Kate Byrne, President
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, and built a track record of successful launches for key brand initiatives at such well-known media outlets as Businessweek, Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Awards, where she was Acting Publisher, the Love Local movement and Visionary of the Year Awards of the San Francisco Chronicle/Gate, Award Winning Apps for Future LLC, and the Momentum Platform at The Tides Foundation and most recently ground-breaking work with VR, A Seat at the Table, uncovering unconscious bias. 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.
Prior to her appointment at Watermark, Kate served as Chief Revenue Officer of NewCo, celebrating the social enterprise market and the companies changing the economic landscape. Kate 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. Kate serves as President of the Board for the UN National Committee for Women SF Chapter, on the Board of C-Change Media, Concord Consortium, and Bambini Yoga. 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.
Sydney Coleman, VP
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. Sydney works on equity, diversity, inclusion and integrity programs at Google in San Francisco. Sydney is incredibly passionate about making the workplace, and tech industry in particular, more accessible, inclusive, and equitable for underrepresented populations.
Shaun Chaudhuri, Treasurer
Shaun Chaudhuri has been a passionate advocate for gender equality through his academic and work experiences. He graduated from Harvard University in 2015, majoring in gender studies and economics. In college, he competed for the varsity tennis team, wrote a student blog for the Harvard Admissions Office, and held a position at the Women's Tennis Association. Currently, he works on the finance team at a large tech company. Shaun chairs our Global Voices Film Festival (2017 & 2019) and our Safe Cities & Public Spaces event (2018).
Safa Mahmood, Vice President of Events
Safa has always been an advocate for women empowerment which is reflected in her persistent involvement in initiatives to progress the cause of gender equality. From being part of the Business Development team at Kiva, a micro-finance non-profit focused on supporting women entrepreneurs around the world to volunteering for Girls in Tech, to working as the only female Sales Manager at PepsiCo Pakistan, Safa is relentlessly driven to playing her role in making a more equitable world. An engineer by degree and with more than 3 years of experience in product management and business development, she is now part of the Loyalty Marketing team at Gap Inc., where she is an active part of GapWIL (Gap Women in Leadership group).
Keshet Bachan, Vice President of Policy and Partnerships
A passionate gender equality, inclusion and diversity expert with over a decade of experience as an advocate and policy specialist. Keshet has led influential campaigns and programs to advance equity and inclusion, and served as an adviser to diverse organizations from the United Nations to Bay-Area start-up companies like 'Gap Jumpers' who are working to reduce bias in recruitment. Keshet played a pivotal leadership role in the establishment of the UN International Day of the Girl. Keshet spent many years as the manager of Plan International’s ‘State of the World’s Girls’ report, and led global gender equality programming and policy efforts. She’s committed to gender justice and finding new solutions to age old problems. Keshet holds an MA in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Government and Diplomacy from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzelyia (Israel).
Laetitia Lee, Board Director
Laetitia Lee 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.
Dr. Marilyn Cornelius, Chief of Staff & Coach
Dr. Marilyn Cornelius brings an integrated approach to behavior change as a coach, speaker, facilitator, author, and teacher. Her work at UN Women centers on creating conditions for flourishing. She manages the board as Chief of Staff and Coach, heading up recruitment, onboarding, and maintaining organizational culture. In her day job, her science-based approach to holistic wellness, executive leadership, change management, creativity, and writing allows her to work with diverse groups of people in rapidly changing settings. She specializes in cultivating self-love, integrity, and confidence; releasing trauma; and helping clients manifest a career that reflects the true self. Integrating tools from behavioral sciences, design thinking, biomimicry, and meditation, she tailors coaching programs, learning frameworks, and trainings for diverse individuals, leadership teams, and communities. Her technique includes identifying and uprooting limiting beliefs, and changing harmful habits for sustained positive results in ways that improve wellness and reduce climate change. She calls this approach “Personal and Planetary Wellness.” She is founder and (r)evolutionary at Alchemus Prime.
