Current Leadership Class

Leadership San Francisco proudly presents the class of 2018-2019
 

Dianne M. Easton
Executive Director, Leadership San Francisco
Dianne, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, has managed Leadership San Francisco for the past 30 years. She is chair of the board of directors of Children’s Home Society of California, a statewide agency providing a range of services to at risk children and families for more than 127 years. She serves on the council of advisors for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and is an active member of the Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Association.

 
       
 

Jill M. Anthes
Jill is the executive director of planning and design at San Francisco State University. A community planner and urbanist, Jill promotes beauty, authenticity, and resilience in the built environment. Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

 
       
 

Francisco Javier Arias
Frankie is a registered civil engineer and principal with Big Picture Development. He provides real estate development consulting to a variety of developers in the Bay Area working on projects such as the Hunters Point Shipyard, 555 Howard, and Pier 70 developments.

 
       
 

Maximilian Lozada Barnes
Max serves as a media and public relations associate for San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, and is responsible for internal and external communications, community outreach and web development design. Max was born and raised in San Francisco and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles.

 
       
 

Jennifer Talbot Benz
An expert in employee benefits, Jen is the founder and CEO of Benz Communications, one of the largest women-owned firms in the Bay Area. She’s called San Francisco home for 18 years and has worked closely with the Taproot Foundation and La Cocina. BS Journalism, University of Missouri.

 
       
 

Christopher Martin Berini
Christopher is director of development at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He comes to non-profit work with 15 years of sales leadership at IBM/Lenovo plus volunteer board leadership for Academy of Friends and New Leaf. Christopher lives in SF with his husband. BA, English, UNC-Chapel Hill.

 
       
 

Bryan V. Bindrich
Bryan is an associate at Degenkolb Engineers specializing in seismic retrofits and tenant improvements throughout the Bay Area. He has enjoyed volunteer opportunities with Rebuilding Together and the Academy of Sciences. BS, Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MS, Civil Engineering, University of Texas, Austin.

 
       
 

Beau Blume
Beau, estimating manager at Anvil Builders, was born and raised in Montana. He went to MSU Bozeman where he graduated with a degree in Engineering. Beau moved to San Francisco in 2012 to work on the tunneling of the SFMTA’s central subway.

 
       
 

Natalie Bonnewit
Natalie has worked in the field of real estate development since 1994 and as an affordable housing developer since 1999, specializing in permanent supportive housing and large scale redevelopment projects. Her consulting practice began in 2006. Natalie is a recent urban and regional policy fellow with the German Marshall Fund. Masters, City Planning, UC Berkeley.

 
       
 

Christa M. Brown
Christa manages the Financial Justice Project, a first-in-the-nation effort to assess and reform how fines and fees impact low-income people, housed in the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office. Previously, Christa worked for United Way as the director of the SparkPoint Initiative. Masters, Goldman School of Public Policy.

 
       
 

Amy B. Campbell
Amy is an associate and studio director at Gensler. She specializes in the adaptive reuse and repositioning of existing commercial buildings throughout the Bay Area. Amy supports Rebuilding Together, Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and promotes biking in the city. B.A. Indiana University, Master of Architecture University of Pennsylvania.

 
       
 

Liliana Carrillo
Lila is dedicated to advocating for the inclusion of diverse perspectives to promote true community building. She is the community relations & external affairs manager at MNC, focused on collective impact initiatives, strategy development, and government affairs. She serves on the board of directors of La Raza Community Resource Center and is president of SFLDC.

 
       
 

Anne Elisabeth Carta
In her role at Dignity Health’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Anne oversees the emergency management program, supports community health initiatives, and is on the backbone team of the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership. Anne also supports the San Francisco Giants in medical event planning. BA, International Studies, University of Missouri.

 
       
 

Yoyo Chan
Yoyo is the director of public affairs for the Golden State Warriors, where she leads the government
relations and community engagement efforts related to the planning and construction of Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Prior to this role, she served as legislative aide to Supervisor Malia Cohen. BA, International Relations, UC San Diego.

 
       
 

Janice Cheung
Janice is a San Francisco native and serves as a fire protection engineer for the San Francisco Fire Department. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and is a registered professional engineer.

 
       
 

Darlene Chiu Bryant
Darlene is the executive director of GlobalSF, after running ChinaSF since 2012 when she attracted more than $5.1 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI). A native San Franciscan, a communicator and connector, she loves to spend time knitting, reading and playing golf when she is not working and not politicking.

 
       
 

Elaine Clarke
Elaine is mechanical building design engineer with Arup. She has 11 years’ international design experience and has chaired various committees tasked with encouraging young people to take up careers in STEM related industries.

