• Steering Group

    Sascha Becker // GISSV Transition

    Sascha moved to the United States from Germany in 2000 after meeting his American wife during a university exchange program. He studied law in Germany and Australia, economics at UC Berkeley, and worked on the intersection of law & economics as a Fellow at Yale Law School. Sascha currently lives in Oakland and is excited to support EBGIS in becoming a thriving hub of German education and culture in the East Bay. On a personal level he looks forward to seeing his two children, now in pre-K and 1st grade, graduate from EBGIS. Contact Sascha at sbecker@ebgis.org.

    John Mack // Marketing

    John is a technology marketing leader who specializes in strategy, programs, and operations for companies in the business-to-business segment. His technology industry experience spans analytics, networking, cloud, mobility, and The Internet of Things (IoT). He has over 25 years of professional experience overall, including industry experience in technology, aerospace/defense, and finance. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for ThingLogix, an early-stage IoT company that helps enterprises build, deploy, and operate their smart, connected solutions faster and more efficiently. Earlier in his career, he served as a United States Army officer, with most of his active duty service in Germany. John earned an MBA from Duke University and a BA from Claremont McKenna College. His studies included coursework in Economics at Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany. John lives in Berkeley and his son will attend the pre-K program at EBGIS. Contact John at jmack@ebgis.org.

    Stephen Moore // HR

    Stephen grew up in Portland, Oregon to a mother from Berlin and an Irish father and is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Currently he and his wife own and operate a local swim school, AquaTech. His professional career, before AquaTech, was working for large banks such as Visa, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America as a Technology Project Manager. He will have 3 children at EBGIS and supports them in receiving a distinctly european (international) educational experience. Contact Stephen at smoore@ebgis.org.

    Kay Naumann // Operations

    Kay grew up as a “global citizen” – spending her early childhood through young adult years in North Africa and South East Asian countries, ultimately receiving her undergraduate and law degrees in the United States. She began practicing law 25 years ago doing litigation and insurance coverage work in the maritime/insurance field, eventually moving to more transactional work; currently she owns and operates an insurance consulting and claims firm in Oakland, California. Kay’s family heritage is soundly German, although her father did not pass down his German language skills. Determined to reverse that trend, Kay and her husband have enrolled their daughter in the local German school since kindergarten. Her daughter will be in 6th grade at EBGIS. Contact Kay at knaumann@ebgis.org.

    Kirsten Nordlof // Finance

    Kirsten is a lawyer by training and a finance professional by experience. She started her career at PwC in M&A Tax advising technology companies and private equity clients in structuring complex transactions. After working as an M&A consultant for over a decade in San Francisco, Washington DC and Berlin, Kirsten, a Vice President of Finance at Autodesk, has spent the last five years leading global teams including tax, treasury, stock plan services, 401k, deferred compensation, payroll, accounts payable, procurement, strategic sourcing and insurance. Kirsten is married to a German and will have two children attending EBGIS. Contact Kirsten at knordlof@ebgis.org.

    Rufus Pichler // Legal

    Rufus grew up in Berlin, Germany, and has lived and worked in the Bay Area and New York City for almost 20 years. He studied law at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and at Stanford Law School. He is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP where he advises clients on a wide range of transactional matters involving technology and intellectual property. Rufus lives in Berkeley with his family and will have two boys at EBGIS in 1st grade and 4th grade. Contact Rufus at rpichler@ebgis.org.

    Kathrin Rees // Academics/Programs

    Kathrin grew up in the Black Forest region of Germany. After training in special education with a major in speech-language pathology at the University of Heidelberg, she worked as a special education teacher, diagnostician, and parent counselor. Kathrin also conducted continuing education for kindergarten teachers on issues relating to child language development such as how to foster multilingualism. Kathrin's doctoral research in communication sciences at McGill University focused on joint media engagement by preschoolers and their parents, especially how e-books shape verbal and nonverbal parent-child interactions. Kathrin has two sons, aged eight and fourteen, with whom she speaks three languages (German, English, and French). Contact Kathrin at krees@ebgis.org.