Rafael Alfonzo is the Managing Partner of Radien Legacy Partners, an investment fund focused on acquiring and managing great small businesses. He has more than 20 years’ experience operating and investing in startups and PE-backed businesses. A former regulatory enforcement executive, Rafael also has expertise in corporate compliance and governance.
Shanti Ariker is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Zendesk (ZEN:NYSE). She has worked directly with boards at Salesforce.org (chaired by Marc Benioff), Twilio, and Zendesk. Shanti is a board member of Coveo Solutions (CVO:TSX) and serves on the Audit and Risk Committees. Shanti has served a wide network of industry leaders, including Salesforce, Salesforce.org, Autodesk, Twilio.
Julio C. Barrionuevo is a board advisor and seasoned senior C-level finance & operations executive with 40 years of expertise within finance, engineering, and operations in the transportation and logistics sectors driving growth of global businesses within Fortune 50 corporations. He is experienced in P&L management of large global operations, & corporate finance leadership.
Monica Belsito is a classically trained CPG general manager with a decade of experience building and scaling digitally-native disruptor brands. She is an expert in uncovering and solving consumer problems.
Laura Berner is an accomplished biotech executive, with significant business development, corporate strategy, and operations experience. She has deep expertise leading complex public and private company transactions and is expert in the development and execution of financing, growth and partnerships strategies for biopharma and related technology companies.
Corey Best is the Senior Director of North American Study Operations for Sobi. He’s a strategic “solutions architect” with expertise in operations, program and life cycle management, and organization development. In addition, Corey is well versed in blockchain and distributed ledger technology while being an avid digital asset investor.
Anne Beyer is a Professor of Accounting at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where she teaches a wide variety of audiences spanning C-level executives, directors and entrepreneurs. Anne’s expertise lies in financial management, accounting, performance measurement and corporate disclosures of companies at all stages.
Tina Brown is the Chief Operating Officer for Overland-Tandberg, a data protection and cybersecurity technology company with a global install base of 5+ million products deployed in over 90 countries. She is an expert in global supply chain transformation, M&A integration, data security / cybersecurity, and technology hardware manufacturing.
Cassius F. Butts is a former presidential appointee for the Bush (Department of Housing and Urban Development) and Obama Administrations (Small Business Administration). He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer/Managing Partner of Capital for Global Leader Group. Cassius is an expert in corporate strategy and managing venture capital relationships.
Jorge Calderon is Managing Director of Inicio Ventures (Latinx startup fund & ecosystem builder) and a professional faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As a life-long innovator he builds, grows and then shares what he learns through his experiences.
Thomas Chow is Chief Legal Officer at Chia Network, the sustainable, secure, and compliant blockchain company. Thomas is an expert at scaling global technology companies through IPO.
Laura Clapper, independent board director and C-suite executive, is a pioneer in the field of digital transformation. Her diverse expertise as a strategist, physician, and Navy veteran has helped drive great changes in health care delivery that enrich people’s lives such as maternal health and combat training improvements using data, AI, and technology.
Cristina Davis is a faculty member in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives at UC Davis. She’s an expert in miniature chemical sensors and metabolomics monitoring in biological systems.
Abby Dernburg is a Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, with an extensive track record of high-impact peer-reviewed publications. She has expertise in genetics, genome-based technologies, biological imaging, and scientific communication, as well as undergraduate and graduate teaching.
Dawn Dobras is a recognized retail CEO and entrepreneur who has built consumer businesses in public, private equity backed and start-up companies. Most recently, she was CEO of Credo Beauty, largest clean beauty retailer in US.
Keith Dorsey is a Managing Partner and the U.S. Practice Leader of CEO & Board Services at Boyden. His superpower is helping businesses aggressively grow their bottom-line and shareholder value during significant periods of change including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, turnarounds, and startups.
Sofia Durham is the Head of Shipping for the Americas at Equinor. She’s an expert in executing deals in complex international environments, managing public and private stakeholders and navigating contractual and operational risk in the energy value chain, including energy production, storage and distribution.
