Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group
Managing Director, Wells Fargo Asset Management
Chairperson and President, Richard Blum Associates
Board Chair, Life360, Co-founder Concourse Education
CEO, WDG Ventures, Inc. and President, Portfolio Real Estate Consulting
Retired Pastor and former District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church
Investor, Luv Ventures
Founder and CEO, Madison Reed
Founder/CEO of Paul Fleming Restaurants
CEO, Foster Inclusion
Vice President Technology, Sequoia Capital
Commercial Counsel, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Emeritus Trustee, Professor Emeritus of Education, California State University at Hayward
Managing Partner, Criterion Capital Management
Director, San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services
Entrepreneur and Investor
Emeritus Trustee, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP
Senior Legal Counsel, Toyota Research Institute
Ms. Foster (Board Chair) is a growth leader, business builder, philanthropist, mother and woman of faith, whose life purpose is to “give voice to the voiceless.” Kaye works with CEO’s, leaders and teams as partner, coach, & confidante. Her most recent role was Chief HR Officer for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where in partnership with the CEO and Strategy Officer, she supported the development and execution of the company’s enterprise strategy and multi-year business plan. Prior roles included the Chief HR Officer for Johnson & Johnson, and HR business partner assignments at Pfizer Inc. across Japan, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. She has been a guest lecturer at Columbia Graduate School of Business on “The Economics of Organizational Analysis”, and a speaker at the Milken Institute Global Conference, focusing on Talent Development for the New Millennium. Kaye is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford Health Care, recently joined the Board of Directors of Valley Care, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Agios Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the fields of cancer metabolism and rare genetic disorders of metabolism. She also serves as a trustee of the Board of Spelman College in Atlanta, and on the Board of GFC – Girls For Change – a national organization which empowers girls from low income neighborhoods to develop and lead social change initiatives in their communities.
Michael (Secretary/Treasurer) manages the West Coast equity derivatives business for Deutsche Bank. Prior to that, Michael headed the West Coast equities business for Goldman Sachs. Michael earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Richard Blum founded equity investment management firm Blum Capital in 1975 and is the Chairman and President. Active in numerous non-profit organizations, Blum is the Founder and Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and is honorary consul to Mongolia and Nepal. On April 25, 2009 Blum was honored with the Berkeley Medal by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau in front of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Blum received both a BS in business administration and MBA from University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Ms. Brown Glad is a compassionate and creative leader with extensive experience spearheading results-oriented projects and committees. She has more than 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur, social visionary and champion of diversity, inclusion and resilience. In addition to her work on many pivotal projects at GLIDE, Ms. Brown Glad is also a renowned artist, successful small business owner, former Deacon & God-powered change agent. She is the founder and designer of Between the Cleavage Jewelry Design, a successful small business since 1999 and has studied at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Brown Glad has been a GLIDE Church member since 2011 and has spearheaded multiple fundraising campaigns, hosted events, and provided strong support to staff, congregation & program participants.
John Philip Coghlan is Co-founder of Concourse Education, a non-profit startup focused on providing debt-free college degree attainment in high-demand, career-focused fields in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. He is a Board member at GLIDE, and at Friends of the Children (SF Bay Area). He is a past Board Chair at KIPP Bay Area Schools and the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind. He has previously served as President and CEO of Visa USA, and as Vice Chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Coghlan holds a BA in psychology from Stanford, an MA in economics and public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Charles Cordes is a member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served five churches and was District Superintendent for the United Methodist Church in San Francisco. He holds a BS in physics from Stanford Jr. University, an STM in theology and MA in counseling from Boston University.
Lars Dalgaard is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz.. With 15 years of proven strategic and hands on operating and leadership experience, he has served as Adviser to SAP Cloud Business at SAP AG since June 1, 2013. and served as a Member of Executive Board at SAP AG, from April 12, 2012 to June 1, 2013. He worked in Europe, Asia and North America, as both Chief Executive Officer of a 350 person company and line manager. He co-founded Successfactors, Inc., a provider of state-of-the-art Business Execution Software solutions, in 2001 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. He holds a BA in economics, psychology and consumer behavior from Copenhagen Business School and an MS from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
Amy Errett offers GLIDE more than 25 years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive and social-mission visionary. She is a Co-Founder of Madison Reed Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. She was a General Partner and Partner at Maveron LLC, joining the team in 2008 and leading its San Francisco Bay Area office. She served as Chief Executive Officer and Owner of The Olivia Companies, LLC repositioning the travel company as a complete lifestyle company for gay women. Errett received the Israel Fellows Award, presented by the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and in 2006 was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.
As a leading entrepreneur and a prolific restaurateur, Paul Fleming offers GLIDE over 30 years of business and operating expertise. Fleming began his career as a franchisee of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Inc. and after 12 years, he concentrated on restaurant concept development. Known for his conceptualization and development of several restaurant chains, including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in 1993, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in 1998, and Paul Martin’s American Grill in 2007, Fleming has been featured in reputable publications, such as Forbes and Nation’s Restaurant News. Also recognized for his philanthropic generosity, Fleming has fostered relationships with food purveyors and provided guidance and financial backing for GLID's free meals program since December 2013. The Louisiana native resides in northern California, where his love of food, hospitality, and GLIDE Church continues.
