Our Board Members
Katharine seeks to close the opportunity and achievement gap for young people in Oakland. She co-founded Fairlight Advisors, a women-owned asset management firm focused on helping Nonprofits fulfill their mission with first-class financial planning, investment management, employee retirement plans and enterprise risk solutions.
Previously, Katharine held sales leadership roles at Alesco Advisors and in BlackRock’s iShares Unit as well as a variety of leadership roles within the financial services sector including FinTech, Asset Management, and Brokerage/Custodial.
Katharine serves on other nonprofit boards focused on education and youth development. She is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, a San Francisco native, and current resident of Oakland.
Originally from Detroit Michigan, I grew up in a family who believed in education, community service and civic engagement. As a youngster, my father and paternal grandmother were key influencers in my life as I watched and often tagged-alone on community projects, city government organizing efforts, campaigning and ministry work. These experiences would serve to shape my desire for service and servant leadership and are some of my fondest memories.
As an adult, I’ve intentionally sought out opportunities to leverage my experience, academic collateral abilities and influence for maximum impact. When I was introduced to Alternatives in Action I knew I had found a great opportunity to leverage my experience in leadership studies, organizational management and diversity, equity and inclusion content building work to advance the lives of young people. Indeed my mission aligned with AIAs mission.
For my part, I bring a plethora of professional experience from working in the brokerage field, city government, church leadership, the tech industry and currently social impact advisory. It’s with great pride and commitment that I serve as a member of the AIA board. I believe in the power of young people. I believe their voices matter and that creating opportunities to elevate their voices in meaningful ways will make a difference and make them and us better for the experience.
Aileen is a technology and finance executive with more than 20 years of business and industry experience analyzing the sustainability of business models. Aileen is known for her strong analytical and risk management work with various multi-national corporations and middle market enterprises on their capital structure needs. Her background includes serving as a Senior Financial Executive at two leading global financial groups and an interim CFO at a start-up. Aileen has earned her reputation as a thoughtful, solutions oriented financial leader with direct contributions on the revenue growth of her financial group’s technology portfolio from $30MM to $230MM in less than 5-years. Aileen has directly impacted her clients, business partners and investors with her broad expertise of the tech industry and her ability to balance risk and reward on strategic decisions. Aileen excels at impactful and timely advice, promoting collaboration and fostering diversity in viewpoints.
Born and raised in the Bay Area Asia Laigo is an alumna of Alternatives in Action High school (then Bay Area School of Enterprise), Asia has served as the Staff Representative for the Board since 2018. She currently teaches 9th grade Humanities and develops the schoolwide Leadership curriculum. After graduating high school in 2012, Asia went on to the University of San Francisco (USF) and pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In December 2015, Asia graduated from USF with Honors. After graduating a position opened up at AIAHS for a humanities teaching position. She accepted and began teaching during the Spring semester of 2016 and she has been working for AIAHS ever since. She earned her Single Subject English credential from The Reach Institute for School Leadership in June 2018. In addition to full time teaching Asia is also working towards a certification in The Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine.
Abigail is an experienced marketing leader with a focus on technology that helps promote financial access. She has led teams and launched products for LendingClub and Western Union.
She has worked for socially focused businesses in Uganda, Bolivia, and Argentina. But currently lives in Oakland where she is committed to helping local youth reach their full potential. She is involved with tutoring and mentoring at Oakland-based Build and Reading Partners. And is now excited to extend her impact through her involvement with Alternatives in Action.
She has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and BA in International Affairs and Anthropology from George Washington University.
The University of California, Berkeley and Mathematics brought me to the Bay Area which has been my home now for over 20 years. Education has been key in my life, along with a desire to work with diverse populations, to work with other educators, and to share my love for mathematics and the excitement of learning and achievement stemming from hard work with students.
I had a gift for mathematic, and a deep desire to work with others. I recognized that math education was not effective with much of the population, and was appointed District Math Coordinator to lead a complete overhaul of math instruction, curriculum, materials, and pedagogy K-12, while I lead the STEM department at the high school. I had the good fortune to serve on the shared management team and participate at a more global cross-subject, school level. I had acquired my Masters in Education Administrative Services, providing me the skills to lead and organize the district project, and to design, plan, and provide the professional development necessary for effective implementation. With a skilled Math Department, we increased the enrollment of girls in advanced math to 50%.
Understanding and appreciating that there is always more to learn and gain from education, I have continued to expand my own formal education. I benefited from a full scholarship to the London School of Economics & Political Science for a Master of Science program in Accounting & Finance. This was an incredible experience, allowing me to work with a small graduate team from all over the world, and to gain a new perspective of the United States, viewing it from abroad.
While I found my work exciting and rewarding, I felt a stronger desire to work for my community. I decided to return to education, clear my Administrative Credential, and contribute to the effort to bring equity and justice to our struggling communities of color in Oakland. I believe I bring a unique perspective having both business and education experience. Education faces more challenges than ever, with a severe shortage of certified teachers, and yet it attempts to do more than ever. I am able to lead a Math team as their Director, working with new teachers to align curriculum with California Standards, and also to build instructional skills across disciplines, serving on the Instructional Leadership team for ARISE High School in Oakland. I am completing a graduate program to build my administrative skills and clear my Administrative Services Credential. And I have the honor to serve on the Board of Directors of AIA (Alternatives in Action) High School.
Max is a Strategic Partnership Development Manager at Google, leading 3p technology partnerships for the company’s Demand Side Platform (Display & Video 360) and Ad Server (Campaign Manager). He is a founding member of Google’s BGN@P (Black Googler Network within Partnerships) employee resource group, and is an Ally for several other employee resource groups promoting and supporting a diverse workforce.
Max transitioned to Google from LiveRamp (NYSE:
Prior to LiveRamp, Max worked as an Equity Research Associate covering the Hardline Retail sector at UBS Investment Bank. During his time at UBS, he obtained his FINRA 7, 63, 86, and 87 certifications and the team he was a part of was twice ranked as a top three Equity Research team for Retail coverage by Institutional Investor.