Joe joined Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) in 2012 and became Executive Director in 2013. Prior to joining LACF, Joe spent over 25 years utilizing his high tech marketing management experience with companies including Extreme Networks, Lucent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, and several startups. Under his leadership at LACF, the Foundation has increased its impact in the three communities it serves, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View, through grants, programs, and initiatives. In addition, LACF doubled its fundraising and tripled the Foundation’s assets to $15.7M; its Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have increased tenfold. In 2018, LACF, through DAFs and programs, gave over $1.1M in local grants and scholarships. Since its inception in 1991, LACF has given over $10M in grants. An active community volunteer, Joe is currently a member of the Los Altos Rotary Club. Previously he served on the Environmental Commission for the City of Los Altos, as a member of Los Altos Forward where he started the monthly First Friday events, as an Eagle Scout advisor for Los Altos Troop 37, and as a board member and treasurer for the Los Altos Educational Foundation. In July 2019 Joe announced his retirement from LACF. He plans to remain in the ED role until a successor is selected and looks forward to remaining involved in the community.
Executive Director Emeritus
A resident of Los Altos since 1964, Roy founded LACF in 1991 and led it for 22 years as a volunteer. Under his leadership, LACF became a valued contributor to the local community. In this role, he lead the preservation of the Community House, now LACF’s office, and Neutra House, a community conference resource. Currently, Roy serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Stage Company, Previously, he served as Los Altos Mayor and Councilmember, and on the Board of Directors of the Moscow-Santa Clara County Sister County Program, Los Altos Sister Cities, the Rotary AIDS Project, and the Los Altos Rotary Club where he also served as president.
Director of Finance
Kathy is an accounting and finance professional with experience in technology and nonprofit. Prior to joining LACF, she worked at Hewlett-Packard as a Finance Director. A graduate of LACF’s 2016 LEAD program, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce. With a passion for education, she also is an active volunteer with MVLA Scholars where she leads the junior class AVID MVLA Scholars mentoring program and serves as an MVHS senior and college mentor. Previously, she served in various board leadership capacities with the East Side Union High School Educational Foundation and MVHS PTSA. Kathy received a BS in Accounting from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos with her husband; their three children attended Los Altos schools.
Director of Communications
Anna is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience working with nonprofit and technology innovators. As an LACF LEAD graduate and 21st Century Founder, she was inspired to join the Foundation's inaugural Community Grants Advisory Board and pursue other community leadership roles. Currently, Anna is on the board of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). She also served on the boards of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), Los Altos History Museum and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. Anna grew up in Los Altos where she lives today with her husband, Jack, and rescue Lab-Mix, Cali. Their daughter, Lauren, attended Los Altos schools and is a recent college graduate.
Laurel joined LACF in 2014. An active community volunteer, she served as PTA president at Oak School, board member and secretary of Los Altos Educational Foundation, board member and marketing chair of Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation, and Public Arts Commissioner for the City of Los Altos. Currently, Laurel is a mentor with MVLA Scholars and a Block Action Team (BAT) leader. She and her husband, Bob, have lived in Los Altos since 2002 and are empty-nesters, with their two children, Matt and Annie, in college.
Gema joined LACF in February 2019. With a strong interest in the environment, she previously served on the Outreach Committee for the Mountain View Environmental Sustainability Task Force and as a grant writer for the California Native Garden Foundation. Gema lives with her husband, Frank, and her two children, Sofia and Mateo, in Mountain View where they have lived for nine years. When she isn’t volunteering at her kids’ school or working, she enjoys bike rides and travels to restaurants with outdoor seating anywhere between Palo Alto and Los Altos to explore the surrounding communities.
IT & Web Technologies
Hank is an IT professional with a background in design and writing. Before joining LACF, he worked with Bay Area technology companies and as a part-time reporter and photographer. Hank moved to the Bay Area from Kentucky 20 years ago. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Danielle, and his daughter, Zoey, and three cats. He has served as room-parent for his daughter's class and volunteers for various school functions.
Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT) Program Manager
With experience as a BAT Leader and CERT, Nadja is LACF's BAT Program Manager, responsible for extending the reach of the program in our community. A marketing professional, she also manages publicity at Linden Tree Books and previously worked at Apple and as a preschool teacher. A graduate of LACF's LEAD class, she also served in other volunteer roles with Santa Clara County (Election Inspector), Mentor Tutor Connection, and Bullis Charter School. A Los Altos resident, Nadja is an imminent empty nester who enjoys travel, cooking, and fitness.