We’re so thankful for our Board of Directors. These visionaries set the direction and goals for Pledge to Humanity on an annual basis. Their leadership, direction, and discernment is priceless to everything we do.
Gaby Ghorbani, Founder – Gaby was born and raised in Mexico. She came to the United States as a young adult and began an entrepreneurial career – owning and operating two successful franchises. Since her childhood, Gaby has been passionate about philanthropy and has supported and worked with many different philanthropic projects such as Free the Children, programs working in Haiti, and many orphanages and service organizations in Mexico over the years. For the past two years, Gaby has served on the Advisory Board of Americans for Philanthropy.
Gaby believes strongly that children are capable of doing amazing things to help other children and individuals who are less fortunate. As a result she, her husband, and her own children have been highly involved in humanitarian efforts around the globe. Gaby’s children, serving as co-founders, have been a huge part of Pledge to Humanity over the years and they continue to be actively involved in the daily operations and projects happening around the globe.
In 2009, Gaby launched Pledge to Humanity in an effort to organize efforts within her local area and in many different countries to reach out to people of all ages and provide aid for their needs She also has had the privilege of creating a philanthropy class in a local middle school. Through the philanthropy class and working with other private and public schools, she has the opportunity to instill a passion in children to creatively and practically assist people around the world who are less fortunate.
Natalia Ghorbani – Natalia was born in Pleasanton, CA, and is currently attending Monte Vista High School as a senior and is planning to graduate and attend a university in the fall of 2014. She has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for humanitarian projects across the globe, including funding cleft palate surgeries, building schools, and organizing drives for orphans and the homeless. She has traveled to India, Mexico, Kenya, and China for Pledge to Humanity philanthropy projects over the years, as well as being involved in various other humanitarian projects through her school. She has been a philanthropist her whole life, and she is honored to be the Co-Founder of Pledge to Humanity. Her next goal is to bring her involvement in Pledge to Humanity into her college environment.
Arman Ghorbani – Arman is the Co-Founder at Pledge to Humanity. He graduated from Monte Vista High School in 2011, where he served as the Vice President of Rotary International’s Interact and the Secretary of the Spanish Honor’s Society. Arman will be graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in finance in June of 2015. Arman is currently the Philanthropy Chair at the California Phi Fraternity at Santa Clara and has travelled to Nevada and Arizona with Free the Children. He has participated in the “Take Action” leadership academy for the past two years. Arman has volunteered on Pledge to Humanity projects in Kenya, India, China, and Mexico and has organized various local community service projects in the Bay Area.
Jan McAdoo – Jan McAdoo was born in Stamford CT and graduated from the University of Florida in 1983 with a degree in Journalism. She moved to the Bay area in 1997, and is currently employed at the Wall Street Journal in advertising sales. Along with donating her time on various school fundraising committees, she has been active in helping build an AIDS center in Tanzania, working with the Coaching Corp. organization in Oakland and working as a political activist. Jan joined the board of PTH in January 2012.
Donna Motta – Donna received her BBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After moving to San Francisco, she worked for Mount Zion Hospital in the Trust department as an accountant. Then she worked for the Center Citizen Initiatives which is a non-profit that gave technical assistance to Russia. She met her husband, Joe Motta while living in San Francisco and they moved to Alamo to start a family. They have two boys. After the birth of her first child, she started an executive search consulting company serving the high tech industry which she ran for nine years. She has served on several non-profit boards in her community. In addition to Pledge to Humanity, she has served on the PTA and Education Funds Committee for the local elementary and middle schools as well as the Danville Oaks Rugby Club board. Her favorite pastimes are reading, snow skiing, tennis, and hiking.
Janet Nunan – Janet was born and raised in Oakland California and now resides in Alamo. She married her husband, Patrick, after their graduation from University of California at Santa Barbara, and has used her Art History degree in her Interior Design career. After the birth of their twins, Janet focused her energy on volunteerism for the community – concentrating on the PTA and education funds in the schools. She is also a Legacy Member of The Cancer League, Inc. of Piedmont, serves on various steering committees for the Round Hill Country Club, and serves on the Board of Directors for Pledge to Humanity. Janet started her volunteerism with years of training in The Junior League of Oakland/East Bay.
Caryl Koop Peterson – Caryl was born just outside of Chicago and attended Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL where she graduated in 1981. After high school, she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and in 1985 graduated with a B.S. degree in finance. Caryl met her husband, Ted, while attending CU. He also graduated with a BS and an MBA from CU. They were married in 1989 in Glenview, IL and are the proud parents of three sons, Duke, Clay, and Tate. Carol was a member of the San Francisco Junior League 1988 – 1993, a member Claremont Country Club 1988 – 2001, and is a member of the Roundhill Country Club (2001 to present). She enjoys swimming, hiking, running, skiing, boating, and simply being outdoors.
Laurie High – Laurie High is happily married with two beautiful daughters, and has been fortunate to live in the Alamo/Danville area for the last 15 years. She was born in Madrid, Spain, and has lived in a multitude of countries around the world as a result of growing up in a military family, finally settling in Texas, where she received a degree in Sociology and Journalism from Texas A&M University. Laurie has worked a global B2B sales capacity for many years, primarily focused on helping large organizations with Supply Chain optimization. In addition to Pledge to Humanity, Laurie has previously served with the Buena Vista Auxiliary of Assistance League of Diablo Valley, Rancho Romero Elementary School Auction, Stone Valley Middle School PTA, and is currently a member of the National Charity League.