Staff


Lauren Patrizio Xaba, Founder & Executive Director

Lauren founded SquashDrive in August of 2009 and began serving students in the spring of 2010. As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Lauren was a two-time All-American squash player, playing on the national championship team in 2000, and captaining the team the following year.

Lauren graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School with a Management Concentration. After graduation, Lauren worked for Comcast-Spectacor, SCORE Educational Center, and Washington Mutual in marketing, sales, and project management.

Lauren sits on the University of Pennsylvania Squash Board and is very involved in Northern California Squash and Racquet Association. Lauren grew up in Philadelphia and lives in San Francisco.


Kerry Fliss, Deputy Director

Kerry joined SquashDrive in Spring 2016. Having spent four years working with MetroSquash, a sister program based in Chicago, she brings a wealth of relevant experience to the organization.

Prior to joining the squash and education movement, Kerry spent fifteen years working in communications at a number of world-class ad agencies. She also ran an independent consulting practice where she provided strategic guidance to Boards of Directors in the education and arts communities.  Kerry is a graduate of Queen’s School of Business and a Founding Board Member of Aurum Preparatory Charter School in Oakland. She is a squash enthusiast and enjoys spending time on court with fellow staff and students.


Sarah Warhaftig, Program Director

Sarah joined SquashDrive in August of 2017 as Program Director. Prior to joining the Urban Squash movement, Sarah spent over 12 years working in youth development for the United States Olympic Committee, the YMCA, Brown Girl Surf and four different schools around the country. Sarah comes to us from her most recent job as the founding director of a new charter school in Vallejo.

Sarah graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a degree in Economics and Management.

A former professional racquetball player, Sarah is a two-time defending Colorado State Champion and was ranked 18th on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour.


Daniel Reisman, Squash Coordinator

Daniel joined Squash Drive in June 2018. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, he began his involvement with urban squash programs through volunteering as a coach and tutor for many years. He graduated from Connecticut College in 2018 with a B.A. in History and Government. At Connecticut College, Daniel played varsity squash for 4 years. He played at the top of the ladder, and captained the team his senior year. Daniel is a certified squash coach, and has coached kids and adults of all skill levels and abilities. In his free time, Daniel also enjoys watching soccer or movies.


Sean Towers, Middle School Coordinator

Sean joined SquashDrive in October 2017. As Middle School Coordinator, Sean is responsible for supporting our middle schoolers in academics, squash, and community service outings. Originally from Modesto, Sean is an experienced tutor with a B.A. in Anthropology from U.C. Santa Barbara.

While Sean has little experience with squash, he has a coaching background and is eager to learn the sport.


Hannah Elbaum, High School Coordinator

Hannah joined SquashDrive in August 2018. Hannah is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Medicine, Health, and Society. After graduating, Hannah taught a variety of grades levels and subjects in Mexico and Guatemala. Hannah played squash in high school and is excited to be back on the court!

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