Board of Directors
Karen graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School. She served as the Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission from 1999 through 2003, and is currently a partner at the law firm of Remcho, Johansen & Purcell.
Karen was the first Executive in Residence at the Center on Politics at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of California-Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, where she co-taught a course on Regulating Public Integrity. She is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and California.
Lisa is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a partner in the San Francisco office of the law firm Duane Morris.
Lisa serves as president of the board of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She is also a past chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and has been designated a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California. Lisa served as an editor of The Immigration and Nationality Law Treatise, and authored a chapter of Advising California Employers. She has published articles on immigration law issues and lectures frequently for various bar associations and conferences. Lisa is admitted to practice law in New York and California.
Deborah attended the University of Michigan and Nuffield College – Oxford University, and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She served on the University of Michigan Alumni Board for the College of Engineering and the College Literature, Science & Arts, and its Life Science Institute Leadership Council. She was also on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Northern California. She currently is the Chair of Trillium Asset Management LLC.
Deborah has more than 20 years experience as a senior executive and decision maker in the financial services sector. As a managing director at several investment banks, she raised significant amounts of money for corporate clients both publicly and privately in the U.S. market as well as in Europe and Asia. Deborah was also a vice president at General Electric Capital. In addition, as president of GECC Capital Markets, she managed all SEC regulated activities as well as having company-wide responsibility for liquidating, without a loss, several hundred million dollars in problem accounts or bankruptcies. While she was at Robertson Stephens & Co., Deborah strategically helped position and enthusiastically supported its landmark research report on “Socially Responsible Investing.” This was the first time Wall Street seriously acknowledged and published on “green investing.”
“Thea” is a Cambodian lawyer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has a Bachelor of Law degree from Cambodia, a Masters of Law degree from Japan, and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.
Thea has been extremely involved for many years in the protection and support of children in Cambodia and throughout Southeast Asia. She is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Child Rights Foundation Cambodia, the founder and an advisor to Child Assistance for Mobilization and Participation Cambodia, the founder and first president of Children’s Committee – Cambodia, and a core member of the Global March Against Child Labor. Thea also worked in Bangkok, Thailand as the Southeast Asia Coordinator for Child Workers in Asia.
Thea has also worked as a Legal Advisor for the USAID-funded Program on Rights and Justice in Cambodia, and taught at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh. Thea is currently a Program Officer with Special Focus on Human Rights with the Cambodia office of Diakonia.
Susan has Master’s Degrees in Social Work, Education and Special Education (National Louis University, Northeastern Illinois University). She has over 25 years of experience as a clinical social worker, high school social worker, grade school and high school teacher, and special education administrator. She has served for ten years as a hospice social worker, and now works with World Relief mentoring refugee families and teaching them English. She has been a sponsor and mentor to Native American young women from reservations in New Mexico and Arizona for 15 years. Susan has also been a city planner for the City of Chicago and a vice-president of the Elmhurst Walk-in Ministry and the American Association of University Women.
Susan and her husband support the education of eight Cambodian students, and have worked with 15 additional Cambodian students. She has worked with the directors of Education First Cambodia and other educational organizations in Cambodia for the past ten years.
Larry received a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Civilizations from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from Berkeley Law School.
Larry has combined a passion for law and for teaching for 35 years. Larry’s law practice has focused on criminal appeals and habeas corpus, including death penalty cases. More recently, Larry has developed an interest in immigration law, especially representing asylum seekers. He is now developing a pro bono asylum project to recruit and train volunteer attorneys and mental health professionals to work on asylum cases.
Larry taught for several years in a Great Books program at St. Mary’s College. He has taught courses on post-conviction remedies and on capital punishment at Berkeley Law School. He is now doing his most fulfilling teaching in an English as a Second Language program for new immigrants.
Annette lived in Cambodia for over five years. For much of that time, she was the Executive Director of a 100-child residential center that gave new lives to children who had been garbage pickers at the local dump. The project was very successful during her tenure, over doubling in size and truly making a difference in children’s lives. Annette also volunteered with a Cambodian nonprofit organization focused on providing education, arts, and athletic opportunities to underprivileged children in Phnom Penh, worked as Project Coordinator for a Ugandan nonprofit focused on providing young adults with entrepreneurial skills, and served as the Director of Volunteering for a Bay Area nonprofit focused on improving health and preventing chronic diseases in underprivileged teens and their families. In addition to her work for Education First Cambodia, Annette currently supports a leadership program for young women at a nonprofit in Myanmar.
Prior to coming to Cambodia, much of Annette’s professional career was in the business world. She was the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-million dollar export company based in California. She also served as an Assistant Manager in the International Division of a major Danish bank. Annette is a graduate of the Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration.
Neil also lived in Cambodia for over five years. During much of that time, he served as a legal advisor with the USAID-funded Program on Rights and Justice, and was the first United States advisor to the Cambodian government. Neil also served as an advisor to the children’s organization that Annette worked with in Cambodia, and taught a class on current events and critical thinking to the top students there. He also taught a year-long class on current events and critical thinking to young adults in Myanmar.
A lawyer by training, Neil’s career is now focused on improving the legal systems of developing countries and their human rights records. In addition to his work in Cambodia, Neil has also worked on U.S. government and European Union-funded law reform projects in the Republic of Georgia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Uganda, and is admitted to practice law in California.
Neil attended Cornell University, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. His first job was as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He then worked for many years as a partner in a San Francisco law firm before transitioning his career to international development.