OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Chair of Miller Center Advisory Board, CEO and President of JAMM Ventures
Jeff Miller is President of JAMM Ventures, a business consulting company. Prior to establishing his firm, Jeff spent from 2002 through 2006 as a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures. At Redpoint, Jeff's area of focus was mentoring CEOs of several Redpoint companies, particularly those in the enterprise and infrastructure software markets. Most of Jeff's career was spent in operating companies. He was CEO of Documentum, Inc. (DCTM), an enterprise document management software company, from 1993 to 2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2003. Under Jeff's leadership, Documentum became one of the fastest growing technology companies in the country. Starting as a private company with 15 employees and $500K of sales when he joined, Documentum had, by 2001, become a publically traded NASDAQ company with 1,200 employees and revenues over $200 million. Jeff has more than 40 years of high tech experience, in semiconductors, hardware, and software companies, having spent the early years of his career at Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and holding senior marketing and general management executive positions at Adaptec and Cadence Design Systems.
Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of a number of high technology companies. He currently serves on the Boards of two private companies, Datameer Inc. (Big Data Analytics Solutions) and Lithium Technologies (Social CRM solutions), and one public company, ServiceNow (Service Management SaaS; NOW NYSE). In addition to his business focus, Jeff and his wife, Karen, are active philanthropists. They both serve on the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation Board. Jeff serves on three other philanthropic Boards, The American Prairie Reserve and two connected to Santa Clara University, the Board of Trustees and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where he is Chair of the Advisory Board.
Jeff holds a Masters of Business Administration (1976) and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1973) from Santa Clara University.
Managing Partner, PivotPoint Consulting
Juli Betwee helps CEOs and their teams define and execute strategic growth. Her winning work includes emerging technology and Fortune 100 companies in the consumer products, retail, financial services and health care sectors. She co-founded and gained venture funding for MemeWorks, Inc., to develop Web-enabled products that accelerate the success of company-wide growth initiatives. As Managing Partner of PivotPoint Consulting, Juli currently works with executive teams of mid-market companies to achieve significant and sustainable growth. She also runs peer advisory forums for CEO's. By creating shared strategies across a group of stakeholders, client companies have extended their offerings into new markets, achieved cycle time improvements, strengthened their teams, and are competing in markets otherwise dominated by major corporations.
Juli has served Co-Chair of the Michigan State University Foundation Board of Directors whose role it is to grant millions of dollars in annual funding to the University’s intellectual property and research projects. Her formal education includes a BA from Michigan State University where she was honored as outstanding alumna, and an MS from Wayne State University in the field of large scale change. Juli co authored the book titled, Building Strategic Relationships: How to Extend Your Organization's Reach through Partnerships, Alliances, and Joint Ventures.
Nonprofit Solutions Consultant, LinkedIn
Jack is a consultant on the Nonprofit Team at LinkedIn, helping organization leverage the network to achieve their missions. Previously, Jack participated in the Business Leadership Program at LinkedIn, a rotational program for recent graduates.
Jack received his BS in Environmental Science and his BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University in 2014 and was awarded the Nobili Medal upon graduation. During his time at Santa Clara, he participated in the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, traveling to Zambia to conduct agroforestry research and compile a manual for rural farmers in the region. He also spent 2 years as a research assistant at Miller Center, focusing on the energy sector. He has spent time working with former GSBI participants, such as GRUPEDSAC in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Chris Bowers is vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Scent Sciences, where he supports the company's strategic transformation across its global organization. He previously was group vice president and general manager of Corporate Initiatives, where he worked closely with Applied Materials executives on effective execution of business strategy.
Prior to joining Applied Materials, Bowers was a partner at the Hay Group, a global management and consulting firm, where he worked as both a business leader and consultant. In 2007, he was appointed director of Client Services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for the profitable revenue growth of 80 clients. He also served as a member of the Hay Group Global R&D Council, and held an executive position with the UK business from 2000-2007, where he led the Private Sector Consulting Division and oversaw all client services throughout the UK. As a consultant for the Hay Group, Bowers worked with CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 companies to develop a shared understanding of how value is created, and to ensure that people and the organization are aligned to deliver value. He is the creator and author of an emerging methodology entitled, "Strategic Alignment," that helps companies improve the execution of their strategy.
