The founder of a microlending site, a senior adviser to President Obama, a former Stanford admission dean and vice provost for student affairs, and a physician and community health educator will be recognized tonight as part of Stanford’s Reunion Homecoming Weekend.
Every year, Stanford’s four ethnic community centers – the Asian American Activities Center, the Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano and the Native American Cultural Center – each select an accomplished alum for induction into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees and the centers that chose them are:
Maile Apau Jachowski
MAILE APAU JACHOWSKI, ’81, MD ’87, physician, educator, community health and fitness advocate, who was selected by the Native American Cultural Center;
VALERIE B. JARRETT, ’78, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, who was selected by the Black Community Services Center;
JAMES MONTOYA, ’75, AM ’78, vice president for higher education at the College Board, who was selected by El Centro Chicano; and
PREMAL SHAH, ’98, co-founder and president of Kiva.org, who was nominated by the Asian American Activities Center.
Shah graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. According to the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame website, he came up with the concept of “Internet microfinance” while working at PayPal. In 2004, he took a short leave of absence from his job to test out his concept in India. Kiva today raises more than $1 million each week for the working poor in more than 60 countries.
Jarrett, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford, is a senior adviser to President Barack Obama as well as the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Jarrett, a lawyer, was the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign. She has held positions in the public and private sector, including chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago, and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Montoya is well known for his work in creating greater educational opportunity and access for students nationally and internationally. Before going to work for the College Board, Montoya served as dean of admission and financial aid at Stanford and later as vice provost for student affairs.
A native of San Jose, Montoya earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in administration and policy analysis from the Graduate School of Education (GSE). At his undergraduate commencement, in 1975, he received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award in recognition of his scholarly achievements and his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at Stanford.
Montoya has served on the board of the Stanford Alumni Association and on the Stanford Athletics Board. He has served as a lecturer through the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Currently, he serves on the GSE Advisory Council.
Apau Jachowski received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford in 1981 and graduated from the School of Medicine in 1987. She completed her pediatric residency at Stanford in 1990.
In 1997, she founded a solo pediatric private practice in Maui. In 2003, she moved to the Washington, D.C., area and took a sabbatical to pursue a second passion: teaching. She taught biology in a public high school for a time, and in 2006 returned to medical practice as a civilian pediatrician at Andrews Air Force Base. In addition, she was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. In 2008, she became medical director of her alma mater, Kamehameha Schools.
A multi-certified personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor, she founded NativeFit, a preventive medicine initiative focused on developing practical approaches to preventing obesity-associated diseases through culturally based fitness activities and public education. Jachowski is married to DOUGLAS JACHOWSKI, ’81, MS ’87, and has five children (Stanford classes of ’07, ’09, ’10, ’14, ’15).
The inductees will be honored at a reception this evening.