Historian for the Black Business Student Association (BBSA) at SFSU
Bresheena is a senior student in the Lam Family College of Business studying Management. Bresheena is also an active member of the African Student Association (which she formerly held a position for) and the Black Student Union on campus. She aspires to start her own clothing business that operates in an ethical manner. Her hobbies include poetry, volunteering with the inner city youth, cooking, reading, community organizing, and student activism.
Senior Consultant, Deloitte’s Privacy and Data Protection Practice
Jacqueline has a proven track record of helping clients to assess the compliance of, design, build, and implement global privacy programs and to support initiatives related to the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Prior to joining Deloitte, Jacqueline worked as an Associate in mid-sized bank’s Privacy Office. There she was responsible for maintaining and enforcing the bank’s consumer and marketing privacy programs. Jacqueline also created and implemented the bank’s Privacy Social Media Risk Management Program.
Portfolio Manager, MCE Social Capital
In her role, Elisabeth focuses on debt investments in microfinance institutions and small and growing businesses in East and Southern Africa. Prior to joining MCE, Elisabeth oversaw Global Retail Operations for Bridge International Academies, a for profit chain of low cost private schools operating in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, India and Liberia. In this role, she managed all aspects of the organization’s $1.5 million retail business unit, including product design, financial forecasting and P&L, mobile e-commerce, manufacturing, importing, inventory and warehouse management and last mile delivery. Previously, Elisabeth was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney’s Dubai office. She has also worked in consulting and project management roles with Sustainable Health Enterprises (Rwanda), Technoserve (Mozambique) and Infosys (India). Elisabeth began her career in nonprofit management in Washington DC. Elisabeth has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from Cornell University.
Joseph Contreras CoHart
Co-founder, SFSU Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT)
Joseph is an electrical engineering and computer engineering double major at San Francisco State University and co-founder of The Solar Electric Vehicle Team on campus. He has been with SEVT since the summer of 2016 and is currently the team's project manager. He hopes to inspire interest in renewable energy sources and drive the Car on campus prior to his graduation this fall. He builds custom electrical systems for a variety of senior projects.
George Denise, SR., CFM, CPM, FMA, RPA, LEED-AP
Director of Operations and Sustainability, Oracle
George is director of operations and sustainability for Oracle’s headquarters buildings, a 17-building campus totaling 3.4 million square feet located in Redwood City, Calif. As an advocate for operating efficiency, sustainability and healthier work environments, Mr. Denise has been instrumental in the achievement of 25 LEED certifications, 17 at the platinum level. He is currently chairman of the Building Owners and Managers Association’s BOMA-360 Building Performance program, he is an instructor for CoreNet Global’s Sustainable Strategies in Corporate Real Estate course, and he was a member of the committee that developed LEED-EB, Version 2. Mr. Denise is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology.
CEO & Founder, LaborVoices, Inc.
Kohl is a quantum physicist turned entrepreneur, founded LaborVoices in 2010 after observing patterns of opaque supply chains, avoidable labor issues and high mobile phone penetration while working in several South Asian countries as an International Labor Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, he was a Senior Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy. Before that, he was a Transparency and Anti-Corruption Fellow with Indicorps in the slum areas of Delhi, India. Dr. Gill has a BS in Physics from Caltech and an MS and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has led LaborVoices to reach over 40 thousand workers in 11 countries on 4 continents, creating the world's first public, transparent ranking of factories on open social metrics. Dr. Gill and LaborVoices have earned many honors and awards including: Ashoka Fellow; the Purpose Economy Asia 100; Echoing Green Fellow; and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has recently been profiled by Forbes, Reuters and BBC Radio.
Associate Director of Sustainability and Compliance, Roche (Genentech)
Kelley designs and drives sustainability through ethical sourcing and responsible supply chain practices at Roche, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Healthcare Sector Leader for the past 9 years. Kelley’s primary responsibility is for the Supplier Sustainability Assurance Visit program, a collaborative program designed to bring suppliers across the globe to Roche’s sustainability standards. Kelley’s compliance career spans a broad range of industries: from hospital IT systems, to law firms specializing in corporate bankruptcy and product liability, to an investment bank focused on energy and air transportation, and finally into biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Emily Holtz is an MBA student at San Francisco State University and an officer for the graduate student organization Women in Business, which provides programming to facilitate professional growth for women and their allies. With a dual focus in Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Emily is interested in how technology and data can be leveraged by organizations to address the needs of all stakeholders more effectively. She is actively involved in several events for this year's Business Ethics Week including organizing and leading the panel "Everyday Ethics in Business," which explores themes like accountability, sustainability, and diversity. Through her involvement, Emily seeks to encourage the next generation of business leaders to think critically about ethical issues and to cultivate socially responsible practices at work and beyond.
