2017 Slate of Officers
Club President - John Peters
John Peters (MBA ’86) is an angel investor, advisor and community volunteer. John built his career as a senior executive at Hewlett Packard, BMC Software, and Touche Ross Consulting. He has a solid track record in leading and growing enterprise software businesses, developing and managing strategy through to execution, and growing and developing senior leadership staff.
John is a Board member with the Sacramento Angels Group and an active investor and advisor to several area startups. John is also a volunteer with the Harvard Business School Community Partner program, providing pro bono strategic consulting services to a variety of non-profit organizations located throughout the valley and bay area. Recent clients include the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office.
John earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Information Technology & Accounting from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. John resides in Granite Bay with his wife Joann and 3 dogs, where his outside interests include fitness, music, wine, and food. He is a fledgling scuba diver and chef.
Past President - Margaret Kane
Margaret is president and CEO of Kane Bank Services (www.kanebankservices.com), a management consultancy that provides financial institution clients with proven solutions in areas such as sales management practices, development of multi-channel distribution strategies, and overall execution of successful retail banking strategies. Margaret’s clients span the globe and include Citibank, Lloyds Banking Group, and a number of community and regional banks throughout the country.
Margaret received her PhD in Sanskrit from Harvard in 1983 and a Certificate from the Harvard Introduction to Business Program for PhDs in1982. She worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School in Marketing Implementation after her graduation and before moving to Sacramento in 1984.
Margaret serves on a number of boards of directors in Sacramento. She is incoming chair of California Musical Theater, the state’s largest non-profit musical theater company, and she also serves on the board of Congregation Beth Shalom and the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. She has also served on the boards of the Crocker Art Museum, the Sacramento Opera, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation. She is co-author of Branch Network Development in a Multi-Channel World (Lafferty Group, 2002), and her articles and chapters have appeared in numerous publications.
Treasurer - Eric Douglas
Eric Douglas (AB '72) is the current treasurer of the Harvard Club of Sacramento. As former president, he was instrumental in re-establishing the club in 2010. He recruited board members, presided over board meetings, and oversaw the activities of the Club. He is currently a regional director for the Harvard Alumni Association. Eric also serves on the board of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, where he twice served as president.
In his professional life, Eric is the CEO and president of Leading Resources Inc., a management consulting company based in Sacramento. He is also the author of two books. He is married to Susanna Cooper, an education consultant. He has four children, two of whom are Harvard graduates, and five young grandchildren.
Events - Sadia Niazi
Sadia Niazi graduated with a Masters in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Orthodontics from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1999. She was Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at NYU from 1999-2001 and now practices Orthodontics part time in the city of Stockton. Sadia has been working at Delta Dental as an Orthodontic consultant since 2012. She loves her profession and is always incorporating the latest techniques into her practice.
Sadia is married to Zahid Niazi and has three kids and lives in Elk Grove. She likes to read, practice yoga, cook and travel. Some of her favorite books are The Glass Castle, Three Cups of Tea, Longitude, The Bookseller of Kabul, Game Change and The Age of American Unreason. Sadia loves meeting people and getting to know their views and opinions. Her goal is to create fun, informative, and diverse events and service opportunities for Sacramento Harvard alumni and their families.
Schools and Scholarships Chair - Suzy Underwood
Suzy Underwood (AB '72) has been interviewing applicants through the Schools and Scholarships Committee for more than 20 years and has been chair of the committee since 2008. Each year she coordinates interviews for more than 250 applicants, assigning each of them to one of approximately 50 alumni interviewers. She holds a training session every fall and an admitted students’ reception in the spring. She is always looking for new interviewers who have received their Bachelor's Degree from Harvard.
Suzy is an attorney married to another attorney who is a Yale graduate. They have three grown children, including one who is a member of the Harvard class of 2010.
Speaker Series - Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor is a co-creator of Glabe+Taylor, an architecture and property development firm in Sacramento. He is also an owner and operator of several restaurants in Sacramento, including Willie’s Burgers and Iron Grill.
Greg’s architectural research has been featured in several publications, notably “Design Ecologies,” through Princeton Architectural Press, and he has been a recipient of numerous design awards, both regionally and internationally. As a graduate of Cal Poly’s School of Architecture in San Luis Obispo, he went on to receive honors from the Graduate School of Architecture at Harvard University, minoring in real property development and finance. Following this, he worked at RMJM in both Princeton and New York, followed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill in San Francisco as a project designer on large-scale and high-rise structures.
Communications - David Schaefer
David Schaefer (MBA ’75) has lived in Sacramento for 25 years. Originally from the Bay Area, David received a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz in 1973 and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1975. He worked in various marketing and advertising positions before becoming an educator, teaching business, marketing, and personal finance courses at Sacramento City College. He co-authored an advertising textbook, published by McGraw Hill, now in its 5th edition. After retiring from teaching, David became a partner at Yolo Brewing Company, a startup craft brewery in West Sacramento. He also provides IT, bookkeeping, and project management support to small businesses.
David is married to Ellen Schaefer, a qualitative researcher with her own business, Group Works. They have two married daughters and one grandson.
Secretary - Steve Davis
Steve (AB '86) grew up in Sacramento and moved back in 1994. He is an attorney and partner in the firm of Davis & Leonard, LLP, specializing in the law of intellectual property, cyberspace, art, and business transactions. He is an active member of California Lawyers for the Arts and is a former chair of the State Bar Business Section’s Cyberspace Law Committee. His non-legal interests including running, backpacking, gardening, and reading.
Steve's activities on the board have included the preparation of the Club’s legal and organizational documents and approval of its nonprofit, section 501(c)(3) status. He has also organized and would like to see continued involvement by the Club in more outdoors activities.