Tom Feddo is the founder of a strategic consulting firm, The Rubicon Advisors, LLC, and the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security. He’s an expert in national security and international trade law.
Teri Fontenot is an experienced independent director of public, private, and private equity portfolio company boards. Her professional career includes CFO, COO, and CEO of health systems in Florida and Louisiana. She currently serves on nominating/governance, risk, and audit committees (including chair) of companies in medical services, staffing, insurance, and utilities.
Jane Franch is the Senior Director of ESG at Pivot Bio. She is an expert in helping companies identify material ESG issues and craft programs to both control risk and deliver industry leading impact.
Rashmi Garde is the Chief Legal Officer of Sophos, a cybersecurity company. She has served as an executive at multiple private and public software companies ranging from $20M to $2B with experience in SaaS, international expansion, M&A, financings, channel and direct sales.
Nichol Garzon is the Chief Legal Officer, SVP Corporate Development of Glass Lewis. Nichol provides management, leadership, strategic direction and oversight of all legal, compliance, and regulatory affairs, worldwide, and is a recognized expert in corporate governance.
Bob Ghoorah is an active angel investor and the co-founder of Quarry Ventures, an early stage venture fund. Originally a corporate lawyer, Bob has significant operational experience and regularly advises founders, executives and boards of directors on all aspects of strategy and execution.
Federico Gomez-Schumacher is the Vice President for Latin America at PayPal. He has over 25 years of business leadership experience in multinational environments with both global companies as well as venture-funded startups.
Linda Griego has been an independent director on a number of publicly-traded and private companies, presently Paramount Global, and financial institutions, presently Capital Group/American Funds. Her superpower is combining service on corporate boards with entrepreneurship, civic and community leadership, philanthropy and government service.
Erica Hamilton is a CEO with deep expertise in business development, operations, human capital strategy, and people management. In addition, Erica serves as a Board Member and Strategic Advisor for Founders, new CEOs, and C-Suite leaders focused on launching and scaling ventures and new initiatives in the private and public sectors.
John B. Harris Jr. is a retired senior banker and executive of Deutsche Bank who is currently a board member of UVIMCO, a $14 billion university asset management company and Manhattan Community Board Five, a municipal public body for midtown Manhattan and New York City. Harris has a record of success of financing, advising, building, managing, leading and governing organizations on five continents and of mitigating cross border business, economic, legal, regulatory and political risks faced by organizations.
Tracy Harris is a seasoned CFO/finance and operations, business strategist. She’s an expert in identifying and transforming troubled, underperforming organizations.
Derek Hawkins is Corporate Counsel, IP at Salesforce. Derek is a battle-tested strategic and legal advisor that helps Fortune 100 brands monetize their intellectual property and launch products in the Web 3 ecosystem.
Amy E. Herr, Ph.D. is the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor at UC Berkeley and, on leave until early 2024, the CTO of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Network. She’s an expert in life sciences and single-cell biology tools, and academic spinouts.
Sunnie House is the owner of Sunnie House Strategies, a Certified DBE/WBE/SBE business coaching firm that supports optimization of business operations and development. Sunnie is a visionary strategist who offers tailored solutions to meet her clients’ challenges. She helps her clients to create a vision, prioritize, streamline processes, and develop and implement strategies.
Duane is Chair of the Council at UBS Americas. He is a master connector, communicator and a career growth catalyst. He advises on strategy, operations, risk management, regulatory management, legal, and sales leadership. He managed a $160B AUM Latin America private bank, managing a multinational team of 250 advisors and more than 35 team members.
Joe Hurd is an Operating Partner at SOSV, LLC, a $1.3B early stage venture fund and a 4-time public company director. His superpower is helping Series C+ management teams achieve scalable growth with Fortune 1000 companies, generate incremental revenue through global market expansion/entry, and transition into life as a public company.
Toni Irving is the Frank M Sands Sr Professor of Practice at Darden Graduate School of Business and consults with organizations on ESG related issues. Her superpower is helping Startup and PE portfolio company integration through establishing strong corporate structures and cultures and managing governance and risk.
