Marti has volunteered for the college in many ways: speaking to prospects, parents and students on behalf of admissions and career services; fundraising; and serving on the Alumni Association Board. She has worked in leadership development for over 20 years as both a consultant and a learning and development manager. She currently represents Harvard Business Publishing as a Moderator who facilitates Leadership development programs. In that capacity she has facilitated programs to improve diversity and inclusion for global corporations including Intel, Mars and American Express. Marti is Latina of mixed race and a first generation American.
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Executive Director of Global Talent and Organizational Development, and Inclusion & Diversity at Maxim Integrated (2017–present). His career began as an academic scholar in philosophy and education, where he taught at Bowdoin College and Columbia University. He transitioned into tech enterprise to work on large scale, wicked problems in human and cultural capital. He has held leadership positions at Mozilla Corporation, First Look Media, and currently serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor for The Coaching Fellowship, a leadership development program for young women leaders of impact. He volunteers as a San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected youths in foster care.
B.A. Hons, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1993; Ph.D., Boston College, 2005; Teaching Fellow, Boston College, 1998–99; Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1999-present; Associate Dean for the Graduate Program, 2011–15; Resident Fellow in Civil-Military Relations, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, United States Naval Academy, 2015–16; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, United States Air Force Academy, 2018-2019.
Cesar’s career in higher education began as a resident assistant at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. He received his B.A. in philosophy and went on to complete his graduate work in liberal studies at Southern Methodist University. His love for student affairs grew, serving as the assistant dean of students at Colorado College and as an adjunct instructor in the theatre department, dean of residential life & experiential education at United World College, until coming to St. John’s College. His passion for student development and community drives him -- knowing that great personal and organizational growth often occurs in the midst of great challenge.
MA, 1984, PhD, 1992, The Catholic University of America; Knights of Columbus Fellow, 1981–84; Visiting Fellow, University of London, School for Advanced Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Fall 2009; Tutor, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, 1997–present.
is an attorney and non-profit consultant based in Washington DC. She oversees a DC-funded project to research and strengthen the quality and impact of programs for a community-based organization serving seniors. Gigi's current work is a return to her non-profit roots. Prior to her legal practice, Gigi was the founding Executive Director of New York non-profit, Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI). Her work at FAHSI garnered the Banaag Award presented by then-President of the Philippines, for exemplary service to the Filipino diaspora. While working as a union-side labor attorney, immediately after law school, Gigi co-founded the DC chapter of GABRIELA Network, a Philippine-US women's rights organization. In this role, she helped draft and secure enactment of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 which aims to protect foreign fiancé(e)s from domestic abuse. Gigi is the President Elect of the SJC Alumni Association Board.
Aaron Garza (SF94; JD, University of Utah 2009) works as a director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Weber State University. Prior to that position he worked many years in the areas of higher education academic advisement and registrar services. His recent community involvement includes service on the board of the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership and active involvement with the Ogden, Utah chapter of the NAACP. In-between sophomore and junior years at St. John’s, Aaron completed an enlistment in the US Army infantry, and was decorated for his service in the Persian Gulf War.
is a member of the New York Daily News Editorial Board and columnist. He has written about politics and popular culture for more than two decades. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as National Review, The New Republic, NBC Digital, and his personal blog Ragged Thots. His political analysis has been seen and heard on local and national media outlets, including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR and Spectrum’s NY1. In his prior political career, George served as director of coalitions for the Republican National Committee, acting as party liaison to various business, ethnic, and interest groups. In the 1990s, he was special assistant and senior writer to then-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. Robert was involved in election monitoring in Nigeria, reported on slavery in Sudan, and participated in fact-finding missions to Israel and China.
is a lawyer and partner at Morgan Lewis in San Francisco. She attended law school at UC Davis and is admitted to the California Bar Association. Joan has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” and as a “Top 75 Women Litigator” by the Daily Journal and was recently the recipient of the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law's Amel Zenoune-Zouani Rights & Leadership Award (2020). Joan plays an active role in the legal community and has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She also served as president for the Bar Association of San Francisco, the first woman of color to hold that position. She is also a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, as well as past regional governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Secretary, SJC Board of Visitors and Governors.
