Michael Kovalich

Board Advisor

Michael Kovalich

Michael Kovalich serves as a Board Advisor for Vanguard Music and Performing Arts. From July 2020 through August 2022, he was the organization’s Chief Financial Officer and has held various positions on the Board of Directors and board committees including Treasurer, since 1992. Besides Vanguard, Mike is also Consulting Director for the Bronco Venture Accelerator at Santa Clara University, Chief Financial Officer for SPARC International, a computer chip design consortium, Financial Systems Consultant for Ropers Majeski, (law firm) and Chief financial Officer for the Coral Tree Education Foundation, a non-profit that builds schools and
educates young children in the remote and poverty-stricken villages of Cambodia. Mike also sits as advisory board member for Bay Street Capital Holdings and Santa Clara Ventures.

Mike serves his local community as Forman for the San Mateo County Grand Jury for the 2024 through 2025 cohort. He is also a member and Past Chairman for San Mateo County’s Citizen Oversight Committee for government spending under the county’s measure K spending initiative. Mike is also a certified mentor for SCORE, a volunteer business mentoring service sponsored by the nation’s Small Business Administration (SBA). Previously, Mike held a number financial and business management position at Frost & Sullivan, a global research firm, Business Director for Greenberg Traurig’s Bay Area offices (large international law firm), Chief Financial Officer for Werber Shandwick’s Technology Group, (public relations), Controller for Crown Zellerbach (forest products) and Administrator for number of other law firms, corporate legal departments, and small businesses.

Mike holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Hayward and a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.

Mike is originally from New Jersey where he participated in Drum Corps for over seven years as member of the Livingston Hilltoppers and Imperial Guardsmen.

Book recommendations:
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Think and Grow Rich
The Four Agreements
Man’s Search for Meaning

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