JSAF Trustees

John Absher

John Absher is honored to give back to JSA because of the dramatic effect it had on his life. He grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky. His experience at the 1999 Stanford Summer School opened his mind to people, ideas, and opportunities that he did not know before. He later received his BA in History from Harvard University, and his JD from Tulane Law School.

John is now a private-practice real estate and business attorney in Austin, Texas. His practice is a natural application of his experience managing retail businesses and real estate on behalf of his family in Kentucky. He takes pride in giving practical advice to other business owners and making no-nonsense arguments in the way he first learned at Stanford Summer School.

One of John’s passions is to bring JSA to rural communities like his hometown. He hopes that young students like him can attend JSA Summer Schools and have experiences that drive them to great accomplishments.

Marco Rios Bollinger

Peruvian-American Marco Ríos Bollinger has directed projects for the UN Refugee Agency and Time Warner, and photographed celebrities including Beyoncé and Obama. He’s won several awards including Indie Fest’s Humanitarian Award and PDN’s Best Portrait of an Artist, produced award-winning social issue documentaries on subjects ranging from the plight of refugee kids (SAFE ZONE), to the impacts of tourism (2.5%). More recently he has moved to scale his empathy-building advocacy work by co-founding social enterprise Lokal Travel, and impact storytelling collective Lokal Stories.

Scott Bekemeyer

Scott Bekemeyer is Chairman of PRE Diversified Holdings, an investment company which acquires and operates specialty manufacturing companies. Scott’s prior experience includes both real, responsible jobs (he was vice president of business development at ZipRealty) together with entrepreneurial pursuits (he co-founded Sierra Expressway, a commuter airline, and was part of the early team at Zillow). Personal passions include adventures with his family (daughters 16 and 1, son 13) and a love of travel. He holds an A.B. and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. He is a former JSAF trustee and sat on the CEO Search Committee.

Linda Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett is a JSA alumnus (CID 1979-1982). Based in Albuquerque, Helen has practiced law in New Mexico and California since 1996. She has a broad base of experience in tort and business litigation, transactional legal services, and criminal defense. She has special training in mediation, settlement facilitation, arbitration, and collaborative legal practice. She holds degrees from Westmont College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the University of Washington, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University.

Josh Cahen

Josh Cahen works as an Investment Executive at CVC Capital Partners in New York City. As a member of the Growth Fund, Josh identifies, invests in, and partners with high-growth technology companies. Before CVC, Josh worked as an Investment Banking Analyst focused on technology mergers and acquisitions at PJT Partners (fka The Blackstone Group). Josh received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Having spent nearly ten years dedicated to mock trial competitions, Josh firmly believes in raising strong student advocates.

Katharine Caputo Cahen

Katharine Caputo Cahen is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice in New York City. She specializes in Organization Transformation, and partners with clients to address challenges and opportunities related to their most important asset – their people. Katharine has led organizational redesign efforts, built and executed global communications strategies, and architected a client’s national Diversity & Inclusion strategy. Katharine is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Political Economy with a concentration in Economic Policy Reform. A first-generation college graduate raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Katharine has had a lifelong passion for political engagement and student empowerment. Katharine also worked as a Field Organizer for the Florida Democratic Party during the 2016 Presidential Election, and continues to stay engaged with political campaigns today.

David Carlson

A professor at New York City’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – a division of the Yeshiva University – since 1981, David Carlson is the author of more than 50 articles on the subjects of debtor-creditor law and legal philosophy.
Carlson recently published a revision of Gilmore’ classic treatise, now titled Gilmore and Carlson on Secured Lending: Claims in Bankruptcy.
Carlson has his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his law degree from U.C.’s Hastings College of Law. While attending the latter, he was editor-in-chief of the Hastings Law Journal. He later served as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Toby Chaudhuri

Toby Chaudhuri has worked with political campaigns,major labor and progressive organizations, people in public office and historic movements around the world to motivate public action and influence public policy for the past two decades.

Chaudhuri most recently served on the leadership team as vice president of strategic
communications and national partnerships at PBS and its member stations, which comprise America’s largest public media system.

Before joining PBS leadership, Chaudhuri directed communications and engagement for several of President Barack Obama’s White House race-based initiatives, successfully increasing access to federal benefits for underrepresented communities who needed them most, and he advised the U.S. State Department on engaging youth populations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Angelica Chima

Angelica is currently a 2nd year MPH student at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Harvard University in 2019 with a degree in History of Science and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Angelica is passionate about Black community health, health disparities, and nutrition/food access.

