Each of the 156 chapters of Goodwill Industries International is a standalone, nonprofit and employment social enterprise focused on offering life-changing opportunities to people experiencing barriers to employment through training and the power of work.

At Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay, our talented board of directors helps connect us to our community, set the vision for our future, provides fiduciary oversight, and ensures that our commitment to our mission is reflected in measurable results and impact. Drawn from business, nonprofit, academic, and public sectors, our board guides and advises President and CEO William Rogers and the leadership team.

Executive Committee

Eric Sippel, Board Chair 

Eric Sippel currently runs his family office and is an active investor and adviser to real estate, venture capital, and hedge funds. Previously, he was the COO of Eastbourne Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund firm, and a Partner at Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg, where he was a nationally recognized hedge fund and venture capital lawyer.  Eric graduated from Stanford Law with Distinction and Wesleyan University with Honors in General Scholarship. Eric has served on many nonprofit boards, including his current role as Chair of Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. 

Katherine Bella, Vice Chair 

Chief Executive Officer, Mechanics’ Institute

Kathy is CEO at Mechanics’ Institute, a historic membership library, cultural and event center and nationally lauded chess program located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, and serving the greater Bay Area. The organization is a vibrant cultural hub, also housing a variety of other organizations and businesses that complement its mission to provide wide and impactful offerings to the community at large. Kathy has served the nonprofit sector for many years as a CEO, consultant and board member and is deeply committed to Goodwill’s mission. In addition to her role as Board Vice-Chair she also chairs the Governance Committee of the Board.

Alexis Sturdy, Secretary 

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.

Ali Chalak, Treasurer

Partner, Moss Adams LLP 

Ali has been working for Moss Adams LLP since 2008 and has practiced public accounting since 2006. Ali’s work in the Assurance Service practice and focuses on not-for-profit organizations. Ali manages audits of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including foundations, research organizations, associations and charitable/social organizations. He has also spent a significant portion of his time giving back to his community through volunteering. He is an active board member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants SF Chapter. Ali obtained his BSBA in Accounting from San Francisco State University.

Board Members

George K. H. Schell

General Counsel, The Presidio Trust

George K. H. Schell is currently General Counsel of the Presidio Trust in San Francisco where he oversees the provision of legal services for this unique federal corporation whose overall mission is to maintain a national park that is loved by all, is an example of government operational excellence and is dedicated to environmental stewardship of almost 1,500 acres of the most beautiful landscape in the world.

Prior to this role, George was the Chief Attorney of Business Transactions and Compliance for the City of San Francisco and, in 2016, George wrapped up a successful 20-year career as a business manager and a Chief Counsel in the global marketing and legal departments at the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

Before joining Coca-Cola, George was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oakland A’s Baseball Company, the Chief of General Litigation for the City of San Francisco, and worked in private practice as a litigation associate for the San Francisco firm of Steinhart & Falconer. He began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

George is currently a member of the advisory board for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He also previously served as Board Chair for the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the Advertising Self-Regulatory Counsel.

George received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara and his law degree from UCLA School of Law.

Jason Ford 

General Manager, US National Solutions & Industry Team, Microsoft 

Jason is a highly successful sales executive and an accomplished leader of teams with over 20 years of experience selling complex technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies. In 2016, Jason joined Microsoft as General Manager of Digital Transformation where he is leading a sales organization in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Jason brings a unique hardware and software perspective in the area of end-user needs and challenges in how they relate to the world of Information Technology. His field experience as well as recruiting, building, and motivating people led him to create the ‘Capacity for Success’ model. He is determined to help people define success and assess their capacity to achieve it. Jason has served the local community on school site councils, budget committees and other local fundraising groups. He has also coached the girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams, at his local high school and is active in his church. Jason lives with his family in San Rafael.

Joe Mahoney 

Former Ford Motor Company Executive 

Joe Mahoney received his MBA from the University of Maryland after having earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Villanova University. He retired in 1997 from Ford Motor Company after a 30-year career in financial management and mergers and acquisitions - including CFO assignments for two major financial divisions. Joe’s career at Ford spanned three industries: consumer products at Philco-Ford: automotive at Ford Automotive and financial services/acquisitions at Ford Credit, First Nationwide Bank and USL Capital. 

After his retirement, Joe worked with The Tahoe Group, a software development and risk management consulting company to the banking industry. He also taught an MBA course at St Mary’s college in Moraga and headed the Town of Moraga Safety Advisory Committee. In the non-profit world Joe is a past Chairman of Goodwill of the Greater East Bay and served on the Board for over 10 years.

