March 10, 2015
PBWC Board of Directors
Nicole Soluri - PBWC President and Board Chair
Chief Counsel, California State Lottery
Nicole serves as Chief Counsel to the California State Lottery. Prior to that, she was an attorney with Downey Brand LLP, where she focused on corporate and securities matters. Before joining Downey Brand, Nicole was with the firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC in Palo Alto. In addition to her work with PBWC, Nicole is also on the board of the Sacramento Children's Home. She received a B.A. from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law. Nicole lives in Sacramento with her husband Patrick, 2 year old son Connor, and rescue dogs Cody and Duncan.
Alexandra Roddy - PBWC Board Vice Chair
Global Head of Marketing - Prologis
Alex is the global head of marketing for Prologis, the world’s leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate. She is a collaborative, creative, high energy executive who is deeply committed to ensuring that workplace cultures change to become more open and inclusive so that the halls of power better reflect the diversity of our communities.
Wanda Smith - PBWC Board Secretary
Senior Administrative Assistant - Abbott Vascular
Wanda has supported senior executives at leading healthcare companies for more than sixteen years. She is also an entrepreneur, selling residential real estate in the San Jose area. In 2004, Wanda was honored as the 2004 recipient of PBWC's Working Woman Scholarship. This award helped Wanda to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University in 2011. Wanda is passionate about the issues facing women in the workplace. She is diligent, enthusiastic and has a keen eye for the important details.
Cheryl A. Cornelius - PBWC Board Treasurer
Client Executive — IBM Financial Services
Cheryl has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry, working with banks, brokerages, asset management and leasing firms. Currently, Cheryl is responsible for helping clients develop business solutions that leverage IBM; leads IBM's Western Region Women's Council; and mentors several IBM employees. Cheryl is a wife, mother of 2 children and is active in their school's Mothers' Club, sports programs, and Girl Scouts of America.
Jackie Speier - Emerita Board Member and PBWC Founder
Representing the 14th District of California, Congresswoman Speier formerly served as a California State Senator, where she authored groundbreaking legislation in health care, privacy, consumer protection, child welfare, education, and prison reform; and served as Assistant Pro Tem of the State Senate, Chair of the Senate Finance, Banking and Insurance Committee, Chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus, and others.
Judy Bloom - Emerita Board Member and PBWC Founding President
Floral Design and Organizational Development Consultant
Judy has served as the District Director for then-Assemblywoman Jackie Speier, Executive Director of Resourceful Women. Director of Employer Services at Jewish Vocational Service and Development Officer/Director of Imprint Giving at the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. Judy retired from full-time employment at the end of 2010 and now enjoys studying Hebrew, traveling, volunteering on community boards, working with flowers, and spending time with her family.
Kathleen (Katy) Brown - PBWC Director at Large
General Manager, Enterprise and Partner Group of Microsoft NorCal
With over 25 years in the IT industry, leading the NorCal Sales team has been one of the most exciting roles for Katy in her 17 years at Microsoft. Committed to sales excellence and customer loyalty, Katy has been recognized with a number of awards for her sales achievement, management and leadership. She is especially proud of her local team winning the FY14 District of the Year. Katy is passionate about empowering women and supporting local community organizations ensuring food and housing security. A San Francisco native, Katy is a mother of three who enjoys running and yoga in her free time.
Jill Franze - PBWC Director at Large
Director, Global Customs and Trade, Cisco
Jill leads an international team of 32 customs experts responsible for strategy and execution of Cisco's global trade compliance tools and processes. She also plays a lead role in Cisco's Diversity and Inclusion initiative within the finance organization, and serves as co-lead of Cisco's employee resource organization for women. Jill earned her BA in International Commerce at the University of Minnesota. She is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, a member of U.S. Council on International Business, and an active participant in trade associations in Asia and Europe. Jill lives in Sacramento, California with her husband and three children
Tani Girton - PBWC Director at Large
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bank of Marin
Tani has more than 25 years' experience delivering growth and performance to financial institutions and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Bank of Marin. As Treasurer/EVP at Bank of the West she founded the Women's Connection, a grass roots organization supporting the personal and professional growth of employees through coaching, education and networking. Tani was a founding manager of Charles Schwab Bank, has taught finance at the college level and mentored many successful professionals. Tani serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northern California and volunteers in classrooms to bring financial literacy to underserved K-12 school kids. She has an MBA in Finance from San Francisco State University, a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College, and is married with two children.
