San Francisco Office of the Mayor & San Francisco Police Commission
Rania Adwan combines research, planning and global affairs expertise to identify opportunities and facilitate growth. Most recently, with PwC, she provided strategic and operational leadership to the Risk Consulting business unit. Her experience and influence spans the Middle East, Asia, the U.S., U.K. and the Caribbean, on engagements ranging from post-disaster recovery and reconstruction to anti-corruption and corporate intelligence. She holds an MA in Foreign Service, International Relations and Security from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
San José Public Library
Nick Almeida has more than 15 years of experience in both social and public finance, and a depth of experience providing strategic, financial and operational advisory services to private, public and social sector clients. Nick is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance (SSF)–a social impact agency providing impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social entrepreneurs. He holds a MA in Sociology and a BA in Public Policy from Stanford University.
Los Angeles Public Library
Donna Michelle Anderson is a veteran television showrunner and executive and patented tech entrepreneur. She guides entertainment networks, nonprofits and startups through branding, launching and scaling their content and companies. Over the past 20 years, she has helmed top-rated programming for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more, created groundbreaking production software and championed diversity across multiple industries, including founding the Hollywood Diversity Network. She is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and American Mensa. She holds a BA with distinction from Stanford University.
San Francisco International Airport
Mark Avnet is a management consultant and researcher whose work focuses on the influence of organizational culture and team dynamics on operational and safety performance. Most recently, he was an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. Prior to that, Mark was a consultant with McKinsey & Company focusing on the design and implementation of operational improvement programs in the aerospace industry. Mark holds an BS in Physics from MIT, an MA in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT.
San José Office of the City Manager
Dolan Beckel most recently served as a Director of Information Technology for Cognizant Technology Solutions. Prior to that, he was co-owner of Fathom Solutions, a Chicago-based management consulting company focused on the communications industry. Dolan was also an associate partner at Accenture helping international communications service providers through strategy, business process, and technology solutions. Dolan holds a BA in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Port of San Francisco
Keven Brough has been a member of several climate change startups, including most recently the Climate Policy Initiative, where he was a co-founder, COO, and Director of Strategy. Originally trained as an attorney, Keven worked for McKinsey & Company, where he served cross-sector clients on strategy and investment projects at the intersection of markets and public policy. He was also a director for Permian Global, a forest conservation fund. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Harvard Law School.
Los Angeles Personnel Department
Joan Centanno brings more than 20 years of successful management, marketing, consulting and entrepreneurial leadership for corporate and startup organizations. Joan began her professional career with Procter & Gamble and Frito-Lay, managing consumer brand strategies, new product introductions, and sales initiatives, leading departments with up to 300 people. An award-winning consultant, Joan has created sustainable and often game-changing programs on innovation strategy, market entry/growth, operations and organizational effectiveness for clients such as Target and Lowe’s. Joan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from Northern Illinois University.
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Ray Cheung comes from a two-decade career in international business and governmental cooperation in China’s sustainable development. Ray served as the Executive Director of the US-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP). Ray has also consulted for the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation on financing clean technology deployment. In addition, Ray led the World Resources Institute’s clean technology business incubator in China and was an advisor to the chairman of AIG Companies in China on clean technology investment strategies. Ray holds a BS in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Allegheny County Health Department
Colin Dwyer has 15 years of private-sector and nonprofit experience, including investment banking, healthcare venture capital, and a biotechnology company he helped to build from startup through a $100MM IPO. Colin has also been a strategic consultant to a range of nonprofit organizations, including Covenant House Alaska, The United Farm Workers Foundation, and Kickstart International in Tanzania. Colin worked as a strategic adviser to the board of Faces & Voices of Recovery. Colin has a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
New Orleans Office of the Deputy Mayor & Chief Administrative Officer
Siobhan Foley most recently worked at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she led the Advanced Energy Working Group for CGI America. Previously, Siobhan worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy to increase adoption of clean energy technologies, and on solar education and corporate engagement with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Previously, Siobhan led strategic marketing and communications initiatives in travel, theater and e-commerce. She holds an MA in sustainability management for the public sector from the Presidio Graduate School and a BA from Columbia University.
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Michael Lim is an innovation professional with global infrastructure, finance and technology experience, including most recently as a co-founder and CEO of a technology venture addressing urban infrastructure challenges. Originally trained in urban planning, Michael started his career in infrastructure development for the United Nations in the Asia Pacific region. He was also an investment banker, most recently with Lazard Freres & Co, and advised technology companies and governments on strategy, capital raises and M&A transactions. Michael holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vallejo Economic Development Department
Slater Matzke was the Founder and Operating Partner for a specialized independent consulting business for 10 years before serving as a Business Development Specialist in Honduras, Peru and El Salvador with Peace Corps. He holds a BA in Political Science from New York University and an MPA as a Coverdell Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
Sharon Meron spent 10 years on the education team at The Broad Foundation overseeing the foundation’s extensive grants evaluation process. Previously, she worked closely with the CEO of Advanced Monitored Caregiving, a New York based healthcare services provider, to refine and implement the company’s business plan. She holds a BS in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Fresno Unified School District
Wendy McCulley has two decades of experience in executive marketing and management of organizations in the medical, consumer products, technology, e-commerce and financial services industries. She has taught Marketing at the graduate level and has worked for global companies including Life Alert, Experian, TransUnion and Mattel. Wendy holds an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Harvard College.
