Amy Logan, President
An award-winning women’s rights leader, Amy has served as President of the Board of the US National Committee for UN Women San Francisco Bay Area since 2015 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.
Amy is the Founder & CEO of Gender Innovation, which helps corporations integrate gender equity into their cultures and systems through training, coaching and immersive technology. Amy wrote and produced the beta-version 2018 short 3D virtual reality film, “Belonging”, which gives the viewer the experience of unconscious gender bias and microaggressions in the workplace. The world premiere was held at the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Amy’s critically acclaimed novel, The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, about the search for the ancient, lost origins of “honor killing” in the Middle East, was lauded by former Egyptian First Lady Jihan Sadat, Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
Amy was featured in and co-produced “The Price of Honor”, a 2014 multi-award-winning documentary about the “honor killings” of teen sisters by their father near Dallas. Amy screened it in the US Capitol with three Congresswomen and persuaded the Justice Department to release their first study on honor violence in America there.
An expert speaker on call for the US State Department, Amy has given presentations at the United Nations, the US Capitol, TEDxSacramento, World Affairs Council, Oxford University, NYU, the International Women’s Forum, and others. Amy serves on six boards or advisory councils for women’s organizations.
In her early career, she co-founded and exited a healthcare industry dot-com, owned a global PR consultancy and wrote a nationally syndicated travel column. A native Texan, Amy has lived in six countries and eight regions of the US, and has happily called the Bay Area home for a decade.
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).
Sydney Coleman, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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