LSF Staff

 

Dianne M. Easton

Executive Director, Leadership San Francisco
Dianne, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, has managed Leadership San Francisco for the past 29 years. She is chair of the board of directors of Children's Home Society of California. She serves on the council of advisors for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, is a member of the Commonwealth Club of California and a board member of the Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Association.

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LSF Board

 
 

Bob Alvarado
Bob is the executive officer of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, which represents over 35,000 men and women in carpentry and related crafts. He was first elected in 2001, and was elected to a third term in August of 2009. Bob has negotiated two multi-year Carpenters Master Agreements for Northern California. He led the creation of the Basic Crafts Workers Compensation Fund, an insurance program that utilizes Alternative Dispute Resolution to improve service to workers and reduce costs to employers of Carpenters, Laborers and Operating Engineers. Bob serves as co-chairman of the Corporate Board for the Carpenters' Funds Administrative Office, overseeing combined assets of over 2 Billion Dollars. He was appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2006 and reappointed in 2010. Previously, he was a member of the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the Contractor's State License Board. LSF class of 1999.

 

 

Ken Avery
Secretary/Treasurer, LSF Board

Ken Avery, west region managing partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP has over 30 years of forensic accounting experience. He has worked with clients on fraud and corporate investigations, providing expert witness testimony into accounting allegations and the related defense in securities litigation. Ken also has extensive experience resolving purchase price disputes. He has served clients across numerous industries and geographies, including working in Shanghai, China. Ken is vice president of the board of Lafayette Little League. LSF class of 1995.

 

 

Murat Eskicioglu
Murat is the regional general manager of SAVOR Catering at the Moscone Center and has been with the company since 2003. He has a wide range of experience in the hospitality industry over 25 years, having been rigidly trained at the back of the house, as well as front of the house, at the Cheesecake Factory in San Francisco.  He has managed restaurants and bars at the luxurious Palace Hotel, also in the city. Murat is a commissioner at the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority and serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Travel Association (SFTA). LSF class of 2007.

 

 

Ezra Garrett
Ezra is the vice president of government and community relations at Oportun, a Silicon Valley based financial technology company that leverages advanced data analytics and technology to provide affordable, credit-building loans to U.S. Latinos who have limited or no credit history or lack traditional banking relationships.
Prior to joining Oportun in 2015, Mr. Garrett spent over 13 years at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company serving in senior leadership roles, including vice president of community relations, chief sustainability officer, and executive director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation. He also spent 2 years with top retailer Target Corporation, leading its local community relations efforts for the western United States.Mr. Garrett holds a BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the Latino Community Foundation, Leadership San Francisco, and the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals.

 

 

Sara Grauf
Chair, Fund Development Committee

As vice president, event strategy & services, San Francisco Giants, Sara is responsible for the management of all non-baseball events at AT&T Park as well as the franchise’s spring training operation in Arizona. Actively involved in the events industry, Sara serves on the board for the Northern California Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and is the chair of the Certification Committee for ISES International. She is a participating member of the Stadium Manager’s Association, the International Association of Venue Managers, Cal's Big C Society, and Women in Sports and Events. Sara began her career with the Giants 11 years ago in the community relations and public affairs department. LSF class of 2009.

 

 

Valerie Anne Kazanjian
Chair, Program Selection/Curriculum Committee

Valerie Kazanjian has over 20 years experience in public affairs, government relations, crisis management and events planning. She has worked a variety of positions in government, private sector and non-profit organizations, including Bechtel National and the Committee on House Oversight in Washington, DC. She currently serves as the enrollment director at Paresh Martial Arts, and is President of the 150 Parker Avenue School Board of Directors.  LSF class of 2003.

 

 

Eric Todd McDonnell
Chair, Alumni and Community Relations Committee
Eric is chief investment officer, education and safe communities for the United Way Bay Area. A native San Franciscan, Eric is committed to supporting the needs of local communities both privately and professionally. Prior to joining United Way, Eric served as executive director of Audrey L. Smith Development Center, leading the organization through an expansion process. He is affiliated with Family Service Agency of San Mateo and a member of the board of directors of Visitacion Valley Family School. Eric mentored a young man in his neighborhood who is now a college graduate. LSF class of 2002.

 

 

Adam D. McDonough
Vice Chair, LSF Board

Adam has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, representing clients in a broad cross-section of industries including financial services, high technology, real estate, retail and alternative energy. He specializes in Directors & Officers Liability for publicly traded companies and Errors & Omissions Insurance for technology and financial institution risks. As President of Lockton San Francisco, Adam is responsible for developing new business, recruiting producers and technical specialists, managing key underwriting relationships and building out a number of industry practices, including Construction, Marine and Private Equity. BS, Fordham University; MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Board Member, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. LSF class of 2005.

 

 

Sophie Julien O'Neal
Chair, Marketing/Website Committee
Sophie is principal of Synergy Business Solutions, a woman-owned business and technology consulting firm. Sophie and her business partner Janet Shaver were recognized by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center as the 1999 Established Business Entrepreneur of the Year. Sophie served on the Executive Planning Committee for The San Francisco 2000 Small Business and Entrepreneurial Forum, and chaired its Community Building and Involvement session. A fourth generation San Franciscan and ninth generation Californian, Sophie has served as an Advisor to LSF's Housing Session planners for six years. LSF class of 1999.

 

 

Bert D. Polacci
Chair, LSF Board
Bert is senior vice president, community outreach, government relations, Maximus Real Estate Partners. He has aligned his focus on development of housing in San Francisco and works with various agencies and private organizations to develop business model that will help alleviate the housing shortage. He serves on the board of directors of the California Apartment Association, The San Francisco Apartment Association, San Francisco Center for Economic Development, Stonestown YMCA, Coalition for Better Housing, San Francisco Taxpayers Union and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. LSF class of 2004.

 

 

Maurice B. Quillen
Maurice has served as vice president & general manager of Recology Golden Gate since 2004 and General Manager of Sunset Scavenger since 2012. In addition to his current role, he has held many positions of increasing responsibility since starting his career with Recology in 1989. Maurice served as General Manager at Recology San Francisco from 1999 through 2004, as commercial operations manager at Recology Sunset Scavenger from 1997 through 1999 and as operations manager at West Coast Recycling from 1995 to 1997. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of California at Davis.  Maurice is a 4th generation San Franciscan. LSF class of 2003.

Travis Taylor
Travis is executive vice president of Fineman PR, a full-service public relations firm headquartered in San Francisco. Travis provides executive-level, strategic consulting and communications services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients. His record of proven results rests on his extensive experience in corporate communications, media relations and training, crisis communications, community relations and public affairs, coupled with his deep commitment to building trust and reputation for clients. Travis has led several high-profile accounts across a range of industries from energy and infrastructure to higher education and food and beverage. LSF class of 2015. 
 
   

 

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