Board of Directors

ANN SMULKA

President

Ann is an optimist who believes a college education is a key driver of social and economic mobility. She joined the board in 2012 because she enjoys working with people committed to building a more equitable future and providing greater opportunities for Berkeley youth. Ann brings a broad range of business, civic, and nonprofit experience to BCS. After years of working for international trading firms in the aerospace and construction industries, Ann set down roots in Berkeley, where she founded a research consultancy and finally had time to connect with her local community. Diving in, she served on Berkeley’s Transportation Commission for nine years, including two years as chair. She also served as president and education programs director of a multimedia trade association. She co-founded and chairs an environmental coalition that won important mitigations for public schools, pedestrians, and cyclists along a major transportation corridor.

JANET TAM

Vice President

Janet Tam is a licensed architect and a founding partner and CEO of Noll & Tam Architects. Noll & Tam is a 40-person firm that has been in practice for 25 years in Berkeley and focuses on the design of public and institutional projects that strive to make a visible and positive difference within their communities. Her local architectural work includes the YMCA teen center, the renovation of the North Berkeley Senior Center, and multiple projects on the UC Berkeley campus. She grew up in Richmond and received degrees from UC Berkeley, Janet has been a Berkeley resident for 30 years, is married to Kit Ratcliff, a third-generation Berkeleyite and BCF mentor, and their daughters are proud alumni of Berkeley High. Janet joined the BCS Board in 2012 and is also chair of the Development Committee.

STEPHANIE MCKOWN

Treasurer

Stephanie was nominated to the Board in June of 2013, and immediately joined the fundraising and admin committees. She now serves as the Board Treasurer and the chairperson of the “Conversations” event. Her experience as Galileo Learning’s Director of Finance was great training for the Treasurer role. Her much earlier experiences working in development and marketing for the American Diabetes Association and Charles Schwab have also been useful. Stephanie became hooked on the work of BCS when she interviewed her son’s BHS classmates for our 2013 Scholar Class. She was awed by the scholar candidates’ determination and the independence they displayed as successful students and college applicants. Stephanie now takes great pleasure in mentoring two BCS scholars and helping the organization grow and thrive.

ROSA LUEVANO

Board Secretary

Rosa Luevano joined the BCS board in early 2020; she has been an active volunteer in the Berkeley public schools since 1996 when her first child entered elementary school. Having three children go through the BUSD has kept her busy for the last 23 years. Her involvement took her from a PTA member to President of the PTA at both the elementary and middle schools.  At BHS she joined and led the Berkeley High School Development Group for 6 years.  Rosa’s interest in the Berkeley Community Scholars stems from her experience as an immigrant and first-generation college-educated person that benefited from scholarships and support systems.  Being in a position to have an impact on the next generation has been an important goal that her family is intent on achieving.  Rosa and her husband Charles have been Berkeley residents since 1980 and supporters of the Berkeley Community Scholars since 2016.  In June 2020 she became Board Secretary.

PAOLA ALONSO

Paola Alonso is a BCS alumna and is one of the founding members of the BCS Alumni Council. She was a 2013 High Hopes Scholar and has been an active volunteer with the program for the last three years. As a first-generation college graduate and recipient of a BCS High Hopes Scholarship, Paola is passionate about ensuring other students have access to the same opportunities she has had. Paola currently works as a Senior Prospect Analyst at UC Berkeley’s University Development and Alumni Relations. She received her B.A. in Economics from Boston University.

CAROL BROSGART, M.D.

Carol L. Brosgart, M.D. serves on the boards of privately held companies and public, not-for-profit, domestic and global health organizations. She has served as a member of the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco for the past four decades, where she is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Division of Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Brosgart received a B.S. in Community Medicine from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a long-time Berkeley resident where she was the founder and Medical Director of the East Bay AIDS Center at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California, from 1987 until 1998. Dr. Brosgart joined the BCS board in 2018 but has been a supporter and mentor for many years.

PAUL CHAPMAN

Paul Chapman is executive director of Inverness Associates, a consulting group that helps schools develop environmental sustainability in their facilities, operations, and programs. His most recent publications include Greening America’s Schools, Greening 2.0, and “Environmental Education and Sustainability in American Schools.” Previously he was principal of Head-Royce School in Oakland, and a member of the California Environmental Literacy Task. Raised in Illinois, he received a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. He serves on the boards of the Chabot Space and Science Center, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, UC Berkeley Library, and the Ten Strands advisory board.

GWYNETH GALBRAITH

Gwyneth Galbraith is a strategic development consultant with more than 25 years of experience creating successful strategies to develop, fund, and implement high-impact programs focused on financial inclusion, economic development, and education. Her consulting practice offers expert research, analysis, strategy development, and thought partnership to non-profit organizations and leaders looking for new ideas and a fresh perspective. Previously, Gwyneth served as Chief Development Officer at Opportunity Fund, a leading Community Development Financial Institution providing responsible financial products to underserved entrepreneurs and communities. During her 15+ year tenure, she helped build Opportunity Fund into the nation’s largest nonprofit lender to small businesses. She has also served as Development Director at UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Gwyneth holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

RASHIDA HANIF

Rashida Hanif is the founder and CEO of RepresentED, a 501(c)3 that “prepares high potential non-traditional students for leadership roles in the public and private sector.” Her passion for inspiring young adults to reach for their dreams has led her to serve as a facilitator, instructor, and mentor in both academia and impact-focused organizations. Rashida received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a transfer student from Los Angeles Valley College. Rashida was introduced to the Berkeley Community Scholars through the mentorship program. She is currently a mentor to Jayden Rose, a 2018 High Hopes Scholar.

