Board Members

Bibiana Gutiérrez, President

Bibiana Gutiérrez works as a member of the development department for a national non-profit organization that provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens and was a member of the organization’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity committee. Skilled in coaching, communication, diversity training, multicultural education and also as consulting professional, with a Bachelor’s degree focused in organizational communication, Bibiana is passionately driven and committed to contribute and work for improving and empowering women.

Since 2015, she is an active member of the chapter and has served at different levels of management accross the organization. She has worked implementing strategies that strengthen Global Voices Film Festival since its premiere –providing support as project manager for marketing and communications, website content and social media management. Served as the film festival’s Digital Communications Director and Board of Strategic Communications. Currently Bibiana also chairs our film festival. 

Vivian Keys, Treasurer

Vivian has over twenty years of experience working in finance organizations for various Silicon Valley tech companies, such as Norton, Netflix, and Oracle. Her passion in arts, literature and education led to her previous role as Treasurer of Silicon Valley Shakespeare. She is Chinese American. While majoring in International Business in China she translated Shakespeare's Sonnets into Chinese as extra curriculum for her English studies.
 
Vivian believes in equality and women's financial empowerment, and she is grateful for the opportunity of joining UN Women USA SFBA Chapter so she can contribute to improving women's lives all over the world. 

 

Aleksandra Eklund, Secretary

As an advocate for the empowerment of women and girls, Aleks is honored to contribute her time and skills to promote the crucial efforts of UN Women USA SFBA Chapter.  

Aleks is a trial lawyer at the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP.  In her daily work, she advises leading technology and life sciences companies on protecting their intellectual property.  Her active pro bono practice includes counselling various gender equality and reproductive rights organizations in their continued fight for women’s rights.  As a dispute resolution professional, she is a certified commercial mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Prior to residing in the US, Aleks lived in Poland, France, and the UK. In Poland, she worked on various political campaigns involving promoting human rights across Eastern Europe.  While studying law in England and France, she recognized the importance of international collaboration in the common fight for equality.  An avid sci-fi reader and space enthusiast, she believes in using imagination to bring unity and dreaming big.

 

Natasha De Caiado Castro, Events

Founder and CEO of Wish International Events Management, a global MICE organization focused on Logistics, Events and Disruptive Content Generation for global corporations. I head offices in USA, Europe and Brazil, as well as act as international correspondent for Disruption and Innovation for a variety of Brazilian press outlets. Former University professor with a BA in Public Relations. Alumni at USP, Sorbonne, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.  Currently launching a book on Experience Marketing. My passion is to educate and empower young leaders to help the world to be a better place for future generations. 

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Ayda Basaran, Membership Communications 

Ayda currently works as a Project Associate at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. She has previous experience in strategic partnerships, donor relations, and community engagement in non-profits, law firms, and local government. Ayda believes in the power of collaboration and communication for efficient and sustainable organizational success. Prior to working in social impact and project management, Ayda studied Sociology and Political Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. Growing up in Turkey and the United States, Ayda has always been passionate about the international empowerment of girls and women. Aligned with the mission of UN Women USA, she is committed to supporting the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Cheryl Margoluis, Strategic Partnerships

Cheryl Margoluis specializes in creating large-scale integrated programs to improve community well-being and build capacity to adapt to climate change. Her focus is on supporting the agency of women and girls – through their natural resource management, health, and education. She is passionate about gender equality and social justice. She has over 15 years’ experience working in international development in Latin America and East Africa, living in Central America for 10. 

Cheryl currently leads a program that builds women’s climate resilience throughout Asia and Africa. She serves as a mentor for Coalition Wild and Women Leaders for Planetary Health and as a volunteer at Gathering for Women, a center that provides supportive resources for women in the coastal Bay Area. She graduated with a PhD in Conservation Biology and International Development from Yale. 

 

Tracy Jones, Outreach

Tracy is a business consultant that specializes in helping women business owners expand their work to reach more people. She focuses on working with women that have purpose-driven missions to make the world a better place and offers expertise in strategic planning, online marketing, sales, and program creation. Her clients include thought leaders, psychologists, doctors, actors, coaches, authors, speakers, leaders, non-profit executives, and multi-six figures to millionaire business owners. 

Tracy blends structure and accountability with fluidity and support for a balanced approach to growth financially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually.

