Phyllis Cook, Managing Director, PLC Philanthropic Services
Phyllis Cook served for 25 years as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Under her leadership from 1983-2008, the Endowment Fund assets grew from $28 million to over $2.8 billion. She was responsible for major gift solicitations, development, grantmaking, and oversight of 800 donor advised funds, 70 supporting foundations and 100 restricted funds. Ms. Cook also served as Assistant Director of the Jewish Community Federation.
Ms. Cook recently formed the consulting company, PLC Philanthropic Services working with individuals and families to achieve their philanthropic objectives. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bernard Osher Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Gerson Bakar Foundation, Maisin Foundation, Sarlo Foundation, Sandler Foundation and the I-Center for Education in Israel, among others. She has received numerous awards, including: 2008 Founders’ Medallion from the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles; 2007 Association of Jewish Community Organizational Professionals Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award; 2007 Trustees’ Citation for fundraising from the University of California, Berkeley, 2007 Community Endowment Excellence Award from United Jewish Communities; 1976 Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award, and; JCF Women's Division Award for Devoted Service & Creative Leadership. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa), where she was voted “Outstanding Senior Woman”. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School in English.
Robert E. Friedman, Chair and General Counsel, CFED
Robert (Bob) Friedman founded the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in 1979 and continues to serve as CFED’s Chair of the Board and General Counsel. Mr. Friedman’s most recent initiative is the launch of CFED’s American Dream Match Funds, an innovative program designed to unlock new streams of private and public funding that will catalyze the growth and capacity of local matched savings programs across the U.S. In the recent past, Mr. Friedman was an instrumental leader in the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) program, an initiative to create an inclusive system of children’s saving accounts in the United States. He continues to contribute to numerous efforts to develop the IDA and asset‐building movements, as well as advising on new strategies to bring excluded communities into the economic mainstream as entrepreneurs, savers, investors, and skilled employees.
A recognized leader in economic development innovation, Mr. Friedman has contributed to the development of the U.S. microenterprise field, flexible business networks, state and federal entrepreneurial policy, and innovative benchmarking tools, like CFED’s Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. He helped to found the Association of Economic Opportunity (AEO). He also serves on the Boards of D2D Fund, Friedman Family Foundation, Koshland Committee of the San Francisco Foundation, and CFED’s CDFI subsidiary, the National Fund for Enterprise Development. Mr. Friedman is a former board member of Levi Strauss & Co. and is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He is author of "The Safety Net as Ladder: Transfer Payments and Economic Development" and a contributor to numerous publications.
Daniel Grossman, Board Chair; Founder/CEO, Wild Planet Toys
Daniel Grossman founded Wild Planet Toys in 1993 and currently serves as the company’s chief executive officer. As CEO, he guides a growing company dedicated to developing non-violent, innovative products that appeal to both parents and kids. The company continues to receive numerous awards and accolades for its toys. Prior to founding Wild Planet, Mr. Grossman was the director of international for Aviva Sports from 1991 to 1993. In that role, he was responsible for establishing Aviva’s sales and marketing network, which included coordinating product development and packaging with Mattel International and other distributors. In 1992, he joined the senior management team of Mattel International.
Prior to joining Aviva Sports, Mr. Grossman earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University. He joined the program after serving seven years in the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat, both overseas and at the Department of State. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Grossman served as a legislative aide to Congressman James Coyne in Washington D.C. He received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University in 1980. Mr. Grossman currently sits on the boards of the Toy Industry Association, the Jewish Community Foundation, Brandeis Hillel Day School and the Advisory Council for the School Alliance. He is on the board of trustees of the Toy Industry Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the TIA).
Mick Hellman, Founder and Managing Partner, HMI Capital
Marco (Mick) Hellman is the founder and managing partner of HMI Capital. Prior to creating HMI Capital, he spent most of his career at Hellman & Friedman, LLC, where he was a managing director and member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Hellman also established Hellman & Friedman's Hong Kong office in 1992 and currently serves as a senior advisor. He is the former chairman of the Board of Directors of Blackbaud, a trustee and investment committee chair of Foxcroft School, and a trustee of the USA Cycling Development Foundation. Mr. Hellman received an A.B. in Economics with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Herma Hill Kay, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Boalt Hall
Herma Hill Kay joined the faculty of Berkeley Law, Boalt Hall in 1960 and served as dean from 1992 to 2000. After earning her B.A. at Southern Methodist University and J.D. from the University of Chicago, she was law clerk to Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court. In 1962, Kay received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and, in 1998, was named one of the 50 most influential female lawyers in the country and one of the eight most influential lawyers in Northern California by the National Law Journal.
