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Rosenberg Foundation Announces New Board Chair, Officers; Marco Hellman Elected to Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 19, 2011 – The Rosenberg Foundation announced the election of Daniel Grossman, founder and CEO of Wild Planet Toys, as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. Grossman succeeds Hugo Morales, founder and executive director of Radio Bilingüe Inc., who served as Chair since 2009.

Bill Lann Lee and Clara J. Shin will serve as Vice Chair and Secretary, and Treasurer, respectively.  In addition, the Foundation elected Marco W. Hellman, founder and managing partner of HMI Capital, to its Board of Directors.

“The Rosenberg Foundation is endowed by an extremely distinguished and dedicated Board of Directors, all of whom are tremendous leaders in their respective fields,” said Timothy P. Silard, Foundation president. “Together, they continue to advance a 75-year tradition of bold grant-making and forward-looking strategies to help California’s most vulnerable communities.  We are honored to welcome Mick Hellman to the Board, and to celebrate our newly elected executive team, Daniel Grossman, Bill Lann Lee, and Clara Shin.”

Daniel Grossman joined the Rosenberg Foundation board in 2005, and previously served as Vice Chair and Secretary, and Treasurer. He founded Wild Planet Toys in 1993 and currently serves as the company’s chief executive officer, guiding a growing company dedicated to developing non-violent, innovative products that appeal to both parents and children. His professional background includes serving in the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat, both overseas and at the Department of State. He earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University.  Grossman currently sits on the boards of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Business Advisory Council for the San Francisco Public School District. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Toy Industry Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the TIA).

Bill Lann Lee joined the Rosenberg Foundation board in 2005. Lee is a Shareholder with the law firm Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C., where he specializes in prosecuting employment discrimination and human rights class actions. Prior to joining Lewis Feinberg in 2007, Lee was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein.  As Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration, Lee served as the nation’s top civil rights prosecutor. A Yale College alumnus (1971) and Columbia Law School graduate (1974), Lee was an attorney for 18 years with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the law firm founded by Justice Thurgood Marshall. Among the many honors and awards he has received are the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award, the U.S. Department of Justice John Randolph Distinguished Service Award, and the State Bar of California Diversity Award.

Clara Shin has been a member of the Rosenberg Board of Directors since 2007.  Shin is a director at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin P.C., vice chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property & Competition Practice Group. Shin also is the firm’s pro bono director. Prior to joining Howard Rice, Shin served as a special assistant and White House fellow in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff. She also was a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Earlier in her career, Shin helped to start AmeriCorps, the national service program created under President Bill Clinton. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and B.A. from Smith College. She also serves as co-founding Board member for the Center for Music National Service, and Board member of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California Historical Society.

Marco 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, and also established Hellman & Friedman’s Hong Kong office in 1992. He 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. 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.

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