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Vice President Public Policy & Strategic Communications | Postmates
Vikrum Aiyer is the Vice President of Global Public Policy & Strategic Communications for the on-demand technology platform, Postmates. As Postmates creates new opportunities for brick & mortar businesses to distribute their products in the era of e-commerce, it is also shaping the way independent workers and automation is shaping the labor market. Aiyer leads the legislative and regulatory policy discussions at the federal, state, and local levels which impacts the Future of Work in the gig-economy. In this role, he also oversees the company's social arm, Postmates Civic Labs, which advances inclusive immigration, environmental, and food security initiatives.
Previously, Aiyer was as a senior official in the Obama Administration serving as Senior Advisor in The White House for innovation & manufacturing policy, and as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.
In these capacities, he served as the principal political and policy advisor to the undersecretary of commerce and coordinated a $3.2B budget, in support of 13,000 employees, to execute the daily operations, priorities, and global communications of President Obama's intellectual property & STEM agenda. In 2016 Aiyer led a U.S. delegation to Cuba to reset relations between the two nations patent offices, and served on Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Taskforce, to accelerate progress towards a cure by fast tracking immunology patenting. Aiyer also steered investments in several advanced manufacturing technologies including smart fabrics, autonomous vehicles, high performance computing, and next generation semiconductors.
He has also served on the communications team of Senator Ed Markey (D-MA); Mayor Adrian Fenty (D-Washington, D.C.); and the Democratic National Conventions in 2012 and 2016.
In 2015, Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy; and in 2017 Aiyer was named a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Aiyer currently lives in San Francisco, California where he serves as a Term Member for the Council on Foreign Relations; a co-chair for the US Chamber of Commerce New Economy Working Group; an executive board member of the Bay Area Council; a co-chair for business council for the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and on the new leaders council of the San Francisco Symphony.
Director of Corporate Affairs | Alliance Data
Dana Beckman is Director of Corporate Affairs for Alliance Data, a data driven, loyalty-marketing company. As the company has grown over the past decade, including additions to the S&P and Fortune 500, Dana has transformed the company’s grass roots community involvement program into a full-scale corporate responsibility function. This includes, developing Alliance Data’s sustainability strategy, goal setting, public reporting and disclosures
–including data collection and oversight of the company’s environmental strategy. She also sets direction for Alliance Data’s philanthropic strategy and global charitable giving. Dana’s foresight has helped ensure the company is meeting stakeholder expectations in the full realm of corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting. She chairs Alliance Data’s Enterprise Corporate Responsibility Council, continuing to steer the company and drive progress towards their collective sustainability goals.
Dana is an active member of several organizations, including serving as past Vice President of
Development for Dallas-based non-profit, The Family Place. She is a member of the Dallas Corporate Citizenship Network and sits on the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Professional Services Sustainability Roundtable. She has a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement Management from Boston College Carroll School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
KELLEY K. BELL
CSR Strategist for Food Systems | Driscoll's
For 14 years Kelley Bell led Social and Environmental Impact at Driscoll’s, the leading global brand for fresh berries. Kelley and her team partnered with business leaders to take action to better production communities and integrate social and environmental commitments into core strategic decisions. Kelley created the vision for Driscoll’s community level impact,
leading the company’s charitable, community, labor standards and collaborative
environmental efforts. She has participated on several global forums on key social issues, established the company’s first Labor Standards for suppliers, and founded the Pajaro Valley Community Water Dialogue (a multi-stakeholder group working to balance the local aquifer in a constrained environment). She was the first women to join Driscoll’s executive Global Leadership team in 2008. Kelley is a graduate from Santa Clara University. She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two girls.
Founder and Managing Partner | Exygy
Zach Berke is the founder and Managing Partner at Exygy, a California Benefit Corporation and
Digital Studio focused on building resilient and healthy communities. Under the leadership of
the City and County of San Francisco, Exygy developed the Database of Affordable Housing,
Listings, and Applications (DAHLIA), centralizing and democratizing access to affordable housing
in San Francisco. In January 2019, Exygy announced the expansion of this work southward to
San Mateo County and soon to the City of San J ose. The success of DAHLIA has been built on
taking the time to understand and align the needs of a diverse set of partners working on
regional housing issues: applicants, counselors, advocates, developers, property managers,
government, funders, and more. Exygy's work on DAHLIA is powered by the City and County of
San Francisco, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission (MTC), and San Mateo County's SMC Labs. Zach founded Exygy in 2004 with a
vision to use design and technology to accelerate progressive social change. From Burlingame,
Zach is a Bay Area native currently residing in the outerlands of San Francisco. Zach's degree in
Computational Science is from Dartmouth College, where he also completed his Americorps*VISTA shortly before returning to the Bay Area to grow Exygy. Zach's other work at Exygy includes collaborations with Children's Council, CAL FIRE, the San Francisco Department
of Public Health, California Department of Health and Human Services, Stanford University, UC
Berkeley, and more.
Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Global Risk Management | Cisco Systems
Roger Biscay is Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Cisco Systems where his responsibilities include corporate finance, investments, cash management, foreign exchange, risk transfer, safety, security and business resiliency.
Roger serves as executive sponsor for several key Cisco accounts and is actively engaged in investor relations. He is a member of Cisco's 401K Board, heads the Cisco Foundation Investment Committee and is active with other non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Cisco in 1999, Roger held senior financial markets positions in the areas of fixed income, equity capital markets and foreign exchange with major global financial institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada, Banque Paribas and Lehman Brothers in New York, London, Paris and San Francisco.
Roger is a graduate of the University of San Francisco where he received both his MBA and BS in Finance. He and his family reside in Los Altos, California.
Vice President of Corporate Responsibility | Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Stuart Burden joined SVCF in March 2017 as vice president of corporate responsibility. He
is responsible for leading the strategic direction for SVCF’s work with a growing list of more
than 100 corporate clients, including advising them on corporate social responsibility
strategies, goals and philanthropic programs. Before joining SVCF, Stuart was a philanthropy consultant focused on program design, organizational effectiveness, and strategic communications. His clients included large not-for-profit organizations, such as
Planned Parenthood of America, as well as numerous private foundations. Prior to his work
as a consultant, Stuart directed grantmaking for the Levi Strauss Foundation and Levi
Strauss & Co.
Stuart also spent 11 years at the MacArthur Foundation, where he managed grant portfolios focused on protecting reproductive health and rights in Brazil and Mexico and improving higher education in Africa. He also worked on special projects at the Ford Foundation, including the design and launch of Ford’s initial HIV/AIDS grants program.
Originally from Colorado and now a San Francisco resident, Stuart earned his bachelor’s
degree from Stanford University and his master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins School of
Director, ESG Integration Team Lead | BlackRock Sustainable Investing
Verity Chegar, Director, is ESG Integration Team Lead within BlackRock Sustainable Investing. The Sustainable Investing team is focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, integrating them
throughout Blackrock's investment processes, and creating solutions for our clients to achieve sustainable investment return. Ms. Chegar works with the Head and CIO of Sustainable Investing to develop and execute an implementation plan for ESG integration across
all investment teams at the firm.
Previously, Ms. Chegar was an ESG strategist within the BlackRock Investment Stewardship team researching ESG trends and their implications for investment. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2015, she worked at Allianz Global Investors as an ESG analyst responsible for research and ratings of companies in the global healthcare and global technology sectors. Prior to that, she was a member of the US Large Cap Portfolio Management team at RCM.
Ms. Chegar is a member of the Sustai nability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), an
independent standards-setting organization dedicated to enhancing the efficiency of the
capital markets by fostering high-quality disclosure of material sustainability information
that meets investor needs. She earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College.
Vice President and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion | Western Digital
Roger is a successful global executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience
in driving organizational development through diversity and thought leadership. Roger is responsible for leading Diversity & Inclusion initiatives across Western Digital’s global footprint to its 70,000 employees. Prior to Western Digital, Roger was a Senior Partner at D&I training and consulting firm, InQUEST Consulting. At inQUEST he worked with clients, such as FedEx and the Illinois Institute of Technology, to enhance diversity awareness and build cultures of inclusive leadership.
Roger also founded R.O. Crockett Leadership Advisory and co-founded Global Performance Partners, organizations that partnered with executives from major brands, such as PwC, Twitter and Microsoft, on strategic alignment and execution of corporate D&I programs. Roger
’s work as a catalyst for inclusion and innovation led to his being recognized in 2015 as a Chicago United Business Leader of Color, alongside leaders such as former First Lady Michelle Obama and former McDonald’s CEO Don Thomson.