ERIC JUNG

Eric Jung is an alumnus of the Berkeley Community Scholars High Hopes Scholarship program. Eric is a strong advocate of social justice and equity, the environment, and education. He is currently an IT professional at the San Francisco International Airport. In 2019, Eric project managed a campaign to help the City and County of San Francisco raise over $1.23 million for more than 1,200 non-profits. He is a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Community Advisory Group and volunteers teaching music in Oakland. He is also a proud founding member of the BCS Alumni Council and hopes to engage more students to participate with the organization. He received his B.A from UC Berkeley and M.A. from Columbia University.

JACKIE KRENTZMAN

Jackie chose to join the BCS board in 2015 because its mission is personally meaningful. She and her husband Larry Munn have a son, Josh Gray who would’ve been a prime candidate for a BCS scholarship when he graduated from Berkeley High in 2000. Josh spent his early years in foster care and was a first-generation college student when he attended Howard University. Jackie is a strategic communications practitioner, working with companies and nonprofits to develop engaging content and execute their communication strategies. Her clients have included UC Berkeley, Diversity Woman Media, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, San Francisco Heritage, California Health Report, Sunset Publishing, Public Health Institute, and the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.

MARTÍN DE MUCHA FLORES

MartÍn has well over fifteen years of experience working in K-12 and Higher Education. He currently works at Berkeley City College as the Associate Dean of Educational Success. His unique experience as a classroom teacher, university adjunct faculty, community college program analyst, Early Academic Outreach Program Director and early admission/college outreach professional provides him a unique perspective into the kinder to college/career pipeline-pathway. He leads with attention to Equity first then Access, and a praxis grounded in Social Justice. MartÍn is known for his over the top stories and humorous motivational speeches. He has a unique ability to connect with students and adults from the rural communities of Madera to the metro communities of the Bay Area.

LANITA PACE-HINTON

Lanita Pace-Hinton is a digital communications strategist with 20+ years of diverse experience in media education, professional development, program development, and operations management. She is currently Director of Operations and Strategic Communications of the Reach Institute for School Leadership, an Oakland-based post-graduate college that specializes in preparing educators and school leaders to serve student populations from low-income and culturally diverse communities using an equity lens and theory of action approach. Prior to joining the Reach Institute, she was the Deputy Director of EdSource, an online media site that produces in-depth news reports on legislation, funding, and reforms affecting California’s K-12 through university public school systems. She operated an independent digital media strategy agency, DMSG Consultants, and was the founding director of the Knight Digital Media Center, an internationally recognized digital media leadership and skills training center at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has a B.A. in journalism from Howard University and a M.A. in education from UC Berkeley.

URSULA RODRIGUEZ

Ursula Rodriguez joins the Berkeley Community Scholars with over 15 years of experience in educational settings in underserved communities. She has served as an Art Educator, Lead Teacher, and Dean of Students with the Knowledge is Power Program and Aspire Public Schools.  Her career in education grew from a desire to understand diverse learning styles and a conviction that all students can learn.  After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology, she obtained an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  With two elementary age children, Ursula has volunteered in Berkeley and West Contra Costa public schools as a member of School Governance Councils, English Learner Advisory Committees, and as a school volunteer.  She has also become an expert in navigating the rights of and accommodations available to students with special needs.  She continues to insist on raising a bilingual family and loves nothing more than watching children get lost in their own creativity.

TINA SELF

Tina Self is Vice President of Quality at Bayer, Berkeley, California. She is the proud leader of a fantastic team focused on ensuring product quality and patient safety of recombinant human factor VIII products which serve the hemophilic community. Tina has over 20 years of experience with diverse product platforms including small molecule, autologous drug therapy, enzyme replacement, tMABs and recombinant proteins in both clinical and commercial environments. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia Southwestern State University, a Master in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing Scrabble.

PAT SHANKS

Pat recently joined the BCS board; however she and her husband Merrill have been enthusiastic supporters of BCS for many years. She also serves on the Board of Oberlin College, her alma mater. Past Board service includes Crounse Corporation, a river transportation company in her Kentucky hometown; Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, and Alliant International University.

 During her 16 years as Founder and CEO of BASIS, Inc., Pat piloted the company’s growth from a small startup to a position of prominence among West Coast systems and network integrators. In 1996 she orchestrated BASIS’ acquisition. Prior to BASIS, Pat was a research analyst for government and university projects, with primary emphasis on survey methods.

 After graduating from Oberlin she taught high school biology before obtaining her masters degree in Counseling from the University of Michigan.