Board of Directors


Phyllis Cook
Managing Director, PLC Philanthropic Services

Phyllis Cook served for 25 years as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Under her leadership from 1983-2008, the Endowment Fund assets grew from $28 million to over $2.8 billion. She was responsible for major gift solicitations, development, grantmaking, and oversight of 800 donor advised funds, 70 supporting foundations and 100 restricted funds. Ms. Cook also served as Assistant Director of the Jewish Community Federation.

Today, in addition to her responsibilities with  PLC Philanthropic Services, where she works with individuals and families to achieve their philanthropic objectives,  she serves on the Board of Directors of the Bernard Osher Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Gerson Bakar Foundation, Maisin Foundation, Sarlo Foundation, Sandler Foundation and the I-Center for Education in Israel, among others. She has received numerous awards, including: 2008 Founders’ Medallion from the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles; 2007 Association of Jewish Community Organizational Professionals Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award; 2007 Trustees’ Citation for fundraising from the University of California, Berkeley, 2007 Community Endowment Excellence Award from United Jewish Communities; 1976 Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award, and; JCF Women's Division Award for Devoted Service & Creative Leadership. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa), where she was voted “Outstanding Senior Woman”. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School in English.


Robert E. Friedman, Board Treasurer
Chair and General Counsel, CFED

Robert (Bob) Friedman founded CFED in 1979 and continues as CFED’s Chair of the Board and General Counsel.  He continues to contribute to numerous efforts to develop the asset-building movement, as well as advising on new strategies to bring excluded communities into the economic mainstream as entrepreneurs, savers, investors, and skilled employees.

A recognized leader in economic development innovation, Bob has contributed to the development of the U.S. microenterprise field, flexible business networks, state and federal entrepreneurial policy, innovative benchmarking tools, like CFED’s Assets and Opportunity Scorecard and asset building.  He helped found the Association of Economic Opportunity (AEO).

Based in San Francisco, Mr. Friedman also serves on the Boards of CFED, the 1:1 Fund, Ecotrust, Child and Youth Finance International, the Friedman Family Foundation, Family Independence Initiative, the Koshland Committee of the San Francisco Foundation and is a former board member of Levi Strauss & Co. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.  He is author of The Safety Net as Ladder: Transfer Payments and Economic Development and a contributor to numerous publications.



Daniel Grossman
Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

Daniel Grossman is the Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Previously, he was CEO of SLOW Food for Fast Lives, founded in 2013 in order to provide healthy food options for people on the go. Prior to that, he founded Wild Planet Toys in 1993 and ran the company as CEO until 2012.  Wild Planet was dedicated to developing non-violent, innovative products that appeal to both parents and kids. Before founding Wild Planet, Mr. Grossman was at Aviva Sports from 1991 to 1993. In 1992, he joined the senior management team of Mattel International. 

Prior to joining Aviva Sports, Mr. Grossman earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University. He joined the program after serving seven years in the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat, both overseas and at the Department of State. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Grossman served as a legislative aide to Congressman James Coyne in Washington D.C. He received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University in 1980.



Julie Gutman Dickinson
Union Labor Lawyer/Partner, Bush Gottlieb

Julie Gutman Dickinson has devoted her career to public service, advocating for the rights of workers, immigrants and underserved communities. She is a partner at the labor law firm Bush Gottlieb, where she brings extensive experience and integrated strategies to representing low-wage workers and private and public sector unions. Ms. Gutman Dickinson specializes in administrative, state and federal court litigation; organizing and strategic campaigns; collective-bargaining negotiations and arbitrations; and government relations, political advice and policy advocacy. During more than a decade as a trial attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, she earned the distinction of being the only attorney to achieve a 100 percent win record in voluminous unfair labor practice trials and federal court litigation.

Ms. Gutman Dickinson has advised elected officials on labor issues and advocated vigorously for fair labor practices as a member of governmental agencies. While serving as Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioners and Senior Labor Advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she negotiated project labor agreements and ground breaking collective-bargaining agreements for a myriad of private and public sector unionized workforces. Ms. Gutman Dickinson clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Stanley A. Weigel, served as an adjunct professor at Stanford Law School, and founded a community economic development practice in East Palo Alto, California. She also served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles based human rights organization, Program for Torture Victims. Fluent in Spanish, she has led immigrant and organizing rights workshops, been a featured speaker at numerous law schools and conferences, authored several published articles on labor issues, and served as Chapter Editor for the ABA’s treatises, The Developing Labor Law and How To Take a Case Before the NLRB.

Ms. Gutman Dickinson is Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) Advisory Board. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Labor and Employment Section, the ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA, and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. She has received numerous awards, including the Los Angeles-Orange County Organizing Committee’s Labor Hero Award, LAANE’s City of Justice Award for Lifelong Dedication to the Labor Movement, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association’s Electrical Industry Advancement Award. Ms. Gutman Dickinson is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford law School. A native from Chicago, she is an avid runner and lives in Los Angeles County with her husband Pete and children Lynda and Daniel.




