Our Board of Directors

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Penny Alexander '82
Penny Alexander '82

Penny, a native to the Bay Area, was a key player on the women’s basketball team during her time at SCU. However, after graduation, she moved on to have a very successful career and is now the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Franklin Templeton, a global investment firm. She recently held the position as Chair of Santa Clara University's Board of Regents for the 2016-17 year, working to advise and support the President’s Office and the Board of Trustees.

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Gina Blancarte '99
Gina Blancarte '99

Gina graduated SCU with entertainment on the brain and began her career working in film and television. She has held positions with The Grammys, Paramount Pictures, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, after nearly 15 years in entertainment, Gina realized she wanted to be a part of the real estate world and began working at The Agency, where she became a real estate agent to some of LA’s most elite. Gina is also a founding member of the SCU Entertainment Alumni Group.

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Tanya Monsef
Tanya Monsef

Tanya Monsef is an executive coach and business consultant with 25+ years of Silicon Valley high tech, startups and non-profit business success in the areas of finance, marketing and strategy. She has coached and delivered programs with women leaders from 40+ countries. She designs leadership training, leads workshops, provides one-on-one coaching, and facilitates conversations to clients around the world with a focus on gender equity.

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Piper Cook '99
Piper Cook '99

Piper, a soccer star during her time at Santa Clara, founded her own consulting firm in 2016, in which she advises companies on matters ranging from brand strategy to contract negotiations. Before that, Piper spent her professional life working in various positions involving branding and sports marketing. She has been a board member and committee head for WISE (Women in Sports and Events, Inc.) for the past eight years.

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Heidi Leupp '84
Heidi Leupp '84

Heidi is an active community volunteer focused largely on education. A member of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees, Ms. Leupp is also the former president of the SCU National Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Fellows. She is an emerita member of the SCU Board of Regents. She serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, chairing the Audit Committee, among other positions.

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Bethany Mayer '83
Bethany Mayer '83

Bethany graduated Santa Clara with a degree in political science and went on to work in various marketing and product development positions. Some of her most impressive titles include Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, and so on. After working at HP for nearly 5 years, Bethany moved on to become President and CEO of Ixia, a network security solutions company. She is currently a board member for the San Diego energy services holding company, Sempra Energy.

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