Our Professional Advisors Council includes individuals from a variety of disciplines, including law, accounting, financial planning, insurance and investment, and wealth management. Members are invited to serve two-year terms of service, and they share our commitment to building a better Bay Area, an interest in our programmatic work and to the power of charitable giving. Meetings are held exclusively for members of the council four times per year and provide a forum to discuss new initiatives at the foundation and gift planning strategies.
We are grateful for the involvement of these professionals in our work, as members provide the foundation with critical feedback and guidance.
2022 – 2023 Members and Biographies
Caitlin Carey |Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Caitlin Carey serves as Partner at Perkins Coie LLP, where she advises clients in the areas of estate planning, tax planning, premarital planning, trust administration and probate court matters. Caitlin’s clients include individuals and families of all types. Caitlin received a B.A. in English from Boston University, a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Lisi Bailliere Dean |Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor, Capital Group Private Client Services
Lisi Bailliere Dean is Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services, Lisi works directly with high net worth individuals and families to create customized plans for protecting and growing their wealth, often across multiple generations. Lisi also helps nonprofit foundations and endowments to realize their long-term financial objectives through effective planning and investment management. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management. Fun fact: Lisi is a former player on the US Women’s Lacrosse team.
Lauren Disston |Attorney at Law, Conradi Disston, LLP
Lauren is a partner at the law firm of Conradi Disston, LLP, a boutique estate planning firm in Orinda, California. Lauren received her B.A. from Stanford University, her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her LL.M. from Golden Gate University. Fun fact: Lauren was a prosecutor in Alameda County (Oakland) before transitioning to estate planning.
Mitchell Edwards |Senior Vice President Family Office Solutions/Wealth Strategist, Jordan Park
Mitch Edwards is a Senior Vice President Family Office Solutions/Wealth Strategist, Jordan Park. Mitch is a member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council and the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California. Mitch received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Fun fact: Mitch and his partner, Erica, own two French bulldogs named Willie Nelson and Dollie Parton.
Michael Firestone |Managing Partner, Fire Capital Management
Michael Firestone is the Managing Partner at Fire Capital Management, LLC (“FCM”). FCM is a boutique investment management company that provides HNW private wealth management, UHNW multi-family office advisory, and private foundation investment & impact OCIO services. Prior to founding FCM, he served as Portfolio Manager and Managing Director at Fiduciary Trust International, a HNW wealth management and trust company. While managing client portfolios he also maintained various equity strategy and research roles across multiple industries and sectors. Michael holds a B.S. in Finance & Real Estate from Florida State University, a M.S. in Finance from Florida State University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is also a CFA charterholder. Fun Fact: Michael is secretly training his baby girl to be a professional golfer, X Games pro snowboarder, and computer scientist.
Kadeidra Honey-Brooks |Senior Vice President, Wealthspire Advisors
Based in the San Rafael, CA office, Kadeidra serves as a Senior Vice President on the Trusts & Estates team, supporting family office and UHNW clients and their advisors across the firm. Kadeidra earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law and holds a master’s degree in Organizations and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Working for seven years in the education sector before law school, she started her career in-house at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in New York upon graduation, where she advised ultra-high-net-worth clients on effective preservation and transfer of assets. She also worked at a small law firm in Napa, CA before joining Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, a high-end boutique in San Francisco, where she practiced for the last five years. Fun fact: I grew up in the East Bay and live 5 houses down from one of my best friends (whom I’ve known since preschool).
Christopher Hurtado |Senior Vice President, Seven Post
Chris Hurtado is a Senior Vice President at Seven Post Investment Office LP and a member of the Board of Directors of Seven Post Trust Company. Chris previously practiced law at firms in San Francisco and New York, where he focused his practice on tax, estate planning, and philanthropic matters. Prior to law practice, Chris was a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a social impact consulting firm. Chris is licensed to practice law in California and New York. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Fun Fact: In a prior life, Chris was an avid rock climber, with climbs throughout North America. Today, his weekends are more “grounded,” involving trips to the local playground with his wife and son.
Lani Kapur |Partner, Aspiriant
Lani joined Aspiriant in 2007 as a portfolio administrator in investment operations and transitioned to the wealth management team in 2010. She has over 15 years of experience serving high net worth individuals and families. In addition to her client service responsibilities, Lani is co-chair of Aspiriant’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee. Lani earned her CFP® certification in 2015. She attended Santa Clara University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Fun Fact: Lani enjoys car camping with her family. Their favorite place to camp is Yosemite.
Julia Matsudaira |Senior Vice President, Jordan Park
Julia Matsudaira is Senior Vice President at Jordan Park. Prior to joining Jordan Park, Julia was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and spent 10 years in the nonprofit sector focused on education and leadership development. Julia received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University and her MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. Fun Fact: Julia is passionate about mentoring and coaching.
Karl Mill |Founder, Mill Law Center
Karl Mill is Founder of Mill Law Center. Karl holds in B.A. in Philosophy from Marist College, an M.A. in Education from the University of Mississippi, and a J.D. from Columbia University. Fun Fact: Karl used to teach High School Algebra in Sardis, Mississippi.
Gigi Orta |Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Gigi Orta is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank covering San Francisco and Palo Alto clients. As an estate planning attorney, Gigi provides comprehensive, personalized estate planning and wealth-transfer counseling to couples, families and individuals. Gigi received a B.S. from Syracuse University, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and an L.LM. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Fun fact: Gigi was a radio DJ in college.
Laura Pantaleo |Wealth Advisor, Wetherby Asset Management Co.
Laura Pantaleo joined Wetherby in 2017 and has relished working with individuals and often multiple generations, using a combination of sharp analysis and personal connection to help clients manage major life transitions and fulfill their financial goals. Her prior experience includes being a partner and financial analyst at Seneca Capital Management and a financial analyst at Jurika & Voyles. Laura holds a BA from Bishop’s University in Quebec and an MBA from University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Fun Fact: Laura grew up in Canada and spent most of her time in the pool as a competitive swimmer.
George Rokas, C.F.A. |Vice President, Northern Trust
George Rokas is Vice President at Northern Trust where he works with clients to understand their goals and build comprehensive financial plans to help them achieve those goals. George holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Fun Fact: When he is not working, George enjoys cooking, cycling and tennis.
Elizabeth Sevilla, CLU, ChFC |Partner, Seiler LLP
Elizabeth Sevilla is a Partner at Seiler LLP. She is a leader in Seiler’s Trusts and Estates practice. Elizabeth received degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of the Philippines. Elizabeth also has Chartered Life Underwriter and Charter Financial Consultant certifications from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvaniaand is an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Fun Fact: Elizabeth loves to experiment with food and wine pairings!
Lan Shaw, C.F.P. |Founder, Vision Private Wealth
Lan Shaw is the Founder of Vision Private Wealth, where she helps individuals, couples, independent women and families pursue their dreams and make meaningful financial decisions that are true to their values. Lan received her B.S. in Systems Engineering from Tianjin University in China and her MBA from Lancaster University Management School in the UK. Fun fact: Lan bungy jumped 141 feet off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand, where the world’s first bungy jump took place.
Leigh Shimamoto, C.F.P. |Wealth Management, Wealth Architects
Leigh Shimamoto is an advisor at Wealth Architects, helping clients find a meaningful connection between their wealth and life goals. She has over 20 years of experience in financial services, working with affluent individuals and their families. She has extensive expertise working with corporate executives of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and professionals. Leigh graduated with a B.A. from University of California, San Diego and J.D. from Santa Clara University, School of Law. She also attended Oxford University and received an International Law Certificate in Comparative Law. Leigh currently leads the Financial Services Alliance, which focuses on the continuing education of wealth advisory professionals. Fun Fact: Leigh started riding century bike rides when she was in middle school, but now you can find her riding her e-bike 1 mile to pick her son up from school.
Philip Sousa |Partner, Jorgenson, Seigel, McClure & Flegel LLP
Philip Sousa is a Partner at Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel LLP and is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law. Philip’s practice covers all areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration, including, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; family succession planning; living trust formation and administration; irrevocable trust planning; charitable planning; life insurance planning; intra-family transactions; wills; powers of attorney; beneficiary designations; and court proceedings for issues relating to trusts and estates. Fun fact: Philip roasts his own coffee beans.
Flavia Araujo Trento, CFA, CPW |Private Wealth Advisor, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Flavia Trento is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office of SVB Private. She develops comprehensive, customized wealth management strategies for high net worth individuals, families, foundations and trusts. She has extensive experience working with participants in the innovation economy and advising them through their financial journeys. Flavia received her BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley and her MBA from UCLA. Fun fact: Flavia was born in Brazil and emigrated to the US with her family at the age of 10
Kirsten Wolff |Partner, Sideman & Bancroft Law Offices
Kirsten Wolff represents individual clients in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and gift taxation, charitable gift planning, and probate. Kirsten also assists clients with their philanthropic planning, including by establishing and obtaining tax exemption for new foundations and other non-profit organizations, and providing advice regarding ongoing tax and administration issues. Kirsten served as a law clerk to the Honorable James V. Selna in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Fun fact: Kirsten lived in Germany for a year as a foreign exchange student in high school.