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  • Angela Pang
    Angela Pang Program Manager

    Angela Pang

    As Coro’s Program Manager, Angela Pang works with the program team to deliver innovative leadership development programs, including Women in Leadership and Water Solutions Network. Angela has deep experience as a media, community relations, and event planning expert. She most recently served as the Director of Operations for the Asian Business League of San Francisco, managing the nonprofit’s efforts to engage, inspire, and connect leaders within the Asian American/Pacific Islander business community. During her time with the AsianWeek Foundation, Angela also helped organize the largest Pan-Asian celebration nationwide, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, and coordinated the street fair's publicity, media sponsorships, social media, and more. She is formerly a member of the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign, a citywide effort to raise awareness about the importance of screening and vaccinating all Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B. She volunteers on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee, which organizes San Francisco’s official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month each May. She’s a Bay Area native and holds a B.A. in English and Communication from the University of California, Davis.   What inspires you to work in leadership development? I am passionate about doing work that makes a positive impact in our community. What’s your favorite leadership quote? “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie. Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work? I love making my friends and family smile with personalized artwork and handknit scarves, homebrewing beer, hiking, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with my loved ones. I also have a passion for dim sum, boba, and sriracha!

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  • Clifford Yee Director of Diversity and Inclusion Training

    Clifford Yee

    Clifford Yee, MSW, is a native San Franciscan with over 15 years’ experience in youth leadership development, community organizing, and nonprofit management. As the Director of Youth Programs, Cliff facilitates and manages leadership training programs for high school youth, college-aged Latino students in Salinas, community leaders, and emerging nonprofit leaders. Prior to Coro, Cliff worked for Asian Health Services and the North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center where he coordinated a teen pregnancy prevention program, managed a teen clinic, started a school based health center at Oakland High School, and designed and launched The Spot Youth Center in Oakland. Cliff also managed a teen center which included workforce development programs, young men’s program, and educational workshops and events for local residents. On the side, Cliff currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Bay Chapter and on the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Alumni Board of Governors.

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  • Courtney Young-Law Vice President of Programs and Leadership Training

    Courtney Young-Law

    Courtney Young-Law, Ed.D., is Vice President of Programs and Leadership Training at CORO. As an educator and coach, her goal is to empower social change agents so they can advocate for themselves and the causes they champion. Courtney has worked as an administrator, a professor, and an entrepreneur. While at Mills College, Courtney directed the Office of Student Activities, served as Chair for the Student Experience Committee of the Mills Strategic Plan, and advised student government. As a visiting professor at Mills, she taught courses for pre-service teachers in the School of Education focused on increasing educational equity. During her career, she has facilitated numerous leadership development programs for both students and colleagues at Mills, the University of San Francisco, and Tufts University. She has also provided leadership development consulting for institutions like Minerva and Dominican University. Courtney’s experience as an educator led her to found Fundamentum, a company blending technology and coaching to support people in their career development. At Fundamentum, Courtney’s clients ranged from executives at Fortune 500 companies to recent college graduates. Courtney received her doctorate in Education from Mills College in Educational Leadership. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Mills College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, she has called San Francisco home for more than 15 years.

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  • Donald Proby
    Donald Proby Senior Director of Training

    Donald Proby

    Donald Proby has been an educator, professional mediator, facilitator, and consultant for more than 35 years. He has a long history working in the areas of higher education, leadership development, diversity, inclusion and belonging. In addition to his work as an adjunct professor in leadership and conflict resolution at St. Mary's College and San Francisco State University, Donald has been the lead trainer for the mediation certification program at San Francisco Community Boards Mediation Program. An expert in conflict resolution, he studies the transformative opportunities associated with leadership and conflict systems.

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  • Erika Carlsen Director of Fellows Program

    Erika Carlsen

    As the Director of the Fellows Program in Public Affairs, Erika Carlsen oversees all elements of the program, including selection, leadership development curriculum, and placements. Erika is passionate about leadership training and development to serve the public good. Most recently, she worked as the Assistant Director of Fellowship Programs and Latino Initiatives at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. At the Harvard Kennedy School, she oversaw nine leadership development fellowship programs and the launch of the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship and the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Fellowship. She previously held positions at Rockwood Leadership Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Institute for International Public Policy fellowship. Erika holds a BA from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.   What inspires you to work in leadership development? My life purpose is to inspire joy, compassion, and connection among individuals and within institutions. Leadership development is simply the vehicle for me to live out my life purpose. I create ripe learning conditions and environments for leaders to solve the most pressing public problems, so that they too can live with joy, compassion, and connection to self and community. What’s your favorite book about leadership? The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow (Grashow is an alum of the New York Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs). Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work? Spending time in nature, remaining active, enjoying time with my loved ones, and hanging out with my two black cats, Yuri and Kahlo.

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  • Fred Tse Director of Finance and Operations

    Fred Tse

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  • Genanne Walsh
    Genanne Walsh Grants and Communications Manager

    Genanne Walsh

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  • Laney Whitcanack CEO

    Laney Whitcanack

    Laney has a unique history with CORO, as a graduate of the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs in the 1990s, the Director of Community Programs at CORO in the early 2000s, and now serving as CORO’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her appointment as CORO CEO in 2016, Laney was a founder and executive in the tech sector. Most recently, she served as Chief Community Officer and the Executive Vice President/General Manager of Content Marketing at Federated Media. She joined Federated through the acquisition of her software company, BigTent. Since 2006, BigTent has helped millions of community members and thousands of groups connect and organize. Laney founded BigTent and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Laney also worked for the City of San Francisco as Special Assistant to the City Attorney. A social entrepreneur, Laney founded the The Princess Project, which engages thousands of girls and women across California each year in volunteer opportunities. She currently serves on the board of Project Glimmer and previously served on the board of the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. She is currently an advisor to several start-up companies and Bay Area non-profits. Laney received her B.A. from UCLA, her MBA from the Simmons School of Management, and her Ed.M from Harvard University, focused on Adult Leadership Development. A published author and speaker on community engagement and social entrepreneurship, she is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.

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  • Lindsey “Vic” Hogg
    Lindsey “Vic” Hogg Program Manager

    Lindsey “Vic” Hogg

    Lindsey “Vic” Hogg has degree in Neuroscience from Yale University. Their small-town upbringing in rural Michigan drives their passion for workforce development, mental health advocacy, and cross-political dialogue. As Director of Policy, Advocacy and Outreach for Unite Against Sexual Assault at Yale, Vic spearheaded an initiative to improve reporting tools for survivors of sexual assault, as well as provide specialized support for survivors in the LGBTQ+ community. While Vic’s ongoing focus is increasing economic opportunity in rural America and Indian Country, their wide-ranging experience has brought them from Michigan, to Beijing, Minneapolis, and recently, San Francisco as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Vic joins Coro as a Program Manager for our Community Action Youth Fellows, the Human Leadership Trafficking Academy, the Federal Executive Board, and counting. Vic also loves the arts (all of them) and organizing picnics to merge friend groups.

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  • Lizzie Lincoln Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development

    Lizzie Lincoln

    Lizzie Lincoln is Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development for CORO Northern California. She is responsible for recruitment, job placements, and program support for the Fellows Program, as well as job placements for the Exploring Leadership Program. Lizzie was also a trainer for CORO’s Exploring Leadership Program in 2010. She has worked in the Education Departments of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, as well as the Guggenheim Museum in New York and she currently serves on the executive board of the Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco. Ms. Lincoln received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis & Clark College.

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  • Mariana Moore Program Faculty

    Mariana Moore

    Mariana serves on the faculty for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP), a nine-month leadership development program for diverse mid-career professionals in the Sacramento region. NELP is collaboration between Coro, the American Leadership Forum, and the Nehemiah Foundation. She graduated from Coro’s Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco (Class of 1989). She has been involved with Coro in many ways over the years, serving as a Selection Day judge, participating in Coro’s marketing committee, and serving on the evaluation team assessing Coro’s program model. In her consulting practice, Mariana Moore Consulting, she provides strategic counsel, organizational development, executive coaching and capacity building services to nonprofit and governmental entities throughout the Bay Area. She has delivered numerous workshops on topics ranging from organizational development and fundraising to board performance and executive leadership. In addition, as director of the Human Services Alliance of Contra Costa, Mariana leads and participates in a number of governmental change and collective impact initiatives.

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  • Martha Hernandez
    Martha Hernandez Program Faculty

    Martha Hernandez

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  • Masharika Maddison Senior Director of Training

    Masharika Maddison

    Masharika Prejean Maddison is Senior Director of Training for Coro Northern California. She is facilitating the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development and Coro's Women in Leadership program. Before Coro, she founded LightWell Coaching + Consulting, focusing her practice on coaching and supporting mission-driven leaders. Previously, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked with Secretary Condoleezza Rice in the U.S. State Department and as Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco. Masharika has deep professional roots in the public and non-profit sectors, and experience with facilitation and coaching with organizations such as YMCA, OneGoal, and EarthJustice. She is also on the Board of Directors of SPUR.

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  • Mathew Larson Program Manager

    Mathew Larson

    Mat is a Program Manager for Coro. Before working at Coro he was an intern for the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy. Mat has previously interned with Coro Alumna, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in her Washington, D.C. office. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from UC Davis.

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  • Mira Ringler
    Mira Ringler Program Faculty

    Mira Ringler

    Mira Ringler is an executive coach, leadership consultant and facilitator. Mira builds on the fundamental elements that make her clients unique and helps leverage strengths and hone qualities that will influence others and get results. She knows from her work as a senior leader that there are many facets to being successful – it’s about passion for the work, self-confidence, authenticity in all relationships, strategic thinking, asking the unexpected, provocative question and getting results. As a facilitator, Mira is upbeat, engaging and committed to ensuring the group gets what they need. One client said, “Mira is comfortable, confident, authentic, personable, knowledgeable, energetic and credible.” Mira’s previous experience was as a Senior Vice President at BlessingWhite, a global human resources consulting firm, where she served on the executive team and managed a team of sales professionals. She also worked at The Advisory Board, a Washington, DC-based research and technology think tank. Mira has worked in various sectors including hi-tech, healthcare, financial services, higher education and county government. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mira’s coaching certification is from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and a number of leadership development and career-based solutions by The Energy Project and BlessingWhite. She is on the faculty of The Energy Project. She also is on the program faculty for the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Mira resides in San Francisco and loves to read, hike, cook and travel. Her most recent trip was to Nepal and Bhutan with the Foundation for Global Leadership.

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  • Nancy Shemick Program Faculty

    Nancy Shemick

    Nancy has been working in the nonprofit health arena since 1977. Her consulting practice is driven by the mission to increase access to quality health care for all persons, regardless of their health status or ability to pay. A focus of her practice is centered on improving leadership and long range planning for health care delivery systems. Nancy served as a Maternal and Child Health Educator in Chile as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Subsequently, she worked in Costa Rica and in Washington, DC as a project manager in international development. She is bilingual in Spanish. Ms. Shemick was Director for a Washington, DC community mental health center serving Central American immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia and Africa. Later, she worked at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, California, and then served as a Board member. She is still active as a fundraiser for the organization. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Ms. Shemick was a Coro Fellow in San Francisco. Nancy was employed by Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Regional headquarters and later, in their local service areas in a variety of leadership positions. She is a founding member of the Kaiser Permanente Latino Association. Upon leaving Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Shemick served as Director of Business Development for Fox Systems Consulting (a Medicaid Consulting firm) and then became an independent consultant in 1998. As an independent consultant, she designs strategic plans for public and non-profit health and human services organizations, provides capacity building and leadership training for their boards of directors, and supports executives as they implement change. She resides in Alameda, California.

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  • Nnenna Ozobia
    Nnenna Ozobia Director of Training

    Nnenna Ozobia

    As a Director of Training at Coro, Nnenna Ozobia works in partnership with the programs team to deliver innovative leadership and professional development programs. Previously, Nnenna worked at Kaiser Permanente as a top-rated facilitator and developer of executive education programs for global health care leaders and clinicians and, subsequently, as a patient experience advisor. For over 15 years, Nnenna has engaged in equity-related work with underrepresented communities, including leading inclusive, clinical research and education initiatives for the City and County of San Francisco, serving as a policy director, consultant, and researcher for diverse nonprofits, and guiding stakeholders through grant proposals to successfully obtain millions in financing from the Institute of International Education and Inter-American Development Bank. In addition to her bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford and her master's degree in economics from Johns Hopkins, she is a graduate of the Coro Southern California Fellows Program in Public Affairs.   What inspires you to work in leadership development? The ability to support others on a journey to challenge their assumptions and fulfill their highest potential―and to personally learn and grow exponentially in the process.   What’s your favorite leadership quote? “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”― Lilla Watson   Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work? Researching my next global travel destination, and swimming laps at a local YMCA.

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  • Tierney Yates
    Tierney Yates Development Manager

    Tierney Yates

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  • Tracey Jones Honorary Coro Historian

    Tracey Jones

    After 22 years of dedication and service to Coro, in 2018 Tracey Jones transitioned out of her staff role to spend more time with her family. We are delighted that she will remain connected as the honorary Coro Historian, and will help us with special projects as they align with her schedule. Tracey was "born into Coro." Her father, Jerry Jones, a Coro alum, served Coro for 19 years as Executive Director during the 1950s and ‘60s. Countless Coro alumni and staff have benefitted from Tracey’s competent expertise, incredible memory for detail, unfailing kindness, and warm sense of humor.

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Board of Directors

  • Alberto Torrico
    Alberto Torrico Owner/Lobbyist Law Offices of Alberto Torrico

    Alberto Torrico

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  • Anna Van Degna
    Anna Van Degna Director, Controller's Office of Public Finance City and County of San Francisco

    Anna Van Degna

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  • Bill Jackson
    Bill Jackson Founder Family Engagement Labs

    Bill Jackson

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  • Chris Patterson
    Chris Patterson Director of State Government Affairs Pacific Gas & Electric

    Chris Patterson

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  • Christine Johnson
    Christine Johnson Senior Director of Alliances Marketing Snowflake

    Christine Johnson

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  • Dunstan Allison-Hope Managing Director Business for Social Responsibility

    Dunstan Allison-Hope

    Dunstan Allison Hope is the managing director of advisory services at BSR. Dunstan works with a diverse range of companies — including those in the information and communications technology (ICT), consumer products, and heavy manufacturing sectors — on corporate responsibility issues such as human rights, reporting, sustainability strategy, and stakeholder engagement. Dunstan has significant experience working in the United States, Japan, and China. He also serves on BSR’s global Advisory Services Management team, which oversees BSR’s consulting and membership strategy and operations. From 2006 onward, Dunstan facilitated the multi-stakeholder process to develop global principles on freedom of expression and privacy, which included a diverse mix of companies, civil society organizations, academics, and investors. This led to the launch of the Global Network Initiative in October 2008. Dunstan also helped create the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Implementation Group, a collaborative initiative of more than 50 ICT companies working to improve conditions in their supply chains. In addition, Dunstan was directly involved in the development of the G3 Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines and worked closely with GE on the creation of their first three sustainability reports. Education: Middlesex University Masters in Sustainable Development 1998 – 1999 The University of Birmingham History and Politics 1993 – 1996

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  • Erick C. Howard Partner Shartsis Friese

    Erick C. Howard

    Mr. Howard is a partner at Shartsis Friese’s Litigation Department and head of the Firm’s Trademark Prosecution Practice. Mr. Howard is admitted to practice in all state courts in California, the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Section of Intellectual Property Law Trademark Litigation Committee. Mr. Howard was previously Co-Chair of the ABA’s Section of Litigation Intellectual Property Litigation (“IPL”) Committee, and currently serves as a co-chair of Trademarks sub-committee of the IPL Committee. Mr. Howard received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Northwestern University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

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  • Evonne M. Silva Senior Program Director, Criminal Justice and Workforce Development Code for America

