Our Team

Steering Committee & Staff

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.

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.
Jill Aufricht
HBS '92
Raymond Magpantay
AMP ’05
Raymond served as a Senior Technology Manager and Vice President of a financial services company, with more than 30+ years of technology, leadership, and strategic planning experience. He is a visionary leader with the ability to define and execute high-level strategies to meet business objectives. He is also a forward-thinking IT professional with a strong background in system conversion and organizational transformation. Raymond is very well known for his effective thought leadership, technology guidance, standards and governance in a matrix organization. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of business process improvements, information technology, budgeting, program and technology project management, infrastructure provisioning, and resource management. Raymond has a proven track record of providing technology solutions for leveraging existing systems and transitioning IT to an integrated and contemporary state-of-the-art technology organization. He is a firm believer of Continual Service Improvement (CSI) initiatives to further automate operations, streamline processes, expand access to services, and improve consistency and performance. Raymond is also well regarded as a dedicated corporate trainer in diversity inclusion, emotional intelligence, and a collective social impact advocate through volunteerism. He is an avid philanthropist and proactive Board Member of various social services nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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, Chair
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 and is currently in his second year at Board Chair. 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.
Juan Carlos Velten
HBS '98
• Founding partner of Innovation Lab in Denmark - helps organizations stay relevant • Founder, CMO, VP Corporate Development -- SoftCoin, Inc. (sold to Kroger in 2012) • Marketing Manager -- Silicon Graphics Computer Systems • Brand Manager -- Procter & Gamble
Wendi Zhang
HBS ’13
Wendi X. Zhang is a life-long learner who loves to work with awesome people on useful products and services. To date, she has served on 3 HBS Community Partners Consulting Projects (SETI, SJ MOTI, SF Tech Council), and 2 Brainstorming Sessions (SF MOCI, Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation). In her professional life, Wendi is leading business development for a very exciting stealth company. Right before taking on this new role, she was a Business Development Partner for Gradient Ventures (Google's AI Fund), where she advised Gradient's portfolio companies on their business challenges and forged partnerships with some of the world's largest companies. In the past, she has led business development/product partnerships for Google Pixel, Wearables, and Accessories as well as a few verticals of Google Home and Chromecast within Google's Devices & Services (formerly Google Hardware) team, ran business development for 3 tech startups, contributed to entrepreneurship development policies and analysis in the public sector, dabbled in finance, and consulted for the biomedical industry. She is passionate about lifelong learning, interdisciplinary innovation, entrepreneurship development, understanding history and current events through locals’ perspectives, socioeconomic mobility, traveling/adventuring, and food (including kitchen gadgets). Wendi received joint MBA / MPP degrees from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, as well as two BS degrees in Mathematics and Management Science from MIT. She lives in the Bay Area, and has an adorable corgi named Fizzy (with one more corgi puppy on the way).