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Jennifer Agmi, Program Officer, Libra Foundation

As The Libra Foundation’s first Program Officer for Gender Justice, Jennifer Agmi brings an unyielding commitment to the advancement of gender and racial justice through grantmaking, fund development, and community partnerships.

In her prior position as Director of Programs of The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF), Jennifer oversaw a portfolio of grantees working with low-income women and families across three issue areas: economic security; health and reproductive justice; and safety. While at The NYWF, she also led the new Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies in partnership with founder Tarana Burke, and served as chief strategist for the multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative IGNITE!—charged with increasing investment opportunities to organizations working with gender-fluid and young women of color. Jennifer also designed and managed several Foundation initiatives, including a girl-led participatory grantmaking program, and the 5-year Initiative Against Sex Trafficking of Minors in NYC.

Jennifer’s prior positions include nonprofit analyst at the Growth Philanthropy Network / Social Impact Exchange in NYC, and program coordinator at The Guidance Center in Cambridge, MA. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Funders Group for Gender Equity at Philanthropy NY, and frequently speaks and writes on the subject of gender equity. Jennifer holds an MPA from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a degree in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies from Brandeis University.

Nadia Anderson, Manager for Public Policy Road and Safety, Uber

Bio coming soon.

Shwetika Baijal, Vice President, 50+1 Strategies

Three things fuel Shwetika’s political organizing: moving, moments, and mortgages.

Shwetika’s first time moving was at 6 years old and she then went on to live in 8 other cities in 2 countries. Her multicultural and global experiences give her a unique vantage point for creating moments for connection, understanding, and collective action. This became especially important to her when Shwetika’s family, like families across the country, were victims of the Great Recession. Addressing issues of economic inequality powers her political passion as a result.

Shwetika champions campaigns that build bridges across communities and engage voters creatively about critical issues facing the community. She honed these skills working with over 15 first-time candidates and, most recently, as the Campaign Manager for San Francisco’s Prop S, a groundbreaking ballot measure to restore funding to arts and end family homelessness in San Francisco. Her efforts helped unite 100+ nonprofit groups to work together toward a common goal.

Her strength is in building teams and organizations, managing stakeholders, crafting messages to develop public support, and finding common goals around which to unite coalitions. She honed these organizing and analytical skills prior to 50+1 Strategies doing fundraising for the 2013 Lt. Governor’s race in Virginia, managing a successful 2014 Independent Expenditure campaign in Hawaii, and in analytical roles in finance and technology.

Shwetika graduated from Boston University with an Independent Concentration in Cultural Analysis and South Asian Studies, a self-designed honors undergraduate degree analyzing the impact of media and socioeconomic consumption on political, sociocultural, and psychological identity.

 

Vanessa Cedeño, Deputy Chief of Staff & Policy Director for Wilma Chan, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3 

Vanessa Cedeño is a Legislative Aide for Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan focusing primarily on health and social policy issues. From 2009-2014, she worked in a number of capacities at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees—a national philanthropic affinity group–supporting the organization’s programming, information resources, and evaluation work. Vanessa hails from New Jersey, enjoys dancing, loves to travel, and has degrees in International Studies and Public Policy.

 

 

Lara Decaro, Lawyer

Lara L. DeCaro is a business attorney and mediator. She has concentrated her legal career in the areas of intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance, commercial transactions, real property, estate planning, and mediation. Most of her clients come from highly-regulated industries and she has translated that knowledge into a comprehensive medical cannabis practice. She has also represented event venues, entertainment providers, art galleries, authors, banks, recycling companies, investors, franchisors, an airport, and various small business owners. Whatever their industry Lara takes pride in getting to know her clients and working with them from start-up to wind-up.

Lara commenced her legal career as a litigator in Northern New Mexico, where a brief she authored was submitted to the Supreme Court of Colorado, and made law in her client’s favor. She also successfully defended marijuana and other criminal charges locally. Lara later took a position as in-house counsel for a premier company in the risk evaluation software industry and worked at a leading bio-pharmaceutical company. Both positions served as important career mechanisms that further developed her intellectual property knowledge, business sense, and transactional experience.

Lara received a certificate in mediation in 1999 from the American Arbitration Association through Tulane Law School. She was also a member of the New Mexico Senate Memorial 57 Advisory Council and the New Mexico State Bar Association ADR Committee, which authored the rules in New Mexico for alternative and effective dispute resolution.

Lara is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, and New Mexico (currently inactive). She graduated with honors from both her undergraduate program at the University of Southern California and law school at Tulane.

Lara is a founding board member and former executive officer of the National Cannabis Bar Association and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Committee. She is a frequent speaker on matters of cannabis business law.

Catroina Fallon, GM of Silver Spring Networks 

Catriona M. Fallon served as Senior Vice President of Networks Segment at Itron, Inc. since January 2018 until 2018. Ms. Fallon was Senior Vice President and Segment Head of Marketing at Silver Spring Networks, Inc. She was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Silver Spring Networks, Inc. since April 2017 until January 5, 2018. Ms. Fallon has been a Director of Cray Inc. since December 2017. Ms. Fallon served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Marin Software Incorporated from August 2015 to March 24, 2017. She served as Research Analyst at Citigroup Inc, Research Division. Prior to joining Marin Software, from December 2013 to August 2015, Ms. Fallon was the Vice President of Finance and Chief of Staff to the Chief Financial Officer at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation. She is a well-rounded business executive who has proven financial leadership skills and strategic planning and execution capabilities. Her experience in driving performance and helping much larger companies scale. Prior to Cognizant, she spent over four years at Hewlett-Packard in key strategic financial roles, served as Vice President of Strategy and Financial Planning, Worldwide Marketing with responsibility for managing the financial planning and budgeting process for the global marketing group. While at HP, she also served in leadership positions in Finance, Investor Relations and Strategy and Corporate Development. She served as a Research Analyst at Citigroup Investment Research and Piper Jaffray & Company, where she covered enterprise software, media, advertising and publishing companies. She served as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company and Senior Marketing Manager at Oracle Corporation. She received her B.A. in Economics from UCLA and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bonnie Garcia-Morla, Area Compliance Officer, Kaiser

Bio coming soon.

Debbie Mesloh, Communications Consultant

Debbie Mesloh has served as a lifelong advocate of advancing women both in electoral politics and in the workplace. Debbie currently serves as a communications consultant, assisting clients with communications strategy, crisis communications and message refinement.

Debbie was appointed to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women in 2015, and she currently serves as President. Debbie also serves as co-chair to the 2018 Bay Area Women’s Summit, convened by the Mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Debbie is a founding member of the Emerge America program, which seeks to recruit and train qualified women to run for office and is former President of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee.

Debbie most recently served as transition co-chair for Senator-elect Kamala Harris (D-California). Debbie previously worked in the Obama Administration as a White House Political Appointee to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She served as a spokesperson in the 2008 Obama for President and 2012 Obama for re-election campaigns.

Debbie’s private sector experience includes five years as Vice President of Global Government and Public Affairs for Gap Inc. where she ran communications for the company’s corporate social responsibility work as well as the strategy for Gap Inc.’s international, national, state and local government affairs.

Debbie holds Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas and remains a committed Jayhawk fan.

Anne Morriss, Executive Founder, The Leadership Consortium

Anne Morriss is a best-selling author and builder of mission-driven technology companies. Anne is a thought leader and technology entrepreneur with a focus on building mission-driven enterprises. She is the founder and CEO of GenePeeks, a computational genetics company developing breakthrough ways to identify health risk. At GenePeeks, Anne and her colleagues use patented technology to enable rapid interpretation of genetic information. Anne has worked with public and private sector leaders around the world on strategy, leadership, and organizational change. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is the best-selling author of Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business.

Daisy Ozim, Director, Blockchain for Social Justice

Bio coming soon.

Heather Rothenberg, VP of Trust and Safety, Wag

Bio coming soon.

Ellie Schaeffer, President and CEO, SouthLawn Strategies

Bio coming soon.

Antonia Wong, PMO + Diversity & Inclusion Chair, TrueAccord

As TrueAccord’s Director of PMO, Antonia Wong is obsessed with innovating ways to bring effective process to a creative startup environment. With more than 14 years of paralegal and project management experience, she leads a team of 4 to accomplish projects that ultimately improve the business experience for TrueAccord's clients.  Antonia also serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Chair and most recently presented at LatinaGeeks, Women in Legal, and Women in Consumer Finance Conference. Connect with Antonia on LinkedIn and Twitter.