Nawz Talai, President
Nawz Talai is a Senior Administrative Analyst with the San Francisco Department of Public Health at Laguna Honda Hospital. She has several years of experience in program design and evaluation, strategic planning, grantmaking, and engagement with diverse communities. Nawz has a substantial academic background in population and family health, public health practice and policy, as well as service-based research. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in public health sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Nawz has served on the Board of the San Francisco Children’s Art Center since 2015.
Gazelle Brown Summe, Vice-President
Gazelle is a Vice President at Bessemer Trust responsible for managing client relationships and the coordinated delivery of investment advisory and wealth planning services. Before joining Bessemer in 2015, she worked in client relations at Dodge & Cox, supporting institutional investors and has prior experience in business development and analysis. Gazelle earned her M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco and a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She first became involved with SFCAC event planning in 2008 and has served on the board since November 2016.
Maile Ogasawara, Secretary
Maile Ogasawara has served as a teacher and administrator in public education for over 10 years, currently as the Program Supervisor with Civic Arts Education for the City of Walnut Creek. Maile was the Director of School Programs with The DreamYard Project, a non-profit arts education organization serving the Bronx community as well as a high school mathematics teacher in New York City. Maile received a B.A. in Studio Arts with a minor in Photography from UC San Diego and an M.S. Ed. in Secondary Mathematics from Pace University. Maile’s passion for creating access and equity in arts education bring her to the Art Center.
Carol Berghen, Treasurer
Carol is an architect with a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is the owner of Wolf & Berghen Architects in San Francisco specializing in design for Healthcare. She has been affiliated with SFCAC since her daughter began attending in 1996 and has served on the Board since 2002. She is passionate about children’s access to creativity. In her spare time, she caters events, hikes and enjoys time with her family.
Claire Wiley, Member-at-Large
Claire is a Private Equity Associate at GI Partners, where she focuses on investments in the information technology sector. Prior to joining GI, Claire was an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in New York in the Financial Institutions Group. In her spare time, Claire loves to paint, try new restaurants for her food blog, ski, and go on hikes. She earned her B.A. in Finance and Visual Communication Design from the University of Notre Dame.
Lauren Gersick, Member-at-Large
Lauren is the Director of College Counseling at Urban School of San Francisco, having spent the last fifteen years working in secondary schools and universities in New York City and the Bay Area. Lauren has a BA in Cultural History and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English Literature from Middlebury College. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and son.
Neha Mandal Masson, Member-at-Large
Neha is currently a Vice President of Marketing at SAP. She has over 12 years of business and consumer marketing experience across companies including Google, Amazon, and Twitter. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, learning new forms of dance, and indulging her son’s love of art, music, and reading. She earned her MBA from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University. Neha has served on the SFCAC Board since 2017.
Tom Warner, Member-at-Large
Tom works at Google where he helps to fight click-fraud on Google’s advertising networks. Tom has received degrees from the University of Virginia: BA in Mathematics, and a BS & MS in Systems Engineering. Tom has served on the Board of the Children’s Art Center since 2013.