Director Cathleen Benko, former vice chairman and managing principal at Deloitte LLP, is known as a strategist, innovative thinker, and market cultivator with a pattern of being tapped for roles where breakthrough progress is needed. These strengths are evidenced throughout her career traversing senior operational appointments within Deloitte, a Fortune 100-equivalent professional services organization and market-facing client service roles for global companies and digital giants alike. Appointed Deloitte's first global e-business leader, Benko positioned the firm's services and capability development for the post-internet marketplace. She then took on the role of technology sector leader. Both practices grew at double-digit compound growth rates during her tenure. As Deloitte's first chief talent officer, leading a 2,500-person organization with nearly a half-billion-dollar budget, Benko oversaw the restructuring and offshoring of talent-related delivery models and integration of Bearing Point, the firm's largest acquisition. And as leader of the firm's award-winning Women's Initiative, she led vanguard efforts that spurred innovations in diversity and inclusion, ultimately eliminating the gender turnover gap and improving engagement. During this time, Deloitte became renowned for being among the first to design and implement a systemic response to the changing world of work. Her signature corporate lattice framework is internationally recognized as a model for building careers, getting work done, and fostering collaboration in the digital economy. These efforts positioned the enterprise as an employer of choice with recognitions including Fortune's Best Places to Work and BusinessWeek's Best Place to Launch a Career and Best Place to Intern, induction into Working Women magazine's Hall of Fame, and recipient of the revered Catalyst award. Benko then went on to lead brand, reputation, digital, and citizenship functions, where she helped lay the groundwork for the profession-leading market position Deloitte enjoys today. Most recently she served as senior partner for several "digital giant" clients overseeing multifaceted account relationships, while also serving as CMO of the emerging Products and Solutions group leading the positioning of an asset-based products category within a well-established services brand. Benko serves as a member of the board of NIKE Inc. and the advisory councils of early-stage companies BetterUp, Fourteen33, Frontive, SwarmVision, ReBoot , and Bersin Academy, and she has an exemplary record of nonprofit board service. Recognizing her son's conviction to serve in the U.S. military, she is engaged with veterans' causes and sits on the Board of American Corporate Partners. Benko has an exemplary record of nonprofit board service, serving as chair of Harvard Business School's (HBS) Advisory Council and member of its regional alumni board. She is senior advisor to the Federal Institute for Inclusion. Her previous nonprofit board positions include the Global HBS Alumni Board and Deloitte Foundation. Benko is a U.S. patent-holder and best-selling author of three books and numerous articles published in top-tier publications. She has been frequently acknowledged for her professional achievements including Consulting Magazine's Frontline Leader, 25 Most Influential Consultants, and the publication's inaugural Leadership Achievement Award for Women Leaders. She was also inducted into the San Francisco Business Times Forever Influential Honor Roll. Benko earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Ramapo College of New Jersey where she was awarded the President's Award of Merit, the School's highest distinction.
Chair Kim Box is an independent board director serving on the Board of McGrath Rentcorp (Nasdaq: MGRC), a diversified business-to-business rental company where she is a member of the Nomination/Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of American River Bank (Nasdaq: AMRB), a community business bank, where she is chair of the Finance & Capital Committee, a member of the Audit Committee, and former chair of the Directors Loan Committee; the board of Applied Science Inc., a medtech company; the NACD Northern California Chapter Board, where she serves as chair; and the Advisory Board of the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Sacramento. Box is the former president and CEO at Gatekeeper Innovation Inc., a medical device company that provides innovative solutions for securing prescription medications, where she grew the revenue over 500% in four years and brought new products to market. She is also a former vice president at HP where she led a $1 billion global IT services organization. Box is an international speaker and author of Woven Leadership: The Power of Diversity to Transform your Organization to Success.