 

Florence Bienvenu, Chief of Staff

Florence is passionate about the mission of UN Women USA and proud to support the SFBA Chapter as a Board Member and Chief of Staff. Her commitment to gender equality is fuelled by a lifelong interest in social policy and deep curiosity for bold ideas with the potential to reshape the future. Florence has years of experience working as a private-sector corporate attorney and has volunteered in numerous governance and fundraising committee roles. Prior to practicing law, Florence studied political science at McGill University and worked for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She is an avid traveller and has lived in several cities around the world, including Montreal, Hong Kong, Hamburg and San Francisco.

Eugenia Chiang, Fundraiser 

Eugenia is a Go-to-market strategy and operations executive for high growth tech companies. Her passion and expertise is in building efficient and effective go-to-market organizations while developing a culture of inclusivity and belonging. She firmly believes in the power of awareness, understanding and representation in shaping a system where everyone has an equal chance to achieve success. 

Eugenia received her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and has worked with companies across different sectors in Silicon Valley as well as other parts of the US, UK, China and Canada.

Dionne Holder-Ilmstadt, At-Large 

Dionne considers herself a world citizen. She is from Barbados with a South African background, lived in Paris, France while pursuing a masters; and resided in China for more than 20 years. She believes in authenticity and the simplicity of integrity. Across her career, she has held the belief that storytelling is the key to successfully creating an emotional connection between clients and their audience...the beginning of every new relationship is built on a good story.

Dionne has over 15 years of experience in the events industry across many different roles. Her background working with many different brands in operations allows her to understand what a good event is from multiple angles. 

 

Advisory Board –– Kate Byrne

Kate is President of Intentional Media dedicated to shaping the impact economy by delivering media that drives movements. A leader in digital media and social impact for over 25 years she has married her interest in technology and its ability to advance publishing and social good. As Chief Growth Officer of Watermark, Byrne helped reinvigorate the Bay Area's largest and oldest women's leadership membership network global, giving women around the world access leadership and board positions via education, events and advocacy.  

Kate served as Chief Revenue Officer of NewCo. She helped scale the 10-year-old global digital media platform as Interim COO and Chief Growth Officer at World Pulse using digital media to empower and train grassroots women leaders worldwide. She led the digital efforts for both the website and the digital magazine edition for Edutopia, the publication and website for the George Lucas Education Foundation. She is a is a Commissioner on the Marin Commission for Women and Girls and is an active member of the Opportunity Collaboration collective and The Feast. In 2011, she was named to the Folio: 40, a media industry top honor, and recognized as one of the 40 most influential top industry performers. Kate graduated from Stanford with a BA in Psychology.

 

Shaloo Garg

Shaloo served as the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter. She is an Oracle veteran with deep knowledge and exposure to various spectrums of technology and business units. She joined Oracle in Mergers/Acquisitions and shifted to Global Marketing, Sales, and is now with Global Innovation and Startup Ecosystem at Oracle. Shaloo is very involved with women and youth in Technology and a variety of organizations throughout Silicon Valley. She is a Technology & Innovation Global Board Advisor to UN Women and Junior Achievement NorCal. She strongly believes that Technology’s best user case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities etc in developing and under-developed countries. She is an MBA and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford Design School.

Laetitia Lee

Laetitia is a data analyst with strong focus on Artificial Intelligence. She was working as marketing professional across three continents over 5 countries in the past few years. However, she envisioned herself to apply innovation and science towards humanitarian problems and moved to San Francisco, establishing an organization to empower women in STEM to reach the gender equality in tech industry. She participated an open source project with Chicago Police Department to create propagation model to ensure the transparency and accountability of police conduct towards minority. She is also the active member for Women Who Code, encouraging women to provide mentorship to next generation. She is passionate to harness data analytics to accelerate the process of making the world more diverse and inclusive. She is currently working on the analytic team at Cisco. She served as the Vice President of the chapter and also as a Board of Directors. 

Cynthia Frey

Cynthia served as the Vice President of the Silicon Valley Chapter. She has been an attorney with the United States Department of Justice since 2005 and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California since 2009.  She specializes in the prosecution of cyber crimes. Ms. Frey has also investigated and prosecuted hundreds of other federal crimes, including human trafficking, RICO and VICAR violations and other violent crimes. Ms. Frey previously worked with the National Security Division in Washington D.C., investigating and prosecuting counterterrorism cases.  While in D.C., she also taught international criminal law courses at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Frey worked with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo as deputy of their criminal division.  