Erby L. Foster, Jr. is Director, Diversity & Inclusion, for The Clorox Company, where he advises senior management and the board of directors on the Company’s diversity strategy, employment-branding initiatives, external partnerships with professional organizations, and manages employee resource groups. Mr. Foster is a CPA with 15 years of experience creating and implementing business strategies that increase customer satisfaction, drive profitable growth, and expand market share. Prior to Clorox, he served in senior positions at AAA Chicago, McDonald's Corporation, PepsiCo / KFC Corporation and a Business Management Firm. Mr. Foster also serves on the Board of Directors of Jazz Heritage Center, Museum of the African Diaspora, Network of Executive Women, and Students in Free Enterprise.
Mary Glide's great-great-grandmother, Lizzie Glide, began GLIDE in 1929 as “a house of prayer for all peoples.” She has attended Sunday Celebrations regularly since 1999. In 2010, she started GLIDE Kids, a program that runs concurrent with Sunday Celebration, giving children an opportunity to be creative and experience community through storytelling. In her professional life, she is a founding member of Sequoia Capital’s Technology Services team—spending the last 16 years building systems that drive performance, specifically around data science, relationship intelligence, CRM, and company-building tools. Via the Ascent program, she provides up-and-coming women in technical roles with mentorship and resources to help advance their careers.
Ms. Harris advises business units across the company regarding a broad range of transactional matters affecting the core business of the company. Prior to going in-house, Ms. Harris joined the Department of Justice through the United States Attorney General's Honor Program and then worked in private practice for several years. Ms. Harris chairs the American Bar Association Business Law Section, Corporate Director Diversity Committee and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education. Ms. Harris currently serves on the Volunteer Legal Services Program board of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She received the Bradford S. King Award for Excellence in Service by a Young Alumnus/a from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009 and received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
A GLIDE volunteer and Board Member for over three decades, Dr. Phyllis Kaplan is an ardent supporter and advocate of children with special circumstances and challenges. She consults numerous school districts and community projects, and voluntarily serves students in many corners of the world such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Guatemala, and Bolivia. Dr. Kaplan received her Ph.D. in special education from Wayne State University and has written eight books and numerous professional articles.
Christopher Lord is the Founder of Criterion Capital Management, an investment fund that specializes in technology, media and telecommunications. Before forming Criterion in 2002, he was a co-Founder of Pivotal Asset Management, a public/private technology investment fund. Lord received his BA in religious studies from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Shireen McSpadden has worked in social services for more than 25 years. Currently, she serves as the director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. Shireen serves on the community advisory board for UCSF’s Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. She has served on the executive board of the California Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians and Public Conservators as well as the boards of Rebuilding Together San Francisco and Habitat for Humanity San Francisco. Shireen received a BA in Psychology from the College of Wooster and an MNA from the University of San Francisco. She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco, Class of 2006.
Laura Thompson is an entrepreneur, investor, and lifelong member of the GLIDE family. Laura was a product lead at Google X, where she drove product strategy for science fiction-sounding technologies including self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, and delivery drones. She previously spent several years in London spearheading Google’s first efforts in consumer electronics and has also been an investor at Google Ventures. She was an early co-founder of Runa, a tea and clean energy drink company that now employs several thousand indigenous Amazonian farmers and is sold in 7,000+ stores nationwide. Laura was a founding member and former co-chair of GLIDE's Legacy Committee, a group dedicated to engaging the next generation of social justice innovators. Laura received a BA from Brown University, and is currently working on a new venture and serving as an avid mentor, investor and supporter of diverse founders and innovators.
Mirikitani is the Co-Founder of GLIDE, in partnership with her husband, Reverend Cecil Williams. Together they have achieved worldwide recognition for their groundbreaking organization, which empowers San Francisco’s poor and marginalized communities to make meaningful changes in their lives to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. Over five decades they built 87 comprehensive programs that provide education, recovery support, primary and mental health care, job training, housing and human services. Mirikitani's passion has been to create programs for women and families as they struggle with issues of substance abuse, rape, incest, domestic violence, the AIDS crisis, single parenting, childcare, health/wellness, education, and jobs development.
Born in Oakland, Donald Tamaki graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and received his JD from Boalt Hall in 1976. He is a partner with Minami Tamaki LLP where he practice focuses on Corporate and Business, Non-profit Corporations, Contracts and Entertainment Law. In 1987 Tamaki received the Loren Miller Award, the State Bar of California's highest recognition for providing legal services to the poor and working on civil rights issues and in 2003 he received the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific Bar Association.
For over 50 years, Reverend Cecil Williams has expanded the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation of GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. As minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, Reverend Williams is respected and recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change and in the struggle for civil and human rights. His ministry underscores his roots in liberation theology.
Phil lives and works as an attorney in San Francisco. A Bay Area native, he developed a passion for public service and leadership during his undergraduate years at UC Berkeley. While studying at Duke Law School, Phil worked as a Senior Communications Advisor in a campaign for North Carolina Lieutenant Governor, organized North Carolina law students for the Obama campaign, and received recognition from Duke Law and the North Carolina state bar for his pro bono work as a student. Since graduating law school, he has provided pro bono representation to various San Francisco entrepreneurs, small businesses and charitable/educational organizations, and has worked on projects with the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and the SF Bar's Volunteer Legal Services Program. Phil started his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco, and is currently senior legal counsel at the Toyota Research Institute.