Emerge California Board of Directors

Board Officers

Kate Karpilow, Chair

Kate Karpilow is the Executive Director of the California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), a program of the Public Health Institute. For over 25 years, Ms. Karpilow has managed policy projects and conducted research in the areas of women's health, working families, child welfare, welfare reform, child care, and other policy issues. 

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Stephanie Linder, Immediate Past Chair

Stephanie is the Director of Philanthropy at the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Previously, she served as advancement director at the national office of the Sierra Club and as the director of board affairs at The Trust for Public Land. Before joining the environmental movement, Stephanie led a national initiative to revitalize volunteerism throughout the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

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Anna Binder, Vice Chair

Anna Binder joined the Emerge California board in December of 2012. She has spent most of her career in human resources and business development roles at technology start-ups. Most recently she was the VP of Client Services and Human Resources at Readyforce, where college students launch careers. @annaebinder

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Amber Maltbie, Secretary

Amber Maltbie is a political attorney with Nossaman, LLP, specializing in campaign finance compliance and disclosure, election administration, and governmental ethics. Amber also specializes in the intersection between U.S. and international election law, gender issues, and women's political participation.

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Lisa Serwin, Treasurer

Lisa Serwin is currently the Chief Executive Officer of AppMedicine, Inc. Formerly Lisa was the Chief Operating Officer for MPQ Acquisition Corp., Chief Financial Officer of The PlumpJack Group, and the Executive Director of the Commission on Medical Education, for the Governor of Nevada. 

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Board Members

Olivia Calderon
Senior Strategist, Special Populations, Office of Financial Empowerment at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Olivia Calderon has a distinguished career advancing policies to bring economic and social justice to disenfranchised and low-income communities.

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Sandra Fluke
California State Director, Voices for Progress

Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, for the last decade, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns, such as LGBTQ rights, worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights, including focusing on the impact to communities of color.

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Hala Hijazi
Manager, Strategic Planning, City and County of San Francisco

Hala K. Hijazi has over 15 years of management experience with the City and County of San Francisco, specializing in economic public policies and programs development and implementation.

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Courtney La Bau
Senior Investment Advisor, Borak Capital Holding

Courtney La Bau has most recently worked and lived between Cairo, Egypt  and Los Angeles as a Senior Investment Advisor for Borak Capital Holding, an investment company specializing in packaged investment opportunities within the finance, real estate and entertainment industries across the Middle East, specifically in Egypt through Borak and its subsidiary companies.

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Linda Pfatteicher
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

A specialist in international corporate tax, Ms. Pfatteicher focuses on tax and operational structuring, and US and foreign tax compliance, as well as large-scale cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

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Hon. Susan Rose
Former Santa Barbara County Board Supervisor

During her more than 30 years experience in public administration, education and community activism, Susan Rose has been committed to the advancement of women, workplace issues and civil rights. She served two 4-year terms on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors during which she led efforts to create initiatives for affordable housing and homelessness, to improve the quality of life for women and families, and to ensure the environmental health of her community.

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Shonda Scott
CEO, 360 Total Concept, LLC

In 2006 Shonda Scott, CEO, founded 360 Total Concept, LLC, a management consulting firm based in San Francisco/Bay Area, to be a part of the solution. 

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Naomi Seligman
President, Seligman Consulting

Naomi Seligman, President of Seligman Consulting, has built her career on transforming talented people and organizations into powerhouses of influence. Her hard-hitting strategies have consistently put her clients on the map over the past 20 years, in a career spanning both Coasts and the very different worlds of Washington D.C. and Hollywood.

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Thuy Thi Nguyen
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Community College League of California

Since October 2003, Thuy Thi Nguyen has served as General Counsel for the Peralta Community College District, which comprises of Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, and Berkeley City College.  At different points during her tenure as General Counsel, Thuy had served in additional roles as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and District-wide Strategic Planning Manager.  She has also taught education law at California State University, East Bay. 

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