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Oliver Bajracharya
Board Chair, Governance Committee Chair

Attorney, Christie, Parker, Hale, LLC
As a patent and trademark attorney, Mr. Bajracharya counsels clients with respect to their intellectual property assets and helps them manage and grow their portfolio. He has worked extensively with domestic and international companies specializing in various areas of technology, including medical devices, consumer electronics, sporting equipment, and apparel. Mr. Bajracharya works at Christie, Parker & Hale, a Pasadena law firm specializing in intellectual property, and in his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and cooking. Mr. Bajracharya received a BS in Mechanical (Biomedical) Engineering from Cornell University and a JD from Tulane Law School.
Brett Snyder

Founder, Cranky Flier LLC
Mr. Snyder is the founder of Cranky Flier LLC, a company focused on assisting air travelers via its Cranky Concierge (crankyconcierge.com) air travel assistance service and CrankyFlier.com website. He has an extensive background with the travel industry, having worked for USAir, America West, Eos, and United in the areas of revenue management, marketing, sales, and strategy. Prior to founding his own company, Mr. Snyder worked for PriceGrabber.com, a comparison shopping site with more than 24 million unique users per month, where he built and managed the travel site in addition to managing new products for the site and community efforts. In his younger days, he was the youngest known travel agent in the United States at the age of 12. Mr. Snyder has a BA in Marketing and Tourism Studies from The George Washington University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Alyssa Valentine
Board Member, Secretary
Realtor, Nourmand & Associates
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Valentine moved to Los Angeles over 10 years ago after beginning her real estate career in Lake Tahoe. Having learned the business from a few top West-side agents, she obtained her license in 2005 and focused her attention on the East-side communities she has always loved. With a recent move to Nourmand & Associates, she and her husband serve a variety of clients throughout greater Los Angeles ranging from first time buyers, experienced investors and everyone in between. Throughout her career, Ms. Valentine has earned numerous sales awards for top production. As a Keller Williams Realty agent, she served for two years on the Agent Leadership Council, a board of the top agents nominated to serve the needs of the community and assist in the education of new trainees. She has also compiled extensive renovation experience having fixed and sold nine properties in 2010 & 2011 in addition to her traditional real estate business. Ms. Valentine is a graduate of Indiana University.
Claudia Chung Sanii
Board Member

Character Technical Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Chung Sanii joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2012 as a character technical director, specializing in character simulation.  Claudia was the Simulation Supervisor for Zootopia. She also tailored costumes for Oscar winners Big Hero 6 and Frozen. Prior to her role at Disney, Chung Sanii spent 10 years at Pixar Animation Studios, where she contributed to Oscar winners Brave (as simulation supervisor), Up (as character cloth lead), Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Chung Sanii attended University of California, Berkeley, majoring in computer science, with a passion for special effects and animation. When she's not obsessing about furry animals, long curly red hair, and pleated pants with suspenders, she obsesses about food and time with her children and husband.


Jesse Creed
Board Member

Attorney, Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP
Jesse Creed is Executive Director of Vets Advocacy.  There, Mr. Creed oversees the nonprofit’s unprecedented, legally-compelled partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to transform the 388-acre West LA into a safe, secure, and vibrant community of 1,200 permanent supportive housing units for homeless veterans.  In 2016, Mr. Creed was among the attorneys recognized with a California Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for his work with Vets Advocacy.  Prior to that, Mr. Creed had a law practice at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP with a focus on the representation of mission-oriented nonprofits and other business organizations in corporate governance, legal policy, and business transactions.  There, he counseled Great Public Schools Now from its founding, a nonprofit dedicated to seeing all Los Angeles students receive a high-quality education by accelerating the growth of high-quality public schools in high-poverty areas.  Finally, Mr. Creed has significant experience as a civic leader in Los Angeles as a founding member and co-chair of the Los Angeles Region – Community Veteran Engagement Board and co-chair of the board of directors of Karma Rescue (one of the largest dog rescues in Los Angeles)

Aarthi Sowrirajan
Board Member
Director, Turner Impact Capital, LLC

Aarthi Sowrirajan is a Director at Turner Impact Capital and Regional Director of Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Sowrirajan manages the Fund's business development efforts for the West and Southwest regions, including identifying high-performing charter school partners. In addition, she is responsible for underwriting, structuring, negotiating and executing investment opportunities, managing Fund finances, investor relations and the various strategic needs of the Fund. Prior to joining Turner-Agassi, Ms. Sowrirajan was an Associate at Deutsche Bank Securities in the Structured Products Group, underwriting deals and structuring debt financing for non-prime mortgage originators and credit card companies through bond offerings in the capital markets. She has also held a position as a Summer Associate at Credit Suisse within various Equity and Debt Sales and Trading teams. Ms. Sowrirajan is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A., Honors, Economics) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.).


Lindsay Phillips

Board Member

Director of Operations, Citizens of the World Los Angeles

Lindsay Phillips is the Director of Operations of Citizens of the World Los Angeles, a locally-based network of high-performing charter schools dedicated to serving a socioeconomically, racially and culturally diverse student population. Prior to joining Citizens, Lindsay was the Director of Strategy at Pacific Charter School Development, where she was responsible with business development, project management, new market expansion and fundraising, and financial aspects supporting the organization's goal of delivering high-quality, affordable charter school facilities. Previously, Lindsay was a management consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, serving clients across a variety of industries. Lindsay is currently part of the Broad Resident cohort and is also a board member with Minds Matter of Los Angeles, a college preparation non-profit supporting high-performing, low-income high school students to and through college. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and cooking. Lindsay holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA and Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.