When women succeed, the world moves forward
Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, in partnership with the Women's Foundation of California, present the Bay Area Women's Summit.
Join the region and the nation's most dynamic leaders for a conversation on advancing economic empowerment for women to ensure that they and their families succeed and thrive.
Contact us with questions at BayAreaWomen@sfgov.org
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee is the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco and is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history. Lee has championed balancing the budget, improving the quality of life for everyone, creating jobs for low-income residents and ensuring San Francisco remains safe. He set an aggressive goal to complete 30,000 new and rehabilitated homes by 2020 with at least half affordable to low and middle income families. He is completely re-envisioning public housing and introduced the largest affordable housing bond in the City’s history to keep long-term residents in their homes.
He set an ambitious plan to help 8,000 more people out of homelessness forever and committed $1 billion over four years to expand successful programs and create one department focused solely on helping the City’s homeless residents. He will continue to focus on improving parks, libraries, public transit and more and will remain committed to ensuring women’s equity in the workplace. Mayor Lee was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Bowdoin College and Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley. Mayor Lee and his wife, Anita, have two daughters, Brianna and Tania.
Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated as Oakland, California’s 50th Mayor on January 5, 2015. A native Oaklander, Mayor Schaaf previously served one term as a member of the Oakland City Council. She is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers.
Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, sustainable vibrant infrastructure, equitable jobs and housing and responsive, trustworthy government.
Naomi M. Kelly is San Francisco’s City Administrator, one of the highest-ranking non-elected officials of the City and County. In this capacity, Ms. Kelly oversees the General Services Agency consisting of 25 departments, divisions, and programs that include Public Works Department, Department of Technology, Office of Contract Administration/Purchasing, Real Estate, County Clerk, Fleet Management, Convention Facilities, Animal Care and Control, Medical Examiner, and Treasure Island.
She is responsible for a 2,700-strong workforce, and an annual budget of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. Ms. Kelly is strongly committed to strengthening the local economy; ensuring the efficacy of government services; increasing the City’s safety and resiliency; and optimizing the City’s capital planning and infrastructure.
Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates behind efforts to strengthen and improve access to the middle class, to boost American businesses and our economy, and to champion equality and opportunity for all Americans.
From the current effort to confirm Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, to ongoing campaigns to end sexual assault, raise the minimum wage, advocate workplace policies that empower working families, reduce gun violence, and promote entrepreneurship, as well as lead the Administration’s efforts to economically and politically empower women in the United States and around the world. Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Fort Knox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting Women in Finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery. Prior to her confirmation as Treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was Managing Director of Investments.
Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. In November of 2008, Rios took a leave of absence from MacFarlane Partners to serve on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team and is a graduate of Harvard University.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position.
Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994–2002. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” and “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World”, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.
Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She is a 2014 MacArthur fellow and was one of Time 100’s world’s most influential people in 2012. She began organizing immigrant women workers two decades ago.
In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. Together with 11 other organizations, DWU launched the National Domestic Workers Alliance in 2007. After noticing an increase in domestic workers originally hired as nannies and housekeepers being asked to provide home care for their employers’ aging relatives, Ai-jen co-led the launch of the Caring Across Generations campaign in 2011 to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging population and access to quality jobs for the caregiving workforce. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, and Working America. She is a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of Fortune.com’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Follow her on Twitter at @aijenpoo.
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.
Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as Senior VP at the Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates. Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010). In 2013, Angela and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All. Angela serves on numerous boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund and The President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Chris Jansing is NBC’s Senior White House correspondent, reporting for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, and MSNBC programs. She has been a guest host on Meet the Press. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, her recent coverage of President Obama has included historic trips around the world. Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998. Before moving to Washington, she was a New York and Los Angeles-based correspondent.
Jansing has reported on the terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. She reported on September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, the shooting tragedies in Newtown, Tucson and Aurora, the nuclear crisis in Japan, and the Olympic Games in Torino, Vancouver, London and Sochi. Jansing was in London for the royal wedding and birth of Prince George, with Pope John Paul II during his historic visit to Israel, and anchored from Rome for his funeral as well as the elections of Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. She was in South Africa during Nelson Mandela’s final days and traveled through West Africa with UN Ambassador Samantha Power during the Ebola crisis. She began her career for a local newspaper in Ohio, was a radio reporter and anchor in upstate New York, and co-anchored newscasts for WNYT-TV Albany. A native of Ohio, Jansing graduated with honors from Otterbein University and holds two honorary doctorates.
