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The Board of Directors is comprised of East Bay community leaders and residents who want to help prevent the cycle of poverty by helping workers achieve economic self –sufficiency.  Board members are all volunteers and there is no paid staff. As a result, all operating expenses are covered by the Board; 100% of donations to go directly to the grantee organizations  we support.

 

Leadership, 2020:

Miriam Mangini, President & Treasurer
Megan Nakahara, Secretary
Cathie Geddeis, Database Manager
Debra Constantine, Events and Recruiting
Victoria Robinson Smith, Grants
Kevin McGourty, Vice President & Webmaster
Andi Kosich, Grants

 


Debra Constantine, Events and Recruiting

Debra leads the Recruiting and Events committees for SFCF.  Now retired, Debra spent her career in the fashion industry. Most recently, she was the Northern California district manager and head of business development for The Carlisle and PerSe Collections. In that role she was responsible for all retail sales in the region, managing a network of sales consultants, and recruiting and training talent for the consultant network.  An active community volunteer, Debra served for more than three years on the board of Super Stars Literacy, an early literacy intervention program for student in kindergarten through second grade. She is also a member of the Oakland Museum Art Guild and the eWoman’s Network


Cathie Geddeis, Database Manager

Cathie, who had  a successful career as a CPA and Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, has been an active volunteer her entire life.  Currently she heads the Database Committee and is on the Grants and Fundraising committees of the SFCF.  Among the dozens of organizations she has contributed to as a member and leader have been the Piedmont League of Women Voters, Piedmont Education Foundation, Piedmont Unified School District, Children’s Support League, Piedmont Unified School District Parcel Tax Campaign and District Parcel Tax Advisory Committee. Cathie earned a BA degree in International Relations at Drake University and an MBA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


Andi Kosich, Grants

Andi serves on the Grants Committee for SFCF.  She is executive director of the Optical Internetworking Forum, a global telecommunications trade association, comprised of major telecommunications corporations, chartered to develop technical standards for an emerging technology within the industry. Among the many responsibilities she handles are establishing and executing goals and identifying measurements of success of the association, facilitating strategic planning, and establishing policies and procedures. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard.


Miriam Mangini, President & Treasurer

Miriam, now retired as an accounting partner at John A. Mangini & Company LLP in Oakland, is Treasurer of SFCF. She earned her CPA certificate in 1981 and in 2000 she and her husband started their CPA practice. An active volunteer throughout her life, Miriam ran many fundraisers for the Piedmont Schools such as the Scrip program, Auction and Holiday House Tour. She also did tax returns – pro bono – for all the parent clubs. A member of Children’s Support League of the East Bay since 1989, Miriam has served that organization as Tour Chair, President, Membership Chair and Treasurer, a position she currently holds.


Kevin McGourty, Vice President & Webmaster

Kevin  is the Webmaster for SFCF, and is a business entrepreneur.  He is currently president of iNPD Center, Inc., whose mission is to work with small to medium size tech and B2B companies who want more growth, and to develop and launch successful new products by helping clients identify and solve real problems that existing and future customers want solved. He is also a partner in his family wine business, Sea Stone Cellars.

His career includes serving as VP of Strategy & Product Planning at Varitronic Systems, Inc., the Director of Product Management at SeaSpace Corp, and Academic Coordinator for innovation and New Product Development Studies at UCSDX. Kevin started his career in the Silicon Valley as an electronic engineer.

Kevin is the author of “The Innovator’s Playbook: Discovering and Transforming Great Ideas Into Breakthrough New Products, and co-author of “Six Steps to the Future: How Mass Customization is Changing Our World.”

He earned a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic University and has done graduate studies in Engineering and Business Management at the University of Santa Clara.


Cathy Meyer, Events and Fundraising

Cathy is an experienced philanthropy executive, with a long career working for community nonprofit organizations and with a particular expertise in major gifts, institutional gifts and events. She currently serves on the Events and Fundraising committees for SFCF.  Cathy  retired from Better Health East Bay (the Sutter East Bay Medical Center Foundations), where she was regional director of Principal and Institutional Gifts. Prior to that position, she worked for Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland Foundation, where she was Director of Philanthropy. She has led an active volunteer life, serving on organizations such as the East Bay College Fund, Piedmont Diversity Film Series Board, Write /Coach Connection, UC Santa Cruz/Cowell College alumni development committee, and the Oakland Potluck food rescue organization’s board. Cathy has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology from UC Santa Cruz.


Megan Nakahara, Secretary

Megan  is Secretary of the organization and is on the Communications Committee, handling online communications  to supporters.  She retired from the Piedmont Unified School District after a 25-year career as a para-educator for the District and the administrative assistant at Beach Elementary School. An active volunteer throughout her life, Megan served as an art docent for the Oakland Museum, on parent-club boards in Piedmont, and on the Dress Best for Less board. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in Art History.


Victoria Smith, Grants

Victoria heads the Grants Committee for SFCF and practices law in Orinda. In her practice, she represents individuals and small businesses in real property and contract matters. She is a former Mayor of the City of Orinda, where she lives with her husband, Wick. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she holds a J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Victoria is a long-time volunteer. In addition to serving on the Orinda City Council, she has been active with the Parents’ Clubs and the Boy Scouts of America. She has served as President of the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa Bar Association, on the Family and Children’s Trust Commission of Contra Costa County, on the Orinda Planning Commission, as Chair of the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, and as Chair of the Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference. Victoria is a member of the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission, a member of the Contra Costa County Local Enforcement Agency Panel, and the President of the Orinda Senior Village and Orinda Senior Housing Foundation.