Board of Directors
As keepers of the mission and legal fiduciaries of PS1 Pluralistic School, the Board of Directors is charged with overall long range, strategic planning of the school. Each trustee actively promotes the school’s vision while accepting the accountability for both the financial stability and financial future of the school.
Our current board has 19 members comprised of nine men and ten women, fourteen of whom are current parents of the school, nine of whom are alumni parents, two of whom are current grandparents at the school, and the Head of School. Each member brings unique personal experience from a variety of diverse professional backgrounds. From financial leaders and members of the film industry, to philanthropists and attorneys, the collective experience of the Board provides a comprehensive, overall perspective.
Meeting eight times a year, Board members serve on standing committees including, Administration and Finance, Standards and Search, Advancement, and Buildings and Grounds. An elective Board Chair and Secretary, along with the head of school, nurture and guide all major policy decisions.
Gareth Asten’s career spans a variety of positions both as an operating executive and as a principal investor. Early in his career Gareth spent a few years both as an investment banker and working in private equity primarily focusing on food and consumer companies. He continued his career as an operating executive in three separate leveraged buyouts. He is currently the co-founder and Managing Partner of Acre Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in highly disruptive early stage platform companies for better outcomes in the food system. Gareth is currently active on the PS1 Administration & Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Chairs the Strategic Vision Committee. He earned his BS from DePaul University and his MBA from Harvard.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Billie had a career in retailing, owning four maternity boutiques on the East Coast. In 2003, she and husband, Steve, a real estate developer in Washington, DC, moved to California to be near daughter, Alexa and her husband, Robert. Grandsons Ian and Elio LaPorta were born in 2006 and 2008 and attended The Growing Place where Billie served on the GP Board until 2013. At PS1 Billie is the Chair of the Grandparents Committee and enjoys being a member of The Memoir Club. She also serves on the Design for Sharing Board at UCLA. Design for Sharing is an art education program for low-income families. Her other interests include interior design, the arts, dance, yoga, Soul Cycle and watching her beloved grandsons play baseball. Billie has been a member of the PS1 Board for five years.
Andrew Gross is President of Thomas Safran & Associates Development, Inc. and is responsible for all developments of the company. Andrew has worked with TSA since 2002, which has grown from 17 communities to over 60 housing communities under management. Andrew is a member of the Bel Air Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), Westside Urban Forum, and volunteers for several charitable and political groups. Andrew holds a position on the Board of New Directions for Veterans, the Advisory Board of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches affordable housing development. Andrew and his wife, Tamara, have sons Jet (10) and Dashiell (8) and live in Santa Monica, California.
Matthew Hayutin is an educational therapist and the founder of Hayutin & Associates, an educational company in Santa Monica specializing in tutoring, educational therapy, test prep, and independent study programs. He is also a partner at Insight Collective in Pasadena. After studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Matthew earned his B.A. from Occidental College in English and Comparative Literary Studies and his M.Ed. from Pepperdine University. Matthew has been a member of the PS1 Parents Guild Executive Board and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Advancement Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Matthew lives in Santa Monica with his wife Lizette, an attorney, and their two children, Bianca and Luca, both current PS1 students.
Heidi Hendrix has more than 20 years of strategic human resources experience, with a focus on organizational and leadership development and change. Heidi has worked in a variety of sectors, including financial services, aerospace technology and consulting. Today, Heidi serves as a consultant in the Human Resources practice at Spencer Stuart, a global leadership advisory and executive search firm. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Heidi was the top human resources executive for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems division. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of human resources for the rapidly growing $10 billion sector. Previously, Heidi spent 15 year at Bank of America in a variety of human resources leadership roles across the consumer banking, risk management and mortgage businesses. She began her career with Andersen Consulting’s change management practice. Throughout her career, Heidi has been active in company leadership development, diversity and women’s mentoring programs.
