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Advisory Boards

Board of Advisors

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Nancy Barrett
U.S Trust Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
Nancy Barrett is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust and has over two decades of experience in financial services. Nancy began her career at Scudder Investments in Boston, MA as a Relationship Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a dual major in Business Management from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Nancy has been actively involved in her community and has previously served on the board of the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment (WISE) and on the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners in San Francisco.
Rodney Chin McCarthy Center Board Member
Rodney Chin
Buchanan YMCA, San Francisco, CA
Since February 2011, Rodney Chin has been the Executive Director of the Buchanan YMCA, and was Associate Executive Director prior to becoming ED. Rodney has participated in numerous Engage San Francisco Working Group meetings. Prior to joining the Buchanan YMCA, Rodney has served the YMCA of San Francisco in numerous roles since 1994. He received his B.A. in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. Rodney is a native San Franciscan and has lived in the Western Addition for the last 10 years.
Sheryl Davis McCarthy Center Board Member
Sheryl Davis
Collective Impact, San Francisco, CA
Sheryl Davis is the Executive Director of Mo'MAGIC, a neighborhood-based nonprofit committed to transform the community and youth through the MAGIC of collaboration. The Fillmore/Western Addition Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in Our Communities (Mo' MAGIC) is a collaborative of community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, city agencies and community members working together to improve opportunities of underserved youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mo’MAGIC achieves its mission by providing tools and resources that affirm and build community ownership.
Serra Falk Goldman McCarthy Center Board Member
Serra Falk Goldman
Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP, Palo Alto, CA
Serra Falk Goldman is an associate attorney at Falk, Cornell & Associates, LLP. Serra’s practice focuses on all aspects of estate planning, including trust administration, advanced business planning, asset protection and taxation. Serra is an alumna of St. Francis High School in Mountain View, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University. Serra is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, School of Law. Serra and her husband Bill live in San Francisco with their two children.
Casey Farmer Casey Farmer
Office of Oakland City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney
Casey Farmer is the Policy Analyst and Community Liaison for Oakland City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, whose campaign she managed in 2012. Casey previously worked in education and philanthropy for Great Oakland Public Schools and The Rogers Family Foundation in Oakland. She acquired her passion for education while teaching high school students with learning disabilities as a Teach for America Corps Member at Youth Empowerment School (YES) in East Oakland. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in Sociology and Public Service, a Master’s degree in Education and served as Student Body President. She lives in North Oakland with her husband, Galen Wilson '07, whom she met at USF in Gilson Hall.
Holly Hogan McCarthy Center Board Member
Holly Hogan
K&L Gates, Sausalito, CA
Holly Hogan graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco in 2002 and was the Arts & Sciences Valedictorian. She majored in politics here before going on to Harvard Law School, where she was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Holly served as student body president at USF and at Harvard Law. She has been a faithful supporter of the McCarthy Center since 2007. Holly is an associate in the San Francisco office of K&L Gates focusing on intellectual property litigation. Holly’s pro bono work is focused on sexual harassment and crime victims’ rights.
Eric Jaye
Eric Jaye
Storefront Political Media, San Francisco, CA
Eric Jaye is the Founder and President of Storefront Political Media, a California-based consulting firm with local, state and national clientele. Eric launched his career in politics with stints in advance, labor organizing and political journalism. He began work as an Account Executive and then Senior Vice President and Creative Director at Clinton Reilly Campaigns, at the time the nation’s largest political consulting firm. In 1990, Eric founded his own firm, Terris and Jaye, which grew into one of the nation’s largest political consulting firms. Throughout his career, he has continued to work for the rights of working people, including campaigns to expand pensions for San Francisco city employees and strengthen collective bargaining rights for police officers and firefighters.
Sharon McCarthy-Allen McCarthy Center Board Member
Sharon McCarthy-Allen
St. Stephen School, San Francisco, CA
For the past thirty-four years, Sharon  Mccarthy-Allen has worked in the field of education, as a teacher and administrator in schools throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Since 2002 she has been the principal of St. Stephen School in San Francisco. Sharon has served on the boards of many charitable organizations and received several awards and honors for her volunteer service. She has chaired countless fundraisers and led several successful capital campaigns. Sharon attended Gonzaga University, 1978 and San Francisco State University. A native San Franciscan, she is the daughter of Jackie and the late Leo T. McCarthy (former Lieutenant Governor of California).
Craig Montuori McCarthy Center Board Member
Craig Montuori
PolitiHacks, Mountain View, CA
