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 manages programs across LAAF’s portfolio of projects, including Giving Circles Fund, the MOOC, in-person courses 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 manages programs across LAAF’s portfolio of projects, including Giving Circles Fund, the MOOC, in-person courses 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.

 

Stanford Women in Business Spring Interns

Monica Chin, Spring Intern Monica’s interest in women’s leadership was sparked as a student staff coordinator at the Stanford Women’s Community Center, where she constructed educational resources and programming around gender dynamics. In 2016, Monica participated in the Mayfield Fellows Program. The fellowship allowed her to engage with female entrepreneurs, and taught her invaluable lessons about what it means to be a woman in the workplace. She is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare, and will be graduating with a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford in June. Monica cares deeply about empowering girls in STEM fields to be avid learners and confident leaders. She is committed to exploring the power of education and socialization to raise strong young women.

Monica Chin, Spring Intern

Monica’s interest in women’s leadership was sparked as a student staff coordinator at the Stanford Women’s Community Center, where she constructed educational resources and programming around gender dynamics. In 2016, Monica participated in the Mayfield Fellows Program. The fellowship allowed her to engage with female entrepreneurs, and taught her invaluable lessons about what it means to be a woman in the workplace. She is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare, and will be graduating with a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford in June.

Monica cares deeply about empowering girls in STEM fields to be avid learners and confident leaders. She is committed to exploring the power of education and socialization to raise strong young women.

Aditi Poduval, Spring Intern Aditi believes that philanthropy is a powerful tool to drive social, local change. After founding a nonprofit in high school, she learned that philanthropy begins by examining salient problems found in one’s own backyard. Today, as a junior at Stanford, Aditi is pursuing a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, Human-Computer Interaction. Outside her coursework, she is dedicated to the student organizations Design for America and Stanford Women in Business. She is excited to further develop her experience at the intersection of technology, human-centered design and social impact as an incoming Product Management Intern at Zillow this summer. Aditi is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for members of her community. She aims to help rewrite the equations for education-inequity, the gender gap in leadership and minority participation in STEM through her work with LAAF.

Aditi Poduval, Spring Intern

Aditi believes that philanthropy is a powerful tool to drive social, local change. After founding a nonprofit in high school, she learned that philanthropy begins by examining salient problems found in one’s own backyard. Today, as a junior at Stanford, Aditi is pursuing a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, Human-Computer Interaction. Outside her coursework, she is dedicated to the student organizations Design for America and Stanford Women in Business. She is excited to further develop her experience at the intersection of technology, human-centered design and social impact as an incoming Product Management Intern at Zillow this summer.

Aditi is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for members of her community. She aims to help rewrite the equations for education-inequity, the gender gap in leadership and minority participation in STEM through her work with LAAF.