Roger has a strong background in communications. He is a former Chicago Deputy Bureau Chief for BusinessWeek Magazine, where he wrote award-winning articles about business and diversity. Roger holds a Master’s in Business Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in English from UCLA.
Senior Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement | Microsoft
Sid Espinosa’s career has spanned the government, business and non-profit sectors. He
is currently the senior director of philanthropy and civic engagement at Microsoft, focused on the most innovative uses of technology to address community challenges. Previously, Mr. Espinosa served as the mayor of Palo Alto, CA (the “birthplace of Silicon Valley”) and as the director of global philanthropy at Hewlett-Packard Company. He has worked for a U.S. ambassador overseas, served as an aide to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno at the U.S. Department of Justice, and worked in the speechwriting and public liaison offices in the White House. Mr. Espinosa has served on numerous non-profit, university and business boards of directors, and he holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Harvard University.
MAYOR LISA GAUTHIER
City of East Palo Alto
Lisa Gauthier was elected to the East Palo Alto City Council in 2012 and is currently serving as Mayor. She held the positions of Vice Mayor in 2014 and 2018 and Mayor in 2015. Lisa is also the Government Affairs Manager at Study.com, an online education company in Mountain View, where she supports the company’s community impact programs – including Working Scholars, a community-funded free college initiative.
Lisa is an active board member with Live in Peace, CCAG, CCAG Water Committee, San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, Stanford Medicine Community Council and San Francisquito JPA. She is a graduate of Emerge, a leadership program for democratic women and a Regional Area Director for BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action).
With two associate degrees in business administration and marketing management, Lisa is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration through Study.com’s Working Scholars program. She is the proud mother of three young adults, longtime resident of East Palo Alto and active community volunteer.
Some of Lisa’s interests include building community pride, advocating for the homeless and affordable housing, and working with the youth and underserved. She is a staunch supporter of Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which addresses opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.
Director, Evidence Project | Bipartisan Policy Center
Nick Hart is the director of BPC’s Evidence Project. Prior to joining BPC, he worked in the federal government for nearly a decade, most recently as the policy and research director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. In that capacity, he oversaw the commission’s policy and research support team and led the drafting process for “The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking,” the commission’s final report and recommendations presented to the Congress and the president in September 2017.
Ha rt has worked on a wide range of issues including social security, disability, anti-poverty,
environmental, energy, economic development, and criminal justice policies. He worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a senior analyst and special assistant, where he contributed to writing executive branch budget proposals and encouraged increased capacity for evidence-based practices across government. He also served as OMB’s representative on the White House steering committee for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.
Hart has spoken widely about the history of evidence-building efforts and the need for
Hart is an adjunct professor of program evaluation at George Washington University. He chairs the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation Policy Task Force. He also serves on the boards of the Washington Statistical Society, Washington Evaluators, and the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.
Hart earned a doctorate from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, specializing in program evaluation. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University.
Chief Executive Officer | Catalyte
Jacob is the CEO of Catalyte, a software development and engineering company that uses AI to identify anyone who has the aptitude, regardless of background, to become a software developer. Catalyte identifies, upskills and deploys high-performing teams to deliver product engineering and enterprise applications for Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to joining Catalyte, Jacob was CEO at Symbio, a global IT services company with development centers across China, Philippines and Scandinavia. He transformed Symbio from an early stage startup to a global IT services company with over 23,000 employees around the world. Jacob has also co-founded or been a founding investor in over thirty other companies in the United States and Asia.
Jacob is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and has been named as one of the world’s Top 12 CEOs by Chief Executive Magazine. Additionally, Jacob is a founding member of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, focused on modernizing the United States’ outdated labor market and unlocking economic opportunity for American job seekers, workers and businesses. He is also a board member of Welcoming America, which helps cities in the US be more welcoming of new immigrants.
Immigration Program Officer | Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Anne is the program officer leading SVCF’s immigration strategy and managing Census
2020 initiatives. She has been working with immigrant communities for more than 20
years. Prior to SVCF, she worked at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
in San Jose, where she first served as Director of Community Programs & Advocacy and then
as Director of Development. Her experience includes overseeing youth, senior, domestic
violence, and HIV prevention programs; managing policy advocacy and coalition building;
and leading fundraising and marketing efforts. She has also worked in government at both
the local and federal level. In Washington DC, Anne served as legislative staff for U.S.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, and locally she served as legislative staff for former San Mateo
County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson. Anne holds a master in public policy degree from
Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and bachelor’s degree in sociology
from Tufts University. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and twin
Director of National Partnerships | Airbnb
Called an “impressive leader who plays an important role in our progress toward the mountaintop,” by First Lady Michelle Obama, Janaye Ingram is the Director of National Partnerships for Airbnb, a home sharing platform that connects travelers with unique
homes and experiences around the world while creating economic and entrepreneurship opportunities for hosts and communities. She is also one of the Founders and National Organizers of Women's March and planned the original Women’s March on Washington
serving as Head of Logistics. Prior to her role at Airbnb, Janaye served as National Executive Director for the civil rights organization, National Action Network (NAN); Senior Development Officer for the New York City microlending organization, Project Enterprise; and Associate Planning Analyst for the multi-state Medicaid insurance company, AmeriHealth Caritas. Janaye
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School University and a Leadership Certificate
from the University of Kansas.
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer | Realized Worth
Executive Director | RW Institute
Chris Jarvis is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Realized Worth, a global agency focused on the design and implementation of employee-led volunteering and giving programs. His work with companies around the world is helping to mobilize employees to make meaningful contributions in the communities where they live and work.
Widely known for his thought-leadership in employee volunteering, workplace giving and corporate social responsibility, in 2011, Chris was asked by the United Nations Office of Partnerships to design and launch the first private sector led initiative to achieve the post
-millennial Sustainable Development Goals through corporate volunteering. Chris serves
on the board of IMPACT 2030, the only business led effort designed to unite companies in their corporate volunteering efforts to address the United Nations’ Development Agenda.
In 2015, Chris and his partner, Angela Parker, launched the RW Institute (RWI), a think tank focused on advancing the practice and theory of corporate citizenship through innovative projects, research, analysis and public policy change. RWI is comprised of an association of stakeholders who are committed to removing existing barriers and promoting the practice and theory of corporate volunteering on a global scale.
The goal is to help practitioners be more successful–whether they are clients, engaged formally or not. Chris believes the work these men and women do as part of corporate citizenship is critical to addressing the huge social and environmental issues facing our global society
Director of Strategic Initiatives | Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region
Angela Jenkins currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region. In this role, Angela is responsible for developing the region’s Community Health strategy, an effort designed to leverage all of Kaiser Permanente’s unique assets to improve community health. She is also leading the region’s Homeless and Housing strategy.
Previously, Angela worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente’s East Bay Area and the director of Community Benefit (CB) Programs for Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Region. She was accountable for strategy and oversight related to Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Funded Program.
Before working for the Northern California Region, Angela worked in Kaiser Permanente’s East Bay Area for seven years as the Community Benefit manager, leading the service area’s community investment and engagement strategy which focused on improving community health and protecting Kaiser Permanente’s not-for-profit status.
Director of Public Affairs | Kaiser Permanente, East Bay
Colin Lacon is currently the Director of Public Affairs East Bay for Kaiser Permanente, a national healthcare provider. He previously served as Mayor Ed Lee’s Director of Strategic Partnerships in the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Lacon held previous positions as: Associate Vice President of University Advancement at California State University of the East Bay; President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), a Regional Association of Grantmakers; And as Senior Program Officer for the Strengthening Communities Program at the Stuart Foundation.
He has also held several positions in government including: the City of Oakland as Director of Strategic Grants Management in the Office of the City Manager; Assistant Director for the Mayor’s Office of Drugs and Crime; Senior Assistant to the Mayor for Economic and Community Development; and as a Legislative Analyst for the California State Legislature.
Mr. Lacon holds a Master of Science in Financial Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.
President and CEO | Northern California Grantmakers
Ellen LaPointe is the President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of association and community to advance the collective interests of its members and catalyze the impact of philanthropy in Northern California.
Ellen has held executive and senior management positions in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years. She has also provided strategic guidance and executive management consultation to philanthropic, nonprofit, and social enterprise clients seeking to develop impact strategies, establish strategic partnerships, elevate their visibility, and secure resources. Ellen has expertise in organizational leadership, strategy development and implementation, partnership cultivation, fund development, communications, financial management, and program oversight.
Prior to joining NCG Ellen was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at HopeLab, a health and technology-focused private operating foundation founded by Board chair Pam Omidyar. There, she cultivated private and public sector engagements to secure resources, elevate the visibility and amplify the impact of HopeLab’s work. Ellen also served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at HopeLab.
