At the 2012 Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors’ Nominating Committee will ask NCG members to elect members to our Board of Directors. On behalf of the Board and its Nominating Committee, I am pleased to present the following slate of directors for election. We are confident that the following individuals will bring important skills and attributes to the Board, and will serve NCG with integrity.
There will be one brief vote at the Annual Meeting to elect four new members to a first term. You are encouraged to attend the meeting and cast your vote on behalf of your organization.
Thank you for your commitment to NCG and your participation in this process. If you have any questions, please contact Fatima Angeles, Secretary, NCG Board of Directors and Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning, California Wellness Foundation at (415) 908-3000, or Colin Lacon at (415) 777-4111 x 13.
Retha Robinson is the director of the Koshland Program, a community development program that is working toward civic unity, leadership development, neighborhood partnerships, and encouraging civic participation and celebrating unsung community heroes. Under Ms. Robinson's guidance, each year the Koshland Program chooses a neighborhood in the Bay Area and makes a five-year commitment towards improving the quality of life. Ms. Robinson has been with the Foundation for over two decades, working primarily in community building efforts throughout Bay Area neighborhoods. She is chair of the board of directors of the Girls After School Academy and chief financial officer of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy. Ms. Robinson is a member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the National Center for Black Philanthropy, and Neighborhood Funders Group, and an advisory board member of the Bay Area Women and Children's Resource Center. She received a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.
Brenda Solórzano leads the overall strategy, design, and management of Blue Shield of California Foundation's programmatic and grantmaking activities. In addition, Ms. Solórzano is director of the Foundation’s Health Care and Coverage program. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Ms. Solórzano served as a program officer at The California Endowment and the California HealthCare Foundation. In 2011, Ms. Solórzano received the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award from Grantmakers in Health. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from the University of San Francisco and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School. She is a member of the California State Bar.
Joe Pon was appointed Vice President for Programs in October 2009. As the leader of Irvine’s grantmaking programs, he has overall responsibility for their development, implementation and refinement throughout California. Joe joined Irvine after more than 18 years at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 technology company in Silicon Valley, where he oversaw corporate philanthropy, government affairs and community relations. Most recently, Joe was the company’s Vice President for Global Corporate Affairs, with overall responsibility for building and enhancing the company’s reputation worldwide. He also was in charge of the Applied Materials Foundation, a highly respected corporate foundation in Silicon Valley. Previously, Joe led worldwide government affairs and executive communications and was responsible for establishing Applied Materials’ public policy organization. He began his career in corporate marketing, managing various corporate and product marketing initiatives. Joe also has extensive community leadership experience, having served on the boards of the San Jose–Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, the West Valley–Mission College Advancement Foundation, and Opera San José, where he served as President. He has also served on the boards of a number of civic and public policy organizations at the local and national level. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where he was a double major in Russian-Soviet studies and psychology, Joe also has a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Carrie Varoquiers is the President of the McKesson Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at McKesson Corporation. In these roles, Carrie leads the company’s philanthropic grantmaking, employee community involvement programs, environmental sustainability efforts and corporate citizenship reporting. Most recently Carrie developed the McKesson Foundation’s “Mobilizing for Health” grant initiative, which encourages the use of mobile technologies in chronic care. Prior to joining McKesson, Ms. Varoquiers served as the Founder and President of Cause Partners, a cause marketing consulting firm based in San Francisco. Prior to founding Cause Partners, Ms. Varoquiers held various positions at Levi Strauss & Co., most recently as the company’s Cause Marketing Program Director, where she was responsible for cause marketing programs for all of the Levi’s brands. Carrie received her BA from U.C. Berkeley, her MBA from Golden Gate University, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She serves on the boards of Loteria Films and the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals.