Our Board Members

Jeremy DeConcini

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

Board Member

Katherine (Kate) Lee Carey serves as Special Counsel with Cooley LLP.  Kate began her career as a criminal defense litigator in 2000, and then transitioned into in-house roles with institutions of higher education, including as a Director of Regulatory Affairs, a Vice President of Compliance and General Counsel.  Kate’s practice with Cooley focuses on the legal, accreditation, administrative and regulatory aspects of regionally and nationally accredited higher education institutions, K-12 and public charter schools, and companies that provide services to the education industry, including education technology providers. She provides clients with interpretation and implementation guidance on legal and regulatory changes, including impact analysis and strategic plans to implement complex regulatory requirements and compliance structures.

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 Christian

Board Member

John has a longstanding history in the field of international education spanning more than 25 years. He has been an active and contributing member of the international education industry including NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, and Forum on Education Abroad.

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.

Jami Ferrara

Board Member

Jami Ferrara has been a criminal defense attorney in San Diego since 1996. She worked for four years for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc and has been in private practice since 2001. She works primarily in federal court and is currently the Southern District of California’s Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative. Jami serves on the Board of Directors of Federal Defenders and ICDA (Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy), is on the Magistrate Selection Committee for the Southern District of California and is pending appointment to the Ninth Circuit Criminal Case Committee.

Aimee Halfpenny

Board Member

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.