Tyler is CEO of Santini Foods in the East Bay. Prior to that, he worked as a tax manager in a legal/accounting office, taught for 20 years in the computer information systems and mathematics departments at Golden Gate University, and worked as a computer programmer and consultant. Tyler has a B.S. in Physics from Reed College and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He has served on the boards of six organizations, from music to running to education. Tyler, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, has been a member of its Finance Committee since 2011. At PHS, he has also been active in the Parent and Guardian Association, serving as a room parent and as chair of the School Store, Fall Gathering and the Parent Education Committee. He has also been a regular member of the Annual Auction’s Wine Raffle Committee and has volunteered for numerous classroom events and field trips throughout the years. Tyler and his wife, Kelly Murphy, have one son who in the seventh grade at PHS.
Tamara was hired to teach at PHS as a long-term substitute in first grade and is currently a Learning Specialist supporting teachers and students in the lower grades. This is her first year serving on the Board of Trustees. Before joining the PHS community, Tamara taught first grade at a parochial school, and then at a Jewish day school, in San Francisco. Tamara holds a B.A. in Psychobiology from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic diversity, from San Francisco State University. At PHS, Tamara serves as a member of the Multicultural Leadership Task Force, the Scope and Sequence Committee, and the Language Arts Committee. She also coordinates the Volunteer Tutoring Program.
April has a diverse background in marketing and communications. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was an account director at MarchFirst, one of San Francisco’s first integrated marketing/advertising agencies, where she was responsible for accounts such as Apple, NetFlix and Visa. Prior to MarchFirst, April worked at NBC in New York as a marketing research analyst for clients including Elizabeth Arden, American Express and Anheuser Busch. Before her time in New York, April lived in Tokyo working for Gekidan Himawari, the leading contemporary theatrical company and talent agency—a position she enjoyed because of her years spent as a ballet dancer. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Boston University and her graduate degree in cross-cultural communications from New York University. April joined the Board of Trustees in 2014; she has chaired the Communications Committee and currently heads the 100 Year Celebration Committee. Her other involvement at PHS includes co-chairing the annual auction, serving on the Development Committee and helping with the Maple Street Capital Campaign. April and her husband, Hiroki, have three boys at PHS, in the sixth grade, third grade and TK.
Regina has a vast background in business and finance. She worked as a senior financial analyst for Intel, where she maintained budgets for new manufacturing processes, and in sales for software company Advanced Digital Data Inc., where she continues to be an active member of the board of directors. Regina, who earned her B.A. from Lehigh University and her M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis, joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2014. She has served on the Finance Committee and is currently a member of both the Trustees Committee and the Building & Grounds Committee. She has also been involved at PHS in a variety of capacities, including room parent, secretary and co-chair of the Parents and Guardians Association, and various classroom volunteer roles. She has also served on the board of her children’s preschool, Glenridge Cooperative, and is past president of the San Francisco Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools and past secretary for the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. Regina and her husband, Marc, have two children at PHS: a daughter in eighth grade and a son in sixth grade.
Xochi is an entrepreneur with experience in finance, human resources, legal, customer service, strategic planning and product development. She began her career in London as a trainee software developer for insurance companies, and later began working with her husband, Michael Birch, developing consumer-facing websites. In 2002, she and her family returned to California where she and Michael continued to build a number of internet community sites. During that time, Xochi moved from development to overseeing the operations of their companies. Xochi, who has a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College of California, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012. She has served on the Development Committee and its Capital Campaign sub-committee, and is currently a member of the Trustees Committee. She and Michael have three children: a senior at Drew High School, a sophomore at International High School, and one in the third grade at PHS.
Julia is a food industry entrepreneur with a passion for building companies from the ground up. She was born and raised in San Francisco and attended PHS from kindergarten to sixth grade (1984-1991). After earning her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and MBA from Stanford, she worked for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in New York. In 2010 she co-founded restaurant chain Mexicue, and in 2012 became director of food service and restaurant development for Murray’s Cheese. Two years later, she joined Harlem Jazz Enterprises as vice president and COO, overseeing the operation of two Harlem restaurants, one of which received Esquire’s Best New Restaurant designation. In 2015, Julia returned to the Bay Area to co-found Zume Pizza, an artisan food delivery concept. Outside of work, Julia volunteers as a reading and math coach to students in the inner city. She has also worked in underserved communities in Boston, Harlem and East Palo Alto, teaching algebra and reading skills in after-school programs and helping to create employment opportunities for young people. Julia joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves on the Development Committee.
Eric is a San Francisco native who attended PHS from 1978 to 1983. Since then, he has worked in the construction and development business at San Francisco-based Ryan Associates, where he is currently director of business development, providing strategic oversight to the company’s California and New York operations. Previously, he held various jobs at prominent San Francisco organizations such as Industrial Light and Magic, Disney Films, ACT and the San Francisco Opera. Eric earned a degree in theater arts from the University of Oregon and a certificate in construction management from UC Berkeley Extension. Eric joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves on the Building & Grounds Committee. He has also served as vice president of the board for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and is active in the non-profit sector, with a focus on Chinatown Community Development and the Big City Mountaineers youth mentoring program. Eric lives in the Haight-Ashbury with his wife, Amy, and their dogs, Bronson and Goblin.
Elizabeth Goode is entering her sixth year as the librarian for Presidio Hill School. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and has been helping students find their new favorite books for the past eight years. In partnership with the IT Director, Elizabeth has spearheaded PHS’s new maker program and hopes to use the new space to inspire our future movie makers and inventors in years to come. On her off time, Elizabeth likes to travel the world and write young adult books and travel blogs.
Amar is an entrepreneur with an extensive background in finance and accounting. He is the founder of the AIS Group, an information technology consulting firm that provides ERP implementation, consulting and support to midsize companies. Amar has a B.S.B.A. in accounting from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in finance from Golden Gate University and an inactive C.P.A. from Washington State University. This is his third year on the Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Finance Committee. Amar and his wife, Julie, have three sons: two in college and the youngest in the eighth grade at PHS.
Head of School Kevin Jacobson has been an educator for more than two decades. Before arriving at PHS in 2016, he served for five years as Middle School principal at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, one of the most progressive K-12 independent schools on the East Coast. Prior to his time at ECF, Kevin worked as assistant head at Windrush School, a small K-8 progressive school in El Cerrito, California, and graduated from the NAIS Aspiring School Heads fellowship program. Kevin, who was raised in the New York metropolitan area by a family of progressive educators, has also worked as director of Shire Village, a community-focused, nonprofit children’s camp in the Berkshire Mountains, and as an English teacher to bilingual students at the American International School in Quito, Ecuador. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where he majored in History and Spanish, and a master’s degree in African-American Studies from New York University. He and his wife, Aisha Bastiaans, have an elementary-school-aged son, Revel.