Marilyn holds a PhD in behavioral sciences from Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). She also attained a BS in business and environmental resource management and an AA in graphic design. She has taken courses in biomimicry for social innovation, and meditation, including guided visualization, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), transcendental meditation (TM), Vipassana, and most recently, Heartfulness meditation in India. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and 15 popular books. Marilyn has been a Reiki Master for 10 years. For fun and mind-body balance, she enjoys salsa dancing, making art, and photographing flowers. She has volunteered in diverse ways, including hospice, environmental stewardship, service-learning, mentoring, and tutoring.
Smita Rajmohan, Membership Communications Director
Smita serves as a Membership Communications Director on the Board of UN Women USA UN Women. In this role, Smita spearheads membership outreach and engagement for the SF chapter. Smita is also the Founder and Chair of the Young Professionals Committee, a new initiative aimed at advancing gender equality and women empowerment among young professionals in the SF bay area.
In her day job, Smita is an attorney at Cooley LLP where she represents some of the world’s most exciting and disruptive brands and startups in the Internet, social media, and blockchain space. Smita holds a law degree from Berkeley Law and is a frequent speaker on all things technology and privacy. Before her move to the United States, Smita advised on landmark cases before the Supreme Court of India relating to rehabilitation of victims of sexual trafficking.
Smita has received awards for her active pro bono legal practice, which has included her work with UN Women in connection with their HeForShe campaign, her work on securing clemency for persons convicted of non-violent drug related offences as part of the Clemency Project, and her work with public interest startups focused on using 3D printing technology to build homes for the homeless.
Smita also serves as a director on the boards of the Berkeley Law Alumni Association and the South Asian Bar Association for Norther California. She enjoys mentoring young women through her participation in other non-profit organizations in the bay area including Advancing Women in Leadership (LWT) and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Smita is also a trained Indian classical dancer (Bharatnatyam). In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, travelling and watching re-runs of The Office (the Steve Carell one).
Bibiana Gutiérrez, Strategic Communications
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 is 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 U.S National Committee for UN Women, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Served as a member of the HeForShe Champions for Change research and outreach committee and as the website manager. She has been supporting the Global Voices Film Festival as committee member since its premiere, first as a member for marketing and communications serving as Project Manager, including website content and social media management. She currently serves as the film festival’s Digital Communications Director.
Kelly Gallo, Strategic Partnerships
An Associate Director at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), Kelly works with companies on achieving their social and environmental sustainability goals, with a focus on women’s empowerment and climate change.
Kelly helped launch and manages BSR’s Business Action for Women, a working group that supports women’s empowerment efforts in the workplace and supply chain. She also supported programming and encouraged business climate commitments for the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. Kelly previously served on the Board of Spark, a San Francisco-based NGO focused on engaging young professionals in gender equality initiatives through awareness raising and grant-making.
Kelly holds an M.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Jean Kang, Social Media Manager
Jean serves as a Social Media Manager on the Board of UN Women USA UN Women. In this role, Jean manages and drives social media strategy across all of our channels.
Jean graduated from UC Davis with an Honors in Communication and Global International Studies where she had a unique opportunity to study abroad in Greece tapping into global literature and cultures. Currently, she’s on the Advertiser Operations and Strategy team at Pinterest driving customer success through operational excellence and technical expertise. She’s an active member of the Women’s steering committee at Pinterest and helps lead the Allies group. Through her involvement, she aims to be a global champion for women advancement empowering all women to use their voices and bodies as instruments of change.
Jean is a proud Korean American who can serve up some mean Korean cuisine. She enjoys mentoring other women and raising issues around gender equality, healthy-living, and conscious capitalism. She loves trying new restaurants, pinning healthy treats, and traveling to new countries.
Megna Narasimhan, Fundraiser
Megna is passionate about providing women with the tools needed to succeed and building communities that drive social change. After observing gender inequality in many professional industries, Megna moved from New York City to rural India to help women farmers start their own agricultural enterprises. Since moving to San Francisco, she has continued to support the implementation of various initiatives that promote women’s empowerment and ensure that all women are given equal opportunities.