Ms. Kay has delivered major lectures at the law schools of the University of Illinois and the University of Cincinnati and the Hague Academy of International Law. She served as president of the Association of American Law Schools in 1989 and as secretary of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Kay is currently a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. She has received many major awards, including the Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Award, the 1990 American Bar Foundation Research Award and the 1992 Margaret Brent Award to Women Lawyers of Distinction from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2000 she was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.
Ms. Kay has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and a visiting professor at Harvard University, Lewis & Clark University, and Hamline University. She served on the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar on American Law in 1987. Ms. Kay is a past or present member of 12 different governing or advisory boards, including the Russell Sage Foundation, Equal Rights Advocates, Order of the Coif, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, the Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented her with its first Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hon. Bill Lann Lee, Board Vice-Chair and Secretary; Partner, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.
Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Bill Lann Lee, a civil rights lawyer, is a Shareholder with the law firm Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C., in Oakland CA, where he specializes in prosecuting employment discrimination and civil rights class actions. Mr. Lee has extensive experience in the litigation of police misconduct, housing discrimination, transportation equity, environmental justice, and other civil rights cases. Prior to joining Lewis Feinberg in 2007, Mr. Lee was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein. In December 1997, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice, by President Bill Clinton and served as the nation’s top civil rights prosecutor until January 2001.
A graduate of Yale College (1971) and Columbia Law School (1974), Mr. Lee was an attorney for 18 years with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the law firm founded by Justice Thurgood Marshall. Mr. Lee serves on a number of non-profit boards and has received many honors and awards, including the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Justice John Randolph Distinguished Service Award, State Bar of California Diversity Award. Anti-Defamation League Pearlstein Civil Rights Award, and the Pioneer Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Leslie Luttgens, Civic Leader, former Corporate Director Former Chairman, Council on Foundations
Leslie Luttgens' distinguished career in philanthropy and business has included being the first woman president of a major United Way chapter, and the second recipient of their Alexis de Tocqueville Award. She has served on five corporate boards, including McKesson Corporation (where she was the first woman appointed to the board) and PG&E. Ms. Luttgens has sat on the Board of Overseers of the University of California, Stanford University’s Major Gifts Committee, and the President’s Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives. She has chaired numerous boards, including serving as Chairman of the national Council on Foundations.
Shauna I. Marshall, Academic Dean, University of California, Hastings, College of the Law
Shauna Marshall received her B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and her J.D. from U.C. Davis. She then joined the U.S. Justice Department's Honor Program as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division. She left the Justice Department in 1984 and spent six years as a staff attorney for Equal Rights Advocates, working on impact cases, public education, and organizing campaigns on behalf of low income women and women of color.
Ms. Marshall spent the next four years in the Stanford and East Palo Alto community, receiving her J.S.M. from Stanford, lecturing in the areas of civil rights and community law practice at Stanford Law School, and directing the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. She joined the Hastings faculty as a Clinical Professor in 1994 and served as Associate Academic Dean from 2000 to 2002 and became Academic Dean in 2005. Her writings reflect her interest in ethical issues apparent in community law practice and civil rights litigation.
Hugo Morales, Chair Founder and Director, Radio Bilingue
Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. In 1976, Mr. Morales and an all-volunteer staff of farmworkers, former farmworkers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe, which, on July 4, 1980, began radio broadcast operation over the entire San Joaquin Valley. Radio Bilingüe is now a national satellite community radio service in Spanish, English and Mixteco that serves Latino radio audiences in the Northern Hemisphere. It has its headquarters in Fresno, regional offices in Salinas and El Centro, and national production studios in San Francisco. Radio Bilingüe has six full-power FM radio stations: 3 serving the San Joaquin Valley (KSJV- Fresno, KMPO-Modesto, KTQX-Bakersfield), one station serving Mendocino county (KVUH- Laytonville), one serving the Salinas Valley (KHDC-Salinas), and one serving the Imperial Valley (KUBO-El Centro). Radio Bilingüe is the recognized Spanish-language radio service for the public radio system in the United States. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish-language national talk show, Línea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its rainbow of Spanish-language traditional folk music for its national Latino audiences. The entire 24-hour daily operation is totally devoted to public service. Radio Bilingüe has a full-time staff of 25.