Caren Ulrich Stacy

Caren served as At Large Board member and Founder of the Silicon Valley Chapter. She is a talent management expert with more than 20 years of experience as the head of lawyer recruitment, development, and diversity for several of the world’s top law firms. After co-founding Lawyer Metrics, a start-up company acquired by the Access Group that pioneered a “Moneyball” data approach to lawyer recruitment and development, Caren created the Diversity Lab to focus exclusively on closing the gender gap and increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal field. The Lab experiments with new and innovative ways to recruit and retain top diverse talent through the use of data, behavioral science, and design-thinking. In addition to her work with the Lab, Caren serves on the Board of Advisors for DirectWomen and on the Legal Advisory Committee for the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League.  She was also selected as a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow.

Germaine Cota

Germaine served as the Treasurer and one of the founding Board Members of UN Women USA Silicon Valley Chapter. She believes deeply in power of education and creating more accessibility for learning. She hopes to promote education and greater global awareness to eliminate barriers for women in both their personal and professional pursuits. Germaine is the Assistant Corporate Controller at LinkedIn Corporation. Prior to LinkedIn, she worked at Ernst & Young LLP, in both the Bay Area and Dublin, Ireland, where she provided assurance and advisory services to U.S. multinational corporations. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. Germaine is a mentor with iMentor Bay Area, and volunteered with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Suzan “Sam” Miller

Suzan served as a Board member for the Silicon Valley Chapter. She is Vice President, Intel Corporation.  Currently on sabbatical, Ms. Miller’s previous roles at Intel include Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Deputy Gen­eral Counsel, Vice President of the Business Legal Group, and General Counsel of Intel Capital. Ms. Miller is an active advocate within Intel and externally for diversity and in­clusion in the legal profession and the technology industry. She is on the Boards of the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”), and the Minority Cor­porate Counsel Association (“MCCA”). Ms. Miller is also on the Boards of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Cam­paign for Legal Services. She received her B.S. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from Santa Clara University. 

Sydney Coleman

Sydney Coleman began her diversity and inclusion advocacy when she studied social identity, inequality, and intergroup relations at Occidental College. She designed and conducted research on the relationship between internalized racism and colorism with undergraduate Women of Color. Sydney’s passion for social justice activism led to creating and driving more diverse and inclusive programming and policies in tech startups (both at Yelp and Nextdoor). She has taken on leadership roles in both corporate Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Steering Committees. Sydney has also designed employee inclusion surveys and held intergroup dialogues on social justice issues in the workplace. She works on equity, diversity, inclusion and integrity programs at Google in San Francisco & served as the VP of the chapter from 2018-2020. 

Amy Logan

An award-winning women’s empowerment leader, Amy was President of the Board of UN Women USA San Francisco Bay Area 2015 to 2019 where she led a turnaround of the organization, founding several of the organization’s most successful events, including the Global Voices Film Festival and the HeForShe Champions for Change Celebration. She served as a delegate and speaker at the UN Commission on the Status of Women during her board service.
 
Amy is currently the Founder & CEO of Inclusion Innovation, which trains teams to cultivate inclusive climates for innovation through engaging workshops using design sprints and virtual reality. She wrote and produced “Belonging”, a VR film she premiered at the UN that gives the viewer the experience of unconscious gender bias at work. She is also a critically acclaimed novelist, award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert speaker on call for the US State Department. She gave her TED talk, “It Hasn’t Always Been a Man’s World” at TEDxSacramento in 2014.
 

Smita Rajmohan

Smita is a technology and IP attorney with almost a decade of experience in technology law. Currently, she is a Counsel at Apple in Silicon Valley. Smita has been deeply involved in diversity and inclusion efforts and serves on the Boards of the Berkeley Law Alumni Association and the Outreach Committee of the American Bar Association. Smita was featured in the Rising Stars 2020 List published by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Unstoppable Women 2020 list published by HCL and IAOP. She is a frequent speaker on issues that sit at the intersection of diversity and technology. 

Shaun Chaudhuri

Shaun Chaudhuri currently works at the Westly Group, a sustainability focused venture capital firm that invests in smart energy, mobility and buildings. Prior to joining the Westly Group, Shaun worked on the iPhone team at Apple where helped lead the worldwide iPhone forecast and created reporting metrics to monitor global macroeconomic trends. He graduated from Harvard University in 2015, majoring in gender studies and economics. Shaun has been a board member of the chapter since 2016 and chaired the UN Women SF Global Voices Film Festival from 2017-2019 and has been the team lead for the UN Safe Cities & Public Spaces initiative. Former chapter Treasurer.