KQED Board of DirectorsKQED Board of Directors

Edward Lichty, Chair, Chief Operating Officer, Machinify, Inc.
Alex van Helden, Vice-Chair, Founder & Executive Coach, van Helden Group
Jennifer Cabalquinto, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, 2K
Jamienne S. Studley, Secretary, President, WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC)

Susan Akbarpour, Managing Partner, Candou Ventures
Anne Avis, Chair, Board of Directors Global Press
Mike Blach, President & CEO, Blach Construction
Steven E. Bochner, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Shannon Brayton, Chief Marketing Officer, Bessemer Venture Partners
James Cham, Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development, City and County of San Francisco
Naveen Chopra, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, ViacomCBS
Darolyn Davis, President & CEO, Davis & Associates Communications, Inc.
Karen Edwards, Co-founder and CEO, Soap AI
Jean Fraser, CEO, Presidio Trust
Dawn Garcia, Director, John S. Knight (JSK) Fellowships, Stanford
Meg Garlinghouse, Head of Social Impact, LinkedIn
Carla Javits, President & CEO, REDF
Annie Jean-Baptiste, Head of Product Inclusion, Google
Shadi Karra, Founder, Lamassu
Julia I. Lopez, Former President and CEO, College Futures Foundation
Jen McClure, Managing Partner, CCOs2GO, a division of 2GO Advisory Group
José QuiñonezFounder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund
Nadia Roumani, Co-founder and Senior Designer, Designing for Social Systems Program, Stanford d.school
Lisa Sonsini, Board President, Sobrato Family Foundation
Sanjay Vaswani, Managing Director, CCI
Matthew Zinn, SVP, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Privacy Officer, 8x8

Officer Bios

Edward Lichty, Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Machinify, Inc.
Edward is Chief Operating Officer at Machinify, Inc., a Palo Alto based software company that delivers AI solutions to enterprise customers, principally in healthcare.  Edward has served in this role since 2017.  Prior to Machinify, Edward held a variety of leadership roles at Medium, VUDU and TiVo.  Edward received a BA in American Studies from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Edward is married to Kelly Corrigan, a New York Times bestselling author.
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Alex van Helden, Vice-Chair
Founder & Executive Coach, van Helden Group
Alex is an Executive Coach and Founder of the van Helden Group. Prior to the van Helden Group she held leadership roles at companies in Healthcare (Virta) and Finance (First Republic Bank). In her work as an Executive Coach she focuses on empowering executives to act with intention and integrity, and helps them chart a course to maximize impact for themselves and their teams.

A bay area native, Alex holds a BA and MBA from Stanford. In addition to coaching, Alex is an angel investor to startups in the Bay Area, and serves on the Alumni Council for the Thacher School.
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Jennifer Cabalquinto, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, 2K
Jennifer Cabalquinto is a strategic, business-centric CFO and board member who provides key financial insights from 25+ years of experience establishing the foundation that enables enterprises to thrive. She has built, led, and optimized corporate finance functions within startup, turnaround, and rapid-growth companies, including Golden State Warriors Sports LLC, NBC Universal and Telemundo. Currently, she is CFO at 2K, a global developer and publisher of interactive entertainment for video game consoles, PC, and mobile devices. As CFO, she serves as a key interface between the leadership team at 2K and the parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

Jennifer earned a Bachelors degree in Accounting from SUNY, Binghamton’s School of Management. She and her husband, Howard Joyce, reside in Oakland with their son Jack.
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Jamienne S. Studley, Secretary
President, WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC)Jamienne S. Studley became President of WSCUC, a leading international higher education accrediting agency, in 2018 to pursue her commitments to student success and equity. Jamie served with the US Department of Education in the Clinton and Obama administrations in roles including deputy and acting undersecretary, acting general counsel and assistant secretary, and chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality & Integrity. She has also been President of Skidmore College and of the civil rights advocacy group Public Advocates Inc., and Associate Dean & Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Her other past roles include adjunct faculty, Mills College, Stanford and UC Berkeley Law Schools; national policy advisor, Beyond12, and CEO of NALP and CARAL. A graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School, she has chaired the SF Ethics Commission, California Civil Rights Coalition, and Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.
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Member Bios

Susan Akbarpour
Managing Partner, Candou Ventures
As a serial entrepreneur, investor and head of product design in multiple start-ups that she has founded or invested in, Susan has over 30 years of hands-on experience in building products for media, retail and software industries.

