Meet the Team
Mike Kim, Chair
Mike Kim is a Business Development Executive for LinkedIn and was previously a Director of Business Development for Monster Worldwide. Prior to joining Monster, he was an early member of social gaming giant Zynga, and the chief executive officer and founder of Yollege.com. Currently, Kim is the Chairman of The Bay Guild and was appointed by the San Francisco Board of Education to sit on the Public Enrichment Fund Committee. In January of 2011, he was elected by the constituents of Assembly District 13 to be a Delegate to the CDP. Mike is extremely passionate about the role of technology in philanthropy and has worked closely with tech industry leaders on pioneering new methods of fundraising. He is a proud graduate of the University of California, Davis. Back to the top.
Mitali Banerjee Hobbs
Mitali Banerjee is a brand and digital consultant who has spent the past 10 years helping organizations like Google, Mozilla Firefox, Kashi, Sony, Old Navy, NCAA (and GLIDE!) achieve their marketing communications goals. She is passionate about working with brands that have social innovation and social good in their DNA, and loves exploring how brands are evolving, innovating and finding new ways to add value in our lives. She holds a BA in English Literature from Tulane University and an MA in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. When not listening to live music or running through Golden Gate Park, Mitali can usually be found quenching her appetite for film or television that has a supernatural or science fiction premise. Back to the top.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Lauren Baranco has attended GLIDE since birth and inspired by her parents’ example, has volunteered since elementary school with the GLIDE food program. Fueled with a passion for community involvement, she completed a B.A. in Urban Studies at Columbia University (2006), and completed a Master’s in Public Administration from the New York University Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service (2010). She has interned for various service-based institutions including: the NYC Mayor’s Office of Research and Media Analysis, Citizens for NYC, the Office of NY State Assembly Member Karim Camara and has worked as Assembly Member Camara’s Chief of Staff. Lauren has been active a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, played on the Columbia University’s Women’s Varsity Softball Team, and tutored elementary school students with emotional and learning differences through the Kluge Mental Health Internship. At NYU, she held leadership positions with both the Black Student Alliance and the Asian-Pacific Islander American Students’ Association. Baranco has returned to the Bay Area and is currently a Program Associate for EveryOne Home, a coalition committed to end homelessness in Alameda County, and for the New Beginnings Initiative of Alameda County which provides character-building and job training opportunities for at-risk youth under the auspices of County Administrator Susan Muranishi. Back to the top.
David Bettencourt was born in Mountain View, CA, but the fine tuning happened in San Jose, CA where he grew up with his twin brother and younger sister. His passion for creativity and story-telling was cultivated at San Francisco State University where he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing. The travel bug bit him after college as he ventured across several countries and found residence in major cities including Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. Cuisine and art are a joyful influence in his life and you can easily find his blurbs on the web commenting on new culinary adventures, soulful lyrics, or indie film screenings. David currently works at Apple, Inc. to help continue to change the world.
David has always had a sincere desire to help others. Along with the Glide Foundation, he has advocated for several major charities including the Special Olympics as a volunteer coach or conquering fitness challenges for the Wounded Warrior Project. Currently, David serves as a media consultant for a grass roots non-profit organization called The Maalgo Project that provides educational supplies & funding to grade school children in rural Ghana.
A firm believer in the principle of karma, David understands that positive change can be achieved by what you contribute to the world. As a proud member of the Legacy Committee, he hopes to put words into action and inspire others to help those in need in the Bay Area. Back to the top.
John Bozeman is the Manager of Government and Public Affairs for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of San Francisco.
Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and Vice President of Public Policy for BOMA, one of San Francisco's oldest business organizations, his primary responsibility is to advocate on behalf of the commercial real estate industry in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Sonoma counties.
Prior to joining BOMA San Francisco, John worked in the California State Senate as a Legislative Aide, and at E*TRADE Financial as a General Securities Principal/Team Specialist. Back to the top.
Michelle Flatley was born and raised in Saratoga, CA and received her BA in Women’s Studies from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. At Scripps, Michelle’s enthusiasm for philanthropy blossomed. Her first fundraising endeavor was co-producing a student play senior year that raised funds for a local women's shelter thus inspiring her to pursue a career in non-profit event planning. And for six plus years, Michelle has passionately been serving the Bay Area community through various fundraising positions. Her career started at Junior Achievement of the Bay Area (JABA), an educational non-profit, where as the Senior Manager of Special Events she led several upscale fundraising campaigns involving food and wine. At this time, she also actively volunteered in the classroom teaching the JA curriculum which strives to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Michelle then transitioned to the American Liver Foundation where she managed all fundraising campaigns including the Salute to Excellence black tie Gala which honors three top Bay Area Executives who have made an outstanding contribution to biotechnology and medical innovation, launched the first annual Flavors Culinary Gala as well as led the chapter’s walk, hike, swim, and marathon teams. Currently, Michelle serves as the manager of the Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign at the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Man & Woman of the Year is a prominent San Francisco fundraising competition. Every year San Francisco’s best and brightest compete in a 10-week fundraising campaign to raise vital money for blood cancer research and patient services.
