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Bishop O’Dowd High School is a diocesan school, operating under the Diocese of Oakland and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Our collaborative President/Principal leadership model is designed to align the vision and direction of the school, from the overall vitality of the institution, to infusing our robust academic and co-curricular programs with the spirit of our Charism.

President J.D. Childs


Originally from South Bend, Indiana, J.D. Childs earned his BA in English, Philosophy and Theology from Notre Dame, going on to earn an MTS in Systematic Theology. J.D. also holds an MEd in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University. He is the co-author of two books and several articles focused on imaginative teaching of high school religion class.


James began his tenure at O’Dowd as Principal, beginning in 2016. He has served as President since 2018, where he especially enjoys strengthening O’Dowd’s community culture.

President James "J.D." Childs, M.A., M.Ed.
Principal Doug Evans, Ed. D.
Principal Doug Evans, Ed.D.


Dr. Evans earned his Ed.D. in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and MA degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. He has served in leadership roles at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, and Moreau High School in Hayward. Dr. Evans is committed to Catholic education because he loves to empower students to work for justice.

Board of Regents


Our Board of Regents, including a number of parents and alumni, operate as a board of limited jurisdiction in collaboration with the President. Together the Board works to ensure the school fulfills its mission and prudently allocates its resources to provide an exceptional formational experience for students.

Kerwin Allen

Vice President, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

Board Chair; Project Cabinet

Andrew Currier, PhD

Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Oakland

Ex Officio Member

Wanda Holland Greene

Head of School, The Hamlin School

Rhonda Jackson Morris '83

Vice President & Chief HR Officer, Chevron Corp

Admissions & Marketing

Kim Walsh

O'Dowd President, Emeritus; Chief of Campus Planning and Development

Ex Oficio Member; Governance; Buildings & Grounds

Monica Marcone

Principal, Solutions for Good

Board Vice Chair; Development (Chair)

Fr. Leo Edgerly

O’Dowd VP for Catholic Mission
Pastor, Corpus Christi Parish

Ex Officio Member; Mission and Charism Effectiveness

Lourdes Lopez-Roche

Global Sourcing Professional

Admissions & Marketing

James Negri '68

Retired, Superintendent – Castro Valley, Acalanes Union, & Mountain View Whisman School Districts

Governance (Chair)

J.D. Childs

O'Dowd President

Ex Officio Member

Francine Anthony

Marketing Executive,


Melinda Eisenhut-Dunn '74

CFO Emeritus and Advisor, Sequoia Capital

Finance (Chair)

Fr. Brandon Macadaeg

Rector, Cathedral of Christ the Light

Robert J. Ravano '58

Partner, Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP CPAs


Krystal Bowen

Associate General Counsel, Zynga Inc.

Governance, Mission & Charism Effectiveness

Arthur Guimaraes

COO & Co-Head of Real Estate, UC Investments


Alan McIntosh

Partner, Way To Be LLC

Mission and Charism Effectiveness (Chair)

Alison Sanger

Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Ironwood Capital Management


Namita Brown

Partner, F3 Law

Buildings & Grounds

Michael Haas

Chief Executive Officer, Orion Renewable Energy Group

Buildings & Grounds (Chair)

Kristine Mechem

Vice President, Health Advances

Development; Governance

Maisha Wilson

Partner, Connor Group


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