She received her Master of Science in Management from Stanford GSB where she has recently started the Akbarpour Aalaei fellowship that provides scholarships to Farsi speaking Masters and PHD candidates at GSB.

She is serving in the boards of tech startups such as Facenote, Algopix, and Entropy as well as non-profits such as How Women Lead, How Women Invest and Mothers Against Poverty. Susan is also a contributor writer for Forbes, IPR Journal, and Disruptor Daily.

She started her career as an investigative journalist in Iran over 30 years ago and is currently the managing partner of Candou Ventures, an early stage VC fund in Silicon Valley with a focus on “BASIC” technologies (Blockchain, AI, SAAS, IoT and Cloud infrastructure).
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Anne Avis
Chair, Board of Directors Global Press
Anne chairs the board of Global Press, and serves on the boards of KQED and Internews. For KQED, she served as board chair 2011-2013 and now co-chairs Campaign 21. She is a former trustee of the Fund for Global Human Rights, MASS MoCA, StoryCorps, Crystal Springs Uplands School, NPR Foundation and Palo Alto Foundation for Education. Anne lives in Palo Alto CA with her husband Greg. They have three grown children. She was raised in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Williams College.
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Mike Blach
President & CEO, Blach Construction
Mike is the chairman of Blach Construction, a general building contractor that works throughout the greater Bay Area and Central Coast.  He turned over the day-to-day operations of his company in the fall of 2017, after serving as its president and CEO for 28 years.

Mike currently serves as the president of the state’s largest construction trade association, the Associated General Contractors of CA.  He also serves on the board and executive committee of Raffles Insurance, Ltd., one of the country’s largest group captive insurers.  Mike also has served on the board and as board president of many charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Rotary Club of San Jose and Sacred Heart Community Service, among others.

Mike grew up in Santa Clara Valley, graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University, where he played Division I water polo.  He also recently completed a term on SCU’s Board of Regents.
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Steven E. Bochner
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Steve is a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he practices out of the Firm’s Palo Alto office.  From 2009 – 2012, Steve was the CEO of the Firm.

Steve has served as an advisor to the SEC and Nasdaq on a variety of securities law, governance, financial reporting and capital formation matters.  He was extensively involved in the development of Nasdaq’s rules with respect to corporate governance reform and other listing standards, and served as Co-Chair of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council.  Steve was a member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies, which was charged with evaluating the current securities regulatory system, including the impact of the Sarbanes Oxley Act.  Many of the Committee’s recommendations have since been adopted as rule changes by the SEC.  From 2012 to 2018, Steve served two terms as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Board of Directors.

Steve served as one of two attorneys on the IPO Task Force where he was extensively involved in designing the IPO-related provisions of the Jobs Act of 2012, including confidential submissions and testing the waters.

From 2002 – 2009, Steve was a lecturer on corporate and securities law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he designed and taught the Venture Capital and IPO Law course.  He has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Steve has published many articles in the areas of securities law and corporate governance.  He was the Co-Chair of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in New York from 2007 – 2011.
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Shannon Brayton
Chief Marketing Officer, Bessemer Venture Partners
Shannon Brayton has more than 25 years of experience leading teams and shaping corporate narratives for some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive brands. She is currently a partner and the Chief Marketing Officer at Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that funds consumer, enterprise, and healthcare startups. She and her team work closely with portfolio companies on their marketing strategies and brand communications.

In addition to KQED, she’s also a member of the Board of Directors of Vidyard, a software company that hosts and analyze companies’ video strategies and Quizlet, a leading consumer learning brand that builds tools for teachers and students. Shannon is widely regarded as a strong operational executive and a world-class manager and leader. In addition to the 26 years spent in Silicon Valley, Shannon lived and worked for two years in Zurich, Switzerland, further broadening her perspective as a global executive. Shannon was named one of the world’s most influential CMOs for three consecutive years by Forbes Magazine, and she was described by PRWeek in 2017 as “a force of nature any company would want on their side.” Also, as part of her role at LinkedIn, she enjoyed the privilege of interviewing a variety of luminaries, including Richard Branson, Chelsea Clinton, Reed Hastings, Reid Hoffman and Michelle Obama.

