Board of Directors 2013-2014

   

 

Patricia McGovernCynthia Foster, President

Cynthia is a fourth generation Californian and is a graduate of the University of California at Davis where she double majored in Political Science/Public Service and Psychology. She worked in retail for over 25 years where she developed strong organizational and analytical skills. Cynthia is a Past President of the Junior League of San Francisco and is currently serving on the Association of Junior Leagues International Nominating Committee. As a member of the Junior League of California State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), Cynthia helped promote the passage of bills to fund critical services for low income breast cancer patients and domestic violence victims. Her placement as statewide co-chair for SPAC has led to her commitment to make a difference and influence public policy through advocacy and education. Cynthia served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for A Safe Place Domestic Violence Shelter for over three years. She is currently the Visitor Services Manager at Filoli House and Garden.

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Board Members
   
Cynthia Foster
Patricia McGovern, Immediate Past President
 
Tricia moved to the Bay Area ten years ago to obtain her Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She is originally from the Boston area. Prior to coming across country, she worked at improving water quality in the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. After working many years in the water, wastewater, and water resources industry, Patricia now runs her own company focused on improving water quality in our nation’s waterways. Patricia has always been excited about getting herself and others involved in the political process. She is most interested in educating voters in a simple, clear, and non-biased manner. She serves as the San Francisco League's liaison to the League of Women Voters - Bay Area Chapter. 
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Sumaya Abdurrezak
Sumaya Abdurrezak
Vice President
Development
 
Sumaya is a Washington, D.C. area native with a unique background in government, media and business. A political scientist by training, Sumayaworked on Capitol Hill and BBC News prior to joining CEB, the world's leading member-based advisory company. During her tenure she had several roles and served as a trusted partner to the consulting division's Managing Director and personally recruited and developed one of the best associate teams in the company. Sumaya's ability to learn quickly, stellar work ethic, and capacity to solve problems propelled her to excel outside of her full-time role. One of her most notable accomplishments includes being chosen Chief Election Officer for one of the 26 precincts in Alexandria, Virginia. Selected from 500 volunteers and six years ahead of the typical promotion track, she worked closely with her team and the nonpartisan election office to ensure voters cast ballots in transparent, fully democratic, and error-free elections. A recent transplant to the Bay Area, Sumaya is a Senior Account Executive with Keas, a San Francisco-based health startup. She enjoys rock climbing, traveling and running in her spare time.
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Megan Kell Ingraham
Megan Kell Ingraham
Vice President
Voter Services
 
Megan is a healthcare policy and strategy consultant who first moved to California from Boston seven years ago to pursue her MBA and Masters in Public Health at Berkeley. She is currently starting a new role at Manatt Health Solutions after working at Accenture for four years. Megan enjoys mountain biking, travel, cooking and gardening. She is married to David Ingraham who works at M/C Venture Partners. They live in the Mission.
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Eleanor Gonzalez

Eleanor Gonzalez
Treasurer
LWVSF & LWVC

 
Eleanor is a Senior Manager in the Assurance Services division of Marcum LLP’s (A national accounting and advisory service firm) San Francisco office and a member of its National Alternative Investment Industry group. She has more than 18 years of experience, including working in accounting and internal audit. Eleanor has extensive experience working closely on financial statement audits for both publicly-held companies and private businesses in the high technology, manufacturing, retail, not-for-profit and health care industries. In addition, She also plans and manages SOX 404 audits for publicly held clients in various industries and operational audits for smaller non-public clients. Prior to joining Marcum LLP in 2004, she held finance and audit positions at public and private companies. As the treasurer of the League's Education Fund, she is the officer assigned with primary responsibility for overseeing the management and reporting of the finances. She is responsible for financial transaction oversight and keeping the board regularly informed of key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessment of fiscal health.
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Jo Elias Jackson

Jo Elias- Jackson
Secretary

 
Jo is a native San Franciscan and recently received her MPA/HAS from the University of San Francisco. She is an employee of SFGH as a systems analyst. She is a member of several organizations and is interested in expanding knowledge and encouraging citizens to learn, participate, and become change agents to help improve our world.
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maxine anderson
Maxine Anderson
Advocacy
Co-Chair
 