Before entering the corporate world, Bowers spent five years in the military, serving in the UK Special Forces. Bowers received his master's degree from the Warwick Business School.
Investor & Board Member, Spectrum | Founder, 3Com & Grand Junction | Former SVP, Cisco | Trustee, Santa Clara University
Recently retired from Cisco, Howard Charney is a Distinguished Professor of Innovation at Santa Clara University School of Law. Formerly, he served as a senior vice president at Cisco, where he contributed to Cisco’s strategy and direction. He advised businesses, governments, and educators around the world on implementing critical technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness. At Cisco, and before Cisco as co-founder of 3Com and the founder of Grand Junction Networks, he oversaw the development and proliferation of key technologies such as Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching that led directly to the global build-out of the Internet. He holds Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Santa Clara University, Bachelors and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a licensed patent attorney and a pilot. Mr. Charney serves on the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University and the advisory board for the University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He received the Santa Clara Law Alumni Special Achievement Award in 2014. In 2018, Santa Clara University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group
Bill Coleman is an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group. Previously he was the CEO of Veritas ( www.veritas.com ) the global leader in Information Management, A Carlyle Group Company from January 2016 until January 2018, where he remains at a member of the Board of Directors. Under his direction, Veritas transitioned from an on-premises backup and recovery company to a leading multi-cloud data management company, while delivering significant value for customers and creating meaningful opportunities for Veritas employees.
In 1995, Bill founded BEA Systems. Bill was Chairman and CEO of the company from its founding through October 2001, during which time BEA became the fastest software company to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue. Following BEA, Bill was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cassatt, Inc. an enterprise cloud software company which was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2009, and was a partner with Alsop Louie Partners, an early stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm, from 2010 until January of 2016. During this time, he was also Chairman and CEO of Resilient Network Systems, a cyber security software company from Feb 2012 until Dec 2013. Prior to BEA, Bill held held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc.,where he co-founded the Sun Federal Division; founded Sun Professional Services; and was VP System Software, where he led the initial development of Solaris and related products. Before Sun, he co-founded and was VP Engineering at Dest Systems. Prior to that, he was the director of product development at VisiCorp during development of the first spreadsheet, VisiCalc; the first office suite of pc applications, the VisiSeries; and the first personal computer window system, VisiOn. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Satellite Operations, Office of the Secretary.
Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U. S. Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado, where he founded the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities ( www.colemaninstitute.org ). He is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and a member of the board of directors of Seagate Technologies LLC, Veritas Technologies LLC and Sapho Corporation as well as a Commissioner of the Trilateral Commission.
President, CEO and Director, InCarda Therapeutics, Senior Advisor, New Science Ventures
Grace Colón has over 25 years experience in biopharma, genomics, health care and industrial biotechnology. Her executive roles have spanned a broad range of functions in companies ranging from start-ups to publicly traded corporations.
She recently joined New Science Ventures as a Senior Advisor focusing on biotechnology investments. She is also CEO and President of InCarda Therapeutics and co-founder and Executive Chairman of Pyranose Biotherapeutics, Prior to that she was President of the Industrial Products Division and Corporate SVP at Intrexon Corporation, where she established a new division focused on applying Intrexon’s synthetic biology platform to bioindustrial applications such as biofuels and renewable chemicals. Preceding Intrexon she held of variety of senior leadership roles at Gilead Sciences, including leading the Clinical Operations, Alliance Management and Commercial Strategic Planning groups. Prior to Gilead, she was VP Corporate Planning at Affymetrix, where she was responsible for strategic planning and project management. She also served as founding COO for the International Genomics Consortium, a non-profit medical research organization focused on cancer genomics. Earlier in her career she was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where she served clients in health care, biotech, high tech and venture capital.
Grace received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.
Dainamic Consulting, Inc.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Cynthia Dai has co-founded several high technology start-ups and served on the executive team of both early-stage and public ventures. This hands-on experience combined with strong operational skills in marketing, engineering and finance has enabled Ms. Dai to build or reposition companies for rapid growth. Ms. Dai's strengths as an Interim Executive lie in attracting results-oriented senior management teams, developing strong business models and well-differentiated products, and maintaining a healthy respect for the bottom line.