Craig Montuori is the Founder and Executive Director of PolitiHacks, an advocacy group for Startup Visa and other causes that contribute towards a stronger, more vibrant startup community. He serves as a bridge between DC and the startup community, with one foot in both worlds. Previously, Craig supported VCs like Ron Conway and Brad Feld as a Volunteer Advocate and Political Coordinator for the loose coalition of startup community VIPs working to see Startup Visa become a reality. With degrees in aerospace engineering from Caltech and Master of Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco, Craig offers a technical take on politics using the language of the startup community on hacking through the red tape of Washington DC.
Alexandra Morgan
Alexandra Morgan
Family House, San Francisco, CA
Alexandra Morgan is the CEO of Family House, a nonprofit organization that provides free, temporary housing and services for low-income families whose children are being treated for cancer at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Morgan attended USF as an undergraduate, received an MNA from USF in 2000, and joined Family House soon after. Her work in the nonprofit sector includes stints at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, White House Advance and the Foundation for Religious Understanding with the Dalai Lama. A San Francisco native, she lives in the Western Addition, is an enthusiastic Giants fan, and can hardly wait for the Warriors to come back to San Francisco. She is a former board member of Grace Cathedral, Leadership High School and the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation..
Craig Newmark McCarthy Center Board Member
Craig Newmark
Craigslist, San Francisco, CA
Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist, which has become one of the Internet’s 10 most-visited English language sites. Craig earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. He began his business career with IBM, where he spent nearly 17 years. In 1995, while working for Charles Schwab, Craig launched craigslist as a free way for people to share information about events in San Francisco. In early 2011 Craig launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. He currently serves on the board of directors of three non-profit organizations, on the advisory board of eleven others, and provides personal or financial support to dozens more.
Vicky Nguyen McCarthy Center Board Member
Vicky Nguyen
NBC Bay Area, Mountain View, CA
Vicky Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American investigative reporter currently with NBC Bay Area, KNTV. She is an enterprise reporter. Before joining NBC Bay Area, Vicky worked at various television stations in Florida, Nevada and Arizona. Vicky was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and moved to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in San Jose and Santa Rosa, and became a U.S. citizen at age 10. She attended the University of San Francisco on an academic scholarship, and graduated as valedictorian with a major in Communications and a minor in Biology. She received the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from the University of San Francisco Alumni Association.
Stephen Pearce McCarthy Center Board Member
Stephen Pearce
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, CA
Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD served Congregation Emanu-El since 1993 and became Rabbi Emeritus in June 2013. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology at St. John’s University. He is a Board Member of Palo Alto University and an Advisory Board Member of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Rabbi Pearce's written work includes Flash of Insight: Metaphor and Narrative in Therapy. He has received many awards for challenging the congregation and community to address the pressing issue of hunger in San Francisco. In May 2013, Rabbi Pearce delivered the commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at USF. He has been recognized three successive times by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States. He, in conjunction with clergy and staff, has created a collaborative team approach to worship, life-long education, social concerns, and cultural offerings.
Jaime Rossi
Jaime Rossi
Barbary Coast Consulting, San Francisco, CA
Jaime Rossi is currently Partner at Barbary Coast Consulting. A graduate of the Goldman School of Public Policy, Jaime Rossi brings expertise in housing, land use, research, policy analysis, and advocacy to the firm. Previously the Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Director of Public Policy for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Jaime was also an elementary school teacher in South Central Los Angeles. He has extensive experience working with legislators at the federal, state, and local levels. As a public policy consultant, he has worked successfully with political candidates, ballot initiatives, developers, non-profits, schools, and community groups.
Catarina Schwab McCarthy Center Board Member
Catarina Schwab
Formerly BuildOn, San Francisco, CA
Catarina Schwab is the former VP for development at buildOn, a charitable organization that engages urban youth through after-school programs in the U.S. and builds schools in rural villages in developing countries. An Exeter and Princeton grad, Catarina worked for two years as a corporate finance analyst at Montgomery Securities, a San Francisco-based investment bank. She worked in venture capital before opening Flicka, a Scandinavian women’s clothing and accessories boutique, which she operated on Fillmore Street in San Francisco until early 2008. Catarina is married to Andrew Schwab, co-founder and Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures since 2002.
Larry Simi
Lawrence J. Simi
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Lawrence J. Simi is a retired public affairs professional with 30 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company directing local and state government relations, grassroots, employee civic involvement and political law compliance. He was a staff aide to San Francisco Mayors Alioto, Moscone and Feinstein. Currently, he serves as a Board member of the California Commission on Judicial Performance, as president of the Board of Directors of Pine View Housing Corporation, as Board chair of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and as chair of the Board of Directors of the George R. Moscone Institute for Public Service. Mr. Simi holds a Master’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. He resides in San Francisco.
Rhonda Smira
Orleans Consulting, Sacramento, CA