Vanessa L Jacoby is the Chief Financial Officer at Shoreline Biosciences. She is an expert in growing and financing early-stage biotech companies as well as IPOs, merger and acquisitions, and corporate governance.
Leticia is the Global Lead of Meta’s Immersive Learning Fund and a General Partner at LEAP Global Partners. Her superpower is to leverage technology for impact to support financial health, education and gender equity.
Tamra Johnson is a rocket scientist, multi-business founder, board member, angel investor and current COO of Liquid, the operations system for agile businesses. Her superpowers include leadership in revolutionizing the future of work and in unlocking value in underutilized human capital assets.
Anthony Johnson is the President and CEO of Kodkiaz Therapeutic, a preeminent genomic medicine company. His superpowers include corporate development (deal-making), strategic planning and managing the process of innovation.
Nichole is a Managing Director at Accenture Strategy Consulting with years as Business Operator and Advisor in Retail. She focuses on growth and transformation strategy and activation to enable mid to large brands win hearts and wallets of their consumers.
Sonia Katyal is the Associate Dean for Faculty Research at Berkeley Law, Distinguished Haas Chair, and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Her work focuses on, among other topics, AI and regulatory strategy, intellectual property portfolio management and diversity and inclusion initiatives with technology companies.
Khaled Koubaa is the founder of AT Worthy Technology. He held significant leadership roles for Meta, Google, and Board of Directors at ICANN, the Internet Society, AfriNIC and the UN’s IGF, and he is an expert in global technology policy and Internet Governance.
Thane Kreiner, PhD serves as a board member and advisor to enterprises focused on health of people and planet. He has launched and grown enterprises from idea to impact, including IPO, and is a leading authority on strategies to accelerate ESG and DEI globally and locally.
Vy Le is a financial regulatory lawyer and policy expert with over a decade of experience across the public and private sectors. She has worked at the SEC on both enforcement and policy, overseen financial regulatory and go-to-market strategy for a global crypto startup, and currently leads the regulatory and policy function at Bain Capital’s crypto venture capital fund.
Kimberlie Le is the Co-Founder and CEO of Prime Roots, an alternative protein company based in Berkeley, California. She is a technical and brand-oriented product and innovation leader within the consumer products space. She is an expert in food entrepreneurship and is passionate about bringing diverse perspectives to board rooms.
Holden Lee is CFO and Chief Investment Officer of Tides (www.tides.org). He is an expert on emerging business models at the intersection of public, private, and philanthropic capital markets. Holden advises companies in education, healthcare, and sustainability on how they can capitalize on these trends.
Sarah Lee is an investor in early stage future of learning and work technology startups. She’s an expert in innovative education models from early childhood through enterprise learning, or preK-to-gray. Sarah also serves as a leadership coach to diverse executives, founders/founding teams, and emerging leaders.
Brad Lewis is the Chief Legal Officer at Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management company, with extensive prior experience in financial services. He’s an expert in preparing for and leading an IPO, regulatory compliance for financial services and technology companies, and crisis management.
Irene Liu is an Executive in Residence at Berkeley Law Executive Education and formerly the Chief Legal and Finance Officer at Hopin. She is an expert in building and scaling technology companies to achieve multi-billion dollar valuations.
Lenin Lopez is a Vice President in the Management Liability Group at Woodruff Sawyer where he advises management teams and boards on risk mitigation strategies. He is an expert in corporate governance and securities law compliance and served as inhouse counsel to a variety of mid-cap to large-cap public companies, most recently leading the US corporate governance and securities function at a top 10 global pharmaceutical company.
Mick Lopez is the Chief Financial Officer for Ribbon Communications, his fifth CFO role in billion dollar plus revenue firms. He is an expert in strategic and finance transformations for global growth in venture backed to public companies.
Dr. Monica Lopez is a serial entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Cognitive Insights for Artificial Intelligence. Widely known for her industry-agnostic approach, Monica is an expert in the science, ethics, and governance of artificial intelligence, faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and an adept connector and communicator between the technical and non-technical.
Oren Lund is an ex-chef, adjunct professor, c-suite exec, corporate governance specialist and expert at managing bet-the-company transactional and commercial events in highly regulated industries (including healthcare, telecommunications, government contracting, cannabis, alcohol, consumer product.
Anita Lynch is a corporate board director for Nasdaq US exchanges, Hungryroot and Infogain. She is an expert in scaling businesses through technology and data while creating a more trustworthy digital world through governance.
Cam Mabrie is senior legal counsel with expertise in the media, entertainment, and real estate industries. He’s an experienced counselor on intellectual property matters, content exploitation and monetization transactions and models, and project finance.
JeanMarie Markham is a seasoned life science executive, CEO, and Founder. She is a subject matter expert with global regulatory and clinical business operational expertise. Demonstrated ability in identifying, recruiting and building high performing teams to develop and gain regulatory approval of novel medical technologies globally.
Stephanie Marrus is the managing director for entrepreneurship at University of California, San Francisco, a leading life science university. She has served in C-suite roles at a number of companies, including as CEO of a venture-backed startup.
Mark McIntosh is a CEO, and Operating Partner for Portfolio Companies of a Family Office and is a board member of the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. Mark is experienced in Operational Leadership, Investment Analysis, and Private Equity. He has experience as a Board a Member, including Board Chairmanships and committee leadership.
Nili T. Moghaddam is General Counsel of Bungalow Living, Inc. Her superpower is helping corporations navigate the regulatory landscape while driving growth.
Fonz Morris is Lead Product Designer for Global Conversion at Netflix. He’s an expert in product design, acquisition and conversion.
Lebone Moses is an experienced Big 4 auditor, startup and VC advisor, and the CEO of Chisara Ventures, a consulting firm specializing in risk, internal controls and organizational strategy. She is an expert in helping businesses understand and develop strategies to address governance, risk and control issues to ensure sustainable growth.
Sarah Niyogi is the General Counsel at Scale AI. She’s an expert in technology and IP law and her superpower is helping companies navigate legal and risk trade-offs while scaling for growth.
Wendy Nunnelley is Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer at Danone North America and also an investor in startups. Her superpower is connecting the dots between consumer, customer, and company to create sustainable value in both scale-up and transformation situations, leveraging her expertise across Transformation, Strategy, Revenue Growth Management, Planning, Pricing, Commercial, and ESG.
Clare O’Brien is an experienced senior leader in financial services and technology organizations. Her superpower is guiding startup and high growth companies to make strategic choices that drive product-market fit and scalability.
Zain Oke is the General Manager | Vice President of AAA Automotive Services in Northern California. As a former audit partner and consultant, her super power is advising startups on scaling operations, and on finance, risks, and governance practices pre- and post-IPO.
Elena Otero is a Fortune 500 C-suite Global Business Executive, CMO, GM and Board Member whose 30 years of strategic marketing and branding experience has delivered billion-dollar outcomes for iconic products at Clorox and Procter & Gamble.
Angeli Patel is an entrepreneur, attorney, and Obama White House Alum with the unique experience of guiding multinational public and private companies through environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and regulations.
D’Angela Proctor, Founder/CEO of Undaunted Content, is an attorney turned entrepreneur and media executive with over 20 years of experience in the filmmaking and television business. She is an infrastructure and leadership architect that builds and scales companies engaged in the creation and distribution of long form content.
Katherine “KT” Rabin joined Glass Lewis, the governance and proxy voting services firm in 2003, as part of the original management team. KT served as CEO from April 2007 to September 2019. As CEO of Glass Lewis, KT also oversaw Washington Analysis, a Glass Lewis subsidiary that assesses the impact of political and regulatory developments on the capital markets.
Julio Ramirez has unique perspectives on global business through his breadth of experience as a former KPMG audit partner, entrepreneur, strategic advisor to large global companies, and CFO. His strength is helping startups to large international companies in their transformational journey to grow across the globe and drive enhanced shareholder returns.
Joanne Rohde, an experienced C-Suite executive and Independent Board Director is a disruptor, growth accelerator and a creator of new business models that have become industry standards in both Financial Services and technology markets. At Red Hat, where she served as COO, Joanne created the Open Source and Subscription models, fueled Red Hat’s growth and helped dozens of successor companies come to market.
At the core of value creation for four Fortune 500 companies (Westinghouse, Medtronic, Boeing and Johnson Controls) and one energy startup, Marta Ronquillo Newhart has increased revenue and the multiple for each company by bridging the gap between their stakeholders the companies she has helped lead. She is a well-rounded business leader with expertise in risk management, digital transformation, and customer acquisition and retention. She is sought out for her counsel and strategy development skills currently by two AI startups. Has been an ex-pat for Boeing in China and Argentina.
Carlos Schuler is the Chief Operating and Technology Officer at InCarda Therapeutics and a co-founder of the company. Carlos is an biotech entrepreneur, and his superpower (and passion) is resolving complex puzzles involving people, products, technologies, intellectual property and business.
Omari Scott Simmons is University Chair and Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law. Omari is a corporate governance expert helping start-ups and other business enterprises navigate complex governance, legal, and operational challenges.
After consulting for multiple fortune 100 companies for over two decades, Bridgette L. Smith now leverages her expertise at Google as a Senior PMO Executive providing GTM strategy, innovation, product development & SaaS expertise for enterprise software & consumer products. She is also an award-winning Talk Show Host, 2x Founder, Startup Advisor, Investor, Author and Podcast Host.
Christie Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. She is an expert in ESG investing and governance.
Stewart Stockdale is Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Rellevate, Inc. a digital banking and payments fintech platform. He is expert in financial services, digital transformation, and data / analytics. Stewart is a global citizen who has run Fortune 500 companies and most recently launched a fintech to help those Americans that need it most. He brings both ethnic and geographic diversity.
Nicole Streeter is a General Counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia. She has extensive experience in regulatory compliance on the government and corporate sides, risk management, crisis management, and governance.
Diana Tidd is an Executive Committee Member and Chief Responsibility (Sustainability) Officer at MSCI. She was previously the Global Head of Index Products, the firm’s largest product line. Diana is an expert at building and maintaining high growth businesses, driving sales, and firmwide ESG integration.
Marvin has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit and advisory boards. He is a former CEO/CFO and current c-suite advisor. Marvin comes with deep expertise in finance and strategy and has particular experience in ESG and impact investing. Marvin is a mentor and advisor to startups, including one which has a unicorn valuation. He has lectured on M&A and has led transactions on several continents.
Jennifer Urdan is a board member, investment committee member and retired financial services executive with extensive experience in corporate finance, asset management, alternative investments and ESG. She has been a repeat first mover in strategic new business areas and innovative investments throughout her career.
Duane Valz is VP & General Counsel of insitro, a venture backed drug development company. With broad-based operating experience across tech and biotech, he is an expert in intellectual property, governance and business strategy for technology-driven companies.
Marta Viegas is a senior executive at IDB Invest, private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. She advises boards and senior leaders on corporate governance practices, thereby minimizing investment risk and promoting regional impact and development. She is lawyer with extensive experience in corporate governance, ESG, compliance, M&A and cross border transactions in emerging markets.
Thurman White Jr is a former Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman for an investment management firm that he led and helped grow from a start-up to a more mature firm with over $8 billion in assets over 28 years. He’s had prior corporate operating and governmental public policy experience.
Jeannette Wiltse is a Partner and CFO of Relay Ventures, an early stage VC firm headquartered in Toronto. She is experienced in managing VC funds, and has worked extensively with early stage companies as they develop governance and financial models.
Erin Ziegler is the President, COO, and General Counsel of a family office consulting firm. She is an expert in managing corporate development, complex business strategy, and legal matters.