Founder & President
Karen founded Intrepid in
Prior to launching Intrepid, Karen was the founder and portfolio manager of an investment business based in Palo Alto, CA. Before her work in finance, she spent the first several years of her career as an engineer. Karen also worked for eight years as a volunteer music teacher at her local elementary school. Karen has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Masters degree in Business from Vanderbilt University. Karen is also an Advisory Board Member of the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of
I encountered my favorite teacher a few years ago while traveling on my path as a lifelong learner. Patricia Ryan Madson teaches a spectacular course in “Improv Wisdom” through Stanford Continuing Studies. Her gift of showing students how to be present, be attentive to others and make time for play and spontaneity have become a part of my everyday life.
Rebecca has served on the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation’s Board of Directors since its
My junior year high school English teacher had an infectious enthusiasm that resonated at a time when my resentment towards structured education was peaking. She was barely old enough to have any authority to assert over us, with a nose stud and bouncy curls. No matter our grades, she wanted each of her students to share the joy she found in stories and writing and debate, and encouraged all of us tirelessly.
David joined Intrepid as Treasurer in 2013. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, was the Treasurer for three years, and currently remains on the Investment and Finance committees. In addition, David serves on the Finance and Endowment committees at the Nueva School in Hillsborough and on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation in San Francisco.
David is a co-founder of Mt Tam Capital, an investment firm, and Whirl Partners, which owns and operates 40 Jamba Juice franchises in California and Colorado. Prior to these roles, he spent 12 years as the technology portfolio manager and then president of Standard Pacific Capital, a global asset management firm based in San Francisco. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
My eighth grade history teacher first opened my eyes to the importance of challenging assumptions about common narratives of historical events. He taught me the value of understanding the perspective of the author and its role in shaping the interpretation of the events we were studying.
Jenny is a Senior Advisory Board Member for Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation. She has been helping the foundation to develop the LIGHT Awards program since 2010. She works in Santa Clara Unified School District as a literacy specialist, professional developer, and coach. Prior to this role, she spent seven years working as a 3rd and
So many teachers have mentored and inspired me. My 8th grade English teacher, Mr. Tsujimoto, sparked my love of poetry, reading, and writing. He helped me see the beauty and importance of words. When I teach writing to young students, his words echo in my mind.
Steve has been a Senior Advisory Board member to the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation and its predecessor foundation since 1997. Steve has had a varied career in public education over the last 36 years. He has served as a social studies teacher, assistant principal and principal at a comprehensive high school in Mountain View, California. After serving at the school site for 18 years, Steve moved to the district office as the Associate Superintendent of Personnel and Technology. In this capacity for the last 18 years, he has overseen a wide variety of both professional development initiatives for teachers and technology projects for a high-performing California public high school district. Since his retirement in 2013, in addition to his service on the Intrepid board, he is currently serving on the board of Acknowledge Alliance (Resilience and Social Emotional Learning) as well as VIA (Cross-cultural educational programming related to service in Asia). Steve received a BA in International Relations and MA in Education from Stanford University.
Among my favorite teachers was Sister Joan King. Her gifts to me as a high school student were patience, high expectations for who I would become and her ability to see that I was a work in progress. She knew when to lead me, when to follow and when to provide support in my educational journey. Her ability to ask the right, probing questions whether they were about the subject matter or about life choices was something I tried to copy in my own teaching career.
Jen raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence (cci.org) and volunteers with SF SPCA with Reeter, a therapy dog, in schools, hospitals and senior living centers. Jen received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of New Hampshire and her MA in Educational Leadership from CSU East Bay.
My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Tice, really showed me the value of knowing each and every student- as a person and as a learner. I felt seen, heard, and cared for in her class. My love of reading and enjoying a good story stems from Mrs. Tice reading aloud to us each day.
Secretary & Program Advisor
Joanne serves as Secretary of
My fourth grade teacher made science come alive for her students through hands-on, creative projects. She encouraged us to be young scientists and inventors and nurtured my love of biology and chemistry.
Jesse serves as Program Coordinator to the LIGHT Awards Program and the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation. Jesse is an Associate with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). In his role at RPA, he develops and administers grantmaking programs, performs research on nonprofits, grantmaking and foundations, prepares presentations, implements programs, and organizes convenings.
Before joining RPA in summer 2018, Jesse worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New Door Ventures, a nonprofit and social enterprise focusing on workforce development training for disconnected youth in the Bay Area. He has held internships with Senator Dianne Feinstein and the CEELI Institute in Prague. Jesse graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016, where he received B.A.s in Political Science and International Studies, and wrote a thesis on notions of nationalism in indigenous communities in south-central Chile. He is currently President of the San Francisco chapter of Amigos de las Américas.
My middle school history teacher Mrs. Schramm made me feel supported and seen. She took note of every student’s learning style and made us all lifelong learners. Through hands-on projects, visual aids, and masterful lesson planning, she allowed us to see the essential role history plays in our present choices.