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.
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Katharine Caputo Cahen
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.
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Alex P. Evans
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).
Friedman joined PJT Partners through the acquisition of CamberView in 2018.
Abe founded CamberView in 2012 and served as its Chief Executive Officer
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
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.
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.
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Jennifer Bunn Hayden
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June Thurber Paine
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.
Prior to joining CTIA, Tom served as U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from August 2011 – December 2014. Between 2009 and 2011, Tom was the Chief of Staff of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Between 2000 and 2009, he was the General Counsel of Fiberlink Communications in Blue Bell, Pa. Earlier Tom served at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission as Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman William Kennard. Before joining the FCC, he was a telecommunications and litigation partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn.
Tom has served previously as trustee of an investment company and on the board of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
Tom received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
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
A California native and graduate of JSA’s DC Summer School in 1984, Vivian has worked in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong & Taipei before setting back in the Bay Area. Vivian received her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, sits on the Boards of the College Savings Foundation and the SRVHS Instrumental Music Foundation, and has long become used to being referred to as Andrew and Sonam’s mom.
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.