Mick Hellman, Board Second Vice Chair
Founder and Managing Partner, HMI Capital

Marco (Mick) Hellman is the founder and managing partner of HMI Capital. Prior to creating HMI Capital, he spent most of his career at Hellman & Friedman, LLC, where he was a managing director and member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Hellman also established Hellman & Friedman's Hong Kong office in 1992 and currently serves as a senior advisor. He is the former chairman of the Board of Directors of Blackbaud, a trustee at UC Berkeley Foundation, and a trustee of the USA Cycling Development Foundation. Mr. Hellman received an A.B. in Economics with high distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.


Benjamin Todd Jealous
Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact

Benjamin Todd Jealous is a Partner at Kapor Capital, where he invests in seed-stage startup companies that use technology to narrow gaps in society. An internationally renowned civil and human rights leader, Jealous works at the intersection of technology and social impact.

Between 2008 and 2013, Jealous served as the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile as well, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. A builder of robust coalitions, Jealous’ leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmental organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP in challenging mass incarceration.

Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi’s Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer who was being framed for arson.  At Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people.

Jealous currently serves on the Board of Directors of the tech firm Pigeonly, which helps incarcerated men and women stay in contact with their families and society through low-cost cutting-edge voice and image sharing technology. He is an advisor to WorkAmerica, a social impact startup company that helps unemployed Americans embark on well-paying technical careers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Level Playing Field Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund.

A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous has been named to the 40 under 40 lists of both Forbes and Time magazines. In 2013, he was  #1 on’s list of black leaders under 45.


Herma Hill Kay
Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Boalt Hall

Herma Hill Kay joined the faculty of Berkeley Law, Boalt Hall in 1960 and served as dean from 1992 to 2000. After earning her B.A. at Southern Methodist University and J.D. from the University of Chicago, she was law clerk to Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court. In 1962, Kay received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and, in 1998, was named one of the 50 most influential female lawyers in the country and one of the eight most influential lawyers in Northern California by the National Law Journal.

Ms. Kay has delivered major lectures at the law schools of the University of Illinois and the University of Cincinnati and the Hague Academy of International Law. She served as president of the Association of American Law Schools in 1989 and as secretary of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Kay is an emeritus member of the Council of the American Law Institute. She has received many major awards, including the Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Award, the 1990 American Bar Foundation Research Award and the 1992 Margaret Brent Award to Women Lawyers of Distinction from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2000 she was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.

Ms. Kay has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and a visiting professor at Harvard University, Lewis & Clark University, and Hamline University. She served on the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar on American Law in 1987. Ms. Kay is a past or present member of 12 different governing or advisory boards, including the Russell Sage Foundation, Equal Rights Advocates, Order of the Coif, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, the Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented her with its first Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award. In January 2015, Ms. Kay will receive the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education's Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the third recipient of this award.


Kate Kendell
Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBT people and their families across the country. Ms. Kendell grew up Mormon in Utah and received her J.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988. After a few years as a corporate attorney she was named the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. In this capacity, she oversaw the legal department of ACLU of Utah and directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties, including reproductive rights, prisoners’ rights, church/state conflicts, free speech, and the rights of LGBT people. In 1994 she accepted the position as legal director with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and made the move to San Francisco. In 1996, Ms. Kendell was named as NCLR’s executive director. In that capacity, she assists in the development of litigation and litigation strategy, and is responsible for all aspects of agency operation, and development of strategy. She is also responsible for executing a broad and forward thinking vision around all policy and project initiatives.

She has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, CNN, and dozens of on-line blogs. She lives in San Francisco with her spouse and their children.


Bill Lann Lee
Shareholder, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, P.C.

Bill Lann Lee is shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, P.C., where he prosecutes civil rights and disability rights actions. Mr. Lee is a 40-year veteran civil rights lawyer. From December 1997 to January 2001, Mr. Lee served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration, as the nation's top civil rights prosecutor. Before joining Lewis Feinberg in 2007, Mr. Lee was a partner at the firm of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, from 2001-2006. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years as an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the law firm founded by Justice Thurgood Marshall, in New York City and Los Angeles. He headed the Legal Defense Fund’s western regional office in Los Angeles. He also prosecuted employment discrimination class actions for the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles. Super Lawyers magazine has named Mr. Lee one of the Top 100 Northern California Lawyers each year since 2011, and a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since 2004. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including from the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Asian American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Columbia University Law School iand Yale College.


Shauna I. Marshall
Retired Academic Dean, University of California, Hastings, College of the Law

Shauna Marshall received her B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and her J.D. from U.C. Davis. She then joined the U.S. Justice Department's Honor Program as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division. She left the Justice Department in 1984 and spent six years as a staff attorney for Equal Rights Advocates, working on impact cases, public education, and organizing campaigns on behalf of low income women and women of color.