 
       
 

Sophie E. Constantinou
Sophie, co-founder of Citizen Film, creates documentaries at the intersection of storytelling and community engagement. She is currently collaborating with low-income San Francisco residents on a documentary series about resilience and violence prevention.

 
       
 

Caroline Anne Cooper
Caroline has worked in financial planning and analysis since graduating from American University and is currently the senior budget analyst at the Presidio Trust. Caroline volunteers at the SF SPCA and recently joined the board of directors of Living Jazz, an Oakland-based nonprofit.

 
       
 

Joseph William Copley
Joseph, director of artistic planning at ODC, has been producing performances in San Francisco for 15 years. He is artist-in-residence at BatterySF, sits on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, Western Arts Alliance Board of Directors and Dance/USA Dance Managers Council. BFA, Dance, SUNY Purchase.

 
       
 

Carolyn Q. Della Maggiore
Carolyn is the development director for the Giants Community Fund and oversees all fundraising activities including major events, strategic partnerships and corporate giving. Carolyn graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Communication Studies.

 
       
 

Renee Espinoza
Renee works to advance opportunities for youth through community engagement, currently as the executive director of San Francisco CASA, and formerly at the San Francisco Education Fund and the San Francisco Police Activities League. Renee resides in the City with her wife and two children.

 
       
 

Filip Filipic
Filip has worked for Shimmick Construction for 13 years. He is a project manager and has worked on various infrastructure projects in the Bay Area, including the Golden Gate and Dumbarton bridge retrofits, the new Transbay Terminal  and BART tube retrofit. He graduated from UC Berkeley, and volunteered with the Special Olympics of Northern California.  

 
       
 

Jeannie Q. Gant
Jeannie is a broker and partner at Dot Real Estate. She is currently on the board of directors of the San Francisco Association of Realtors and a past president of the Women’s Council of Realtor San Francisco. BA in TV/Broadcasting at San Francisco State University.

 
       
 

Erin M. Gilbert
Erin is the human services program officer at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation funding in the areas of employment, housing, basic needs, and wellness. She has lived in San Francisco since 2014. BA, Economics, Boston University; MPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University.

 
       
 

Kenny D. Gong
Kenny is an entrepreneur and principal of C+K Partners, a real estate team at Vanguard Properties. He serves on the Community Advisory Panel of KQED Public Media and is a proud San Francisco native. BA, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

 
       
 

Daniel Cain Gregg
Daniel is the lead organizer covering Alameda County for the Northern California Carpenter’s Regional Council. He has an AA in Liberal Arts from SF Community College and a Bachelor’s in Political Science/History from San Francisco State University.

 
       
 

Chanda Daryl Guerin
Chanda is director of development and outreach at Gateway Public Schools in the Western Addition. She serves on the board of Bay Area Teachers Training Institute, and is the founder #ladyboss. BA, Communications/PR, Towson University; MS, Health/Nutrition Education, Hawthorn University.

 
       
 

Jonathan Hasak
Jonathan is a strategic communications and workforce development policy expert. As the director of public policy and government affairs at Year Up, he develops strategies to change perceptions, practices, and policies that perpetuate inequality of opportunity. He earned his Ed.M at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and his B.A. from Bard College.

 
       
 

Zachary Hill
Zachary is entering his 12th season with the Golden State Warriors, where he is currently the director of community relations. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on various boards including Reading Partners, College Track and Seneca Family of Agencies.

 
       
 

William H. Ho
William is a senior project manager at Mercy Housing and oversees the development of multiple affordable properties throughout San Francisco. He enjoys volunteering for various democratic causes. BS, Environmental Science, University of Michigan; MCP, MIT; MS, Real Estate Development, MIT.

 
       
 

Ariella Hyman
Ariella is the director of program & advocacy at Bay Area Legal Aid, the largest provider of free legal services to low-income people in the Bay Area. Previously she was BayLegal’s Alameda County office managing attorney, and a SF Domestic Violence attorney. BA Brown, JD Harvard.

 
       
 

Shadi Jalali
Shadi is an insurance broker specializing in risk management consulting, providing creative insurance solutions for complex organizations. She focuses on analyzing emerging risks specifically in the cyber and management liability spaces. Shadi graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.

 
       
 

Sam S. Jeffery
Sam is a partner at KPMG where he advises clients on complex transactions and technical accounting matters. Sam previously served on the board of the Randall Children’s Museum and is actively involved in with the American Heart Association. Sam grew up on Vancouver Island. Bachelor of Commerce, International Business, University of Victoria.

 
       
 

Chandra A. Johnson
As communications director for the SF Human Services Agency, Chandra leads community engagement for a safety net of public benefits that serves one in four residents. A San Francisco native, her dedication to public service began as a press officer to Mayor Willie Brown. BA, Communications, San Diego State University.