Michelle’s love for philanthropy and community involvement does not end with her day job. She was a member of Spinsters of San Francisco for four years, chairing several committees which raised money for City of Dreams, a nonprofit that provides support and programs for kids from low income neighborhoods. She maintains an active alumni involvement with Scripps College as well as with her high school, Archbishop Mitty. In her spare time Michelle loves to entertain, explore new San Francisco restaurants, and in the fall stays active playing in a field hockey league at Stanford. Back to the top.
A native of the East Bay, Christine earned her B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University in 2008. Christine began her career as a client coordinator and licensed real estate agent in commercial real estate. After two years at Cushman she transitioned out of the private sector and took her passion for education to Education Pioneers. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO, providing strategic overviews of current trends in education, managing prospect research for potential investors and overseeing internal communications.
In summer of 2010, Christine served as Rotary Scholar and traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil for 1 month to study their education system and youth development initiatives. This opportunity only further fueled Christine's passion for education reform and belief in the power of investing in youth development for at risk groups.
Outside of work Christine spends her Saturday's volunteering in the Bay View District with City of Dreams, a mentorship and youth development program. Through City of Dreams she has spent the past 3 years mentoring a 13 year-old girl living in the Sunnydale housing community. Back to the top.
Colson Griffith graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has since transitioned to a career as a professional photographer focused on weddings and events in the San Francisco Bay area. He has been actively involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area acting as a big brother for the last three years, leading their Silicon Valley Young Professionals Committee as President for one year, and most recently holding a leadership position on their Junior Board Committee helping plan and organize four fund raising events in 2012/2013. Currently he is training for a marathon through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and is stoked for all the snow falling in Tahoe! Back to the top.
A Bay Area native, Matt received his BA from UC Berkeley in Political Science and Urban Development, and is currently a joint JD/MA student in law and education at Stanford University. At UC Berkeley, Matt was actively involved with youth development work as a founding member of the after school program "Youth Impact" at Washington Elementary and a tutor and mentor at Willard Junior High. Matt worked at the War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia, and received an LLM in International Human Rights as a Senator George Mitchell Scholar in Ireland. Matt then worked as a California State Senate Fellow and Legislative Aide for State Senator Joe Simitian, serving as the Senator's education staffer for higher ed, afterschool and child care policy, and lead staff for Senator Simitians "hands free cell phone" bill. Matt was closely involved with the Obama presidential campaign, serving as the Northern California Student Field Director and then as the New Mexico Youth Vote Director. In 2008, Matt co-founded Citizen Hope, which empowers people to bring about change through community service and political activism. Matt also served as a Summer Associate in the White House Counsel's Office and a Legal Associate at the Greenlining Institute. Matt is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, New Leaders Council Fellow and a Delegate to the California Democratic Party State Central Committee. He serves on the Board of Opportunity Impact, the San Francisco Young Democrats, and as a member of the San Francisco Unified School District Taskforce on Restorative Justice and School Climate. Back to the top.
Keesa Ocampo is the government and community relations officer for Philippine international media conglomerate, ABS-CBN International. Keesa's involvement in the community and philanthropy is rooted in the AAPI community where she began as a stakeholder in organizations like the National Association for Asian-American Professionals, Asian Heritage Month Committee for the City of San Francisco, Asian Pacific Fund and San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee. Her wide span of networks in the Filipino-American and broader Asian American communities and persistent work to build bridges resulted in co-founding the progressive organization Citizen Hope, formed with a commitment to engage in community and civic service projects. In 2009, fundraising for disaster relief in the Philippines, Samoa and Haiti - efforts that were recognized for vast coverage, speed and success - prompted her to co-found Bay Area Benefit, champions of “guerilla philanthropy.” Ocampo is the recipient of a Presidential Citation from Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former President of the Republic of the Philippines, for her humanitarian work. Back to the top.
Heather Pond is an Account Supervisor at Atomic Public Relations and graduate from the University of Oregon. She’s was also a final contestant on NBC’s Love in the Wild where her journey for adventure and love was tested through exhilarating quests through the Costa Rican jungle. Heather is extremely passionate about the San Francisco community that’s enriched by its diversity, culture and most importantly the people. She encourages young professionals to give back to the community as SF gives the people so much to be happy and thankful for. Previously, she has volunteered and coordinated events with the Lions Club, Oregon School for the Blind, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She was born and raised in the heart of the wine country in Sonoma and enjoys good wine, good food and good company. Back to the top.
