David Baraff, President
David joined the Board in 2012 after realizing his two children, Rachel and Michael, had accumulated a combined total of over 14 years of association with the Piedmont Choir, and that it was past time for him to contribute as well! Formerly a Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, he left academia in 1998 to take a position as a Senior Animation Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios. Prior to joining Pixar, David co-founded a startup commercial software company whose products have been used in the production of numerous films. In 2006, he won an Academy Award for his research and software development in the field of computer animated clothing.
Shirley Pao, Vice President, Treasurer
Shirley has predominantly worked in the health care sector since moving to the Bay Area in 2000 and currently works in strategy and implementation for a health plan. She holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of business and has 10+ years of previous consulting experience to public/private companies across various industries. Shirley lives in Piedmont with her husband and two daughters, Zia and Veda, both of whom sing with PEBCC (in the performing and training departments respectively).
Marisa Rahl, Vice President - Development; Secretary
Marisa was a founding member of Piedmont Girls Choir back in 1983 and has been involved with the choir in one way or another ever since. In addition to singing with the choir for ten years, she has been on the camp staff, a Golden Gate Festival volunteer, and has chaperoned numerous PEBCC tours as the tour photographer, videographer and blogger. Marisa studied Economics and Managerial Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and works in marketing management with various Fortune 500 clients. She recently moved back to the Bay Area after living in Dallas for many years, and one of her favorite parts of being back is being able to catch frequent PEBCC concerts and be a more involved volunteer.
Richard Raushenbush, Vice President - Planning
Rick is an attorney and just completed eight years on the Piedmont Board of Education. As a School Board member, he assisted in managing budget crises caused by inadequate State funding, a seismic bond construction program, and the implementation of the Common Core curriculum. As a co-founder and partner in Work/Environment Law Group, Rick’s law practice is focused on energy infrastructure. He is a former equity partner in Latham & Watkins, an international law firm, and previously served as General Counsel to a solar energy start-up. Rick has an A.B cum laude from Harvard University and a J. D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Rick’s daughter is in her 12th year with the Piedmont Choirs, which has brought her great joy, a beautiful voice and close friends here and abroad.
Rowena T. Libang
Rowena ihas been a member of the State Bar of California since 1996, and has practiced law for eighteen years in both the public and private sectors. She served as Lead Trial Attorney and held similar professional capacities at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for nearly fifteen years. She is currently the Principal Attorney at the Rowena T. Libang LawOffices, specializing in asset and wealth preservation, bankruptcy and immigration. Ms. Libang-Bobila worked as an Immigration Caseworker in U.S. Senator Alan Cranston's California office, after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California --Davis. From 1990 to 1991, she was one of 12 individuals chosen nationally to post-graduate leadership training under the Coro Foundation's Fellowship in Public Affairs, that included a three-month assignment in Washington D.C. under its National Fellowship Program. Ms. Libang-Bobila is a member of the California Minority Counsel Program, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and the Filipino-American Bar Association of Northern California. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California -- Hastings School of Law. Rowena is also Commissioner for the California State Lottery.
Natalie has most recently dedicated her time and energy towards children and education. She works for the Piedmont Unified School District as a Special Education Para-educator. Her volunteerism includes serving on the boards of her children’s schools, Kaiser Pediatric Parent Advisory Board, East Bay Agency for Children Auxiliary and for Piedmont SERVES (tri-school elementary community service). Natalie holds an MBA from UCLA and a BS from UC Berkeley. For 12 years, she worked in brand management for consumer products and Internet software companies. She and her husband have three children; their youngest, Lucy, loves singing with the training department.
Nancy has more than 25 years of senior management experience and P&L responsibility in technology, design and business-related publishing and educational products and services. As Vice President and Publisher of Pearson Technology Group, a division of Pearson Education, she led global print and digital trade publishing book imprints such as Peachpit Press, New Riders, Adobe Press, and Apple Pro Training Books, as well as related DVD and online video training, online courseware, apps and other software products, including the award-winning interactive MyGraphicsLab. An expert in digital publishing and visual communications, she pioneered some of Pearson’s first interactive ebooks, beta books, rich-media books, streaming and DVD-based video training, HTML5-based “browser-books” and mobile apps, transforming an all-print business to digital with a “digital-first” program. In 2010, she was appointed interim president/publisher for Pearson Germany’s Markt und Technik and AddisonWesley Germany publishing teams in Munich, Germany. During this European secondment, she was also tasked with advising the publishing teams in France and Benelux. Throughout her career, she has created and chaired global seminars, workshops and conferences, including the popular “Voices That Matter” Web Design Conference.
Alix was in PEBCC for 10 years and graduated in 2004. She has many fond memories of choir, and still remembers most of the words to the music we sang in the back of the tour bus. Alix also sang in college at UC Irvine, where she earned her B.A. in Social Ecology and Minor in Urban and Regional Planning. She currently lives in Heidelberg, Germany, and works in Executive Communications at SAP, an enterprise software company. Alix works music into her daily life by checking out local concerts, events, and karaoke in her new city. She is proud to serve on the PEBCC Board of Directors, and is excited about working with our alumni network.
Camden is a proud PEBCC alumna and the Communications & Events Coordinator at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in American Studies and French Cultural Studies. When not singing, Camden manages events and social media for her college club, acts as president of her alumnae class, and is the Young Alumni Chair for the Head-Royce School Alumni Council. Now living in San Francisco, she finds time to swim, spin, and explore the numerous restaurants with her friends and family.
Sue first joined the Board and served as President when her youngest (now 30) was still in the Choirs and is now serving her second stint on the Board. She is celebrating, this year, over 37 years of service on various Boards of Directors, working primarily in Development and Fundraising. She is especially interested in ensuring that the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir can offer an affordable and quality musical education to children throughout the East Bay.