Pam Moore anchors KRON 4 evening newscasts and was recently nominated for an Emmy for the special ‘Selma to Ferguson”. Moore joined KRON 4 in March 1991 as an anchor and general assignment reporter. She has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle, honoring her significant contribution to Northern California television and honored for her career achievements by the Society of Professional Journalism, NorCal.
Moore’s work on KRON 4’s 1998 five-part news series “About Race” garnered a number of awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award, the Pew Center Batten Prize for Civic Journalism, and an In-Depth Reporting Award from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. Before joining KRON 4, Moore worked at WBZ-TV in Boston, as an anchor and general assignment reporter. Prior, she was a general assignment reporter at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Moore began her broadcasting career as a news reporter at WJLB Radio in Detroit. She has served on the board of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California, and also as vice president for broadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists. Her community service has earned several awards. Most recently, in February of 2009, Moore was honored by the United Negro College Fund for her ongoing support. She currently volunteers with the East Oakland Youth Development Center and is on the board of Friends of Faith, which supports Bay Area organizations that serve low income women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Thuy is a five-time Emmy award winning journalist, anchor and program host who’s covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations. She currently hosts KQED Newsroom, a news analysis and interview program that digs deeper, taking audiences beyond the headlines and quick soundbites. Thuy is the former host of LinkAsia.
Prior to joining KQED and LinkAsia, Thuy was a co-host of CBS5’s Eye on the Bay, the only nightly magazine program celebrating life in the San Francisco Bay Area—from its diverse personalities and businesses to the wonderful destinations and restaurants. Thuy has long been a familiar face and voice to Bay Area residents. She was a news anchor and reporter for various Bay Area stations, including ABC7, CBS5, KTVU, KQED-FM and National Public Radio. In 2010, she was named Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent by the National Alliance for Women in Media. She won Emmy and Associated Press awards for a report on the 30th anniversary of the first Operation Babylift flight rescuing orphans right before Saigon fell to the communists. Thuy immigrated from Vietnam in 1975, fleeing the country with her family. She currently lives in Silicon Valley and holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley.
As VP of Engineering Operations for Comcast's West Division Amy Lynch is responsible for leading the efforts associated with the entire lifecycle of the infrastructure for eight states. This is inclusive of leading the construction efforts of the Next Generation Access Networks (NGAN) as well as driving standards, architecture and processes.
In her more than 13 years at Comcast, Amy has held influential roles where she and her teams have introduced new products and services to consumers and businesses, re-engineered end-to-end processes and executed network infrastructure investments. Prior to Comcast, Amy worked at @Home Network, one of the early Internet service providers, working with major cable operators to launch and market the Internet across the United States. Amy also worked as a consultant in the telecommunications and software industries, and began her career in telecommunications by working for Cox Communications. Amy is a New England native and holds a degree from University of Connecticut, in addition to leadership certificates from Dartmouth, Tuck School of Business and Harvard
Anna Holmes has written and edited for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and The New Yorker online. She is the founder of the popular website Jezebel.com, the editor of two book and works as a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and as a Senior Vice President of Editorial at First Look Media.
She has made appearances at events and institutions including NPR, Harvard University, CNN, SXSW, and Women in the World.
Carmen Chu was re-elected on November 4, 2014, to serve as the Assessor-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco. As the only Asian American Assessor in California, she is committed to building a better San Francisco through superior customer service, fair property taxation and the preservation of public records. The work that the Office of the Assessor-Recorder does helps to generate over one-third of the City’s General Fund revenue, which is used to fund crucial services like the fire and police departments, neighborhood improvements, and health and family support services.
Since taking office, Chu has prioritized making government work for San Franciscans including a focus on customer service and office efficiency. Beginning in 2013, she implemented e-Recording, which allows submitters to record documents from the convenience of their office or home. Chu has also begun the process of digitizing historic real property records currently maintained only in hard copy. On June 28, 2013, the State of California resumed same-sex marriages. Chu and her staff were proud to be the only Assessor-Recorder office open in the entire state. In November 2010 and November 2008, Chu was elected to the Board of Supervisors to serve as the city’s representative to the Sunset/Parkside.