Shirley Gordon, CPCU, CLU, CHFC and JD - PBWC Director at Large
Vice President - Operations, State Farm Insurance Companies
Shirley has held numerous leadership positions at State Farm Insurance during her career. She is currently responsible for Property and Casualty Underwriting Operations within the Western and West Central Market Areas, covering 19 states and servicing more than 19 million auto and fire policies. Shirley is a governing board member of the California FAIR Plan, a board member of the United Way of Kern County and an Executive Advisory Council Member of Leadership California. She is a past chair of the United Way of the Wine Country and a trustee of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Shirley earned a business degree from Hampton University, an MBA from Illinois State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Empire College School of Law. She holds the CPCU, CLU, and ChFC designations.
John Kunhart - PBWC Director at Large
Managing Director, American River Ventures
A serial entrepreneur, John is a co-founder and managing director of American River Ventures, an SRI venture capital fund located in Sacramento. John has served on the board of many venture financed companies. Prior to founding American River Ventures, John held senior technical and marketing positions with IBM, Tandem, and Boeing Computer Services. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University.
Deidra Lieberman - PBWC Director-At-Large
Partner, Spire Luxury Living
Deidra has over 24 years experience in
media sales and radio station operational management. Currently, Deidra is
Partner at Spire Luxury Living - a comprehensive luxury lifestyle brand
incorporating real estate, transportation
and social media. Deidra received her B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from
San Francisco State University and is a licensed California Realtor. In
addition to the PBWC board, she served on the board of The Bay Area Society of
Television and Radio and the Executive Committee of the Northern California
Broadcasters Association. Deidra was recognized as one of the most influential
women in radio by Radio Ink Magazine and one of the most influential women in
Bay Area business by The San Francisco Business Times.
Gizelle Robinson - PBWC Director at Large
Managing Director, Charles Schwab
Gizelle has over 28 years of experience in Information Technology. Currently, Gizelle is responsible for the Cost Basis and Portfolio Performance Platform applications and leads globally for development and support of services for Schwab customers. Gizelle is a strong advocate for women and believes the best way to achieve gender partnership is to start young. She majored in Industrial Management Engineering and minored in Chemical Engineering. She believes it is important for girls to get engaged in STEM. She was recently named as one of the 10 2013 Professional Business Women of California Industry Leader Awards.
Deepti Srivastava - PBWC Director-at-Large
Technical Program Manager - Google
Cady Wolf - PBWC Director-at-Large
Senior Vice President, Global Sales - Switchfly
A 20+ year veteran of the Travel, eCommerce, and Technology industries, Cady has spent her career working with marquee global travel companies. She is currently Sr. Vice President of Global Sales at Switchfly and prior to that was Vice President of Partner Marketing at Travelocity. In addition to PBWC, she currently serves on the advisory board for California Polytechnic Institute, and has had previous advisory roles with Vail Resorts and Arizona State University. Cady received a BA from Arizona State University, her Masters from UNLV, and executive certifications from UVA and SMU. Cady lives in Tiburon with her husband and three young sons; where they are avid outdoor enthusiasts.
Kathryn Larson - PBWC Executive Director
Kathryn brings more than 25 years of executive experience to PBWC specializing in Strategy, Marketing and Business Development. She joined PBWC in October of 2012. Prior to joining PBWC, Kathryn served as Senior Vice President, Bank of America, where she led the Western Region Global Wealth Management Insurance Division. Kathryn has held various leadership roles at Wells Fargo, Prudential, and Pacific Life. Kathryn serves on the Board of Marin YMCA and on the Board and Executive Committee of North Bay Children's Center.