Vice Chair Christa Steele is the CEO of BALCO Holdings Inc., owner of Bay Alarm, Bay Alarm Medical, and BALCO Properties. Christa initially became affiliated with the Bay family of companies as a member of its board of directors in December 2020. Prior to joining BALCO Holdings, Inc., she led Mechanics Bank as its president and CEO. At the time, Mechanics Bank was a $3.5 billion asset bank with market capitalization in excess of $500 million located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Christa was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a full-service boutique investment bank in Atlanta. She spent two decades in senior-level positions within the financial services industry where she led the execution of strategic initiatives; streamlined operations; implemented technology; led digital transformation; underwrote, structured and managed credit functions; grew new markets; and oversaw M&A activity. In addition to serving on the boards of BALCO Holdings Inc. and the NACD Northern California Chapter, Christa has served on eight public, private, and family-owned company boards. The industries served include financial services, P&C, D&O, life insurance, wealth management, investment banking, neural technology, artificial intelligence, transportation, equipment leasing, waste collection, real estate, and food and agricultural. She is a recognized expert in corporate governance, finance, and emerging technologies. Christa and her better half, Jeff, are the proud parents of two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys exercise, golf, and travel. Christa holds an MBA from University of Southern California (USC) and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento (CSUS). For more background information, please visit www.christasteele.com.
Finance Chair Colonel (Ret.) Richard Horan is the director of the Sacramento Capital Region Chapter of the COO Forum, a peer exchange and thought leadership group of second-in-command executives (i.e., COOs, general managers, divisional presidents, operating CFOs/CIOs). In addition to facilitating peer learning, he provides Forum members a diverse perspective and leadership expertise gained over a 28-year Air Force career. An active Angel Investor, Horan supports local entrepreneurs as a mentor and advisor, helping them refine and execute their strategy. An independent director of a private, family-owned company, he has also served as a not-for-profit director. He serves his local community as vice chair of the Yolo County Financial Oversight Committee (FOC). Chartered by the County's Board of Supervisors, the FOC provides independent leadership, oversight, and audit of the county's treasury operations and business activities. While on active duty, Horan served in a variety of international assignments and held numerous leadership positons within the F-15E fighter and intelligence communities. His responsibilities ranged from the daily oversight of hundreds of personnel flying billions of dollars in assets to strategy development, policy, resource allocation, and the governance of a global workforce while assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He has a BA in Photography from Brooks Institute, an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University, and an MBA from Washington University in St Louis. A NACD Governance Fellow, Horan has also attended the Stanford Directors College.
Claudia Fan Munce
Nom-Gov Chair Claudia is a recognized leader in the innovation ecosystems across the globe. As the head of IBM’s Venture Capital Group, she served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association, the advisory board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Latin American Venture Capital Association, the Women in Leadership in Private Equity in China, the Canadian Innovation Exchange, the Savannah Fund in Africa, the Arcapita Venture in Bahrain, and many others global investment organizations, including serving as chairwoman of the board of the Global Corporate Venturing which represents over 1,600 global corporations that invest in venture portfolios. Claudia is frequently cited as a pioneer and a leader in the corporate venture community, and contributed to many articles and books. In 2015, Worth magazine named Claudia as one of the 20 most powerful players in Silicon Valley and INC magazine followed by naming her one of the most important venture investors of Silicon Valley. After her retirement from IBM in 2016, Claudia joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the largest and most active venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road with over $30b under management and more than 450 portfolio companies, as a venture advisor across its portfolio companies. She is also an independent board member of the Bank of the West/BNP Paribas Group USA Holdings (risk committee, chair of nomination/governance committee, chair of CRA/fair lending committee); the Best Buy Corporation (audit committee, finance and investment policy committee); and Arteris IP (nomination and governance committee). She also served on the board of CoreLogic Inc. (compensation, chair of strategy & M&A committee) from 2017 to 2021 when the company was sold. Claudia is a certified Cyber-Risk Oversight Director and serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Northern California Chapter (chair of nomination/governance committee). She is an appointed faculty member of Stanford University Graduate School of Business where she teaches “Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital: Partnership for Growth.”
