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 a Board Member of the New Teacher Center and 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 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 three other non-profits. 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.
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.