SBA Advisory Board

School of Business Advisory Board

The School of Business Administration Advisory Board develops programs to connect the School with the business community to provide learning opportunities for students, create understanding of business and not-for-profit needs, develop awareness of the School and enhance student success.  Advisors provide a sounding board to ensure that the School continually builds its entrepreneurial and innovative approach to management education.  The Advisory Board develops student-learning opportunities such as classroom visits, guest speakers, internship offerings, competition judging and coaching, and advises on curriculum.  Advisors helped create Menlo's SBA Day, develop event themes, support strategic initiatives and new programming, and support accreditation activities.

Current members of the Advisory Board include:

Simon Glinsky


Mr. Glinsky is Principal of The Glinsky Group, a strategy and leadership consulting practice.  He creates growth, builds renewal and turnaround, and develops strategic effectiveness.  Mr. Glinsky was previously with McKinsey & Co. and IBM and helped found Clean Power Finance,, and several other companies.  He holds a BS from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University.


THOR GEIR RAMLETH '87 (Vice Chair)

Mr. Ramleth is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. where he leads the global information systems and technology organization.  He is a Trustee of Menlo College.  Mr. Ramleth is an alumnus of Menlo College and holds an MBA from Dartmouth College.



Ms. Amster is a Tax Partner in the Palo Alto office of Burr Pilger Mayer. She has over 20 years of experience in public accounting assisting clients with tax planning, estate planning, compliance and research.  Ms. Amster also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board and is an alumnus of Menlo College.  She holds a JD from the University of San Francisco and a LLM from Golden Gate University.

Johan Brenner


Mr. Brenner is a General Partner in Creandum, the leading Nordic Venture Capital firm.  Mr. Brenner was a General Partner at Balderton Capital, previously Benchmark Europe, where he helped build Jobline, E*Trade Nordic, Tradera and other companies.  Mr. Brenner previously held executive positions with the Kinnevik Group and ABB Group.  He holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and NYU Stern School of Business and completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.

Loretta Doon


Ms. Doon is CEO of CalCPA, the California Association of Certified Public Accountants and the CalCPA Foundation.  She is herself a CPA, and previously served as Associate Executive Director of the California Teachers Association.

Tyler Edelstein


Ms. Edelstein is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Ocean Endowment Partners, a firm that provides non-profit endowments, foundations and others access to the investment strategies, processes and managers employed by the largest and most successful university endowments.  She was previously a Managing Director at Stanford Management Company.  Ms. Edelstein holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Ryan Else, SBA’98


Mr. Else serves as General Manager of North America for Oregon Scientific.  His experience includes retail development, on-line merchandising and sales leadership for product lines sold at leading retailers, marketing and strategy consulting, new product development and distribution strategy.  He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.  Mr. Else also serves on the SBA Marketing Advisory Board and is an alumnus of Menlo College.  He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Allison Gambucci


Ms. Gambucci is Sales Director for the Metro Northern California Division of Citibank.  She has over 30 years’ experience with Citibank.  Ms. Gambucci is a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia, where she is now a faculty member.

Benjamin Kopf, SBA’79


Benjamin Kopf, a 1979 SBA graduate, operates Towne Ford, Acura, Menlo Mazda, and other dealerships throughout California. Mr. Kopf’s father also attended Menlo, and his son Taylor Kopf is a 2011 SBA graduate.  Mr. Kopf’s companies co-sponsored the Homecoming invitation in 2012.

Michael Tomars


Mr. Tomars is Branch Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission in San Francisco.  He previously worked for the Pacific Stock Exchange.  Mr. Tomars is an alumnus of Menlo College where he majored in Finance.


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