Leadership Council

David Anderson

David Anderson

Director, Marian Wright Edelman Institute San Francisco State University

David Anderson is the Director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for Study of Children, Youth, and Family at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Formerly a Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at SFSU, David has been engaged in a wide range of service, teaching, and research activities. His research centers on understanding how motor skills are acquired, how to promote the development of motor skills, and how motor activity influences psychological functioning. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, presentations, and a popular textbook, and has received significant funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Education. David is an Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and serves on several advisory and editorial boards. He is a passionate advocate for the importance of physical activity in optimal motor and psychological development and is committed to promoting efforts to improve early education and health.


Michael Dallatorre

Michael Dallatorre

New Filmmaker Program Manager, Panavision

Michael Dallatorre arrived in the United States at the age of three. Leaving Nicaragua during the height of a bloody civil war. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles he decided to use the adversity of his environment to inspire and drive him towards excellence rather than defeat his dreams. Michael was featured in the Oscar nominated documentary “Colors Straight Up” which followed his participation in the inner city performing arts group, Colors United. It was during the filming of the documentary that Mike was inspired to become a filmmaker. As a senior in high school, he was recognized for his talents and promising future with the Children’s Defense Fund Beating the Odds Award, presented by Marian Wright Edelman. After graduating from Jordan High School in Watts, CA, he entered programs, Inner-City Filmmakers and went on to study film at Los Angeles Community College. Following his dreams to become a cinematographer, Michael landed a job with Panavision where, after 15 years, he currently runs the companies “New Filmmaker Program” and preforms test to evaluate prototype cameras and lenses. Michael’s cinematography work can be seen at www.mikedfilms.com


Kimberly Freeman

Kimberly Freeman

Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

A Los Angeles native, Kimberly Freeman is Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations at UCLA Anderson School of Management. In this position she is primarily responsible for leading the school’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the school and to strengthen relationships with the broader community. Committed to public service and community involvement, she currently serves on California Volunteers, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Board of Directors and as a trustee of Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. She is also a past board member of the California African American Museum. Kimberly earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley, a master of public policy (MPP) degree from University of Southern California, and her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, she taught an undergraduate course in government and business as a part-time faculty member in the School of Policy Planning and Development at USC.


David Green

David Green

Vice President, SEIU Local 535

David Green received his MSW from the University of Southern California in 2000. He has worked for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services as a Children’s social worker, Supervisor and Administrator. His job responsibilities have included working in Adoptions, Family reunification and Emergency response services. He has been elected Vice President of SEIU Local 535 as well as Secretary and Treasurer of SEIU Local 721 and was recently re-elected as treasurer in March of this year receiving three times as many votes as his opponent.


Rusty Hicks

Rusty Hicks

Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Rusty Hicks is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (Federation). His election to the post makes him one of the youngest leaders and the first post- 9/11 war veteran to lead one of the nation’s largest labor federations. The Federation is comprised of over 300 local unions that represent over 600,000 workers in every sector of our economy.


Michele Lee

Michele Lee

Associate Legal Director of Litigation, Twitter

Michele C. Lee is the Associate Legal Director of Litigation and Competition at Twitter Inc. In this capacity, she focuses on managing U.S. litigation for the company and advising on competition questions. Ms. Lee previously managed complex commercial litigation for Visa Inc. Prior to joining Visa, Ms. Lee was a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, where she litigated cases involving fraud committed against the U.S. government. Ms. Lee is active in the San Francisco community, and volunteers on committees to benefit Raphael House, an organization committed to helping homeless and low-income families achieve stable housing and financial independence. In her free time, she can often be found chasing after her 9 month old infant as he crawls with determination after the family dog and cat.


