The 2017 Summit has a dynamic list of speakers, including:
Berit Ashla, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Based in San Francisco, Berit leads RPA’s West Coast advisory work, manages client engagements, and works with a range of individual, family, and corporate donors. Berit’s nonprofit career spans over two decades working with public, private, and community foundations. As a Director at Tides, she led donor engagement and grantmaking, and managed the Threshold Foundation. She was the Philanthropic Director of Foundation Source and served as Executive Director of the David Brower Center. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Marin Community Foundation, KQED Public Television, and the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Berit serves on the boards of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Abundance Foundation, Nia Community Fund, and The Institute for the Future.
Carrie Avery, President, Durfee Foundation
Carrie Avery is President of the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, California, which focuses on leadership by providing fellowships, grants to new grassroots organizations with dynamic leadership, and sabbaticals to long-time nonprofit leaders. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Berkeley Repertory Theater. She is a past board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers, and co-chaired the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco. Prior to working for the Durfee Foundation, Carrie practiced law, first with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., and later with a private firm in San Francisco.
Doug Bitonti Stewart, Executive Director, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Doug Bitonti Stewart is the first Executive Director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. In his position he has the privilege of helping the Fisher family further their philanthropic legacy by working with partners making the most meaningful impact to strengthen and empower children and families in need. Doug has dedicated his career to philanthropy serving organizations such as Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute, the Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Michigan Health System. He is a member of boards including the Jewish Funders Network, Excellent Schools Detroit, and The League Michigan. Doug is also currently a Fellow at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
Iris Brilliant, National Organizer, Resource Generation
Iris Brilliant is a National Organizer and Coordinator of Family Philanthropy Programming at Resource Generation, where she organizes young people with wealth to support efforts for social change. In particular, Iris develops programming for Transforming Family Philanthropy, a national conference for young adults. Iris grew up in the Marin County and currently lives in Oakland, CA. She has been engaged in institutional philanthropy and family giving for over a decade; she and her father have collaborated on grantmaking and family giving via public foundations and their own personal wealth. Iris attributes her politicization to her training as a social justice facilitator at Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan, as well as from interning at the Catalyst Project, a white anti-racist organization in San Francisco.
Larry Brilliant, Chairman, Skoll Global Threats Fund;
Former Executive Director, Google.org
Larry Brilliant is a pioneering physician, visionary technologist, and global philanthropist. A medical officer for the UN’s World Health Organization and member of the Central Team in smallpox eradication in India, he was the first executive director of Google.org, and currently serves as chairman of Skoll Global Threats Fund. Larry co-founded the The Seva Foundation, whose programs and partners have restored sight to more than 4 million blind in dozens of countries. He has worked with four Presidents, the UN, G8 and Chaired the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. He co-founded one of the first digital social networks, the Well.
Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President, Castellano Family Foundation
Carmela Castellano-Garcia is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Primary Care Association, and she has been committed to advancing multi-cultural health policy issues for 25 years. She is also President of the Board of Trustees of the Castellano Family Foundation. Founded by Alcario and Carmen Castellano in 2001, the Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million in grants to Santa Clara County nonprofits supporting Latino education, arts and culture, leadership and diversity. The Foundation also continually supports these local organizations guided by the values of community, family, social change, empathy and integrity. Ms. Castellano-Garcia is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of California at Berkeley.
Susan Chamberlin, Founder, Chamberlin Family Foundation
After retiring from a career as an architect and real estate project manager spanning 30 years, Susan Chamberlin’s focus since 2007 has been philanthropy. She is the co-founder and director of the Chamberlin Family Foundation, whose emphasis is K-12 education, with a special focus on Richmond, CA. Susan has served as a Board member of the Oakland Museum of California since 2006, and is also on the Board of the Center for Social Sector Leadership at the Haas School of Business. Susan has served on the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees since 2012, and was elected as Vice Chair of the Foundation in 2015.
Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Deborah Cullinan joined Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as CEO in September 2013. With her stewardship, YBCA has sharpened its mission and vision, re-grounding the organization in its origins as a citizen institution and San Francisco’s premiere art center built by the community, for the community. Prior to joining YBCA, Deborah served as the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts for 17 years. She is a co-founder of ArtsForum SF and a member of several boards, including California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, MissionHub, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, the Catalyst Initiative, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Howlround, the San Francisco Arts Education Project, the Community Visions Project/Americas for the Arts, and the San Francisco Arts Alliance.
