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  • John M. Sobrato ‘83

    John M. Sobrato ‘83 (co-chair)

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    John Michael Sobrato is the third generation to be involved with the family-owned Sobrato Organization where he has worked since his teens. As Chairman, he leads the executive committee that sets strategic direction of the firm’s portfolio of over 15 million square feet of commercial and residential income properties as well as the company’s investments in global marketable securities. He is very involved in the local community and is past chair of numerous non-profit boards including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Bellarmine College Preparatory, KTEH Public Television, Santa Clara University Fellows and Regents, Catholic Charities of San Jose, the San Jose Repertory Theater and Charities Housing Development Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University, Notre Dame High School San Jose, the Catholic Foundation of Santa Clara County and the Sobrato Family Foundation. Mr. Sobrato graduated from Santa Clara University in 1983 with a BSC.

  • Paul F. Gentzkow

    Paul F. Gentzkow (co-chair)

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Paul F. Gentzkow is president and chief operating officer of Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Robert Half (NYSE: RHI) has more than 400 staffing and consulting locations in 20 countries. Robert Half has been listed on Fortune® magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for more than 20 years. During his 30-year career with Robert Half, Mr. Gentzkow has expanded the company’s staffing operations into new markets throughout North America, as well as in Europe and the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. Revenue for the company’s staffing divisions has grown from $220 million in 1992 to more than $5 billion in 2018 under his operational leadership. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Bellarmine College Preparatory, in San Jose, California; President of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County; and Chair of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees, 2015-2018.


  • Eva Blanco Macias

    Eva Blanco Masias, M.A. '11

    Dean, Undergraduate Admission

    Eva Blanco Masias is Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Santa Clara University. Eva has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office since 2003 and is responsible for leading admission and recruitment efforts of first-year and transfer students, including oversight of all marketing and technology associated with enrolling each incoming class. Prior to Santa Clara University, Eva worked for ten years in Latin American and Hispanic media. She held strategic and leadership positions at Fox Latin American Channel, Discovery Networks Latin American, USA Network, and El Sitio, one of the first internet portals in Latin America. Eva has also served on several boards and committees of local and national non-profit organizations. Currently, she serves as President of the National Catholic College Admission; is an Advisory Committee Member for the California College Guidance Initiative (; and is an Advisory Board Member of the Yale Latino Alumni Association. Eva holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale and a master's in education administration from Santa Clara University. She is a native of Venice, California and lives in San Jose with her husband and young daughter.

  • Ruth E. Davis, Ph.D. (B.S. ‘73)

    Ruth E. Davis, Ph.D. (B.S. ‘73)

    Professor & Associate Dean, School of Engineering

    Ruth E. Davis is the Lee and Seymour Graff Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her dissertation “Generating Correct Programs from Logic Specifications” won the 1979 ACM Doctoral Forum Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis in Computer Science. She was the first woman hired as tenure track faculty in the Engineering School at SCU, which now boasts the fourth highest percentage of women faculty in engineering in the United States. Dr. Davis was named a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM in fall 2006. She is a Program Evaluator for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Her books include a whimsical though rigorous introductory computing book “Thinking About TLC-Logo”, with John Allen, and the graduate textbook “Truth, Deduction, and Computation.” She has done research in formal methods in software engineering, but for the last several years she has focused on increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering. She is a change leader/executive champion for NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology) Pacesetters at SCU. Her activities include increasing opportunities and providing infrastructure for undergraduates to do community-based (local and global) projects, working with high schools to offer the Exploring Computer Science course, and running programs that introduce high school students to engineering. She has one husband, 5 sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 7 grandchildren, and one great-grandson, … so far.