Dainamic Consulting, Inc.'s Strategic Marketing Practice leverages Ms. Dai's career in senior marketing and business development positions at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard Company, and Interim CEO or VP of Marketing engagements with WebMoney, SSE Telecom, Cymerc Exchange, and Persistence Software.
She has considerable expertise in working with Japanese companies in the U.S. and in helping U.S. companies do business in the Pacific Rim. Ms. Dai speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and conversational Japanese and has worked and lived in several countries around the world.
A featured industry speaker, she has spoken at COMDEX, UniForum, the Federal Computer Conference, the Government Technology Conference, and the Association for Information and Image Management. Ms. Dai has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with honors from the University of California at Berkeley. On her own time, she is active in the community as a volunteer and as a Board member of public-benefit organizations.
Senior Lab Manager, Healthy Child and Family Development Lab - San Diego State University
Meghan is the senior lab manager for the Healthy Child and Family Development Lab at San Diego State University, which studies the risk and protective processes through which trauma and maltreatment impact development in childhood and adolescence. She also works as a clinical psychology research associate with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science examining racial/ethnic disparities in mental and physical health.
Meghan received her BS in Psychology with minors in Public Health Science and Religious Studies from Santa Clara University in 2017. During her time at Santa Clara University, she participated in the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, conducting action research on the impact of the social enterprise Nazava, which provides water filters across Indonesia. She also worked with the Education and Action Research branch at Miller Center, to help foster the expansion of the GSBF program and spread GSBI® best-practices.
Founder, Principal Owner, and President, Stonecrest Financial
As founder, principal owner and President of Stonecrest Financial, Jon Freeman is a visionary who has successfully seeded and grown Stonecrest’s many divisions. He is an active real estate investor, cultivating a portfolio of significant properties in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide since 1986. Jon earned his BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and is a California licensed Real Estate Broker. Jon is also dedicated to ‘hand up’ philanthropy by supporting social enterprise and women’s education initiatives that empower women to lift themselves out of poverty. Jon is active in supporting local and international organizations and causes that provide creative, intelligent and compassionate approaches to positive, sustainable social and environmental change. He serves on the board of American University of Nigeria Foundation. His is also involved with other nonprofit initiatives including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Fair Trade USA, GlobalEyes, the Akilah Institute for Women, and Ugandan orphanages that meet the survival needs of children abandoned due to extreme poverty.
Founding Partner, Redpoint Ventures
Tim Haley is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Tim was a general partner with IVP, a firm he began working with in 1987 and joined in 1998.
Tim focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital media. Tim currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Netflix (NFLX), Foxmarks, Topspin Media and TheFind. He also led investments in Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!), Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit), ChemConnect, Inc., Onebox.com (acquired by OpenWave), Kendara (acquired by @Home), M7 (acquired by BEA Systems), Movaris (acquired by Trintech), Responsys, Inc. and Reflect, Inc. (acquired by Procter and Gamble).
Prior to joining IVP full-time in 1998, Tim was the principal of Haley Associates, one of the premier executive recruiting firms in the high technology industry. Tim was instrumental in the formation of numerous successful companies, including Alteon Networks, Applied Digital Access (IPO 1994), Centillion Networks (acquired by Bay Networks), Crescendo Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems), Epigram (acquired by Broadcom), FaceTime, Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia), MMC Networks (IPO 1997), Mpath Interactive (IPO 1998), OnStream Networks (acquired by 3Com), Portera Systems, PMC-Sierra (merged with Sierra Semiconductor), PointCast (acquired by idealab!), Primary Access (acquired by 3Com), Pure Software (IPO 1995), SkyStream, Virage (IPO 2000), Whistle Communications (acquired by IBM), Whitetree (acquired by Ascend Communications) and Zip2 (acquired by Compaq Computer).
Tim received his B.A. in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.
Senior Vice President of Global Finance, Starbucks (Retired)
Louis Jordan is a business executive with over 30 years of financial, strategic planning and general management experience focused primarily on the retail and consumer products sectors. Among Jordan’s past financial leadership roles are Vice President of Global Financial Planning and Analysis for the Gap, Chief Financial Officer for Nike USA Retail, Chief Financial Officer for Nike Global Retail and Senior Vice President for Global Finance at Starbucks.