Elena Chávez Quezada is a Senior Program Officer at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, where she manages the economic security portfolio. In addition to supporting a range of organizations across San Francisco and Alameda Counties focused on workforce development, asset-building and policy, she serves on the steering committees of the Asset Funders Network and the California Asset Building Coalition, co-chairs the Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative, and was recently appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the Citizen's Committee on Community Development.
Elena came to the Fund from Tipping Point Community, where she worked as a Senior Program Officer supporting 12 nonprofits fighting poverty in the Bay Area by leveraging financial and non-financial resources to help grantees increase organizational effectiveness and client impact. Elena moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to manage the California expansion of Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit that leverages community-based partnerships to provide access to government resources and free legal, financial, and tax preparation expertise. Prior to Single Stop, Elena worked on policy and advocacy issues in the areas of economic security and asset-building at the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Romance Languages and Literature from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Elmy Bermejo has been dedicated to public service for over 25 years. She is currently an appointee of President Barack Obama at the Department of Labor, where she serves as the Regional Representative for Secretary Tom Perez. She also served there as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington. Other posts include Deputy Secretary at State and Consumer Affairs and Field Deputy to Retired Senators John Burton and Don Perata.
Elmy is the former Chair of the Women’s Foundation of CA, former President of HOPE, (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality), past Chair of the CA Commission on the Status of Women and a founding member of EMERGE. She now serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment. Elmy’s leadership has been recognized by Hispanic Magazine, which named her a Latina of Excellence in Community Service; in 2007 she was profiled by Latino Leaders Magazine and in 2008 she was honored by the League of Women Voters as, "Woman Who Could Be President." She recently received the Public Service Award from the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers and the Dolores Huerta Women of Courage Award from the National Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Emma Mayerson is the Founding Director of Alliance for Girls (AFG), a membership association of more than 130 organizations and individuals serving more than 250,000 girls in the Bay Area. Under Ms. Mayerson’s leadership AFG has become the largest alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the nation, working collectively to ensure girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Ms. Mayerson is an experienced organizer and advocate for women and girls. She began her organizing career at Tufts University by co-founding the Jumbo Janitor Alliance, a student club that organized Tufts students to act as advocates for, and in community with, Tufts janitors. After graduating she became a Community Organizing Resident with the Progressive Jewish Alliance, organizing the Jewish community in support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In this role Ms. Mayerson was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation in community organizing. Ms. Mayerson also worked at the Women’s Foundation of California where she worked on a speaking series that highlighted the stories of successful and civically minded women in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Mayerson graduated cum laude from Tufts University where she won the Ted Shapiro Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis and was inducted into the Honos Civicus Society for her commitment to community service.
Heidi R. Roth currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of Kilroy Realty Corporation. Ms. Roth has been with KRC since 1997 and was appointed Senior Vice President and Controller in July 2005. Prior to such time, Ms. Roth held various other positions with KRC, including serving as the company’s Vice President, Internal Reporting and Strategic Planning.
Prior to joining KRC, she was a Certifed Public Accountant with Ernst & Young in Los Angeles. Ms. Roth currently serves on the Board of Directors of Crystal Stairs, Inc., a nonprofit child development organization. Ms. Roth is a member of the AICPA and is an emeritus member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s Best Financial Practices Council. Ms. Roth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Hydra Mendoza is a strong advocate and supporter of public education. She was the former Executive Director and a founding member of Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, a national organization which engages parents and community members to support, promote, and improve public education. In 2005, Hydra was first appointed to the Policy Council on Children, Youth & Families by former Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is currently the Lieutenant Governor of California.
She later became his Education Advisor and Liaison to SFUSD, which was a newly created senior staff level position in the Newsom administration. She continues to serve as Mayor Edwin Lee’s Senior Advisor on Education and Family Services to build strong partnerships between the Public School System (Pre-K to 20) and the City. In 2006, 2010 and 2014, Hydra successfully won a city-wide election for a seat on the SFUSD Board of Education. She is the first and only Filipina elected to office in San Francisco. Hydra is a Board Member for SPUR, member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and Advisory Board Member to Youth Speaks, College Track, Old Skool Café, and San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.
