David Myles, Ph.D. ’80 bridges the worlds of academia and business: After completing his Ph.D. at Yale and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, he became an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He subsequently turned to private industry, first with Chiron Corporation, later as executive director of Kosan Biosciences and cofounder and chief operating officer of Epiphany Biosciences. Myles is now executive vice president of drug development for San Francisco-based Olema Pharmaceuticals, focusing on the treatment of breast cancer. Although he sees himself “more as an entrepreneur than as a pure scientist,” he has at least 80 peer-reviewed papers and 17 issued patents to his credit, with more in process. Myles, who lives in Berkeley with his three children, first learned about Webb during a field trip to the Alf Museum in the sixth grade. He says Webb’s emphasis on independent thinking and personal integrity has served him well throughout his career. This is Myles’ third term on the board and he is pleased to see some of the long-term plans that originated in his earlier terms come to fruition. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be asked to serve again,” he says.
Amara Berry ’12 truly embodies what it means to think boldly, mindfully and creatively. In October 2017, she was invited to give a Tedx Talk in Providence, Rhode Island, where she spoke on the legacy of her grandparents, how their work inspired her and the incredible work she is doing with our youth through The Sparkle Program.
We are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liu as Webb’s Director of Parent Relations and Special Events effective November 1. In this position, Liu will oversee our parent relations program, which serves more than 750 current parents worldwide and an active volunteer network through our Affiliates parent organization.
An opportunity to pick the brain of award-winning author John Scalzi '87, is not one you want to miss. Discussing topics ranging from what exactly defines a burrito to what projects he currently has in production, there's never a dull moment with Scalzi.
For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network.
To learn more about working in independent schools and meet with school representatives about open positions, please join Webb and 30 other participants on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.