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Advisory Boards

Board of Advisors

Jamie AllisonJamie Allison
Walter & Elise Haas Fund, San Francisco, CA

Jamie Allison is the Executive Director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund since 2018. Prior to that, she was Vice President Programs at the S. H. Cowell Foundation. Before joining Cowell, Jamie conducted research for universities and corporations and worked at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga, TN, her hometown. She considers civic engagement a lifestyle choice and has a deep commitment to service. She has been a visiting lecturer on philanthropy, non-profit governance and social enterprise at UC Berkeley, Mills College, and the University of San Francisco. She also serves on the boards of U.S. Friends of CUSO International, a development organization that works to reduce global poverty; and REMAKE, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of apparel factory workers. She chairs the board of The Whitman Institute, which promotes social and economic equity through funding dialog and leadership initiatives.

Nancy BarrettNancy 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.

Bill CartwrightBill Cartwright
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Bill Cartwright is USF’s Director of University Initiatives.  He is a five-time NBA Champion who has come back to his alma mater to develop connections with the community and USF’s alumni.  He was part of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in the early 1990s winning three championships and later two more while serving as assistant coach. At USF, he was a sociology major who led the Dons to two NCAA championships. He later completed a masters degree in organizational development. Since returning to campus in 2016, Bill has been a champion of the McCarthy Center as he seeks to raise the university’s profile and support underrepresented students.

Rodney ChinRodney Chin
Buchanan YMCA, San Francisco, CA

Since February 2011, Rodney Chin has been the Executive Director of the Buchanan YMCA. 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.

DavisSheryl Davis
San Francisco Human Rights Commission, San Francisco, CA

Sheryl Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Prior to leading the Human Rights Commission, she was Executive Director of Collective Impact in San Francisco’s Western Addition and oversaw Mo'MAGIC, Magic Zone, and the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center where her work supported education, economic development, health, and direct service to families and youth. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco’s MA in Public Administration program.

Serra Falk GoldmanSerra 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.

Casey FarmerCasey Farmer
Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, Oakland, CA

Casey Farmer is the Executive Director of Alameda County's Complete Count Committee for Census 2020 where she manages communications, community engagement, and grantmaking to ensure every Alameda County resident is counted. She previously served as Campaign Manager, and later Communications Director to Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley). Prior to her work in the Legislature, she served as Policy Analyst and Community Liaison for Oakland City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, whose campaign she managed in 2012. Casey has also worked in philanthropy for The Rogers Family Foundation and as a high school teacher for students with learning disabilities at Youth Empowerment School (YES) in East Oakland. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in Sociology and Public Service and also holds a Master’s degree in Education. She is a member of the Rockridge Planning Council and DreamCatcher Advisory Board which serves homeless youth in Oakland. She lives in North Oakland with her husband, Galen Wilson '07, whom she met at USF in Gilson Hall, and their dog Misty.

Alicia GamezAlicia Gámez
Law Office of Alicia M. Gámez, San Francisco, CA

Alicia M. Gámez has had her own legal practice, specializing in trust and estate litigation, since 2010 and also holds an Of Counsel position with Carmel & Naccasha, LLP. She attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate and received her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford. Her law degree is from UC Berkeley. Her corporate and nonprofit board service is extensive and includes the Bar Association of San Francisco Immigration Task Force, California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, Association of Women in Alternative Investing, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, and the Roxie Theater.

Alex GrabAlex Grab
Electronics for Imaging, Fremont, CA

Alex Grab is General Counsel, Vice President of Strategic Relations, and Corporate Secretary at Electronics for Imaging. In 2016, the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times named Alex as Corporate Counsel of the Year in the IP Lawyer category. Before joining EFI, Alex was an attorney with the law firm of Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP in San Francisco and a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Alex received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco.

Joanne HayesJoanne Hayes-White
San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco, CA

Joanne Hayes-White, Chief, San Francisco Fire Department, a native San Franciscan, graduated from St. Stephen School, Mercy High School and the University of Santa Clara. Chief Hayes-White joined the San Francisco Fire Department in April 1990. After rising through the ranks, she was sworn in by Mayor Gavin Newsom as the 25th Fire Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department in 2004. San Francisco is the largest urban Fire Department in the world with a female Chief. She oversees a Department of approximately 1,600 members and an operating budget of $350 million. A member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Joanne currently serves on the Presidential Public Safety Officers’ Medal of Valor Board and the Advisory Board for Little Sisters of the Poor. She has also served on the Boards of the American Red Cross–Bay Area Chapter, the Hibernian Newman Club and Mercy High School San Francisco. Joanne leads an active family life as the mother of three sons, Riley, age 22, Logan, age 19, and Sean, age 16.