 
       
 

Grace Eugene Kay
Grace is a senior external affairs analyst at the SF Public Utilities Commission, where she works on special projects and strategic planning. Previously, she was senior director for government relations at SVLG, and currently serves on the board of Aggregate Space Gallery. She earned a BA from Amherst College and JD from UC Hastings.

 
       
 

Jennifer Kennedy
Jennifer is a Northern California native and currently works as an inspector for the San Francisco District Attorney Bureau of Investigations. She obtained her BA from Sonoma State University and her MA from Golden Gate University.

 
       
 

Stephanie Kim-Poston
Stephanie is the manager of community relations at United Airlines overseeing community partnerships and investments in California. She has extensive experience in community relations, corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management through previous roles with the Golden State Warriors, City Year and Peer Health Exchange.

 
       
 

Leadron Koo
Leadron is a project executive at Cahill Contractors. He has been with Cahill for over 20 years working on various residential, commercial, education, and healthcare construction projects. LEED AP; BS, Civil engineering, UC Berkeley.

 
       
 

David Michael Legnitto
David is a senior relationship manager in Bank of America’s Commercial Banking Group in San Francisco. He leads a team of financial specialists who work with you to understand your business and provide relevant insights and integrated financial solutions.

 
       
 

Ena Yasuhara Li
Ena is vice president, community impact at United Way Bay Area overseeing economic success, youth workforce, and two generation programs. Her expertise includes evaluation, program design, and grant making. BA, Middlebury College; MS.Ed, Brooklyn College; MPA, Middlebury Institute.

 
       
 

Sabrina Lowell
As COO and financial advisor at Mosaic Financial Partners, Sabrina has a passion for working with young tech executives on equity compensation strategies, facilitation of money dialogue for couples, and empowering career engaged women. She volunteers with Financial Planning Association, Junior League of San Francisco, and Olympic Club.

 
       
 

Steven Matthew Mannina
Lieutenant Steven Mannina has proudly served with the San Francisco Police Department for more than 23 years. He earned a BA in advertising from San Jose State University. Steven is a married father of three and an avid golfer.

 
       
 

Clair Ann McDevitt
Clair is the senior communications officer for the Low Income Investment Fund, and has worked in the city’s nonprofit sector for 15 years. She’s a volunteer with San Francisco’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) and other community organizations. BA, History, Trinity College; MA, U.S. History, San Francisco State University.

 
       
 

Amanda Danielle Montez
Amanda is director of programs at the San Francisco Parks Alliance. She’s passionate about the outdoors, policies that make it more accessible, and is on the board of Sempervirens Fund, a redwood forest land trust. BA, MA, George Washington University.

 
       
 

Rafael Rodolfo Moreno
Rafael is a 4th generation Mission District native, who is the family resource center senior manager for Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC). Rafael has a passion for culture, arts, social justice, grassroots organizing, ethnographical archiving, and Latino-Xicano-Indigena communities. Rafael’s focus is community building.

 
       
 

Mariah May Napoles
Mariah, a San Francisco native, is the community engagement manager for Aim High, overseeing events and corporate engagement opportunities. She fulfilled a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico and formerly worked at Kiva Microfunds and Net Impact. BA, Diplomacy and World Affairs and Spanish, Occidental College.

 
       
 

Christina Rosario Olague
Christina was deeply influenced by the injustices she witnessed growing up in the Central Valley in a Farm Laborers Camp. This experience continues to inspire her work in the community with vulnerable populations as well as her commitment to activism and social change.

 
       
 

Melodie Lynn Olson
Melodie is a senior manager in the assurance department and has worked at BPM LLP for the past 10 years, specializing in audits and servicing not-for-profit organizations and privately held professional service companies. BSE, Accounting, Saint Mary’s College of California.

 
       
 

Robin Pam
Robin is a director of marketing at Optimizely, a technology company based in San Francisco. She advocates for supporting working women and families in the city, and lives with her husband and young son. BA in American Studies, Stanford.

 
       
 

David Kozolchyk Plotkin
David is associate principal and commercial practice manager at William Duff Architects--and leads the firm’s sustainability initiative. He donates expertise to several organizations, including Hamilton Families, Habitat for Humanity and Tehiyah Day School. David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

 
       
 

Paul A. Ratner
Paul is the director of hospitality and suite solutions for the Golden State Warriors, with prior experience at the PGA TOUR and teaching at University of San Francisco. He’s been married to his wife Jessica for 10 years, and has two boys Ezra (5) and Avi (20 months).

