Board Members 

*   Co-Chair, Committee
** Chair, Board of Directors

Ed Chen * is currently the Director of Technology for The Nueva School, a PK-12 independent school focused on supporting high-ability learners and gifted students. He has also worked closely in partnership with Common Sense, advising on the creation of their citizenship curriculum and developing guidance for schools planning to launch their own 1:1 device program. Prior to entering the education sector, Ed worked with non-profits as the Technology Director for KQED, Channel 9 / 88.5 FM, advising the broadcaster on building state-of-the-art digital broadcast and digital production facilities, and as an active board member for what is now the Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum).
Laura Eise
Laura Eise builds and manages cyber security programs for Fortune 500 companies and has worked with technology, manufacturing, financial, and commerce companies, as well as with the US Federal Government and international partners. In her current role, she leads business enablement for the development platform and enterprise security strategy for a large consumer and business travel company. Laura also researches and studies human behavior in security, as well as how children use technology.
Garrett Gee is a hacker, entrepreneur and autodidact. He has over 25 years of information security experience from financial, technology, and government sectors. He has been featured in various news media outlets domestically and internationally.

Bill Pollock Bill Pollock, Chair ** founded The No Starch Press Foundation in 2017 as a public non profit US 501(c )(3). Pollock saw a need, globally, to provide grants to support the ambition and talent development of the world’s most talented engineers, admirably known as a “hacker,” wherever they are globally, and wherever they are in their growth cycle — whether in kindergarten or in the workplace. Pollock has nearly 35 years in technical book publishing. In 1994 he founded No Starch Press, leader among the world’s top technical book publishers, with a track record rivaling most publishers. No Starch Press titles have been included  in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual and STEP inside 100 Competition. The company No Starch Press has also won the prestigious Independent Publisher Book Award, the “IPPYs” from the Independent Publisher Magazine. Pollock seeded The No Starch Press Foundation with personal funds of USD$1,200,000.

Officers

Secretary: Vicki Friedberg (Interim)

Treasurer: Garrett Gee

Special Advisor: Catherine Shiang, Esq.

Catherine Shiang

Fundraising Committee

The mission of the Fundraising Committee is to raise funding and awareness for the Foundation.

Bill Pollock

Bill Pollock, Chair ** 

Mentorship Committee

The mission of the Mentorship Committee is to improve the grant recipients’ achievements in the use of the Foundation’s grants by providing a direct relationship with a Foundation mentor who works to assist these recipients to further their own potential in their grant project.

Goals

The 2022 Mentorship goals are to:

  1. Recruit Mentorship Committee members.
  2. Set up process of mentorship, what each step of mentorship means to execute the approved Mission of this Committee.
  3. Work with Programming Committee to identify grant recipients so that Mentors can be appropriately matched.
  4. Recruit Mentors from the community to work directly with each grant recipient.
  5. Match Mentors to grant recipients no later than at the grant award when made by the Programming Committee, and which is approved by the Board.

Programming Committee

Mission

To develop grant programs that support the Mission of The No Starch Press Foundation with grant goals that further the collective knowledge and contributions of the global hacker community.

Goals

2022 Programming Committee Goals:

  1. Recruit programming committee members for Grant Year 2022
  2. Develop 2022 grant objectives:  Identify types of technology and types of members of the global hacker community that further the Mission of the Foundation to fund
  3. Develop a standard for grant approvals with focus to identifying best in class applicants that shows cases the Mission of the Foundation
  4. Build a process for dividing the workflow of examining the grant requests within the Programming Committee
  5. Work with the Board and Programming Committee members to solicit best in class grant applications through social media and other media and platforms.
  6. Work with Mentorship Committee to develop a process to match grant recipients with Mentors
  7. Seek Board approval for recommended grant recipients to fund to no later than June (1st group runner up)/August (2nd group runner up)/October (3rd group and final recipients)
  8. Work with the Board and Mentorship Committee to announce the Grant awards and matching Mentors
  9. Develop a lessons learned template for the next grant cycle 2023
  10. Submit committee minutes and other records to the Chair
Ed Chen

Ed Chen. Co-Chair, Programming Committee. Ed Chen is currently the Director of Technology for The Nueva School, a PK-12 independent school focused on supporting high-ability learners and gifted students. He has supported the tremendous growth of the school as it tripled its student and faculty counts, while adding new buildings and a new site. He has also worked closely in partnership with Common Sense, advising on the creation of their citizenship curriculum and developing guidance for schools planning to launch their own 1:1 device program. He has written articles for Common Sense, Edutopia.org and Independent School Magazine. He was also the founding Director of Technology for The Bay School, growing their technology program to include a robotics team and a formalized design engineering program. Prior to entering into the education sector, Ed worked with non-profits as the Technology Director for KQED, Channel 9 / 88.5 FM, advising the broadcaster on building state-of-the-art digital broadcast and digital production facilities, and as an active board member for what is now the Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum).

Derek Bernsen, Secretary. Derek Bernsen is a Naval cyber warfare engineering officer currently serving as a Director of Cyberspace Operations where he leads capability research & development and operations for Naval and joint units. He earned an MS from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS from The Citadel, both in Computer Science. He has published works with the Association for Computing Machinery, Atlantic Council, and the US Naval Institute. Additionally, Derek is a small business owner, a member of the AFCEA Cyber Committee, and works as a security researcher at River Loop Security. 

Laura Eise
Laura Eise. Laura Eise builds and manages cyber security programs for Fortune 500 companies and has worked with technology, manufacturing, financial, and commerce companies, as well as with the US Federal Government and international partners. In her current role, she leads business enablement for the development platform and enterprise security strategy for a large consumer and business travel company. Laura also researches and studies human behavior in security, as well as how children use technology.

Michael MelbergMichael Melberg. Michael Mehlberg is a Board Member and VP at Star Lab, Wind River’s Cybersecurity and Technology Protection Group. Michael earned a bachelor’s in computer science from Purdue University, has spent his career secure mission-critical systems for the United States, and has extensive experience in reverse-engineering, threat modeling, risk assessment, and system security technologies. Michael holds a patent on a system and method for using artificial intelligence to generate secure software and is currently focusing on marketing, sales, and business development in the greater Washington, D.C. area.


Zachary Peterson is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has a technical background in applied cryptography and storage systems, as well as a strong interest in cybersecurity education and computer science outreach. His current research agenda includes developing and evaluating novel approaches that improve cybersecurity outreach and education, especially those methods centered around the use of games and play. Creating experiences that are fun, inclusive, and meaningful, irrespective of a student’s demographics, background, and abilities, is a particular focus. He is a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation awards to support cybersecurity education.

Sandy RingSandy Ring began her career at the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2006 founded Pikewerks (acquired by Raytheon), and is currently the Co-Founder of Code 13 Security/Dark Sky Technology where she focuses on software supply chain and operating system security.
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