Linda Chew 

Former Nonprofit Executive 

Linda Chew is a retired nonprofit executive. Her career spanned work in higher education, healthcare, youth services, regional government and community-focused organizations where she served in a variety of positions including chief executive officer, development director, and communications director. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Linda was president of the local Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter and served for a decade on its international board.  She received the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive award at an annual National Philanthropy Day event. 

Following retirement, Linda was appointed to the Contra Costa Civil Grand Jury. At the beginning of her second one-year term, she was named Foreman by the Superior Court Presiding Judge. 

Linda has served on numerous community boards in the Bay Area. She belongs to the Rotary Club of Oakland, and is a Past President of this 100-plus year-old group of 270 business, professional and community members serving Oakland. She is also a Past Chair of Goodwill of the Greater East Bay.

Molly Wood

Founder and CEO of Molly Wood Media

Molly Wood is a longtime journalist turned climate tech investor. She is the founder and CEO of Molly Wood Media, where she finds, introduces, and invests in solutions to the climate crisis. She is also a venture partner at the climate tech investment firm Amasia. Molly is the host of the podcast "Everybody in the Pool," a business-focused show about the climate economy and writes a newsletter by the same name. Previously, she was a managing director at LAUNCH, an early-stage venture capital firm, and was a writer and broadcaster at CNET/CBS, the New York Times, and a host at Marketplace on NPR.

Ramanan Raghavendran 

Managing Partner, Amasia

Ramanan Raghavendran invests in climate and sustainability companies at Amasia, a thesis-driven global venture capital firm. He co-founded Amasia in 2013 and has been an investor in technology companies for 30 years. He has been the seed funder or board member of several non profits over the years. Current roles include serving as a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and as Board Chair of Penn Arts and Sciences. He has two undergraduate degrees and a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) from Penn, and is a current student in the MLA program at Stanford.

Rodney Fong 

President & CEO of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 

Rodney Fong the President & CEO at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and a fourth generation San Franciscan, has   an extensive business and civic background, including serving on the San Francisco Planning Commission for eight years, with two years as President. He recently served as the co-chair of San Francisco's COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force. He also served as President of the San Francisco Port Commission, Chair of the San Francisco Travel Association & on the boards of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Fort Mason Center, Fisherman’s Wharf Merchant’s Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and the Bay Institute. As the president of Fong Real Estate Company, Fong oversees leasing and tenant concerns for properties including the 100,000 square foot Wax Museum Entertainment Complex building in the heart of historic Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as Broadway Apartments. He also served as a third-generation operator/owner of the world-famous Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf until its sale in 2013.

Sarah Sherman

Brand Storyteller + Creative Director

Sarah is a seasoned creative director with a strategist mentality and deep experience across storytelling mediums. At SpecialGuest, she leads teams of creatives in developing global campaigns for innovative technology clients, including Bumble, Meta, Google, and IBM. Prior to that, she built the video team at The Atlantic magazine's award-winning brand studio and produced documentary series for CNN, Al Jazeera America, and CMT — as well as independent films available on Netflix and PBS. She has also developed brand, content, and creative marketing strategies for start-ups and legacy brands, including Playboy, Oatly, and Foundation, the premiere NFT marketplace. She attended Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in history, and currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband, son, and two beloved pitbulls.

Shelly Sutherland

Realtor, Kindred SF Homes

Shelly has been selling residential real estate in San Francisco for over 25 years. Her career is an exciting one and also eye-opening. This City is one of contrasts and being sensitive to the disparities, Shelly has donated time and money to organizations such as a suicide prevention hotline, a big sister program, and homelessness organizations, to name a few. Eventually her non-profit involvement led her to Goodwill San Francisco Bay, first on the Development Committee and now, the Board of Directors.

Originally from Southern California, Cal Berkeley brought her north where she has been ever since. She lives in Ashbury Heights because she likes being in the middle of the City with easy access to the hiking and biking trails as well as everything urban. She believes in a life/work balance and giving back locally and globally.

Sonia Martin 

Founder, Brew Creative 

Sonia Martin is a leading female fashion designer with over two decades of experience influencing and shaping iconic American brands. Sonia has led design teams at numerous fashion brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Banana Republic and, most recently, Everlane. During her time at Everlane, Sonia advanced the brand’s commitment to sustainable fashion, social justice and established the company’s fashion methodology; responsible design and conscious growth. Specifically, Sonia spearheaded a range of diverse and impactful brand initiatives including: the No New Virgin Plastic by 2023; All Cotton to be GOTS Certified Organic by 2025; and 100% Human for ACLU commitments.  

