Many Talents Combine on SFGoodwill Board
Each of the more than 162 chapters comprising Goodwill Industries International is a standalone nonprofit social enterprise focused on creating second chances through the power of work. At SFGoodwill our talented board of directors helps connect us to our community, set the vision for our future, provide fiduciary oversight, and ensure that our commitment to our mission is reflected in measurable results and impact. Drawn from business, nonprofit, academic, and public sectors, the board guides and advises President and CEO William Rogers and the leadership team
Board of Directors
The SFGoodwill Board of Directors reflects the diversity of the Bay Area:
MARGOT GOLDING, Chair
Retired Executive Vice President, Regional Vice President, West
Education & Nonprofit Banking, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Leading the Western Region Education & Nonprofit Banking for Wells Fargo, Margot develops and manages relationships with universities, colleges, private schools, and nonprofits nationwide. Education & Nonprofit Banking provides a range of banking services including credit, treasury management, investment, trust, insurance, and international services to over 400 universities and colleges across the country. Margo holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, and a B.M. in oboe performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Margot has served on the President’s Advisory Board for Oberlin College, and in addition to serving on SF Goodwill’s board, holds a board position with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Her involvement with classical music includes attending concerts and playing oboe in the Marin Symphony. A longtime San Francisco resident, Margot lives in Noe Valley with her husband and two teenage daughters.
PATRICK FLANNERY, Vice Chair
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.
ERIC SIPPEL, Treasurer
Private Investor, Sippel Farb Family Office
Eric is an experienced Private Investor running his own family office with a demonstrated history of working in the alternative investment industry. He is a strong finance professional skilled in Hedge Funds, Venture Capital Funds, Real Estate Funds and other alternatives (including acting as an informal adviser to fund management companies). Eric is an active nonprofit board member and philanthropist.
Eric graduated from Stanford Law School with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree (J.D.) and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Art in Government.
SUSAN BRENNAN, Secretary
Retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of Levi Strauss Mass Market Business
Susan has spent the better part of the last three and a half decades working at Levi Strauss & Co. across a variety of disciplines; including, merchandising, marketing, operations, business development and strategy. Prior to her retirement, Susan was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Levi Strauss mass market business. Susan has worked in the US for most of her career with a few years spent overseas in Asia.
JENNY CHENG, Member at Large
General Manger, Platform, InsideView
Jenny has over 15 years of engineering, management consulting and senior management experience. She previously 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. Prior to Salesforce, she served in various positions at small start-ups.
KELLY DEARMAN, Member at Large
Executive Director, SF IHSS Public Authority
Kelly Dearman has been the Executive Director of the San Francisco IHSS Public Authority since April 2014. She came to this position with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of economic issues, senior issues and issues affecting people with disabilities. She also possesses a rare blend of compassion, empathy and a sharp business acumen. Prior to accepting this position, Kelly served as the President of the San Francisco Human Services Commission. Additionally, she ran a small law practice specializing in elder issues and probate law. Moreover, Kelly and her sister operated a real estate company founded by her grandmother over 50 years ago. In 2008, she and her sister founded SF Urban CHC, a nonprofit providing first time home-buyer education and financial literacy for low to moderate income residents of San Francisco.
JASON FORD, Member at Large
Microsoft, Managing Director of Digital Transformation, Northern California
Jason is a highly successful sales executive and an accomplished leader of sales teams with over 20 years of selling complex technology products to fortune 500 companies. In 2016, Jason joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Digital Transformation where he is leading a sales organization in Northern California. Jason brings a unique hardware and software perspective in the area of end user needs challenges and how they relate to the world of Information Technology. His experience in the field as well as recruiting, building and motivating people led him to create the ‘Capacity for Success’ model. Jason currently serves on the local school site council and district budget committee. He has coached the girls and boys volleyball teams at his local high school and is active in his church. Jason lives with his family, dog, 3 saltwater fish, and 12 chickens in San Rafael.