Quinn Delaney, Chair, Akonadi Foundation
Quinn Delaney is the founder of Akonadi Foundation, which focuses on racial justice movement building in Oakland. In 2016, Quinn stepped down from President of Akonadi Foundation to make room for new leadership, and has moved to a board chair role. In addition to her work at Akonadi, Quinn is interested in ways to build progressive networks and leaders, working nationally with the Women Donors Network and the Democracy Alliance and also at the state level. Quinn serves on the boards of the Center for Community Change, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, East Bay Community Foundation and Oakland Museum of California.
Moy Eng, Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
Moy Eng is the Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust headquartered in San Francisco. She brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant, and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations, including The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She has invested in efforts to bring new public sector funding for arts education to California schools, commissioned landmark research on the dynamics of the U.S. cultural ecosystem, and supported efforts to build more than 750,000 square feet in new, affordable performing arts space.
Julie Fisher Cummings, Vice Chair, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Julie Fisher Cummings advocates for responsible policies on health, education, and philanthropy on behalf of underserved and marginalized children and families. She is the founder of Lovelight Foundation, which focuses on domestic child sex trafficking, undeserved women and girls, and early childhood education and care. She has forged effective public-private partnerships and new funding networks across the U.S. for over 40 years through board roles with the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Women Moving Millions, Council on Michigan Foundations, Corporation for National and Community Service, Southeastern Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Ms. Foundation, Jewish Teen Funders Network, and Jewish Women’s Foundations in Florida and Michigan, among many others. She is an adjunct visiting professor at University of Miami, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine.
Douglas Goldman, Co-Founder, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Dr. Douglas Goldman is the Chairman and Founder of Certain, Inc., software for meetings and events. Previously, he was a board-certified emergency physician and Medical Director, San Francisco’s EMS Agency. His community activities include President, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund; Chairman, Stern Grove Festival Association; Vice President and Prize Jury member, Goldman Environmental Prize. At UC, Berkeley, he serves on the boards of College of Letters and Science; Goldman School of Public Policy; and Haas School of Business. He has an A.B. from UC Berkeley; an M.D. from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University; and completed an Emergency Medicine residency, Valley Medical Center, Fresno.
Jason Goldman, Trustee, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Jason Goldman is a founding Principal of G2 Insurance Services, a full-service risk management and insurance broker based in San Francisco. He serves on the boards of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and the Stern Grove Festival Association, where he contributes his talent for developing creative solutions. He is also an advisory board member at the UC Berkeley Center for Social Sector Leadership at the Haas School of Business. Jason graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy.
Caitlin Heising, Vice Chair, Heising-Simons Foundation
Caitlin Heising is vice chair of the Heising-Simons Foundation and works with Article 3 Advisors, a nonprofit human rights and strategic philanthropy consultancy based in San Francisco. She is also a founding member of Maverick Collective, a new initiative with Population Services International to improve the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Caitlin is on the executive committee of the Human Rights Watch San Francisco Committee and the Bay Area board of Peer Health Exchange. She graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a BA in international relations and a focus in politics, culture, and identity.
Kristin Hull, Founder, Nia Community Fund
Kristin is an activist and conscious investor. She is founder and CEO of Nia Global Solutions, Director of Nia Community Investments and co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland. Interested in innovative solutions for leveraging resources for social change, Kristin entered the space of impact investing while serving as a board member for various not-for-profit organizations and foundations. Her passion for conscious investing led to the development of the Oakland focused Nia Community Fund and then Nia Global Solutions, a gender-lens, solutions focused portfolio bringing Impact Investing into the public markets. Her book exploring diversity in impact investing, Voices From the Field, is forthcoming.
Christina Hurvis, Featured Donor, 826 Valencia
Christina Hurvis serves on the Board of Directors of the Caerus Foundation, Inc., a family foundation that focuses on improving education for underserved youth, bringing the arts and environmental awareness to low‐income neighborhoods, and supporting wildlife preservation and global health initiatives. Christina is also on the Board of Directors of Old World Industries, Inc., an independent, family‐owned business. In addition, Christina is involved with medical initiatives focused on developing treatments for cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Prior to her current roles, Christina worked in the fashion industry for more than 18 years, launching her first namesake collection in New York City in 1996.
