Board Members

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Susan held executive management positions in the enterprise software and cloud computing industries for 25 years (1977‐2004). Employers included NCR Corporation, GE Information Systems, Oracle Corporation, Rightpoint and DoubleClick. Susan formed and served as the first Chair of the Humane Society of the United States (Washington, DC) National Council for 5 years (2007‐2012). She continues to serve as the Vice Chair of the…
Leslie Baker
Board Member

Leslie Baker is Executive Director of the Baker Family Charitable Trust (BFCT). A former marketer, project manager and event planner, Leslie shifted gears away from the corporate sphere to focus her skills and energy full-time on philanthropy and giving back to the Bay Area and Sonoma communities. BFCT supports nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area as well as animal welfare groups in Missouri, Colorado and Chicago. She and her husband also own and manage Baker Vineyards LLC which grows and sells organically farmed Rhone varietal grapes and olives in the Sonoma Valley AVA.

A lifelong animal lover, Leslie grew up in central Missouri and lived in Chicago, Germany and Los Angeles before declaring the Bay Area home. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University and is a certified California Wine Appellation Specialist. Leslie, her husband, daughter and two cats—Sophie and Bella—split their time between Noe Valley in San Francisco and Sonoma.

Philip Besirof
Philip Besirof
Board Member

Philip serves as General Counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP, a global law firm founded in San Francisco in 1883.  As the firm’s principal lawyer, he advises the firm on governance, policy, data management and security, insurance, and ethics.  Philip also maintains an active practice advising companies and their directors and officers in the areas of securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and investigations.  He divides his time between San Francisco and Sonoma with his partner Ryan and their Boston Terrier, Major (a very good boy).  

Cassidy Blackwell
Board Member

Cassidy Blackwell is the Director of International Communications at Airbnb. In her role she leads a global team of communications professionals across EMEA, Latin America, Asia Pacific and China, which together are responsible for helping to build and grow Airbnb’s unique brand of Hosted travel.

Prior to joining Airbnb, Cassidy was the Director of Brand Marketing at Walker & Company Brands (acquired by Procter & Gamble), which is dedicated to serving the beauty and grooming needs of people of color. She was also the first ever content and social lead at the fashion and tech company Stitch Fix. Cassidy has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Brand Innovator’s 40 Under 40 and a finalist for the Sage Group’s Marketers Who Matter. Cassidy currently lives on a farm in Sebastopol with her partner Adam and their two curly-furred Selkirk Rex cats named Dumpling and Momo-san.

Robert Blanding
Board Member

Robert Blanding has recently retired following a career in the investment management industry. He began his career in Chicago in 1971 and joined Loomis Sayles & Co. in 1977, working there for 40 years before retiring in 2017. He held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for 22 years from 1995 to 2017. In this capacity, Robert served on boards in the U.S., the U.K., Japan and Singapore. Upon his retirement, Loomis Sayles had grown to become one of the largest global asset management firms with global assets under management of over $250 billion. Robert and his wife, Gay-Lynn have lived in San Francisco and have both been participants in various board positions in the city and are now pleased to be involved in such a wonderful organization as the SF SPCA.

Allison Broude Friedberg
Board Member

A native San Franciscan, Allison was an elementary school teacher at various Bay Area schools for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom. She is currently raising her young daughters and the family’s SF SPCA rescue dog, Montgomery Wiggins. She has dedicated much of her spare time to animal advocacy and also serves on the HSUS National Council. 

Andy Chen
Board Member

Andy Chen is an investing partner on Coatue’s early-stage initiative and has been building or investing in startup companies for over a decade. Prior to joining Coatue, Andy was an operating partner at KPCB, where he worked across their venture and growth portfolio and drove the firm’s executive recruiting strategy, advising their entrepreneurs around all areas of human capital….

Kathryn Coffey
Kathryn Coffey
Board Member

Kathy is the President and COO of ARB, a private family investment company focused on the renewable energy and sustainability spaces. Kathy also advises Halloran Philanthropies, a sister entity to ARB, on its direct and fund impact investments. Kathy serves on the boards of 3Degrees Group, Inc., Natural Systems Utilities, LLC, and American Refining Group. Kathy is a member of the external credit committee for Beneficial Returns and an advisory board member at Kanin Energy. Kathy brings financial and ESG expertise to her board and advisory roles. 

Prior to ARB, Kathy held senior roles in investment banking and private equity. 

Kathy received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia. Kathy is a committed swimmer and can often be found on the beach or cross-country skiing with her dog, Orla. Kathy has been a volunteer with the SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy Program since 1999. She has also self-published a photo book about people and their lost pets, Lost, and collaborated with the SF SPCA on a pet treat recipe book. 

Rebecca Doherty
Board Member

Rebecca Doherty is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She counsels technology and healthcare executives on strategies for growth, M&A, and merger management.

Rebecca holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania…

Amanda Duckworth
Board Member
Amanda Duckworth is SVP, Reputation Management, at Outcast, a leading marketing and communications firm for innovator brands. Previously, Amanda led marketing and communications for Kleiner Perkins. The common thread of her career has been building, reinforcing and repairing company reputations to empower performance. Prior to Kleiner Perkins, Amanda co-founded and managed the San Francisco office of The Brunswick Group…
Ryan Ellis
Treasurer
Ryan is Senior Vice President of Product Management at Salesforce, the global leader in CRM software used by over 150,000 companies and 30,000 non-profits, including the San Francisco SPCA. At Salesforce, he’s responsible for Lightning, the company’s platform for creating modern, dynamic web and mobile applications. Prior to running Lightning, Ryan was responsible for Salesforce’s AppExchange Marketplace, the world’s largest…
Ashley Goldsmith
Board Chair

Ashley Goldsmith is the global Chief People Officer at Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Prior to Workday, Ashley held various leadership roles in human resources at a number of organizations including The Home Depot, Polycom and F. Hoffman-La Roche.

Ashley holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a MS in human resource…

Yunha Kim
Yunha Kim

Board Member
Yunha Kim is a serial entrepreneur featured by Forbes 30 Under 30. She is the Founder and CEO of Simple Habit. Simple Habit is the maker of both Simple Habit, an award-winning meditation app for daily stress relief with 75,000 five-star reviews, and Sleep Reset, a personalized, science-backed sleep improvement program developed with top experts from leading sleep clinics and universities.

Simple Habit is backed by Foundation Capital, Y Combinator, New Enterprise Associates and many other prominent CEOs in Silicon Valley including Dropbox’s CEO Drew Houston and Gusto’s CEO Joshua Reeves.

Curt Kirschner
Vice Chair

Curt is a partner in the global law firm of Jones Day, practicing in the area of Labor & Employment Law.  Curt lives in San Francisco with his husband and their three rescue dogs (Aqua, Monte, and Maddie, a lively adoptee from the SFSPCA) and in Healdsburg, with their llamas, miniature horses, and assorted other rescue animals.  In addition to his law practice, Curt has served on a variety of non-profit and public boards.  He is…

Amy Ko
Board Member

Amy Ko is a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Manager with Fiduciary Trust International. She provides thoughtful, comprehensive wealth planning solutions which entails oversight of financial, risk management, tax and estate, and philanthropic planning to C-suite executives of public and private companies, entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, private family foundations, and nonprofits…

Damon Lewis
Board Member
Damon is a Principal and the Chief Financial Officer at Triage Consulting Group, a San Francisco based healthcare consulting firm serving hospital clients nationwide. He is a Certified Public Accountant and prior to joining Triage, Damon spent his career in public accounting, first at Arthur Andersen, serving public and private companies, and then as a Partner at Sensiba San Filippo, LLP. Mr. Lewis holds a BA from UCLA and…
Jennifer Nguyen
Board Member

Jen Nguyen is Executive Vice President and Head of Workplace at HelloOffice, the technology-powered commercial real estate brokerage guiding companies through the future of work. Nguyen hails from Teamwerc, a Workplace as a Service company she founded.

