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 from academic institutions, 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:

  • Bill Ong Hing
  • Bob Friedman (Trustee liaison)
  • Cari Chen Pang
  • Cynthia Chavez
  • Dennis Quirin
  • Dwayne Marsh
  • Hedy Chang
  • Jordan Simmons
  • Sachi Yoshii
  • Santiago “Sam” Ruiz  (Chair)
  • Sarah James
  • Teresa Goines

Full Bios of Koshland Committee members:

Bill Ong Hing

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

Cari Chen Pang

Cari Chen Pang joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula in August 2008. Building relationships and leveraging resources to improve the quality of life in local communities has been a constant theme in her career, which drew her to the mission and work of RTP. Prior to joining the organization, Cari was the Executive Director of Thrive—The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County. Cari has worked for a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations since 1993, including Team-Up for Youth, the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, The San Francisco Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Hawai`i. She continues to be an active community volunteer, and was honored by California State Senator Jerry Hill in May 2014 with a “Community Champion” Award for the 13th Senate District. The award was given in recognition of her work with Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Friends of Mandarin Scholars in San Mateo Foster City School District, and the Sterling Downs Neighborhood Association. Cari has a BA in Urban Studies/Community Organizations and a MA in Education/Policy Analysis & Evaluation from Stanford University. A Peninsula resident, Cari lives in Belmont with her husband, dog, and two children. Member since 2017

Cynthia Chavez

Cynthia Chavez brings over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, public policy, philanthropy and community building for social change. Most recently, as Executive Director of Oakland-based LeaderSpring, she leads a nationally-recognized organization for strengthening equity-driven leaders and agencies on the front lines of combatting poverty. LeaderSpring awards a two-year, on-the-job fellowship to strengthen over 235 leaders, primarily executive directors who are women and people of color.  In turn, they serve over one million clients in the SF Bay Area each year.
Previously, while a member of the professional staff of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Cynthia led a national initiative that continues to promote philanthropy by and among communities of color. Prior to that, she was awarded a one-year fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation.  In the 80’s, Cynthia was a legislative aide to various Bay Area elected officials, shaping state policy in affordable housing, consumer protection and K-12 education.
Cynthia is a certified coach by the International Coach Federation, and an advisor to a national leadership organization, the Fund the People Project.  Her most recent publication is: A Bolder Form of Leadership. Cynthia has been appointed to national and local nonprofit boards, including the Leadership Learning Community and National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Pomona College and Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.  As a second-generation Mexican American, whose first home was public housing in East Los Angeles, she dedicates her career to developing solutions to root causes of injustice and inequality. Member since 2017

Dennis Quirin

Dennis Quirin is the President of the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG). NFG is a national membership association of grantmaking institutions who are committed to improving the economic and social conditions of communities of color and low income communities across the US. As President of NFG, Dennis has lead an extensive organizational change process that has resulted in doubling the programming and membership of NFG. Dennis comes to this position with two decades of experience as an activist, organizer, fundraiser, and grantmaker working for social change.
He has extensive experience working in a variety of roles with nonprofits, designing and implementing strategic programs, and working effectively with diverse stakeholders. Prior to his work at NFG, Dennis designed and led the Race & Equity Collaborative at the Proteus Fund, a multi-city funding strategy supporting the growth of city-level alliances working at the intersection of racial justice and voter engagement.
As a bridge builder between sectors and strategies, Dennis has worked with some of the most respected social change organizations and leaders in the county, including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, SCOPE/AGENDA, Californians for Justice, and California Forward. Dennis began his philanthropic experience working at The San Francisco Foundation funding hundreds of social justice organizations in the Bay Area.
Dennis has served on the boards of Intersection for the Arts, Californians for Justice, Northern California Grantmakers Emergency Loan Fund, Civic Engagement Fund for AMEMSA Communities, and Bay Area Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. He currently serves as a trustee of the Common Counsel Foundation and as an Advisor to the Bay Area Justice Funders Network. Member since 2017

Dwayne Marsh

Dwayne Marsh serves as Deputy Director of Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE), a core program of CSI. Prior to GARE/CSI, Marsh was, for six years, a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he helped advance sustainable planning and development through interagency partnerships, departmental transformation, and funding initiatives managed through OER. He was OER’s principal coordinator for a $250 million grant program and led the development of capacity building resources that reinforced the work of pioneering grantees in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Under his leadership, OER prioritized equity as a foundational principal for its planning and investment initiatives.
Marsh brings to GARE/CSI his expertise and considerable experience in coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change. He provides technical assistance and capacity building knowledge to equitable development initiatives that address continuing disparities in affordable housing, transportation investment, and environmental justice.
Before HUD, Marsh spent a decade at PolicyLink, the national organization committed to economic and social equity. Before PolicyLink, he directed the FAITHS Initiative for eight years at The San Francisco Foundation, building a nationally renowned community development and capacity building program that continues to this day.  Member since 2017

Hedy Chang

Hedy 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

Jordan Simmons

Jordan Simmons is the Artistic Director and Iron Triangle Theater Co-Director at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, roles he has had since 1978, full time since 1982. At the Center, as an artist performer, scholar, and faculty member (since 1978), he has worked to guide the center from a program with a few hundred students to a nationally recognized model institution reaching 2000 students each year. For the past eighteen years, in line with his work at the East Bay Center, Simmons has pioneered the development of a comparative study framework based on a number of authentic performing arts training systems and a growing body of knowledge about human perceptual systems. Member since 2017

Sachi Yoshii

Sachi Yoshii is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects at the East Bay Community Foundation. She provides support to the strategic direction and implementation of the Foundation’s vision to advance a socially just East Bay. Sachi was introduced to the philanthropic sector as a high school participant in the FAITHS program at The San Francisco Foundation. She started her career in philanthropy at The Atlantic Philanthropies working on a range of executive, program, and operations departments to provide oversight of global grant making activities, including the development of program strategies, financial and budget planning, and execution of technology initiatives and data trend analyses. Since 2012, she has been a strategic consultant with leaders of foundations, non-profit organizations, and the public sector focused on development of community infrastructure in the Bay Area through public/private partnerships. Sachi serves on the board of Rubicon Programs and on the Advisory Board of the Asian Prisoners Support Committee. A native East Bay resident, Sachi lives in Oakland. She received a dual-degree MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School and a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Member since 2017

Santiago “Sam” Ruiz (Chair)

Santiago “Sam” Ruiz (Chairhas 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

Sarah James

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

Teresa Goines

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