ISTP is a nonprofit organization administered by a Board of Trustees. The PTA President and the Head of School are ex-officio voting members of the Board of Trustees. The Board formulates the mission of the school, and develops the strategic plan, policies, and resources to ensure that the school’s mission is fulfilled. The Head of School is the professional, institutional, and educational leader of the school, and has complete authority for faculty, staff, and student selection, evaluation, and dismissal.
2014-2015 is Jim's sixth year serving on the Board. Jim has previously served on the Board Finance Committee since 2009 as Finance Chair and Treasurer and helped form the investment committee. He also served as Board Chair from 2011-2014. He and his wife Christine have two children; one child who completed the French Program and one child in the International Middle School. Jim is a Vice-President of Retail at Apple, Inc.
Sophie Bromberg will serve on the Executive Committee as Board Chair for 2014-2015. She joined the board in 2010-2011 and was involved in developing the five year Strategic Plan for the school. Last year, she spent most of her time on the Capital Campaign. She and her husband Dan have two children at ISTP in the French Program, and one who recently graduated. Sophie is a Director at Google.
Philippe Dietz, the Head of School, is also a member of the Board. Philippe has been at ISTP since 1996; and has been Head of School since 2004. He has also worked in various capacities in France, at the Lycée Français La Perouse in San Francisco as well as Ecole Bilingue in Berkeley. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Ecole Bilingue, and on the Board of the Society for French Schools in North America.
Gerald Hwasta joined the board in 2012-2013. He will continue as the co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee and continue to serve on the Development and Investment Committees. Gerald and his wife have three children, one of whom is in the Chinese Program. He is a private equity investor, having spent his career advising, operating and investing in technology businesses.
The 2014-2015 school year will be Stephen Kim's second year on the the Board. Stephen serves on the Executive Committee as one of the vice chair's of the Board and also is a member of the Site and Trustee Committees. Stephen and his wife have two boys in the Chinese Program at ISTP (second grade and kindergarten). Stephen currently is the General Counsel for a public consumer goods company based in San Francisco, and earlier in his career he served as General Counsel for an enterprise software company in Cupertino and worked as a corporate/securities lawyer for law firms in New York City and Silicon Valley.
2014-2015 is Kristine Lui’s first year on the board. Kristine has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and has worked in education as both a teacher and administrator in the US and overseas. She is currently the curriculum director for a Bay Area private school. Kristine and her husband have a daughter in the Chinese Program. This year she will serve on the Communications and Trustee committees.
2014-2015 is Karen's fourth year on the board, where she serves as Secretary. An active volunteer at ISTP, Karen has served as Annual Fund Chair and Food Chair for Arts Night, among many other volunteer capacities. Her two children are ISTP alums. Karen works as a high-technology product marketing executive.
2014-2015 is Brad's second year on the Board, where he will serve on the Finance and Audit Committees. Brad is the Treasurer of Gilead Sciences, Inc. He, and wife Michele have two boys in the ISTP ecosystem.
Céline, whose 4 children are in the French program (in pre-school, elementary school and middle school), is a partner at Ernst & Young, serving both American and European clients. For the 2014-2015 school year, Céline will serve on the Capital Campaign and Audit Committees.
Chris, whose son is in the Chinese Program, is a partner and the National Leader of the Americas Chinese Services Group at Deloitte & Touche LLP and Chris has spent most of his career devoted to business in China. For the 2014-2015 school year, Chris serves on the Finance and Audit Committees.
2014-2015 is Himanshu Dwivedi’s first year on the Board, and will serve on the Communications and Site Committees. He is the CEO of Data Theorem, Inc., a cloud-enabled scanning service for mobile application security and data privacy. Himanshu has been an avid technology entrepreneur since 1999, where he and 3 friends started the west coast office of @stake, an information security firm that was later acquired by Symantec. In 2004, Himanshu co-founded iSEC Partners, an application security company catering to the F500, which was later acquired by the NCC Group. Himanshu is also an active technology investor, where he is currently incubating a mobile TV-commerce company called SideScreen, Inc. Himanshu also has a number of publications to his name, including six different books, as well as the owner of one patent. He and his wife have two children in the French program.
Terri’s first year on the Board was the 2013-2014 academic year. Since moving to California in 2011 and joining the ISTP family, Terri has been an active volunteer and has served as Chair for Arts Night in 2012. She is the parent of 3 boys, all in Middle School.
Lloyd joined the Board in 2013-2014, and he and his wife Lillian have two boys who have grown up in ISTP's Chinese Program. Lloyd is Chief Investment Officer at Nelson Capital Management, a Palo Alto investment firm. Lloyd also serves as a lecturer in Investments at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and is also affiliated with the Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley. For 2014-2015, Lloyd will serve on the Audit and Investment Committees.
Gary Meeker first joined the Board in 2013 as PTA President. For the past 8 years, Gary has been actively involved in building ISTP's float for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, and has been an active volunteer for many other school events. Gary and his wife have two children in the Chinese Program. Gary has spent his career in both technical and managerial roles in the semiconductor and software industries.
Suzanne O'Brien will chair the Trustee Committee and serve on the Communications Committee in 2014-2015. Suzanne joined the Board in 2010-2011 and has previously served on the Trustee, Audit, Development, Communications and Executive Committees. She has been a committed volunteer at ISTP since joining the school, including serving as Room Parent Coordinator and on the Annual Fund Committee. She and her husband have two children in the Chinese Program. Suzanne has an MBA and a background in finance and product marketing.
2014-2015 is Jean's fourth year serving on the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees. He is Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and was chair of the Investment Committee for 2013-2014, as well as the Audit Committee. Two of Jean’s children graduated from ISTP and one is currently a student in the French Program. Jean is CFO at diaDexus, Inc.
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The International School of the Peninsula (ISTP), an accredited bilingual immersion school located in Palo Alto, California offers two language immersion programs: French immersion and Chinese immersion. Our Mandarin immersion program was created in 1996, and our French immersion program was created in 1979. ISTP’s language immersion program classes begin in pre-school, continues through elementary school, and culminates in middle school. ISTP also offers a language learning summer camp.
L'Ecole Internationale de la Péninsule est un établissement à programme bilingue homologué par le MEN français situé à Palo Alto en Californie qui offre deux programmes bilingues (franco-américain et sino-américain). Notre programme franco-américain a été créé en 1979 et notre programme sino-américain en 1996. Nos deux programmes bilingues accueillent des élèves dans les classes de la petite section de maternelle au collège (classe de quatrième). L'établissement offre également des camps d'été en différentes langues (anglais, français, mandarin et espagnol).
International School of the Peninsula does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan payments, athletic and other school administered programs.