Mr. Morales is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico. He was raised in Oaxaca until the age of nine when his family immigrated to California. He grew up as a farmworker in Sonoma County until he graduated in 1968 from Healdsburg High School where he had been elected student body president. He then went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (known as the “genius award”). In May 1999, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored Mr. Morales with the Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio's highest distinction. Mr. Morales received the 2006 Cultural Freedom Prize from the Lannan Foundation. “The Prize for Cultural Freedom was established to recognize people whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry, and expression.” Some of Mr. Morales' board memberships include: the Board of Directors of The California Endowment and the San Francisco Foundation, Fresno County First Five Commission, and The California Post Secondary Education Commission.
Albert F. Moreno, Retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Levi Strauss & Company
Albert F. Moreno served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Levi Strauss & Co., from 1996 to November 2005. Mr. Moreno joined Levi Strauss & Co. in 1978 where he was responsible for legal and brand protection affairs and oversaw the company’s global security department. Mr. Moreno served as the Assistant Secretary of Levi Strauss & Co. until November 2005. He served as the Chief Counsel for Levi Strauss North America from 1994 to 1996 and also as its Deputy General Counsel from 1985 to 1994. He has been a Director of Xcel Energy Inc. and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, the Mexican Museum, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, and the American Corporate Counsel Association. He served as a Director of New Century Energies Inc. and Levi Strauss Foundation. Mr. Moreno holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University and a degree in Latin American Economic Studies from the Universidad de Madrid. In 1970, he received his Law Degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
Judge Henry Ramsey, Jr. (Ret.), Dispute Resolution Consultant, Retired Superior Court Judge
Honorable Henry Ramsey, Jr. (Ret.) has served as a prosecutor, private practitioner, law professor, judge, law-school dean, arbitrator, mediator, and special master. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy (A.B.) from the University of California (Riverside) in 1960 and his law degree (LL.B.) from the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1963. Henry Ramsey Jr. served as a member of the law faculty at Boalt Hall from 1971 – 1980, where he achieved the rank of Full Professor. During his tenure at Boalt Hall, he also served as a member of the City Council of Berkeley, California from 1973 – 1977. He served as a member of the Superior Court of California from 1981 until 1991, and was Presiding Judge in 1987-88. He was dean of the Howard University School of Law from 1991 until 1996. Judge Ramsey served as Chairperson of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; is a life member of the American Law Institute; the recipient of the 2000 Robert J. Kutak Award; was recipient of the Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California (Berkeley), 2003 Citation Award, and the Boalt Hall 2006 Lowell and Barbara Jensen Public Service Award.
Judge Ramsey has also served as Chairperson of the Law School Admission Council’s Bar Passage Study Committee; as a member of the National Commission on Trial Court Performance Standards; Chief of Party of the USAID funded Nigerian Rule of Law Project (2002); member of the ABA Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000); and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Youth Development Through Law and the Charlotte School of Law Advisory Board.
Clara J. Shin, Board Treasurer; Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Clara Shin is a Partner of Covington & Burling LLP and concentrates her trial and appellate practice on complex technology, intellectual property, and commercial disputes. Her pro bono representations focus on the defense of constitutional rights, including federal campaign finance reform cases before the United States Supreme Court and challenges to the constitutionality of medical care provided by the California prison system. Ms. Shin previously served as a special assistant and White House Fellow in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff, and was a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Earlier in her career, Ms. Shin helped to start AmeriCorps, a national service program created under President Bill Clinton. She also worked for USAID in South Africa and co-created Tahoe-Baikal Institute, a bi-national environmental institute in California and Siberia. Ms. Shin serves as Commissioner of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Music National Service (Chair), National Partnership for Women and Families, and the United States District Court Northern District of California Historical Society. She is a former Director of Asian Pacific Fund, ACLU of Northern California, Rebuilding Together San Francisco, and OneJustice. Clara earned her B.A. with honors from Smith College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Sarah Stein, President, Hall Capital Partners LLC
Sarah Stein is President of Hall Capital Partners LLC. She is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Investment Review Committee. Ms. Stein joined the firm in 2002 in the Portfolio Management practice. She moved to the Research Group in 2006 where she held several roles, having served most recently as Managing Director and Co-Director of Research. Ms. Stein was appointed President of the firm in 2012. Her prior experience includes working in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., the Fisher Family Foundation, and teaching English in Guangzhou, China. Ms. Stein was named one of Foundation & Endowment Money Management's 2011 Rising Stars. She serves on the Board and Investment Committee of the San Francisco Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Rosenberg Foundation, the Investment Committees of the Crystal Springs Uplands School and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Endowment Committee of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. She previously served as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Breakthrough Collaborative, and KIPP Bayview Academy. Ms. Stein graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in History. She also earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an M.A. from the Stanford School of Education.