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Advisory Board

Anne Dauer

Carol Friedman

Elaine Hahn

Laurie Hernandez, Chair

Kristen Hughes

Judy Koch

Elizabeth Lucchesi

Worth Ludwick

Walt McCullough

Beth Martin

Cherie Miller Sopkin

David Mitchell

Eliane Neukermans

Karen Ross

Kathy Schniedwind

Roger Smith

Anne Taylor

Mike Trigg

Directors Emeriti

Marti deBenedetti

Betsy Gifford

Bill Reller

Charles Schulz

Maddy Stein

Past Presidents

Charles Schulz

Leonard Ely Jr.

John Northway

Bill Reller

Julie Jerome

Kathy Torgersen

Maddy Stein

Ellen Turbow

Cathy Kroymann

Terry Conner

Anne Taylor

Beth Martin

Barbara Carlitz

Amy Renalds

Kathy Schniedwind

Mike Trigg

Karen Ross

David Mitchell

Anne Dauer

Mandy Lowell

Karen Nierenberg

Meet our team

Members of the PACF board and its advisors have extensive knowledge of the local nonprofit community.  Our past and present members have a record of active, engaged volunteer service to hundreds of local nonprofits. As a result of these experiences, we have developed a rigorous process for making and monitoring grants to ensure positive outcomes.

  • Cammie Vail
    Cammie Vail
    Executive Director, Palo Alto Community Fund
    San Carlos
  • Suzanne Attenborough
    Suzanne Attenborough
    Technology Marketing, Palo Alto
  • Jay Backstrand
    Jay Backstrand
    Wealth Management, JP Morgan, Palo Alto
  • San Carlos

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Mid-Peninsula High School
    • San Carlos Education Foundation
    • Junior League of San Francisco
    • San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
    • Service League of San Mateo County
    Technology Marketing, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • The Girls Middle School
    • Canine Companions for Independence
    • The Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula
    • Palo Alto High School PTSA
    Wealth Management, JP Morgan, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • VolunteerMatch
    • YouthNoise
    • Baseball, swimming, soccer coach
  • Susan Fields Bailey
    Susan Fields Bailey
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Pam Brandin
    Pam Brandin
    Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired,
  • Lorraine Brown
    Lorraine Brown
    Castilleja School, Associate Director of Admission, Palo Alto
  • Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Palo Alto Unified School District and PTAs
    • Zohar School of Dance & Company
    • All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto
    • Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble
    Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired,

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula
    • Palo Alto Rotary Club
    • Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
    • VisionServe Alliance
    • Stanford Alumni Association & Stanford Historical Society
    Castilleja School, Associate Director of Admission, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • The Riekes Center
    • Palo Alto Schools (Duveneck, Paly)
    • Congregation Beth Am
    • Palo Alto Babe Ruth
    • Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
  • Brian Chancellor
    Brian Chancellor
    Realtor/Sereno Group, Palo Alto
  • Sarah Clark
    Sarah Clark
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Ann DeBusk
    Ann DeBusk
    Founder and Former President, American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, Stanford
  • Realtor/Sereno Group, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • CASA
    • Duveneck Elementary
    • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation
    • Stephanie Ann Chancellor Foundation for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research
    • AYSO
    • NJB
    • Palo Alto Little League
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Stanford University Medical Center Auxiliary
    • Friends of the Palo Alto Library
    • The Garden Club of Palo Alto
    Founder and Former President, American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, Stanford

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Leadership Palo Alto
    • Avenidas
    • John W. Gardner Board for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford
    • First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
  • Karen Douglas
    Karen Douglas
    Vice President, Palo Alto Community Fund
    Retired, Palo Alto
  • Nitesh Dullabh
    Nitesh Dullabh
    Director, Business Development, Better Finance, Palo Alto
  • Leonard Ely III
    Leonard Ely III
    Commericial Real Estate Sales and Leasing, Palo Alto
  • Retired, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Gamble Garden
    • Garden Club of Palo Alto
    • League of Women Voters of Palo Alto
    • First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
    Director, Business Development, Better Finance, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Soccer League
    • Palo Alto Little League
    • Jane Lathrop Middle School
    • Fairmeadow Elementary School
    Commericial Real Estate Sales and Leasing, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Advisory Committee
    • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
    • Adolescent Counseling Services
    • Palo Alto Community Block Grant committee
    • Stevenson House
    • Abilities United
  • Bruce Gee
    Bruce Gee
    Technology, Agriculture Investments, Palo Alto
  • Peter Gifford
    Peter Gifford
    President, Palo Alto Community Fund
    Private Investor, Regis Management Company, LLC, Woodside
  • Mary Haverstock
    Mary Haverstock
    Marketing Consultant, Palo Alto
  • Technology, Agriculture Investments, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Rotary Club of Palo Alto
    • Palo Alto Family YMCA
    • Palo Alto Schools
    • Palo Alto and Stanford Soccer Clubs
    • Cub Scouts
    Private Investor, Regis Management Company, LLC, Woodside

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • East Palo Alto Charter School/Phoenix Academy
    • Stanford University
    • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • The Hotchkiss School
    Marketing Consultant, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Schools
    • Palo Alto Foundation for Education
    • St. Albert the Great
    • NJB/AYSO
    • National Charity Leauge
    • Save Our Shores
    • Woman’s Club of Palo Alto
    • Ada’s Cafe
  • Susie Hwang
    Susie Hwang
    Attorney and Designer, Palo Alto
  • Scott Joachim
    Scott Joachim
    M&A Partner - Fenwick & West LLP, Palo Alto
  • Mandy Lowell
    Mandy Lowell
    Secretary, Palo Alto Community Fund
    Palo Alto
  • Attorney and Designer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Building Futures Now
    • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
    • Duveneck Elementary School
    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • InnVision/Urban Ministry
    M&A Partner - Fenwick & West LLP, Palo Alto
    Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Board of Education, Palo Alto Unified School District
    • Palo Alto Partners in Education Board Member
    • Harvard Law School Assoc. of No. California
    • County Committee on School District Organization
  • Jean McCown
    Jean McCown
    Government Relations/Stanford University, Palo Alto
  • John Melton
    John Melton
    Retired, Palo Alto
  • Cindy Miller
    Cindy Miller
    Retired Nonprofit Manager, Cupertino
  • Government Relations/Stanford University, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Greenbelt Alliance
    • Palo Alto Housing Corporation
    • Avenidas
    • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
    Retired, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Library Bond Oversight committee
    • Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission
    • Palo Alto Blue Ribbon Infrastructure Commission
    • Palo Alto Library Foundation
    • Peninsula Open Space Trust
    Retired Nonprofit Manager, Cupertino

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Peninsula Open Space Trust
    • TheatreWorks
    • Junior League of Palo Alto–Mid-Peninsula
    • Hawaii Community Foundation
    • Mercado Global
  • Sigrid Pinsky
    Sigrid Pinsky
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Missy Reller
    Missy Reller
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Diana Walsh
    Diana Walsh
    Freelance Writer, Palo Alto
  • Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • League of Women Voters of Palo Alto
    • Adolescent Counseling Services
    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • PreSchool Family
    • Project SafetyNet
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Bring Me A Book
    • Addison PTA
    Freelance Writer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • SV2
    • Pinewood HIgh School
    • Palo Alto High School
    • Jordan Middle School
  • Lanie Wheeler
    Lanie Wheeler
    CFO, Palo Alto Community Fund
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto City Council
    • Palo Alto Planning Commission
    • Palo Alto Housing Corporation
    • Palo Alto Library Foundation
    • Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto
    • Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis Charitable Foundation