Ellen served as Executive Director of Project Inform, a national AIDS treatment information/advocacy organization. She also practiced law at a large firm and was Director of Clinical Research at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.
Program Manager, Global Community Affairs | Applied Materials
Julie Lata is a program manager, global community affairs at Applied Materials, leading the
company’s strategic grantmaking efforts in Silicon Valley, as well as Generation Girl, Applied
Materials Foundation’s national girls empowerment initiative. Julie began her career at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, advising a portfolio of Fortune 500 companies on their global corporate responsibility initiatives, and San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, supporting local community-based initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Executive Director | Rainier Valley Corps & Writer | NonprofitAF.com
Vu Le is the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his pointed observations delivered with a sense of humor, Vu has been featured in dozens, of not hundreds, of his own blog posts, found at NonprofitAF.com, formerly NonprofitWithBalls.com.
MAYOR SAM LICCARDO
City of San Jose, CA
In 2018, Sam was re-elected to a second term, with 76% of the vote.
In Sam’s prior public service, he prosecuted a range of felony cases as a federal and local criminal prosecutor, from sexual assault and child exploitation to international narcotrafficking. In 2006, voters elected Sam to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize its downtown, preserve San José’s hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing, and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San José Earthquakes. He served as a founding board member of Cristo Rey San Jose High School, an innovative Jesuit school that propels students from low-income immigrant families to college and beyond.
Sam serves on a number of boards, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transit Authority (twice as Chairperson), and serves as co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, and is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Sam graduated from San José’s Bellarmine College Prep and from Georgetown University, where he was captain of the heavyweight Crew. He received a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Sam and his wife, Jessica, live in the Northside neighborhood, north of Downtown, within blocks of Jessica’s childhood home, where Sam’s father also grew up, and where Sam’s grandparents operated a neighborhood grocery store. Sam descended from Sicilian and Irish immigrants, as well as from the first Mexican settlers in the Bay Area.
In the three years since Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, Sam has led efforts to:
forge a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades, including more than $43 million this year;
launch “San José Works,” providing summer and year-round jobs to more than 2,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods;
CEO | Destination: Home
Jennifer Loving has spent her career spearheading efforts to better serve the needs of homeless individuals and families in Silicon Valley. Working in a variety of shelter, street and housing programs, Jennifer has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models including the County’s first Housing First program for homeless families and the Housing 1000 Campaign, which brought more than 1,000 chronically homeless men and women home. A leader in systems change, she’s overseen the development and implementation of the 2015 Community Plan to End Homelessness and the production of Home Not Found, the most comprehensive cost of homelessness study completed in the United States. In 2016 she facilitated the release of The Silicon Valley Triage Tool, an open source predictive forecasting tool for Supportive Housing. Jennifer is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum and is on the board of Silicon Valley at Home (SV@Home). In 2016, Jennifer was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara and appointed by the California State Senate to serve as a member of the State of California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations | Wells Fargo & Company
Denise Miles is a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo’s Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations. She is the Foundation Manager responsible for overseeing grant making and team member engagement for six counties in the Bay Area. Denise has been with Wells Fargo since 2004 and assumed her current role in March 2018.
Previously Denise worked in Diversity & Inclusion and Strategic Philanthropy where she led strategy and programs for a select portfolio of national nonprofit organizations focused on advocacy and civil rights. She also was a Community Development Officer in the San Francisco Bay Area, responsible for managing economic development and affordable housing programs. Denise began her career at the company in Corporate Communications.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Denise worked for the City and County of San Francisco in Mayor Willie L. Brown’s Office of Neighborhood Services where she served as the Community Liaison for several city districts and the Filipino community.
Denise started her career in television news working as a news producer for CBS affiliate KTVN in Reno, NV, followed by an Assignment Editor at KTVU Fox 2 in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also freelanced for Fox News Network and Fox Sports Network.
Denise is a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and a former board member of the Women In Sports and Events (WISE) San Francisco Bay Area chapter. She is a past graduate of Emerge America and Leadership California. Denise and her husband currently reside in the East Bay.
Denise holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Journalism from San Jose State University. She has received several awards including the National Urban League’s Donald H. McGannon Award and the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition’s Emerging Leaders Award. Denise was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. by the Filipina Women’s Network.
Director of Corporate Responsibility | Silicon Valley Community Foundation
As director of corporate responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Rebecca
manages a portfolio of corporate clients on their strategic corporate philanthropy and
corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to joining SVCF, Rebecca worked for Holcim, the world’s largest cement manufacturer, as the U.S. corporate social responsibility specialist.
Rebecca was responsible for taking a global CSR strategy and applying it to the U.S. Holcim
operations including nine cement plants, three cement slag plants and 50 terminals. Her
background and experience spans GRI reporting, communications, measurement and
In her spare time she volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and mentors 20 girls aged eight to eleven through her church. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys exploring Northern California with her family in their Volkswagen camper van.
Originally from Utah, Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Utah State University, is GRI certified, and earned a CSR reporting professional certificate from University of California, Berkeley.
Data Policy | Facebook
Chaya Nayak leads work at the intersection of data and research at Facebook. She builds programs around how to use data to generate positive social impact and address policy challenges. Prior to her work at Facebook, Ms. Nayak was a Data Scientist on the Solutions Engineering team at a start-up Premise where she helped International Organizations understand policy impact through real-time econometric surveying. Most notably, she led work with the Philippines Government and the World Bank to monitor the economic impact of the Philippines Sin Tax Law. Prior to Premise, Ms. Nayak worked as a consultant at another start-up Quid, and for the Government of Mexico and the City of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability. She also sits on the board of an NGO, Sweet Water Foundation, that seeks to bring STEM education into the classroom through urban agriculture. Ms. Nayak received a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, where she focused on how to bolster the use of data for public policy.
Founding Executive Director | The Hidden Genius Project
An Oakland native, The Hidden Genius Project's Founding Executive Director Brandon
Nicholson has always felt a deep sense of commitment to promoting equity in the public
realm, particularly in the education space. Prior to joining The Hidden Genius Project, he
conducted research, evaluation, and analysis across a range of key social policy areas.
Brandon has conducted substantial research in the areas of education and youth
development, with a particular focus on issues of equity and access in K-12 education for
underserved populations. He has considerable experience investigating linkages among
race, class, and youth development.
President | Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
In a career that spanned more than 30 years, Daranee Petsod has played a variety of leadership roles to advance justice and equity for marginalized communities. As president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), she transformed a small informal network into an influential national organization that has catalyzed and leveraged hundreds of millions in philanthropic funding to protect the rights of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers—and cultivate their social inclusion and their economic contributions to our society. When attacks on immigrants intensified in 2016, she moved GCIR to undertake bolder strategies, assert a stronger public voice, and create opportunities for funders to do the same. In recognition of GCIR as an indispensable resource to philanthropy, Inside Philanthropy in 2017 named the organization Funders’ Affinity Group of the Year.
As a consultant for more than a decade, Daranee helped foundations and social-change organizations develop their program and communications strategies. In her role as interim executive director, she shepherded the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights through its first leadership transition—while mounting an aggressive campaign to address the impact of the most sweeping federal welfare and immigration legislation in recent history. She previously served as a program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois responsible for a diverse funding portfolio, and as a community educator at the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, where she developed an innovative program for Southeast Asian refugee women. Daranee has authored and co-authored numerous research reports on a range of immigration issues, as well as opinion pieces on the role of philanthropy in supporting immigration and immigrant integration. She has also been a speaker at many state, national, and international conferences.
Founder and Executive Director | DataKind
A pioneer of the Data for Good movement, Jake Porway is an expert in the field of data and technology. As Founder and Executive Director of DataKind, a global nonprofit dedicated to using data science and AI in the service of humanity, he has worked alongside the nonprofit community to drive social change with the power of data science since 2011. Jake’s career spans more than a decade in the data science sectoras a statistician and computer scientist. He has worked as a data scientist for The New York Times R&D Lab and was a research scientist studying machine learning and probabilistic modeling tasks with NASA, the Office of Naval Research and other government agencies. A PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jake was also noted as one of LinkedIn’s Next Wave Top Professionals 35 & Under in 2017 and his efforts have led to DataKind being named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits for 2017. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.
President and CEO | Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Nicole Taylor is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She brings
together a rich background in Bay Area philanthropy, nonprofit administration and
fundraising with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.
In joining SVCF in December 2018, Nicole returns to the Bay Area from Arizona, where she
served as vice president of the ASU Foundation. She also previously served as deputy vice
president and dean of students at Arizona State University. Prior to her time at ASU, Nicole
was the associate vice provost of student affairs and dean of community engagement and
diversity at Stanford University, after serving as president and CEO of Thrive Foundation for
Youth in Silicon Valley.