Renee Kaplan, Chief Strategy Officer, Skoll Foundation
Renee Kaplan is Chief Strategy Officer and oversees the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll World Forum, Strategic Alliances, Communications, and Issue Intelligence programs at the Skoll Foundation. Renee has more than 20 years of business experience in corporate, entrepreneurial, and foundation sectors. Her professional background includes eight years at Microsoft in corporate and international marketing — working directly with executive leadership and spending considerable time in India, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Following Microsoft, she was founder and CEO of an e-commerce start up, FutureWorkplace, Inc., and spent six years as Executive Vice President of the Casey Family Programs Foundation. She was most recently the principal of RKaplan Consulting.
Robert Maxfield, President, Maxfield Foundation
Robert Maxfield co-founded ROLM Corporation in 1969, a computer and telecommunications company, serving as Executive VP and director until its acquisition by IBM in 1984, continuing as advisor until 1988. From 1988-2007, he was a Stanford consulting professor in Management Science and Engineering, and from 1989 to 1992 was a venture partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers. He served as a trustee of Rice University from 1995 to 2012, and has since been active with its OpenStax education project. He is President of the Maxfield Foundation, founded in 1986 to support scientific research and education. He is a director of Echelon Corporation and a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute.
Cindy Mercer, Co-Founder, Planet Heritage Foundation
Cindy Mercer celebrates the power of partnership! She is passionate about connecting and amplifying networks toward results-driven alliance building. As a result, she has curated a diverse community of entrepreneurial philanthropists, investors, change makers and mentors. Cindy thrives learning from and connecting these remarkable people as they create solutions together. With Addison Fischer, Cindy co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF). PHF is an entrepreneurial; grant-making foundation focused on facilitating funder and NGO collaborations benefiting climate, oceans, forests, biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture. PHF has launched a number of collaboratives including: The Aligned Intermediary to support large scale, long-term investors channel significant amounts of institutional capital into resource innovation investments and Oceans 5 — a global marine funder’s collaborative focused on marine protection.
Bita Nazarian, Executive Director, 826 Valencia
Bita Nazarian was an educator in San Francisco Unified School District for eighteen years, serving as a teacher, leader, and administrator. She currently supports new school administrators by facilitating a class for UC Berkeley’s Leadership Support Program. Bita fell in love with 826 when the organization established its first Writers’ Room at Everett Middle School in 2003, and then was ecstatic to build a second Writers’ Room at James Lick Middle School, where she was principal. Bita joined 826 Valencia’s Board of Directors in 2006 and served for five years, three of them as President.
Kelly Nowlin, Trustee, Surdna Foundation
Currently a trustee of the Surdna Foundation, Kelly chairs both the Andrus Family Program and Centennial Working Group. Kelly is responsible for outreach to, and engagement of, nearly 500 extended family members and identifies opportunities to collaborate with other family foundations and youth philanthropy programs. Kelly is guiding the development of activities marking Surdna’s 100th anniversary in 2017. She was also a founding board member of the Andrus Family Fund, an independent grantmaker launched by Surdna in 2000 for fifth generation family members. Kelly has nearly 30 years of experience as a media and communications professional, has launched two startups, and has worked extensively with non-profit organizations generating awareness and support for their causes. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
Kathleen Odne, Executive Director, Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Kathleen Odne is the Executive Director of the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation in Walnut Creek, California. The Lesher Foundation provides grants to nonprofits in northern California to improve K-12 education, enhance the visual and performing arts and in support of programs benefiting children and families. Kathleen just completed her term on the Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and previously served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, and Northern California Grantmakers. Kathleen was also a founding member of the Funders Forum of Contra Costa, a member of the Advisory Council for the Foundation Center in San Francisco, and past chair of the Committee on Family Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations.
Steven Oliver, Featured Donor, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
Steven H. Oliver is President of the award-winning construction and development firm Oliver & Company based in Richmond, CA, which has built over a thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. A well-known arts philanthropist, advocate, and civic leader in the Bay Area, Mr. Oliver is the former Chairman of the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and former chairman of a division of the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board for the United States Artists, and serves on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including Community Arts Stabilization Trust.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President, Putnam Consulting Group
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is a global philanthropy adviser who helps grantmakers transform their giving and catapult their impact. Since 1999 she has helped over 50 foundations and donors strategically allocate and assess over $300 million in grants. Her clients include the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and David and Lucile Packard Foundation, as well as many individual donors, corporations, and private foundations. Kris is the author of Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, and was recently named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers.