Louis’ current focus includes: working with, investments in, and Advisory and Board service to a number of startups and early stage businesses; as well as philanthropically focused activities. Louis is a Board member or Advisor to four startups. Louis has mentored startups based in the U.S.A., Latin America and East Africa. Jordan’s philanthropic activities include multiple areas of involvement and support along with Board service. Louis has served on the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently Chairperson of the Audit Committee. Louis is also a member of Rocketship Public Schools’ National Board of Directors where he serves as Business Committee Chair, Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. Rocketship is a national network of high-performing elementary schools in underserved communities with schools located in northern California, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. Since 2017, Jordan has served on the Board of Village Hopecore International U.S.A., whose work focuses on Public Health, Micro Enterprise and Income Generation in the Chogoria region of Kenya.
Louis was educated in the Philadelpha public school system. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from Westmar College and a Masters degree in History from Brown University. Louis earned an MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana (Bloomington) University where he also received an Outstanding MBA award in 1980. In 2009, Louis was enshrined in the Academy of AlumniFellows at the Kelley School of Business. He currently resides in Healdsburg, California where he is co-owner of Tympany Vineyards and a member of the African American Vintner’s Association.
Co-Founder and Board Member, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner is the president of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation she co-founded with her husband, Charly, in 2000. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that:
enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, with a focus on rural communities; and
advocate their Foundation?s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy with foundations and socially-minded individual investors.
Lisa provides pro-bono architectural, project and construction management services for non-profits both locally and internationally with a focus on culturally appropriate and sustainable design. Additionally, Lisa is serving as the co-chair of the board of The Philanthropy Workshop West, sits on the advisory board of the Take Action! Conference and the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Lisa was raised in Hawaii, attended the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa graduating with a BArch in Environmental Design. She was the Vice President of an architectural firm in Hawaii doing commercial work in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. More recently, she was the President of The Kleissner Group, an architectural and project management firm in Silicon Valley focused on bio-tech and high tech firms.
Founder and CEO, Philanthropic Reach | Co-founder, Equitas Entertainment Partners
As an attorney, businesswoman, and proponent of social impact, Holly Levow started her career at Silicon Valley high-technology start-up companies performing contract law, business development, human resources, and marketing. Today, Holly is focused on creating social impact through her two social enterprises, Equitas Entertainment Partners and Foundation (Fashion + Philanthropy). Equitas Entertainment Partners is a production company creating films in a socially responsible, intentional, and equitable way, including a mandate to provide gender pay equity. Foundation is a women’s retail boutique in Portland, Oregon, donating 100% of profits back into community nonprofit organizations. In addition, Holly is an active Partner with Social Venture Partners Portland (SVP), an engaged venture philanthropy organization focused on strengthening Portland nonprofits that are serving our most vulnerable youth. Holly also serves on the board of directors of Consano, a nonprofit, crowdfunded, medical research platform allowing end users to contribute to medical research projects that matter to them. Holly received her B.S. in Mathematics in 1996 and her J.D./M.B.A. in 2000 from Santa Clara University.
Founder, Ujama Inc.
Hugh Molotsi is the founder and CEO of Ujama, a neighborhood ride sharing service for families. Hugh also advises and invests in startups and is an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies. In 2015, Hugh concluded a 22-year career at Intuit where his last position was Engineering Fellow and Vice President of Innovation. During his Intuit tenure, Hugh worked on QuickBooks and several other small business offerings. Hugh has been a serial innovator and helped launch several new businesses at Intuit including Intuit Payments. Hugh is passionate about grassroots innovation and “giving voice to good ideas” wherever those ideas may come from.
Outside work, Hugh is committed to helping underserved youth. He serves on the board of All Star Code, a prep program connecting young men of color to the tech industry. He is also the past president of the Board of Directors of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a nonprofit agency that runs programs for at-risk youth.
Hugh holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Hugh is married to Michelle and is the proud father of two daughters.
