Out for Undergrad's Board of Directors is comprised of an experienced group of volunteer members.

Peter Hart

Board Member

Peter Hart is currently a student at the Harvard Business School after several years an Associate at AEA Investors. At AEA, he served as an investment professional in their $2.5B Middle Market fund where he was focused on making investments in the consumer / retail and social media / marketing services space. Prior to joining AEA, he was a Consultant in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with his clients to solve some of their most challenging strategy questions. He spent the majority of his time in the financial services practice area primarily advising banks, hedge funs, and asset managers.

Mr. Hart graduated with high honors from Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Real Estate. During his freshman year at IU, he founded Everest Real Estate L.L.C, which owns and operates a portfolio of five residential properties in Bloomington, Indiana. He also serves as the Treasurer and as a Board member of Out for Undergrad.

Garrett Hall

Board Member

Garrett Hall is an Investment Manager at AlpInvest Partners where he is responsible for the investment and monitoring of a $4.5 billion secondary private equity fund. AlpInvest Partners is part of The Carlyle Group, a global asset management firm specializing in private equity, based in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Hall rejoined AlpInvest Partners after earning an MBA from Harvard Business School with Distinction. Prior to AlpInvest, Mr. Hall was with J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank. Mr. Hall graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Carolina Scholar and awarded the Hampton Shuping Prize which is given to a single senior who excels in academics, integrity and leadership and shows concern for ethical management.

Mr. Hall is the Chairman of the Out for Undergraduate Business Conference, a non-profit whose mission is to connect exceptional LGBT undergraduates with careers in financial services, consulting and technology. He also sits on the advisory board of Out on the Street, an organization which brings together senior Wall Street executives to address LGBT issues.

JD Schramm

Board Member

JD Schramm holds the Class of 1978 Lecturership at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He was appointed to the faculty of the GSB in 2007 where he teaches a variety of communication courses. He’s also actively involved in coaching numerous entrepreneurs on their pitches to potential investors or partners.

Schramm earned his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of business in 2002 and was immediately appointed to the faculty. During his five years there he rose from adjunct to assistant to associate professor teaching courses in strategy, persuasion, organizational communication, and teamwork. In 2012 he earned his doctorate of education (Ed.D.) through the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education focusing his research on innovation in MBA programs.

His writing can be found on Harvard Business Review online and the Huffington Post. An avid TEDster he has presented, coached, and viewed hundreds of TED talks. He serves on the board of the Unity Institute as well as chairing the communication task force for Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco.

He has been an active player in OUBC and OUTC for well over a decade now; often leading sessions on networking and communication. In 2007 he was awarded the Bob Butler Award for Queer Advocacy by NYU’s office of LGBT Student Services. In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by his alma mater, Emporia State University, in part for his work in the LGBT community. He and his husband, Ken Daigle, were married in November 2007 and make their home in both San Francisco and New York.

Jevan Soo

Board Member

Jevan Soo is the Head of People Development for Square, a high-growth start-up in electronic payments and mobile commerce, where he drives initiatives around organizational design and effectiveness, talent and performance management, and leadership development.  Prior to joining Square, Jevan was with McKinsey & Company for nearly a decade in their Boston, New York, and Shanghai offices.  At McKinsey, he led consulting teams to serve clients across the technology, healthcare, and education sectors on topics of strategy, human capital, and organizational effectiveness as well as held internal leadership roles including driving McKinsey’s Asia-Pacific recruiting strategy and operations across twelve countries.  He also spent a summer in the Office of Human Capital at District of Columbia Public Schools, working directly with now-Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Jevan co-authored the best-selling Harvard Business School case study, “Erik Peterson at Biometra”, which kicks off the required first-year leadership class for over 900 Harvard MBA students every year, and his writing on leadership and organizational culture has been featured online by Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine.  He was the head teaching assistant for Ron Heifetz’s flagship leadership class at Harvard Kennedy School, and has advised non-profits including the Point Foundation and the Angkor Hospital for Children on their approaches to recruiting, talent management, and leadership development. Jevan also was part of the founding team behind the inaugural Out for Undergrad Business Conference and has been a frequent panelist at the Reaching Out MBA Conference.