Megna serves as a Fundraiser for the UN Women, ensuring that the UN Women’s various initiatives have the adequate resources to create meaningful change. She also serves as a Founding Member of the Young Professionals Committee and is committed to growing membership amongst young professionals under 30.
Megna is graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business and spends her days working at CCS Fundraising, where she partners with nonprofits to design fundraising strategies that elevate organizations and promote social good. In her spare time, Megna enjoys reading fiction books, running by the water and going to art exhibits.
Tamar Zimmerman, YPC Founding Member
Tamar serves as one of the founders and members of the Young Professional Committee on the Board of UN Women USA UN Women. In this role, Tamar assists in membership outreach as part of a new initiative by the SF chapter to engage professionals under 30.
Tamar graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Currently, she works as an account manager at Bloomberg LP. With a background in Fixed Income, she works with large asset managers on the West Coast demonstrating how to implement the Bloomberg software into their workflows to create more efficient processes. She is a member of the Bloomberg Women’s Committee and is an avid participant in Bloomberg philanthropies. She is interested in sustainable investing and works with her clients to show how firms can analyze ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors to help evaluate the financial performance of a company.
Tamar grew up in a Jewish community immersed in the value of tikkun olam (translated from Hebrew), which means engaging in activities that serve to repair the world. She has volunteered with multiple organizations and participated in activities including rebuilding homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, packing and serving meals at food banks, and urban foresting. She is committed to the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality.
Amy Logan, Chair, Advisory Board & President Emeritus (2015-2019)
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 co-founded and exited two companies in her early career and 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.
Ambassador Donald Steinberg
Donald Steinberg brings more than 40 years of experience in government and civil society organizations, and expertise in the fields of international relations, global sustainable development, peace negotiations, and diversity and inclusion. He currently is Special Advisor to World Learning, providing strategic guidance to the Board of Trustees and senior staff, having previously served as CEO from 2013 to 2017. He is also Senior Fellow for InterAction, and Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. This spring, he will join the faculty at Dartmouth University as a Distinguished Fellow in International Affairs, teaching in global poverty, gender studies, and atrocity prevention.
Ambassador Steinberg served in the Obama Administration from 2010 to 2013 as Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused on the Middle East and Africa; organizational reforms under the USAID Forward agenda; the inclusion of women, people with disabilities, LGBT persons, and other marginalized groups into the development arena; and expanded dialogue with development partners. In his previous work with the U.S. government, he served as Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Joint Policy Council, White House Deputy Press Secretary, National Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs, Special Haiti coordinator, U.S. Ambassador to Angola, Officer-in-Charge at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, and the President’s Special Representative for Global Humanitarian Demining. He was also a founding member of the White House Atrocity Prevention Board, and had diplomatic postings in Brazil, Malaysia, Mauritius and the Central African Republic.
In the civil society arena, he served as Deputy President for Policy at the International Crisis Group and as a Randolph Jennings Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. His experience as a board or advisory committee member includes the Women's Refugee Commission, UN Development Fund for Women, the Society for International Development, Institute for Inclusive Security, Trickle-Up, the Asia Foundation, and the UN Secretary General’s Civil Society Advisory Group for Women, Peace and Security.
He has written more than 100 articles and book chapters on foreign policy, African development, women‘s empowerment and gender equality, post-conflict reconstruction, atrocity prevention, children and armed conflict, and disarmament, published in media outlets including Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Nation, International Herald Tribune, Africa Economic Digest, the Asian Journal, Huffington Post, and Yale Global Online. He holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and political economy from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree in economic development from Reed College.
Ambassador Steinberg's honors include the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award, the Robert Frasure Award for International Peace, the Mildred Robbins Leet Award for Women’s Empowerment, the Swanee Hunt Award for Women in Policy Formulation, the Joseph Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, the State Department and USAID Distinguished Service Awards, the Susan Herman Award for Atrocity Prevention and Awareness, and seven State Department/USAID Superior Honor Awards.
