Bill Alderman has been a litigation and dispute resolution specialist at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP since 1970, focusing primarily on securities litigation, regulatory, and corporate governance issues. He commits a substantial part of his time to pro bono representation, is a director of Bay Area Legal Aid and Disability Rights Advocates, and has previously served as a director and/or officer of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, and The National MS Society Bay Area Chapter. Bill is a graduate of Miami University and Yale Law School. He has four adult children and lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Read more about Bill in our blog post here.
Philanthropist, Artist & Fundraiser, Brandenburg Family Foundation
Diane Brandenburg was a key capital fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Library, the first of its kind in our nation to combine its university collections and resources along with those of the city of San Jose’s public libraries. She served on the Library Council Board from 2004 until 2011, raising endowments and participating in other fund raising projects for the library. She served on the Deep Peninsula League for seven years, raising funds for the San Francisco Symphony. Diane and her husband Lee believe in the future of all children. They built the theatre for the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Gymnasium for the New Children’s Shelter in San Jose, California, as well as funding numerous other philanthropic organizations.
Read more about Diane in our blog post here.
Partner, Morgan Lewis
Debra Fischer has practiced employment law for more than 20 years, successfully trying cases in both California state and federal courts. She has experience in arbitration and her appellate work consists of briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts of appeal, including briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court. She has defended clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits; claims of race, sex, disability, pregnancy, age and sexual orientation discrimination; and assault, battery, invasion of privacy, defamation, fraud and false imprisonment allegations. Fischer hopes women will continue to emerge as leaders in the legal profession, thus enhancing their ability to practice law as well as providing more diverse representation to clients.
Susan C. Gause
Independent Director, HSBC Funds and MetLife Funds
Susan C. Gause is a Director of MetLife Funds and serves as Audit Committee Chair in addition to being a member of the Nominating, Governance and Compensation Committee, and the Investment Committee. She formerly served as Director for Met Investors Series Trust from 2008 to 2012 and before that was Chief Executive Officer for Allianz Dresdner Asset Management and Dresdner Asset Management and also served on Dresdner’s Global Asset Management Board overseeing $250B in assets. She was formerly Chief Financial Officer for Citicorp’s national leasing business. More recently, Ms. Gause is bringing her years of high-level corporate experience and success to the nonprofit world as an Advisor and Board Member.
Assistant Controller, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Vivian Ho is currently the Assistant Controller at Portola Pharmaceuticals. Portola is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical focused on discovering, developing and commercializing therapeutics in the fields of thrombosis and other hematologic diseases. Prior to Portola, she was an auditor of public and private companies at Ernest and Young from 2007-2018. At EY, she specialized in the life science practice, which includes companies developing medicines and medical devices for people in need. Her interest in helping others began when she was 6, and wrote a poem about a world with peace. She continued on to lead the UNICEF Club for two years during her Undergraduate years at the University of British Columbia. She has helped TFI for the past three years, getting their accounting records in order, and joined the TFI board in mid-2016.
Read more about Vivian on our blog, here.
Gerard Hugh Mohan
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Gerard Hugh Mohan was born and raised in New York city and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). He has worked in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) specializing in Dialysis and Trauma. After obtaining his B.S. in Nursing at Rutgers University, Mr. Mohan immediately joined the Navy in 1986 and served in the Navy Nurse Corps.
During his time in the Navy, Mohan continued his education at Seattle Pacific University. After obtaining the rank of Commander in the Navy, Mohan retired in 2004. Mr. Mohan nevertheless, was reluctant to set aside his skills, so he made use of his clinical experiences at a variety of health facilities as well as teaching clinical courses. More recently, Mr. Mohan’s eagerness to serve others has led him to The Forgotten International.
Founder & President, The Forgotten International / Professor, USF School of Law
Thomas Nazario is an attorney and Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has authored four books on children’s rights including the acclaimed In Defense of Children. His international work largely began in 1999 when, as a member of a legal team charged with preparing a report of the United Nations on the treatment of Tibetan children by the Chinese government, he was asked to travel to India to meet with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Since then, and in addition to many more trips to India, Professor Nazario has traveled to Romania, South Africa, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Rwanda, and Botswana to work on issues related to global poverty.
Read more about Tom in our blog post here.
Cataloger, New York Law Institute Library
Martha Pascual is a native of South Carolina and well acquainted with the problems associated with rural poverty. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute. She has worked as a law librarian at New York County Lawyers’ Association and Stroock, Stroock & Lavan. She is now semi-retired and working as a cataloger for New York Law Institute Library.
Read more about Martha in our blog post here.
Vice President, Higher Education Sales, Salesforce.com Foundation
As a member of the Salesforce.com Foundation management team, Brian Scharlin leads a team focused on helping Nonprofits and Higher Education Institutions leverage Salesforce.com’s technology and resources for the purpose of improving communities throughout the world.
Dr. Kimberly Skidmore
Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
Dr. Kimberly Skidmore, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSF where she has taught since graduating in 1999. Currently, she teaches pediatric cardiac anesthesia and ultrasound to medical students part time. She also has eight years of solo practice experience, most recently in Modesto, California. Prior to her work in Modesto, Dr. Skidmore was the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of California Anesthesia Providers, a medical corporation within Envision Healthcare which provides cost effective quality physician management expertise and advice to hospitals nationwide. As a result of her work with Envision Healthcare, Dr. Skidmore was recently given the Physician of the Year award from Envision Healthcare for her improvements in surgical budgeting, postoperative care, physician recruitment and in the writing and enforcement of hospital policies. Her sister is an ex Catholic nun who is now a lawyer for the Louisiana child and family services, and has inspired Kimberly to more directly serve the poor through her work with TFI.
General Partner- Ventureast
Bobba Venkatadri brings over 36 years of corporate leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and life sciences fields in the US, EU, and Asia. Bobba has previously served as Senior Vice President of operations at Aradigm Corporation; Executive Vice President at Diosynth; President and CEO at Molecular Biosystems; Executive Vice President at Centocor Inc; President of Warner-Lambert, Indonesia and Vice President of Manufacturing in Warner Lambert, Puerto Rico; and Vice President of Manufacturing, Parke Davis. A pharmacist by training, Bobba graduated with gold medal honours from Andhra University. He also has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
Read more about Bobba in our blog post here.