Janet Liang has been the COO of Kaiser Permanente - Northern California Region since 2014. Janet joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007 as Hawaii’s regional president. During her tenure she successfully led several major initiatives that enhanced the high-quality care and service Kaiser Permanente provides to its 230,000 members in Hawaii.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Liang served in executive roles of increasing responsibility for Group Health Cooperative, based in Seattle, Washington, including executive vice president, Columbia Region, and vice president, community networks and clinical services.
Jennifer Reisch is the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a national nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and education access and opportunities for women and girls. Jennifer leads ERA’s legal team in advocating for gender equality through high-impact litigation, direct legal services, bold policy reform, and targeted community education and outreach.
She is proud to have helped pass the strongest equal pay law in the country last year, the California Fair Pay Act, and to represent women across the country who are challenging discrimination and injustice at work and in school. She has been recognized as a leader in the field of workers’ rights and employment litigation, receiving numerous honors for her work, including being selected as one of the Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California in 2015. Prior to joining ERA, Jennifer represented low-wage workers, students, and consumers in civil and human rights cases. She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings and USF and is active in several bar associations and volunteer organizations. Jennifer is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley School of Law and Yale University. She lives in Oakland with her husband and twin daughters.
Chief Hayes-White joined the San Francisco Fire Department in April 1990. After rising through the ranks, she was sworn in by Mayor Gavin Newsom as the 25th Fire Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department in 2004. San Francisco is the largest urban Fire Department in the world with a female Chief. She oversees a Department of approximately 1,600 members and an operating budget of $350 million.
A member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Joanne currently serves on the Presidential Public Safety Officers’ Medal of Valor Board, the Advisory Board for Little Sisters of the Poor and the Advisory Board of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Joanne lives in San Francisco with her 3 sons.
Since 1992, Joline Godfrey has been an innovation in financial education for children and parents. In addition to being the CEO of Independent Means, Godfrey is the author of Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Having Fun, Doing Good; No More Frogs to Kiss: 99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls; Twenty $ecrets to Money and Independence: The DollarDivas Guide to Life; and Raising Financially Fit Kids.
Her company, Independent Means, provides training for parents; programs for young people, and an array of tools for families and financial institutions. Godfrey earned her MSW from Boston University and was awarded an Honorary Degree in Business from Bentley College. She was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow and the recipient of the Leavey Award for Excellence, as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Entrepreneurship Award. Recognized in features for The Today Show, Oprah, Fortune, Business Week, The New York Times, and more, Ms. Godfrey is a frequent speaker and consultant worldwide.
Josh Levs is a journalist, expert on issues facing modern families and author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses--And How We Can Fix It Together. NYTimes columnist Charles Blow called it “fantastic;” the Washington Post’s Brigid Schulte called it a “must read;” the Chicago Tribune called it “fascinating,” and Forbes asked, “Can This Man Get Corporate America To Rethink An Anti-Dad Culture?”
It was named a top book of 2015 by NewsOne. The Financial Times named Levs one of the top 10 male feminists. U.N. Women named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality and part of the HeForShe campaign. He won a debate on feminism at the Oxford Union. And a NYTimes front-page story called him “a pioneer.”All In is endorsed by Maria Shriver, Bob Saget, the president of Change.org, a top official at Twitter, and other prominent figures. It is “groundbreaking”and “mandatory reading for every CEO, HR, benefits and similar” professional, said one CEO. The dad of three is now one of the United States' most booked speakers. A former NPR and CNN journalist, Levs has six Peabody and two Edward R. Murrow Awards, among many more.
Julayne Virgil is the CEO of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, an agency that empowers girls across the K-12 continuum from low-income communities to navigate gender, economic, social and racial barriers to realize their full potential and to become the strong, smart and bold leaders of tomorrow.