Holly HoganHolly Hogan
Automattic/WordPress.com, San Francisco, 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 Associate General Counsel at Automattic/Word Press. Before that, she was Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP and an Associate and Partner in the San Francisco office of K&L Gates. Holly’s pro bono work is focused on sexual harassment and crime victims’ rights.

Eric JayeEric 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.

Rodd LeeRodd Lee
BART, San Francisco, CA

Rodd Lee was a graduate student within the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco where he received an M.A. in Public Affairs. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2008, he has been employed at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) where he has progressively acquired more responsibility and currently manages federal, state, and local government affairs and community relations. Prior to joining BART, he worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) managing Public Affairs and Community Relations in Northern and Central California. Rodd is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center; an Oakland-based non-profit organization co-founded by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee. Also, he is an active volunteer at the Cal Alumni Association in Berkeley.

Sharon McCarthy-AllenSharon 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).

Alexandra MorganAlexandra 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 NewmarkCraig 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.

Stephen PearceStephen 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.

Janet ReillyJanet Reilly
Clinic by the Bay, San Francisco, CA

Janet Reilly has a long history of political participation and community involvement in San Francisco. Mentored by Leo T. McCarthy, she served as the President of Golden Gate Bridge District. She is the co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of Clinic by the Bay in San Francisco’s Excelsior. She has served with many institutions such as Catholic Charities, Shanti, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Anthony’s Foundation, the Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Film Society. A graduate of UCLA and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she worked in the office of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and served as the Manager of Public Relations for Mervyn’s Department Store. She has also had a career as an anchorwoman/reporter, most recently hosting The Mix with Janet Reilly on NBC Bay Area.

Jaime RossiJaime Rossi
Storefront Political Media, 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.

Lawrence J. SimiLawrence J. Simi
Greenbelt Alliance, San Francisco, CA

Lawrence J. Simi is Interim CEO at Greenbelt Alliance. He has served 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 of the George R. Moscone Institute for Public Service. Mr. Simi was a staff aide to San Francisco Mayors Alioto, Moscone and Feinstein. He 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.

Judson TrueJudson True
Office of Housing Delivery, San Francisco, CA

Judson True currently serves as San Francisco's Director of Housing Delivery to expedite the construction of homes in the city, a new position created by Mayor London Breed. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief of Staff to California State Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) for five years. Judson is originally from southern Illinois; he has been a resident of San Francisco since 1998. He previously worked at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Prior to his career in public service, Judson received a Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia, where he studied government and foreign affairs. He occasionally conducts live on-stage conversations for City Arts & Lectures, and his previous interviews include Joan Didion, David Remnick, Barney Frank, Jill Lepore, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Ex Officio Board Members

David Donahue
Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common GoodDavid Donahue

David Donahue joined the McCarthy Center as Senior Director in 2015. Before coming to USF, David was the Interim Provost and Associate Vice Provost at Mills College in Oakland, California, and worked there for more than twenty years as a professor of education. David earned his doctorate in Education from Stanford University after earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in History as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. David is a widely-published scholar on topics including service-learning in higher education, human rights, diversity and personal identity. He came to USF committed to the continuation of building a strong community while leading the McCarthy Center in its mission of helping inspire and prepare USF students for lives and careers of ethical public service.

Donald HellerDon Heller
USF Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, San Francisco, CA

Donald E. Heller is Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor of education at the University of San Francisco. He is responsible for the university’s five schools, libraries, academic affairs, student life, enrollment management, online programs, international relations, and diversity and community outreach for the university’s 10,800 students,1,200 faculty, and 1,000 staff. His teaching and research is in the areas of educational economics, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access, choice, and success for low-income and minority students. Dr. Heller has published over 175 articles, book chapters and other publications, and his research has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Educational Policy, and The Journal of Student Financial Aid. Dr. Heller earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science magna cum laude from Tufts University.

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

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.

Contact Info

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641