Vice Chair, BVG; Chair, Campus Culture Committee (CCC). Founder and CEO at Different Funds, the first platform built to scale venture capital. Leslie’s expertise lies in experience building, advising and investing in new companies, products and brands, in the U.S. and across the globe. She has held executive roles at Fortune 500 and emerging growth companies as well as leading nonprofit organizations, with operational responsibilities in diverse markets worldwide. She is actively working with Black Lives Matter movement in the technology / venture capital community.
PhD in Biophysics, UC Berkeley 1995, postdoctoral scholar at Caltech 1995–2000. Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Chicago since 2000, alumni member of the BVG. At the University of Chicago, she is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Dept. of Psychology and a member of the department’s committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She was Director of the Institute for Mind and Biology 200814. She served on a taskforce to review the status of women and URM faculty in the Social Sciences Division at the university, which led to several policy changes within the division to address issues associated with race and gender. Leslie has worked with many SJC students and recent grads to advise them regarding careers in Psychology and Neuroscience.
BA, Gonzaga University, 1977; MA, PhD in Philosophy, Boston College, 1984; Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1984–present. Marchutz School of Art, 2008–09, 2016, MFA Program Advisor, 2016–present; Board of Directors, International Merleau-Ponty Circle, 2009–present.
has been a member of the BVG since 2013 and has been a member of the Campus Culture Committee and Chair of the BVG Audit and Compliance Subcommittee. After graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz and Harvard Law School, he was a lawyer in private practice, a staff lawyer at the ACLU, and an Assistant District Attorney in New York County. He recently retired after 27 years from Goldman Sachs, where he was a partner and a senior compliance officer. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in NY.
BA Education, MA in Music Education, Howard University; MA in Educational Theatre, NYU; MA Liberal Arts, St. John’s College; PhD English and Literacy Education, University of Maryland. Anika has been an educator for 20 years from Bethesda to South East DC, working with students ages 3 to 18. She is the school founder and Principal at The Living Waters School and Adjunct Faculty at Howard University and an Educational Consultant for Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Education. Her special focus is engaging African American students in reading the classics while connecting them to the literature of the African American experience. Her dissertation was on the Lived Experience of African American Students Reading Great Books Literature.
Currently on a one-year sabbatical, she has served on the BVG for 19 years in various capacities including most recently Vice Chair and as a member of the last two presidential search committees. Harvard undergrad, Stanford MBA, homeschool teacher for ten years, now works in family real estate business and on non-profit boards including the New Mexico School for the Arts and the International Rescue Committee.
is a senior director and global head of digital talent acquisition for Novartis. He has held positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, as well as Harvard University where he was an administrative fellow. Jamaal has served as the president of the Oxford Day Academy in East Palo Alto, CA and on the boards of Oxford Teacher’s Academy (CA), Touchstones Discussion Project (MD), Crossroads for Kids (MA) and the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation (GA). A recipient of the Truman Scholarship, as well as Harvard University’s Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, Jamaal also holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.
MPhil in Theology, Fordham University, 2000; PhD in Theology, University of Chicago, 2012; Martin Marty Fellow, 2006-07; Alma Wilson Fellow, 2007–08; William Rainey Harper Fellow, 2008–09; Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2010–11; Instructor, University of Chicago, 2006–2011; Tutor, St. John’s College, 2012-present.
Since graduation from St. John’s, Sabina has worked in the field of Talent Development, focusing on the areas of leadership and organizational culture in industries ranging from healthcare to higher education. She has worked within these groups to draft and implement policies for Harassment Prevention, Bullying and Inclusion as well as having worked in conjunction with Title IX groups. Sabina has often worked with students at St. John’s, supporting them in career development and career coaching. She has served on the SJCAAB since 2015 and is the current AAB Secretary.
BS in History from American University, BSN from the University of Maryland. Ms. Waters spent 6 years as a trauma nurse at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Waters worked for the College as Assistant Manager of the Bookstore (1992–94) followed by Senior Resident from 1994–2002. She is currently working on her MA in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Currently Director of Student Services at SJC Annapolis (2006–present ).