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Mical Atz Brenzel, Chairman and Finance Committee
Mical Brenzel has been a member of the Technology Credit Union Board of Directors since 1989. She has served as Chairman of the Board (a position in which she still serves) and has chaired the Investment and Finance Committees.
Ms. Brenzel worked for 30 years in corporate treasury and finance in both the Bay Area and New York. She was Assistant Treasurer at Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Raychem Corporation, and worked in the treasury departments of Amdahl, RCA and Sperry corporations. Ms. Brenzel currently serves on the boards of several Bay Area non-profits, including Peninsula Volunteers and the Mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as on the Symphony's Youth Orchestra and Gift Planning Committees.
Ms. Brenzel has a BA in French from Swarthmore College and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
Robert E. Bylin, Vice Chair
Robert Bylin was a member of Tech CU's Board of Directors from 1975 through 1981 — resigning that year due to a transfer to Paris. He was reelected to the Board in 1986 and was Chairman from 1979-1980; 1998-2000; and 2003-2006. He is currently Vice Chairman and also serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Bylin previously served as CFO at Discera, Inc. and as a Board Member and Chairman of the Audit committee for Occam Networks. He also has been CFO for Spectra Linear, for Tak Imaging, and has served as Chief Operating Officer and CFO of DTI and as CFO for Storage Dimensions. His past experience includes 22 years at Fairchild Semiconductor with positions in Finance and Operations, including Controller of the Sales and Marketing Division, and European Controller in Paris.
His education includes a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kirk Bloede, Compensation Committee
Kirk Bloede has experience in investment banking, commercial banking, business development, and venture capital. Mr. Bloede is currently a Managing Director with Woodside Capital Partners, which acquired Newforth Partners in 2012.
Prior to Newforth, Kirk worked as a consultant to early stage enterprise and specialty software companies — assisting them in building strategic relationships and raising capital. Earlier, he was senior vice president at Silicon Valley Bank, where he was a core team member in forming its investment banking division. Prior to Silicon Valley Bank, Mr. Bloede was a vice president at Lighthouse Capital Partners, where he sourced and structured venture capital investments for early stage venture-backed companies.
Mr. Bloede’s non-profit experience includes over twenty years of service as both member and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Harvard Business School Community Partners, and former Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California.
His education includes a BA in International Relations from Stanford University with distinction and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Karen Brochier, Finance Committee Chair
Karen Brochier has over 20 years of experience in treasury operations and deep technical and accounting knowledge in all areas of treasury management. She is currently the Treasurer for BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, where her role includes providing financing and liquidity for the company’s business operations and controlling balance sheet risk. Prior to this, she worked as Treasurer for Synopsys. Her earlier experience includes working for Bank of America Securities in San Francisco as a Treasury Manager, and for Raychem Corporation (acquired by Tyco International in 1999).
Her education includes a BA in Economics from UC Davis and an MBA in Finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Peter Donahower, Finance Committee
Peter Donahower has been a member of the Board since 1991. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board and has also chaired the Finance committee. He was also on the Board of the Matson Credit Union. He is currently a member of the Finance committee.
Mr. Donahower has served as Treasurer for Advanced Fibre Communications, and was also Assistant Treasurer at Amdahl Corporation — holding this same position at Tandem Computers, prior. Previous treasury positions include working for Measurex Corporation and Matson Navigation Company. He began his career as an international banking officer with Bank of America and has more than 25 years of banking and corporate treasury experience.
His education includes a BA from DePauw University and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird (Garvin) Graduate School of International Management.
Todd Harris, Treasurer and Secretary
Todd Harris is the CEO and President of Tech CU. An industry veteran, Harris has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services, including in the banking, credit union and leasing company sectors. Under his leadership, starting mid-2016, Harris pioneered a range of new organizational capabilities and strategic growth initiatives, and in 2017 fostered Tech CU’s push to partner with several FinTechs—a move few credit unions can claim. His strategic decisions have served as the catalyst for Tech CU’s unprecedented success—exponentially growing membership by 67% to over 125,000 during his tenure. Harris’ commitment to an organization-wide focus on member satisfaction has resulted in Tech CU’s volume of 5-Star Yelp ratings increasing by 61% between 2018 and 2019, while member complaints decreased 55% over the same period. In 2017 and 2018, Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P) recognized Tech CU as the third best performing credit union in the nation, as well as the no. 1 performing credit union in California.
As evidence of Harris’ vision, Tech CU was an innovator in the area of solar financing through partnerships with companies such as Tesla and Sunlight Financial. To date, the company has funded more than $1.2 billion in residential solar loans, helping more than 35,000 homeowners across the country save money while protecting the environment. In addition to helping its members go green, Tech CU implemented steps to reduce its own non-renewable energy consumption by 40% through efforts such as replacing all lighting with energy efficient options and installing solar panels at its headquarters.