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Mala Nanda has more than 10 years of executive management experience with Fortune 500 and privately-held companies. Having lived and worked in the US, China and India, and led cross-functional teams across Australia and Asia, Mala brings a multi-cultural understanding to leadership practices. Mala most recently worked with companies to overcome growth challenges and develop senior leaders. Mala holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, a Masters of Engineering Management from Northwestern University and a BA from Hood College.
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Sonia Nanda has more than 15 years of management experience working for technology companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. She most recently served as Vice President of Operations and Customer Support for Guidance Software, Inc. In her ten-plus years of employment at Guidance Software, Sonia helped scale enterprise systems and processes to support revenue growth from a $10 million business to a $120 million business. Her areas of expertise include customer service strategy and business process re-engineering to optimize operations performance. She holds a BA from Smith College.
Long Beach Office of the City Manager
Veronica Njodinizeh most recently served as the lead Health Benefits Advisor with J. Glynn & Company, focused primarily on public school district clients in Southern California as their exclusive health advisory consultants for the California Education Coalition for Health Care Reform. Prior to joining J. Glynn & Company, Veronica spent nearly a decade at PwC as a Business Development Manager and Healthcare Advisory Consultant serving global and national clients. Veronica holds an MA in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and a BS in Chemistry from Wright State University.
San Francisco Department of the Environment
Lars Peters is a strategist and entrepreneur with 10 years of leadership experience in tech and management consulting. Most recently, he was the Director of Global Service Provider Sales at Meraki and Director of Corporate Strategy at Cisco Systems. He has also performed pro bono engagements for International Save the Children Alliance in Boston and London while at the Boston Consulting Group. Lars holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MA in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Los Angeles World Airports
Hana Rhee is a strategic advisor with more than 15 years of experience providing strategic and operation advisory services to private, public, and social sector clients in multiple continents with a focus on emerging markets. Previously, she worked as a development economist in Africa, a management consultant at Bain, and an entrepreneur in South Korea. Hana consulted various national governments on economic and sector growth strategies, helped set up multi-billion dollar trade zones for businesses, and managed operational teams of a $50M revenue / 250 person company. She holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and an MBA from INSEAD, France and Singapore.
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Cori Schauer was a Lead Design Researcher at Dropbox where she studied collaborative practices within teams. Prior to Dropbox, Cori held research positions at NASA and Mozilla. At Mozilla, Cori set the company’s user research vision and strategy, and built the user experience research practice. At NASA, Cori was an ethnographer for the Human Space Flight program at Johnson Space Center where she studied flight controllers to understand their workflows and culture to inform the development of new flight control tools. She holds a Masters of Design and a BA in Professional Writing, English, and Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University.
California Health and Human Services
Venkat Suresh has over 20 years of global experience in executive management and consulting. He has worked in the telecommunications and healthcare industries across North America, India and the APAC region. Venkat is an entrepreneurial thinker with a proven track record of cultivating relationships with C-level and senior executives. He is an expert at identifying, cultivating, negotiating and managing strategic partnerships in multi-cultural environments and leading the system integration of products. He has worked in Silicon Valley startups and at companies including Openwave, Metricom and Mobility Networks. Venkat has an MS from Arizona State University and an MBA from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC.
Port of Los Angeles
Andrew Scott has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive across five continents in the logistics and technology sectors. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of a freight forwarder and logistics company focused on international e-commerce, the South Pacific Islands and serving the entertainment industry. He also co-founded a technology company improving efficiency across the container trucking industry. He holds a BA in Commerce from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Kamina Smith has more than 10 years of experience in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. As the founder of the Kyndle Consulting Group, she has partnered with individuals and organizations to deliver career management interventions, professional development trainings, talent management lifecycle strategies and entrepreneurial consulting. She holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Florida A&M University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Design from San Diego State University.
San Francisco Ethics Commission
Gayathri Thaikkendiyil is a technology leader with over 10 years of experience in IT strategy and operations at American Airlines. She was instrumental in delivering business critical technology solutions supporting Revenue Management, Reservations, Sales, and Distribution. Throughout her career, she has also supported several nonprofits in the areas of education, healthcare and community development in various leadership roles. She holds a BE in Computer Science from University of Madras, an MS in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Dallas, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Seattle Office of Economic Development
Suzanne Towns is an accomplished executive with two decades of cross-sector leadership. As the principal and founder of Towns Consulting Group, she has worked in areas of city and state-level development. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Collective Impact at the United Way of New York City and the Manager of Outreach at the AARP. Her work has focused in the areas of community-based economic development, workforce development, increasing economic security for vulnerable populations and advancing gender equality. She holds an MS in Social Work from Columbia University and a BA in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Los Angeles Office of the City Administrative Officer
Frederick White is a seasoned investment management professional with a passion to make an impact globally. Frederick has 20 years of primarily institutional direct real estate investing experience in debt and equity markets across all major property sectors employing various investment structures. He is well versed in underwriting real estate, setting investment objectives, portfolio management, project management, assessing owners, fund operators, real estate markets as well as structuring and negotiating loan, purchase and sale, and subscription agreements. Frederick holds an MBA from North Carolina Central University and a BA in Business Administration from Morehouse College.
San Francisco Office of the City Administrator
Keigo Yoshida worked as an engineer for two years, an international NGO worker for two years, and a private sector management consultant for six years with Nomura Research Institute America and Deloitte Consulting. Keigo’s expertise lies in project management and research and advisory for business development activities. Most of his professional life has been in the US and Japan, but has also spanned time in several African and Central Asian countries. Keigo holds a BA in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.