Pepe Gonzalez was born and raised in Point Reyes Station in rural West Marin County. Raised on the Giacomini dairy, Gonzalez attended West Marin Elementary from kindergarten through eighth grade then proceeded to Tomales High School. He earned a degree in Education and a multiple subject teaching credential from Dominican University of California. He taught 5th grade in the dual Language Program at San Rafael’s Venetia Valley K-8 School. After three years of teaching and earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Sonoma State University, Mr. Gonzalez was promoted to Vice-Principal at Venetia Valley. After two years as the Vice-Principal Gonzalez became the Principal of Venetia Valley School. In 2010 Pepe was transferred to become the principal of Laurel Dell Elementary and the newly opened Short Elementary School, a position he held for four years. He is now principal of Laurel Dell Elementary.
Pepe Gonzalez is the past president of the Dominican University of California Alumni Board, Chair of the San Rafael City Schools Family Engagement Task Force and an active member of the San Rafael Community. He is an alumnus of 10,000 Degrees.
Eric spent thirteen years in marketing and general management positions at the Quaker Oats Company, including Vice President and General Manager of the Quaker Oatmeal Cereal business, before moving to the Bay Area in 1996 to join and run Premier Retail Networks. As PRN’s President and Chief Operating Officer he led, managed, and helped build the startup company into a successful digital media business that operated advertising networks in 5,000 retail stores with 250,000 screens across the country. PRN was acquired by Thomson in 2005, and in 2008 Eric left the company to move to Asia for his wife’s career. Since returning to the Bay Area, he is leveraging his experience and brand/business building skills to help non-profit organizations, with a focus on helping low income children to break the cycle of poverty. Eric is a graduate of Yale University and resides in Mill Valley.
Lynn’s work in corporate communications spans more than 25 years, both on the agency side and in-house. She has developed and directed programs for globally recognized consumer brands at important moments of change: product and category launches, progress in defining industry leadership, executive transitions, marketplace shifts, mergers and brand positioning. She worked at three of the top five global firms: Hill and Knowlton, Fleishman Hillard and Ogilvy PR. That work covered a broad range of industries and communications disciplines, from public affairs and issues management to crisis communications and consumer marketing.
Lynn left agency work to apply the rigor and scope of Fortune 500 communications in the fast moving and rapidly changing consumer internet space, leading communications for Netflix and then for Shopping.com. Her pro bono and volunteer work focuses on issues of social justice, in particular helping the underserved with access to the tools, support and encouragement to live fuller, more independent lives. She recently completed several years as a board member for the Institute on Aging and sits on the boards of Osher Marin JCC and the Mill Valley Library Foundation.
Lynn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and spent one year at Oxford University in England studying English literature and British history.
Rita has always been passionate about education and the life-changer it can be. Impressed by the long-term follow-through that 10,000 Degrees provides students, she began as a mentor. She now serves on the Advancement, Strategic Thinking and Anniversary Committees. Actively involved in educational nonprofits since 2003, Rita initially served as governance chair and board chair for Mile High Montessori. The program operates six schools and the drop-in centers of the Department of Human Services and the Court System on behalf of the city of Denver.
A practicing architect of 30 years, Rita began her career at an international firm focusing primarily on large corporate projects. She shifted her work to a smaller San Francisco-based firm to work on the first SOMA live/work lofts, large affordable housing projects, and varying institutional and hospitality projects. She has developed her own practice over the last 15 years focused primarily on custom residential. Rita received her BA from University of Texas, Austin and her MA from UC Berkeley. She resides in Tiburon with her husband and son.
Lorenzo Cordova is a Marin County native and is the aide to Marin County Board of Supervisor District Four representative, Dennis Rodoni. He handles all of Supervisor Rodoni’s External Affairs and is responsible for the policy involving immigrants, land use, education, affordable housing and homelessness. Prior to his work with County Government, Lorenzo was an Aide to Assemblymember Marc Levine, a member of the California State Assembly, and the Assistant Director of Admission for the Branson School in Ross, CA.
Lorenzo graduated with Interdisciplinary Honors from the University of Redlands and has a graduate degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He currently serves as one of the District Four representatives for the Democratic Central Committee of Marin and is active with the Marin County Young Democrats. In 2017, he was elected to be one of the District 10 delegates for California Democratic State Convention.
Lorenzo was previously a 10,000 Degrees student and scholarship recipient. He resides in San Rafael with his dog, Beaux.
Ruth Dell currently serves as a member of the Program Committee, and comes to 10,000 Degrees with a strong legal background. She previously worked as a labor lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago. When she moved to Marin County, she worked part-time for an on-line legal publishing firm in the 1990s. Ruth’s passion remains in the social and political arena, with an emphasis on education. She served on the Tamalpais Union High School Board from 1997-2009. She has served as president of the Marin County School Boards Association, and was also involved with lobbying Sacramento on several issues, primarily funding for public education. Ruth is currently involved with the Marin Jewish Family and Children’s services. She serves on the board of Spectrum LGBT Center and on the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood in Marin County. Ruth received her BA from the University of Michigan, and her JD from the University of Illinois. She resides in Kentfield.
Sandy Donnell is a long-time community volunteer with a wide range of volunteer and Board experience in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Master’s degree in Human Development and a Montessori Teaching Credential. Her past and present Board service includes theEdgewood Center for Children and Families (Board President 1994-96), San Domenico School,Belvedere–Tiburon Child-Care Center, Marin General Hospital Foundation, and the Belvedere Community Foundation (Chairman, Grants Committee). She also served eight years on the Belvedere City Council and was a former mayor. Currently, Sandy is co-chair of the campaign for a permanent Marin County Farmers Market and is active in the Save The Redwoods League. A lifelong resident of the Bay area, Ms. Donnell is married to Justin Faggioli; they are the parents of two adult children. They are also co-owners of a ranch in Sonoma whose operations include cattle grazing and vineyards.
Herb and Jane Dwight are the founding donors of Scholarship Sonoma County which has now been fully integrated into 10,000 Degrees.
Herb and his wife Jane also established the Pepperwood Foundation in 2005 to acquire Pepperwood Preserve and to expand the conservation, research and education programs based at the Preserve through the creation of the newly opened Dwight Center for Conservation Science. The Pepperwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) California tax exempt organization.
Herb is a graduate of Stanford University and served in the U.S. Navy. He’s an engineer and has a long career in the technology industry as an innovator and corporate leader. He’s the former Chairman of OCLI in Santa Rosa, past Chair of the Community Foundation Sonoma County Board of Trustees and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He and his wife Jane currently reside in Healdsburg, CA.
Jonathan Eldridge is the vice president of Student Services at the College of Marin (COM). He came to COM several years ago with extensive administrative experience in student success initiatives, having held similar positions at Southern Oregon University and Lewis & Clark College. Jonathan received a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science from Central Washington University. His master’s degree from Colorado State University was in Student Affairs in Higher Education, a program focused on combining different elements of an institution to ensure students have a successful and integrated college experience.
Jonathan is married to Rima DasGupta, a sociology professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, and has four children. He is an avid cook and wine enthusiast and, while he has historically cheered for the Seattle Mariners, he now roots for Bay Area baseball teams.
Wynne Grossman is an independent consultant working with healthcare, non-profit organizations and education. She was most recently Project Management Director of Molina Healthcare and Executive Director at the Center for Oral Health. Previously she worked for the Valeo Initiative, the Health Forum, Gladman Hospital, Saybrook Institute, and Haas School of Business. Wynne comes to 10,000 Degrees with a background in Non-Profit leadership, Program Development, Implementation & Evaluation as well as Fund and Business Development. She is currently a member of the Strategic Thinking/Program Committee and the Governance Committee. Wynne received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, and her MSW at UC Berkeley.
Peter is currently the CFO for the Accountable Care Division of Stanford Health Care, located in downtown Oakland. He has worked in the Health Care Finance field in California for over 25 years, holding various executive finance roles with United Healthcare, Health Net and Kaiser Permanente.
Peter graduated with a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from University of San Francisco, and lives in San Anselmo with his wife, Lizellen.
Guy Lampard is Aperio Group’s Chief Client Development Officer and Partner. Earlier in his career, he was a Partner at Montgomery Securities and was Senior Managing Director at Banc of America Securities—where he worked for 15 years. During his career at Montgomery and Banc of America, he held various positions: Director of the International Department, Deputy Head of Institutional Sales, and Director of Marketing, including membership on the Equity Management and Commitment Committees. Guy is a former board member of the India IT Mutual Fund Board based in Mauritius and was also Chairman of its Audit Committee.
He has been a Trustee of the California Historical Society and Chair of its Foundation Board. Guy is a former member of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council as well as Board Member of the Angel Island Foundation. He is the past Chairman of Heyday Institute, a publishing company based in Berkeley, California, and is on the Advisory Board of ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services company. Guy is the co-author of the book Giving From Your Heart, A Guide to Volunteering. He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Guy is an avid golfer with a particular interest in playing remote, undiscovered courses in Scotland.
Dr. Denise M. Lucy is an expert in leadership and organizational change. She is a Professor of Business and Organizational Studies, Founder and Executive Director of the Dominican University of California’s Institute of Leadership Studies. She has 29 years of experience in higher education as an educator and executive; first at the University of San Francisco and currently at Dominican since 1993. Some of her former professional roles include Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean, Associate Dean, Director of Marketing and Corporate Development.
As a professional manager and professor, she teaches and consults in leadership and team development, strategic planning, and organizational change, negotiation and conflict management. Her research interests include leadership and teams, small business enterprise, micro-finance poverty reduction, community leadership, civic engagement and corporate social responsibility.
Kim Mazzuca has served as the President & CEO of 10,000 Degrees since 1999. A Bay Area native and first generation college graduate, Kim has dedicated her life to social justice. She brings more than two decades of executive nonprofit management and philanthropic leadership in the areas of youth development, human services, workforce development, and education. Prior to joining 10,000 Degrees, Kim served as the Associate Executive Director of Jewish Vocational Service and as Director of Rehabilitation and Special Assistant to the Founder and Director for RCH, Inc. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Francisco State University, is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Program for Nonprofit Leaders, where she was named a fellow in 2001, and is currently seeking her doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco.
In 2014, Kim was named a Nonprofit Leader of the Year by North Bay Business Journal and in 2015, she was named Legislative Woman of the Year for California’s 10th District. Kim has served on numerous community boards, including the National College Access Network Board of Directors, where she completed a three-year term as board president. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Prison University Project at San Quentin.
Mark is a Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager at Bank of America. A graduate of the University of San Francisco in International Business and Finance, Mark has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch since 2000, working in various industry groups, primarily focusing on large corporate industrial and real estate companies.
In his current role, Mark is responsible for leading, directing and coordinating key team members in analysis and execution of the effective delivery of their products and services to clients and prospects. Mark is well-versed in a broad range of banking products and services and holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. He lives in San Rafael with his wife, Katey, and children, Max and Camille.
Toby is on the Advisory Board at Community Gatepath, the largest non-profit serving people with disabilities in San Mateo and Santa Clara County. He provides strategic research, analysis, project management, and advisory services to senior management, as well as strategic policy and planning advice, information and support. He is also a board member at the Northern California Planned Giving Council. Toby is a former board member at Velo SF and retired Senior Vice President of Franklin Templeton Investments. Prior to Franklin, Toby spent 15 years in domestic and international commercial banking with First Interstate Bank and Barclay’s Bank. He also spent five years in Asia with First Interstate Bank, where he was responsible for international project lending and correspondence banking. He is a graduate of Golden Gate University and Menlo College. Toby is a member of 10,000 Degrees’ Major Gifts, Advancement, and Anniversary Gala Committees.
Monica is currently a University Recruiter at Autodesk in San Francisco. As a seasoned university recruitment professional, Monica has been involved with the design, development, and budget monitoring of recruitment strategies.
Monica is passionate about educational equity and has been involved with 10,000 Degrees for over 10 years. She was first introduced to the organization in high school when she participated in the nationally respected College Access program and Summer Application Institute. She later returned as a summer fellow and staff member before joining the Board. Monica received a B.A. in Spanish and a Minor in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, rock climbing and spending time with family.
Susan Preston is the President of Professional Program Insurance Brokerage in Novato. She is an innovator in crafting insurance programs for emerging industries, and has designed coverage programs for businesses as diverse as medispas, laser centers, tattoo shops and medical marijuana centers. Susan has also worked with government bodies to develop regulations for tattooing, body piercing, permanent cosmetics and laser services, as well as co-founding the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, an organization that set international standards for the industry. Preston’s knowledge of emerging industries has brought her company, Professional Program Insurance Brokerage, to the forefront of niche market insurance.
Susan also serves on the board of Village Hopecore, an organization that provides micro-loans, potable water and maternal health care to a village on the slopes of Mount Kenya in Africa. She was recently appointed to the board of the Luther Burbank Center, an eminent organization that brings talent and educational programs to the San Francisco Area’s North Bay.
Sharon Segal is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Atlantic City New Jersey, she has been a Bay Area resident since 1975. Sharon joined Marin Optometry in 1990 and was instrumental in transforming the practice into a full-service optometric practice with a state-of-the-art laboratory and a beautiful retail optical boutique. Sharon is committed to offering excellent individual service and the highest quality and value to all. The practice has always been committed to serving all members of the community regardless of patients’ economic circumstances and making special arrangements when needed.
Over the years Sharon has been a member of the Mill Valley Rotary Club where she served for 2 years on the Board of Directors, 6 years as the Chairman of the Scholarship Fund, and 2 years as Chair of the International Grant Committee. She is a member of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and served for 4 years on the Executive Committee. Marin Optometry is committed to supporting many non-profit organizations including 10,000 Degrees, Tam High Foundation, Kiddo, Breast Cancer Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, Spectrum of Marin, and many more.
Nancy L. Warren is Principal of Warren & Associates LLC a political finance firm located in Marin County. Warren & Associates specializes in providing accounting and treasurer services to political campaigns and PACs. The Warren political client list currently includes the San Francisco Giants, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senators Ed Hernandez and Jim Beall, Assembly Members Marc Levine and Nora Campos as well as approximately 40 more candidates, ballot measure committees and PACs at the federal, state and local level.
Nancy also specializes in non-profit accounting. Since 1983 she has provided a wide range of non-profit accounting services for many Bay Area non-profits.
Ms. Welch is currently the Assistant Director for Global Learning at Dominican University of California. In addition to this position, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Barowsky School of Business. Prior to these positions, she acted as the Communications Manager for Author Isabel Allende, and held several positions at Lucent Technologies / AT&T. Giulia began as a student mentor and member of the Advancement Committee at 10,000 Degrees in 2008. She received her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ms. Welch resides in San Rafael.