Shannon lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include reading the news, traveling with her family, and doing the New York Times crossword every day.
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James Cham
Partner, Bloomberg Beta
James Cham is a Partner at Bloomberg Beta, a firm focused on investing in the future of work. James invests in companies working on applying machine intelligence to businesses and society. He’s currently invested in companies like Orbital Insight (satellite imaging), Primer (analyst tools), Domino Data Labs (AI model management), and AppZen (expense management). James speaks and writes on the implications of AI for companies, including a landscape of machine intelligence companies. In the past, he's been involved in investments with companies like LifeLock, LinkedIn, Twilio, DropCam (now Nest), and Skybox Imaging. James was a software developer and management consultant before he started investing. James lives in Palo Alto. He was previously an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners and Trinity, a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, and a software developer. He went to Harvard and MIT.
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Brian Cheu
Director of Community Development, City and County of San Francisco
Brian Cheu is the Director of Community Development for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.  In that capacity he is responsible for overseeing MOHCD’s grants portfolio which provides over $42 million in federal and local funding to over 150 community based organizations providing services to low and moderate income residents of San Francisco.  The portfolio includes eviction defense services, housing counseling, immigration legal defense, job readiness and other essential services.  His division also oversees the City’s cultural districts and digital equity initiatives.

Prior to coming to the City, Mr. Cheu served as executive director for a number of non-profit organizations including Chinese for Affirmative Action and the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center and is a former chair of KQED’s Community Advisory Panel.
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Naveen Chopra
EVP & Chief Financial Officer, ViacomCBS
Naveen Chopra is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of ViacomCBS. In this role, Chopra oversees the company’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, accounting, investor relations, information security and real estate, as well as global corporate development and strategy.

Prior to joining ViacomCBS, Chopra was the CFO of Amazon’s Devices and Services Business where he oversaw some of Amazon’s fastest growing and most strategic consumer businesses including Alexa and Echo, FireTV, Ring, Kindle, and the Amazon Appstore. Before Amazon, Chopra was the Chief Financial Officer at Pandora Media where he ran finance, corporate development, music licensing, business development, investor relations, real estate, and CIO functions. While at Pandora, he helped lead a major corporate turn-around, which led to the acquisition of Pandora by SiriusXM for $3.5 billion.

Chopra also spent several years across a variety of roles at TiVo including interim CEO, CFO, and head of Corporate and Business Development. During his tenure at TiVo, he guided the company through multiple phases of growth and transformation culminating in TiVo’s acquisition by Rovi. Earlier in his career, Chopra held business development roles at both large enterprises like Microsoft and Hewlett Packard and early-stage venture-backed companies including WebTV, Ofoto, and Rearden Steel.

From 2014-2020 Chopra also served as a board member at Vonage Holdings, a multi-billion-dollar cloud-communications company.

Chopra holds bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Stanford and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Darolyn Davis
President & CEO, Davis & Associates Communications, Inc.
Darolyn Davis is CEO, and President of D&A Communications, Inc, a full-service, award-winning, San Francisco-based communications consulting agency with an aptitude for change agency she founded more than two decades ago. As the firm’s chief strategist, she serves as a mentor to a diverse team of problem solvers and trusted advisor to the agency's roster of clients with her unique ability to navigate complex issues.

In her 35-year career, she has worked alongside some of the most powerful and influential people in California, helping to connect forward thinkers like San Francisco Mayors George Moscone and London Breed; California Governor Gavin Newsom; US Senators Kamala Harris, and Diane Feinstein, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee,  to their constituents. She previously served as press secretary to former California State Assembly, Speaker, Willie L. Brown, Jr., and managed some of the nation's more controversial issues related to race and equality from Ebonics in schools to Occupy Oakland. Driving her long and impactful career working in the public sector is her passion for giving a voice to underserved communities and shaping legislation and public policy to advance racial justice, inclusivity, and social equity. She serves on the Counselors Academy Executive Committee, Board of the San Francisco Public Relations Round Table, and the National Board of Girls Leadership.
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Karen Edwards
Co-founder and CEO, Soap AI
Karen is a consumer technology entrepreneur with experience stewarding global brands.  She recently founded Soap as an AI-powered, digital public media service. The Soap app and website provide users with today’s top issues from over 100,000 verified publishers, safely and privately. Karen’s other public-service media experience includes co-founding Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, now serving 100MM users and 40% of schools.