As a journalist, Richard first engaged in stopping violence against women through stories. His first was an undercover report on underground, underaged brothels for CNN Worldwide, and more recently, he hosted an MSNBC network segment on supply chain labor slavery. Richard also leverages his voice outside of journalism, taking his activism to universities, national conventions, businesses, and policy-making bodies foreign and domestic. Richard is a UN Spokesperson for the HeForShe Campaign, ambassador at anti-human trafficking NGO Not For Sale, and ambassador at Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl campaign. He also sits on the Advisory Board of UN Association, UN Women, and Annie Cannons, a startup that trains survivors how to code.
Richard became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the U.S. in 2007 when he was at CNN Worldwide. He often addresses Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley tech firms on media and digital-social storytelling at the intersection of television, technology, and business.
Kathryn is a life-long health care, global health and women’s equality advocate. For 25 years, she served as the CEO of Health Forum, which offers healthcare leaders access to new information to strengthen their organizations’ performance and to improve the health of the communities they serve. She is the cofounder of the Center for Global Service, which links volunteers with diverse opportunities and prepares them for the challenges of international service. Kathryn currently serves on the boards of the Global Women’s Leadership Program, Care for Peace, International Leadership Association, IP3, Omni Med, and RENEW.
Mr. Gorovitz is a Principal at Adler & Colvin, one of the foremost legal firms for non-profit and philanthropic organizations in the country. His practice spans the full range of nonprofit and tax-exempt legal issues, with emphasis on political advocacy and nonprofit corporate governance. Previously, he was the West Coast Director for the Alliance for Justice and Policy Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Million Mom March and the Trauma Foundation.
Mr. Gorovitz has lectured at U.C. Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, U.C. Hastings School of Law, and Golden Gate University School of Law, and conducted trainings for nonprofit organizations across the country. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Cornell University. He is the former President of Youth Enrichment Strategies and served on the board of an independent school. Mr. Gorovitz is also a member of the California Political Attorneys Association, the tax law section of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar Association, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Natasha Dolby has spent over a decade in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C., specializing in financial and programmatic analysis, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement, and corporate development, in several organizations including The Robin Hood Foundation, Education Sector (now American Institutes for Research), and Pacific Foundation Services. Dolby is currently a Board Member of Beyond 12, a national nonprofit whose mission is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and historically underrepresented students who graduate from college, and a Board Member for Asha Rising, a nonprofit responding to the need for shelter, safety, dignity, and care for older women who have aged out of the sex industry in Sonagachi, Kolkata’s largest red light district.
Emmy Award winner Cheryl Jennings is weekday co-anchor of ABC7 News at 11 a.m. and co-anchor of ABC7 News at 5 p.m. Cheryl also files special assignment news reports and is the host of the Emmy Award winning community affairs program, Beyond the Headlines. Her award-winning career has spanned assignments from Afghanistan, Kosovo, South Africa, the West Bank and North Korea to her philanthropy work for women, children, health and the environment. Jenning says, "I always try to do something that helps people. Along the way, I love the adventure, risk-taking, meeting new friends and finding people from the Bay Area and California who are changing the world to make it a better place."
Jane Winter is the Executive Director of YWCA San Francisco & Marin and has held a variety of leadership positions in the non-profit and hospitality sectors. She served as Vice President of Philanthropy at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment and Associate Vice President for Advancement at Dominican University of California. Jane served on the Marin Women’s Commission 2013 – 2016 (Chair 2015 -2016) and is an active member of AAUW. Jane co-founded LesConcierges, Inc. in 1987, served as President/CEO for 14 years and grew the company into the premier corporate concierge service in the industry she helped create. Jane earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from Michigan State University. Jane is passionate about women’s equality and racial justice.
Linda Witong has been active in protecting the rights of women and girls for decades in both a personal and professional capacity. Since 2013, Linda has also had the honor to work alongside other U.N. NGO delegates in the battle to secure the human and civil rights and the health and welfare of all women and girls throughout the world. For 32 years, up until 2011, she served as the Deputy District Attorney for the Marin County District Attorney's office, and currently she works as a cold case investigator for Marin County Sheriff's Office in San Rafael.