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 recently joined the Board of Directors of Grail Inc, a biotech company whose mission is "to detect cancer early, when it can be cured." Her philanthropic commitments are reflected in her service as GLIDE's Board Chair, and as a trustee of the Board of Spelman College in Atlanta.
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—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.
Ime Archibong is the Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook, where his team’s mission is to build new products that matter to the world. He previous served as Facebook’s Vice President of Product Partnerships where he led a global team responsible for strategic partnerships that aligned with Facebook's product and business strategy. Prior to Facebook, he started his career at IBM as a software engineer, eventually transitioning to an advanced technology business development professional focused on storage technology and research. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Yale University where he captained the basketball team and received the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize for exemplifying great human warmth, a commitment to fairness, compassion for all people, and the promise of moral leadership. Ime has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he also served as class president. He is a listed inventor on over a dozen technical patents and sits on the boards of several global and local nonprofits focused on empowering communities, students and entrepreneurs.
Emily Cohen is the Founder & President of EHC Content and Executive Vice President of United Contractors.
Through EHC Content, Emily works with CEOs, business and community leaders, organizations, and elected officials to develop thoughtful communications strategies and compelling written content for a diverse cross-section of audiences.
In her role as EVP of United Contractors, Emily oversees government relations, political advocacy, and public relations for California’s largest union-affiliated construction trade association. Prior to her role as EVP, she served as Director of Government Relations. As the organization’s senior strategist and coalition builder, Emily has helped to lead and influence dozens of sophisticated local and statewide campaigns and initiatives, securing more than $90B in infrastructure funding for California’s vital infrastructure. Additionally, she has helped to craft and pass dozens of bills to improve the state business and labor environment for her industry.
Prior to United Contractors, Emily was a Legislative Aide in the Office of Kevin de León and former Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow.
Emily is an alumna of California State University, Chico with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and International Relations.
In the community, Emily serves on the GLIDE Board of Trustees, is a mentor with Capitol Network Mentor Program, and serves on the Advisory Board for Old Skool Cafe, a youth-run supper club aimed at providing connection, income, job skills and support for at-risk youth.
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.
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.
Dr. Erica Lawson is a pediatric rheumatologist and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, where she provides care to children with autoimmune diseases, trains future pediatric rheumatologists, and conducts health outcomes research. Her work seeks to improve outcomes and access to care for individuals with childhood-onset chronic illness during the transition to adulthood. Erica completed her BA at the University of Michigan, followed by an MD from Washington University in St. Louis, pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and pediatric rheumatology fellowship at UCSF. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
Hydra Mendoza has more than 20 years of experience working as a community organizer, government and public affairs advisor, and education and equity leader. Hydra was the former Executive Director and a founding member of Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, a national organization that engages parents and community members to support, promote, and improve public education.
Hydra was first appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to his Policy Council on Children, Youth and Families, and later to his staff as his Senior Advisor on Education. Hydra’s work allowed her to build a strong partnership between the Public School System (Pre-K to 20), the community, and the City. She subsequently served under Mayor Ed Lee as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Equity before his untimely passing.
She was the first, and only Filipina elected to office in San Francisco. In 2006, 2010, and 2014, Hydra successfully won a citywide bid and re-elections for a seat on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education where she was elected by her peers, twice, as the President and Vice President.
Hydra served as the Deputy Chancellor for the Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications responsible for the offices of Family and Community Engagement, Community Affairs, Government Relations, Marketing, Communications, Press, and Translation and Interpretation in the New York City Department of Education. The NYCDOE is the largest public school system in the country serving 1.1 million children.
Hydra is the current VP, Chief of Strategic Relationships for the Chair and CEO of Salesforce where she helps to develop, build and maintain key stakeholder relationships.
Hydra has two adult children that live in Oakland and Brooklyn, and she lives with her husband in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.
Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a globally recognized transformation expert and spiritual strategist to entrepreneurs, intra-preneurs and purpose-driven companies. She is the author of The Transformational Consumer and the CEO of SoulTour.com, a personal and spiritual transformation company on a mission to help 100 million people care for their souls and succeed in their lives. Tara spends most of her time guiding students through Daily Rituals, coaching programs and courses in SoulTour’s School of Spiritual Strategy. Previously, Tara was an Entrepreneur In Residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners, and the chief marketer for MyFitnessPal and Under Armour Connected Fitness. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield, where she now sits on the Foundation Board. Tara also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from UC Berkeley. Tara is a master trainer and keynote speaker at corporate events, conferences and festivals like SXSW and Wanderlust. She's been featured in Harvard Business Review, Essence and The New York Times and was recently named the #1 woman Silicon Valley tech companies should be naming to their boards by Business Insider.
Gil Simon serves as Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer of SoMa Equity Partners, a San Francisco-based technology fund manager. SoMa brings an opportunistic and often contrarian approach to investing in public tech companies. Prior to founding SoMa in 2016, Gil worked his way from Analyst to Portfolio Manager, to Chief Investment Officer over ten years with Apex Capital. Gil began his investment career at MFS Investment Management in Boston. He previously earned his CPA designation while working in accounting and consulting at KPMG/Bearing Point. Gil earned his MBA from MIT Sloan in 2003 and received his BA in Economics from UCLA in 1996. Gil also serves on the MIT Sloan alumni board and lives is Hillsborough with his wife and four children.
Malcolm Walter’s career spans more than 40 years and includes serving as the chief operating officer (COO) or chief financial officer (CFO) for several privately held and public companies. In 2016, Malcolm retired after a 17-year career as COO of Bentley Systems, a global software company whose mission is sustaining infrastructure. At Bentley, his responsibilities included sales, professional services and marketing. Malcolm is a CPA and received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Malcolm’s career provided an opportunity to travel to more than 60 countries and to work with clients and colleagues worldwide. More recently, his travels have been to the least developed parts of the world to observe the unique challenges faced in these communities battling extreme poverty and where empowerment - particularly of women - has proven to unleash the spirits and capacity of these fellow humans to end their own poverty. His mission today is to promote a world that works for all.
Malcolm currently serves on the board of the Presidio Graduate School, which offers industry-leading MBA and MPA academic programs in sustainability management. He also serves on the board of Jack London Park Partners - the first non-profit organization to take up management of a state park on behalf of the people of California.
Ross Weiner is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Explorer Acquisitions. Prior to Explorer Acquisitions, Ross worked as a Partner and the General Counsel at Qatalyst Partners where he worked from 2012-2021. Prior to Qatalyst, Ross worked at Silver Lake Credit Fund, Credit Suisse, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Ross is originally from Washington, D.C. and received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He currently is on an Executive Advisory Board to the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and the Advisory Board of each of Higher Ground Labs, Better Food Ventures, Karus, Inc. and Go, Inc. He resides in San Mateo with his wife and two children.
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 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.
Lin-Hua is VP of Global Communications & Public Affairs at Google, where she supports the Search, Assistant, Geo, Commerce, and Ads businesses. Prior to Google, she served as the Chief Communications Officer at Dropbox and Head of Corporate Communications at Square. Previously, she was a Partner at Brunswick Group and Managing Director at Kekst and Company, two firms specializing in financial communications and special situations. She began her career as an associate at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto. Lin-Hua graduated with a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She also serves on the board of the Stellar Development Foundation.
Phillip is a tech lawyer with a passion for public service and leadership. He started his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco before going in-house at GoPro, Inc. Phillip was the first lawyer hired to build a legal team at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the Silicon Valley based advanced research center of the global automaker. He is now TRI’s Senior Director of Operations, overseeing Communications, Facilities, Legal & Compliance, General Operations, and Procurement. After moving to San Francisco, Phillip served on San Francisco Police Department’s Central Community Police Advisory Board as well as on the leadership team of a neighborhood association working on quality of life, land-use, and safety issues. Phillip has also 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 San Francisco Bar's Volunteer Legal Services Program. Since law school, Phillip has served as an election protection volunteer in various capacities throughout the U.S., from San Francisco to New Hampshire. Phillip graduated with a B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Duke Law School.
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.
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.