Heidi earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds a double major in journalism and organizational/interpersonal communication studies. Heidi is currently in her second year on the PS1 Board. She service on the Annual Fund Committee and is leading a team to create the next strategic plan for PS1. Heidi is also an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and serves on the Education Committee. Heidi and her husband, Ken, live in Santa Monica with their two children, Jonah and Lily, both current students at PS1. The family enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and almost anything outdoors!
Victor Liu is an investor at Causeway Capital where he conducts research on companies internationally. Previously, he worked at FPA (international investing), Merrill Lynch (investment banking), and McKinsey & Company (management consulting). Victor and his wife, Amy, met in Taiwan while both were studying abroad. Amy and Victor are the parents of Logan, Ellie, and Charlotte. Victor graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California. Victor serves on the Administration and Finance Committee, and the Governance Committee.
Priya Nambiar has worked in education for over 20 years. She earned a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and a M.Ed. from Harvard University. She is the Founder of Nambiar Advising, where she helps families navigate the private school admissions process. Prior to Nambiar Advising, Priya was the Associate Director of Admissions at Brentwood School, a Program Associate at the Coalition of Essential Schools (an organization focused on public school reform), and has taught high school Math in Wellesley, MA, Atherton, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. She is an active school volunteer and serves on the Governance Committee. Priya lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Sanjay, and their identical twin daughters, Uma and Miya.
Darren Peers is an energy analyst and portfolio manager with The Capital Group. Darren holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College as well as a BA in economics from Dartmouth. He is a former collegiate hockey player and an avid skier. Darren and his wife, Kelly, have two children: Wyatt, a PS1 alumnus who now attends Windward School, and Chase, a current PS1 student. Darren is the Chair of the Administration and Finance Committee.
Joel Pelcyger is the Co-Founder and Head of PS1 Pluralistic School, an elementary school for grades K-6. PS1 was founded in 1971 and is a family-oriented, independent, and non-profit school located in the heart of Santa Monica, CA. His work is grounded in the belief that every child is unique, and he has built a school that nurtures individual talents and learning styles, helping children become the best versions of themselves. PS1 stands for Pluralistic School, as “pluralism” defines both the school’s educational philosophy to use a variety of methods to reach a common goal and its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The vision statement of the school is: “Celebrate the Many; Build One.” He is also the Co-Founder of 14000hours.org, founded in 2016 as a strategic initiative of the school. The initiative is building a nationwide network of educators, parents, students, scholars, and others dedicated to uncovering the genius within each child in all school settings through public education, grassroots organizing, media outreach, and collaborative partnerships. Joel is frequently speaking nationally at conferences, workshops, and think-tanks on theories and practices that have been implemented at PS1 since its inception.
Jessica Reid is Co-Executive Director of Determined to Succeed, a college access and success nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, where she oversees all development, administration and strategic planning. An attorney by training, she holds her JD from DePaul University College of Law and earned her BA in both Journalism and History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Jessica began her career as a judicial clerk in the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, she worked as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and then as a Vice President of Business Affairs for a motion picture studio. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, as well as the Gores Family Allergy Center Council at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the parent committee for UCLA's Food Allergy Center. She has volunteered in myriad capacities at PS1, including Parent Ambassador and New Family Liaison, and currently chairs the Annual Fund Committee. Jessica and her husband Eric’s younger son Julian is currently enrolled at PS1, and their older son Dylan graduated from PS1 in 2018.
Anna Reyna is an attorney at Fox Networks Group where she focuses on new media distribution and technology. Anna returns to the PS1 Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee, after previously serving on the Board for six years, during which time she served as Vice Chair and as Chair of the Advancement Committee. Anna also volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. Anna earned a BA in Political Science and a law degree from UCLA. She and her husband, Jeffrey Reyna, live in Santa Monica with their three children, Hailey (Class of 2016) who now attends Windward School, James, a current PS1 student, and Allison, a prospective PS1 student who currently attends The First School.
