Eric Sippel, Board Chair
Eric Sippel currently runs his family office and is an active investor in 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.
Susan Brennan, Vice Chair
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.
Andrew Heck, Treasurer
Vice President, Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley
Andrew is a finance professional with over 10 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience. He is currently an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division and covers industrial clients across a wide range of end markets. His advisory experience includes M&A transactions, debt financings, and equity offerings. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Andrew held various finance and corporate development roles at Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world’s largest defense contractor. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Finance with distinction from the University of Maryland, College Park. Andrew lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
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.
Kathy Bella, Member at Large
Chief Strategy Officer at PRC
Kathy has dedicated her professional life to working in the nonprofit sector, having consulted with more than 100 nonprofit organizations during her career, served on numerous nonprofit boards, and worked in the roles of nonprofit Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer. In her current role as Chief Strategy Officer at PRC, she oversees strategic planning, governance, public and private funding, marketing and public relations for the institution, which provides a wide array of health and human services to San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations and carries out advocacy efforts to reduce poverty in the City and the wider Bay Area region.
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 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. He obtained his BSBA in Accounting at San Francisco State University.
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, General Manager of Digital Transformation, Northwest
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.
Margot Golding, Member at Large
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.
Annie Gullingsrud, Member at Large
Founder, Design for AllKind
Annie is passionate about sustainability. More than a career, implementing Circular Fashion is her calling. True to her love for research and knowledge, Annie has worked in every aspect of the field. In her advancement of Circular Fashion, she has worked as sustainability director, consultant, writer and designer, from companies and organizations such as the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Gap Inc., to Pratibha Syntex factory in India. She considers herself an aficionado of zero waste patternmaking and has developed a new cutting and patterning technique for eliminating pattern-cut waste. Annie has also provided sustainability education to companies through the Swedish fashion and textile organization TEKO and Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Annie has served on the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, as the Director of the globally focused Fashion Positive initiative, and currently leads their Plus Membership collaborative. Annie is the author of Fashion Fibers: Designing for Sustainability, released in early 2017 by Bloomsbury New York.
Annie has an MS in Marketing Communications from Johnson & Wales University and a BFA in Fashion Design from California College of the Arts.
Jennifer Levy, Member at Large
Jennifer Levy is a retired partner of Rockwood Capital, LLC, a private equity real estate fund manager, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Jennifer’s role at Rockwood before retiring was as Chief Financial Officer, in charge of functions ranging from accounting and tax reporting/structuring to insurance, investor reporting, human resources, and IT. Before starting at Rockwood in 1999, Jennifer earned her CPA license as an auditor at Kenneth Leventhal & Company/Ernst & Young.
Jennifer is currently a board member of the SF-Marin Food Bank, is active as a volunteer for Pacific Community Ventures, and is a member of Golden Seeds, an angel investment group supporting female entrepreneurs.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration and holds a Certified Public Accounting license (inactive) in the state of California.
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 an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Member at Large
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 to 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 lead 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, Red Cross, and Oceana.
Ayni has a BA from Smith College and a Masters from PSU. You can find her in the Outer Sunset teaching everyone in her community how to just say no to single use plastic.
Heather Sibley, Member at Large
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 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.
Stephanie Splane, Member at Large
Stephanie is a corporate executive with a broad range of business and legal experience. She was formerly a partner of O’Melveny and Myers, an international AM Law 100 law firm, and a Senior Vice President of Corporate Legal Affairs at Yahoo, Inc. She specializes in complex M&A, strategic investment, financing and commercial transactions. She is also an expert advisor on securities law and corporate governance matters. Stephanie has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Redlands; a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine; and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Stephanie lives in Marin and enjoys travel, theatre and ballet.
Heather also serves as Ernst & Young’s Global Assurance Cleantech Leader.