Board

Orson Aguilar, Vice Chair

Executive Director, The Greenlining Institute

Orson Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Greenlining Institute (Greenlining), one of the nation’s largest and most successful multi-ethnic public-policy non-profits in the country. Greenlining works to bring the American Dream within reach of all communities, regardless of race or income. Because people of color will be the majority of our nation’s population by 2040, Greenlining believes that America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.

Founded in 1993, Greenlining conducts research, advocates for better public policies, and trains young leaders.  Greenlining has expertise on a variety of major policy issues, including the economy, environment, energy, telecommunications, health, and electoral issues.  Greenlining runs one of the nation’s most successful leadership programs targeting tomorrow’s leaders.

Orson’s leadership has been featured in major media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Univision, Telemundo, La Opinion, NPR, Politico, The Huffington Post and many others news outlets.  He meets regularly with major Fortune 100 CEOs and with many of our nation’s political leaders. Orson has been recognized by the New Leaders Council, Latino Leaders Magazine, La Opinion, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and Silicon Valley Latino.

Orson’s passion is fueled on his experiences growing up in the immigrant and working class neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.  He attended U.C. Santa Cruz and received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  Orson is a product of Greenlining’s leadership academy.  He is also a former PPIA Fellow and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow. Orson lives in Oakland, CA with his wife Claudia, and their three children, Emilio, Nayeli, and Danilo.

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Dion Aroner, Former State Assemblywoman, Board Member

AJE Partners

Dion Aroner is deeply rooted in California government. After six years as a State Assemblywoman and 25 years as Chief of Staff to her predecessor, Tom Bates, she knows how to get things done in state government. She is an undisputed expert in state budget and human services issues, and has the institutional memory to help clients successfully navigate the Legislature and Administration.

She began her career as a social worker for Alameda County and developed her leadership skills at an early age by becoming the first woman president of Service Employees International Union 535.

Dion is a native San Franciscan, a proud graduate of UC Berkeley, and a longtime resident of the East Bay. She serves on the Boards of Freight and Salvage (a folk music venue in Berkeley), Seneca Center (serving severely emotionally disturbed children), and Safe Kids California.

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Norma Alvarez, Board Member

Philanthropist

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Michelle Cale, Chair

Philanthropist and Small Business Owner

Michelle has lived in California since 2001 and became a US citizen in 2011. She studied history at Oxford University. Her Ph.D. thesis examined the institutional treatment of female juvenile delinquents in Victorian England.

Michelle worked for two years at the Royal Commission for Historical Manuscripts in London. She then worked on legal aid and family law policy at the British Ministry of Justice, and was also a speechwriter for the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, under the Labour government. Michelle was the senior staff member at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University from 2005-09 (under director Professor Londa Schiebinger) where she was responsible for everything from refurbishment of the building to editing research papers to creating publicity materials.

Since 2008, Michelle has been devoting most of her time and energy to philanthropy. Being the first in her family to go to university, Michelle has a passionate belief in the power of education to open doors and change lives. Her philanthropic interests are generally around education, criminal justice reform, and the empowerment and security of women and girls. She was co-chair of the Criminal (In)Justice Action Circle of the Women Donors Network 2011-13, and served on the Silicon Valley Regional Board of the nonprofit Reading Partners from 2010-13.  Michelle joined the board of Breakthrough Silicon Valley in January 2014.  She has also been part of the Women GO giving circle since 2009.

In 2013, Michelle became the co-owner of a horse training and rider instruction business in Woodside, CA.  She lives with a husband, two teen daughters, two dogs, and more horses than is really sensible.

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Julie Dubick, Board Member

Partner, H.G. Consulting Group

Julie Dubick combines her background in law, public policy and nonprofit work as a partner in H.G. Consulting Group, providing in-depth stakeholder and public engagement, long-term strategic planning and community dialogue on a wide range of issues for corporate, public and nonprofit organizations. Julie began her professional career at the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney and was promoted to general counsel and assistant director of the US Marshals Service, where she worked on programs such as the Witness Protection Program.

She later joined the San Diego law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek as a partner and member of the management team. She tried cases in both state and federal courts and represented both individuals and major local and national corporations. Currently Julie is an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law in San Diego.

