D. John Miller

John MillerD. John Miller has been active in the development of commercial real estate and private equity investment for more than 30 years. He is CEO of DJM Capital Partners, Inc., which he started in San Jose, California, in 1992. Since then he has built his company to the $1 billion asset mark.

Miller is an active member of the board of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps bring best practices, programs and technologies to public school classrooms. He is deeply committed to education and to improving the community, and sees grades 9 through 12 as transformative years for students.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He believes Legacy Tech can help arm high school students with the tools they will need to succeed in college, and in our ever-expanding knowledge economy.

Sally Pera

SallyPera-fullEducation is part of the legacy of Sally Pera’s family. Pera grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado, and after her parents died, most of the family’s land was sold off, with the proceeds going to fund academic scholarships at Oklahoma State University.

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Pera partnered with Dr. Burton White of Harvard University to form the Burton White Lab School in St. Louis, a school for children from birth to age 3. Later she collaborated with a friend to raise money to purchase computers for the first computer lab at San Carlos Elementary School.

Pera is CEO of ACG Silicon Valley, an organization where corporate executives, senior managers and other leaders connect to conduct business, share knowledge and build careers. She has considerable experience on public and private boards, including tech start-ups.

Pera holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s in political science and journalism from Colorado College. When Pera was asked by her friend D. John Miller to help start a STEAM-focused high school in Silicon Valley, she enthusiastically accepted the challenge.

Advisory Board



Scott Barton

Principal/Director, The Preuss School UCSD

Scott Barton is the principal and director of The Preuss School in San Diego, Calif., recognized by Newsweek magazine for three years in a row as the top transformative high school in the nation…

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Paige Cisewski

CEO, Charter School Morgan Hill

Paige Cisewski is the CEO and executive director of the Charter School of Morgan Hill (CSMH), an alternative public school with an emphasis on project-based learning, strong family involvement and community interaction…

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Bob Lenz

Executive Director, Buck Institute for Education
Co-Founder, Envision Education

Bob Lenz is the executive director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), a nonprofit organization that supports the use of project-based learning (PBL) in all classrooms, grade levels and schools…

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Patricia N. Perry

Vice President, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group
Director, End User Solutions Marketing, Intel Corp.

Patricia N. Perry is vice president in Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group and director of the firm’s End User Solutions Marketing. She is responsible for end user demand generation and preference for Intel Solid State Drives…

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Consulting Contributors


Michelle Williams

CEO, Williams Learning Solutions, Inc.

Michelle Williams is the founder and CEO of Williams Learning Solutions, Inc. (WLS), a startup company that develops educational tools for elementary school science…

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Jason Holt

Engineer & Inventor, Google

Jason Holt is an engineer, inventor, and author who, for more than 20 years, has been passionate about technology’s potential to improve life for everyone…

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Gabriel Lucas

Principal, Educational Technology Recruiting

Gabriel Lucas is the principal at Educational Technology Recruiting, a consulting firm that specializes in staffing and recruiting for educational technology positions in independent schools…

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Jesse Lovejoy

Director, Museum & Education Program, San Francisco 49ers

Jesse Lovejoy is the director of the San Francisco 49ers Museum, a 20,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2014 in the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California…

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Barbara Kamm

President & CEO, Technology Credit Union

Barbara Kamm is president and CEO of Technology Credit Union (Tech CU), a $2 billion financial institution that serves more than 74,000 members in the Bay Area…

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Sara Terheggen

Corporate Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Dr. Sara L. Terheggen is a Corporate Partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Palo Alto office. She has advised on numerous corporate and private equity fund transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $90 billion…

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Ethan Ris

Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Ethan Ris is a researcher and doctoral candidate at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. His scholarship focuses on education policy and history, and the development of non-cognitive skills in both K-13 and higher education levels…

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John C. Walker

CEO Coach, Vistage International

John C. Walker is a CEO Coach with Vistage International, a membership organization with peer advisory groups made up of CEOs, business owners and executives, and guided by expert executive coaches…

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Steve Wymer

Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communication, TiVo

Steve Wymer is vice president of corporate affairs and communications at TiVo in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this position he oversees global communications, state and local government affairs, internal leadership development and international brand marketing…

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Karen Randall

Educational & Corporate Strategist


James P. Cashman

Partner, Berliner Cohen, LLP

James P. Cashman represents individuals and families in estate planning matters, including wills, partnerships and foundations; living, insurance, complex, educational and charitable trusts; and probate and estate administration…

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Jason Papier

President, Fluent Wealth Partners, LLC

Jason Papier is the president of Fluent Wealth Partners, a fee-only wealth management firm in San Jose, Calif., that supports high net worth families…

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