Rhonda Smira is the President of Orleans Consulting, a firm specializing in lobbyist and campaign compliance reporting as required by the Fair Political Practices Commission.  Prior to starting the firm, Rhonda began her career working as a political fundraiser in San Francisco.  She spent the last 15 years working all facets of the political process including campaigns, the state capitol and a top 10 lobbying firm. Rhonda received a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of San Francisco and currently resides in Sacramento.

Ex Officio Board Members

Marcelo Camperi McCarthy Center Board Member
Marcelo F. Camperi
USF Arts & Sciences Dean's Office
Marcelo F. Camperi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco,studied physics at the great Universidad Nacional de la Plata, in Argentina. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University, working in topological field theory and some phenomenology of elementary particles. Upon graduating, he became interested in the study of the brain from a physicists' point of view. Currently, Professor Camperi is working on theoretical and computational neuroscience. He is also interested in computational physics, mathematical physics, and in computers in education. As Dean, Professor Camperi hopes to guide USF to become a renowned center for environmental justice and sustainability and further diversity among USF’s faculty.
Corey Cook McCarthy Center Board Member
Corey Cook
USF Leo T. McCarthy Center
Corey Cook serves as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and Associate Professor in the Department of Politics. He joined the University in Fall 2006 after having earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Corey has published academic articles in the California Journal of Politics and Policy, American Politics Research, DuBois Journal of Social Science Research on Race, and Presidential Studies Quarterly in addition to several book chapters. His current research focuses on the emerging political geography of California and electoral reform. He teaches courses in American Politics specializing in political institutions, urban and state politics, and housing and development politics.
Fr. Fitzgerald Fr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
USF President's Office
Fr. Fitzgerald is the President of the University of San Francisco. Prior to USF, he served as Professor of Religious Studies and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He joined the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara in 1997, where he taught courses and conducted research under the rubrics of both Systematic Theology and Sociology of Religion. He is the author of the book L'Église comme lieu de formation d'une conscience de la concitoyenneté (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 1999) and numerous scholarly articles and essays. He served as an adjunct lecturer at the Education College in Xiamen, China (1991) and as a visiting lecturer at Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya (2004). Fr. Fitzgerald has served on several university boards, including the Ecclesiastical Board of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College; the Board of Trustees of Loyola University of Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Fr. Fitzgerald holds a Masters in Divinity degree, Pontifical Licentiate in Ecclesiology, a D.E.A. (diplôme des études approfondies) and a Docteur ès Lettres (Ph.D.) in the Sociology of Religion.
Mary Wardell McCarthy Center Board Member
Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
USF Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi is USF’s Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. She also teaches organizational behavior, leadership, and communication in the School of Management. Mary has worked in higher education administration for 18 years. From 2008-2011 she served as USF's Dean of Students. Prior to USF, she was Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Mary received a BA in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, her hometown; an MA in Cross Cultural Counseling from San Diego State University; and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Her research interest and professional practice focuses on transformational leadership and women in leadership. Mary has an avid love for the arts and is a vocalist and photographer.

