Our Board

William Alderman

Retired Partner, Orrick

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, 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.

Diane Brandenburg

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 fundraising 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, including starting the  Children’s Fund giving program at our foundation.

Read more about Diane in our blog post here.

Judi Feeley

Technology Executive, Passionate about Giving to Others, Diversity & Inclusion

Judi Feeley is a Global B2B Sales Executive with more than 25 years of successful experience accelerating the revenue growth of technology companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific. In addition to managing enterprise teams across the US, she lived in London as Managing Director of the UK and Ireland at VERITAS Software (acquired by SYMANTEC) and lived in Paris, as Managing Director of France. She has consistently built top performing teams, launched long term partnerships, and exceeded corporate goals. Her vast experience includes business strategy, enterprise sales, global accounts, channel sales, sales operations, recruitment, and talent management. It is with a great desire to bring transformational technology to her customers globally that Ms. Feeley brings her executive expertise to The Forgotten International’s Board of Directors.

Debra Fischer

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.

Thibault Gerbaldi

Portfolio Manager, Tudor Investment Corporation

Thibault Gerbaldi was born and raised in Paris, France.  An engineer by training, Thibault graduated from Ecole Polytechnique. After completing graduate studies at Princeton University, Thibault joined BNP Paribas in New York where he worked for four years before joining Tudor Investment Corporation as a portfolio manager in 2013.

Thibault has dedicated time to charity work with involvement in programs to help individuals in need in France, Peru, and New York. He has served food for the underprivileged in Paris as well as in New York and spent some time in a retirement home in Peru to help Catholic Sisters in their day to day work. Thibaut ran the 2019 NY marathon in support of the Robin Hood foundation.

Thibault joined the TFI board in 2019.

Dr. John B. de Graft-Johnson, M.D., FACS

Director of Thoracic Surgery, First California Physician Partners

John has two decades’ worth of experience in the medical field. For ten years, he served as the Assistant Chief of Surgery for Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at Kaiser Permanente. Currently, he is the Director of the Thoracic Surgery Program at First California Physician Partners in Modesto. In addition, John is Physician CEO at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also served in the United States Navy for two years, where he was the Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps. On top of these accomplishments, John has also published several papers related to topics such as Cardiovascular Medicine and Thoracic Surgery.

Vivian Ho

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, when 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 a number of years, getting their accounting records in order, and joined the TFI board in mid-2016.

Read more about Vivian on our blog here.

Jilma Meneses

CEO of Catholic Charities of San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo (CCSF)

Jilma has a proven track record of executive leadership, through her roles in higher education, human services, and providing opportunities to diverse and underserved communities. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at CCSF, where she leads the strategic vision, management, facilitation, and operations of all 35 programs and services. She also serves as the CEO of Our Family in Africa (OFA), which supports children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jilma earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Berkeley, and has a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR.

Gerard Hugh Mohan

Retired Commander, US Navy and 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.

Since joining TFI’s Board of Directors, Mr. Mohan has established the Dr. Eugene P. Mohan Medical Assistance Fund in the name of his late brother, in 2019. The fund has already made a positive impact on those in need in Africa, India, Nepal, and Peru.

Thomas Nazario

Founder & President, The Forgotten International

Thomas Nazario is an attorney and former 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, Peru, Thailand, Rwanda, and Botswana to work on issues related to global poverty.

Read more about Tom in our blog post here.

Charles Allen Reed, CFA

Client Solutions Group Specialist at HSBC

Charles comes from an incredibly strong background in financial markets and engineering, investments, and insurance. At HSBC, he is a relationship-focused salesperson, covering Banks and Insurance clients on regulatory-driven liability and asset side solutions. Prior to his role at HSBC, he has also been an integral part of Societe Generale and BNP Paribas, where he specialized in Fixed Income.

Charles earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and went on to pursue a Master of Financial Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, Charles channels his expertise as a volunteer judge at New York City’s largest team-based math competition and contributes to homeless outreach.

Bobba Venkatadri

General Partner, Ventureast

Bobba was Vice President of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing operations at Warner Lambert Co. USA (Pfizer). He managed five plants with a staff of about 2,000. Her served as President of Warner Lambert, Indonesia. He was Executive Vice President of Centocor Inc. (now a Divison of J&J) and was responsible for R&D, Clinical Development, and operations. His group developed Reo-Pro, the first successful monoclonal Antibody and Remicade, a drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis (sold about $7B in 2015). He was CEO of Molecular Biosystems, which developed the first ultrasound contrast agent, which is currently marketed by Mallinckrodt (about $250M in sales). He served as Senior V.P. of Covance Biosciences (now a division of Merck). Bobba joined Ventureeast in 2007 as a general partner. He currently serves on the Board of the APIDC Venture Capital (PVT) Ltd., iMeDx Inc., Sparsha Pharma Inc., Diabetomics,  Celes Care, Cancer Genetics India, Evolva Biotech PVT Ltd., Nap Pharmaceuticals India, and is an adviosory Board member of Cumberland Pharma. In addition, he serves on the board of The Forgotten International.

Read more about Bobba in our blog post here.

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