A brief look at the seasoned talent supporting our Goodwill chapter’s efforts
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties is one of more than 160 autonomous not-for-profit nonsectarian Goodwill organizations affiliated with Goodwill Industries International. Our Board of Directors is composed of local leaders from the business, nonprofit, education and public sectors. Interim CEO Gary Grellman guides the organization in collaboration with a team of executives and managers.
Board of Directors
Goodwill’s Board of Directors reflects the diversity of the Bay Area. Here are its current members:
JANE VAUGHAN, Chair
Development Partner, Menlo Equities
Chair of the Executive and CEO Compensation Committees
At Menlo Equities, Jane is responsible for the development of the company’s major projects. She is the principal owner in Menlo Equities Development Services Company LLC (“MEDSCO”), which secured the entitlements in 2004 for the $500 million mixed-use Sunnyvale Town Center regional mall.
MICHAEL STAJER, Vice Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Twist, Inc.
Michael is an entrepreneur and attorney who has founded and managed several successful businesses. His most recent project is WineCommune, a profitable company focused on retailing wine and providing technology to the wine industry. It was recently named the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times.
JENNY CHENG, Secretary
VP, Technology and Products Program Management at Salesforce.com
Jenny has over 15 years of engineering, management consulting and senior management experience. She most recently served as Vice President of Program Management at Salesforce.com, responsible for the integrated planning, analysis and delivery of all strategic programs across the Technology & Products organization. Previously, she served in various positions at small start-ups.
MICHAEL JOSEPH, Treasurer
Principal, FJM Investments
Chair of the CEO Search Committee
Michael has been involved with real estate financing since 1982, when he started in the real estate training program of Continental Illinois National Bank. In 2002, Michael and two partners formed FJM Investments, which acquires real estate in Northern California. Recently he and one of his partners joined forces with a health club veteran in establishing Planet Fitness, a Northern California franchise that has been featured in the San Francisco Business Times.
MICHELLE BANAUGH, Member at Large
Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Michelle is a twenty year veteran in the financial services industry delivering payment and technology solutions to business customers. She is recognized as a respected and innovative payments professional and her career includes senior roles associated with launching Internet start-ups and joint ventures. She holds three patents related to secure online payments and is active in product and marketing strategy forums.
SUZANNE DIBIANCA, Member at Large
Executive Director, Salesforce.com Foundation
Suzanne is a recognized leader in the area of integrated corporate philanthropy. As executive director and cofounder of the Salesforce.com Foundation, she directs all foundation activities and serves as the liaison to community, business and government organizations. Under her leadership, the foundation now serves as a successful model for a new breed of corporate social responsibility through its innovative 1/1/1 Model, where 1 percent of the company’s time, product and equity is given back to the community.
PATRICK FLANNERY, Member at Large
Retired Banker and Secondary Educator
Patrick retired from twenty-five years of bank management, including two stints as president of community banks in Northern California, in 2000. He combined international financial consulting with being a San Francisco School Volunteer until deciding to teach Math and Finance full time at Philip and Sala Burton High School in San Francisco through May 2012. From 1988 to 1999, Patrick served on the board of American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco.
LYNDA GROSE, Member at Large
Educator and Consultant
Lynda is a practicing designer, consultant, and educator, who has worked with clients ranging from artisans and farmers to nonprofits and clothing companies, including UNDP, The Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans, Gap, Inc., Market Place India, Patagonia, Green Peace, 13-Mile Farm, and Shayan Craft Center, to name a few. Identified in 2008 by London’s Financial Times as one of the “green power brokers,” Lynda currently serves as assistant professor in CCA’s Fashion Design Program. She developed curricula for CCA’s Sustainable Fashion Design in 1999 and teaches Sustainable Fashion Design, as well as Introduction to Knitwear.
TRICIA LESSER, Member at Large
Vice President Global Production, Sourcing and Product Development
Tricia has over 15 years of experience in worldwide garment production (Over 25 countries in the Far East, Middle East, Africa, North, Central and South America). She is an exceptional leader that skillfully builds teams as well as creates partnerships internally and externally.
KATHY SALMANOWITZ, Member at Large
Nonprofit Leadership Professional
Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Kathy has worked within the nonprofit sector for the past fifteen years. She most recently was Executive Director of HBS Community Partners, a program sponsored by the Harvard Business School that provides opportunities for HBS alumni to assist nonprofit organizations on business and management issues. Prior to her work with nonprofit organizations, Ms. Salmanowitz had 14 years’ experience in strategic marketing and consulting.
MICHAEL WEIR, Member at Large
Unified Communications Sales Manager, Microsoft
Chair of Board Development Committee
Michael is a results-oriented, creative sales professional with a proven track record negotiating large contracts and building strategic relationships with senior-level executives.
FRANK WILLIAMS, Member at Large
Director, Senior Ex-Offender Program, Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
As director of the Senior Ex-Offender Program, Frank ensures the delivery of the program’s strategy by networking with numerous social agencies, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, criminal justice systems, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Public Health and other social service providers. With a master’s degree in public administration, he is currently working on his doctorate.
KEN WONG, Member at Large
Chair of Audit Committee
Ken is an executive leader with 20 years of strategic operating and finance experience in the real estate industry. He most recently served as Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Menlo Equities LLC in Palo Alto, responsible for the overall management of financial reporting, financial analysis, risk management policies and controls. Ken also serves on the Board of Directors for IXYS Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Milpitas, CA, and Biel, Switzerland.
CEDRIC YAP, Member at Large
Retired COO, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties, Inc.
Cedric served as Goodwill’s Chief Operating Officer for 5 years, ending in 2010. Prior to his Goodwill service, he worked for the City and County of San Francisco as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Education Advisor and as Deputy Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families. In the private sector, Cedric spent over 15 years in commercial real estate, finance, and banking.