Our Team

The Steering Committee serves as the governing body of Community Partners, operating as the board of directors for the HBS Community Partners program under the general guidance of the HBSA/NC board of directors. Ours is a board of doers that inspires and empowers HBS alumni to make a difference.

Adi Gamon
HBS ’79
When Adi is not volunteering at HBS Community Partners or at HBS Startup Partners, he works with startups on their intellectual property and funding, through his partnership Nif/T, LLC. After flying for the Israeli Air Force, Adi got his MBA from HBS in 1979. He has co-founded a semiconductor and a software company and has mentored entrepreneurs and served on their Boards. Adi has also served time as an executive and marketing manager for larger companies including AT&T and TI. Adi lives with his wife Ruth in Los Altos. They have three children (the oldest was an infant when Adi studied at HBS) and four grandchildren.
Rona Gomel Ashe
HBS ’96
Rona currently provides business strategy and marketing consulting for nonprofit organizations and early stage startups. Rona has managed projects across different sectors and has supported organizations as they develop and grow with strategic planning, marketing strategy, branding, naming, and governance projects. Prior to her nonprofit work, Rona has experience in general management and marketing of packaged goods and media entertainment, including at HBO, Inc. in New York City. Rona’s other volunteer work includes member of the Brown Women's Leadership Council and Trustee for Marin Academy High School. Rona earned an AB from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Katy Henrickson,
HBS ’01
Katy is a seasoned healthcare executive with broad experience in client service, customer success, strategy, and business development. She has been successful leading cross-functional teams to implement strategic programs and new initiatives, and has developed and scaled business processes for growth. She has a unique background working with health plans, hospital systems, medical practices, and the technology vendors that serve them.
Kurt Krukenberg
HBS ’08
Kurt is passionate about unlocking growth for people and organizations. He coaches corporate and nonprofit executives to develop deeper self-awareness, build leadership skills, and find opportunities to get the most from themselves and their teams. Kurt also helps entrepreneurs, technology companies, and nonprofits tackle strategic challenges to break through barriers standing in the way of impact and sustainability. Over the past twenty years, Kurt has built a track record of cultivating strong teams that deliver amazing results. As a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, he led engagements for Fortune 500 clients in media, technology, healthcare, and life sciences. He has also held leadership roles in marketing, sales, and product development at large technology companies that design and manufacture complex electronics. Kurt earned his BSEE from Rice University, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has received coaching certifications from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation. Kurt currently serves as board chair for Humane Society Silicon Valley, an innovative animal welfare organization focused on saving and enhancing the lives of humans and animals. He is also an active board member for Ignited, a STEM education nonprofit that is inspiring the next generation of innovators. He joined the HBS Community Partners Steering Committee in 2018.
Mairin Macaluso
HBS ’94
Mairin is an experienced business leader and strategy consultant who enjoys working with startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises on growth opportunities and innovation. As a Senior Partner with The BLG Group, a medical device consultancy, Mairin completed over 20 projects including several multi-year and repeat engagements for early stage healthcare companies. Most recently she led the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California as Executive Director, leading fundraising efforts at a critical time for the HBSANC. Mairin joined the HBS Community Partners Steering Committee in 2016 and has served as client partner and brainstorming facilitator for more than ten Bay Area organizations ranging from the Asian Art Museum to BUILD to the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. Mairin and her husband, Kevin (MBA 1994) live In Hillsborough with their three teenage sons and are actively involved in the community. She led the Hillsborough Schools Foundation, serving as President and Parent Campaign Co-Chair. She is also currently the incoming President for Young Men’s Service League on the Peninsula.
Raymond Magpantay
AMP ’05
Raymond has served as a Senior Leader and Vice President of one of the leading financial services institutions in the United States. He has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise infrastructure technology, delivery services, and relationship management. He is a visionary leader with a solid track record of building highly motivated and successful teams. Raymond is an experienced corporate trainer/educator in Diversity and Inclusion, Messaging and Marketing, and Strategic Planning. Raymond is an avid philanthropist and through his volunteering affiliation in various international nonprofit organizations such as Grameen Foundation, Shikhar Microfinance, St. Vincent de Paul, NoBully.org, UNICEF and AssistAsia. He has been travelling all over the globe to share his wisdom and thought leadership on how to alleviate poverty, promote financial literacy and sustainability, prevent the vicious cycle of homelessness, and eradicate bullying and cyberbullying around the world. He is currently acting as the ambassador to the Philippines for NoBully.org, who is leading the campaign for Power of Zero – with a vision to create a world with zero hate, zero violence, and zero bullying/cyberbullying at age zero by igniting compassion, kindness, and empathy. Raymond continues to contribute to impactful brainstorming sessions and pro-bono general management consulting to various San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations and educating leaders who make a difference in the world. He is one of the highly acclaimed steering committee members of the Harvard Business School Community Partners. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Major in Banking and Finance) at the University of the Philippines in 1979 and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005.
Jim Mills
HBS ’86
Jim works with companies and organizations on product development and marketing of new learning technologies. Prior to his current consulting work, he held senior positions at learning tech companies such as: Scientific Learning, where he led marketing and user support for the company’s neuroscience-based software as it advanced from clinical trials through market entry; LeapFrog, where he expanded instructional offerings on mobile platforms; DynaVox, with products in over 20,000 U.S. schools and 44 countries; and Sally Ride Science, where he led sales and marketing of products to promote STEM learning and careers among less-advantaged students. Jim began his career in the 1980s, working in the television business in New York, and later at Citibank, providing project financing to clients in the US and Asia. He also holds a BS in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford.
Eva Freund Miranda
HBS ’90
Eva is President/Founder of Sanctuary Conservation, a sustainable business that preserves nature and memorializes lives. Previously, Eva developed and grew Delight Networks, an e-commerce group of companies. She was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager at Sony Corporation of America and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Sony Pictures Entertainment. While at Sony, she developed and grew new businesses and transformed existing business operations by adopting new technology for infrastructure and product delivery. Prior to Sony, she held the positions of Senior Associate at Strategic Decisions Group; Associate at McKinsey and Company, Inc.; and Product Development Engineer at Procter & Gamble. Eva has served on several nonprofit boards, including: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Yerba Buena Arts and Events, and as President of the Board of Trustees for Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School. Eva holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri - Rolla and an MBA from Harvard University.
John Peters
HBS ’86
John Peters is an angel investor, advisor, and community volunteer. John built his career as a senior executive at Hewlett Packard, BMC Software, and Touche Ross Consulting. He has an extensive track record in leading and growing software businesses, developing and managing strategy through to execution, and growing and developing senior leadership staff. John is the Chairman of the Sacramento Angels investor group and an active investor and advisor to a number of northern California startups. He is also a mentor for several startup accelerators. John has been volunteering with the HBS Community Partner program for well over 20 years. Recent clients include the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, and The Nature Conservancy. John is also the President of the Harvard Club of Sacramento. John lives with his wife Joann and two dogs in Granite Bay, CA where you will likely find him plying the many bike trails and hiking in the local mountains when he is not engaged in his startup and nonprofit activities. John earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Information Technology & Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Deborah Schueren
HBS ’90
Since 2001, served as CFO, Board member, Board advisor and Consultant for multiple private biotech/medical companies. Raised venture funding, led strategic and financial planning, and negotiated technology and product collaborations. From 1992 to 2001, served in a variety of financial and corporate development positions in biotech, ultimately as CFO, CEO and Board member. Previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Lehman Brothers investment banking. BS in Chemical Engineering and Harvard MBA.
Jim Warshell
HBS ’76
Background in marketing, specifically retailing (VP at Macy’s) HBS Community Partners Steering Committee member and volunteer. Worked on numerous projects including SF Botanical Garden, CA Historical Society, Oakland Museum, JUMA Ventures, Marine Mammal Center, and Museum of African Diaspora. Commissioner of San Francisco Building Inspection Commission Former President of San Francisco Victorian Alliance Former Board Member of SF Botanical Garden Former Board Member of Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Volunteer at Zen Hospice
Elaine MacDonald
HBS ’98 –Executive Director, HBS Community Partners
As Executive Director of HBS Community Partners, Elaine oversees a consulting organization for nonprofits that places 200+ Harvard Business School alumni volunteers on 40 nonprofit project teams, who in turn deliver over $2.5 million in value annually. She has provided consulting and facilitating services to a diverse set of nonprofits facing scaling, marketing, and business management issues. Prior to her current role, Elaine had both experience as a consultant to nonprofits and operational experience running a nonprofit. She provided consulting services to organizations such as Full Circle Fund and Nueva School, and served in numerous capacities at the Las Lomitas Education Foundation, including co-President, Donor Relations Chair, and active Board member for nine years. In addition, she is a hands-on volunteer in a diverse range of local community service organizations. Before her dedication to creating community impact on multiple levels, Elaine spent 15+ years as a global management consultant and strategic marketer. Her background includes management consulting at The Monitor Group, brand marketing at The Clorox Company and running her own strategic marketing consulting practice. Her experience spans strategic planning and business development, brand equity building and differentiation, product innovation, and the implementation of innovative marketing programs. Elaine earned her BA at Harvard University and her MBA at Harvard Business School.
Amy Peterson
Program Manager, HBS Community Partners
Prior to joining HBS Community Partners in 2017, Amy worked for 10 years at the Education Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower the diverse healthcare workforce to advance in a changing environment through innovative education and training. Amy managed several of the Fund’s programs designed to support incumbent workers who were going back to school. Before becoming an Assistant Director at the Education Fund, Amy worked in higher education as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Today she continues to stay involved in education, serving as President of the Parents Club Organization at Commodore Sloat Elementary School in San Francisco, where her daughters are enrolled. Amy earned her BA at the University of Michigan and her MS in Counseling at San Francisco State University.