Jyoti Nanda

Jyoti Nanda

Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLA School of Law

Jyoti Nanda is the Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law where she has been teaching since 2003. To date, she has taught over 500 public interest law students and is core faculty in both the Epstein Public Interest Law & Policy and Critical Race Studies Programs. Professor Nanda's scholarship interests are in criminal and juvenile delinquency laws with a special focus on how the intersection of gender, race, disabilities and age impact children and youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. She is particularly concerned about the ways in which we unjustly criminalize kids in schools. Four years ago, she launched the Youth & Justice Clinic at UCLA School of Law to train law students to critically examine and advocate for clients who are funneled into a pipeline: starting with under-resourced public schools into highly punitive juvenile delinquency systems that fail at their fundamental purpose to rehabilitate. Professor Nanda's latest article appeared in the UCLA Law Review and she's written shorter articles for various publications. She speaks frequently to a variety of audiences across the country and considers herself a teacher, scholar, and lawyer-activist.


Lisa Nevins

Lisa Nevins

Private Mortgage Banker, Wells Fargo Private Bank

Lisa A. Nevins is a Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banker, ranked in the top 3% annually among 8,000 residential loan originators in the company. Lisa was born and raised in Palm Springs, received a BA in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and an MA in African American Studies at UC Los Angeles. Her academic research specialized in the Civil Rights Movement and Hip Hop Culture.

Lisa’s community involvement included running a Los Angeles street team for voter registration with Rock the Vote and the Democratic Party, co-founding the L.A. Local Organizing Committee for the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, and sitting on the board for over ten years with Rampart’s JUICE Community Center. Lisa is also currently a member of the Los Angeles Giving Circle, made up of approximately 60 female members that donate over $100,000.00 to five local non-profits every year.


Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips

Senior Director, Community Benefit & Strategy Kaiser Permanente

At Kaiser Permanente, Robert leads internal and external communications for Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit and Research functions. His work focuses on fostering partnerships, and developing campaigns to engage communities in achieving Kaiser Permanente's vision for Total Health. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Robert worked in philanthropy, at The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, where he led the efforts around health care reform, health advocacy, community health, and improving the health of children and youth of color. He has previously worked at PolicyLink, SEIU and the AFL-CIO.

Robert received his BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, his MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and is ABD from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.


Carolyn Rodriguez

Carolyn Rodriguez

Vice President, City National Bank

Carolyn Rodriguez is a vice president and program and administration manager of the Marketing department at City National Bank. She joined City National in 1989 as part of the Controller’s department before moving to Marketing.

Ms. Rodriguez heads the bank’s award-winning flagship literacy program, Reading is the way up®. Since its start in 2002, this nonprofit initiative has donated $1.2 million in grants directly to teachers in elementary, middle and high schools in five states, and provided more than 400,000 books to classrooms, libraries and nonprofit organizations, which have benefitted more than 600,000 children.


Lateefah Simon

Lateefah Simon

President, Akonadi Foundation

Since 2011, Lateefah has served as Program Director of the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation, a statewide grant-maker that takes on systemic barriers that stand in the way of full access to equity and opportunity for Californians. Lateefah managed the Foundation’s portfolio of grants aimed at supporting groundbreaking advocacy in the areas of criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, low-wage workers’ rights and civic engagement in California. In 2016, Lateefah helped launch the Leading Edge Fund, a new $2 million fund created to seed, incubate and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California.

Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service. She was named “California Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly, and also has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the National Organization for Women, Lifetime Television and O Magazine. In 2016, Lateefah was named one of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40, and in 2016, was appointed by the Governor of California to the California State University’s Board of Trustees.


Anthony Tansimore

Anthony Tansimore

Vice President, Leadership Impact The Olive Grove

For more than twenty-five years Anthony Tansimore has been a senior leader in the nonprofit sector. In his various public and social sector roles he supported collaborative efforts among nonprofits and leadership development for management teams.

Throughout his career Anthony has focused on assisting individual leaders and teams in becoming more effective in their own work. As Chief Financial Officer of MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), Anthony worked closely with the staff to streamline expenses and grant compliance. As Chief Operating Officer of The San Francisco Foundation, Anthony led a diverse program team to leverage grant funding with investments from other foundations and individual philanthropists to create larger impact in communities throughout the Bay area.