Advisors

Our advisory board is composed of distinguished graduates of Pomona College who bring deep industry experience to the Cambrian Group.

Alan Boyce ’84 (General Motors)
CEO | Absalon
President | Adecoagro
Los Angeles, California

Alan Boyce is CEO of Absalon, a joint venture between VP Securities and Soros Fund Management. Its purpose is to educate and empower countries to adopt the beneficial attributes of the Danish mortgage system, and he is currently working with George Soros on an initiative to restructure the U.S. mortgage market. He is also President of Adecoagro, a diversified agricultural production company operating in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. He is co-founder and Director of Agrica Ltd, the founder and CEO of Westlands Solar Farms, a California renewable energy company based in Fresno County, and is the founder and Chairman of Materra Farms, a California based agricultural production company specializing in the production of animal feed. Before Countrywide Bank, FSB was sold to Bank of America, Boyce was Senior Managing Director of Investment Strategies. While at Countrywide, Boyce was responsible for management and leadership of the bank's investment and funding strategies that produce the highest risk-adjusted returns and the lowest cost of funds. He also oversaw securities and loan purchase activities, trades and strategies, as well as investment portfolio performance. Prior to joining Countrywide in 2007, Boyce served as Director of Special Situations at Soros Fund Management LLC. During those years with Soros, he managed a portfolio of assets of the Quantum Funds and had principal operational responsibilities for the bulk of Soros' investments in Latin America. Boyce coordinated the establishment of Glacier Re, a Swiss Domicile reinsurance company in 2004 and served as chief executive officer. Before joining Soros Fund Management, Boyce served for fourteen years as Managing Director, in charge of Fixed Income Arbitrage with Bankers Trust. Prior to that, he worked for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Boyce holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.

David Cho ’00 (Chipotle)
Entrepreneur
San Francisco, California

David Cho is an entrepreneur based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to taking the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship, Dave was a Manager in Bain's New York office, where he primarily served media clients (recorded music, newspapers, magazines, B2B information, and local advertising). His work spanned a number of areas, including digital strategy, vertical content strategy, sales force effectiveness, organizational redesign and product design and innovation. In addition to his client work, Dave also served as the Associate Consultant (AC) program manager in the New York office as well as the program manager for Bain's global Associate Consultant Training (ACT) program. Dave also worked in Bain's Los Angeles, Singapore, and Hong Kong offices. Dave holds and MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Pomona College in Economics.

Sayre Craig '08 (Lululemon)
Analyst | Valiant Capital Partners
San Francisco, California

Sayre Craig is an analyst at Valiant Partners, a $2.7bn hedge fund based in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2008, Valiant invests in both public and private companies around the world. At Valiant, Sayre is a global generalist and is responsible for sourcing and diligence of investment opportunities as well as monitoring current positions in the fund. Prior to joining Valiant, Sayre worked for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in its Investment Bank in New York. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.

Kent Fisher '87 (Embraer)
Vice President, Supply Chain | Boeing Commercial Aircraft
Everett, Washington

Kent Fisher is a Vice President at Boeing where he has responsibility for the firm's relationships with more than 1400 suppliers around the world. External suppliers provide more than 65% of Boeing’s products and services. The supply chain is essential to Boeing’s continued competitive advantage. Prior to working with the supply chain, Kent held positions in Marketing, Product Strategy, Sales and Customer Finance. Before he joined Boeing, Kent held various positions at Price Waterhouse working in the firm’s litigation and bankruptcy-consulting group in Los Angeles and Seattle. Kent has a bachelor's degree in economics from Pomona College and a master's degree in business administration from UCLA.

Tim Forest '95 (Gilead)
Director, Schwab Institutional | Charles Schwab & Company
San Francisco, California

Following graduation from Pomona in economics, Tim worked at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst in their Los Angeles office. He then earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and returned to McKinsey in San Francisco for two more years as an Associate. While at McKinsey, Tim worked on strategy projects in the sectors of financial services, technology, healthcare, and not-for- profit. Since 2001, Tim has been in strategic roles with Charles Schwab & Company, managing projects forwarding the retail brokerage business, and, currently, the Schwab Institutional business. As a personal interest, Tim recently co-founded Bruce Cass Wine Lab, a wine school offering evening classes in the San Francisco Bay Area (www.brucecasswinelab.com).

Kristen Horne ’93 (BP)
Director of Business Development and CAO | Altamont Capital Partners
San Francisco, California

Kristin Fix Horne is the Director of Business Development and Chief Administrative Officer for Altamont Capital Partners. After graduating from Pomona with a double major in economics and mathematics, Kristin was a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, where she focused on business strategy and operations for marketing-intensive industries. She spent half a year in marketing at Intuit before attending Stanford Business School for her MBA. After Stanford, she spent ten years in San Francisco at Morgan Stanley where she became Managing Director of the investment banking division, responsible for covering private equity firms on the west coast. Kristin's projects involved sourcing and financing new acquisitions as well as working with portfolio companies on equity and debt financings and mergers and acquisitions advice. After Morgan Stanley, Kristin was a Principal in TPG Capital's fundraising group. She led fundraising and investor relations efforts for the firm's large-cap buyout fund as well as other funds the firm manages. TPG Capital is a private equity investment firm with $50Bn in assets under management and offices in Fort Worth, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tokyo, Melbourne and New York City. Kristin joined Altamont in 2010. Altamont is a middle market private equity firm with $500M under management, focused on change-intensive opportunities.


