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.
Laetitia Lee, Vice President
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.
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Jessica Yan, Membership Communications
Jessica is a life-long health equity, racial justice, and women’s equality advocate. She currently works as a social sector consultant at Redstone Strategy Group, providing strategic guidance to leading philanthropies and nonprofits in the health and education sectors. She served in Governor Hickenlooper’s administration and supported the implementation of the Colorado Health IT Roadmap to improve health care access across Colorado. In previous roles, Jessica has served as a reproductive health advocate, assisted in the development of the HardCall Podcast, and led and facilitated speaking events with prominent thought leaders, including Brené Brown, Anderson Cooper, Viola Davis, and Scott Kelly.
Jessica studied information analytics, organizational leadership, and biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated first in her class, was named Outstanding Graduate of the Year, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
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.
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.
Kaneez Fizza, Communications Specialist
Kaneez holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Relations from Harvard University Extension School. She is passionate about the cause of gender equality and her Master’s thesis explores barriers to women empowerment in Pakistan. Kaneez currently works at Deloitte. She brings years of marketing and communications experience in the private sector, with specific expertise in communications strategy, virtual events, content, social media, email marketing, and more. In her free time, Kaneez enjoys travel, photography, historic fiction and self-help books.
Advisory Board –– Kate Byrne, President Emeritus
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.
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.
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 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 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.