In 2005 Julie joined the office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, initially as director of policy and later as chief of staff. In that capacity, Julie brought together diverse stakeholders to develop and implement programs to improve life for all San Diego citizens.

Julie is passionate about mentoring, especially young women seeking to enter the workforce to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Julie is currently the co-chair of the mentoring committee of Women Give San Diego. She has written and lectured, including the article, “Raising Successful Children on a Working Woman’s Schedule.” She is married to attorney Mitch Dubick and they have three children: a lawyer, a venture capitalist and a college senior soccer goalie. Julie serves on the board of several nonprofits, including PsychArmor Institute for military mental health, Monarch School for homeless students, Girl Scouts San Diego and Imperial Counties and several organizations devoted to women and children. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Case Western Reserve School of Law.

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Sandra R. Flores, Board Member

Program Director, Fresno County Preterm Birth Collective Impact Initiative

Sandra Flores was appointed the first program director of the Fresno County Preterm Birth Collective Impact Initiative, a collaborative effort to reduce the number of babies born prematurely in Fresno County.

The Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative is part of the larger $100-million, 10-year Preterm Birth Initiative, led by the University of California, San Francisco, and funded by Lynne and Marc Benioff and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fresno County is one of six sites selected for the Preterm Birth Initiative, and the only site implementing the collective impact model. Alameda County and San Francisco are the other two U.S. locations, with international sites that include Nairobi, Rwanda and Uganda.

Sandra was the Senior Program Officer for the Central Valley Community Foundation (formerly Fresno Regional Foundation). She was with the Foundation from 2007 through 2016. As part of her role at the Central Valley Community Foundation, she oversaw the competitive grant making program which included Arts & Culture, Youth, Human Services, and Environment. As Senior Program Officer she also led the Teen Pregnancy Prevention and High Impact grant making initiatives on behalf of the foundation.

A native of Fresno, Flores attended Fresno City College and received her bachelor’s degree in history from Oklahoma City University. She is a member of the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, an organization through the California Department of Public Health that promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive health of youth in California.

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Linda Gebroe, Secretary

Writer

Linda Gebroe has worked as a professional communicator for nearly four decades. From 1987 until her retirement in 2014, she owned and operated Gebroe Communications Services, a business that helped scores of organizations communicate their messages to myriad audiences and markets.

In 1975, after graduating with honors from Ithaca College with a degree in communications, she began her career in public relations. She worked with an amazing variety of clients including retail, corporate, travel and nonprofit organizations. She developed and implemented successful communications programs that generated national publicity and awareness. In 1985 she became accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

Linda opened her own business in 1987. By doing so, she was able to do what she loves most—writing. Her essays have appeared in local and regional publications, and she continues to write and record commentaries for KQED Radio, San Francisco’s National Public Radio station.

She has been able to help organizations and causes she truly cares about. She has served on the boards of Horizons Foundation and the Women’s Alcoholism Center. She has volunteered her time and services to numerous organizations, including the Women’s Foundation of California, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and 826 Valencia, an organization dedicated to helping local school children with their creative writing skills.

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Will Guerra, Board Member

Program Director, SYPartners

Will Guerra has a unique background with over 15 years of experience in both creative and strategic roles. His wide range of skills include visual/creative services, as well as branding and account/project management in marketing. His understanding of product, marketing, and cost strategies along with the creative and operational processes make him a strong and well-rounded business leader.

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Maryann Reyes Jackmon, Board Member

Senior Director External Relations, The California State University Office of the Chancellor

Maryann Reyes Jackmon is senior director of external relations for the California State University Office of the Chancellor.

The senior director develops and nurtures effective relationships between the CSU and California’s traditionally underserved communities. She is responsible for identifying and implementing strategic opportunities to promote college preparedness and access to the university. Maryann oversees initiatives, often in collaboration with Academic Affairs, while providing engagement opportunities for the chancellor and campus presidents in regional, statewide and national organizations focusing on underserved communities. She stewards partnerships with African American churches, Latino-serving organizations, Asian and Pacific Islander representatives, and Native American communities, and advises and supports the system and campus leadership on related issues.

Maryann is a senior manager with leadership experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, she dedicated 17 years to Southern California Edison (e.g. Local Public Affairs, Economic Development Services, Business Solutions). Previously, Maryann served as district director to United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, and as assistant director of Project EXCEL, an education division of the National Council of La Raza. She received a bachelor of arts in economics from University of California, Santa Cruz and is working toward a master of arts in education.

