Board of Directors
PS1 Pluralistic School’s Board of Directors champions and protects the PS1 mission to ensure PS1 is well-positioned for continued success. Each Director actively promotes PS1 and is accountable for its financial and strategic future. Directors serve as fiduciaries of PS1.
What is the role of the Board of the Directors?
The Board oversees long-range, strategic planning for PS1, assumes primary responsibility for the preservation and growth of capital assets and endowments, approves the annual operating budget and participates actively in fundraising in a leadership capacity.
How does the Board of Directors work with the school administration?
The Head of School reports to the Board of Directors as a whole, but not to individual Directors. As such, the Board is responsible for hiring, setting compensation for and evaluating the Head of School. The Board has no oversight over any other administrators or employees and is not involved in the day-to-day management of the School. Some administrators, such as the Director of Finance or the Director of Advancement, may work with Board committees in an advisory capacity, sharing critical information.
Nisreen Al-Bassam joined the board in 2020 and has two children who attend PS1. Nisreen is partner and asset manager at Manhattan Hospitality Advisors, a global hospitality advisory firm that has provided asset management, project management and general consulting services on over $18 billion of hotels, resorts and mixed-use projects. She earned an MBA in Finance with Honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Stanford University.
Halina Avery joined the Board in 2023 and has one PS1 alumna (class of 2023). Halina serves as Treasurer of the Durfee Foundation, which is focused on investing in extraordinary people and organizations making a better Los Angeles. She also co-launched and serves on the Board of the Under the Sun Foundation, which celebrates art, community and the environment. Halina previously served in Development and Alumni Relations roles at UC Berkeley and Columbia University. Halina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Dr. Josh Berger joined the Board in 2020 and graduated from PS1 in 1990. Josh is the Executive Director of SparkReach Innovative Leadership, an organization that works across sectors to make a positive impact through leadership, mentoring, and innovation programs. Josh has established and coordinated leadership programs for over twenty years and was the founding Director of the K-12 Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership at Brentwood School. Josh graduated from Duke University and also holds a Master's Degree in English and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.
Jenefer Brown joined the Board in 2022 and has two children who attend PS1. Jenefer is the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Products and Experiences at Lionsgate where she oversees several fast-growing businesses that expand the reach of Lionsgate’s film and television properties. She was named Executive of the Year by Los Angeles Business Journal in 2021 and Top 10 Theme Park Influencer by Blooloop for the past three years in a row. Jenefer holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California College of Law, San Francisco.
Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen joined the Board in 2023 and has one grandchild who attends PS1. Gaf is Chairman of the Board of Gafcon, a leader in construction and program management in California and around the world, where Gaf lends his experience and expertise to once in a lifetime projects like Seaport San Diego and Zizhu Hi-Tech Development in Shanghai, China. Gaf’s commitment to the local community extends to to work supporting community capital programs like the City of Santa Monica and San Diego Unified School District and service on various boards, including the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and AltaSea Board of Trustees. Gaf holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Rosalia Ibarrola joined the Board in 2022 and has two children who attend PS1. Rosalia has served as General Counsel at Blackstone Consulting, Inc., an international service provider, since 2012. In addition to serving on the executive team, Rosalia manages BCI's legal and compliance functions. Rosalia earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University and earned her J.D. from Stanford University.
Jeffrey Inaba joined the Board in 2023 and has two children who attend PS1. Jeffrey is the co-founder of Inaba Williams Architecture based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn with clients including Red Bull Music Academy, YouTube, Whitney Museum of American Art, BMW/MINI, New Museum, Van Alen Institute, and Public Art Norway. He is also an adjunct professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and a published author. Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and Masters Degrees in Architecture and Architectural History and Theory from Harvard University.
Mychal Johnson joined the Board in 2023. Mychal is currently the Assistant Director of Middle School at Brentwood School. He previously served as the Assistant Director of Equity & Inclusion at Brentwood School, Director of Diversity at Chandler School, and Site Director of Partnership for Success! program. Mychal holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at California Lutheran University.
Elizabeth Kendall joined the PS1 Board in 2019 and has one child who attends PS1. She practiced commercial litigation at Irell & Manella LLP in Century City before transitioning to philanthropic work. She has volunteered in a variety of positions at PS1, including chairing the Alumni Relations Committee and co-chairing the Annual Fundraising Gala. Elizabeth double majored in Economics and Political Science at Stanford University then matriculated to NYU School of Law to complete her Juris Doctorate.
Tawny Laskar joined the PS1 Board on 2021 and has one child who attends PS1. Tawny is a co-founder and former principal of Learning by Design Charter School, which offers a groundbreaking, research-based approach to urban education. She holds an M.Ed. in educational leadership with an emphasis on social justice from UCLA and an M.Ed. in elementary education from Georgia State University, and bachelor’s degrees in Law & Society and Black Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently serves as Director of the 21st Century Leadership Academy for Universal Transitional Kindergarten at UCLA.
Anna Reyna joined the Board in 2011 and currently serves as Chair, Board of Directors. She has one child who attends PS1 and two alumni (2016 and 2022). Anna is Assistant General Counsel at The Walt Disney Company where she focuses on new media distribution and technology. Anna earned a BA in Political Science and a law degree from UCLA.
Jason Schwarz joined the Board in 2019 and has one child who attends PS1 and two alumni (2020 and 2022). Jason is the president of Wilshire, a global investment consulting, investment management and investment technology firm that currently advises or manages over $1 trillion for institutional and retail investors. He is a member of the Beverly Hills Chapter of YPO. Jason earned his AB in government from Hamilton College and holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
Kerri Speck served as Chair of the Board of Directors of PS1 Pluralistic School from 2016-2019, and has been a board member since 2012. Kerri has one child who attends PS1 and two alumni (2014 and 2021). As the founder and owner of Signature Residential Brokerage, Kerri has been engaged in the Southern California real estate industry for over fifteen years. Kerri obtained her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Southern California and holds a juris doctorate from Western State University.
Stacey Rossley Staples joined the Board in 2020 and has two children who attend PS1. Stacey’s nonprofit management experience includes fundraising, grantmaking, and strategic planning. She holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.
Michael Tatum joined the Board in 2012 and has three PS1 alumni (classes of 2015, 2018 and 2021). Michael is a real estate investor in multi-family residential properties and a custom home builder. He has a degree in Industrial design and a Construction Management Certificate from San Francisco State University.
Bryan Wolff joined the Board in 2022 and has three children who attend PS1. Bryan has worked as a technology investor and executive for over 15 years, having held senior positions at numerous Venture Capital-backed start-ups and other Institutional Investment firms. He is currently the President of AllVoices, a Los Angeles-based Employee Relations Platform. Bryan has served on numerous private and public company Board of Directors. Bryan holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University.
Eric Zabinski joined the Board in 2020 and has one child who attends PS1 and one child who graduated from PS1 (class of 2023). Eric is a partner at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he serves as chair of its mergers & acquisitions practice group. He holds a B.S.E. in computer engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a J.D. from Stanford University.