Earlier in her career, she was the 17th employee at Yahoo and head of marketing for 6 years where she is credited with building the global brand value of Yahoo.  She has served on corporate, start-up and nonprofit boards, and today she serves on the boards of KQED and The Institute for the Future. She earned a BA in Communications at Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard.
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Jean Fraser
CEO, Presidio Trust
Jean Fraser has dedicated her career to fostering healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, and has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Presidio Trust since 2016. Her focus is on making the Presidio a place where people of all backgrounds and abilities find inspiration, recreation and relaxation. She brings a special passion for protecting the Presidio’s open spaces and for sustainability practices that aggressively reduce waste, water use, and greenhouse gasses. Jean champions the use of data and continuous improvement techniques to help the Presidio Trust deliver efficient and quality service to the public. Under her leadership, she has deepened the Presidio Trust’s relationship with the National Park Service and the non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Previously, Jean led the San Mateo County Health System and the San Francisco Health Plan, which developed a first-in-the-nation program providing affordable health care to all uninsured San Franciscans. She also served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Jean is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has a degree in American history from Yale University and a JD from Yale Law School.
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Dawn Garcia
Director, John S. Knight (JSK) Fellowships, Stanford
Dawn E. Garcia is the director of the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University. Garcia helped transform the JSK Fellowships from a sabbatical model to one that coaches and challenges fellows to become innovative leaders and change agents to tackle journalism’s biggest challenges.

She began her career as a reporter and editor at West Coast newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle, where she focused on politics, immigration and legal affairs. She has served on nonprofit boards championing First Amendment rights, women’s leadership, social justice and journalism innovation and education. She earned a master’s degree in liberal arts at Stanford, writing her dissertation on the evolution of Spanish-language media in her native California and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. She was a 1991-92 JSK Fellow, where she studied U.S.-Mexico relations.
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Meg Garlinghouse
Head of Social Impact, LinkedIn
Meg Garlinghouse leads the Social Impact programs at LinkedIn. In this role, she is responsible for initiatives that leverage the LinkedIn platform to create positive social impact for the world. Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience working in the technology and philanthropy sector. She spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!’s global community relations function.

She also has a background in international development, working in the private sector development department of the World Bank and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Garlinghouse received her Bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University and a Master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She currently serves on the Boards of VolunteerMatch and KQED.org.
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Carla Javits
President & CEO, REDF
Carla Javits is President and CEO of REDF (The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a pioneering, California-based venture philanthropy galvanizing a national movement of employment social enterprises (ESEs)—purpose-driven, revenue-generating businesses that help people striving to overcome employment barriers get good jobs, keep jobs, and build better lives. For people with histories of incarceration, homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse, ESEs provide paying jobs and services they need to stabilize their lives, build skills and confidence, and obtain lasting, competitive employment. REDF has invested in almost 200 ESEs in 26 states that have generated $850 million in revenue and employed close to 50,000 people—and counting.

With a multi-disciplinary Board and team, Carla creates partnerships and systems to make a measurable impact by providing a business solution to joblessness.

Carla is also on the Board of Directors of the Melville Charitable Trust, and the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University.
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Annie Jean-Baptiste
Head of Product Inclusion, Google
Annie Jean-Baptiste is the Head of Product Inclusion at Google. She leads Product Inclusion strategy across the company, including consultation, communications, scale and research.  She is passionate about making the web and Google’s products work for underserved communities while ensuring that Google is a place where everyone shines for their differences. Annie is responsible for working with Google product teams and senior leaders on the creation and execution of their inclusive design strategy. She formerly created programs related to diversity talent management and career development within several technical product areas within Google. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!) with degrees in International Relations & Political Science. She is an avid Boston sports fan & loves to bring her dog Hercules to work. She currently is based in Google’s San Francisco office.