Maxine was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana where she earned a BA in History. After graduation she worked in the insurance industry in the Chicago area before transferring to San Francisco. She continued to work in the industry until she had the opportunity to help develop and manage the claims function in the City Attorney's Office of the City of Oakland. She now works for the City of San Francisco in the City Attorney's Office. She became actively involved with the League in 2003. She also participated in the creation of another nonpartisan organization, San Francisco for Democracy, where she served as the Vice President for two terms.
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Karen Valentia Cloptom
Karen Valentia Clopton
Past President
 

Karen is the Chief Administrative Judge for the Public Utilities Commission. Formerly, General Counsel for the California Department of Corporations and CEO and General Counsel for the Workplace Consulting Consortium and Chief of Operations and Corporate Counsel for the San Francisco State University Foundation, Inc., she has been active in San Francisco civic affairs for the last 20 years. She moderated the League’s televised CityWatch debates for several years. Karen was appointed by Mayor Frank Jordan to the San Francisco Civil Service Commission in 1993 and was re-appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown. She was serving her fourth term as President of the Commission when she was recruited in 2000 to become the first Chief of Operations for the Port of San Francisco. Karen is also an employment law and traditional labor relations expert with over twenty years experience in the field. She is a graduate of Vassar College cum laude and Antioch University School of Law and was awarded the highly competitive Maguire Fellowship by Vassar College for post-graduate study in international and comparative labor management relations in London, England. Karen majored in Political Science and Hispanic Studies at Vassar, studied in Madrid, Spain and speaks Spanish. Her two daughters, Julia and Olivia, attend the French American International School and speak French.
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Fran Finney
Fran Finney
Advocacy
Co-Chair
 
Fran joined the League in the early 1980s with an interest in working on studies, advocacy, and good government projects. She worked initially on a local study examining noise abatement issues at San Francisco International Airport. Fran has since worked on various studies, helped with the Pros and Cons Guide, and served on the board as the Vice President of Action. For the past several years, Fran has served as the co-chair of a community church's work on shelter dinners for the homeless. Fran and her husband have lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years. She is currently working as a management consultant with Kaiser Permanente working on leadership development, team development, change management, and projects related to the professional development of health care leaders. Fran has a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
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Julie Navejas

Julie Navejas
Membership Co-Chair

 

Julie was born and raised in Palo Alto. She attended UC Irvine and studied Humanities with an emphasis in Film Studies. In Irvine, she helped with voter registration at the University the year she experienced her first presidential election as a voter. Julie then moved to Seattle, WA and Buffalo, NY where she was a freelance writer and photographer focusing on community events for assorted newspapers. She also contributed to the local elections reporting for a local TV broadcast station in Buffalo. Settling in San Francisco in 1995, Julie’s career has been focused in sales and marketing in many different industries for non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial start-up companies. Julie has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 2009 and has contributed as a volunteer for the office and two Galas and is a member the SF League’s Speakers Bureau.

 

Julie Navejas

Yumi Nam
Membership Co-Chair

 

Yumi is an attorney at a boutique San Francisco law firm, specializing in intellectual property and matters in the entertainment and wine industries. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and her bachelor's degree from New York University. She is eager to contribute as a board member to the League of Women Voters of San Francisco because she is passionate about increasing civic engagement, particularly with the one-click generation. Since high school, she has been involved with the American Legion Auxiliary'sCalifornia Girls State program and serves as a volunteer program coordinator and counselor. As California Girls State is only a week-long program for high school girls to learn about local and state government, Yumi is excited to share her enthusiasm for civics year-round with the League of Women Voters. In her free time, she is coaching moot court teams for her alma mater, eating out, and roller-skating around Golden Gate Park --- mainly to support her fine-dining activities.

 
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Heather Sterner

Heather Sterner
Bay Area League Liaison
Speaker's Bureau Chair

 
Heather has been a League member for lo these many years. She joined LWV in San Mateo County after returning from eight years of living in Latin America, where her husband was with Pan Am. Heather served on League boards in San Francisco and San Mateo County. Her employment career was with non-profits in several fields. She was League representative on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and was president of the board of Meritus College Fund, which gives scholarships to low-income San Francisco students.
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Bianca  Velishek
Bianca Velishek
Gala Co-Chair  
 
