Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy, Phillips Brooks School
Olana Khan is currently the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy at Phillips Brooks School, an independent elementary school based in Menlo Park, California. Olana's commitment to supporting access to education is rooted in her background. An immigrant from Thailand and a proud product of the Brooklyn public school system, Olana understands firsthand that access to early childhood education is an equalizer. Access to early education significantly increases the chances of long-term school success, emotional well-being, and economic stability. Olana firmly believes that education should not be a privilege, but a right for every child in the United States. Olana’s professional experience includes being the Founder of Esan Partners, providing management consulting on areas of internal operational growth for companies including team culture, people operations, and working with organizations on post-merger team culture strategy and integration plans. Other non-profit leadership roles included being Chief Operating Officer at both ProFounder and Kiva MicroFunds and over ten years of experience working in the technology sector at Google, American Online, and Netscape Communications. Olana has served on several non-profit Boards, most recently Vice-Chair of the Board of Caminar, a large community agency that has been providing support services to individuals with mental health disorders for more than 50 years. She has deep experience in governance work, non-profit management, and strategic fundraising programs. She is currently a volunteer at Peninsula Bridges, and Ravenswood Education Foundation. Olana is a frequent conference speaker on non-profit fundraising strategies and donor philanthropic strategies to support their theory of change. Olana is a graduate of the University of Michigan (from which she graduated from the Honors Program with a double B.A.), the Executive Coaching Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Executive Program at Stanford University. Olana lives in the Bay Area with her husband, four children, a beloved sourdough starter, and a menagerie of pets.