Outside of Google, Annie is a former American Heart Association spokesperson and a One Young World ambassador, focused on healthy lifestyles in underserved communities. She was also featured in Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B campaign to help people find resilience in the face of adversity. Annie currently serves as an intrapreneur in residence at the University Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and a member of the IEEE's Ethically Aligned Design committee. She’s been inducted into the Haitian Roundtable’s 1804 society as “One to Watch” and as one of the 30 Black Stars for Face to Face Africa in 2019. She’s been covered in Vogue, Essence Magazine, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, the Root, the Council of Fashion Designers of America Annual Report, The Miami Times, Milton Magazine and the Boston Globe and Fortune Magazine.

Her book “Building for Everyone” was released in 2020. Follow her on social media: @its_me_ajb.
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Shadi Karra
Founder, Lamassu
Shadi Karra is a strategist that is actively engaged in tech, media, and community affairs in San Francisco and beyond. Karra currently serves on the Board of Directors of KQED, where he serves on the Nominating & Governance Committee and advises on millennial engagement/new technology. Karra also served on the Board of Directors of the Arab Film Festival, the oldest and largest annual showcase of Arab filmmakers where he helped establish a global Arab Film & Media Institute in 2016. He has previously advised the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and San Francisco Asian Art Museum on community affairs.

Karra has previously worked for the United Nations Development Progamme and the San Francisco Mayor's Office. More recently Karra oversaw business operations and strategy at a tech startup and later was a strategic client partner at a media company.  Karra, a San Francisco native, studied Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Julia I. Lopez
Former President and CEO, College Futures Foundation
Julia I. Lopez retired as the president and CEO of College Futures Foundation in 2017. Before joining College Futures Foundation, Julia retired as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to her career in philanthropy, Julia held a number of senior roles in state and local government in California and New Mexico

Since retirement, Julia serves as a trustee of The Christensen Fund.  She is a board member of KQED, The Bridgespan Group, and two organizations, California Competes and One Future Coachella Valley, dedicated to improving educational outcomes to meet state and regional economic development workforce needs.

She is a graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College) and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, UC Berkeley. In 2018, California State University, San Bernardino awarded her an honorary doctorate in humane letters.
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Jen McClure
Managing Partner, CCOs2GO, a division of 2GO Advisory Group
Jennifer McClure has served on KQED's board of directors since 2019. She is Managing Partner of 2GO Advisory Group’s Chief Communications Officers (CCOs2GO) division. Jen has extensive experience in media, marketing and communications, including founder and CEO of JEM and editor and publisher of Biznology. She was Vice President of Digital and Social Media at Thomson Reuters; Chief Marketing Officer of Redwood Collaborative Media and held marketing and PR roles at Ziff Davis, Ketchum Public Relations and New Electronic Media Science. She was a business reporter earlier in her career. Jen is recognized as one of the original authorities on digital and social media. She foresaw the significant impact that digital and social media would have on media, business, culture and society and in 2005 founded the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), a nonprofit think tank to research this evolving space. She served as Board Chair for SNCR for more than 10 years and led the organization’s merger with The Conference Board in 2016. Jen has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. She is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, board-certified by Boardwise, and a member of Women Corporate Directors and Stanford Women on Boards. Jen earned her master’s degree from Stanford University, her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and a graduate certificate in History, Politics and Sociology from the University of Oxford’s Exeter College. Jen lives in Novato, CA.
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José Quiñonez
Founder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund
José is Mission Asset Fund’s (MAF) founding CEO, and Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning.

Under his leadership, he quickly built MAF into an award-winning nonprofit with innovative nationwide models for integrating financially excluded, low-income communities into the financial mainstream. For his work, he was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, the Ashoka Fellowship, and the Aspen Institute Fellowship. He also received the James Irvine Leadership Award, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs’ Distinguished Alumni Award, and the San Francisco Business Times Most Admired CEO Award, among others.