  • Robert (Bob) J. Finocchio, Jr. ‘73

    Robert (Bob) J. Finocchio, Jr. ‘73

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Robert J. Finocchio, Jr. is a corporate director, private investor, and part-time professor. Since September 2000 Mr. Finocchio has been a Dean’s Executive Professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He currently is a director at Nuance Communications Inc., Silver-Peak Systems,, Vistage International, and Skyfront. Mr. Finocchio has previous service on 11 public and 8 private company boards. From August 1997 to September 2000 he served as Chairman of the Board of Informix Corporation, an information management software company. From July 1997 until July 1999, Mr. Finocchio served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Informix. From December 1988 until May 1997, Mr. Finocchio was employed with 3Com Corporation where he held various positions, most recently serving as President, 3Com Systems. Prior to 3Com he spent nine years at ROLM Corporation. Mr. Finocchio has been a trustee of Santa Clara University since 1999 and served as chair 2009-2015. He also served as a venture partner at Advanced Technology Ventures. Mr. Finocchio holds a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A. (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.

  • Timothy (Tim) Haley ‘81

    Timothy (Tim) Haley ‘81

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Tim Haley is a founding member of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to Redpoint, Mr. Haley was a general partner with Institutional Venture Partners. His investments include Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit), Netflix (NFLX), Responsys (MKTG: acquired by Oracle), Topspin Media (acquired by Beats Music) and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo). Mr. Haley currently serves on the boards of Jaunt VR, Netflix (NFLX), thredUP, 2U (TWOU), and Zuora (ZUO). He also has served on the Board of Trustees at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton for nine years. Mr. Haley is an Advisory Board member at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Mr. Haley received a B.A. in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.

  • Lisa A. Kloppenberg, J.D.

    Lisa A. Kloppenberg, J.D.

    Dean, Santa Clara University School of Law

    Lisa Kloppenberg, Dean and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, is a well-known expert in Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Constitutional Law. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. At Santa Clara Law, Dean Kloppenberg is fostering the move toward a more competency-based curriculum and providing more opportunities for students to develop critical lawyering skills, including conflict resolution lawyering skills, while promoting more engagement with Silicon Valley. Prior to her appointment as Dean in 2013, she served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law from 2001-2011, where she received national recognition for championing the “Lawyer as Problem Solver” curricular reform and a unique accelerated option for legal studies.

  • William (Bill) P. Leahy, S.J., M.Div. ‘78, STM ‘80

    William (Bill) P. Leahy, S.J., M.Div. ‘78, STM ‘80

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    President, Boston College

    William Leahy, S.J., a member of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, became the 25th president of Boston College in July, 1996. He came to Boston College from Marquette University, where he served as a faculty member for six years and then as Executive Vice President. Father Leahy holds a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University, an M.A. in U.S. history from Saint Louis University, and master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He is the author of Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century, as well as scholarly articles on religious and educational history in the United States. Father Leahy is a trustee of Santa Clara and Creighton universities and the Ecclesiastical Faculty at Boston College.

  • Arthur F. Liebscher, S.J., ‘69, M.Div. ‘84, STM ‘86

    Arthur F. Liebscher, S.J., ‘69, M.Div. ‘84, STM ‘86

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees (ex officio)

    Rector, Santa Clara University Jesuit Community

    Associate Professor of History, Santa Clara University

    An alumnus, professor, and former chair of the History Department at Santa Clara University, Art Liebscher, S.J. currently serves as Rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He has taught at Santa Clara since 1986. His scholarly focus is Latin American history, with a special emphasis on Argentina and the Río de la Plata area. In addition to his teaching, Father Liebscher served SCU students as resident minister, resident faculty director, and Jesuit faculty-in-residence for more than two decades. He currently holds an appointment as ex officio member of the Alumni Board of Directors. Father Liebscher earned doctoral and master degrees at Indiana University, an STM and a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology, and a bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara University.

