Berit Ashla

is Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a global, nonprofit, philanthropic advisory firm headquartered in New York City. Based in San Francisco, Berit is responsible for RPA’s West Coast advisory services, leading work with individual, family and corporate donors. She brings a wealth of experience in grantmaking, foundation governance, education, social justice, arts and sustainability. She is a frequent contributor to national and regional philanthropic conferences and participates in many donor networks.

Courtney Buechert

a second-generation advertising San Franciscan, has worked at a number of the city’s most admired agencies – from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to global powerhouse McCann Erickson. Working closely with companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Virgin America, Visa, Union Bank and adidas, he has had the opportunity to learn from some of the most progressive marketers in the world.

Sally Carlson

Co-Chair

is steeped in nonprofit Board leadership and philanthropic investment management. Her experience in finance, real estate and institutional investment management on behalf of foundations, endowments, and public pension funds was earned at companies such as Wells Fargo, Deloitte & Touche, and Jones Lang LaSalle. Sally also gained in-depth experience in capital raising and client relations. In the world of recruitment, from Heidrick & Struggles to founding her own firm, Terra Search Partners and now, Carlson Beck, her track record includes C-level searches in community development and affordable housing, community foundations, and health and human services.

Bree Jenkins

Bree Jenkins

A Haas MBA 2019, a multisector leader (operations at Disney and co-founder of a charter school Hayward Collegiate) and a current associate in leadership development at Pixar. Bree was a student in CSSL’s S3 and Large Scale Social Change courses. At Haas, Bree focused on education and DEI, serving as a Consortium Co-President (The Consortium, the nation’s largest diversity network provides merit-based scholarships) and co-creating a program called Cheetah Tank, a Shark Tank-style pitch competition for elementary school students in Oakland. Bree also appears to be a major go-to person for prospective students interested in social impact, so can help us hear the voices of intended new Haasies as well as her own. Bree’s LinkedIn profile describes herself as a systems engineer and education advocate.

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Lynne LaMarca Heinrich

joined Marts & Lundy as a senior consultant in 2000 with more than five years of consulting experience in her own practice and with another national consulting firm. She has co-led the firm’s Arts & Culture Practice Group and has served in staff and consultant roles to the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years.

Dwayne Marsh

Dwayne Marsh

is the President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers. He brings 27 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors with a career commitment to advancing racial and economic equity. His career includes leadership positions as co-Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward, Senior Adviser in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), multiple roles at PolicyLink, and director of the FAITHS Initiative for eight years at The San Francisco Foundation. Dwayne brings his expertise and considerable experience in coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change.

Bob Miller

Co-Chair

holds an MBA from Haas and a BS from University of Oregon where he was recently named Alumni Fellow for Career Achievements. He was the CEO and Director of Envirotest Systems Corporation; CEO, Founder and Director of Systems Control, Inc.; and CEO and Director of SD-Scicon, Silicon Valley companies specializing in computer systems and services and environmental services.

Linda Wood

oversees the Haas Leadership Initiatives, which is the Fund’s effort to help social-sector leaders develop skills and grow their networks so they can be more successful. She also facilitates learning opportunities for the Fund’s program staff, and oversees its grantmaking and grants management.

Kimberly Wright-Violich

is a Managing Partner of Tideline, and co-leads the firm’s strategy, operations, and client engagement. Kim is also the Acting President of Echidna Giving, a giving fund founded by a signatory of the Giving Pledge that is working to advance girls’ education in the developing world.

Emeritus Board

Susan Chamberlin

is a retired architect and project manager. She received a B.S. in Architecture from Cornell University, then practiced architecture in Hawaii for one year and in Philadelphia for 19 years, working on projects ranging from single family houses to historic renovation projects. Upon moving to California in 1984 she returned to school and received an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

Stephen Davenport

was the founding board chair of the Center and served as chair from 2005-2009. Stephen received his BA and MBA from UC Berkeley, following which he formed D/A Financial Group of California, a financial services organization providing a broad range of insurance, investment, employee benefit, pension and consulting services. He retired from D/A in 1987.

Phillip Estes

Since founding his investment firm, Horizon Holdings, LLC in 1989, Phillip S. Estes (Phil) has been an active investor and acquirer of independent private companies and divisions or subsidiaries of larger corporations. Phil and his business partner have acquired 14 companies in the recreational products, food, beverage, food ingredient and consumer product categories, and Phil works with the key executives at each of its companies to build long-term equity value.

