As a non-profit corporation, EBGIS is governed by its board of directors. Our current directors are also part of the Steering Group that sets the overall direction for the school, guiding both strategic and operational decisions.

Board of Directors

Rufus Pichler | Director, Chair of the Board

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 currently 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. In the 2018/2019 academic year at EBGIS, his two boys will attend 1st and 4th grades, respectively. Contact Rufus at rpichler@ebgis.org.

Stephen Moore | Director, Treasurer

Stephen grew up in Portland, Oregon to a mother from Berlin and a father from Ireland. He and his wife own and operate a local swim school, AquaTech. Prior to AquaTech, he worked as a Technology Project Manager for large finance and technology companies, including Visa, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He highly values the distinctly international educational experience of EBGIS and has enrolled all 3 of his children in the program. Contact Stephen at smoore@ebgis.org.

Kay Naumann | Director, Secretary

Kay grew up as a “global citizen,” spending her early childhood through young adult years in North Africa and South East Asian countries, and ultimately receiving her undergraduate and law degrees in the United States. She began practicing law 25 years ago, initially focusing on litigation and insurance coverage work in the maritime/insurance field, and eventually shifting to more transactional work. Currently, she owns and operates an insurance consulting and claims firm in Oakland, California. Kay’s family heritage is German, although her father did not pass down his German language skills. Determined to bring the German language back into the family, Kay and her husband enrolled their daughter in the school’s kindergarten program several years ago and she will be in the sixth grade at EBGIS. Contact Kay at knaumann@ebgis.org.

Academic Leadership

Martin Walter | Principal

Martin's passion for education and student-centered academic innovation began in the 1980s when he was a high school student in the Lüneburger Heide region of Germany. Martin went on to earn his education degree at the University of Oldenburg with a focus on German Language and Literature, Physical Education, Pedagogy, Psychology and Theater. Now, having been an educator for almost 20 years in Germany and the US, including 8 years of experience in school leadership and development, he is delighted to bring his dedication and expertise to EBGIS and its faculty, students and families. Contact Martin at mwalter@ebgis.org.

Kathrin Rees | Early Childhood Program Director

Kathrin grew up in the Black Forest region of Germany. At the University of Heidelberg, she focused on special education with an emphasis on speech-language pathology. After completing her studies, 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. She received a PhD from McGill University in Montreal, where she conducted doctoral research in communication sciences, focusing on joint media engagement by preschoolers and their parents. Kathrin has two sons, aged eight and fourteen, with whom she speaks three languages (German, English, and French). Contact Kathrin at krees@ebgis.org.