LSF Staff


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.


LSF Board


Kenneth P. Avery
Secretary / Treasurer, LSF Board
Ken Avery, West Region managing partner of 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.



Jay Bradshaw
Jay is the director of organizing for the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, which represents over 38,000 carpenters and related craftspeople. Jay served as a working carpenter apprentice and then journeyman out of Carpenters Local 22 in San Francisco for many years. In 1995, Jay became a full time organizer for the Carpenters Union and was made director of organizing in 2008. He oversees 30 full time organizers in northern California, and coordinates the 3000 rank and file carpenters involved in the Carpenters In Action program. Jay and his team are heavily engaged in supporting project development with a particular focus on helping to solve the housing crisis in San Francisco and other Bay Area Communities. Jay serves on the board of directors for the Carpenters Funds Administration Office which oversees billions of dollars in assets and is the co-chairperson of the Carpenters Vacation and Holiday Trust Fund. LSF Class of 2007.



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 senior vice president, event strategy & services, San Francisco Giants, Sara is responsible for the management of all events at AT&T Park as well as the franchise’s spring training operation in Arizona. Actively involved in the events industry, Sara is the President of the International Live Events Association, a global organization dedicated to elevating the live events industry. Sara began her career with the Giants 17 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 the chief operating officer of the Galt Foundation, a social enterprise temporary staffing agency for individuals with disabilities. He leads the corporate operations including Human Resources, Information and Technology, Sales, Marketing and Finance. Galt is currently employing over 2500 individuals with disabilities a year in three states.  Prior to joining Galt Foundation, Eric was the chief operating officer of the United Way of the Bay Area, leading the organizations bay area impact agenda. He currently serves as a director on the board of the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, California. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. 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.



Marthe Patterson
Marthe has over 20 years of experience in communications, public affairs, community engagement, and nonprofit operations. In more than a decade with Bechtel, Marthe oversaw Bechtel’s community involvement activities in the San Francisco Bay Area and managed the company’s relationships with business, community, and political organizations. In addition, she was the program officer and operations manager for Bechtel Group Foundation. Prior to Bechtel, she held media relations and advertising roles for both commercial real estate and consumer goods entities. She is currently a consultant and working for her family’s business. Marthe is a sixth-generation Californian whose family left San Francisco for the East Bay after the 1906 earthquake. Marthe has been an alumni advisor since 2014 for sessions on transportation and urban planning. LSF Class of 2007.



Bert D. Polacci
Chair, LSF Board
Bert is senior vice president of community outreach and government relations at 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 has held senior executive positions in communications agencies and in state government for more than 10 years. He has led high-profile accounts spanning an array of public policy arenas, including health care, energy, education, land use, transportation and insurance, at the local, state and national levels. Before joining Lucas Public Affairs in Sacramento, Travis served as executive vice president of Fineman PR, a strategic communications and crisis communications agency in San Francisco. Previously, he served as vice president of CommPac, a strategic communications agency in Honolulu, following three years as senior advisor to Hawaii’s lieutenant governor. Travis began his career in Sacramento with a senior role at Wilson-Miller Communications, now Miller Public Affairs Group. LSF Class of 2015.


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