Jen is a co-founder and Managing Principal of the KAP Group (KAP), which provides investor relations and fundraising services to private equity managers at all stages of the firm’s lifecycle. Prior to founding KAP in 2009, Jen was a Vice President in the Real Estate Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse, responsible for raising capital from institutional investors for private real estate managers globally. Before her distribution role, Jen advised and prepared real estate managers through each stage of the capital raising process, including real estate private fund and joint venture opportunities in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia representing over $5 billion in equity raised. Prior to that, Jen was a founding member of DLJ Strategic Partners, a private equity fund focused on secondary limited partnership opportunities in private funds globally. Jen started her career in the Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette.
Jen earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, where she continues to be involved in alumni fundraising initiatives. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Jen serves as a Board Member for Civic Builders, a non-profit real estate firm that builds charter schools in underserved areas in and around New York City; she is also a Board Member of the Harvard Club of Northern Nevada.
Jen lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, Karl, and their two daughters, Hannah and Marley.
Bruce James served as the 24th Public Printer of the United States and CEO of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) from 2002 to 2007. In 2006, he was named Federal civilian executive of the year in recognition of the transformation of the Government Printing Office from a traditional heavy-metal printing operation into a multidimensional digital information organization serving the three branches of government.
Additionally in Washington, he served as a member of the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board and as chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board.
Bruce served as a Sierra Nevada College trustee from 1997 to 2005. He first served on the Finance and Executive Committees. He was elected chairman of the board of trustees in 1999 and became chairman-emeritus in 2002. Since 2012 he has served on the SNC advisory board.
Bruce graduated from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1964. He has served as a member of RIT’s board of trustees since 1994 and is now chairman-emeritus. He received the University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996, was the commencement speaker in 1998 and was elected chairman of the board of trustees in 2002. In 2005, RIT created the Bruce R. James Distinguished Public Service Award which annually recognizes a student for exemplary public service.
During a business career spanning more than 30 years in San Francisco, he founded and led 13 technology-driven printing and publishing organizations operating throughout the world. In addition to numerous business boards, Bruce has served on and chaired more than 20 governmental, charitable and educational boards, commissions and task forces. For his contributions to his home state, the Nevada System of Higher Education awarded him an honorary degree and in 2013 gave Bruce its highest honor, naming him a Distinguished Nevadan.
Bruce and his wife Nora reside in Crystal Bay. They have three grown sons and six grandchildren, all in San Francisco.
- B.S., Elementary Education, New Mexico State University
- M.A., Teaching, Grand Canyon University
- M.A., School Administration, University of the Southwest
Mrs. Darian Jaramillo has been in education for 22 years as a classroom teacher, high school assistant principal, and high school principal. She currently works for the Los Lunas School District as principal of Valencia High School. Mrs. Jaramillo specializes in Instructional Leadership.
- PhD, University of Houston
Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based artist, curator, teacher, and activist; author of The Other Side (Tin House, 2014) and Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012); and co-creator of the location-based storytelling project [the invisible city].
She worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children’s museum before earning a PhD from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Houston Arts Alliance, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission (may it rest in peace), the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Inprint, and Millay Colony for the Arts.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books, 2014), Fourth Genre, Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2013), Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She teaches Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Houston.
- Bachelor of Arts in Global Business Management, Sierra Nevada College
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Sierra Nevada College
Annamarie was born and raised in Incline Village. Since January 2013, she has served in a wide variety of roles at the college, first as the Campus Store Manager, then as Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations and later the Director of Advancement Services. Annamarie was instrumentally helpful throughout the 2012 NWCCU Comprehensive Evaluation, which resulted in five commendations from the evaluation committee.
Roger is a longtime North Tahoe native, having lived in Tahoe City, CA for 56 years. He joined the family retail business, Porter’s Ski & Sport, shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley. He grew the business from a single retail store to a chain of four, which he ran for thirty years until selling in 2002. The business received many industry and local awards over that period. Roger currently owns & manages several north shore commercial buildings, including some of which house Porter’s stores.
Roger has served on several community & ski industry boards of directors, including the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, the Placer County Economic Development Board, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Sports Specialists Limited, the Tahoe Fund, the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, and currently the Tahoe Prosperity Center.
Roger was named Citizen of the Year by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association in 2002 and was an Olympic relay torch bearer prior to the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He has been married to his wife, Vicki, for 37 years. They have two children, S. Victoria Kahn and Alexis Kahn. Roger is an avid skier, hiker and kayaker.
- Ed.D. in Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in School Administration, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management, California State University, Long Beach
- B.A. in Economics, California State University, Long Beach