As a board member of Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay, Sonia is focused on recycling and resale initiatives in service to the mission of creating life-changing opportunities through training and the power of work.  

Born in Bristol, England, Sonia studied Fashion Textile Design with Business Studies at the University of Brighton. Sonia is a keen observer of everyday life. She is comfortable with contrast, change, and nuance, using these elements to inspire her work. She values intuition over data and amplifies the voice of the creative. 

Sonia lives with her husband and daughter in Muir Beach, California where she is founder and CEO of BREW, a creative studio providing design services to brands wanting to do better - for people and the planet. 

Stephanie McKown

Pro Bono Finance Professional

Stephanie is a retired finance professional who currently volunteers her expertise to help non-profit organizations. Her prior experiences include 9 years with Berkeley Community Scholars where she acted as the pro bono CFO and bookkeeper, as well as a general board member and Treasurer. Stephanie also worked with Galileo Learning, LLC for 13 years to help them grow from a two-person start-up to a thriving provider of innovation camps with over $20M in Revenue, 1800 staff members, and 50,000 enrollments each summer. Earlier work experiences include marketing and sales roles at Charles Schwab, American Diabetes Association, and Lexis/Nexis. Stephanie earned her MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School and her BA from Brown University.

Stephen Maduli-Williams

Senior Economic Development Manager for Amazon

Stephen has over 25 years of experience working in Economic Development in various cities across the United States as well as in Eastern Europe and Southern Africa. As a Senior Economic Development Manager for Amazon, Stephen supports Amazon’s rapidly growing business operations and real estate footprint. As a Senior manager in this role, he is responsible for engaging with state and municipal officials to expand Amazon’s physical footprint, work with local permitting agencies and ensure support of facilities throughout the West Coast of the United States. Prior to joining Amazon, Stephen worked as the Community Development Division Manager for the City of San Diego’s Department of Economic Development and Deputy Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Stephen has also held senior Economic and Community Development roles in the Cities of Pittsburgh and Chicago. Stephen has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Loyola University of Chicago and a Masters of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Lastly, Stephen is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Sudha Pennathur 

Founder and CEO of House of Pennathur 

Sudha Pennathur is the founder and CEO of House of Pennathur, an international manufacturing company providing unique, artisan-handmade jewelry and textiles for high-end specialty stores and museums since 1985. Early in her career, she held senior executive positions at large corporations including Levi Strauss & Co, Allied Stores Corporation and Carter Hawley Hale Stores Inc.  

Sudha emphasizes both profit and philanthropy in her business and personal endeavors. She currently serves on the Berkeley Rep Board as a Trustee. She has served on several other nonprofit boards including: past President of The Redwoods; Mill Valley; Angel Island Conservancy; and Co-Chair of Bread & Roses Presents. Sudha also served on the Levi Strauss Foundation Advisory Committee. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington. In her spare time, she has been a part-time professor of marketing at Cal State University, LA, DePaul University, Chicago, and Golden Gate University, San Francisco. 

A native of India, Sudha speaks seven Indian languages. She currently lives in Tiburon with her husband, Edward Messerly, former Regional Commissioner, U.S. General Services Administration. They normally travel regularly between California and her second home/office in New Delhi, India.

Tom Hammer 

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz 

Tom is a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in their People practice, where he provides guidance and coaching to portfolio startup founders and leaders on a host of topics around talent management, organizational design, and company scaling. He holds an MBA/MA and BSBA from Ohio State University and is a member of the Ohio State University Alumni Club of the Bay Area. He lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Tyler Brown

Retired Attorney

Tyler is a retired attorney with Jackson Lewis, one of the nation's largest management-side employment firms. As a partner at JL, Tyler served on the Board of Directors, managed several Firm offices and was the co-chair of the Firm's DEI Committee. He represented a number of non-profit organizations, including Goodwill Industries International, Inc. and Goodwill of the Greater East Bay, prior to its merger with Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay.
Currently, Tyler conducts workplace investigations and serves as a Tasting Room Host at Littorai Wines in Sebastopol. He lives in Penngrove with his wife, Kathryn Peyton, a Certified Financial Planner. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his law degree from UC Law - San Francisco.