PTA President of the Almond Elementary School, the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council, Stanford Hills National Charity League, and Executive VP of the Los Altos High School PTSA. Jean is a 2013 graduate of LACF’s LEAD program. Jean holds a degree in English from Occidental College and is a 24 year resident of Los Altos where she lives with her husband, daughter, and faithful rescue pup.
Founder and Partner, Radford Associates
John Radford is an executive compensation expert and co-founder of The Radford Associates, now an Aon Hewitt company. A community volunteer for over 15 years, his volunteerism began with a stint on the board of the Los Altos Educational Foundation. He has served on a number of committees for the Town of Los Altos Hills. He was elected to Town Council in 2011 and served as Mayor in 2014. In January 2015 he began his second term on the Council. John currently serves as a board member of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) and Next Door Solution to Domestic Violence. Previously, he served as a board member for RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers).
CFO, The Housing Trust Silicon Valley
In both her professional and community volunteer roles, Julie Mahowald is devoted to bringing impact capital to solve the most entrenched social problems. As a board member for LACF, she has served as Treasurer, Co-Chair, and Investment Committee Chair. Professionally, Julie currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Housing Trust Silicon Valley, where her responsibilities include strategy and planning, capital structure and capital raise, accounting, treasury as well as admin and operations. She has also served twice as interim CEO. Before joining Housing Trust and LACF, Julie spent her career in corporate finance at high growth tech firms such as Oracle, Maxtor, Celestica, and various Silicon Valley start-ups. As a community volunteer, Julie gained extensive nonprofit management experience as a board member with the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation and on the advisory boards of Rosalie Rendu Center in East Palo Alto and the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula. She also served as PTA President and in other capacities for LASD and MVLA - including chairing Writers Week at Los Altos High School. Julie earned her BA in Economics from Tulane University and an MBA in Finance and MA in International Studies from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where she was a Fellow with the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies.
Laura Teksler, Co-chair
Laura Teksler has been a Bay Area resident all her life, moving to Los Altos with her family in 2008. Since becoming a mother in 2000, she has dedicated herself to being a community volunteer. Currently, Laura serves as vice-chair of the Los Altos Environmental Commission, vice president of the Los Altos High School (LAHS) PTSA, and as a board member of the MVLA High School Foundation. Other volunteer efforts include serving as co-chair of LAHS' STEAM week and as a member of the Los Altos School District Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance. Laura holds a BA in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and is a graduate of the 2011 LEAD program.
Mike Kasperzak, Past Co-Chair
Co-Founder, Principal & Mediator, Silicon Valley Mediation Group, City Council & Former Mayor, Mountain View
Mike Kasperzak is a commercial mediator with Silicon Valley Mediation Group. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Nextdoor. Mike served on the City Council of Mountain View 1999 to 2016, twice as Mayor. He previously held positions on the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, the Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Director of Major Gifts for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Shobana Gubbi currently serves as Director of Major Gifts for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) and as a board member of the MVLA High School Foundation. She has an MS Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Shobana has lived in Los Altos since 1999. Her hobbies include travel, hiking, reading, and cooking.
Vice President of Corporate Business Development, Maxim
Venk Nathamuni currently serves at Maxim as Vice President of Corporate Business Development and is responsible for M&A. Prior to joining Maxim, he was a sell-side analyst at J.P. Morgan covering semiconductor stocks. Venk has also held several leadership positions in engineering design, management, and strategy, at semiconductor and software companies, including QuickLogic, Synplicity, and Synopsys. A Los Altos resident, Venk plays an active role in the community, volunteering at fundraising events for charitable organizations including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, where he serves as Member of the Finance Committee. Venk received his M.S.E.E from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, UPenn.
Founder and CEO of LENDonate, Social Entrepreneur
Vivienne Hsu has always been passionate about strategic philanthropy and sustainable investment. Currently, she is founder and CEO of LENDonate, a unique marketplace lending and donation sourcing platform where nonprofits and supporters leverage their collective power for the greater good. With over 20 years of financial services experience, Vivienne served as Senior Vice President at U.S. Trust, Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager for Charles Schwab Investment Management, Vice President, and Portfolio Manager at American Century Investments, and as an investment risk consultant at MSCI Barra. She is a CFA® charterholder. Vivienne is on the board of How Women Lead and the SRI Conference. Other volunteer work includes serving as development director at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment and leading several capital campaigns for her church. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she also received a BS degree in applied mathematics.