Emeriti Board Members

Jude Barry Board Member Emeritus Headshot
Jude Barry
Catapult Strategies, San Jose, CA
Jude Barry has worked in national politics, California campaigns, and local government as a top-level strategist and manager. In addition, he has advised Fortune 500 companies, political candidates, and non-profit organizations, and a NFL football team. Because of his expertise in politics, policy, technology, and social networking, Jude is a regular and respected source for local, state, and national news reporters. Jude is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the University of San Francisco. He previously served on the boards of the Hakone Society, KTEH public television, and the San Jose Cathedral Foundation. In 2002, Jude served on the Bishop’s Task Force on Sexual Abuse and authored the much-heralded final report.
Joe Cotchett McCarthy Center Board Member
Joseph W. Cotchett
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, Burlingame, CA
Joseph W. Cotchett is considered by plaintiffs and defense attorneys alike to be one of the foremost trial lawyers in the country. He has been named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation for the past 10 years. His clients range from corporate giants to groups like Consumers Union – but the issue must be correct for Cotchett. During his 40-year legal career, he has tried more than 100 cases, and settled hundreds more, winning numerous jury verdicts, ranging from a $10 million malicious prosecution suit to several defense verdicts in civil cases. He successfully negotiated a settlement for $25 million in a qui tam suit on behalf of the University of California and hundreds of millions of dollars in antitrust, securities and major fraud cases.
Mary Powell McCarthy Center Board Member
Mary Rosenblatt Powell
San Francisco, CA
Mary Rosenblatt Powell is a business consultant in board development, strategic planning, business and fund development, and public affairs advocacy. She  served as Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Child Advocacy at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University; Vice President for business development for Sutter Health; Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs for California Healthcare System; and Executive Director of the Bernard Osher Foundation. Prior to her nonprofit career, Ms. Powell was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Butterfield and Butterfield, and the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Jamboree, a children’s discount clothing storechain. Mary is a member of the Board of the Jewish Home for the Aged,, and supports the work of various organizations, including Temple Emanu-El, the San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco University High School. She was the Foreperson for the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury in 2002-03. Ms. Powell was educated at Pitzer College, Claremont, California, and the University of San Francisco.
Father Privett McCarthy Center Board Member
Rev. Stephen Privett S.J.
Formerly USF President's Office
Rev. Stephen Privett S.J., has served as the University of San Francisco’s 27th President since September 2000. Prior to his appointment at USF, Father Privett served as Provost and Academic Vice President at Santa Clara University. He currently serves as a trustee at Schools of the Sacred Heart, Seattle University, and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club of California, Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Public Architecture, and the Fromm Institute. He also serves on the Bishops and Presidents Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Advisory Board of the California Foundation as well as an honorary member of the San Francisco Host Committee. Father Privett’s doctorate is in Catechetics and his particular expertise focuses on the Hispanic community in the Catholic Church.
Ron Rose McCarthy Center Board Member
Ronald Rose
Rose Investments, San Francisco, CA
Ronald Rose manages his own real estate investment and consulting firm with LoopLender, an affiliated commercial mortgage brokerage firm of LoopNet Inc. This follows a 30-year career in commercial real estate with Metropolitan Life, The Federal Home Loan Bank, John Hancock Real Estate Financial Services and LoopNet Inc. Ronald Rose serves on three committees at the University of San Francisco: The Regional Council, the McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, and the Dean's Circle at the Masagung Graduate School of Management. In addition, he co-produces new works with the Magic Theater in San Francisco. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master’s degree in government and planning from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in finance from the University of San Francisco.
Richard Spohn McCarthy Center Board Member
Richard Spohn
Nossaman LLP, San Francisco, CA
Richard Spohn, former University Professor and Founding Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, has long been considered one of the California’s top authorities among private attorneys on laws relating to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and other managed healthcare delivery mechanisms. He has experience with contracts, acquisitions, licensing and lobbying on behalf of his healthcare clients. He earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and received an M.A. in sociology and a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University. Before joining Nossaman, he was the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Kevin Starr McCarthy Center Board Member
Kevin Starr
University of Southern California, San Francisco, CA
State Librarian Emeritus, Kevin Starr researches California history, history of American culture, urban history and "Americans and the California Dream" captures the enigmatic blend of dreams and hardscrabble reality that defines California. His books uncover how the Golden State emerged from the Gold Rush, absorbed the shocks of the Great Depression, and was transformed by the sweeping events of World War II and beyond. Dr. Starr is a professional member to the American Antiquarian Society, California Council for the Humanities, California Historical Society and the Smithsonian Library Advisory Board. He was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2006. Dr. Starr holds degrees from the University of San Francisco (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PhD).

