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
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Philip Besirof
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Cassidy Blackwell
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Robert Blanding
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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 SFSPCA 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….

Rebecca Doherty
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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
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Amanda Duckworth is an independent consultant in reputation management. 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…

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 …

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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. Under Mr. Wetmore’s leadership, the firm grew substantially and was named Chambers Global “USA Law Firm of the Year” for 2013, among…

Allison Van Houten
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Bharat Vasan
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