Meet the Board of Education


Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson, Board of Education President

Sarah was elected to the Board in February, 2012. She co-chaired the School Parcel Tax campaign in 2009, serves on the District Budget Advisory Committee, and helps with the Giving Campaign and Spring Fling. She is past president of the Piedmont Middle School Parents Club, and has held various positions on the Wildwood Parent Club Board over the past 8 years. She is a facilitator for the Piedmont Parents Network and has served on the Wellness Center Steering Committee since it was founded. Sarah is a pediatrician by training with a special interest in child and adolescent behavior and development. She has been on the board of the Ann Martin Center and researched stress in children at the U.C. Berkeley Child Study Center. She attended Palo Alto public schools and graduated from Harvard College, Stanford Medical School, and completed her pediatric training at the University of Washington. She and her husband, Evan Seevak, have three children who attend PHS and PMS.
Amal Smith

Amal Smith, Board of Education Vice President

Amal was elected to office in 2014. She has worked in higher education for almost 30 years: 18 years at the University of California, currently Associate Dean for Financial Affairs at the UCSF School of Medicine, and 10 years as a consultant to research universities and non-profit organizations. She served on the Beach Parents Organization as president, vice president, and treasurer; six years on the Piedmont Educational Foundation board, including as president for two years; was a member of the PHS Boosters, the PHS Wellness Center Advisory Board, treasurer for PHS Parents Club, and a facilitator for the Piedmont Parent Network. A member of the District’s Budget Advisory Committee since 2004, she has volunteered on recent school parcel tax campaigns, as well as on the seismic safety bond measure campaign. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UCLA, and an MBA from USC. Amal and her husband Rick raised two sons in Piedmont who attended Piedmont schools K-12.
Andrea Swenson

Andrea Swenson, Board of Education member

Andrea was elected to office in 2012 and will complete her first term in February 2016. She is a past member of the Piedmont Educational Foundation Board; past president of the Wildwood, PMS and PHS Parent Clubs; past APCP President; past chair of The Giving Campaign; co-chair of first Piedmont Every 15 Minutes anti drunk driving program; co-founder of The Piedmont Portal, and member of the Budget Advisory Committee. In 2011 Andrea received the Art Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award. Andrea has an undergraduate degree in History and Literature from Barnard College of Columbia University. She worked in finance for 17 years. Andrea and her husband Paul have two children who attended Piedmont schools K-12.
Doug Ireland

Doug Ireland, Board of Education Member

Doug was elected to office in 2014. He is retired from a 25-year career as a manager in finance in SF, Tokyo, Chicago and New York. He served a six-year term on the Piedmont Education Foundation and co-chaired the successful 2013 school parcel tax campaign. He coached youth soccer for 16 years, served on the Havens Elementary Site Council in the late 1990s, spent 10 years as a member (2 as president) of the board of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and participates in annual student-led home-building trips to Mexico. He currently mentors East Bay college students in need, and is a member of the Dartmouth Career Advisory Group focused on athletes. He recently launched a career counseling service for rising and recent college graduates. Doug and his wife Mary have four children who have gone through the Piedmont schools. He attended public schools and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College.
Cory Smegal

Cory Smegal, Board of Education Member

Cory Smegal was elected to the Board in November, 2016. Prior to her election, she was a dedicated volunteer for the schools. She chaired the Giving Campaign for two years. She was also the treasurer of the Piedmont Education Foundation and Wildwood Parents Club President. She served on the Piedmont Middle School site council and helped create the PMS event, the March Mingle. She has also been involved with youth sports, serving on the PHS Boosters Board and the Piedmont Baseball/Softball Foundation, as well as coaching both soccer and softball. Cory has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and over 16 years of experience as a business consultant and marketing executive. She and her husband Tom have lived in Piedmont for 13 years and have two children currently at PHS.