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


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.

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.

Bob Miller


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.