  • Joseph (Joe) M. McShane, S.J., M.Div. ‘77, STM ‘77

    Joseph (Joe) M. McShane, S.J., M.Div. ‘77, STM ‘77

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    President, Fordham University

    A native New Yorker, Father McShane was born and raised in Manhattan. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1967, and was ordained a priest in 1977. He received his bachelor’s degree (in English and Philosophy) and his master’s degree (in English) from Boston College in 1972. He completed his master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1977, and received his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago in 1981. After teaching at LeMoyne College in Syracuse from 1981 to 1992, Father McShane was named the dean of Fordham College, a post he held until he was named the president of The University of Scranton in 1998. In 2003, he was named the president of Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York. He has served on the boards of the American Council on Education, Fordham University, The University of Scranton, Loyola University of New Orleans, Loyola University Maryland, Regis High School, Scranton Preparatory School, Canisius High School and Fordham Preparatory School. He also served on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Financing Commission and the New York City Charter Revision Commission. He presently serves on the boards of the Bloomberg Foundation, Loyola High School (Blakefield) Baltimore, Canisius College, Santa Clara University, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the YMCA of Greater New York and is the current Chair of the Board of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

  • Jeffrey (Jeff) A. Miller ‘73, MBA ‘76

    Jeffrey (Jeff) A. Miller ‘73, MBA ‘76

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Jeff Miller is President of JAMM Ventures, a business consulting company. Prior to establishing his firm, Mr. Miller spent most of his career in operating companies. He was CEO of Documentum, Inc. (DCTM), an enterprise document management software company, from 1993 to 2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2003, growing it from 15 employees into a publicly traded NASDAQ company with 1,200 employees and revenues over $200 million. Mr. Miller has more than 40 years of high tech experience in semiconductors, hardware, and software companies, having spent the early years of his career at Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and holding senior marketing and general management executive positions at Adaptec and Cadence Design Systems. From 2002 through 2006, he was a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures, focused on mentoring CEOs of several Redpoint companies, particularly those in the enterprise and infrastructure software markets. Mr. Miller has served on the Board of Directors of a number of high technology companies. He currently serves on the Board of one public company, ServiceNow (SaaS for IT; NOW NYSE). He also serves on four philanthropic boards: The American Prairie Reserve; the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation (he is a minority owner of the GS Warriors); and two connected with Santa Clara University, the Board of Trustees and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where he chairs the advisory board. Mr. Miller holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University.

  • Catherine (Kitty) M. Murphy, Ph.D. (B.A. ‘83, M.A. ‘87)

    Catherine (Kitty) M. Murphy, Ph.D. (B.A. ‘83, M.A. ‘87)

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

    Associate Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

    Catherine Murphy received a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University, a M.A. in Catechetics from Santa Clara University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where she worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. Her research explores the interplay between religious ideologies and economic practices in Judaism and Christianity at the turn of the era (100 BCE–200 CE). In her teaching and research, she uses insights from postcolonial studies, communication theory and gender studies to imagine the ancient contexts and contemporary receptions of biblical texts.

  • Edward (Ed) A. Panelli ‘53, J.D. ‘55, Hon. ‘86

    Edward (Ed) A. Panelli ‘53, J.D. ‘55, Hon. ‘86

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Ed Panelli was born in Santa Clara in a home now part of SCU’s campus. He attended public schools in Santa Clara and is a member of the Santa Clara Unified School District Hall of Fame. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1953 with a degree in Political Science and in 1955 with a Juris Doctor Degree. He was a founding member of the Bronco Bench and the Board of Fellows. He has been a member of the University Board of Trustees since 1964 and Chair from 1984 to 2003. He is also a Founder of the West Valley Community College District. He had a general law practice in San Jose from 1955-1972. He served on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County from 1972-1983, on the Court of Appeal from 1983-1984, as Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal Sixth District, from 1984-1985, and as Justice, Supreme Court of California, from 1985-1994. He has served on various Board committees during his board service. He has received every award the University offers, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He has been honored by the Italian Government, the Province of Tuscany, and the City of Lucca. He has been active in many local civic charities. He is the Chair of the San Jose Diocese Review Board.

  • Margaret M. Russell, J.D.

    Margaret M. Russell, J.D., J.S.M.

    Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law

    Interim Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

    Professor Russell has been a member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty since 1990, and has been active as a scholar affiliated with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Ignatian Center, the Bannan Faculty Collaborative, the Center for Multicultural Learning, and the Center for Social Justice & Public Service. In 2017, she was appointed to serve as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. She is a past president of the Faculty Senate of the University and served on the Faculty Affairs Committee from 2011-14. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania in 2014. She is a member of the American Law Institute, serves on the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is editor of The First Amendment: Freedom of Assembly and Petition (Prometheus Books 2010). She also serves on the national board of the Princeton Alumni Corps, the board of the Tenpyozan Project, the advisory board of the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the advisory council of the Bay Area lawyers’ chapter of the American Constitution Society. She is a co-founder of the Equal Justice Society and the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. Prior to joining the Santa Clara Law faculty, Professor Russell was a fellow at the public interest firm Public Advocates, Inc., a law firm in San Francisco. She served as the director of Public Interest Programs and as the acting assistant dean of student affairs at Stanford University. Professor Russell holds degrees from Princeton University and Stanford Law School.

  • Larry W. Sonsini, Hon. ‘04

    Larry W. Sonsini, Hon. ‘04

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Senior and Founding Partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Larry W. Sonsini has gained international recognition for his expertise in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in many of the public and private financings, IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, governance issues, and other key public and private transactions of Silicon Valley and the technology industry generally. Mr. Sonsini has been lead counsel in over 250 initial public offerings, including the IPOs of Seagate Technology, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, Netflix, Google,, and Tesla. In addition to his duties at the firm, which included serving as chief executive officer as well as chairman for more than 35 years, Mr. Sonsini served as a member of the NYSE’s board of directors from 2001 to 2003 and as chairman of the NYSE’s Regulation, Enforcement and Listing Standards Committee until 2008. He also served as Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange’s 2009 Commission on Corporate Governance. Mr. Sonsini has served on a number of advisory boards and committees, including: SEC’s Advisory Committee on Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes; ABA Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities; and Legal Advisory Board of NASD, Inc. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a founding fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In 1999, Mr. Sonsini was selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as an adjunct professor of corporate securities and governance at Stanford Law School and at Berkeley School of Law. Mr. Sonsini is a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Trustee of Santa Clara University and a Trustee of the American University of Rome. He was formerly a Trustee at the University of California, Berkeley (1990-1996).

  • Agnieszka Winkler, MBA ‘81

    Agnieszka Winkler, MBA ‘81

    Santa Clara University, Board of Trustees

    Agnieszka Winkler was the founder and Chairperson of The Winkler Group, a management consultancy specializing in branding and marketing efficiency and effectiveness. She also was the founder and CEO of Winkler Advertising, an award-winning advertising and branding agency founded in 1984, and TeamToolz, Inc., a venture capital funded software development company making workflow and collaboration software for marketing, founded in 1999. Winkler Advertising and TeamToolz were both acquired. She has served on numerous public and private company boards such as RenoAir, Supercuts, The Cheesecake Factory, and Intertel (all NASDAQ), Ascension Health Care Network, Ascension (a $20B not for profit healthcare system), Iplocks, TeamToolz and Winkler Advertising. She has held board appointments on many nonprofit and professional organizations including The American Association of Advertising Agencies, The Committee of 200, Western Folklife Center, Mazatlan Forum, and Women Corporate Directors (WCD). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Virco (NASDAQ), the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University, the Board of Directors of the Jesuit School of Theology, and serves as the Vice President of the Board of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Ms. Winkler holds a B.A. from Holy Names University, an M.A. from San Jose State University, an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and a D.H.L. Honoris Causa from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

  • Molly McDonald

    Molly McDonald, J.D. ‘95

    Committee Support

    Chief of Staff to the President, Santa Clara University

    Molly McDonald serves as Chief of Staff to Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. As a member of the senior leadership team, she serves as assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees, advises the President, oversees the Office of the President and serves on the President’s Cabinet. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff in 2011, Ms. McDonald served as Assistant Vice President for Human Resources at SCU. Before coming to SCU, she held the positions of General Counsel, Chancellor, and Director of Human Resources for the Diocese of Monterey. She has served as Vice President of the Sacred Heart Community Services Board of Directors and President of the St. Christopher School Advisory Board. Ms. McDonald holds a B.A. in History from Loyola Marymount University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.