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Vern Norviel is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he leads the patents and innovation counseling practice. Vern has more than two decades of experience in formulating successful strategies for life science companies and the development of their IP programs. He represents a wide variety of companies, as well as venture capital firms, in areas such as therapeutics, diagnostics, nanotechnology, genomics, proteomics, and personalized medicine. Before joining the firm in 2003, Vern was the general counsel and corporate secretary of Perlegen Sciences, Inc., a start-up biotechnology company that scans the entire human genome for important therapeutic and diagnostic products. Previously, as senior vice president and general counsel, he was an early employee of Affymetrix, the biotechnology company that pioneered and developed DNA chip technology. He also had been a partner at Townsend and Townsend and Crew in Palo Alto. During his career, Vern has authored or prosecuted more than 15 patents that have been litigated in the United States and abroad, and has overseen intellectual property lawsuits throughout the world. Vern previously was a member of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Policy Commmittee and currently serves as a member of its Nominating Committee.
Vice President Finance, 10X Genomics
Jamie Osborn brings over 25 years of results-oriented finance and operational experience, primarily in the life sciences industry. With a broad spectrum of experience, from research phase start-ups to publicly-traded companies, her expertise lies in establishing operational and administrative infrastructures that enable early-stage companies to scale at a rapid pace.
Jamie currently serves as Vice President Finance at 10X Genomics, a life sciences start-up. Jamie joined 10X Genomics from Ion Torrent where she served as Vice President Finance and Administration, taking the early-stage genetics sequencing venture through commercialization, then acquisition and integration with Life Technologies. Prior to Ion Torrent, she was CFO and Vice President Operations at iPierian, where she facilitated the expansion of the stem cell therapeutics start-up. Earlier in her career, Jamie was Vice President Finance at Affymetrix, where she oversaw many facets of finance and commercial operations as the publically-traded life sciences company scaled. Her other past roles have included various domestic and international finance management positions at Dade Behring andXerox Corporation.
Jamie holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is on the on the advisory board of the Center for Science and Technology at Santa Clara University and acts as an advisor and mentor to social entrepreneurs.
VP Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, Apple
Betsy Rafael most recently held the position of Vice President Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at Apple. She held that position for five years from 2007-2012. Prior to joining Apple, Betsy was Vice President of Corporate Finance at Cisco Systems. Additionally, she previously held the position of Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at Cisco.
Betsy brings over 30 years of finance and operations experience at both small and large high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Prior to her tenure at Cisco, she held executive/senior management positions at Aspect Communications, Escalate, SGI, Sun, and Ernst & Young.
Betsy has been a board member of Echelon since 2005 and participates on both the audit and compensation committees. She joined the Autodesk board in September 2013 where she serves as an audit committee member. Most recently, Betsy joined the board of GoDaddy, a privately held company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
She has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Betsy has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Santa Clara University since September 2012.
John M. Staudenmaier, S.J.
Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity, University of Detroit Mercy
John M. Staudenmaier, S.J., has lived and worked for 31 years the University of Detroit Mercy: from 1981 to 2001 in the history department (history of technology and engineering ethics); from 1995-2010 as editor-in-chief of Technology and Culture; from 2001-04 as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education; since 2005 as Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity; from 2010 as a trustee of the university. He served as visiting professor at MIT's Science, Technology and Society Program (1982, 83, 88, 90); as research fellow at MIT's Dibner Institute (1993); as Gasson Professor at Boston College (1998-2000); and as visiting scholar at Santa Clara University's Miller Center (2004-05).
He speaks frequently in the US and overseas, sometimes in the academy and sometimes in faith-based contexts. John also consults with museums about exhibits, with television producers about historical programs, and with science and technology reporters about articles in process. A short sample of published works suggests the kinds of questions that attract his attention: "Technology's Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric" (MIT Press); "The Politics and Ethics of Engineering;" "Denying the Holy Dark: The Enlightenment and the European Mystical Tradition;" and "Rationality vs. Contingency in the History of Technology." Alongside his work life, John likes to garden, some limited cooking, visiting long term friends and moving slowly enough that he can hear the grass as it grows.
