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 SF Goodwill 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Katherine 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.
Sudha Pennathur, Member at Large
Founder and CEO of House of Pennathur
Sudha Pennathur is 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 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.
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 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.