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Karen Jordan, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Blood Bank

Karen Jordan currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at the San Diego Blood Bank. She is a a performance-focused finance professional, offering extensive experience and broad set of skills in cash flow analysis, variance analysis, cost tracking, financial model development, reporting, and budgeting. Known for solid analytical skills and keen eye for detail, I thrive at formulating wealth accumulation and preservation plans, and strategically allocating resources using in-depth industry knowledge. I am decisive and growth-focused with unparalleled work ethic and innate ability to lead and motivate multiple teams and personnel toward peak performance.

Prior engagements include SVP of Finance & Operations at WomenCare Global International, and senior financial roles in the San Diego area and Dublin, Ireland. A licensed CPA, she received her undergraduate degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Board Member

Executive Director, Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research and is responsible for operations, outreach and program development. She is executive editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine, upRising. Lori is the founder of the online Voice & Influence program aimed at providing people with the skills, information and inspiration to be as effective as possible. This curriculum has been widely viewed through the Clayman Institute’s partnership with leanin.org, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Darden Graduate School of Business.

Mackenzie joined the Institute after working in marketing and business management for 20 years at Procter & Gamble, Apple Computer, eBay, PayPal and CafePress. Prior to working in the corporate sector, Mackenzie was the US President and Regional Development Officer in Asia for AIESEC, a global student work exchange program.

Mackenzie has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She was recently a member of the Gender Equity Principles working group at the City of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. She is mother of two, loves to travel, and recently completed her second Big Sur half marathon.

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M.E. Purnell, Board Member

Founding Board member of The Next Generation (TNG) and Board of the WHH Foundation

M.E. Purnell is a founding board member of the The Next Generation (TNG) board of the WHH Foundation, where she served as the Co-President for 3 years and where she currently serves as the Chair of the board. M.E. is currently a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles pursuing a career as an M.D. in Obstetrics/Gynecology

She hopes to practice as an OBGYN in underserved communities, and provide comprehensive and preventative care to women and non-binary folks. M.E. received her bachelor’s from USC studying International Relations and Human Rights focusing on gender and global society.

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Henry A.J. Ramos, Board Member

Senior Editor/Consultant, Arte Publico Press

Henry A.J. Ramos is a senior editor and project consultant at Arte Público Press, based at the University of Houston. He is a past executive director of Equal Voice Action (EVA), a national family-led membership organization focused on reducing social and economic inequality for poor and low-income families in the United States.

Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. The Insight Center helps people and communities achieve and sustain economic security through research, technical assistance, and policy advocacy efforts. Henry has served on the program staffs of the Ford Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Levi Strauss Foundation. From 2007-2010, he was director and lead consultant of the Diversity in Philanthropy Project, an initiative of leading U.S. private foundation presidents and trustees to promote philanthropic effectiveness through increased inclusion of multicultural talent in foundation appointments, investments, and contracting.

Henry currently serves on various important governing and advisory boards, including those of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Women’s Foundation of California, the McCune Foundation Grants Review Committee, and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. He is also a past member of important regional and national boards, including the statewide Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges system and, respectively, the boards of directors of the Romare Bearden Foundation and Advancing Justice for Asian Americans (formerly the National Asian Pacific American Legal Center).

Henry, a California native, received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MPA from Harvard University, and a JD from UC Berkeley Law School.

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Raul Salinas, Board Member

Managing Partner/Trial Attorney, AlvaradoSmith

Raul Salinas is the managing shareholder at AlvaradoSmith’s Los Angeles office. He has extensive business, government and international litigation experience and handles a wide range of major litigation cases in a number of industries for public and private sector clients. His practice areas include employment, civil public integrity prosecutions, commercial and cross-border agreements for public and private institutions in both the United States and Mexico. He also regularly advises public entities on issues pertaining to public law affecting personnel, government contracts, conflict of interest matters and other municipal related matters.

Raul has assisted and participated in trials in state and federal courts and handled numerous contractual/binding arbitrations in domestic and international matters. He has lectured on contractual arbitration agreements and is knowledgeable in all aspects of various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

He is admitted to practice in all California state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern districts of California and in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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