Current Leadership Class

Leadership San Francisco proudly presents the Class of 2019-2020

Dianne M. Easton
Executive Director, Leadership San Francisco
Dianne, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, has managed Leadership San Francisco for the past 31 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 128 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.


Eric Bruce Ahnmark
Eric is the sustainability program manager for Recology and is responsible for the company’s sustainability platform and reporting. BA, History and Economics, Denison University; MS, Sustainable Management, University of Wisconsin.


Nabihah Azim
Nabihah is a project manager at Mercy Housing, a leading affordable housing organization and oversees the development of multiple affordable properties in San Francisco. She enjoys volunteering for various causes. BS, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley.


Casey Baksa
Casey is the director of customer success for the San Francisco Giants. Her team is responsible for the organization’s inbound phone calls, emails and in person visits, concentrated on ticket services. BS, Mass Communication, University of California, Berkeley.


Allison Biddinger
Allison is the disaster program manager for the American Red Cross in San Francisco. She supports over 200 volunteers in preparedness, response, and recovery activities that support the residents of San Francisco. She works closely with government and community partners to help those displaced by fires on their road to recovery.


Molly Bridget Braun
Molly oversees all aspects of investigations, as a lieutenant with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She has traveled internationally to recover abducted children. She works with child victims of sexual assault. BA, Sociology and Master of Public Administration, University of San Francisco.


Myesha Adanna Brown
Myesha is entering her sixth season with the Golden State Warriors, where she currently is the community relations manager. She has extensive experience in social responsibility, community relations and event management. When not working, she is spending time with her daughter, Kennedy.


Thomas Raymond Byrne
A former San Francisco high school teacher and coach, Tom is a strategic risk consultant/broker at Lockton Companies. He recently served on his children’s school board, is a diversity and inclusion ally, and is a passionate advocate for The Pat Tillman Foundation.


Alexandra Elizabeth Cannarella
Alex is a business operations manager at New Deal Advisers, a local lobbying firm in San Francisco. Previously, she worked in political consulting and fundraising. BA, International Politics, University of San Francisco.


Melissa Lin Chan
Melissa serves as the office manager and grants administrator at the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. A San Francisco native, Melissa previously spent 10 years in education as a teacher and administrator. BA, Ethnic Studies/Japanese Studies, University of California, San Diego; MA, Education, Stanford.


Alexandra Nicole Corvin
Alex is a managing director at Koya Leadership Partners, the national executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients. She specializes in recruiting senior executives to nonprofits, foundations, and other mission-driven organizations. Her portfolio is national with a focus on the Bay Area. BA, Psychology UCLA; MA, Education, USC.


Charles Rowland Deffarges
Charles is the senior community organizer at the SF Bicycle Coalition. A San Francisco native, Charles works to create safe, inviting, and livable neighborhoods for all San Franciscans. He sits on the Board of the Tenderloin Community Benefit District and on the San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee. BA, Urban Environmental Policy, Occidental College.


Randal James DeMartini
Raised in San Francisco, Randy was a member of the Salesian Boys’ Club. In 1979, during his senior year of high school, he was offered an assistant director’s job at the Club. Today, Randy is the executive director and has been working there for forty years.


Noelle Tu Duong
Noelle is the government affairs and community relations manager for Recology, where she problem solves with stakeholders to facilitate sustainable resource recovery. Prior to this role, she served as a legislative aide for the Board of Supervisors District 6 Office. BA, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.


Martin Espinoza
Martin is a field representative for Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. Duties include member services for Pile Drivers local in Oakland, marketer for Alameda and Northern counties, and Chairman of the Pile Drivers apprenticeship committee. Post graduate of the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Regional Training


Nick Ferris
Nick is a sales manager at Revinate, a hotel CRM company. He founded the North Beach Farmers Market, is the treasurer for the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, and serves on the boards of North Beach Citizens and Saints Peter and Paul chool. BA, Economics and International Relations, Boston University.


