Why do you do what you do?
As an immigrant to the United States, I count myself as very fortunate to have lived in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. It’s a place that presents wonderful opportunities for so many people, yet still struggles desperately with racial and economic inequity. And my perspective is clearly influenced by my earlier life in South Africa, where injustice and inequality were so clear and striking.
What drew you to serving on the board?
Getting to know the mission and ambitions of the foundation drew my interest to commit time and energy, recognizing that tremendous benefits can grow from the work and commitment of the foundation’s grantees, donors and staff. And again, I count myself fortunate to be working with such a talented and dedicated team, focused on making a difference in our Bay Area.
How would you describe your role as a board member?
The challenges that face the Bay Area are broad and diverse. And hence the skills and resources to meet those challenges need to be equally comprehensive. I see the experience I bring as a very small cog in a big wheel, but hope that it makes some difference to the work and impact of the foundation.