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Jamie Barclay, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Symantec

Dana Beckman, Director Corporate Affairs, Alliance Data

Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook

Monika Bickert is Facebook’s head of policy management. Her global team manages the policies for what types of content can be shared on Facebook and how advertisers and developers can interact with the site. Monika originally joined Facebook in 2012 as lead security counsel, advising the company on matters including child safety and data security.

Prior to joining Facebook, Monika served as Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she specialized in Southeast Asian rule of law development and response to child exploitation and human trafficking. She also served as Assistant United States Attorney for 11 years in Washington, DC, and Chicago, prosecuting federal crimes ranging from public corruption to gang-related violence.

Monika received a B.A. in Economics and English from Rice University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Bernard Boudreaux, Director CSR, Target

Bernard Boudreaux is a Director in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Target Corporation. He leads Stakeholder Engagement initiatives for Target CSR, and partners with local Target stores to oversee community involvement programs and resource contributions in arts & culture, community safety, diversity and inclusion, education, social services, and youth wellness, as well as sponsorships, community outreach initiatives, volunteerism and reputation management for Target. He joined the company in 1987 as a Business Analyst and has held numerous leadership positions in the company during his career.

Bernard serves as an advisor for the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) – the premier professional association in the field of corporate philanthropy, and for BoardSource – the only national organization focused exclusively on nonprofit governance by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.

Target contributes 5% of its profits to the communities it serves, which, today, equates to over $4 million every week. Forbes has ranked Target as “America’s Most Generous Corporation,” while Fortune has ranked Target as one of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” For the past several years, Diversity Inc. rated Target #1 among retailers, and within the top 25 companies on the overall “Diversity Inc. Top 50 Companies for Diversity.”

Bryan Clontz, Founder and President, Emergency Assistance Foundation

Justin Dillon, CEO/Co-Founder, Made in a Free World

Dan Henkle, President, Gap Foundation and SVP. Global Sustainability at Gap Inc.

Cecily Joseph, VP, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec

Cecily Joseph is vice president of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for Symantec Corporation, a global leader in cybersecurity. As leader of Symantec's global corporate responsibility efforts, Cecily drives environmental, social and governance program development, integration and alignment.  As Chief Diversity Officer, Cecily leads Symantec’s efforts to bring in, grow and keep the best diverse talent.

With more than 15 years of experience building corporate responsibility programs in ethics & compliance, strategic philanthropy and environmental sustainability from the ground up, Cecily acts as an internal and external change agent.  She is an ongoing champion for diversity and inclusion and gender equity, working with the company’s Leadership to create a goal to increase the diversity of Symantec’s workforce by 15 percent, empowering female leaders through the Women on Board initiative, and creating a pathway for underrepresented young adults to enter into the cybersecurity field through the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3). She has also spearheaded an increase employee volunteerism by 70 percent through her team’s community investment efforts and the launch of the Symantec Service Corps.

Cecily is often sought to speak on a variety of topics at industry events – including RSA, the world’s largest data security conference, where Cecily has spoken for three consecutive years. She is an active writer on her blog and contributor of opinion editorials for The Huffington Post.

Cecily currently serves on the board of directors for Net Impact and Leadership California. Cecily received the Award for Human Rights from the City of San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, recognition as one of the Multicultural Leaders of California by the National Diversity Council, and recognition as one of the Most Influential People in Business Ethics by the Ethisphere Institute.

Cecily joined Symantec in 2005 after thirteen years with VERITAS Software, where she led the company's legal affairs and served as executive director of the VERITAS Foundation. She holds a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Olivia Khalili, Director of Yahoo for Good, Yahoo

Robin Kim, Practice Head – Global Technology & Innovation, Ruder Finn

Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG

Mark leads FSG, a 150 person nonprofit consulting firm, working from six offices in the US, Europe and Asia, to devise social impact strategies for many of the world’s largest foundations, corporations and nonprofit organizations. 

Mark also serves as a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He co-founded the Center for Effective Philanthropy, served on the jury of the annual Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award, is a member of the Aspen Philanthropy Group and the Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Advisory Board, serves on the planning committee for the Clinton Global Initiative, and lectures in the Executive Education Program of Harvard Business School.

Mark has published extensively on topics in philanthropy, collective impact, evaluation, and creating shared value.  He has co-authored many influential articles in Harvard Business Review with Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, and in Stanford Social Innovation Review with FSG colleagues, including Philanthropy’s New Agenda: Creating Value, Catalytic Philanthropy, Collective Impact, Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World, The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy, and Creating Shared Value

Prior to founding FSG, Mark served as President of Kramer Capital Management. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, The Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015, and at the age of 44 became one of the youngest mayors in San Jose’s modern history.

During his tenure, San Jose has truly surged. Mayor Liccardo has set an ambitious goal of becoming the most innovative City in America by 2020. His Smart City Vision, is focused on five pillars and includes using big data, technology and innovation to be a more Safe, Inclusive, Sustainable, User-Friendly and Demonstrative City. He has forged a historic pension reform agreement that will save $3 billion over the next three decades, launched innovative programs to reduce homelessness, expanded educational and job opportunities for thousands of low-income youth, announced four new international flights at Mineta San Jose International Airport, and helped usher in a major expansion of tech companies, including titans like Apple and Google.

Prior to being elected Mayor, Sam served two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize Downtown, preserve San Jose’s hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing, and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Sam began his public service as a Santa Clara County District Attorney and is a proud graduate of San Jose’s Bellarmine College Prep, Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Eric McDonnell, Executive Vice President & COO, United Way Bay Area

Eric McDonnell is a committed and passionate advocate for children, families and communities. As Executive Vice President & COO, Eric provides strategic, transformational and operational leadership to achieve our goals. He sets priorities and delivers on the organization’s mission. Eric drives United Way Bay Area’s efforts to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her academic potential, and families achieve economic self-sufficiency, while making Bay Area neighborhoods safer, stronger places to live.