Retired Human Resources Executive
Carolyn held a number of senior human resource roles at Yelp, Cisco Systems and Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson, an HR consulting firm). She partnered with executives and their leadership teams in fast-growth/rapid change environments. She designed and delivered people-related programs and services for nimble, start-up organizations. Carolyn focused on accelerating business performance by increasing key metrics like retention, productivity, engagement, bench strength, and operational excellence. She’s now enjoying her next life adventure - traveling, exploring, learning, and leading her neighborhood association near Dolores Park.
Sustainability Coordinator, San Francisco State University
Nick Kordesch has been the Sustainability Coordinator for San Francisco State University for many years. His work at SF State includes greenhouse gas accounting, waste reduction, outreach, and events. His prior jobs have included sustainability consulting and third party certification of sustainable products, including food products. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.
Senior Facilities Manager, Oracle
Jonathan has an emphasis on sustainability and technology. He has served as a facilities manager at the world headquarters for Adobe and Oracle Corporations with properties of up to 3 million square feet. His buildings have been recognized with several local and national awards in sustainability and overall best practices. Jonathan is an IFMA Sustainable Facilities Professional, LEED Green Associate and is currently serving as a director on the board of BOMA Silicon Valley.
Communications Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
As communications manager, Samantha gets to take on a variety of different responsibilities on the Communications team to help people understand the movement and raise awareness of Wikimedia in the world. She vets and responds to press inquiries, often talking to journalists by phone or email about Wikipedia, the Wikimedia projects, the Foundation, and the Wikimedia movement. Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation, she worked for the Seattle Center's Cultural Programming department. As a cultural programs assistant, she wrote and shared stories of diverse communities in the Seattle area to raise awareness for the department's annual festival programming.
Vice President, Impact and Strategic Initiatives, Closed Loop Partners
Ellen tracks progress and impact of the Closed Loop portfolio and generates actionable insights for investors, municipalities, and industry. In 2017, she will lead an industry-wide study on the capital landscape for circular infrastructure in the US. Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, she was a strategy consultant and partnerships director with FSG, the social impact consulting firm co-founded by Harvard economist Michael Porter. Her clients included major corporations, foundations, governments, and nonprofits. During this time, she led the research team behind Fortune’s inaugural “Change the World” list, featuring $1Bn+ companies addressing global challenges through profitable business models.
Student, San Francisco State University
Ariana Perez is a student at SF State working on a B.S. in environmental science and geography. She is the president of the Real Food Challenge at SF State, a student organization that advocates for healthier, real food on college campuses. The RFC works on calculator research annually with the dining center to improve product shifts on campus. She also partakes in gardening with Poder on the weekends, crafting and finding more conscious-consuming local shops.
Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Jacob joined Wikimedia as a lawyer in November 2014. He works primarily to help protect the quality and integrity of the incredible work done on Wikimedia projects. His focus is on legal issues surrounding content placed on Wikimedia projects. In addition, he works on a wide-range of legal issues with the whole Wikimedia legal team. His prior work included government investigations for the United States Senate, ranging from structured finance to Swiss data privacy, to the ins-and-outs of high frequency algorithmic trading.
Chef, The Vista Room
Tim has a bachelor degree in archeology from Williams College, a Masters in Food Studies from NYU, and recently finished an MPA in sustainable management focusing on food policy from Presidio Graduate School. He has been a working chef for over 20 years, doing both restaurant and catering work as well as private cheffing in NYC, The Hamptons and Aspen; and an educator for 15 where his main area of interest has been food safety, food systems, GMOs and issues of sustainability. He is a home brewer, soap maker, potter and really horrible but enthusiastic bass guitar player. He also was a nationally ranked, out athlete 25 years before being an out athlete got you on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Director, Environmental Resource Center, San Francisco State University
Jack Steinmann is director of the Environmental Resource Center which is part of the Associated Students – representation of the Associative Students’ commitment to protecting the environment and by extension the community that lives therein as well as our organization’s commitment to the reducing our ecological footprint!
Arvita brings over a decade of experience as compliance professional, having worked in various roles in the quality, regulatory, privacy, and security arena. She worked her way up the ladder from a neophyte to a junior compliance executive by being hands-on with all areas of compliance and working hard to stay on top of the ever-changing regulatory climate. She has personally chartered a variety of compliance systems, written a variety of regulatory submissions for health authority approval globally, and successfully hosted audits from a wide swath of global regulators. In a consulting capacity, Arvita has also led warning letter remediation efforts. In addition to being compliance professional, Arvita enjoys traveling, sailing, camping, and SCUBA diving.
Wesley Wong (SF State finance alum)
Associate Attorney, Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP.
Wesley has served in compliance roles at both Union Bank and Wells Fargo and has extensive experience in the financial sector. He also has worked on the in-house legal team of a financial technology start-up. He serves as a board member of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Risk Management Association, a professional association that aims to advance sound risk principles in the financial services industry.