Stanford Board of Trustees elects LaTonia G. Karr to five-year term

Alumna LaTonia "Tonia" G. Karr earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford in 1992 and an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1997.

Courtesy of LaTonia Karr LaTonia Karr portrait

LaTonia Karr joins the Board of Trustees on Feb. 1.

LaTonia "Tonia" G. Karr, vice chair of a nonprofit organization that helps low-income youth in San Francisco pursue college degrees, has been elected to a five-year term on the Stanford University Board of Trustees that begins Feb. 1.

Karr is vice chair of the board of directors of Meritus College Fund, which offers scholarships, coaching and personal mentoring to public high school students with GPAs of 3.0-3.7 who want to attend a four-year college. Most of the students who become Meritus Scholars are the first in their families to attend college.

"In addition to her service on the Meritus College Fund, Tonia brings a depth of experience and a personal commitment to improving K-12 education that will be invaluable to her board service," said Steven A. Denning, chair of the Board of Trustees. "We welcome her to the Board of Trustees."

After earning an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford in 1992, Karr worked for three years at Kidder, Peabody & Co. in the firm's real estate investment banking group.

She earned an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1997.

From 1998-2002, Karr worked for Credit Suisse First Boston, where she became a vice president in the company's real estate finance group.

In addition to Meritus College Fund, Karr is involved in several other philanthropic organizations, including KIPP: Bay Area Schools, which is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life, and The Hamlin School, a K-8 girls' school located in San Francisco, where she serves on the diversity council. Karr is a former board member of Cow Hollow School, a San Francisco school offering programs for children ages 2 to 5.

At Stanford, Karr served as co-chair of her 20th reunion in 2012. She served on the advisory council for Stanford's K-12 Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort that was part of The Stanford Challenge. She also has volunteered for Stanford's admission program and for the 2009 Leading Matters event in San Francisco.

In addition, Karr and her husband, Adam, have established the Karr Family Scholarship Fund and two Karr Family Graduate Fellowship funds at Stanford.

Lisa Lapin, University Communications: (650) 725-8395,