Director Maureen Conners is the CEO of Conners Consulting and a board director at Fashion Incubator SF. She is a former board director at Deckers (NYSE: DECK, makers of Ugg) and a mentor for retail start-ups at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator. She is a visionary leader and former senior executive at Gillette (P&G), Levi's, and Mattel, where she helped build iconic, world-class brands, launched many new products, and helped increase shareholder value. Conners advises CEOs and boards on strategy and new technologies for increasing global revenue growth. She is a speaker on the topic of new technologies and their strategic impact. Her recent talks have been at the CES 2018 High Tech Retailing Summit, Deloitte's Board Director Symposium, the National Association of Corporate Directors CES Experience, the Women Corporate Directors event on Retail of the Future, the Wearable Technologies Conference, the Beauty Retail Trends event at Bloomingdale's, the Ecommerce Retail Summit at Plug and Play, and at the Newco event on Fashion, Retail, and Tech. Her article on "The Innovation Era's Implications for Boards" was recently published in NACD Directorship magazine. She has an MBA from Wharton and attended the Stanford Directors' College, and she also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board.
Director Liz Fetter is a seasoned technology CEO who has served on 10 public boards of directors and a number of private company boards. Since 2014, she has served on the board of McGrath RentCorp, where she chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Nominating & Governance Committee. She recently joined Fox Factory as a director, serving on both Audit and Compensation Committees. She also recently rolled off as director and vice chair for Alliant International University Inc. and has also served on the boards of Symmetricom Corp. and Quantum Corp., chairing the Compensation Committees and serving on the Audit Committees. Fetter also contributes as a director to a number of technology start-ups and has been a director on a dozen not-for-profit boards. She currently is on the Executive Advisory Committee to the President of Penn State University. Fetter obtained Masters' Level Professional Board Certification in 2015, and she holds an MS, Highest Honors, in Business and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper/Heinz Schools, as well as a BA, High Honors, in Communications Studies from Penn State. She has guest lectured and taught at business schools around the country, has written several articles on leadership, and is a popular keynote and panel speaker. She has also taught finance, accounting, and strategy courses at Golden Gate University and UC Berkeley Extension. In addition to her Professional Board Certification, Fetter is currently obtaining Professional Fiduciary Certification from Cal State Fullerton.
Melinda Yee Franklin
Director Melinda Yee Franklin is a thought leader and legislative strategist with a sustained track record of successfully enhancing corporate reputation to generate sales revenue and drive business development. She has cultivated a global network of high-level corporate, government, nonprofit, and civic leaders, which enables her to execute on business initiatives. Through her various leadership roles, she has demonstrated strong expertise in environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues, risk and crisis management, public policy, strategic development, and international affairs. In January 2021, Melinda was appointed to serve as the West Region executive for community engagement/corporate responsibility at JPMorgan Chase. She is responsible for the development and execution of the firm's corporate responsibility strategy and community engagement efforts throughout the western United States, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. In this capacity, she leads her team's efforts to shape business initiatives and investments to support local communities and to drive the firm's impact. Since 2006, she served as the managing director of corporate and government affairs for the Western Region for United Airlines. She was the company's lead advocate on corporate and policy issues in the region. She led legislative strategy on privacy, tax, and other critical business issues that impacted the aviation industry. Prior to United, she held executive positions at The Siena Group and Meet World Trade, where she advised organizations on strategic investment, marketing, human resources, and business development initiatives. She was also a White House presidential appointee in the Clinton administration and served as a senior international trade official with the City and County of San Francisco. In 2019, she was named one of the most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times. She is the current chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She is also a past chair of the San Francisco Travel Association and sits on the boards of the San Francisco Opera, the NACD Northern California Chapter, and the Hotel Council of San Francisco.
