Strauss Family Reflections

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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ANKUR LUTHRA, CHAIR

  • Graduate of Berkeley (University Medalist), Harvard Business School (Soros Fellow), and Oxford (Rhodes Scholar)

  • CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Finchwood Capital, an investment firm in San Francisco

  • Board of Directors of Ceiba Public Schools and Omprakash.org

  • Strauss Scholar 2002; the award funded his project "Bridging the Digital Divide" focused on getting underprivileged youth computers and a computer education

  • Selected as one of the first Strauss Scholars to serve on the Board of Trustees

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SALLY STEPHENS REEDER

  • Graduate of UCLA

  • Former Admissions Testing Consultant for Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood, CA

  • Board Member, Rock 1 Kidney (www.rock1kidney.org) an online website that promotes organ donation

  • Award winning Quilter

  • Lifelong friend of the Strauss family.

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DUNCAN STRAUSS

  • Graduate of UC Davis

  • Former journalist/critic for the Los Angeles Times

  • Co-owner of Strauss-McGarr Entertainment - manages comedians, operates a comedy club

  • Hosts Talking Animals, an NPR radio show about animals and animal issues

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GORDON STRAUSS, M.D.

  • Graduate of Stanford University and NYU Medical School

  • Formerly on psychiatry faculty at UCLA Medical School

  • Currently practices and teaches psychiatry at University of Louisville

  • Swims for exercise; indulges taste for gourmet food to overcome the beneficial effects of swimming

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MATTHEW STRAUSS

  • Graduate of Vassar College and California Western School of Law

  • Attorney practicing in San Diego

  • Son of Gordon Strauss and eldest grandson of Don and Dorothy Strauss

  • Inherited Don and Dorothy’s love of playing in the ocean

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NANCY STRAUSS TIETGE

  • Graduate of UC Santa Barbara

  • M.P.H. from San Diego State University

  • Trying to become proficient in Spanish

  • Has the Strauss love of travel

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JONATHAN GRAHAM

  • California State University, Chico (B.S. in Electrical Engineering) 

  • Business Management and Product Strategy at Apple (App Store) 

  • Have a passion for working with youth/young adults. Volunteer mentor at Year Up and Upwardly Global,   and also serve on my university's Industry Advisory Board. 

  • Formed a friendship with Ankur Luthra, which developed from being a volunteer mentor at BUILD together. 

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TRACY TIETGE SCHREINER

  • Graduate UC Berkeley

  • Auditor with Ernst & Young

  • Jazzercise Instructor

  • Daughter of Nancy Strauss Tietge and Granddaughter of Don and Dorothy Strauss

  • Inherited an appreciation for phenomenal desserts, crosswords, naps, great stories, travel, and an intolerance for poor grammar

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ARAM NADJARIAN

  • Graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Summa Cum Laude) and University of Sussex (Rotary Scholar)

  • Former Chief of Staff to California EPA Secretary & Senior Policy Advisor to Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger 

  • Managing Partner of Mozaic Media & Communications, a national Public Relations & Advocacy Firm 

  • 2005 Strauss Scholar - Project focused on Bringing Education & Career Opportunities to Juvenile Hall Youth in LA County (2005 National Telly Award Recipient for Documentary Aram produced on his journey)

  • Selected as one of  the first Strauss Scholars to serve on the Board of Trustees

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G. JENNIFER WILSON, PH.D.

  • UCLA Professor in the Honors Program for 35 years; recently retired

  • Held leadership positions and received awards for teaching, advocacy of writing in the curriculum, and contributions to the special series of courses called the Honors Collegium

  • Believes that commitment to the public good very much includes discovering what it means to live a significant life

  • As the campus representative for the Strauss Scholarship, launched all 25 of the UCLA Strauss Scholars in the first 20 years of the Foundation.

MISSION STATEMENT

Encouraging young leaders from 14 pre-selected California Colleges and Universities to undertake a high-impact project in public service or social change in their junior or senior year.

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