Bob Ceremsak is the chair of the New Door Ventures Board. He serves on the Audit and Finance Committees. He retired from Farallon Capital Management as head of investor relations. From 1985 to 2010, he worked at Goldman Sachs as a managing director overseeing the west coast prime brokerage business and also as an institutional salesman in San Francisco and New York. He has served on the board of the Fuller Foundation since 2003 and graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in Economics and earned his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Bob resides in Hillsborough.
Karen Skidmore is Vice Chair of the New Door Ventures Board and chair of the Governance and Board Development Committee. She joined the Board in March 2006. Karen is senior associate general counsel for Franklin Templeton Investments and serves as vice president and corporate secretary to the Franklin Funds and an officer of all other U.S. funds. She has served on various nonprofit boards, including Encore/San Francisco Ballet Association and American Heart Association, and is currently Chair of the Elder Board for Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia. Karen resides in Menlo Park.
Allen Phipps is Board Treasurer and serves on the Finance and Human Resources Committees. Allen joined the New Door Ventures Board in January 2005. He is retired from his career as a management consultant. His work experience includes past executive director of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, president of SRI Consulting, and senior vice president of The Boston Consulting Group. Allen has served on several for-profit and nonprofit boards including Boy Scouts, Hawaiian Island Ministries, and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. He lives in Redwood City.
Ken Byk chairs the Audit Committee and is Vice Chair of the Program Committee. He joined the board in 2001 and served as Board Secretary from 2001 to 2008. Ken is currently the owner and CEO of Simpson Company, a contracting business. He spent the previous 19 years as president and CEO of two private companies serving public health needs—Forensic Analytical Specialties, Inc. and Warrington, Inc. He has served on the Young Life Committee and is an active volunteer with the American Heart Association. Ken has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University and an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University. He resides in Menlo Park.
Niquette Hunt chairs the Program Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. Niquette served on the New Door Ventures Board from 2002 to 2009 and rejoined in January 2013. She began her sales and marketing career at Procter & Gamble and Warner Lambert/Pfizer and most recently worked at Revance Therapeutics as senior vice president of Commercial Development. She also established the McLean Hunt Consulting Group, which guided the commercialization of over 16 venture-backed start-up companies in the healthcare and medical devices arena. Niquette has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She resides in San Francsico.
Sally Johnston O’Neal joined the New Door Ventures Board in December 2012. Sally was most recently vice president of Technology Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, LLC, where she provided a broad range of corporate finance products and services to private and public technology companies in the internet, software, and semiconductor sectors. Before her time at RBC, she was a director at the Charles Schwab Company. She also serves on the board of Leadership High School, a charter school dedicated to developing future community leaders by providing an excellent education to the diverse student population of San Francisco. Sally holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Lafayette.
Erin O'Donovan is co-chair of the Development Committee. She joined the New Door Ventures Board in 2010. Erin is a founding partner of Brooklands Capital Strategies, a division of TPG Capital BD, LLC. Prior to forming Brooklands, she was a principal with TPG Capital where she worked since 2005. Previously, Erin was vice president in the Private Equity Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. based in London and New York. She received a B.A. in international politics and economics from Middlebury College. Erin resides in San Francisco.
Alexa Cortes-Culwell chairs the Human Resources Committee. Alexa served on the New Door Ventures Board from 1992 to 2007 and returned to the board in 2014. She is the founder and managing director of Philanthropy Futures, a strategic advisory that works alongside philanthropic leaders to create social impact in our world. The firm develops and implements strategic initiatives and guides vision, governance, program, and transition planning for philanthropy. Alexa also serves as a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. From 1992 to 2005, Alexa served as the CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation and from 2006 to 2010 as CEO of the Stupski Foundation. Alexa is a partner of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and a past trustee and current advisory board member of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. She lives in Burlingame
Greg VandenBosch is a Managing Director of GI Partners, a private equity investment firm. He has investment responsibilities for and currently serves on the board of Wave Broadband. Previously, Greg served on the boards of SoftLayer Technologies and PC Helps. Prior to joining GI Partners, he was with Sandler Capital in New York, where he focused on private equity investments in the areas of media, communications, marketing services and technology. Early in his career, Greg was VP of Finance at Omnicom Group and a member of the private equity investment team at Wasserstein Perella. He holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business. Greg lives in San Francisco.
Kathy Drake joined the New Door Ventures Board in 2015. She is retired from a career as portfolio manager at Dodge & Cox and now spends time volunteering at faith-based organizations. She is currently co-chair of the Opportunity International Ambassadors Council, board member at The Fuller Foundation, chair of the First Church Foundation (First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley), microfinance chair of the Justice Poverty Oppression and Women Initiative, and a fellow/group leader at the Newbigin Institute. In addition, Kathy is involved with the Master’s Program and the Barnabas Group. She received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Kathy resides in Oakland.
Joyce Wang joined the New Door Board in 2016. Joyce is a founding partner in the law firm of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP where she concentrates her practice in commercial litigation. Joyce has served on the board of Baker Places and of Oasis USA. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She was named by California Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in the State in 1996 for her work representing lead-poisoned children against the petroleum industry in the California Supreme Court.
Tess Reynolds has served as the CEO of New Door Ventures since 2003. Under her leadership, New Door has tripled in size and received several awards for its program effectiveness and community impact. Tess has over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology industry where she worked as business unit general manager, vice president of marketing, and management consultant. Tess has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations including Parents Helping Parents, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. Tess holds a B.A. in Economics-Honors from the Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. She lives in Mountain View.