Koshland Committee

2009 Koshland Committee

The Koshland Committee is the formal oversight body of the Koshland Program whose membership includes Koshland family members, a representative of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, representatives of University of California, Berkeley, and other Bay Area community leaders and residents who, in the tradition and style of service established by Daniel E. Koshland, Sr., have made a commitment to improving the quality of life in the Bay Area.

Committee members work directly with low income communities and grassroots organizations that are diligently creating solutions to the challenges they are facing.

Meet our Koshland Committee members:

  • Kurt C. Organista, Ph.D. (Chair)
  • Hedy Nai-Lin Chang
  • Robert Friedman
  • Daniel Geballe
  • Teresa Goines
  • Bill Ong Hing
  • Joy Hoffmann
  • Sarah James
  • Santiago “Sam” Ruiz
  • Rev. Kelvin Sauls
  • Lateefah Simon
  • Rhonnel Sotelo

Full Bios of Koshland Committee members:

Kurt C. Organista, Ph.D. (Chair) is associate professor of social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Trustee of The San Francisco Foundation. He teaches courses on psychopathology, stress and coping, and social work practice with Latino populations. He is interested in Latino health and mental health, conducts research in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention with Mexican/Latino migrant laborers, and is author of Solving Latino psychosocial and health problems: Theory, practice, and populations published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, Hispanic Journal of the Behavioral Sciences, and the American Journal of Community Psychology. From 2004-08 he was appointed to the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, and he currently serves on the Latino Advisory Board for the California State Office of AIDS. Member since 2006

Hedy Nai-Lin Chang is a consultant specializing in early childhood education, family support, and neighborhood transformation. In her previous job as a senior program officer for Strengthening Families at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, she oversaw its grantmaking focused on helping families succeed economically and preparing their children for school through investments in low-income neighborhoods combined with local and state policy work. She is also the former co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit that uses research, technical assistance, coalition-building, and advocacy to advance policies and practices that promote equal opportunity and healthy development of children and families in a diverse society. She is also the author of numerous publications. Member since 2007

Robert Friedman is founder, chair of the board, and general counsel of The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a nonprofit organization devoted to expanding economic opportunity. Bob’s current focus is on the Savings for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) Policy and Practice Initiative, a multifaceted effort to create an inclusive system of children’s savings accounts. Over the decades of his involvement in economic development innovation, Bob and CFED have helped lead the US development of innovative economic development strategies including microenterprise, flexible business networks, individual development accounts, and economic health. He serves on the boards of CFED’s CDFI subsidiary, the National Fund for Enterprise Development, D2D Fund, EARN, the Friedman Family Foundation, and the Rosenberg Foundation. Member since 2003

Daniel Geballe is a Program Associate and Butler Koshland fellow at The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), working on the American Dream Match Funds, a program focused on expanding the domestic matched savings infrastructure by opening new revenue streams, building advocacy capacity, promoting innovation and building partnerships across sectors. Dan is developing GAINS, a non-profit venture that seeks to use a blend of grants and program related investments to create a structured financial product specifically designed for the unique needs of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining CFED in 2008, Dan worked for Fisher Investments, an investment management firm headquartered in California.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University.  Dan also serves on the board of the Levi Strauss Foundation. Member since 2010

Teresa Goines is the founder of The Old Skool Café which provides real and sustainable employment for at-risk youth. Teresa is a former corrections officer who has worked with gang-affiliated boys and girls for over a decade. Through working with incarcerated youth, Teresa realized filling jails was not solving the root causes driving young people to gangs, crime, and violence and conceived The Old Skool Café as a way to teach at-risk kids job and life skills, build with them a sense of responsibility, and pave their way out of poverty and hopelessness. Teresa has received the following awards for her work with Old Skool Café: 2012 Wells Fargo Community Spirit award, 2011 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero award, 2011 Westmont Global Alumni award, 2009 FBI Director’s Community Leadership award, 2008 Jefferson award and in 2006 the Koshland Civic Unity Award in 2006 for her leadership efforts in the Bayview neighborhood.Member since 2013

Bill Ong Hing is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and Professor Emeritus, U.C. Davis School of Law. He teaches Immigration Policy, Rebellious Lawyering, Negotiation, and Evidence. Throughout his career, he has pursued social justice by combining community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice-oriented books and articles on immigration policy and community lawyering. His book To Be An American, Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation (NYU Press 1997) received the award for Outstanding Academic Book in 1997 by the librarians’ journal Choice. He was also co-counsel in the precedent-setting Supreme Court asylum case, INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca (1987). Professor Hing is the founder of, and continues to volunteer as General Counsel for, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco. He is Chair of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and serves on the the board of Southeast Asian Refugee Center in Washington, D.C.Member since 2013

Joy Hoffmann is group vice president for Community Development and Public Information for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) overseeing community development, economic and financial education, the Bank’s public website, media relations, community, public, and economic outreach programs throughout the nine western states that comprise the Twelfth District. Before joining the community affairs staff at the FRBSF in 1995, Joy worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and earlier served as a research associate for Neighborhood Housing Services of America, a national secondary market for affordable housing. She serves on Operation Hope’s Corporate Council of CEOs and chairs their Regional Board of Directors of Northern California. She is also an advisor to BAYCAT, an educational and arts program based in the Bayview Hunter’s Point community. Member since 2007

Sarah James is a Bay Area native, having grown up on the Peninsula. A graduate from UC Berkeley in 1999 with a double major in History and Peace and Conflicts Studies, she also became interested in food and in education during her studies. She is currently planning on starting her own farm after many years of working in the food industry and on various small organic farms growing vegetables in New England. Member since 2011

Santiago “Sam” Ruiz has been the executive director of Mission Neighborhood Centers (MNC), Inc. for the past 27 years. Sam has more than 30 years of professional and volunteer service to the residents of San Francisco’s Mission District in both the public and private sectors. During Sam’s tenure at MNC, it has increased its Head Start slots, as the delegate agency under San Francisco State University, from 120 students to 380 students. MNC also operates 12 different centers in the Mission, Excelsior, Mission Bay, and soon in Bayview Hunter’s Point. MNC is also responsible for the fundraising production of the annual two-day Carnaval de San Francisco. In 1990, Sam received the Koshland award for his leadership in the Mission neighborhood. Member since 2009

Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was senior pastor of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland from 1999 until 2006. He serves on the board of directors of the Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley) and Interfaith Coalition of Immigration Rights (San Francisco), and serves on the clergy advisory board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Rev. Sauls is a founding member and trustee emeritus of the United Religions Initiative (San Francisco). Rev. Sauls currently serves as the national director for congregational development for the general board of discipleship of the United Methodist Church. Member since 2006

Lateefah Simon is the director of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Lateefah was the director of re-entry for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of California and serves on the San Francisco Juvenile Detention Alternates Executive Committee and the Advocacy Institute. In 2003, Lateefah was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and the Visions for a Changing World Award. Her work has also been recognized by the California State Assembly, the Ford Foundation, Girls Inc, the National Organization for Women, and Oprah Magazine. Member since 2006

Rhonnel Sotelo is the chief strategy officer at the Rogers Family Foundation and oversees and facilitates the implementation of the Foundation’s three-year strategic plan. Previously, Rhonnel served as the chief operating officer and vice president for program and operations for the Stuart Foundation where he oversaw program strategy, grants management and operations. His 20 years of experience also includes coordinating and managing The San Francisco Foundation’s West Oakland Initiative and Multicultural Fellowship Program, and owning and operating Urban Works, a community planning design consulting firm that worked with neighborhoods, nonprofits, and small towns on livable communities issues in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and California. He sits on the advisory board of UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities and Schools and serves as a member of the Coalition for Community Schools’ National Awards Committee. Rhonnel holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Member since 2009