Board of Directors

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Mission Dolores Academy is an independent Catholic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Comprised of many of San Francisco's top business, civic, and religious leaders.
Dear MDA families and friends –

I AM MDA! That’s our credo at the school. It underscores who we are, what we do and who we serve. But it is not just a credo for our students and their parents/guardians. It is how our faculty and staff see themselves and, importantly, the same is true of our Board.
The MDA Board of Directors sees itself in service to this community. We are an eclectic group of people from many walks of life. Practitioners of faith. We have one common principle that bonds us together which is the belief in MDA and dedication to seeing it serve the community for many years to come.

In the vernacular of school administration, we are a “working” Board. Our Board members are engaged in specific areas supporting the school across every dimension of need. They are here to make a difference in the school and the lives of our students and their families. After more than a decade building and growing MDA into a thriving school where values and academic excellence are celebrated and promoted, we have more to do in the future. That future is bright for MDA as we bring even more focus on wellness, for example, as a core competency the school will continue to enhance.The school completed its five-year Strategic Plan in December 2023 and has now
moved into implementation mode across multiple areas, including areas like Student Life/Wellness, Academics, Enrollment and others. During that process, we benefited from input from many teachers, parents, alumni as well as dozens of other constituents with knowledge of and dedication to our Mission. Working closely with our capable school professionals, we are already seeing the positive
results of this plan. There is much more to come. Please see our website home page for a link to the Strategic Plan.

We are grateful for your continued partnership as we continue to enhance the student experience and strive for excellence for our students. With heartfelt love and gratitude for the opportunity you give us to serve our community every day.


Keith Giarman Charlie Gagan, S.J.
Board Chair Founder

List of 16 items.

  • Eduardo Alvarez

    Amyris, Inc.
  • Margie Ellis

    Board Secretary
    Josefa Buckingham Designs
  • Fr. Charles Gagan, S.J.

    Director Emeritus
  • Keith Giarman

    Board Chair
    DHR International
  • Sr. Joan Hanna, O.P.

    Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
  • Michelle Harris

    Compass Real Estate
  • Kristina Johnson

  • Michaela Lalanne

    Governance Chair
    Colliers International
  • Bob Lalanne

    Real Estate Chair
    The Lalanne Group
  • Cristina Ortega Morris

    Retired Lawyer/School Volunteer
  • Colleen Morrissey

    John and Colleen Morrissey Foundation
  • Matt Oberhardt

    Andreessen Horowitz
  • Amy Pinkus

  • Nick Prior

    Board Treasurer
    Partner, EY LLP
  • Mikkela Sweet

    Diversity/Inclusion Chair
    Peninsula Bay Trust Company
  • Mary Toboni

    Development Chair
    Toboni-Co Real Estate & Investments
Mission Dolores Academy, an inclusive faith-filled school community, empowers confident students who are academically prepared, leading lives motivated by integrity and committed to the common good.
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