Alison Fong, Chair
Ms. Fong’s background is in public finance and strategic planning, specifically working with government and nonprofit organizations. Her prior positions include managing a $4.1 billion debt portfolio as the Airport Debt Manager in the Business and Finance Division of San Francisco International Airport; performing public finance credit analysis for proposed bond insurance for municipalities and nonprofit organizations as Vice President of the public finance group of MBIA; and credit analysis at Standard & Poor’s when she was an Associate in their public finance group. Ms. Fong also worked in the strategic planning and business development group at GlobalNetXchange (now Agentrics) where she was Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development; in that role she identified and negotiated partnerships with key investors, software providers and strategic alliances. She also developed a business plan for the company’s branch in Japan. Ms. Fong earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin and also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine.
Sarah Bacon, Vice Chair
Currently the co-owner of Nourish Cafe in San Francisco, Ms. Bacon previously worked in tech for over 15 years. At her last position at Director of Product Management for Justgive.org, Ms. Bacon was responsible for defining product development strategy for facilitating online donations to charities. She was Director of Product for Jelli, an online social music service and prior to that, Senior Product Manager for Yahoo! Messenger where she was responsible for all Yahoo! Messenger websites covering 29 countries. Ms. Bacon’s work in the media and technology world also includes positions as the director of customer retention marketing at Snapfish.com and Healthshop.com. A loyal member of her Richmond District neighborhood, Ms. Bacon serves the community by editing and publishing the RichmondSF Blog, which she created. The blog’s readership is 15,000 per month, plus several thousand followers on both Twitter and Facebook. Ms. Bacon holds a B.A. degree in African-American Studies from Stanford University.
Evan Boido, Secretary
Evan Boido has more than 25 years of human resources experience with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She is an independent human resources consultant who works with organizations to develop and implement human resource policies and programs. Previously she worked for Bank of America for 13 years in a variety of positions in human resources, including Human Resources Manager for the finance organization, mortgage company, systems group, and payment services. Prior to embarking on her career in human resources, Ms. Boido was a social worker in the area of child welfare. Ms. Boido received her Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and a B.A. degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University. Ms. Boido has been recognized by Global Volunteers, an international volunteer organization, for her ongoing commitment to many years of waging peace and promoting justice as a global volunteer.
Janet Camarena serves as the director of Transparency Initiatives for the Foundation Center, working to champion greater foundation transparency. A key part of her role is to provide leadership for Glasspockets.org, which she helped to found and build in 2010. Glasspockets provides a variety of tools and features designed to encourage philanthropic openness. It has been recognized by the Webby Awards and was also selected as one of the Top 100 websites by PC Magazine. Previously, she served as Director of the Foundation Center’s regional office in San Francisco for 15 years. She led a team of six professionals in delivering extensive outreach and capacity building services throughout the Western United States, planning and overseeing training for social sector audiences, carrying out donor development and cultivation, and producing live and online programming such as the popular Meet the Grantmakers and Philanthropy Chat podcast series. As a first-generation American, whose family hails from Mexico, Janet recognizes the importance of access for all to information and educational services and has also played an important role in Foundation Center’s creation and delivery of culturally and linguistically competent resources on grantseeking. She was among 48 nonprofit leaders selected for the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. She completed her undergraduate work at Mills College and received a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to serving on the board of Community Initiatives, she also serves as a board member of the Alameda County Library Foundation.
Mary Ann J. Fake, CPA
Mary Ann has worked in a variety of organizations from asset management and investment firms to nonprofits. She has held senior finance, accounting, and audit positions at Barclays Global Investors, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of the West, and Bank of America. Most recently, she also served as Director of Finance and Interim Chief Administrative Officer at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. Mary Ann is committed to integrity in financial reporting, and has a particular interest in creating incentives to encourage sustainable business behavior through transparency and disclosure.
Mary Ann holds an active CPA license, with experience in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a degree in Accounting, and is an active member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the California Society of CPA’s, and the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Resource Bank in San Francisco.
Janine Guillot, Treasurer
Janine Guillot is the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. She has over 25 years of operating, risk management and finance roles in financial services, having previously served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and as Chief Operating Officer for the Fixed Income and European businesses of Barclays Global Investors. Prior to joining Barclays, Ms. Guillot held a variety of positions at Bank of America, including Chief Planning and Administrative Officer for the consumer business, Director of Brand Development, and Chief Financial Officer for the middle-market banking/commercial real estate businesses. She holds a B.B.A. degree with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In addition to Community Initiatives, she serves on the Boards of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Equilibrium Capital.
Zoe Hunton is an attorney who works with social-purpose and mission-driven organizations in California. Her firm, Hunton Law, advises nonprofit organizations, charitable foundations, and social purpose businesses on corporate legal matters and social impact strategy. Zoe began her career in the nonprofit sector in Boston and Providence and held positions as a Researcher at an education policy organization, Manager of Consulting Services at a nonprofit advisory firm, and Program Director of a newly established community development organization. She has provided strategic support to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, served as Legislative Extern for California Senator Fran Pavley, and taught social entrepreneurship law at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Prior to establishing her own law firm in 2011, she practiced estate planning and business law at the Menlo Park law firm of Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel, LLP. Zoe received a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Brown University and a J.D. degree from U.C. Davis with a Certificate in Public Service.
Connie Lee, CFA, is a Vice President / Consultant at Callan Associates, an employee-owned investment consulting firm advising on more than $2 trillion in assets. Connie works with a variety of fund sponsor client types including foundations, defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, and insurance companies. Her primary responsibilities include strategic planning and implementation, investment manager review, performance evaluation, and continuing education. Connie received a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Chris McCrum has worked in a range of industries and roles. His experience includes Chief Operating Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and had the same role at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. He also has served as Chief Administrative Officer and Head of HR at Barclays Global Investors, CFO at iAsiaWorks, and EVP Finance at Bank of America. He started his career in public accounting at PWC and KPMG. His diverse experience has provided him with deep skills and expertise in strategic and operational planning, leadership and organizational development, human resources strategy and nonprofit governance and leadership. He is a UK Chartered Accountant and has a B.A. degree in Accounting from Exeter University in England.
Kenji is a dedicated, passionate nonprofit and philanthropy professional with more than 15 years’ experience in the sector. He currently serves as Director of Strategic Grantmaking for the Sobrato Family Foundation, based in Silicon Valley, and is responsible for funding relationships with more than 130 nonprofit organizations that are working in a variety of fields. He previously worked as a funder at The James Irvine Foundation, as well as in fundraising and program delivery roles in education and nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Kenji was born and raised in Marin County, and currently resides in San Francisco. He holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz, and an MPA from the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Wallace currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of College Futures Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on increasing the rate of bachelor’s degrees earned by California's low-income students with historically low college success rates. He oversees the Foundation’s $500 million investment portfolio as well as finance, accounting, information technology, facilities, and non-grantmaking operations. He has over 20 years of experience in non-profit and investment management, technology, finance, and accounting.
Previously, he was the senior vice president and chief financial and operating officer of ZeroDivide, a public foundation focused on technology access, where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, he held senior roles in private equity and technology investment banking. He has an M.B.A. in Strategy and Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fellow in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. He is active in the sector, serving on the Board and Communications Committee of the Foundation Financial Officers Group, and has served as a director and treasurer for Hispanics in Philanthropy, and as a member of the Alumni Diversity Council at the Haas School of Business.
Steve is the Director for Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability at Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and has a long history with the organization including stints on various committees as well as the NCG and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers boards. Over the last several years he’s been a consultant on special projects, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility, and briefings. As the Director for Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability he’s focused on programs, initiatives, and projects that address the issues affecting our region from displacement and gentrification, to income inequality, the arts, climate change, and disaster resiliency.
In addition to his consulting practice, Steve has been the Director for Foundation and Corporate Giving at Gap Inc., a program officer at the Marin Community Foundation, and served in Mayoral administrations in both San Francisco and Oakland.
Former Board Members