Malik Wade is the Executive Director of the Scholastic Interest Group. Mr. Wade is a pillar of the San Francisco community and often can be seen at local sporting events enthusiastically cheering for young people to succeed. He frequently visits local schools to advocate on behalf of students with counselors and teachers. Mr. Wade is very engaged and involved with parents in the community.
Aside from his duties at SIG, Mr. Wade is presently a youth advocate and volunteer at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and a participant in the Project ReMADE Entrepreneurship program at Stanford Law School. One of his proudest achievements was being voted into the Daly City Hall of Fame on April 5, 2007. Mr. Wade had been nominated for this honor by California State Senator Leland Yee in recognition of his exemplary community service.
As a young man, Mr. Wade made some bad choices and decisions that prevented him from taking advantage of his athletic and academic talents. Today, however, he is motivated to make a difference. Mr. Wade has made it his mission to mentor and guide young people with challenging and difficult backgrounds.
Dr. William J. McClure, a plastic surgeon, has worked throughout the developing world for the last 33 years treating disfigured children – young victims of trauma and birth deformities. He has lead and served on more than 75 humanitarian surgical missions representing different international volunteer organizations.
He trained at the Stanford University Medical Center and remains active on Stanford’s clinical faculty encouraging surgical residents to devote a part of their career to humanitarian work at home and abroad. He co-teaches a Stanford undergraduate class on “International Humanitarian Medical Service.” In 2005 he and Dr. Donald R. Laub, the former chief of Stanford Plastic Surgery, met the Dalai Lama and were given an award by him at a public ceremony in San Francisco entitled “Unsung Heroes of Compassion.” In 2012 Dr. McClure was awarded the William C. Lazier Leadership Award from the volunteer organization ReSurge International. His volunteer work both at home and abroad has been recognized by many service organizations. He sits on the board of four non-profit organizations.
Dr. McClure lives and practices in Northern California’s Napa Valley. He is married and has four children. He was an undergraduate at the University of California at Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at San Diego Medical School. While undergoing plastic surgical training at Stanford, he did a fellowship in burn and hand surgery.
He has helped establish burn care units in Vietnam, Ecuador, and Peru. He currently is medical director of Global Burn Care and Reconstructive Institute based in Bhutan. He sits on the board of the Plasticos Foundation and is the Director of Surgical Services for the volunteer organization Resurge International. He believes teaching is the most important part of our mission. “Teaching gives us the leverage to treat the maximum number of those in need. We work to empower our professional colleagues to treat their own people. That’s the only way we can make a lasting difference.”
Dr. McClure is currently coordinating teaching programs in advanced reconstructive surgery in Ho Chi MInh City, Vietnam and Cuba.
“The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others”
Albert Schweitzer (Medical Missionary) Nobel Peace Prize 1952
Chief Financial Officer
Pete Gort (Treasurer) is the President of TRAX Industrial Products Inc. (www.traxindprod.com) located in Loomis California. TRAX has been in business since 1978. Mr. Gort’s business acumen will be integral to SIG’s success. Pete Gort and Malik Wade have known each other for over 25 years. Mr.Gort was Malik’s high school basketball coach at Jefferson high school in Daly City, CA in 1988. That same year the team won a California state championship (33-1 record). During that time they got to know each other and developed a friendship that lasts to this day. Mr.Gort always felt that Mr. Wade had special qualities. Mr.Gort’s belief in Malik prompted him to become a fundraiser for SIG as well as serve as the treasurer of SIG’s board of directors.
Cathy Jackson is an experienced and passionate Realtor, who enjoys helping her clients achieve their real estate dreams. She has always been a top achiever because she acts with her clients’ best interests in mind, always going the extra mile for them. In addition, Cathy loves talking to groups about Real Estate, Time Management, and Mind Set. Known as a motivational, high-energy and entertaining speaker, Cathy’s classes are renowned as some of the best available for real estate agents of all experience levels.
Cathy believes strongly in giving back to the community, and her work with Scholastic Interest Group has allowed her the opportunity to do just that. She is dedicated to helping improve the lives of others and providing opportunities for those less fortunate. Working together with the other Board Members, she hopes to help SIG grow and thrive.
Delisle Warden is an attorney and entrepreneur. He holds a BA from Emory University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Warden joined the SIG Board of Directors in 2017.
As a student at Emory University in Atlanta, Mr. Warden volunteered at an after-school enrichment program for students in southwest Atlanta. Through his volunteer work, Delisle befriended several members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and subsequently joined the fraternity via the Mu Alpha chapter at Emory University. As a member of the Mu Alpha chapter, Delisle routinely volunteered for projects benefitting students in Atlanta public schools.
After graduating from Emory, Delisle moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a paralegal in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. After completing the two-year paralegal program, Mr. Warden returned to Massachusetts (the state where he lived after his family immigrated to the United States) to attend Harvard Law School. After several years working as a corporate law attorney, Delisle returned to federal service where he expressed his interest in social justice issues by working at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. Subsequently, Delisle moved to St. Louis to be a Consortium of Graduate Study in Management fellow. While residing in Missouri, Mr. Warden joined the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis. As a member of The 100, Delisle volunteered time working directly with students in St. Louis and East St. Louis public schools and at a juvenile detention center in St. Louis.
Advisory Board Member
Imran Alavi is the founder and CEO of Proleadsoft, a Software Design/Development and Online Marketing Agency with head quarters in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Masters In Computer Science from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors in Computer Science from the Foundation for Advancement of Science and Technology. Imran strongly believes in serving the community. He advises and assists local non profits.
Advisory Board Member
Edward Donaldson (Treasurer) an Economic Development Finance Professional and CEO at MAAT Community Partners will play a vital role on SIG’s board. Mr. Donaldson’s background is financial feasibility analysis. His area of expertise is social enterprise which is an area that interfaces well with SIG’s mission. Mr. Donaldson’s financial background will assure that SIG finances are sound and satisfy the requirements of funding sources and regulatory agencies such as the IRS.
Advisory Board Member
SumitDasgupta is a finance professional who has worked for various large firms in the technology and food retail industries. Originally a Boston, MA native, he moved to San Francisco in 2015. He presently serves as a finance manager for Akamai Technologies, responsible for revenue forecasting, modeling and general financial reporting. Before moving to the Bay Area, Sumit supported several education-focused non-profit organizations in varying capacities. Additionally, he served as a baseball coach in Boston inner-cities. Sumit graduated from Babson College in 2004, earning a B.S. in business management.