Stephen Etter

received his BA and MBA from UC Berkeley, where he is a continuing lecturer in the Haas Finance Group. He teaches Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis, and has won the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching. Stephen is a partner at Greyrock Capital Group. Greyrock provides mezzanine debt and equity to finance buyouts, recapitalizations and internal growth needs of middle-market companies.

Jason Goldman

is a sixth generation San Franciscan and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-founder of G2, an insurance company providing personal, equine, commercial, risk management, employee benefits and life insurance. Jason holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on nonprofit management and philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. During his time as an undergraduate, Jason co-founded the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership’s Strategic Philanthropy course, designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about and act as philanthropists. Jason has continued his passion for giving back through his work with the Northern California Golf Association Foundation and the Jewish Federation. Jason is a board member of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman fund and the Stern Grove Festival Association.

Matthew Goldman

is co-founder of G2, an insurance company providing personal, equine, commercial, risk management, employee benefits and life insurance. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on nonprofit management and philanthropic theories and practices. As a student, he co-founded the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership’s course on Strategic Philanthropy. He serves as a board member of the Stern Grove Festival Association and the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.

Ted Kuh

was an esteemed lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business teaching Finance to MBA students. Ted also serves as an Advisor to a number of Haas entities: he is an Advisor in Residence to the Career Planning and Placement Center, he is on the Advisory Board for the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, and he advises the school on its annual Asian Business Conference. Ted was formerly Managing Director and Global Head of Citigroup’s Retail Industry sector. He spent 24 years in investment banking, including 10 years in London and Hong Kong advising corporations and private equity on mergers and acquisitions, equity financing and leveraged finance transactions. He received his MBA from The Wharton School and his B.S. from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Delphine Sherman

is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BRIDGE Housing Corporation. She graduated with a BA in Economics from Dartmouth and an MBA from Haas, School of Business, Berkeley. From 2018 – 2020 Delphine was CFO at Haas and Delphine was on CSSL’s Advisory board before that.

Tony Swei

has extensive experience in both private sector and non-profit entrepreneurship. He co-founded EducationSuperhighway.org, a non-profit dedicated to upgrading America’s K12 public school infrastructure. He has served as a senior executive of several successful technology startups, including Homewarehouse.com (now Walmart.com), KGB Communications, AccessLine Technologies (now Telenetix) and most recently as CEO of Tradar (now EZE Castle Software Group), growing it from a small startup to a multinational enterprise with offices on three continents. Tony has been a long time donor and board member of Meritus College Fund, which helps disadvantaged San Francisco youth attain a college education. Tony holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Carolyn Wendler

spent much of her career in financial services, primarily at Chase Manhattan and Citi. She held both line and management positions in domestic and international banking. In these roles she worked in both New York and San Francisco, in corporate finance, leveraged capital, non investment grade corporate banking and global banking. Prior to financial services Carolyn worked in human resources in the airline sector and international sales and marketing in the computer sector.

Since leaving banking, Carolyn has founded and built two of her own entrepreneurial ventures. In addition she continues to consult around the world, providing technical assistance to banks, small businesses and entrepreneurs. She has recently done work in India, Egypt, Tanzania and Tunisia.

Carolyn was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of Cal Performances, serving as Treasurer for several years. In addition she has worked on board committees for Cal Pacific Hospital, Junior Achievement and SF MOMA. Carolyn has a BA and MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota and an MSE from the University of Wisconsin.

Deb Wetherby

holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a CFP. She has been honored over the years in numerous ways, including Top 50 Women in Wealth Management, Top 50 Fee-Only RIA’s, and Top 50 Wealth Management RIAs. Deb loves to teach and has spoken and taught on topics ranging from graduate level finance courses to the collective power of women helping women.

Deb is committed to making a difference in the world and is active in several community organizations, including current or prior service on the Marin Community Foundation, the Advisory Board for the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Haas School at UC Berkeley, BRAC USA, the National Endowment for Financial Education, and the UC San Francisco Foundation. In addition to spending time with her three children and three grandchildren, Deb enjoys hiking, skiing, reading and ceramics.