Director John Hotta is a board director with more than 25 years of technology experience. He received his master’s and MBA degrees with honors from Harvard University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with mortar-board honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. The Financial Times named him as one of the Agenda Directors 50. Hotta has more than 25 years of technology experience. He began his career at the RAND Corp. as an AI researcher. He speaks to board directors and companies about AI, ML, MI, cybersecurity, social media, privacy, cloud, big data, enterprise architecture, software-as-a-service, mobile, innovation, and disruption. He is a Qualified Technology Expert. Hotta has more than 30 years in business leadership roles. He had P&L responsibility for more than $1 billion. During his tenure, he and his team increased revenue, increased market share, raised prices, and increased profits. During his career, he built a reputation for innovative strategic thinking, a deep and passion commitment to customers, operational excellence, and working with the highest level of integrity. He has a proven tracking record of managing teams across continents. Hotta has more than 10 years of experience in board governance, continually improving the value contributed by boards. He has served as vice chair of a multibillion-dollar organization (Swedish Healthcare). He is a member of the board's Audit Committee (Seattle Foundation, a billion-dollar nonprofit) with ERM responsibilities. He has served on the Nominating and Governance Committee (at FIRST Washington Robotics) working to add new board members. He recruits new board directors with technology and business experience from his professional networks at the NACD, Ascend Pinnacle, and the Digital Directors Network. Today, Hotta is writing a book, The Art of Board Director Excellence, with practical information on how board members can add value to their companies. The book will be published by De Gruyter academic publishing in 2021.
Director Matthew Jacobs has been the general counsel at CalPERS since July 2014. He is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the CalPERS Legal Office and the Office of Audit Services, and he advises the board and executive team on complex legal issues relating to pensions, health care, investments, and corporate governance. He also represents CalPERS in litigation. Before moving to CalPERS, Jacobs was a litigation partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) and, before that, was the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. Since 2009, he has served on the board of WEAVE, the primary provider of domestic violence and sexual abuse services in Sacramento County. He has a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director Gary Strong is the CEO of the American Red Cross California Gold Country region, responsible for leading, engaging, and recognizing staff and thousands of volunteers in execution of the mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. As an audit manager in the Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young, he developed expertise in defense contracting and media companies. Strong was director of Auditing for the Times Mirror Company and controller of the Los Angeles Times, where he led the financial integration of acquisitions; enterprise financials systems implementations; and adoption of Sarbanes/Oxley controls. As SVP Finance of the Sacramento Bee newspaper, he was responsible for all financial operations and held interim assignments for leading marketing, interactive publishing, and printing operations. Strong was a Red Cross board chair, where he led the integration of several independent chapter boards during a series of geographical consolidations. He was board chair for the American Leadership Forum - Mountain Valley Chapter and has served as finance chair and audit chair for both KVIE Public Television and The Sacramento Region Community Foundation. He is the founding board treasurer for the recently launched McClatchy Journalism Institute and has served as a board member for several other not-for-profits. Strong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara. In addition to his CPA designation, he has earned qualifications as a certified fraud examiner and certified information systems auditor.
Executive Director Lisa Spivey is the executive director of NACD Northern California Chapter. She is a seasoned, cross-culturally aware, visionary leader and branding strategist with vast experience managing business initiatives and special events. She is an effective diplomatic and customer-driven relationship builder. Through her director positions with Global Brand Integrity, DAE Media, and Aperian Global, Spivey has interfaced with and coached senior-level business leaders at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. Reflecting her strong ties to Silicon Valley, her work emphasizes early adoption of technology in emerging markets. Spivey's skills in business development, strategic communications, and event planning extend to the nonprofit sector as well. For more than 20 years, she has guided such Asia-oriented organizations as ChinaSF, Committee of 100, and the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee. For the latter, she served as executive director of San Francisco Week at the Shanghai World Expo. Spivey has a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and is also a graduate of the Beijing Languages Institute. She holds a Society for International Educational Training and Research (SIETAR) certificate in cross-cultural training from Georgetown University. Her philanthropic interests include serving as an advisory board member at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco.
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Director Emeritus Member Board Of Directors-Chair of Audit Committee at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics