2022 Forum Advisory Committees

NCFP has enlisted the time and expertise of its Forum Planning Committee and Forum Host Committee for recommendations and guidance. Many thanks to the individuals who are graciously volunteering to help us develop an exceptional program and take advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer.

Planning Committee

  • Allison Magee (co-chair), Zellerbach Family Foundation
  • Kimberly Myers Hewlett (co-chair), Flora Family Foundation; Myers Family Foundation
  • Theodore Avery, The Durfee Foundation
  • Faiza Bukhari, Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Liz Dozier, Chicago Beyond
  • Shawn Escoffery, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Audrey Jacobs, The Sarafina Group, Inc.
  • Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation
  • Dwayne Marsh, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Julia Matsudaira, Jordan Park
  • Tess McNair, C.E. and S. Foundation
  • Elizabeth Newton, Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Judi Powell, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Phuong Quach, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Kate Seng, GHR Foundation
  • Kathleen Simpson, The Russell Family Foundation
  • A. Sparks, Masto Foundation
  • Kathy Tenhula, Frechette Family Foundation
  • Kimberly Dasher Tripp, Strategy for Scale
  • Christy Uchida, The Brinson Foundation
  • Ellie Frey Zagel, Frey Foundation

Host Committee

  • Cathy Cha (co-chair), Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

  • Kimberly Myers Hewlett (co-chair), Flora Family Foundation; Myers Family Foundation
  • Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation
  • Tegan Acton, Wildcard Giving

  • Berit Ashla, Fremont Group
  • Anne Marie Burgoyne, Emerson Collective

  • Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Castellano Family Foundation

  • Sophie Fanelli, Stuart Foundation

  • Carla Fredericks, The Christensen Fund

  • Crystal Hayling, The Libra Foundation

  • Chris Helfrich, Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation

  • Stacie Ma'a, Gerbode Foundation

  • Missy Narula, Crankstart Foundation
  • David Orr, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

  • Carolyn Wall Sakata, Baszucki Family Foundation

  • Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Sobrato Family Foundation

  • A. Sparks, Masto Foundation

  • Nicole Systrom, Sutro Energy Group


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