New Board of Directors appointed February, 2011
Sumit Agarwal, Chair
Chad Benjamin Potter
Summary: Molly Prabhakaran
Molly Prabhakaran is an Associate at Miller Law Group and represents employers large and small against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour violations in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits. In addition, Ms. Prabhakaran advises employers regarding best practices with respect to hiring, firing, investigations, leaves of absence, disability accommodation and reductions in force. She is also experienced in traditional labor law, including labor arbitrations and collective bargaining agreement negotiations, as well as in workers’ compensation. Ms. Prabhakaran has handled numerous claims before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and has successfully negotiated many early resolutions through mediation and other means of alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining Miller Law Group, she practiced labor and employment litigation at Littler Mendelson.
- Experienced labor and employment attorney
- Will advise re: best practices related to teacher/staff employment
- Most recently raised $25k for Pakistan flood relief
- Awarded Community Service award by SABA
Ms. Prabhakaran also serves on the Board of Directors of GirlVentures, a Bay Area nonprofit that aims to empower 6th to 12th grade girls through “outdoor adventures for inner discovery.” She recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) Foundation, Liaison to the South Asian Women Attorneys Network (SAWAN), and co-chair of SABA-NC’s Pro Bono Committee. In October 2010, she co-organized “An Evening for Pakistan” to raise over $25,000 for flood relief efforts implemented by the International Rescue Committee and CARE. For these efforts she received the South Asian Bar Association's 2011 Community Service Award.
Summary: Kat Johnston
- Experienced IP attorney
- Will handle most non-HR legal issues
- Teacher Chris Johnston’s wife
- Passionate about keeping circus accessible to our community
- Facebook employee - great tech connections
Kat Johnston is an intellectual property attorney who has practiced law in the Bay Area for more than six years, first at the law firm of Cooley LLP in San Francisco, and currently as IP Counsel for Facebook in Palo Alto. Her practice focuses on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, licensing, enforcement and litigation. Kat has lived in the Bay Area most of her life, and went to law school in Berkeley. During law school she discovered the flying trapeze, taking classes at the Circus Center as well as Trapeze Arts in Oakland. She has been an avid hobbyist and occasional amateur performer of flying trapeze, spanish web and other aerial techniques for the past nine years. Kat’s husband, Chris Johnston, teaches trampoline, tumbling and acrobatics in both the Professional and Studio programs at the Circus Center. Kat is inspired by the talented performers that come out of the Circus Center and also by the way circus arts can enrich the lives of anyone willing to reach beyond their own perceived limitations.
Summary: Sumit Agarwal
- Experienced business leader from company founding onwards
- Will serve as Chair of Board and lead fundraising
- 7 years at Google
- Air Force officer
- Novice student in acro, passionate about circus
Sumit Agarwal, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, has been named senior adviser in the Division of Cyber Engagement and Innovation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. The appointment was announced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Jan. 18, 2011 along with several others.
Prior to this reassignment, Sumit dealt with public affairs outreach and social media for almost a year as a deputy assistant secretary of defense. He joined the Defense Department from the private sector.
He worked at Google as head of mobile product management for North America. Prior to joining Google, Sumit worked at Atlas Venture in the Internet and enterprise software sectors. He also founded Quova, a geolocation services company. He began his career at Trilogy Development Group in Austin, Texas.
Sumit has a degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a major in the Air Force Reserves.
Summary: Caroline Orrick
- Dedicated and long-standing member of Circus Center family
- Will lead Student Affairs
- Graduate of Clown Conservatory
- Passionate former Board member
Caroline Orrick has a BA in Classical Archaeology from Wellesley College, and a BS in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. Before settling down, she taught high school history at a New Hampshire boarding school for four years. She and her husband have lived in San Francisco 25 years and raised three daughters. She has served on non-profit boards focusing primarily on development. She also spent many hours serving on parent committees (often fundraising) at her daughters’ schools and colleges. Caroline’s interest and involvement in Circus began in 1995 with an acrobatic class at the Circus Center. She is a graduate of the CC Clown Conservatory and a past Circus Center Board member (Development Committee).
Summary: Sven Olbash
- Successful self-managed full-time performer
- Experience in fund raising, arts management, and curriculum development
- Active Circus Center student and community member
Steven “Sven Edward” Olbash has over a decade of experience as a full time performing artist and is currently the Director of Music for Notre Dame des Victoires Parish, where he established Les Choristes, the professional vocal quartet-in-residence at the French National Church. Sven is on the staff of San Francisco Opera where, as a Teaching Artist, he develops curriculum for the ARIA artist residency program, in partnership with San Francisco public schools, and leads professional development for artists and educators. A recreational student at the San Francisco Circus Center since 2009, Sven currently trains five days per week as an individual user as well as being enrolled in classes in tumbling, static trapeze, and aerial arts. He holds degrees in performance and pedagogy from Boston University and the New England Conservatory.
Chad Benjamin Potter, current board member, will remain on the new board.