 
       
 

Diane Rea
Diane is the manager of the permits and reservations division of SF Recreation and Park Department connecting San Francisco’s public spaces to the community for family celebrations, community gatherings, and peaceful contemplation. BA, History of Art, UC Berkeley.

 
       
 

William Andrew Robowski
Bill is a project manager for the heavy civil contractor, Shimmick Construction. He has been working in heavy civil construction since 2008. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, and is a registered professional engineer.

 
       
 

Amelia Santoso
Amelia is the assistant corporate controller for Recology Inc. She is responsible for the accounting and treasury functions as well as the financial reporting activities of Recology Inc. and its subsidiaries. BS, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley.

 
       
 

Addie Andromeda Schnirel
Addie’s community service experience includes social, environmental, and education programs. Addie has a BS from Antioch College and an MA from San Francisco State University, both in mathematics. Addie taught high school and college for 5 years before jumping into zero waste at Recology in 2017.

 
       
 

Thomas Connor Skelly
Connor is a Consultant at Bridgespan, a nonprofit advisory firm. Prior to Bridgespan, he taught 7th grade math at KIPP Bayview through Teach for America. Connor graduated from Notre Dame and lives with his wife and son in Nob Hill.

 
       
 

Kyle David Sliwerski
Kyle has 15 years of insurance experience, and is currently a senior vice president and leader of Lockton Companies’ Pacific Property Practice. A native of the east coast, Kyle has lived in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter for the last two and a half years.

 
       
 

Kyle Steven Swarens
Kyle is a lead field representative for Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. He is a graduate of the Carpenters Apprenticeship and has been a carpenter for more than 15 years. He has also been involved with his community politics and charity work for the past 10 years.

 
       
 

Amar John Thomas
A.J. is a political-economist and recovering attorney who works in the City and County of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development. He oversees contract compliance for workforce programs, as well as leading initiatives on public-private workforce development partnerships.

 
       
 

Venesia Marie Thompson-Ramsay
Venesia is the associate vice president of operations for university advancement at San Francisco State University. She also serves as executive director for the University’s philanthropic foundation. Venesia has more than 20 years experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. MA, Political Science, Florida Atlantic University.

 
       
 

Mikky Toomer
Mikky has 20 years of law enforcement experience and is currently an inspector with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Prior to working at the DA’s Office, she was a sergeant with the University of California, San Francisco Police Department. She is a former president of the Northern California Asian Peace Officers’ Association. BA, Criminal Justice, CSU East Bay.

 
       
 

Caitlin Tramel
Currently at San Francisco State, Caitlin has been an educational administrator for 20 years holding an M.Ed. and a certificate in Leadership & Organizational Development. Formerly posted at Barnard College of Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Harvard Medical and Business Schools and the University of Minnesota.

 
       
 

Camilla Marie Vance
Camilla is a project manager for an architectural sub-contractor in San Francisco, with a focus on ADA compliance for public buildings. Camilla has a commitment to Bay Area youth and has been an active on-site mentor for interns through the Enterprise for Youth program, as well as being an assistant scoutmaster for a local Scouts BSA troop.

 
       
 

Gregory Alan VandenBosch
After 18 years as an institutional private equity investor, Greg now advises growing businesses through his company, Pyramid Point LLC. He also serves on the board of the local nonprofit New Door Ventures. Greg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School.

 
       
 

Victoria Leigh Weatherford
Victoria is a civil prosecutor at San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, Neighborhood & Resident Safety Division and Affirmative Litigation Task Force. Board director at YWCA San Francisco & Marin and San Francisco Opera Guild. JD, Yale Law School; BA, University of California, Los Angeles.

 
       
 

Richard Thomas Whipple
Rich is the deputy director of the SF Office of Civic Engagement of Immigrant Affairs, where he oversees immigrant assistance initiatives, community grants, and professional development programs. In the last 9 years, Rich has helped launch several landmark, cross-sectoral initiatives that support immigrant and low income residents. Rich has an MPA from USC.

 
       
 

Sarah White
Sarah is an associate director at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, focused on managing the agency’s housing production pipeline. TNDC’s mission is to provide affordable housing and services to promote equitable access to opportunity throughout San Francisco. Bachelor’s, University of Minnesota; Master’s, Urban Planning, UCLA.

 
       
 

Martin David Wiggins
Martin is a development manager with FivePoint, focusing on planning and entitlement efforts for the Candlestick Point & Hunters Point Shipyard projects. Martin is a licensed landscape architect and holds degrees in Architecture from Georgia Tech and the University of Texas at Austin.

 
       
 

Cynthia J. Wong
Cynthia is executive director of Bay Area LISC, working to forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunitities across the region. Former banker, management consultant. Board member of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), and Kitchen Table Advisors. BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania.

 
       

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