The agency provides life-changing programs and services, including mental health counseling, at the Simpson Center for Girls - the agency’s downtown Oakland headquarters and the county’s first and only resource center for girls. In more than 25 schools and other locations. Julayne oversees nearly 100 staff and a $6M budget. Prior to this role, she was Education Pioneers’ Vice President of Leadership Development and she developed, redesigned, and scaled programs across more than 20 locations around the country. Previously she launched and led that organization’s Chicago office. Julayne received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California where she serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is also on the board of Educate78. Julayne is an Oakland native who lives in Oakland with her husband and their two daughters.
Julie Hanna is a technology entrepreneur, investor and advisor to companies and public institutions globally. She has been founder, CEO or founding executive of five successful Silicon Valley companies, giving her deep insight in building businesses from start-up to scale-up. In recognition of her groundbreaking achievements, President Obama appointed her Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Julie is an active advisor, investor and board director to high-growth companies, including Lyft, Lending Club (NASDAQ: LC), Bonobos and Idealab, creator of over 125 companies with 40 IPO’s and acquisitions. She serves as Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world's largest crowdlending marketplace for global entrepreneurs. During her tenure, Kiva has delivered nearly $1 Billion loans to 2 million entrepreneurs living in 86 countries, 70% of whom are women. She was founder and CEO of Scalix and founding head of products at onebox.com ($850M acquisition NASDAQ:UPIP); Healtheon (NASDAQ:WBMD) and Portola (acquired by Netscape). In recognition of her vision, leadership and impact on economic and social progress, Julie was honored as the United States Woman Icon of APEC and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Empowerment Award.
Katy Tang currently represents District 4 (Sunset/Parkside) on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Katy has prioritized keeping San Francisco family-friendly, improving public transportation, supporting small businesses, protecting our environment, enhancing pedestrian safety, improving public safety, and protecting our City’s financial health. Katy has been a strong advocate for supporting housing opportunities for middle-income families.
As a product of the San Francisco Unified School District, Katy supports our local schools by providing grants for efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). As a member of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, Katy works with city agencies and partners to end human trafficking through education, outreach, advocacy, and by supporting human trafficking survivors. Katy is also a champion for progressive workplace policies for new families. She spearheaded a Charter Amendment that enhanced the City’s Paid Parental Leave policy and introduced legislation to increase lactation support for new mothers returning to the workplace. Katy graduated from UC Davis and University of San Francisco School of Law.
Ken and Caretha Coleman, have been influential in Silicon Valley for decades and have worked hard to cultivate diversity within the technology industry and in the broader community by combatting the conscious and unconscious biases that act as barriers to diversity in hiring. The Colemans have utilized their own experiences and successes to question the hiring practices tech companies use as well as to companies to create more opportunities for women and minorities.
Ken Coleman was one of the first African Americans in the tech world to work at Hewlett-Packard in 1972. He went on to work in various well-known firms, such as Silicon Graphics, and then launched his own software startup. Caretha Coleman was one of the first black female tech executives in Silicon Valley. She has held positions as chairwoman of the board of Dignity Health and served as a director of the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In recognition of the strides that they have made for women and minorities in the tech world, Ken and Caretha Coleman were nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2016 Visionary of the Year Award.
Ms. Bryant is the Founder/Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing underrepresented girls to the field of technology and computer science. Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has grown from serving only the Bay Area, to an international non-profit with chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa, reaching over 3000 students and continuing to grow.
Before founding Black Girls CODE, Kimberly enjoyed a successful professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Kimberly has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service, placed on the Business Insider list of “The 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology” and named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. Kimberly was recognized as a White House Champion of Change, received a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress and the Politico Women Who Rule Award in Technology.
Kim Kruckel is the Executive Director of the Child Care Law Center, the only legal organization in the country devoted exclusively to child care law. Ms. Kruckel has been a child care advocate since 1996, when she organized the first chapter of Parent Voices, a grassroots organization of parents, mostly single mothers, who needed child care in order to work. Ms. Kruckel received her law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law.
She has experience in employment and housing law, and legislative and grassroots advocacy. The Child Care Law Center works to break down the legal barriers standing between families in need and good, affordable child care. Attorneys educate parents and child care providers, advise advocates and policymakers, provide legal information and referrals, and litigate high-impact cases.
The vision for revolutionizing every day work led Leah Busque to pioneer the concept of “Service Networking,” forging a leading role in the Sharing Economy movement. Since bootstrapping TaskRabbit in 2008, Leah has expanded the company internationally, raised $50 million in venture funding, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the Sharing Economy space.
Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” the arts and creating opportunities for women in technology are important to her, as is represented by her placement on the Board of the Silicon Valley Ballet and active involvement with organizations such as LeanIn, Code2014 and Girls In Tech. Leah was previously a Software Engineer at IBM, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development Group. She lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband, daughter, and cuddly black lab, Emerson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Linda Asato has been with the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network since 2012. She brings over twenty years of successful public sector, non-profit management experience, and a lifetime commitment to child and family advocacy.
Her work has included serving as Executive Director of Wu Yee Children’s Services in San Francisco and working in the San Francisco Unified School District as Director of the Intergovernmental and School Linked Services. She also served as Chief Planner for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and their Families, (now the Department of Children, Youth and Families). Linda has served as Commissioner on the San Francisco Children and Families Commission (First 5 San Francisco) since 2011. She has been a Board member of Child Care Aware of America since 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley.
Lisa Lee leads diversity and inclusion programs at Pandora and is a self-proclaimed diversity geek who spends 90% of her time thinking about how to use tech as a vehicle to drive equality. Lisa is the founder and host of Legacy Code, a podcast about upgrading the tech industry by making it more diverse.
She is also a frequent contributor to topics related to diversity in tech and she has been featured at SXSW, presented at General Assembly, and interviewed on NPR. Prior to Pandora, Lisa started her career in tech as one of the early employees at Facebook. During her seven years there, she led initiatives in user operations, product operations, and diversity. Passionate about uplifting the Asian American community, Lisa cofounded positive body image site ThickDumplingSkin.com and serves on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Lisa graduated from U.C. Berkeley in Mass Communications and Theatre & Performance Studies. You can follow her at @rrrlisarrr and at misslisalee.com.
Lisa Jackson is Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Lisa oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources.
She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. She has also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She serves on the boards of Princeton, Tulane, and the Clinton Foundation.
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, home to eminent scholars and activists forwarding gender equality. She defines the organization’s strategic direction and engages community members to drive impact with the research.
Her work has been published in numerous outlets, and she speaks widely on the topics of blocking unconscious bias, women’s leadership and creating effective workplaces. She is executive editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine, upRising. Lori is the founder of the online Voice & Influence program offering the skills, information and inspiration to be agents of change in their own lives and for gender equality. This curriculum has been widely viewed through partnerships with LeanIn.org, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Darden Graduate School of Business. Lori joined the Institute after working in marketing strategy and business management for 20 years at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Apple Computer, eBay, PayPal and CafePress. She is on the board of the Women’s Foundation of California and the Alliance for Girls. Lori has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Marlena Jackson is the founder of NexGeneGirls, and a scientist at one of the world’s leading biotech organizations. NexGeneGirls is a grassroots organization committed to empowering young girls of color from underrepresented communities to see themselves in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions at a very early age by connecting girls to leading industry and academic professionals.
Marlena launched NexGeneGirls to provide access and skill building to girls who are often overlooked when it comes to being prepared for careers in STEM. Marlena has frequently been a featured presenter for BIO International Conference-Community College program. She has been honored by Senator Mark Leno, Mayor Edwin Lee, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, as one of the “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in STEM.” Recognized by the Sun Reporter, as one of eight Bay Area women leaders who are leaving a legacy of excellence for service to their communities, Marlena was the recipient of the EcoCenter Impact Community Award for service to BayView/Hunter’s Point. She currently serves on the CCSF Stem Cell Advisory Board, African American Parent Advisory Council for SFUSD, and a mother of two daughters.
Marne Levine is Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, a community of more than 400 million people capturing and sharing the world’s moments. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally. Marne joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as Vice President of Global Public Policy from 2010 to 2014.
In this role, Marne led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. Prior to Facebook, Marne served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Marne holds a B.A. from Miami University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not for profits. She resides in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and two sons.
Megan Costello is the Executive Director of the Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, an office she helped to create in 2014 when Mayor Martin J. Walsh took office. Her passion has always been in politics and government, especially ensuring that women’s voices are heard and included. Since graduating from Suffolk University in 2009, she has worked for a variety of elected officials and campaigns.