Glenn Rosen was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Southern California. Glenn is a civil litigator with the Buchalter firm, whose professional career has focused on insurance coverage and bad faith, construction and business litigation. Glenn and his wife, Hilary, have been part of the PS1 community since 2008 when their daughter Olivia first enrolled in Youngers. Olivia, now 15, is in 10th Grade at the Archer School for Girls; and their younger daughter, Jesse (12), graduated PS1 last year and will be joining her older sister at Archer. Glenn has served as the Board’s Secretary since becoming a Director in 2012, and he has also served as a member of the Administration & Finance, Strategic Vision and Building & Grounds Committees.
Maggie Rosenfeld has been the Director of Finance and Operations at PS1 since 2001. Prior to that, she was a partner in a Los Angeles law firm. Maggie grew up in suburban Chicago; she has a math degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from UCLA. Maggie's two sons attended PS1, and she is also the proud grandmother of two granddaughters, born in March 2016 and July 2017. She has been on the Board of Directors since 1994 and currently serves on the Executive Committee, the Administration and Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Building and Grounds Committee.
Kerri Speck has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of PS1 Pluralistic School since 2016, and has been an active board member since 2012. Kerri obtained her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Southern California, and holds a juris doctorate from Western State University. She has been an active member of the California State Bar since 2002. As the founder and owner of Signature Residential Brokerage, Kerri has been engaged in the Southern California real estate industry for over fifteen years. Before attending law school, Kerri taught at a public elementary school and this experience has fueled her passion for supporting progressive education. While serving on the PS1 Board of Directors, Kerri has chaired the Capital Campaign and also served as Chair of the Advancement Committee. Currently, she serves on the Executive, Governance, and Advancement Committees. Kerri and her husband, Paul, have two children currently enrolled at PS1, and one alumna of PS1.
Michael Tatum 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. He Chairs the Building and Grounds Committee for PS1 and co-chairs the fall festival. Michael and his wife, Jenny, have one child at PS1 and two PS1 alumni (Class of 2015 and Class of 2018).
Steve Trilling is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Security Analytics and Research at Symantec, the global leader in cyber security. Symantec protects diverse systems from mobile phones, to desktops and laptops, to the data centers of the world’s largest enterprises. Steve’s division delivers Symantec’s industry-leading threat protection technologies, advanced security analytics, investigations into new targeted cyberattacks, as well as basic and applied research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Steve received his BS degree from Yale University and his MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At PS1, Steve is in his second year as Chair of the school’s Annual Fund, as well as serving on the Administration and Finance Committee, and has been an active member of the Strategic Vision Committee. He is also an engaged volunteer in his community, serving on the Dean’s Corporate Advisory Board for the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science, and serving on the Board and being an active coach and volunteer at West Los Angeles Little League. In addition, Steve is a member of the Gores Center Allergy Council at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and is involved in fundraising for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. He and his wife Wendi live in Brentwood and have twin boys who are both currently PS1 students.
Heather Turner is the CEO and co-founder of Tamarack Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm focused on the hospitality industry. Prior to founding Tamarack, Ms. Turner was managing partner of DiNapoli Capital Partners. Previously, she worked with The Walt Disney Company and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Heather has been active on professional and educational boards including ULI’s Hotel Development Council, the American Hotel Lodging Association's Investment Roundtable, as a past president of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. She is a guest lecturer in real estate at the Anderson Graduate School of Business at UCLA. Ms. Turner earned a BS from Florida State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Heather is a first year Trustee on the Board for PS1 Pluralistic School. She and her husband Richard live in Brentwood with their daughter, Montgomery, a current PS1 student, and their puppy, Rosie.
Greg Walker is a television writer and producer living in Santa Monica. Greg has written and executive produced over two hundred hours of television, as well as consulting on several shows. Previous to serving on the Board at PS1, Greg served for seven years on the Board for Street Poets, Inc., an L.A.-based organization using poetry, spoken word, and hip hop recording as a gang intervention tool. Greg grew up in the Bay Area, where he attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a Liberal Arts degree, after also spending a year abroad studying film in Paris at the Sorbonne. Greg and wife Michelle Ashford have two sons; Ben (Class of 2017), and Sam (Class of 2015) who now attend the Brentwood School. Greg also serves on the Advancement Committee and the Governance Committee at PS1.