As an active member of St. Mary’s Academy’s JSA Chapter from 2011-2015, Angelica served on the Southern California and Angeles regional cabinet. She also attended JSA summer school at Stanford University in 2014. No other activity or program in high school had as great as an impact in shaping her into the confident leader and civically engaged person that she is today.

Suzanne Dale Estey

Suzanne Dale Estey is the President & CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.  Suzanne has over twenty years of experience delivering results in intergovernmental relations/public policy and over eight years of successful direct experience in local economic development.  Suzanne was a member of the JSA chapter at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA (1988), attended a JSA Symposium and served on the JSA cabinet in the Pacific Northwest Region.

Alex P. Evans

The president and co-founder of EMC Research, Alex P. Evans has extensive experience in the design and execution of all types of market research methodologies, from in-person surveys designed to test consumer interest in recycled building materials in Berkeley, Calif., to political surveys in Latin America.
Over the past 25 years, Evans has conducted thousands and thousands of public opinion studies. He has polled in every state and in every part of the western United States, from Whatcom County, Wash., to San Diego, Calif. He has done survey research at every level of politics and government and for large and small corporations, government institutions and universities. He has directed accounts for some of the nation’s largest corporations, presidential campaigns in this country and abroad, statewide elections, and hundreds of projects on regional and local issues.
Evans has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Michigan, and he served as an elected member of the Richmond City Council in California (1995-2001). He was Speaker of the Junior State (1978-79) and attended JSA summer school (UC-Davis, 1977).

Abe Friedman

Abe Friedman is a Partner at PJT Camberview, based in San Francisco. Mr.
Friedman joined PJT Partners through the acquisition of CamberView in 2018.
Abe founded CamberView in 2012 and served as its Chief Executive Officer
through 2018.

Before founding CamberView in 2012, Mr. Friedman was Managing Director
and Global Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at
BlackRock. In that role, Mr. Friedman led a team of 18 professionals operating
from six offices around the globe who were responsible for making proxy
voting decisions on thousands of portfolio companies annually. Prior to that
role, he served in leadership positions, including Global Head of Corporate
Governance, at Barclays Global Investors from 2005 until the company
merged with BlackRock in 2009.

In 2003, Mr. Friedman helped found Glass, Lewis & Co. As Chief Policy
Officer and General Counsel, Mr. Friedman built and led Glass Lewis’s proxy
research business from its inception and developed the voting guidelines that
serve as the foundation for how the firm analyzes complex governance issues.

Mr. Friedman currently serves as co-director of the Stanford Institutional
Investor Forum. The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and
Directorship Magazine recognized Mr. Friedman as one of the 100 most
influential leaders in corporate governance in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mr.
Friedman previously served on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, a
position to which he was appointed by Chairwoman Mary Shapiro. Mr.
Friedman has also served as both a Council Member and Mayor of the City of
Piedmont, California.

Mr. Friedman holds a JD, a Master’s in Public Policy and a BA, with honors, in
Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Friedman is a
JSA Alum and a longtime JSA donor.

Dan Germain

Daniel Germain is a trial attorney and founding partner of the law firm of Rosman & Germain LLP in Los Angeles, California. Dan specializes in complex commercial litigation, including the representation of injured shareholders and consumers through the prosecution of class actions. Dan graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Cum Laude, with a degree in Political Science in 1986. In 1989, Dan obtained his JD degree from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School. While attending Loyola, Dan served as Editor-in Chief, of the Loyola International and Comparative Law Journal. Dan was admitted to the State Bar of California upon graduation in 1989. He subsequently was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. Dan served as Governor of Junior State (1981-1982). Dan attended Davis Summer School in 1980 and Washington D.C. Summer School in 1981. Dan is married to Bonnie (Goldberg) Germain (Davis Summer School 1980) and is the father of two Summer School graduates.

Tor Gronborg

Tor Gronborg is a Partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, based in San Diego, CA, where he represents public and private pension funds and institutional investors in complex securities litigation.
Tor is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School, where he founded the JSA chapter and served as President. He served as Mayor of the Southern Empire Region, attended the Stanford University Summer School in 1985 and the Georgetown Summer School in 1986 and subsequently served as a counselor at the Georgetown Summer School. Tor received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley.