Board Member/Advisor at Transparent Fish Fund/Chao Foundation
Doug is an industry veteran with over 20 years of venture capital and angel investment experience and 15 years of marketing and business development management experience. He has broad knowledge and investment experience in the networking, software, and Internet area.
Doug’s prior operational roles included serving as VP of Marketing for Precept Software, a network video software company which was acquired by Cisco Systems. He was also VP of marketing and business development for First Virtual Communications (IPO). Prior to FVC, Doug was a senior business executive for the early years of Cisco Systems (IPO period), 3Com/Bridge Communications, and Hewlett-Packard.
Doug has funded and worked with numerous high-tech startup companies as an angel and venture investor. He has helped in starting up and invested in hundreds of companies in Information Technology, Communications, Media, and Internet area.
Doug holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA degree from Santa Clara University. He was the past president and board member of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) and an advisory board member of Santa Clara University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). He also sits on the board of Silicon Valley Community Media KMVT15, Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), and Transparent Fish Fund/Chao Foundation.
Philanthropist and Fundraiser
Ali Walecka, a San Francisco native, is a graduate of UC Berkeley (1983) and the University of San Francisco Law School (1988) and practiced law in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Mateo until 1994.
Active in nonprofits and philanthropic endeavors, Ali was a member of the Edgewood Auxiliary San Francisco from 1984-1990, raising funds and awareness for Edgewood Center for Children and Families. From 1997-2010, she served as a fundraising volunteer in the Santa Clara School district and continues fundraising for various local Bay Area nonprofits including Child and Family Institute, National Charity League, St. Anthony's Dining Hall, and SF MOMA among others. She acted as a docent for the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus from 1999-2008.
Ali is married to John Walecka and together they accompanied Miller Center on a visit to social enterprises in Rwanda and Uganda. Her enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship and impact investing continues to grow. Ali and John share 3 children and a love for family, friends, traveling, art, and adventure.
Miller Center Executive Fellow
Steve has been a GSBI mentor for eight years, working with more than 20 social entrepreneurs including Nazava, a Tech Awards laureate and Eco-Fuel Africa, winner of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award. Steve served as the GSBI Mentor Network Director from 2014 through 2016. He helped create the GSBI Boost program and enhanced the curriculum for the Online and Accelerator programs.
Prior to Miller Center, Steve was the CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Svaya Nanotechnologies, a venture-backed company developing nanostructured thin films and surface engineering solutions and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sigma Partners. Steve founded 0-In Design Automation (pronounced “zero-in”) in 1996 and served as the company’s President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. 0-In was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2004. In 1987 Steve founded Logic Modeling and served as the company’s Vice President of Operations. The company grew rapidly and was purchased out of IPO registration by Synopsys in 1993. Steve joined Valid Logic Systems in 1982 and served as Vice President of Manufacturing. The company had a successful IPO in 1984.
Public & private boards of directors, CEO, innovation, a focused entrepreneur with a global perspective
Agnieszka Winkler has a broad range of professional and board experience with start-up, mid cap and Fortune 500 companies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Virco, the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University and of the Jesuit School of Theology, and as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.
She has served on numerous public and private company boards such as RenoAir, Supercuts, The Cheesecake Factory, Intertel, Ascension Health Care Network, Ascension, Iplocks, TeamToolz, and Winkler Advertising. She has also served on many non-profit and professional organizations such as The American Association of Advertising Agencies, The Committee of 200, Western Folklife Center, Women Corporate Directors.
Agnieszka was the founder and Chairperson of The Winkler Group, a San Francisco based management consultancy, the founder, Chairperson, and Chief Executive Officer of Winkler Advertising, an award-winning San Francisco based advertising and branding, and TeamToolz, Inc., a venture capital funded software development company. Most recently she is the founder of the not-for-profit Mazatlan Forum, an interdisciplinary, intercultural platform for collaboration among US and Mexican intellectuals on subjects of mutual interest.