Bianca has more than two-decades of experience in both Corporate & Philanthropic Areas at Global, National, and Local Levels. As 2010 Woman of the Year Nominee for the Greater Bay Area, Bianca is deeply involved in San Francisco's Society & Culture. Bianca is the Former Head of Global Music, Tours & Concerts, and West Coast Entertainment for GE Power Systems, encompassing TV/Broadcast, Festivals & Events, Sporting Events, Film & Production, and Music, Tours & Concerts, and integrating strategic partnerships between multitudes of entities & corporations, including GE, NBC, SFX Entertainment/Clear Channel, and Paramount Pictures, to name a few. Bianca is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, holding degrees in Operations Management Technology, International Roles & Culture-Japanese, Economics, and Political Science. Bianca is involved in many philanthropic causes, including serving on the Earth Day San Francisco Board as Policies & Procedures and PR/Communications Chairperson, and Interim Treasurer, and she is a member to numerous organizations including Women in Film, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Bianca loves helping people and our community, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing music, painting, and pairing wine & food.
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Kathleen Haley
Kathleen Haley
Communications Chair
 
Kathleen is a communications professional with a background in journalism and a passion for civic engagement. She is excited to inform the public about the League's work on public policy issues. Kathleen enjoys her work as a communications specialist for Kaiser Permanente. Her freelance articles have appeared in publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and Sierra Club Green Home. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia, and a bachelor's degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She looks forward to meeting you.
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Jamie Contreras
Jaime Contreras
Gala Co-Chair
TV Production Chair
 
Jaime(JD) is a Program Director with The Junior Statesman Foundation. He is a native of Wisconsin and holds a master's degree in International Relations from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over six years. He believes in the power of community leadership building and strives to create positive change on the local level. Previously, he served on the board of directors for the San Jose Public Media Access Corporation (CreaTV), and was a Commissioner for the City of San Jose's Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Panel for KQED Public Media.
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Christy Corrigon
Christy Corrigan
Events and Calendar Chair
 
Christy is a clinical psychologist in private practice, as well as working with children in foster care at A Better Way. Christy moved to San Francisco from Chicago 12 years ago, and travels frequently to visit her 4 younger sisters and parents. An active church member and youth ministry volunteer, she devotes most of her free time to reading and jogging on the beach.
 
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richard janney
Richard H. Janney 
Budget Chair
 
Richard has been a financial officer for over 20 years with experience in progressively expanded leadership and a proven record of accomplishment in semiconductors, software and medical diagnostic environments. He has significant accomplishments in fund-raising and negotiating credit facilities to drive growth and profitability and increase shareholder value. In addition, he has outstanding cross-cultural and interpersonal skills working with diverse groups in Greater China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and various locations in Europe. He has a reputation for being an inspirational entrepreneurial leader who builds and mentors strong teams that succeeds in high volume, high pressure, and highly competitive businesses. Presently, he is working at Trident Microsystems, Inc. as an Executive Consultant. Richard has lived in the Bay Area all of his life. He has two wonderful daughters.
 
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Ashley Raveche

Ashley Raveche
Pros and Cons Guide Co-Chair

 
Ashley is a Bay Area native who has a diverse background in high-tech, biotech and film, which she currently applies to intellectual property enforcement. As a paralegal, she previously worked as an investigator for online brand protection, collaborating closely with US Customs and Border Protection agents in the seizure of counterfeit goods. Currently she works at Covington & Burling LLP supporting the patent litigation, corporate licensing, and consumer protection departments. Ashley has demonstrated success in a variety of different fields and roles pursuing her passions whether in the private or non-profit sector. She has done volunteer work for the Tabard Theatre Company, San Jose Family Shelter, ACBL Bridge In Schools program, and Girls For A Change. She is focused on increasing youth participation through community outreach and awareness education. Ashley continues to look for opportunities that balance professional growth and personal fulfillment while empowering women to drive positive change.
 
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Staff
Natalya
Natalya DeRobertis-Theye
Program Manager
 
Natalya is a native of Oakland and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She began her role as Program Manager at LWVSF after serving on the Board as Communications Co-Chair and on the Study Committee for the soon-to-be-completed Initiative and Referendum Study launched by the League of Women Voters of California. Formerly, she worked as a paralegal at Altshuler Berzon LLP, a San Francisco law firm. Natalya currently serves on the Board of Jill’s Legacy, an advisory board to the Lung Cancer Foundation, committed to supporting research and raising awareness about lung cancer, especially in young people. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors, and is currently training for her first triathlon.
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