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.
Eric Sippel, Board Chair
Eric Sippel currently runs his family business 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 multibillion-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 the San Francisco Bay.
Susan Brennan, Vice Chair
Retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of Levi Strauss & Co. 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's Mass Market business. Susan worked in the US for most of her career with a few years spent overseas in Asia.
Heather Wisniewski, Treasurer
Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young
Heather is an assurance partner in Ernst & Young’s San Francisco office with more than 24 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 also serves as Ernst & Young’s Global Assurance Cleantech Leader. Heather has served both private and public companies and has significant SEC and IPO experience and expertise with rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Defense, and 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 experience includes not-for-profit hospitals, healthcare systems, and continuing care retirement communities.
Alexis Sturdy, Secretary
Product Specialist, Facebook
Lexi works on improving the user experience at Facebook as a Product Specialist. She holds an MBA from the 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 and can be found traveling around all of Northern California.
Ali Chalak, Member at Large
Senior Manager, Moss Adams
Ali has been working for Moss Adams LLP since 2008 and has practiced public accounting since 2006. Ali is a Senior Manager in the Assurance Service practice and focuses on nonprofit organizations. Ali manages audits of numerous nonprofit 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. He obtained his BSBA in Accounting from San Francisco State University.
Ayni Raimondi, Member at Large
Vice President of Brand, Match
Ayni has spent 15+ years in marketing, building community-driven programs and mission-driven brands. Passionate about turning great vision into reality -- she’s been instrumental in scaling both brand and business across organizations such as Airbnb and Everlane, as well as working with dozens of artists and makers to bring creative ideas to market. Focused on the impact brands can have on society - she’s led partnerships and programs between the for-profit and non-profit sectors to drive awareness and change, working with organizations like ACLU, Surfrider, New York Road Runners, and Red Cross, and Oceana.
Ayni has a BA from Smith College and a Master's from PSU. You can find her in the Outer Sunset teaching everyone in her community how to just say no to single-use plastic.
Azadeh Zohrabi, Member at Large
Director of UC Berkeley Underground Scholars & JD Public Interest Law, Corrections Policy
With extensive experience in public policy, leadership development, community organizing, and management, Zohrabi is devoted to organizing for freedom, healing, equity, and wellness within communities and people historically underserved and disenfranchised. With a visionary eye, strategic mind, and heart for possibilities, she is a changemaker in leadership development for women and emerging talent and holistic social justice practice.
Her work has been cited by courts, attorneys, and scholars and has been featured in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Ebony, Mother Jones, and Al Jazeera.
Jason Ford, Member at Large
General Manager, US National Solutions & Industry Team
Jason is a highly successful sales executive and an accomplished leader of teams with over 20 years of 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.
Katherine Bella, Member at Large
Kathy works with foundations, nonprofit organizations, and their leaders in the areas of executive coaching, strategic planning, governance, and fundraising. Her career spans more than 40 years in the sector as a consultant, chief executive officer, chief strategy officer, chief development officer, and board member. Kathy’s clients span all nonprofit disciplines including arts and culture, civic affairs, health, environment, education, human services, and religion. She works with national, statewide, regional, and local organizations to help them to increase their impact and better serve their missions.
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 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.
Sonia Martin, Member at Large
Founder, Brew Creative
Sonia Martin is a leading fashion designer with over two decades of experience influencing and shaping iconic American brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, and Everlane. Born in Bristol England, Sonia studied Fashion Textile Design with Business Studies at the University of Brighton. She now lives with her family in Muir Beach where she heads Brew Creative - a fashion design studio that helps brands define their DNA and then designs the products to build it.
Sudha Pennathur, Member at Large
Founder and CEO of House of Pennathur
Sudha Pennathur is the founder and CEO of House of Pennathur since 1985, an international manufacturing company, providing unique, artisan-handmade jewelry and textiles for high-end specialty stores and museums. Early in her career, she held senior executive positions at large corporations including Levi Strauss & Co, Allied Stores Corporation, New York, and Carter Hawley Hale Stores Inc.LA. 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. She had also served on the Levi Strauss Foundation Advisory Committee. Sudha 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, L. A., 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.
Taj Tashombe, Member at Large
Vice President of Government Affairs at Oakland Athletics
Taj Tashombe is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Oakland Athletics. In this role, Tashombe oversees political, business, and community engagement for the team’s new ballpark effort in Oakland. Tashombe’s background is diverse, unique, and perfect for tackling complex projects. Prior to the A’s, he spent 15 years as a marketing executive for the likes of Toyota, Hilton Hotels, and Hyundai, and led strategic media and experiential partnerships with major networks and studios. His work has touched billions of lives through some of the most-watched programs in history, including the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl, Grammy’s, and Academy Awards to name a few.
Tashombe began his career gaining valuable political and community engagement experience as a special assistant to the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, as well as to the Director of Communications at the Port of Oakland. An Oakland native who once worked as an Oakland A’s intern, Tashombe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta).
Tom Hammer, Member at Large
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 and his wife Brianna live in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.