“I grew up in poverty, living in public housing, facing the everyday challenges of making ends meet. Like a debilitating illness, poverty can rob an individual, a family, and a community of material, mental and emotional hope. So, United Way’s campaign to end poverty is important to me personally, because I know the struggle. Professionally, I am blessed to be in a position to give back and help break the cycle of poverty that exists in our community.”

Prior to joining United Way Bay Area, Eric served as executive director of the Audrey L. Smith Developmental Center in San Francisco, a childcare and social services provider for more than 250 families. His decade of work at the center lent itself to the issues he now oversees for United Way Bay Area. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

Neal Myrick, Director of Social Impact, Tableau

Jesse Nishinaga, Senior Consultant, Corporate Citizenship

Jesse Nishinaga is a Senior Consultant at Corporate Citizenship with nearly 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility, finance, and operations. At Corporate Citizenship, Jesse advises clients from North America, Europe, and Japan on a range of corporate responsibility issues and challenges and has specific expertise in the areas of materiality, reporting, supply chain sustainability, and human rights. Prior to Corporate Citizenship, Jesse served in an advisory role at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and worked in a variety of corporate roles at PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, and Gap Inc. Jesse also lived in Tokyo, Japan, to help build Gap Inc.’s Japan operations. While in Tokyo, he served as the founding president of Net Impact Tokyo, a platform for local professionals to share innovative ideas and best practices on making a positive impact on society through the power of business. Jesse holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently serves on the Center for Responsible Business’ alumni advisory board.

Franz Paasche, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications, PayPal

As Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Franz Paasche leads PayPal’s global external and internal communications functions, as well as the company’s government-relations activities. He also guides PayPal’s efforts to support positive social change for consumers, businesses, and communities. Paasche has 25 years of experience in strategic communications and extensive expertise in corporate, government, legal, and public affairs. Before to PayPal, he served as McKinsey & Company’s Head of External Relations for North America, and he was also Senior Partner at Communications Consulting Worldwide, FleishmanHillard’s multidisciplinary strategic communications firm.


Melynnie Rizvi, Senior Director and Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer, Veritas Technologies LLC

Libby Schaff, Mayor, City of Oakland

Born and raised in Oakland, Mayor Schaaf is proud to have won 63 percent of Oaklanders’ votes on November 4, 2014 in a city-wide, ranked-choice election against 15 other candidates.

Mayor Schaaf previously served one term as a member of the Oakland City Council. While on the Council, she sped up police recruitment and added civilian staffing, allowing sworn officers to respond more quickly and effectively to crime and public safety concerns.

A proponent of innovation in government, Mayor Schaaf supported small business growth by establishing a groundbreaking partnership with Kiva Zip to provide 0 percent interest loans to financially-excluded and socially-impactful entrepreneurs in Oakland.

A former Council chief of staff and top mayoral aide to Jerry Brown, Mayor Schaaf represented Mayor Brown on the Project Choice Re-Entry Steering Committee, whose juvenile parolees enjoyed an 83 percent lower recidivism rate. Later, as Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland, she helped bring millions in state and federal funds to Oakland.

A lifelong volunteer, Mayor Schaaf’s two decades of public service experience began while she was a young attorney and co-founded the non-profit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city. She later left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute.

Mayor Schaaf is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers.
Sandra Seru, Director, Forum for the Future

Mark Shamley, President/CEO at ACCP

Justin Steele, Principal,

Justin Steele is the Bay Area Giving Lead for, which supports local nonprofit organizations innovating to provide greater access to opportunity for low-income and underserved communities. Google is the largest corporate philanthropy in the Bay Area and has provided over $160M to local nonprofit organizations since 2010. Prior to joining, Justin served as Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. site of job training nonprofit Year Up, and he began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Co. and The Bridgespan Group creating strategic plans for companies and social sector organizations.  Justin received an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Virginia and earned a dual MBA/MPA master’s degree from Harvard with a concentration in nonprofit management and urban social policy.  He lives in Oakland with his wife and their three daughters.


Doug Stockham, Executive Vice President, Emergency Assistance Foundation

June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas

Tom Tarantino, Public Policy Manager, Twitter

Kate Tierney, President, Alter Eco Foods

Kate Tierney is a 25 year veteran of the Natural Products Industry. She is currently the President for Alter Eco Americas, PBC, a San Francisco-based artisanal food company dedicated to the advancement of the fair trade food model in countries with emerging economies. Alter Eco became one of the first Public Benefit Corporations in 2013 and provides delicious chocolate and grains to the US grocery market.

Kate was formerly with United Natural Foods (UNFI Nasdaq) for over 15 years. UNFI is the largest national distributor of Organic and Natural products in the US. Kate served in various positions with UNFI and was most recently the Vice President of Sales for the Western Region, where she managed a team of 80+ personnel and over $2.4 billion in annual sales. 

Kate received an Executive Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from St. Michaels' College at the University of Toronto in Canada in 2009 and also completed the Executive CSR program at the Harvard Business School in 2007. Kate served as the company representative for Alter Eco for the I4C Campaign at the Lilith Fair concert in 2010 (see link). She is on the board of San Francisco-based organic meat company, Mindful Meats. She also acts as an advisor to several natural products industry company executives. She holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in International Relations from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Ellen Weinreb, CEO and President, Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting