LAURA ARRILLAGA-ANDREESSEN, Founder

 

Laura committed to living a life of service at age 25—just prior to her late mother’s passing. Blessed to be the daughter of two extraordinary philanthropists, John Arrillaga Sr. and the late Frances Arrillaga, Laura strives to continue her family’s philanthropic legacy in all that she does. Laura is the visionary and leader of LAAF, and she drives its core innovations and decision-making around how to best leverage her knowledge and expertise to positively impact the giving of others. Laura believes that the strongest leaders surround themselves with individuals who have talents, skills and expertise that far surpasses her own. Her team is made up of a spectacular array of former star students from her Stanford University courses—each of whom brings immense wisdom, incomparable value and radiant joy to her every day.

 

 
 
 
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Keith Calix, Chief of Staff Keith cultivated his passion for philanthropy at his high school which was founded and supported by an anonymous benefactress. His interest in service, social justice and community development continued to grow at Stanford, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and honors from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s CDDRL Program. Prior to joining LAAF, Keith worked with the Policy Reform and Advocacy Unit at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a Tom Ford Fellow. He also taught high school World History at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Keith is passionate about the intersections between community development and education reform. He is committed to exploring the ways in which equity-driven reform models can democratize access to opportunity.

Keith Calix, Chief of Staff

Keith cultivated his passion for philanthropy at his high school which was founded and supported by an anonymous benefactress. His interest in service, social justice and community development continued to grow at Stanford, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and honors from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s CDDRL Program. Prior to joining LAAF, Keith worked with the Policy Reform and Advocacy Unit at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a Tom Ford Fellow. He also taught high school World History at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Keith is passionate about the intersections between community development and education reform. He is committed to exploring the ways in which equity-driven reform models can democratize access to opportunity.

Simon Yamawaki Shachter, Program Manager Simon discovered the powerful impact of philanthropy in high school through a teen philanthropy program and quickly became obsessed. Over the last four years he has worked on a variety of projects at the Jewish Federation, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and The Hewlett Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group. Simon provides program support across LAAF’s portfolio of projects, including the MOOC and ProjectU. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Comparative Literature. Simon loves engaging in discussions and celebrations of identity to unearth the true power of who we are. He is a partner at SV2 and a co-founder and board chair at YCore.

Simon Yamawaki Shachter, Program Manager

Simon discovered the powerful impact of philanthropy in high school through a teen philanthropy program and quickly became obsessed. Over the last four years he has worked on a variety of projects at the Jewish Federation, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and The Hewlett Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group. Simon provides program support across LAAF’s portfolio of projects, including the MOOC and ProjectU. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Comparative Literature.

Simon loves engaging in discussions and celebrations of identity to unearth the true power of who we are. He is a partner at SV2 and a co-founder and board chair at YCore.