Ms. Marshall spent the next four years in the Stanford and East Palo Alto community, receiving her J.S.M. from Stanford, lecturing in the areas of civil rights and community law practice at Stanford Law School, and directing the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. She joined the UC Hastings faculty as a Clinical Professor in 1994 and served as Associate Academic Dean from 2000 to 2002 and became Academic Dean in 2005. She stepped down as Academic Dean in June 2013 and is now an Emeritus member of the UC Hastings faculty. Her writings reflect her interest in ethical issues apparent in community law practice and civil rights litigation.


Hugo Morales
Founder and Director, Radio Bilingue

Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. In 1976, Mr. Morales and an all-volunteer staff of farmworkers, former farmworkers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe, which, on July 4, 1980, began radio broadcast operation over the entire San Joaquin Valley. Radio Bilingüe is now a national satellite community radio service in Spanish, English and Mixteco that serves Latino radio audiences in the Northern Hemisphere. It has its headquarters in Fresno, regional offices in Salinas and El Centro, and national production studios in San Francisco. Radio Bilingüe has six full-power FM radio stations: 3 serving the San Joaquin Valley (KSJV- Fresno, KMPO-Modesto, KTQX-Bakersfield), one station serving Mendocino county (KVUH- Laytonville), one serving the Salinas Valley (KHDC-Salinas), and one serving the Imperial Valley (KUBO-El Centro). Radio Bilingüe is the recognized Spanish-language radio service for the public radio system in the United States. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish-language national talk show, Línea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its rainbow of Spanish-language traditional folk music for its national Latino audiences. The entire 24-hour daily operation is totally devoted to public service. Radio Bilingüe has a full-time staff of 25.

Mr. Morales is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, Mexico. He was raised in Oaxaca until the age of nine when his family immigrated to California. He grew up as a farmworker in Sonoma County until he graduated in 1968 from Healdsburg High School where he had been elected student body president. He then went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (known as the “genius award”). In May 1999, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored Mr. Morales with the Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio's highest distinction. Mr. Morales received the 2006 Cultural Freedom Prize from the Lannan Foundation. “The Prize for Cultural Freedom was established to recognize people whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry, and expression.” Some of Mr. Morales' board memberships include: the Board of Directors of The California Endowment and the San Francisco Foundation, Fresno County First Five Commission, and The California Post Secondary Education Commission.


Albert F. Moreno
Retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Levi Strauss & Company

Albert F. Moreno served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Levi Strauss & Co., from 1996 to November 2005. Mr. Moreno joined Levi Strauss & Co. in 1978 where he was responsible for legal and brand protection affairs and oversaw the company’s global security department. Mr. Moreno served as the Assistant Secretary of Levi Strauss & Co. until November 2005. He served as the Chief Counsel for Levi Strauss North America from 1994 to 1996 and also as its Deputy General Counsel from 1985 to 1994. He has been a Director of Xcel Energy Inc. and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, the Mexican Museum, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, and the American Corporate Counsel Association. He served as a Director of New Century Energies Inc. and Levi Strauss Foundation. Mr. Moreno holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University and a degree in Latin American Economic Studies from the Universidad de Madrid. In 1970, he received his Law Degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.


Clara J. Shin, Board Chair
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Clara Shin is a Partner of Covington & Burling LLP and concentrates her trial and appellate practice on complex technology, intellectual property, and commercial disputes. Her pro bono representations focus on the defense of constitutional rights, including challenges to the constitutionality of medical care provided by the California prison system. Ms. Shin previously served as a special assistant and White House Fellow in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff, and was a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Earlier in her career, Ms. Shin helped to start AmeriCorps, a national service program created under President Bill Clinton. She also worked for USAID in South Africa and co-created Tahoe-Baikal Institute, a bi-national environmental institute in California and Siberia. Ms. Shin serves as Commissioner of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery and on the Board of Directors of the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the United States District Court Northern District of California Historical Society. She is a former Director of Music National Service (Chair), Asian Pacific Fund, ACLU of Northern California, Rebuilding Together San Francisco, and OneJustice. Clara earned her B.A. with honors from Smith College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.


Sarah Stein, Board Vice Chair and Secretary
President, Hall Capital Partners LLC

Sarah Stein is President of Hall Capital Partners LLC. She is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Investment Review Committee. Ms. Stein joined the firm in 2002 in the Portfolio Management practice. She moved to the Research Group in 2006 where she held several roles, having served most recently as Managing Director and Co-Director of Research. Ms. Stein was appointed President of the firm in 2012. Her prior experience includes working in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., the Fisher Family Foundation, and teaching English in Guangzhou, China. Ms. Stein was named one of Foundation & Endowment Money Management's 2011 Rising Stars. She serves on the Board and Investment Committee of the San Francisco Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Rosenberg Foundation, the Investment Committees of the Crystal Springs Uplands School and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Endowment Committee of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. She previously served as a Trustee of Princeton University, the Breakthrough Collaborative, and KIPP Bayview Academy. Ms. Stein graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in History. She also earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an M.A. from the Stanford School of Education.