Jeff Raikes, Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation;
Former CEO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Raikes is the former chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. With his wife, Tricia, Jeff now co-leads the Raikes Foundation, which they founded in 2002 in Seattle with a mission to empower young people to transform their lives. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Jeff starting working at Microsoft in 1981 and eventually became a member of the senior leadership team. A Nebraska native, Jeff is a longtime supporter of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management is named in his honor. He also serves on the boards of AGRA and the Social Enterprise Initiative of Harvard Business School, and is a vice chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.
Deborah Rappaport, President, Rappaport Family Foundation;
Co-Founder, Minnesota Street Project
Deborah Rappaport is a co-founder, with her husband Andy, of Minnesota Street Project. The Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco’s contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term. She and her husband are contemporary art collectors, with a focus on art that engages with current social issues. Deborah currently sits on the boards of Creative Capital, Headlands Center for the Arts, and People for the American Way. Deborah is a Founder and Managing Partner of Skyline Public Works and President of the Rappaport Family Foundation. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Valerie Rockefeller Wayne is chair and trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her professional background is as a middle school special education teacher for adolescents with learning differences and emotional disabilities. She began her teaching career at Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, New York, and also taught in Australia. Valerie worked as a confidential assistant to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education during the first Clinton administration. She serves as a trustee of Columbia University Teachers College, D.C. Preparatory Academy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Asian Cultural Council. Valerie was a trustee of Spelman College, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kevin Salwen, Author & Philanthropist
Kevin Salwen is an author, entrepreneur, and partner in the Distinguished Careers Institute fellowship at Stanford University. As a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal from 1981 to 2000, Kevin covered the financial markets and two presidential administrations. In 2006, at the urging of then 14-year-old Hannah, the Salwen family made the radical decision to sell their home, move into one half the size, and use half the funds to make the world better. For a decade, they have invested with The Hunger Project to help villagers in Ghana. Kevin and Hannah wrote a book about their family’s story – The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back – that has been featured in The New York Times, The Today Show, ABC and CBS News, Parade, People and many others.
Christine Sherry, Trustee, Swanson Foundation
Christine Sherry founded and leads Sherry Consulting, a philanthropic advising practice serving individual philanthropists and foundations in all aspects of their philanthropic strategy and analysis. Christine is a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford PACS and teaches in philanthropy through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. Christine was the founding Executive Director of the Philanthropy Workshop West, a donor education program for high-net worth individuals, and served as Vice President and General Counsel of SRI International. She is a Trustee of the Swanson Foundation and the San Francisco Ballet. Christine graduated from Stanford University in International Relations and received her JD from UC Berkeley.
Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation
Lateefah Simon stepped into her role as Akonadi Foundation’s newly appointed President in August 2016. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Akonadi, she served as Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation. Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40, and the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service. In 2016, Lateefah was elected to serve District 7 on the Bart Board of Directors, and was appointed by the Governor of California to the California State University’s Board of Trustees.
Claire M. Solot, Managing Director, Bigglesworth Family Foundation
Claire has been working with nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. Beginning in 2000, she led the formation and operations of several private foundations and currently serves as the Managing Director of the Bigglesworth Family Foundation. In 2014, Claire co-founded the Bay Area Legal Services Funders Network, a network of over 60 foundations who fund legal aid organizations. Claire has served on over a dozen nonprofit boards including the Virginia & Leonard Marx Foundation, the Marcled Foundation, the Jenerosity Foundation, the Urban School of San Francisco, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Prior to entering into the field of philanthropy, Claire worked as an attorney in both the private and public sectors.
Rick Williams, CEO, Sobrato Family Foundation
Rick Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sobrato Family Foundation (SFF), one of Silicon Valley’s largest philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining SFF, Mr. Williams founded and was President of Realize Consulting Group, a management consultant firm for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Williams also served at the Director of the Asset Funders Network, USA, a national community of foundations and grantmakers helping low-income individuals build and protect financial assets, and was National Programs Director at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation where he oversaw grantmaking in the areas of homelessness, substance abuse, foster youth, after-school services, and poverty prevention. Mr. Williams is on the Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY).