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Megan Smith

"Because of QuestBridge, I was able to focus my college search on the non-financial aspects of college and eventually find the college that fit me best. Through QuestBridge, I discovered that attending a prestigious university could be financially feasible and even more affordable than an in-state public university. I was able to realistically look at colleges that had previously seemed like only dreams."

Lenexa, KS
2011 National College Match Recipient
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2016

 

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Bill Bradley


Bill Bradley has been a national leader for more than thirty years and is well known for his hard work, intelligence, candor and vision. He is currently a Managing Director at Allen and Company, Inc. His life experiences are diverse — from winning an Olympic gold medal in basketball in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, to representing New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1979 to 1997, to running for President in 2000.

Bradley was a three-time All-American basketball player at Princeton University and graduated with honors in 1965 with a degree in American History. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a graduate degree after studying politics, philosophy, and economics. Bradley went on to be a star professional basketball player for the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977. During that time the Knicks won two National Basketball Association championships (1970 and 1973). Bradley was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

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From 1997 to 1999, Bradley was a senior advisor and vice chairman of the International Council of J.P. Morgan & Company Incorporated. During that time he also served as an essayist for CBS Evening News, and as a visiting professor at Stanford University, Notre Dame University, and the University of Maryland. He has also served as chief outside adviser to McKinsey & Company's non-profit division. Bradley has authored five books including Time Present, Time Past, about his life as a Senator and his travels throughout the country, Values of the Game, his book of basketball inspired essays that went on to be a New York Times best seller, and his newest book, The Journey From Here.

 
Tim Brady


Tim Brady is a Managing Partner at Imagine K12, a company dedicated to incubating education technology start ups. Prior to Imagine K12, Brady was the CEO of QuestBridge for four years. Before QuestBridge, Brady spent eight years at Yahoo! Inc. during which time he held several positions, the last of which was as the company's Chief Product Officer. As Yahoo!'s third employee, Brady played a key role in successfully managing all marketing, operation and business development to launch Yahoo! commercially, and to help make Yahoo! into one of the most recognized brands and successful businesses on the Internet. Prior to Yahoo!, Brady spent three years with Motorola in Tokyo. He is married, has two children and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

 
Frank Brucato


Frank F. Brucato is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Associate Dean of Administration at the Stanford Law School. Brucato joined the Stanford Law staff in 1983 as an assistant financial manager. Frank graduated from San Jose State University and worked as an accountant before joining Stanford in 1983. He served as Assistant Financial Manager, Financial Services Manager, and Active Associate Dean for Stanford Law School, before beginning work in his two current positions. Frank brings extensive financial and administrative experience to Quest, and has played a crucial role in the Program's development since its inception in 1993. Frank has also served as an accountant at D. Bradburn & Co. in Monterey.

 
Juan Enriquez


Juan Enriquez is Co-Founder of Synthetic Genomics Inc. and Managing Director of Excel Venture Management. Juan works on the cutting edge of discovery. An active investor in early stage private companies in the life sciences and big data sectors, he is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic code. Bio-science is beginning to affect the way we live, work, and do business, and Juan is a mapper and implementer of its promise. Synthetic Genomics, which he co-founded, produced the world’s first synthetic life form and the first standard, programmable cells. These technologies are being applied to energy, chemicals, vaccines, agriculture, information storage, and various other fields.

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He recently coauthored an ebook titled, Homo Evolutis: A Short Tour of Our New Species. The book takes readers into a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, their own selves, and other species. By the end of the book, readers will see a broad, and sometimes scary, map of life science driven change, a Homo evolutis, which directly and deliberately controls its own evolution and that of many other species. He is also author of the global bestseller As The Future Catches You and of The Untied States of America. In addition to his entrepreneurial work in the life sciences, Juan writes, speaks, and teaches about the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology, politics and society. He is one of the top speakers at TED and other venues. He and Bill Gates were the two outside guest curators for TED 2011. He was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project and currently chairs the Genetics Advisory Council for the Harvard Medical School. He has published dozens of papers and articles in a variety of forums including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Science, Nature, and the New York Times.

 
Donald Kennedy

Board Member Emeritus, Quest Scholars Program

Donald Kennedy is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and President emeritus at Stanford University. He is an American scientist, public administrator and academic. He received an A.B. and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University before moving to Stanford University for much of his professional career.

Kennedy worked as Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration for 26 months during the Carter Administration. He then served as vice-president and provost of Stanford. In 1980, Kennedy was then named Stanford's eighth president and remained in the position until 1992. In 2000, he was elected editor-in-chief of Science, the prestigious weekly published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Trained as a biologist, Kennedy has become an expert in environmental problems related to major land-use changes, economically driven alterations in agricultural practice, global climate change and the development of regulatory practices.

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Kennedy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He holds honorary doctorates from several colleges and universities. He served on the National Commission for Public Service and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government.

 
Ana Rowena Mallari McCullough

Founder, Chairman, Quest Scholars Program

Ana Rowena McCullough is Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Quest Scholars Program and QuestBridge. While an undergraduate at Stanford, she co-founded Quest with Michael McCullough. For this, she received the Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding contributions to education at Stanford. She is Co-Founder and former VP, Content of Shmoop.com, a leading provider of digital curriculum for middle school, high school, and college students. McCullough has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, a consulting scientist to the Environmental Defense Fund, and a research associate for Stanford President emeritus Donald Kennedy (also a Quest Board Member). McCullough holds a B.A. from Stanford in Human Biology and a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she focused on environmental and youth law.

 
Michael McCullough, M.D., M.Sc.

Founder, President, Quest Scholars Program

Michael McCullough, MD is Co-Founder and President of the Quest Scholars Program and QuestBridge. Prior to co-founding Quest with Ana Rowena McCullough, he co-founded, directed and institutionalized the successful Stanford Medical Youth Science Program from 1987-1989. Michael is a serial entrepreneur in both the non-profit and private sectors. Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. After attending medical school at UCSF, Michael trained in emergency medicine at Stanford University. He has worked part time as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at trauma centers associated with UCSF and Stanford. He also serves as an ER physician to the Dalai Lama for U.S. speaking tours.

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In his early years, McCullough became the first undergraduate to teach at the Stanford Medical School. He worked his way through Stanford by teaching and through stand-up comedy. Michael attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, served as the student member of the Oregon State Board of Education, and has successfully founded several local, regional, and overseas health-related public service projects including Be a Good Doctor, S.C.O.P.E., KaeMe, and the Courage Project. Michael was named an Ashoka fellow in 2004 and a Kauffman Fellow in 2009. In addition to his role as President of Quest, where he is focused on new initiatives, Michael is currently a partner with Headwaters Capital Partners and an Operating Partner with the Capricorn Investment Group.

Read McCullough's full profile here.

Read McCullough's Rhodes Scholarship application essay here.

 
David Mills


David Mills is Professor of Practice and Senior Lecturer at Stanford Law School. His principal course subjects include Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Corporate Tax, Income Tax, and Tax Policy Colloquium. He holds a
B. A. from Rutgers University and graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers-Newark Law School. He was a Partner at Lowenstein, Sandler, Kohl, Fisher, and Boylan before starting his own practice, and has been a lecturer at both Rutgers-Newark and Santa Clara Law Schools. David founded Mills & Lynn Enterprises and is Managing Partner of Harbourton Enterprises. He has served as Chairman of both the ABA Committee on Partnership Taxation and the New Jersey Bar Association Section of Taxation. David is also the Co-Chairman of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He sits on the board of several other non-profits as well as a few profit-making ventures.

 
Isabel Cesanto Safie

Quest Scholar 1996

Isabel Safie is a Partner in the Business Services practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. Safie’s practice primarily focuses on issues relating to compliance with federal and state nonprofit and tax-exemption laws, pensions and benefits, and federal and state tax matters.  Safie received her B.A. in political science with an emphasis in international relations from Stanford University in 2002 and her JD from UCLA law school.

Safie was an associate editor for the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs and managing editor of the Chicano/Latino Law Review. She was the fundraising director for the Seventh Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference held at UCLA in October 2003, volunteers with the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers' Association, and mentors aspiring law students of disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Safie has been involved with Quest on many different levels. Since her participation as a student in 1996, she has served as a summer counselor, associate director, the organization's first full-time employee, and is now the first alum to serve on the Board of Directors.

 
Robert Sternfels


Robert (Bob) Sternfels is a Director at McKinsey & Company. He co-leads McKinsey's North America Manufacturing Practice which has over 60 dedicated specialists that focus on helping clients design and execute broad-based operational transformations. Sternfels has worked with clients around the world (North American, Europe, Africa and Asia) covering sectors ranging from basic materials, medical devices, high tech, financial institutions, and consumer goods.

His experiences range from operations strategy to execution of that strategy. Sternfels has authored documents on most aspects of productivity improvement, including manufacturing strategy, breakthroughs, capital productivity, change management, overhead reductions, and integrated turnarounds. Sternfels spent six years in South Africa helping to build McKinsey's practice in Africa. In San Francisco, Sternfels leads the West Coast Operations Group. Sternfels has a B.A. with honors from Stanford University and a M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

 



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