Jevan received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar in the top 5% of the graduating class, an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he was a Rubenstein Fellow, and his AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.  He and his husband Ryan reside in San Francisco with their Airedale terrier Callum.

John Newsome

Board Member

John Newsome is the founder of the Public Equity Group (a boutique consulting firm to social change organizations). John’s clients have included the Global Business Coalition on Health; the NYC Leadership Academy; Peer Health Exchange; Summer Search; and others. During the fall of 2008, John was hired as an alumni “Guest Fellow” for a 10-week (~20+ session) Stanford Business School course for 1st year MBA students.

From 2009-2011, John left consulting to ser ve as Vice President at GBCHealth, designing and leading U.S. corporate social responsibility initiatives. While at GBC, John worked closely with CEOs,VPs, and other senior executives at multi-national companies (e.g., the Brink’s Company, the Chevron Corporation, L’Oreal, Levi-Straus & Co., Pfizer Inc.) and with public partners (e.g., the CDC, the White House, local health departments), managing ~10 public- private partnerships, and representing the Coalition on Capitol Hill and beyond. John’s GBC work is featured in the Economist, NY Times, Washington Post, Reuters, and elsewhere. Between 1994 and 2006, John served on the executive and management teams of several organizations including the Oakland Public Schools (Executive Officer) and the Bridgespan Group. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) during her first term in office.

In 2004, John co-founded And Castro for All (AC4A), an organization born of documented patterns of race and gender profiling in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. Between 2004 and 2009, AC4A won unprecedented discrimination cases and was featured in the AP, NY Times, SF Chronicle, LA Times & other publications. John‘s opinion pieces have been published in the SF Chronicle, NY Newsday, Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere. John is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and holds a Spanish fluency certification, a BA (Spanish Literature), an MA (Modern Thought & Literature), and an MBA from Stanford University.

Michael Ruderman

Board Member

Michael Ruderman is on the Marketing team at Personal Capital, a VC-backed financial tech company disrupting the wealth management industry. At Personal Capital, he is responsible for customer engagement, managing cross-functional projects across marketing, sales, analytics, and product. Prior to joining Personal Capital, Michael worked in Mobile Business Development at Braintree/ Venmo, the payments company. Michael began his career in strategy consulting. He was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York, where he worked with clients in locations as varied as Toronto, Mexico City, and Geneva. He then spent two years as a Manager of Corporate Strategy at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto.

Leading Out For Undergrad’s first industry and geographical expansion, Michael was the founder and Executive Director of the Out for Undergrad Tech Conference. He previously served as Executive Director of the Out for Undergrad Business Conference. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Out for Undergrad, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s strategy and operations.

Michael received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was selected as an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with double concentrations in Economics and Public Policy. He was named by the Obama White House as a Next Generation LGBT Leader. He is also a regular contributor the the Huffington Post.

Molly Epstein

Board Member

At Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Molly serves as an associate professor in the practice of Management Communication. She teaches communication and professional development to undergraduates and executives. Molly’s background in language and business enables learners to maximize their professional presentation and writing abilities. As a consultant, she coaches physicians and executives in effective presenting, writing, and communicating in meetings.

Molly joined Emory’s Management Communication department after completing her PhD and MA at Georgia State University. Before returning to academia, Molly enjoyed a brief adventure as a marketer after she earned a Masters in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, as well as a BA in Literature from Northwestern.

After growing up in Chicago, Molly now calls Atlanta home.  She lives in City of Atlanta with her husband and their three children. Every chance they get, the Epsteins escape to the North Georgia Mountains for hiking, wake-boarding, and star-gazing.