Victor Liu ’93 (United Parcel Service)
Research Associate | Causeway Capital
Los Angeles, California

Victor Liu graduated from Pomona College in 1992 as an economics major. While at Pomona College, he interned at Asia Financial Group with Pomona alumnus Bernard Chan in Hong Kong. Following graduation, he served as a Rotary Ambassador in Taiwan, worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company and as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch where he did corporate finance, and mergers & acquisitions. He currently conducts international equity research at Causeway Capital Management with a focus on the technology and automotive industries. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Susan V. Helfrey Monson '92 (Green Dot)
Director of Operations | SunRun, Inc.
San Francisco, California

Susan Monson is Director of Operations at SunRun, Inc. SunRun is the leading provider of residential solar power purchase agreements, which provide residential customers with a more affordable way to go solar. At SunRun, Susie is responsible for all customer operations, customer service, and solar system monitoring and maintenance. Prior to joining SunRun in 2008, Susie worked for six years first as Director of Finance and then Director of Operations at PayCycle, Inc., a provider of web-based payroll services for small businesses. Prior to joining PayCycle in 2002, Susie worked as VP Operations for NextMonet, a direct marketer of fine art, where she was in charge of all customer service and framing operations. Susie's additional work experience includes IBM, Exxon Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Susie graduated from Pomona College in 1992 with a concentration in economics and she holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Erik Neirenberg ’97 (Tesla)
Vice President, Sales Development | Salesforce.com
San Francisco, California

Erik Nierenberg is currently Vice President of Sales Development for salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in Cloud Computing software. Previously, Nierenberg was a Principal and Venture Partner with Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, a $1.1B firm located in San Diego, with a primary focus within software, consumer Internet, online advertising, and wireless technologies. Board of Director seats included Devicescape, Expresso Fitness, and Specific Media. He had additional Board and management involvement at IdenTrust, Dragonwave (NASDAQ:DRWI), Ascendent Systems (acquired by RIM) and Tarari (acquired by LSI). Prior to joining Enterprise Partners, Erik spent five years with Bain & Company where he led growth strategy, operations and marketing initiatives across industries including technology, media, consumer products, and retail. Nierenberg also was a Case Team Leader within Bain's Private Equity Group doing M&A and due diligence in a variety of industries. Earlier in his career, Nierenberg worked in product management at Netscape and was one of the founding employees of The Bridgespan Group which is a bi-coastal nonprofit organization. Erik received a M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a degree in Economics from Pomona College where he was captain of the lacrosse team.

Jeff Parks ’02 (HiSoft)
Partner | Riverwood Capital
Menlo Park, California

Jeff Parks co-founded Riverwood Capital (formerly known as Bigwood Capital) with Michael Marks and Nic Brathwaite in 2007. Riverwood is a growth equity firm focused on international opportunities in the middle market. Today, Riverwood has approximately $200mm of capital under management, and is led by six partners with a total of over 100 years of relevant experience. Prior to Riverwood, Jeff was an investment executive at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co ("KKR"), where he focused on a variety of private equity investments in the technology sector. While at KKR, Jeff was involved in many of the largest technology buyouts ever completed, including SunGard Data Systems, Avago Technologies (formerly Agilent Semiconductor Products Group) and NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductor). Prior to joining KKR, Jeff was an investment professional in the Principal Opportunities Fund at Oaktree Capital Management, where he focused on private equity opportunities in distressed companies. While at Oaktree, Jeff helped oversee the successful restructuring a technology services business, moving operations offshore and rationalizing product lines. Previously, Jeff was with UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles, where he was involved in a variety of mergers & acquisitions, as well as financing transactions across several industries. Jeff received his dual B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Pomona College. He was a member of Carnegie Consulting, the very first of the Pomona College senior seminars in corporate strategy. He headed up the project on Ford Motor Company.

Matt Thompson ’96 (Comcast)
Vice President, Finance | Glendon Partners
Los Angeles, California

Matt Thompson is Vice President, Finance at Glendon Partners, which is part of The Gore’s Group, a private equity firm. Matt is responsible for portfolio company financial oversight and controls as well as leading financial due diligence activities. Prior to joining Glendon, Matt was a Director at FTI Consulting, concentrating on financial and operational restructurings for Communications and Media clients. Prior to FTI, he spent three years as a Director of Corporate Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he completed over $400 million of acquisitions, divestitures, and business launches of television networks and new media properties globally. Prior to Sony, Matt was a Senior Associate in the restructuring practice of Alvarez and Marsal. He also served as a Technology M&A Summer Associate at JPMorgan. Matt holds a B.A. in Biology and Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from Stanford. He is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and a Licensed International Financial Analyst.

Jenn Wilcox '08 (Apollo Group)
Associate | Summit Rock Advisors
New York, New York

Jenn Wilcox is an associate at Summit Rock Advisors, an independent investment advisory firm that provides financial advice and portfolio management to charitable institutions and families. Prior to joining Summit Rock, Jenn worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division in San Francisco, where she focused on financing public sector and infrastructure projects. Jenn is a member of the Board of Directors for Spark, a non-profit organization that seeks to change patterns of inequality that impact women throughout the world. She graduated from Pomona College in 2008 with a degree in Economics. While at Pomona, she was Captain of the varsity tennis team and was the Vice President of the Pomona Student Union. As a senior, Jenn studied Tiffany & Co as part of the senior seminar on corporate strategy.