Prior to becoming CEO, Harris joined Tech CU in 2010 as CFO and COO. Before joining Tech CU, Harris was CFO at Alliance Credit Union, where he was instrumental in steering the company through the 2008 recession and back to profitability. Prior to Alliance, Harris was CFO for Pentech Financial Services. He also spent 12 years at Silicon Valley Bank, where he held the position of SVP, Finance and Strategic Planning.
With extensive expertise in economic theory, asset liability management, Fed policy, financial markets, risk management and product development, Harris is a regular commentator on economic issues. He has also leveraged his strong financial background to publish articles in VentureBeat, CUNA News Now, Payments Journal, Credit Union Journal and more. In addition, Harris is on the board of directors for Tech CU and The Silicon Valley Organization, which works toward making Silicon Valley the top choice for business relocation and expansion. He also serves on the Board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an organization that brings together established and emerging leaders — from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community — to highlight key issues affecting the Bay Area region, economy, and quality of life (such as the housing shortage) and work toward innovative solutions. Harris regularly collaborates with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and The Bay Area Council as well.
Harris is also an active in the community and has volunteered at Tech CU events with the Family Giving Tree, Stand Up for Kids, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and The Tech Interactive.
Education: BS in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from San Jose State University.
Rob Herb, Compensation Committee
Rob is currently a Venture Partner at Scale Venture Partners (ScaleVP) in Foster City, CA. ScaleVP has over $1B of capital under management and invests in Information Technology companies across the United States.
He currently serves as an independent Director on the Board of two public companies, Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC) and Micrel Semiconductor (MCRL). In addition, he represents ScaleVP on the Board at IMT (a private, venture backed MEMS manufacturing company). He formally served on the Board at MIps Technologies, Inc. (MIPS). Prior to Joining ScaleVP in 2005, Rob was with AMD for over 20 years and held a variety of executive management, sales, and marketing positions, ultimately holding the position of Executive Vice President and CMO, while serving in the office of the CEO.
Rob holds a B.S.E.E degree from the University of Illinois.
Deepti Jaggi, Compensation Committee
An expert at transforming businesses through technology and advanced analytics, Dr. Deepti Jaggi, is the President and CMO of Clinakos Inc., a company at the forefront of applying AI to healthcare and life sciences. Deepti has helped transform Clinakos from an up and coming startup to a successful, revenue generating company serving some of the top pharmaceutical companies. She is also a Consultant to TPG Capital. Her prior work experience includes over a decade working at premier organizations including Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, Oracle Corporation and NIH.
Deepti has served on the board of Tech CU since January 2020. She also currently serves as a Co-Chair of Stanford Women on Boards, where she has been serving as an Advisory Board member for the last seven years. In the past she has also served on the boards of both non-profit and private companies.
Dr. Jaggi has a Pharm. D from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Barbara B. Kamm, Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Barbara Kamm is the former CEO and President of Tech CU — retiring in May 2016. Prior to Tech CU, she had a long and accomplished career in banking, starting at First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles where she ran credit training for the bank's branch system. She next headed commercial lending at Marine National Bank, a de novo bank in Irvine, CA, and opened and managed the Orange County office of National Bank of Long Beach. Ms. Kamm joined Silicon Valley Bank in Southern California and became the regional manager there before moving to Northern California as the bank's Chief Administrative Officer.
During her 10 years with Silicon Valley Bank, Ms. Kamm worked with many entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, venture capitalists, and industry associations to meet the financial needs of the technology community. She also operated her own Bay Area-based consulting firm to provide strategic, organizational and financial advice to young tech companies and financial institutions. Among her clients was New Resource Bank of San Francisco, where she advised the Board through a CEO transition.
Her education includes a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and Pacific Coast Banking School.
Sunil Nagdev, Nominating and Governance Committee
Sunil Nagdev is currently senior Vice President, Worldwide Services and Support at Imperva, where, since 2014, he has been responsible for building and scaling the company’s services and support team. Sunil worked at Imperva during an earlier period (from April 2008 to January 2011) as the company’s Vice President, Worldwide Services. Between Imperva appointments, Sunil was Senior Vice President, Global Services and Support with Coverity, Inc., a provider of software quality and security testing solutions. Prior to his roles at Coverity and Imperva, Sunil was Vice President, Worldwide Professional Services and Technical Support for Tablus Inc., a leading provider of Data Loss Prevention solutions acquired by EMC; and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and Technical Support with Verity Inc., (renamed Autonomy Ltd. after its acquisition of Verity).
His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Chico State University.
Joseph Shepela, Compensation Committee Chair
Joseph Shepela was elected to the Board in 1999 where he has served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominating committee. He currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation committee and sits on the Nominating/Governance committee.
Mr. Shepela has held the position of senior vice president, Human Resources, at several high tech companies including: Quantum, Symantec, Adaptec, and S3 Corp. Earlier in his career, he also held senior level HR positions at Apple and Hewlett Packard.
His education includes a BS in Industrial Management from Drexel University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.