Nicole also spent more than 15 years with the East Bay Community Foundation, eventually
serving as its president and CEO for six years. Nicole received both her M.A. in Education
and A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she began her career as an
educator in Oakland public schools. She served on the board of the Federal Reserve of San
Francisco for six years and is currently a board member for Common Sense Media and the
T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers Family Foundation.
Vice President, Global Impact | Workday & President | Workday Foundation
Carrie Varoquiers is vice president, global impact at Workday, and president of the Workday
Foundation. She is responsible for philanthropic grant-making, employee community
involvement programs, environmental sustainability efforts, diversity and belonging, employee well-being, and corporate citizenship reporting.
Prior to joining Workday, Carrie served as president of the McKesson Foundation and vice
president of corporate citizenship at McKesson Corporation. Carrie developed the McKesson
Foundation Mobilizing for Health grant initiative, which encourages the use of mobile
technologies in chronic care. As well, she founded Giving Comfort, a not-for-profit program
supporting low-income chemotherapy patients. Prior to joining McKesson, Carrie was founder
and president of Cause Partners, a cause marketing consulting firm based in San Francisco,
California. Carrie has also held various positions at Levi Strauss & Co., including program
director responsible for cause marketing programs for all Levi brands.
Senior Director, Public Affairs | Levi Strauss & Co.
Anna Walker is the senior director, public affairs at Levi Strauss & Co., supporting LS&Co.’s business strategy and strengthening the company’s reputation by anticipating and shaping external public policy and stakeholder initiatives. Anna also leads LS&Co.’s community affairs program; implementing community grants and employee giving and volunteerism. Prior to joining LS&Co. in 2004, Anna was senior manager for international labor affairs at the U.S. Council for Internati onal Business, establishing USCIB’s corporate responsibility program and representing U.S. business at the International Labor Organization . She has a master of arts
from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and bachelors of arts degrees in international relations and Spanish from the University of California, Davis.
Deputy Legal Director | ACLU & Director | Center for Democracy
Cecillia Wang is a deputy legal director at the national ACLU and directs the Center for
Democracy, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national
security, human rights, and speech, privacy and technology.
She is a past director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersection of immigration and criminal law, including state anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling and other unlawful police practices relating to immigration enforcement. She has taught immigration law courses as an adjunct lecturer in law at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.
Cecillia is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with two decades of years of experience in civil rights and criminal defense. Her notable ACLU cases include:
A winning argument before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in an Establishment Clause challenge to President Trump’s proclamation barring entry of visitors and immigrants from predominant ly Muslim countries.
A trial victory in a class-action lawsuit against a policy and practice of racial profiling and illegal detentions by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
An appellate victory before an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a class-action challenge to an Arizona state constitutional amendment categorically prohibiting bail to suspected undocumented immigrants.
Successful arguments before both the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a civil rights challenge to Alabama’s notorious HB 56 anti-immigrant law.
Cecillia has been an ACLU lawyer since 2004, after beginning her career with the ACLU as a
fellow in 1997-98 and then working as an attorney with the federal public defender’s office for
the Southern District of New York and at the San Francisco law firm of Keker & Van Nest, LLP.
While in private practice, Cecillia was appointed to the federal Criminal Justice Act indigent
defense panel for the Northern District of California.
Cecillia has been honored by numerous community and legal organizations including Vanderbilt Law School, the University of Pennsyl vania Law School, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association of Yale Law School, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild, California Rural Legal Assistance, Dolores Street Legal Services, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a frequent commentator on topics relating to immigrants’ rights through media outlets including National Public Radio, the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Arizona Republic, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and many others.
Cecillia is a 1995 graduate of the Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor for
The Yale Law Journal . She served as a law clerk to retired Justice Harry A. Bl ackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States, working in the chambers of Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and to Judge William A. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1992 with an A.B. in English (with highest honors) and Biology.
Former Editorial Director | Twitter
Silicon Valley veteran Karen Wickre is the former Editorial Director at Twitter, where she
moved after a decade-long career at Google. An advisor to startups and a lifelong information seeker, she is a member of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has been a featured columnist for Wired.com and is a cofound er of Newsgeist, an annual gathering conference fostering new approaches to news and information. She is the author of Taking the Work Out of Networking and lives in San Francisco.