Steering Committee

Kique Bazan
Associate Director for Global Social Justice & Community Action, University Ministry

Jeffrey Betcher
Co-Founder & Organizer at Quesada Gardens Initiative & Bayview Footprints Network

Wanda Borges
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Community Partnerships, School of Nursing

Noah Borrero
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Rachel Brahinsky
Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs 

Chris Brooks
Associate Dean of Sciences; Associate Professor, Computer Science

Karin Cotterman
Director of Engage San Francisco, Leo T. McCarthy Center

Sergio de la Torre
Assistant Professor, Art and Architecture

Suzette DeGrange
Senior Associate Director, Undergraduate Admission, Multicultural Recruitment & Retention

Geoffrey Dillon
Department Chair, Internship & Field Placements; Director, Teacher Education, Director, Project Learn Belize

Julia Dowd
Director, University Ministry

Amie Dowling
Assistant Professor, Dance; Coordinator, Dance Program

Michael Duffy
Director, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought

Rebecca Gordon
Lecturer, Philosophy

Tim Iglesias
Professor of Law

Richard Johnson III
Associate Professor, Public and Nonprofit Administration

James Lin
Emerging Leaders Program Manager, Glide

Kevin Lo
Assistant Professor, Organization, Leadership, and Communication

Helen Maniates
Assistant Professor Teacher Education, School of Education

Rhonda Magee
Professor of Law and Interim Co-Director of the USF Center for Teaching Excellence

Keally McBride
Associate Professor, Politics Star Moore, Associate Director for Community-Based Learning, Leo T. McCarthy Center

Dylan Moore
Advocate for Community Engagement, Philosophy student

Star Moore
Director for Community-Engaged Learning, Leo T. McCarthy Center

Jacqline Murillo
VP Mission, ASUSF

Susan Pauly-O'Neill
Assistant Professor, Nursing; Chair, Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing

Jennifer Ratliff
Assistant Director, Advancement, Graduate Student, Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

Evelyn Rodriguez
Associate Professor, Sociology

Stephanie Sears
Associate Professor, Sociology Carly Smith, Communications Studies student, Advocate for Community Engagement, Project Open Hand/McCarthy Center

Jaime Smith
Volunteer Coordinator, Salvation Army

Katie Thaxton Elkins
Advocate for Community Engagement, Politics student

Chris Thomas
Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies, Organization and Leadership Program

Seth Wachtel
Program Director & Assistant Professor, Art and Architecture

Mary Wardell
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

Dana Zartner
Assistant Professor, International Studies