(Chair) Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group
(Vice Chair) Vice President Technology, Sequoia Capital
(Secretary/Treasurer) Managing Director, Wells Fargo Asset Management
Chairperson and President, Richard Blum Associates
CEO, WDG Ventures, Inc. and President, Portfolio Real Estate Consulting
Retired Pastor and former District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church
Emeritus Trustee, Professor Emeritus of Education, California State University at Hayward
Director, San Francisco Department of Aging & Adult Services
Entrepreneur and Investor
Emeritus Trustee, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP
Director, Legal & Compliance, Toyota Research Institute
Ms. Foster 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.
Mary Glide is the great-great-granddaughter of Lizzie Glide, who began GLIDE in 1929 as “a house of prayer for all peoples.” Mary has attended Sunday Celebrations regularly since 1999 and in 2010 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.
Michael is managing director at Wells Fargo Asset Management. Prior to that, he managed the West Coast equity derivatives business for Deutsche Bank. Michael has also 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.
Paula R. Collins is the founder of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting. Ms. Collins is also a director and founder of Presidio Bank in San Francisco. She is a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and a director of the CSAA Insurance Exchange, as well as AAA Northern California, Nevada, Utah. Ms. Collins has served as a Presidential appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and on the board of directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Special Olympics for Northern California, and BRIDGE Housing Corporation. She has been named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, awarded the Silver SPUR by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, named "Forever Influential" by the San Francisco Business Times, and honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Ms. Collins graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her Master of City Planning from MIT. She was appointed to the Presidio Trust board by President Barack Obama in 2012 and re-appointed in 2015.
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.
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.
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 use, 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.