Nguyen brings a breadth of workplace experience, boasting an extensive track record building hyper-growth, inclusive, and award-winning workplaces from their infancy through IPOs …

Lulu Roberts
Lulu Roberts
Board Member

Lulu is the founder and board chair of the Joy Culture Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes Chinese culture, Mandarin literacy, familial bonding and early childhood education throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a devoted mother of four beautiful children. Hailing from a modest background in Taiwan, she is passionate about connecting Bay Area residents into one holistic community by working to build cross-cultural understanding and through helping families of all socioeconomic backgrounds build deeper bonds with one another. 

Before starting the Joy Culture Foundation, she has been an active member of her community in both the United States and Taiwan, volunteering for a myriad of nonprofit organizations and working as a reporter in San Francisco and as a news anchor in Taiwan. 


Garrett Smallwood
Garrett Smallwood
Board Member
Garrett Smallwood has served as Chief Executive Officer of Wag!, the #1 on-demand pet care platform in the US, since November 2019. Prior to Wag!, he was CEO and co-founder at Finrise (acquired by Wag!), a healthcare insurance financing company, from 2015 to 2017; VP of Operations at Pillow (acquired by Expedia via Home Away Group), a short-term multifamily property rental platform, from 2014 to 2015; and Product Manager at Redbeacon (acquired by The Home Depot), a platform that connects homeowners with home improvement professionals, from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Smallwood was an active investor and advisor as well as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NFX, an $875 million Seed Stage fund located in San Francisco, California from 2016 to 2019.
Allison Van Houten
Allison Van Houten
Board Member

Allison Van Houten is the Chief Marketing Officer at Epic! (part of BYJU’S), the leading global digital reading platform for kids. She’s a go-to-market executive who has also built high-growth, category-defining businesses, brands, and teams at Google, YouTube, Getaround, Omada Health and Martha Stewart.

Allison holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS in Communication from Boston University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Alfonso, and their adopted chihuahua mix, Freddie.

Bharat Vasan
Bharat Vasan
Board Member

Bharat Vasan is a lifelong dog lover and President of The Production Board (TPB). TPB is a San Francisco-based holding company established to solve the most fundamental problems that affect our planet, by reimagining global systems of production across food, agriculture, biomanufacturing, human health and the broader life sciences.

Bharat is an experienced board member, operator and investor with over 15 years of leadership, building technology business in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has led multiple companies in Founder, CEO and COO roles. His work experience spans venture-backed startups, Fortune 100 businesses and non-profit organizations such as Electronic Arts, August Home, PAX Labs, Intel/Basis Science, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Bharat believes in the value of an inclusive culture and building organizations that have a strong reputation for ethical behavior. 

Bharat and his wife live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are proud of the critically important work that the SF SPCA does. They hope to someday live up to the standards that their two dogs (Homer and Donut) expect of them.

Board Member

Named in 2013 by The American Lawyer as one of the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators in the Last 50 Years,” Keith Wetmore recently concluded 12 years as Chair and Chief Executive Partner of Morrison & Foerster LLP, one of the 25 largest law firms in the U.S. and the largest firm in San Francisco. Today, he is a Managing Director at Major, Lindsey & Africa, the nation’s largest legal search firm…

Barbara Wolfe
Board Member

Barbara A. Wolfe is a former executive from the financial services sector where she had an extensive career. For 16 years, Ms. Wolfe was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. responsible for the Legal, Compliance, Human Resources, Branch Development and Facilities functions. Prior to joining Schwab, Ms. Wolfe held management positions with Stanford Research Institute, Bank of California, and other Bay Area financial institutions.

Barbara graduated from Mills College with a BA in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Association where she serves on the Finance Committee. Barbara was a Trustee of Mills College for 15 years where she served on the Executive Committee and served at various times as a member of Finance, Investment, Audit, Major Gifts and Facilities Committees. Barbara previously served on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and is a member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, Northern California Chapter.

Philanthropically, Barbara Wolfe supports educational programs and scholarships at several primary and secondary schools as well as graduate scholarship programs at Mills College, The UCSF Foundation, and the ARCS program in Northern California. She also supports St. Anthony’s Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and many Bay Area Animal Welfare Organizations.

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