Our Board Members
Chairman of the Development Board
Jeremy has always had an interest in justice and policy issues starting with an internship on Capitol Hill in college and continuing on through his job as a Special Agent with US Department of Homeland Security Investigations in the years following 9/11, working primarily in undercover weapons smuggling and non-proliferation, as well as anti-terrorism and narcotics. Currently, he owns his own real estate shop with branches in San Diego and Tucson. Jeremy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Law Degree from Pepperdine University. Over the years, Jeremy has worked as a lawyer, university professor, ski patroller, surfboard shaper, and survey diver. He has also written three thrillers based loosely on his experiences working for Homeland Security.
Kate Lee Carey
Kate serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee to the California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Schools, co-chair of the Equality and Action Committee of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and as a member of the California Innocence Project board. She is also a member of numerous education organizations such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools. Kate is passionate about protecting and furthering civil rights and is involved with the ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign as well.
Kate loves to travel (over the years, working her way through Italy and the UK) and also has a (perhaps obsessive) love for her dogs including incessant picture taking and Instagram posting. Kate’s husband Alex supports all of this because he is a saint.
John first studied abroad in London in 1986. He began his international education career as a Foreign Student Advisor for the State University of New York at Oswego in the Office of International Education. John attended graduate school at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies where he completed a master’s degree in Area studies: China.
During this time, John was also the executive director of the SUNY Oswego London Center which led to the development of CAPA’s first program center in London.
As an entrepreneur and leader, John continues to evolve and support the field of international education. He strives for new and innovative ways to enhance the student experience in academics, personal and professional development and cultural exchange using state-of- the-art
technology to create globally collaborative communities across the CAPA network of programs. His entrepreneurial approach to learning takes students to places they never knew they could go and prepares them to function and compete in an increasingly interdependent globallandscape.
Currently, John sits on the Access Advisory Board for the Fund for Education Abroad, the Advisory Council for Diversity Abroad, the Best Buddies Challenge Executive Committee, and the Development Board of the California Innocence Project.
Aimee Halfpenny is a fund development professional with nearly twenty years of experience working for nonprofits throughout Southern California. As the Director of Development for Mama’s Kitchen she was responsible for generating over two million in revenue and oversaw four signature fundraising events annually.
She has a passion for supporting vulnerable populations, and in her most recent role, she fundraised for critical services to assist former foster youth who have transitioned from the child welfare system. Aimee participated in the Fieldstone Foundation’s Emerging Nonprofit Leaders program and is a former AFP San Diego Chamberlain Scholar.
Aimee believes CIP’s work is fundamental to reversing systematic poverty, racism and the injustices especially prevalent among impoverished communities. She is honored to help CIP further their great work to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and reform the criminal justice system.