Taylor works on corporate reputation and crisis communications issues for the San Francisco office of The Brunswick Group. Previously, she was with APCO Worldwide in its Washington, DC and San Francisco offices where she focused on communications assignments in the areas of crisis, mergers and acquisitions, and media relations on behalf of clients including United Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Before finding her way into PR she worked on national and local political campaigns while in college and after graduation, including Gore-Lieberman in 2000, Kerry-Edwards in 2004 and as campaign manager for local Assemblyman Johan Klehs.
Taylor is a proud ’04 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and grew up in Pasadena, CA in a household obsessed with Dodger baseball, Duke basketball, ski trips and gourmet Chinese food. She is an avid skier, runner and drinker (of wine) and is currently working on obtaining her level one sommelier license. Back to the top.
Paige Rossetti is a consultant at Bain & Company's San Francisco office. Since joining Bain in 2007, Paige has worked with clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries. She is passionate about the social sector and has interned with nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Louisville, Peru, and India. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University. Paige is an East Coast native, born in Massachusetts and raised in Connecticut. She worked for Bain in New York before transferring to the San Francisco office. Although she loves the West Coast, she does miss good bagels. Back to the top.
Moya Robinson was born in San Francisco and grew up throughout the Bay Area. She has attended GLIDE since she was first baptized and began participating as a volunteer at the age of 9. While attending college, she interned and assisted for Deborah Whittle, Director of The Glide Community House, during the final phase the first building was erected. Later, she moved to the Pacific Stock Exchange of San Francisco. The time spent at Glide made an indelible impact on how she views a rewarding career. Moya currently practices real estate in the City of San Francisco and around the Bay Area specializing in single family residences, multi family units, apartment buildings, mixed-use and commercial real estate. She has worked on a 32 unit residential development and a 200 unit senior housing facility coordinating the project approval process with the City of Hayward. She currently hangs her license at the Coldwell Banker Lombard St. office. Moya also loves to travel, enjoys taking professional level classes with some of the Lines Ballet dancers at San Francisco Dance Center and with Reginald Ray Savage at Shawl Anderson, Berkeley. Moya holds a bachelors of arts in politics and a certificate in legal studies from the University of San Francisco. Back to the top.
A San Francisco transplant by way of Boston, Rebecca is thrilled to give back to her new city as a member of the GLIDE Legacy Committee. She is a strong believer in the power of technology for promoting the accessibility of knowledge, and brings over six years experience designing educational software. She began her career as an educational media producer, helping companies such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education to develop their technological strategies and deliver innovative products to market. Currently, as product designer for IXL Learning, Rebecca develops online curricula and interactive content for K-12 math and language arts products. Back to the top.
Christine Tayaba was born and raised in San Diego and moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to attend San Francisco State University, receiving her B.S. in Public Health/Health Science in 2000. Christine is the West Area Sales Representative for Associates of Cape Cod, Inc., a biotechnology company based out of Massachusetts. Christine has served on the Board of Directors for the Young Filipino Professional Association. Christine highly believes in these words spoken by Mahatma Ghandi "Be the change you want to see in this world" and is passionate about being involved in the community, and spreading love and inspiring hope to those in need. Christine involves herself in various philanthropic works throughout San Francisco and was an active member and Project Leader for various volunteer projects through the non-profit Hands on Bay Area. Christine loves traveling to exotic places, enjoys health and teaching The Bar Method, and is passionate about art and live music. Back to the top.
Alex Volberding was born and raised in San Francisco. He serves as Chief of Staff to San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, where he manages a legislative portfolio that includes budget and finance, transportation, housing, education, and environmental issues. Alex previously served as legislative aide to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Alex is actively involved in a number of political, civic and community organizations in San Francisco, and has served on the Legacy Committee since its inception. Tweet me @avolberding. Back to the top.
Born and raised in San Jose, Ca, Faham attended the University of Arizona, receiving his B.S. in Marketing and International Business while interning with various sports teams and agencies. Since graduation, he’s been employed by the San Francisco Giants and serves as the Director of Special Ticket Events. Under his leadership, the Giants Special Events have been recognized as one of the leading Targeted Marketing programs in professional sports. He’s developed ethnic marketing platforms as well as fundraising initiatives and is a liaison between the team and several non-profits including Autism Speaks, the Milagro Foundation, the Rex Foundation and numerous Education Foundations. Faham sits on the board for the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, working towards the common goals of development of sports facilities/opportunities for at-risk youth in disadvantaged communities in the Philippines. He has has also partnered with several civic-minded entities in San Francisco, including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, to host fundraisers for individuals facing the financial challenges imposed by cancer treatment. He’s been recognized as a top alumnus, helping develop one of the U of A’s first sports marketing scholarships. In his spare time, Faham enjoys traveling the world, exercise and fitness and attending sporting events and concerts around the country. Back to the top.