    Evonne M. Silva

    Evonne works as the Senior Program Director for Criminal Justice and Workforce Development at Code for America. In this role, she manages program and partnership staff and leads cross-functional teams of engineering, design, and product staff to develop civic technology aimed at transforming the criminal justice and workforce development systems. Towards this end, she oversees forging meaningful partnerships with local and state governments, community-based organizations, and stakeholders across the country; designs and implements impactful policy and advocacy strategies; and advises on service-delivery developments that seek to improve the way governments deliver key services to the people who need it most. Previously, Evonne served as Compliance Counsel & Director of People Systems at the ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC), advising the organization on a range of internal legal matters and overseeing risk management and compliance programs while driving process improvements across business functions and leading the HR and IT teams. She also worked as the ACLU-NC’s Legal-Policy Department Manager & Attorney. Before joining the ACLU-NC, Evonne worked as a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) where she implemented the Immigrant Consumer Justice Project. Evonne has also served as an investigator with the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University School of Law and paralegal with the Death Penalty Clinic at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She led a statewide advocacy initiative as a Nutrition Policy Advocate with California Food Policy Advocates. Evonne is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she was selected into the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrolled in the Critical Race Specialization. While in law school, Evonne served as a judicial extern with the Honorable Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. She was appointed to serve as a member on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. In addition to serving as a member of the CORO Board of Directors ​Evonne is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley School of Law where she teaches Legal Ethics to second- and third-year law students.

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  • Franca Gargiulo
    Franca Gargiulo Principal Occhiata Productions

    Franca Gargiulo

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  • James Araby Executive Director United Food & Commercial Workers

    James Araby

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  • Jenna Narayanan
    Jenna Narayanan VP Development NextGen America

    Jenna Narayanan

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  • Jose Bodipo-Memba Environmental Management Supervisor Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    Jose Bodipo-Memba

    Environmental Management Supervisor for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Mr. Bodipo-Memba is the Environmental Project Manager for the nation’s 6th largest public utility, with over 13 years of technical experience managing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for development projects throughout California. Prior to SMUD, Jose served as a Senior Project Manager and Office Lead for PBS&J in Sacramento, leading the CEQA compliance for the Sacramento Railyards Specific Plan and the California State Lottery Headquarters. Mr. Bodipo-Memba is active in the Sacramento community, currently serving as the board president for Next Move Sacramento, the American River Parkway Foundation Board of Directors, and the Urban Land Institute Programs Committee. Jose is past chair of the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group, the Drexel University Graduate Student Association Civic Involvement Committee, the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Alumni Association and a member of Sacramento Metro Edge. Mr. Bodipo-Memba was a 2010 recipient of the Sacramento Business Journal 40 under 40 award. Mr. Bodipo-Memba holds a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Drexel University, and is a graduate of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, a Coro Partnership Program.

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  • Marianna Pisano
    Marianna Pisano Senior Vice President JP Morgan Chase

    Marianna Pisano

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  • Michael MacBryde
    Michael MacBryde Partner PwC

     

    Michael MacBryde

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  • Mike Thiel Managing Member Thiel, Vu & Associates LLC

    Mike Thiel

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  • Mothusi Pahl Chief Commercial Officer Ondaka

    Mothusi Pahl

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  • Sean Gibson
    Sean Gibson President The Gus Factor

    Sean Gibson

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Committee Members

  • Anshul Maheshwari
    Anshul Maheshwari Assistant Treasurer Bechtel

    Anshul Maheshwari

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  • Daniela Bayon
    Daniela Bayon Associate Marketing Manager Linkedin

    Daniela Bayon

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  • Dwight Smith
    Dwight Smith Program Director Beyond12

    Dwight Smith

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  • Jake Mossawir
    Jake Mossawir President/CEO ST. HOPE

    Jake Mossawir

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  • Jocelyn Corbett
    Jocelyn Corbett Senior Community Services Associate B Lab

    Jocelyn Corbett

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  • Lisa Cole
    Lisa Cole Director of Development Public Policy Institute of California

    Lisa Cole

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  • Lucy Wurtz
    Lucy Wurtz Development & Communications Director Village Enterprise

    Lucy Wurtz

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  • Megan Miller
    Megan Miller Director of Marketing Burning Man

    Megan Miller

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