José is a visionary leader, highly regarded in the consumer finance field. Currently, he serves in Consumer Advisory Boards for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, US Bank, Experian, and Capital One. In 2012, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appointed him as the inaugural Chair of the Consumer Advisory Board. In 2014, CA Governor Brown enacted legislation recognizing MAF’s Lending Circles program, making California the first state to lift credit building as a force for good. And in 2019, CA Governor Newsom enacted legislation creating CA Money Smart program to support nonprofit organizations that deliver effective financial education to low-income communities.

José is a passionate advocate for social justice. He is a former Congressional legislative assistant, and a nonprofit advocate in Washington, D.C. where he worked for federal policy change regarding immigration, hunger and welfare reform.

José graduated from the University of California at Davis, and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
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Nadia Roumani
Co-founder and Senior Designer, Designing for Social Systems Program, Stanford d.school
Nadia is the co-founder and Senior Designer of Stanford University Hasso Plattner Institute of Design’s (the d.school) Designing for Social Systems Program. At Stanford, Nadia focuses on helping philanthropists and nonprofit leaders become more strategic, creative and effective. She has co-designed a curriculum that integrates design thinking, systems thinking, and strategic planning to help organizations better scope the challenges they want to address by engaging end-users, increasing intra-organizational creativity, and incorporating radical collaboration

In 2015, Nadia co-Founded and Directed Stanford University’s Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI), which aims to help high net worth individuals increase their philanthropic impact. During her time with EPLI, founded and directed EPLI's Financial Intermediaries Philanthropy Initiative, to improve resources at the intersection of financial advising and philanthropy planning.

Prior to launching EPLI, Nadia was an inaugural d.school fellow in 2012, and in 2014 was named the Walter and Esther Hewlett Design Fellow with Stanford PACS. Nadia is a serial social entrepreneur. Over the past two decades she has launched several organizations and initiatives including the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University; the Women Leaders Intercultural Program with Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson; Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (CCEIA); the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at the University of Southern California.

Nadia received her BA in economics and international relations from Stanford University and her MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She currently serves on the boards of the El Hibri Foundation and KQED.
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Lisa Sonsini
Board President, Sobrato Family Foundation
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini established the Sobrato Family Foundation 25 years ago as a vehicle for three generations of the Sobrato family to unify their philanthropic giving to help low-income residents in Silicon Valley achieve stability and access opportunities for upward mobility. The foundation has evolved into Sobrato Philanthropies - an organization that invests both locally and globally, seeking social change by partnering with communities to build a world that is more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.

Prior to entering the world of philanthropy, Lisa practiced law as a corporate and real estate associate. Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for the rights of disadvantaged youth in both the educational and foster care systems, and has worked as a catalyst for civic engagement among many rising leaders.

In addition to KQED, Lisa serves on the boards of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, KIPP Public Schools Northern California, SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language), Pivotal and Silicon Schools Fund.

Lisa received a J.D. from Berkeley Law and a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA.
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Sanjay Vaswani
Managing Director, CCI
Sanjay Vaswani is the Managing Director of CCI. CCI develops and conducts ongoing executive forums limited to CEOs, Board Leaders, Presidents, and senior executives of major technology and healthcare organizations across the United States.  Prior to CCI, Sanjay was at McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he worked with companies in the technology and healthcare industries.  Before that, Sanjay was employed by Intel Corporation. For the past 20 years, Sanjay has also been an active angel investor and advisor to entrepreneurs, founding teams, and other investors. Sanjay serves on the Boards of Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). Sanjay holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Matthew Zinn
SVP, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Privacy Officer, 8x8
Matthew Zinn serves as 8x8’s chief legal officer and is responsible for overseeing worldwide legal and government affairs.  Before joining 8x8, Mr. Zinn served as General Counsel and Secretary at Jaunt, Inc., a leader in producing and distributing immersive virtual and augmented reality content.

Prior to Jaunt, Mr. Zinn spent over 16 years as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Privacy Officer for TiVo Inc., the digital video recording pioneer. The San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Business Journal recognized Mr. Zinn as the Judge’s Choice for the Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel in 2014 and he was awarded Dealmaker of the Year by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel in both 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Zinn holds a juris doctorate from the George Washington University National Law Center and a bachelors-of-arts degree in political science from the University of Vermont.
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