She is the author of the book, "Warp Speed Branding”, and a frequent speaker on the subject of technological innovation, corporate governance issues, and on spirituality in business. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards in magazine publications for marketing and advertising, and received recognition with the Outstanding Alumni Award, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and the President’s Medal, Holy Names University. Her most recent recognition was by the Polish Government as Distinguished Pole in Business in the United States
Agnieszka has traveled to more than 50 countries, speaks English and Polish and has a working knowledge of French, Spanish and Russian. She holds an MA in History, an MBA and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary degree). Ms. Winkler is a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), of the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California and of the Academy of Management
Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Dean's Executive Professor, School of Engineering
Radha Basu has over 30 years experience in executive management. She is widely recognized as a leading woman entrepreneur in technology companies and as a pioneer in the Indian software business. Radha was born and raised in Chennai. She holds a bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications from the University of Madras, a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management program.
Radha held the position of Chairman & CEO of SupportSoft, a Nasdaq-listed company, from July 1999 to May 2006. She led the company through initial and secondary public offerings in 2000 and 2003, and built it into a worldwide market leader in support automation software. SupportSoft's customers include General Electric, Cisco Systems, Bank of America, Comcast, British Telecom, BellSouth, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, IBM and Bharti Telecom. SupportSoft is today considered a leader in the activation of consumer broadband offerings.
Prior to SupportSoft, Radha spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard with her most recent position being Senior General Manager of the Electronic Business Software Organization, which she grew to a global $1.5 billion business.
John Seely Brown
Former Chief Scientist and Director, Xerox PARC
John Seely Brown was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and was also the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000, a position he held for twelve years. While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, micro electrical mechanical system (MEMS) and NANO technology. His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, web service architectures and organizational and individual learning. Dr. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS, and a Trustee of Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous boards of directors (Corning, Polycom, Varian Medical Systems) and advisory boards. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and was awarded the Harvard Business Review's 1991 McKinsey Award for his article, "Research that Reinvents the Corporation" and again in 2002 for his article (with John Hagel) "Your Next IT strategy." In 1997 he published the book Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation (Harvard Business Review Books). He was an executive producer for the award-winning film "Art · Lunch · Internet · Dinner," which won a bronze medal at Worldfest 1994, the Charleston International Film Festival. He received the 1998 Industrial Research Institute Medal for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation and the 1999 Holland Award in recognition of the best paper published in Research Technology Management in 1998. With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000) that has been translated into 9 languages with a second addition in April 2002.
John L. King
Vice Provost for Strategy, W.W. Bishop Professor of Information, University of Michigan
John L. King is the William Warner Bishop Collegiate Professor in the School of Information and Vice Provost for Strategy at the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Michigan's School of Information on January 1, 2000 as professor and dean, a position he held for six years. In 2006, he became vice provost for academic information. This position initially focused on IT service provision for the University's academic mission. More recently, it has expanded to work with the University's public goods organizations, including the Bentley Historical Library, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, the Museum of Art, and the William L. Clements Library. He also works closely with the University Library and academic units on development of innovative IT applications for research, education, and community service.
Regis McKenna is included in the San Jose Mercury News' Millennium 100 as one of the 100 people who made Silicon Valley what it is today. He founded a high tech marketing firm over 30 years ago; he is an investor in high tech ventures, authored five books on technology marketing; and continues to lecture extensively on the social and market effects of technological change. In 1970, Regis McKenna founded his Silicon Valley high tech marketing firm - Regis McKenna, Inc. Regis helped launch high tech entrepreneurial start-ups during their formation years. These included: America Online, Apple, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intel, Linear Technology, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics, 3COM, and many others. Over its colorful 35 year history, Regis McKenna, Inc. evolved from a high tech outsource marketing business focusing on start ups, to a broad based marketing strategy firm servicing international clients in many different industries. In 2000, after selling his interest in the firm, Regis retired from active consulting.
CEO of Xilinx
Willem (Wim) Roelandts received his electronic engineering degree from the Rijkshogere Technische School in Anderlecht, Belgium in 1965. He started his career with Hewlett Packard in Belgium in 1967. He held several jobs for HP in Belgium. Wim moved to Grenoble, France in 1975 and continued his career with HP. He moved to HP in the U.S. in 1983. He held several management positions and finished his career at HP as Senior Vice President in charge of HP 's Computer Systems Organization, with responsibility for HP's worldwide computer systems business of about $6B.