Veronica Despina Feyling
Vee is currently an account executive at Sparkpr in San Francisco with an extensive background in public relations and marketing. She has worked with household names, such as Dyson, DC Comics, Zazzle and Mars Petcare. AA, Journalism, Santa Barbara City College; BA, Communication and Fine Arts, Washington State University.


Griffin Thomas Gaffney
Currently, Griffin leads account management at Humu, a behavioral change technology company. Prior to Humu, Griffin co-founded Stripe’s sales team. He has spent the past two years creating and advocating for employment opportunities at Bay Area tech companies for individuals experiencing homelessness. 


Hans Galland
After close to 20 years in international hospitality and real estate private equity, Hans is building his food supply chain company. Hans also serves as co-chair of GlobalSF, the City of San Francisco’s international development organization and MiraKind, a cancer diagnostics non-profit.


Raymond Mark Gonzales
Raymond is the lead project manager for Downtown Streets Team. Previously, he was the director of student services at The Art Institute of California - San Francisco. He leads the New Member Committee and sings with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. BA, History, UC Merced; MA, Argosy University.


Lilibeth Joy Gonzalez
Lilibeth is the executive assistant and office manager at Greenbelt Alliance, an organization that supports open space conservation and smart growth. She also serves on the board of directors for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Lil is passionate about advocacy in building more equitable communities. BA, Global Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.


Michael William Gougherty
Mike is a senior transportation planner for WETA and project manager for the San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion. BA, Political Science, University of Michigan; Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley.


Matt Goyne
Matt develops effective and innovative transportation solutions that transform communities as a senior associate with Fehr and Peers. Matt manages the San Francisco office and oversees a diverse range of land use and transportation planning projects throughout the Bay Area.


David Jonathan Greenstein
David is leading infrastructure and parks construction at Historic Pier 70 for Brookfield Properties. He was born and raised in El Cerrito. He previously managed land development for Candlestick Point and continues to volunteer for Literacy for Environmental Justice. BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Tamika Greenwood
Tamika is a community and government relations manager for Sutter Health. Prior to this role, she served in local government for 11 years. She is a Bay Area native and has enjoyed volunteering with organizations that promote women in leadership. 


Zoe Elizabeth Harris
As a senior project manager for Civic Edge Consulting, Zoe supports public agencies with communications and community outreach. Before returning home to San Francisco, Zoe biked cross-country, twice. BA, Carleton College; MPP, Mills College.


Debbie Heard
Debbie is a tax partner at KPMG and leads the Bay Area team in her tax specialty, helping businesses find and retain tax incentives and benefits. Debbie also has a passion for inclusion and diversity and leads the San Francisco office in those efforts.

  Susan Shan Lam Hou
Susan is the senior project manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, overseeing over $1 billion of Water Capital Improvement Projects. BS, Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; MS, Civil Engineering, Cornell University.

Laura Jenkins
Laura is the director of partnerships for GlobalSF, dedicated to strengthening international ties and shaping the future of San Francisco as a global leader and role model for a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive economy. Prior to this role, she worked in international media development throughout Asia.  MA, International Communication, American University.


Rose Johns
Rose is a principal analyst with the San Francisco Human Services Agency, which provides social services and public benefits to one in four city residents. In this role, she leads the agency’s analytical and planning work focused on aging and disability. MPP, MSW, University of California, Berkeley.  


Sydnee Claire Journel
Sydnee is the San Francisco Bay Area local policy and community manager for Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, where she spends much of her time bridging business, government, and community. BA and MS, Earth Systems, Stanford University; MBA, Yale School of Management.


Vanessa Lee Segale Khaleel
Vanessa currently holds the role of deputy director at the San Francisco Apartment Association. Prior to the SFAA, Vanessa worked closely with several Bay Area real estate developers, opening residential properties. She is a Bay Area native who is passionate about her community as well as housing.


Vas Kiniris
Vas is focused on advocating for small business as  the executive director of the Fillmore Merchants Association and the executive administrator of the San Francisco Council Of District Merchants Association. He is also on the board of Japan Center Corporation and San Francisco Design Week. 


Faith Kirkpatrick
Faith is an affordable housing finance and development professional with expertise in complex infill and master development projects with over 13 years of experience in nonprofit, private and public sector roles. At the SF Office of Housing and Community Development, she has supported development of over 1,300 affordable units representing over $200MM in City investment.


Joey Kotfica
Joey is the director of marketing at San Francisco’s nonprofit Family House, and has previously worked in e-commerce, stock photography, and B2B publishing. She proudly brings east coast enthusiasm to volunteer work with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the SF Bicycle Coalition, and other nonprofits that support our community. BS, NYU.


Sharon Lai
Sharon is the senior director of development for commercial and residential real estate with One Vassar and affiliates, with 14-years of experience across government and private sectors, and a UC Berkeley alumna. She’s a commissioner on the Treasure Island Development Authority, and serves on several nonprofit boards.


Jeanette Mei Gim Lee
Jena, CPA, MST is a tax manager at BPM LLP. She is a leader in BPM’s Nonprofit Services Industry Group. Prior to becoming a nonprofit accountant, she worked as a program staff at various Bay Area nonprofits.


Lan Huynh Lee
Lan is the director of human resources at the Giants and also serves as a founding member of the Giants Diversity and Inclusion Council and Women’s Network. Lan has a strong commitment to Bay Area youth and actively participates in city-wide initiatives to expand access to youth employment in San Francisco. BS, Business Administration, UC Berkeley.


Lysondra Elysia Ludwig
Lysondra is an associate at Farella Braun & Martel LLP, where she advises clients on each stage of the corporate life cycle. She currently serves on the board of City Surf Project. BA, University of Washington; JD, Northwestern; LLM, NYU.  


Jessica Milagros Mateu-Newsome
Jessica is currently a program director for the San Francisco Human Service Agency, Family and Children Services Division. She manages the court dependency and family services programs for the division. BA and MA, Social Work, California State University San Francisco.


Caleb Kelome McWaters
Caleb is a registered civil engineer and project manager with Anvil Builders. His previous experience as an officer in the US Coast Guard helped prepare him to manage a variety of heavy civil projects, such as The Hunters Point Shoreline Redevelopment. BS, Civil Engineering, USCGA; MS, Industrial Administration, Purdue University. 


Thomas George Minter
Thomas is the deputy Bay Area manager at Kleinfelder, responsible for leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions that improve clients’ transportation, water, energy, and other infrastructure. MEM, Environmental Management, Duke University.


Marcus Mirt
Marcus has been in the resource recovery industry for 28 years and currently is the operations manager for Recology Golden Gate and manages the commercial division along with being the lead contact for the BID/CBD’s in the area.  He is also a fourth generation native of San Francisco.


Geoffrea Morris
Geoffrea is a leading voice in San Francisco’s reentry community as reentry policy planner for San Francisco’s Reentry Council. She has been able to forge and leverage strong relationships with criminal justice leaders, policy makers and stakeholders in criminal justice reform efforts.



Andrea Nemeyer
Andrea is an equity-minded, community focused advocate and higher education professional, currently serving as the specialist of higher education with the United Way Bay Area. She holds over ten years of experience in social research, youth programming and community empowerment.


Avneesh Nigam
Avneesh is the senior director of strategic revenue for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. He oversees membership business needs, cultivates new members and strategizes with the Board of Directors on their top initiatives. BA, Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder; MBA, San Francisco State University.


Manny Nungaray
Manny is the executive director of development and campaign operations at San Francisco State University, with over 18 years of university advancement experience, including development, annual giving, advancement services and campaign. He is on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. BS, Accounting, MBA, Notre Dame de Namur University.


Dyanna Villaluna Quizon
Dyanna is a government affairs manager for the San Francisco International Airport. Prior to this role, she served as a legislative aide to Supervisors Katy Tang and Catherine Stefani. BA, Sociology, University of California, Davis. JD, University of California, Berkeley.


Nayla Raad
Nayla has centered her career on leading success teams that push the boundaries of technology in enabling the connection of people to services and solutions. Outside of work, she runs a pro bono legal practice and has a passion for the outdoors. BA, Sociology and Social Psychology, MA, Public Policy, Lehigh University; JD, Golden Gate University.


Susannah Raub
Susannah is a staff software engineer at Google where she leads a team in Search. She is also a volunteer teacher at San Quentin and an active member of the San Francisco Transit Riders. BS, Mathematics-Computer Science, Brown University.


Adam Guadalupe Salas
Adam is chief associate wealth architect at Wealth Architects, a financial planning firm. He has lived in San Francisco since 2015. BA, Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara.


Daniel Joseph Sauter
Danny is the president of North Beach Neighbors, where he led the effort to start the North Beach Farmers Market and now serves as its director. He is on the board of San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Danny is the co-founder of Bamboo, a marketing agency. He lives in North Beach with his wife, Chelsey.


Leila Marie Seed
Leila is a political attorney with Politicom Law LLP. She provides counsel to large tech companies regarding lobbying, campaign finance, governmental ethics and election rules throughout the United States. Prior to her current role, she was a deputy district attorney for San Mateo County. 


Elena Shore
Elena is senior immigrant affairs advisor and Immigrant Rights Commission clerk for SF’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. She previously worked in journalism and ethnic media communications covering immigration. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa. BA, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Oberlin College.


Yenyy Sihapanya
Yenyy is manager of medical staff administration at Dignity Health, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, where she has worked for over 16 years. A native San Franciscan, Yenyy has a deep commitment to strengthening communities and creating more equitable systems.


Jason Jeremy Sommers
Jason is working as a senior project manager with Cahill Contractors LLC helping develop many affordable housing projects in and around San Francisco. BS, Civil Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Lissette G. Souza
Lissette currently works as an inspector for the San Francisco District Attorney Bureau of Investigations, assigned to the Domestic Violence, General Felonies and Misdemeanor Units. She began her law enforcement career at the Oakland Police Department 14 years ago. BS, Leadership and Management, Criminal Justice.


Candace Annette Sue
Candace is the communications and marketing director for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. She spent 20 years working in pharmaceuticals, consumer products and banking before returning to serve the City. Candace attended Columbia Business School and Boston University.


Karen Marie Sullivan
Karen is committed to equitable community development. As the managing real estate consultant at Community Vision she works with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement sustainable real estate strategies. Karen holds a BA from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from University of Southern California.


Jolynn Surys Vallejo
Jolynn has 14 years of experience doing business between San Francisco and Latin America. At age 20, she founded a record label and graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley. Jolynn is a San Francisco native that has brought $18.8 million of FDI from Latin America to San Francisco as the current director of LatinSF.


Moises Villeda
Moises is a 36-year old Bay Area resident. He has been a union member of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council for 23 years. Moises has spent the last three and a half years serving the membership as a field representative, helping working men and women achieve a better living standard.

  Kate Weiland
Kate is the manager of community health for Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center. In her role, she designs strategies and develops community partnerships  to deliver health care programs and other services to San Francisco’s vulnerable populations. BA, Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis; MPH, Health Policy, Columbia University.
  Laura Weyl
Laura is a project engineer at Degenkolb, specializing in tenant improvements and forensics investigation. She previously worked in management consulting and product design. She has enjoyed volunteer opportunities with SheBuild and the Academy of Sciences. BE, Mechanical Engineering, Dartmouth; MS, Structural Engineering, Stanford.

Orlando M.A. White
Orlando is a community affairs manager at LinkedIn. His job is to partner with local nonprofits, elected officials, and community leaders to translate LinkedIn’s global social impact programs locally and ensure that LinkedIn’s presence in the community is a positive one.


Veronica White
Veronica is the director of global brand and communications at, a dedicated team within Salesforce that delivers tech to nonprofits, educational institutions, and philanthropic organizations. An active mentor in the community, she’s called San Francisco home for 10 years. She is a Seattle native. BA, Communications, University of Washington. 


Dominic David Yin
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Dominic went on to UCLA for law school and was an attorney for the USNR before joining the SF Police Department.  He has worked in patrol, administration, the airport, and investigations.  In addition, he has been adjunct faculty at City College for the past 20 years, and has volunteered at several CBOs that serve at-risk youth.








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