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William Oberndorf


Mr. William E. Oberndorf  is Chairman of Oberndorf Enterprises, LLC, Chairman of the American Federation for Children and Chairman of the Board of Overseers University of California San Francisco.

Mr. Oberndorf  began his investing career after receiving his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1978 and his B.A. from Williams College in 1975.  Mr. Oberndorf is Chairman of Oberndorf Enterprises, LLC, which was founded in 2012 to invest the assets of his family.  Mr. Oberndorf has been a value investor for over 30 years in a broad range of businesses. He is a co-founder of SPO Partners & Co., from which he retired in March, 2012.

Mr. Oberndorf has been involved in many non-profit activities and political causes for the past twenty years. He currently serves as chairman emeritus and board member of the Alliance for School Choice, an organization he co-founded that works nationwide to bring about K-12 education reform and expand school choice for low-income families. In addition, Mr. Oberndorf is chairman of The University of California San Francisco Foundation, a board member of the Foundation for Educational Excellence, and University School in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is a former trustee of Williams College, the Stanford Graduate School of Business Trust, University High School in San Francisco, and the Thacher School in Ojai, California.

Mr. Oberndorf has been honored by the Black Alliance for Education Options (BAEO) and the Philanthropy Roundtable for his work in education reform.  He is the 2010 recipient of the John T. Walton Champions for Education Choice Award.