In 1996 Wim left HP to become CEO of Xilinx and later also became Chairman of the Board. Under Wim's leadership the company's revenue more than tripled to just under $2B , and increased market share in the programmable Logic Business from 30% to over 50%. During his tenure, Xilinx was nominated several times in the top ten of Fortune Magazine's "100 best companies to work for." Wim retired as CEO of Xilinx in January 2008, but remained Chairman of the Board. He retired completely from the company in August 2009. Wim is active on several company and charity boards. He holds an honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University (2004) and from the Katolieke Universiteit Leuven (2009).
CEO, GE Ventures
Sue Siegel is CEO of GE Ventures, GE’s investing and innovation arm to drive growth for its start-up partners and GE. It includes healthymagination, GE’s commitment to enable better health for more people, and GE’s venture investing and innovation group that combines capital, technical and commercial expertise with GE's IP and global network of businesses.
Previously, as a financial VC, Ms. Siegel led investments in personalized medicine, digital health, and life sciences at Silicon Valley-based Mohr Davidow Ventures. Before her VC years, Ms. Siegel dedicated over 22 years driving the growth of breakthrough technologies at Bio-Rad, DuPont, Amersham, and Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX). As President and Board Member of Affymetrix, Ms. Siegel built shareholder value, leading its transformation from a pre-revenue start up into a global, multi-billion-dollar market-cap genomics leader.
Ms. Siegel has served on over a dozen private and public corporate boards. She currently serves on the Boards of the National Venture Capital Association, Stanford Hospital Board’s IT Committee, and NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences-Cures Acceleration Network; she serves on the Executive Committee of Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society’s Board, and she is on Harvard Medical School’s Genetics Council. She is a President’s Circle member of the National Academies of Science, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a member of YPO-WPO, and of Women Corporate Directors. In the bestselling business book: Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Ms. Siegel was a featured “Multiplier” and was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley”.
Ex Officio Members
Kevin O’Brien, S.J.
President, Santa Clara University
Kevin O'Brien, S.J. took office as president of Santa Clara University on July 1, 2019. As the 29th president of Santa Clara University, Kevin O'Brien, S.J., brings a deep knowledge of higher-education leadership to Santa Clara. His experience teaching and promoting the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education and spirituality, including serving three years as Dean of SCU's Jesuit School of Theology and five years as a Vice President at Georgetown University, has prepared him to guide Santa Clara at a time of great promise and transformation. He is an award-winning author as well as a regular commentator on topics such as the intersection of spirituality with contemporary society, including regular appearances on MSNBC and columns in the Washington Post and CNN.com. He has served on the boards of four Jesuit universities—Fordham University, Seattle University, Marquette University, and Boston College—and on the faculty of the Jesuit Leadership Seminar, a summer program which forms leaders at Jesuit universities from around the country. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University and a Master of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, now part of Boston College. He has a B.A. in government from Georgetown and a law degree from University of Florida, where he served as an editor on the Florida Law Review.
Lisa Kloppenberg, J.D.
Interim Provost, Santa Clara University
Lisa Kloppenberg, Interim Provost at Santa Clara University, is a well-known expert in Conflict Resolution and Constitutional Law. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation, mediation and other methods of resolving disputes without going to court. As Dean of our School of Law for six years, Lisa encouraged a more competency-based curriculum to prepare students for the changing workforce, stronger connections to Silicon Valley and provided more experiential learning opportunities for students. Previously, she served for 10 years as Dean of Law at the University of Dayton, a Catholic & Marianist university, which received national recognition for the "Lawyer as Problem Solver" curriculum under her leadership.
Vice President for University Relations, Santa Clara University
As Vice President of University Relations, James Lyons is responsible for guiding SCU’s fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, and marketing and communications activities. Lyons previously served as Vice President for University Relations, University of Portland, Dean of Admissions for the University of Portland and Director of Enrollment Services at Sonoma State University. Lyons holds many leadership positions in professional and community organizations and is actively engaged within the community.
Howard and Alida Charney University Professor of Science and Technology for Social Benefit
Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Thane was previously Founder, President, and CEO of PhyloTech, Inc. (now Second Genome), which conducts comprehensive microbial community analysis for human health applications.
Banner photo courtesy of Rebel Nell