LYNDA GROSE, Member at Large
Educator and Consultant
Lynda has worked in the fashion industry for 32 years and has focused most of her career on bringing sustainability into the mainstream. She co-founded ESPRIT’s ecollection, which was the first ecologically responsible clothing line developed by a major corporation and set pioneering standards for the textile industry. As a practicing designer, consultant, and educator, Lynda now works with clients across all sectors of the economy; from private businesses to non-profit organizations and governments, and from designers to artisans and farmers. She is a frequent speaker at corporate offices, trade conferences, museums and universities.
Lynda co-authored ‘Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change’ and is a contributing author to The Routledge Handbook on Sustainable Fashion (Routledge), Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact (Woodhouse Publishing, London) and Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles: Values, Design, Production and Consumption (Greenleaf Publishing). Identified in 2008 by London’s Financial Times as one of the “green power brokers,” She is Assistant Professor in the Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts and advisor to Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Product Standard revision Advisory Group.
LINDSAY MCCONNON, Member at Large
Entrepreneur and Retail Consultant
Lindsay is an entrepreneur and consultant in the retail sector with deep experience building fashion and eCommerce businesses. She has developed and led teams in merchandising, merchandise operations, inventory planning and supply chain. During her tenure at Macy’s she launched and grew an in-house fast-fashion business targeting millennial customers. She later founded a crowd-sourced fashion design company that was acquired by Modcloth where she led the merchant team until early 2014. She currently consults and advises small businesses and eCommerce startups. Lindsay is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and three young children.
HEIDI PATEL, Member at Large
Partner, Rethink Impact
Heidi is a social impact investor with over a decade of experience working for mission-driven venture capital firms. She is a partner at Rethink Impact, a venture capital firm that invests in impact companies with the potential to deliver outsized financial returns for investors alongside transformational social and environmental change. Outside of work, Heidi teaches a course on the foundations of impact investing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her work on social enterprises and investing has been featured in the Wall St Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, Forbes.com, Huffington Post and many other outlets. Previously, Heidi has served as the President of New Island Capital Management and as an Acumen Fund Global Fellow working with D.light Design India. Heidi earned an AB from Princeton University and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
MICHAEL ROSSITER, Member at Large
Business Planning Manager, Tesla
Michael is a business leader and strategist with a deep passion for enabling technology to drive human development. Throughout his career, he has focused on how organizations develop, invest in, and deliver new technologies to customers.
At Tesla, Michael manages business planning for the North America Sales and Delivery organization, consisting of over 100 retail locations, Inside Sales, and eCommerce. Prior to Tesla, Michael was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with technology clients on C-Level strategic priorities.
Michael received an M.B.A. from University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Michael lives in San Francisco with his wife.
HEATHER SIBLEY, Member at Large
Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young
Heather is an assurance partner in Ernst & Young’s San Francisco office with more than 22 years of public accounting experience providing audit services to a variety of clients, including those in the real estate, leasing, clean technology and healthcare industries.
Heather has served both private and public companies and she has significant SEC and IPO experience. She also has experience with rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, as well as Government Auditing Standards.
Her real estate experiences include the multi-family apartment, commercial, homebuilder and hospitality sectors. Her cleantech experiences include wind and solar sectors. Her clients include those utilizing International Financial Reporting Standards and US and Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. Her healthcare experiences include not for profit hospitals, healthcare systems and continuing care retirement communities.
Heather also serves as Ernst & Young’s Global Assurance Cleantech Leader and Ernst & Young’s U.S. Assurance Infrastructure Leader.
LEXI STURDY, Member at Large
Product Specialist, Facebook
Lexi works on improving the user experience at Facebook as a Product Specialist. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University. Prior to business school Lexi co-founded and managed the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan University. The program offers incarcerated men and women a high-caliber liberal arts education; she remains a board member for the Center. Lexi now resides in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco but can be found traveling around all of northern California.
MARY TOPLIFF, ESQ.Member at Large
Owner, Law Offices of Mary L. Topliff
Mary is the founder of the Law Offices of Mary L. Topliff, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise specializing in employment law counseling, training and compliance for over 20 years. Mary advises business owners and human resources professionals on workplace issues with the goal of preventing costly disputes. She frequently conducts workplace investigations and wage and hour audits, and negotiates employment and separation agreements for executives. Mary is a frequent speaker and author on practical applications of workplace legal issues, and she publishes a newsletter, the Workplace Wave, on recent legal and legislative developments.
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.