Karyn Dest Harrington

Karyn Dest Harrington is currently Vice President for Strategic Communications at Coca-Cola North America. She has been at Coca-Cola since 2004 and has held a variety of management positions including Director of Public Affairs; Senior Manager of Public Policy Communications and Manager of Government Relations. Karyn began her professional career as a Congressional Page and then a TV reporter in both Missouri and Michigan. She has a Bachelors in Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She also holds a certificate in State and Local Government from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Karyn is a JSA Alum from Georgetown Summer School 1995 and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jennifer Bunn Hayden

Jennifer Bunn Hayden is a litigation attorney at Hueston Hennigan LLP. Ms. Hayden began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Josephine Staton of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to law school, she was a Teach for America Corps Member in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught fifth grade. During her undergraduate and law school years, Ms. Hayden also worked for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and Los Angeles City Attorney. Ms. Hayden holds a BS from the Wharton School and a BA from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada- Las Vegas, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Ms. Hayden, a Los Angeles native, is a Co-Chair of the Stanford Law School Alumni Orange County Chapter and is an active member of the Junior State of America Alumni Association. Ms. Hayden was governor of So-Cal State during her time at Torrence High School and attended Summer School at Stanford in 2000.

Daniel Ingram

Daniel Ingram is part of the Global Trade Marketing team at Anheuser-Busch InBev, responsible for draught beer projects and innovations, based in the New York and Belgium offices. He served as JSA New Jersey Region Mayor (2004-05) and Mid-Atlantic State Governor (2005-06) while a student at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Upon his high school graduation in 2006, he attended Johns Hopkins University. Daniel was a consultant with Deloitte in Washington, DC until moving to London, UK in 2014 to work for the non-profit, Teach First. He then completed his MBA with a focus in Operations and Marketing at The Wharton School in 2016. Daniel resides in New York City with his wife, Amanda.

Michael Linick

Michael Linick is a retired Army Colonel with extensive experience in the areas of understanding and managing change in force structure, in force development and equipping processes, in understanding the Army as an institution, and in linking strategy to force requirements and capabilities.
Key positions included managing the Army’s Total Army Analysis process, managing the Army’s force structure and requirements demands as the Chief of Force Management in both OEF and OIF, and writing the Army’s first equipping strategy.
Currently Senior Defense Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation, he continues his emphasis on understanding the linkages between strategy, resources and organizational design.
A former Director of Debate in the SoCal Junior State, Linick graduated from El Camino Real High School in 1979.

Sergio Lopez

Sergio Lopez is an author and civic leader. With a lifelong track record of public service, he currently serves as Councilmember for the City of Campbell. He is the son of two immigrants and, after attending public schools his whole life, was the first in his extended family to graduate from college. Over more than a decade, he has worked at all levels of government, from local politics to the White House, including drafting policy for Governor Gavin Newsom and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Previously he led organizing work for Rise, during which time it became the most successful legislative advocacy organization in modern history, and served as JSAF Director of Development. His work has been covered by the New York Times and Huffington Post, and he has been profiled by USA Today, Telemundo, and NBC Bay Area. A historian, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Campbell Historical Museum and has written two original book-length manuscripts on history and politics, while his writing has been published in the Sacramento Bee, Teen Vogue, and America magazine. Sergio Lopez graduated from Yale University with degrees in History and English and is pursuing his master's at Duke Divinity School.

Kermit Marsh

Kermit Marsh is the Managing Partner of The Law Offices of Kermit D. Marsh, based in Orange County, California, and the California Litigation Chair of the Integration Law Group, which is based in Los Angeles, California.  Mr. Marsh represents business entities in sophisticated litigation in the state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.
Mr. Marsh attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar and was awarded his Bachelors Degree with dual majors in Economics and History in 1987.
Mr. Marsh received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Berkeley Law School in 1990.
Since 2004, Mr. Marsh has served as Parliamentarian of the Republican Party of Orange County, which he also currently serves as Ethics Chair and Bylaws Chair.  He has served on the Central Committee for the past 10 years and on the Executive Committee for the past 12 years.  Mr. Marsh served for a decade as a City Council Member in Westminster, his hometown.  Mr. Marsh remains active in both Republican and non-partisan politics.

Mike McCurry

Mike McCurry is a former chairman of the Junior Statesmen Foundation Board and a lifelong supporter of JSA since his time as a high school student when he was Governor of the Junior State in 1971-72. He served as Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1995-98 after serving as the Spokesman at the U.S. State Department from 1993-94. He is now a Washington-based communications consultant and also serves as co-Chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Lenny founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Lenny led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges.

Lenny is the Chair of Children Now, Co-Chair of California Forward, and founder and Chair of Fusecorps. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America.

He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.
Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Scott Miller

Starting his career in finance and operations management as a senior auditor and management consultant with Arthur Young & Co., Scott Miller performed and managed audits, including internal controls, and designed and implemented a variety of financial system.

As both a consultant and line operations manager, Scott has structured, implemented and maintained accounting and financial reporting systems, performed tax and treasury functions, coordinated corporate budgeting processes and obtain lines of credit. As co-founder and vice president of finance for a financial services firm, Scott managed all financial, sales and customer service functions, reporting systems, regulatory reporting, investor reporting, preparation and submission of tax returns as well as raising investment funds.

He also has helped finance, negotiate and manage contracts for offshore service projects involving foreign and domestic companies. As a consultant to Silicon Valley companies, ranging from successful start-ups to well-established high tech companies, Scott has developed and selected fully integrated, automated systems for financial and cost accounting, customer service, manufacturing and materials management.

Scott earned his master’s in business administration, emphasizing production management, at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering and non-accounting major post-graduate certification from Northwestern University.

Jerry Newfarmer

June Thurber Paine

Retiring from Southern California’s Temple City High School (TCHS) in 2006 after 33 years, June Thurber Paine taught English (both regular and honors) and U.S. History and coordinated the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, was teacher-on-special assignment for interdisciplinary instruction and was English Department chair.
June began her affiliation with Junior State of America as a chapter member at Monrovia High School in 1963-1964 and after beginning her teaching career in 1971, she became the Teacher Advisor (TA) for the TCHS JSA chapter. Following her retirement, she has continued to support TCHS JSA by assisting the TA and helping the students.

June has been an active member of the Junior State of America Foundation trustees and has served as a director since 2009. Through her connection with JSA and JSAF, she has become a supporter of the Montezuma Foundation and the training of TAs.
June has had a long involvement with The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (“The Huntington”). While teaching at TCHS she obtained a grant for and was a leader in “The Dovetails,” a student docent program where TCHS students were trained and certified as docents for The Huntington for the Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and the Gold Rush Exhibits. In 2008, she became a docent at The Huntington for student tours on European art.

Robert Rapp

Bob Rapp has spent his life working in new, difficult and different areas of the technology community. He's a Global Vice President at IBM in the cloud business. He spent the last twenty-five years shaping innovative projects at the edge of computing for Microsoft, Vodafone, VMWare, and IBM in more than 150 countries. He was involved in Junior State in high school, college and as his first job – as an officer, attending the first DC summer school, as program director and summer school director for Yale and Georgetown – and as a trustee for many years. Bob lives with his wife Shari Smith and their two lovely dogs Dave and Ruby.

Melody Robidoux

Melody S. Robidoux is the Founder and President of The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation. Endowed in 1990, the Foundation makes grants in the areas of: women’s economic well-being, reproductive rights, children’s welfare, civics education, higher education scholarships, political campaign transparency, and adolescent mental health.
Melody was the co-founder of The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Over the years, she has sat on various boards and committees, raised money for capital campaigns and annual funds, and volunteered teaching math to 2nd graders at a public elementary school for three years. Melody is a member of her local AAUW branch and its Public Policy Co-Chair.
Prior to entering the world of philanthropy, Melody was co-owner of Artisoft, Inc., a technology company that designed and manufactured the first local area networking product for small businesses. She focused on sales and marketing, establishing distribution networks, organizational development and legal oversight. Melody’s share of the company was sold to venture capitalists in 1990.
A native of Flagstaff, Arizona, she received her Bachelors in Political Science with Honors, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Arizona in 1980. Thereafter, Melody attended University of Arizona College of Law and received her J.D. in 1983. Melody is married to Mick Thompson and has a 22-year-old son, Maxwell. The family has lived in the Seattle area for 18 years.

David Schellhase

David Schellhase serves as General Counsel at Slack. He helped launch Peer.com, a Bay Area-based start-up that replaces traditional performance reviews with a smart-phone application that drives relevant and continuous peer feedback.

He’s the former General Counsel of Groupon and before that the EVP Legal of Salesforce.
He is the author of the Corporate Legal Department Handbook.

Schellhase has a JD from Cornell Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University. David is a Junior State alum from Berkeley who attended U.C. Davis Summer School in 1980. David worked as a JSA RA at UC Davis and in Washington D.C., both during the summer of 1984.

Maria Shim

Maria Shim joined Google in 2005 and is currently a Director on the Corporate Development team, which is responsible for the evaluation, negotiation, and execution of Google’s mergers, acquisitions, and investments. She also leads outbound M&A initiatives and the Entrepreneurs@Google effort. Prior to this role, she joined Google as its first investor relations manager and was responsible for investor and analyst communications, building and maintaining Google’s relationships with shareholders as well as managing all investor events. During her tenure, she was the recipient of the first and second annual Google CFO Awards.

A native of San Francisco and a graduate of Lowell High School, Maria graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in economics and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

While in JSA, she served first as Director of Activities for the Northern State in fall of 1995, Assistant Convention Coordinator in the spring of 1996, and then won the election for Northern State Governor, serving from 1996-1997. She also served on the Board of Trustees the year that she was Governor.

Maria attended the UC Davis Symposium in 1995 and Georgetown Summer School in 1996. She was Assistant Speakers Program Director at Georgetown in 1997 and ran the Speakers Program at Stanford in 1998.

Mark Takano

Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States House of Representatives. He serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Labor Committee.
Born and raised in Riverside, Mark's commitment to public service began at an early age. His family roots in Riverside go back to his grandparents who, along with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese American Internment camps during World War II. After the war, these two families settled in Riverside County to rebuild their lives. Mark attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District, and in 1979 he graduated as the school's valedictorian. Mark was introduced to JSA in 1976. He went to event at a high school across town hosted by a chapter there that featured Steve Ford, Gerald Ford’s son. He later formed a chapter at La Sierra High School in 1977 and attended JSA Summer school at UC Davis the following year. Mark served as Lt. Governor in what was then the California Junior State and would preside over a constitutional convention that would rename the organization The Junior Statesmen of America.
Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor's degree in Government in 1983. Upon graduation, Mark returned home to Riverside and began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988. In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees. At RCC, Mark worked with Republicans and Democrats to improve higher education for young people and job training opportunities for adults seeking to learn a new skill or start a new career. He was elected Board President in 1991 and helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges. In 2012, Mark became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.

Thom Taylor

Thom Taylor received his BA at UC Berkeley, then attended the American
Film Institute, where he began writing for trade publications (such as Variety,
Movieline, and Millimeter). Drawing on his early background in film journalism,
Taylor and his wife Melinda co-wrote the book “Digital Cinema” as a follow-up
to Taylor’s first book, “The Big Deal: Hollywood’s Million-Dollar Spec Script
Market,” an analysis of the stories-behind-the-stories of landmark screenplay
sales throughout the 1990s.

Thom started his finance career at Credit Suisse First Boston after receiving
his MBA from the University of Southern California. Since 2002, Thom Taylor
has been managing investments for individuals, non-profits, and small to
mid-sized corporations. Prior to establishing Del Rey Capital, he was a Vice
President at Morgan Stanley. Thom has built a substantial business through
customizing portfolios at the individual, family, and group level.

Thom was re-elected and currently is serving his second term on the board of
the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, in West L.A. He has served as an advisor
to the Sarah Jones Film Foundation, to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s After-School
All-Stars, and has volunteered on numerous political campaigns at the local,
state, and national level. Thom was introduced to the Junior State by
Ambassador John Emerson and Ambassador Frank Baxter. Thom has been a
JSA supporter for a number of years and looks forward to using his substantial
entertainment and business connections to support the work of the

Anna Waggener

Anna Waggener is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon within Worldwide
Returns, Recommerce, and Sustainability. Here, she brings diverse teams together
to deliver products and features that improve the experience of Amazon
customers, sellers, vendors, and return center team members. Waggener is an
alumna of Macalester College and holds an MBA from the Yale School of
Management. She spent the first part of her career as a nonprofit fundraiser,
including writing and developing campaign strategies for Northwestern
University’s direct appeals team. She is a former JSA staff member, having worked
on the development team from 2013-2016. Her partner is a former JSA Director
of Debate for Southern California (2006-08).

Alex Weingarten

Alex Weingarten is a Partner with national law firm Venable LLP.  Mr. Weingarten represents clients in all facets of business, probate and entertainment litigation.
Alex has been named as one of the Top 20 Attorneys under the age of 40 in California by the Daily Journal and selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2014 and a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star every year from 2008 through 2013. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Georgetown University Law Center.
In addition to his role with JSA, Alex is a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America, the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council and is a Judge Pro Tempore with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
As a student at University High School in Los Angeles, Alex served as the Southern California Speaker for JSA, attended the JSA Summer Schools at Stanford and Georgetown and the JSA Symposium at USC. As a college student, Alex served as a counselor at the Stanford Summer School in 1993.

Alex lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Heather, and their two children.