In 2009 she began working for Setti Warren who was running for Mayor of Newton. Megan managed his transition and joined him in the Mayor’s office for a few years. In 2012, she joined President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in the swing state of Iowa. After returning from Iowa, Megan worked to elect Senator Ed Markey as his Statewide Volunteer Director. Shortly after Senator Markey’s election, Megan joined Marty Walsh’s campaign for Mayor as his Campaign Manager. Megan has spent many years on the campaign trail, but decided to join the Walsh Administration because her passion has always been to advance women in politics and government. Megan currently sits on the boards of Massachusetts NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Political Action Committee and University of Massachusetts Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.
Mitch Kapor & Freada Kapor Klein have been working together to make tech companies more inclusive since the mid-1980s. Mitch is the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of 1-2-3, the “killer app” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in business. He also co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation.
Freada co-founded the first group on sexual harassment in the U.S. in 1976, the Level Playing Field Institute in 2001, and in 2016 is part of the founding team of Project Include. Together, through Kapor Capital, they invest in tech startups that close gaps of access, opportunity or outcomes; co-chair the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland which engages in activities to build a more diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem; and are on the board of the Level Playing Field Institute which runs the SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academies for low income underrepresented students of color.They live and work in Oakland, California with their rescue dog Dudley.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert in human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She is known for her many innovative programs, including those to fight real estate fraud, elder and child abuse, prescription drug fraud, chronic absenteeism, sexual assault, domestic violence, ID Theft and environmental violations, as well as creating a project to eliminate the backlog of rape kits in Alameda County and beyond.
DA O’Malley has led the charge for stronger legislative protections and increased rights for victims through her legislative work in Sacramento. Over the last ten years, her Office has obtained restitution orders of over $125 million for victims of crime in Alameda County. DA O’Malley created the Family Justice Center, pioneered an electronic notification system for victims, as well as developed H.E.A.T. Watch – an anti-human-trafficking initiative that has become a national model. Recently, she was the first District Attorney in the nation to receive the 2016 American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for professional excellence and for advancing opportunities for women the legal profession. In 2015, DA O’Malley received the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and used the prize to launch the H.E.A.T. Institute, a research-based think-tank committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in California.
Ruchi Sanghvi was the Vice President of Operations at Dropbox, where she was responsible for product, recruiting, marketing, communications, and other functions. She came to Dropbox through its acquisition of Cove, a collaboration software company she founded in 2011. Prior to that Ruchi was the first female engineer at Facebook, and was instrumental in implementing the first versions of key features such as News Feed.
She then led product management for Facebook Platform, Facebook Connect and Privacy. Ruchi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, Ruchi was awarded the TechFellow award for “Engineering Leadership”. She was also included in Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”. More recently, Ruchi was featured by BBC as one of five Indian technology pioneers. Ruchi is also an active angel investor and advisor to many technology startups. In her spare time, she is passionate about helping engineers start companies and keeping America at the forefront of innovation by promoting computer science education (code.org) and comprehensive immigration reform (FWD.us).
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 18,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in a dozen states nationwide.
The story of Saru and her co-founder’s work founding ROC has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, was 1010 Wins’ “Newsmaker of the Year” and New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and most recently the book”Forked: A New Standard for American Dining” (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Saundra Davis is a US Navy veteran, financial coach, educator, and consultant who is nationally recognized as an expert in the financial coaching field and for her work with community-based organizations that focus on asset building for the working poor. Ms. Davis is the founder and Executive Director of Sage Financial Solutions, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that develops comprehensive financial capability programs for low- and moderate-income communities throughout the United States.
Ms. Davis develops and facilitates programming that builds the economic security of low wealth communities by ensuring that service providers integrate financial self-sufficiency into their own lives, building the competence and confidence necessary to support their clients. Ms. Davis has received numerous awards for her commitment to the highest standard in comprehensive financial planning and education for all people. Her work continues to shape the financial coaching efforts around the country. She has developed programs for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment and the Oakland Promise. A San Francisco native, Ms. Davis holds a B.S. in Management and an M.S. in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University where she is currently an adjunct professor in the Personal Financial Planning program.
Scott brings over 20 years of education policy and management experience to Kidango. As Chief Policy Advisor for Early Edge California, he helped lead the expansion of preschool access to over 170,000 children each year through the establishment of the new Transitional Kindergarten grade and the consolidation of existing preschool programs into the new California State Preschool Program.
In 2014, Scott served as a Senior Fellow at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. In 2011, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be Executive Director of the California Early Learning Advisory Council. Scott is former Director of Early Education at Kidango, where he led the program operations. He is also a co-founder of a private Montessori school in Oakland. Scott received his BA in Political Science from UCLA, his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, and has taken early childhood education courses at Pacific Oaks College.
Scott Wiener serves on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 8, which consists of various neighborhoods, including the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Glen Park, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, Twin Peaks, and parts of the Mission. Scott serves on the Board’s Land Use and Transportation Committee and Budget and Finance Committee.
He is a leader on both local and regional transportation and housing policy, serving as Chairman of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and representing San Francisco on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Notably Supervisor Wiener garnered national attention for authoring groundbreaking legislation that makes San Francisco the first city in the country to require 100% paid parental leave for workers. Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010, Wiener served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he represented San Francisco in court and supervised a group of attorneys on the Trial Team. Wiener has served as Chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party and is currently an elected member of the Democratic County Central Committee. A leader in San Francisco’s LGBT community, Wiener co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, cochaired BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association), co-chaired the LGBT Community Center, and served on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign.
September Jarrett works to ensure high quality child care and early education opportunities for San Francisco’s low income children and families as Program Director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. Prior to joining the Fund in 2012, September spent a decade working to make San Francisco a better city for families in the Office of the Mayor and as Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families.
September began her career in San Francisco’s nonprofit sector providing direct services to homeless families, as well as leading public-private partnerships to improve opportunities for low income children and families. September has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University and a Masters in Public Policy from the New School for Social Research.
Surina Khan is CEO of the Women's Foundation of California. For more than two decades, Surina has been a leader in the philanthropic and non-profit social justice sector starting with local community-based publishing in New England and then shifting to national and global work on an array of social justice issues including women's rights, LGBT rights, human rights and more.
Before being appointed CEO in 2014, Surina served as a Director in the Democracy Rights and Justice Program at the Ford Foundation where she shaped more than $30 million in annual grantmaking around the world to expand rights for women, LGBT people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and in the area of strengthening democratic participation and governance.
Susan’s work at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation is focused on moving the needle on indicators of child well-being and measurably closing the opportunity gap. In 2014, she led the development of the Talk, Read, Sing campaign for the Bay Area Council. Formerly, she served for eight years as Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County where she led the county’s investment in children birth to five years old.
Susan was elected to the Cabrillo Community College Board of Trustees in 2008 and reelected in 2012. She was the executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Cruz County and was founder of a grassroots HIV prevention needle exchange program. Susan holds a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has also been a foster parent and advocated for improvements in the child welfare system. She is the mother of a terrific 25 year old son.
Wanda M. Holland Greene is the Head of The Hamlin School in San Francisco, a mission-driven institution dedicated to best practices and innovation in the education of girls and young women. Prior to Hamlin, Wanda served for eleven years as a senior administrator at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She serves as a trustee at Head-Royce School and Columbia University and an advisor to Common Sense Media.
An experienced leader in education, Wanda has focused on academic and ethical excellence, gender equity, performance evaluation, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and global citizenship. As a member of the faculty of the NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellowship, she is a fierce advocate and sponsor for women and people of color who seek positions of leadership in education. A proud Brooklyn native, Ms. Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, majoring in English Literature with a concentration in Psychology. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Teachers College, a permanent teaching license in New York State, and has completed extensive coursework in private school leadership at The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Columbia.
Two-term Mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for an astonishing four decades. His career spans the American Presidency from Lyndon Johnson to President Barack Obama, and he’s worked with every California Governor from Pat Brown to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
From civil rights to education reform, tax policy, economic development, healthcare, international trade, domestic partnerships, and affirmative action, he’s left his imprimatur on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State. As Mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city, he refurbished and rebuilt the nation’s busiest transit system, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable housing, created a model juvenile justice system, and paved the way for a second campus of the University of California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new development that has positioned the city as a center for biotechnology. Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where this acknowledged master of the art of politics shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.