The Carey School Board of Trustees welcomed three talented new board members this year: Jean Chiang, Mike Rierson, and Cristal Waldrop. Each new board member began a three-year term on July 1, 2015. This small class of new trustees brings a wide range of skills and life experiences to our board, including backgrounds in finance, computer science, fund raising, management consulting, serving other nonprofit organizations, and serving on other independent school boards. The Carey Board of Trustees looks forward to working with these talented individuals as we continue our work to uphold the Carey School Mission and pursue the bold initiatives in our Strategic Plan.



Jean Chiang is the parent of one Carey student. She is Chair of the Advancement Committee and is a past President of the CSPA. Jean has also volunteered at school in a number of other capacities including Co-Vice President of the CSPA Executive Team, lead roles on the Auction and Walkfest committees, Class Ambassador for the Annual Fund, and room parent. Jean previously worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and human capital consulting at Towers Perrin. She has been active with other nonprofit organizations including serving as VP of Development on the Parca Auxiliary Board as well as serving on the Boards of the Burlingame Library Foundation and Burlingame Mothers Club. Jean received her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in economics and psychology from Wesleyan University.



Mike Rierson is the parent of two Carey students. As an active Carey volunteer for a number of years, he has worked on the Annual Fund and Carey Forward development campaigns, as well as served as a new family mentor. Mike holds a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in finance from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. For the past 10 years he has worked in a variety of roles at BlackRock, a global asset manager, where he is a Managing Director and Head of Research for a quantitative fixed-income hedge fund. He has also been a lecturer at the Stanford GSB, and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Master’s in Financial Engineering program at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.



Cristal Waldrop is the mother of two Carey students. She earned a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. New to the Bay Area, Cristal recently enjoyed a successful second career in the nonprofit sector, beginning at United Way and culminating in her tenure as Executive Director of a nonprofit law firm that provided civil legal services for homeless individuals and families. In addition to her work, Cristal was an active community volunteer, serving on the Boards of an independent girls’ school and an organization committed to promoting health and wellness in underserved Atlanta communities. She has taught introductory fundraising and board development/volunteer management classes to colleagues and volunteers in the nonprofit sector. Cristal also volunteered in various capacities at her sons’ independent school, including Room Parent, field trip chaperone, Halloween Party coordinator, etc. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Cristal practiced IT and management consulting for eight years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture, specializing in strategic planning, change management, process improvement, and building relationships.