Emerge California Board of Directors

Board Officers

Stephanie Linder, Chair

Stephanie is an advancement director at the national office of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the country. Previously, she served as the director of board affairs at The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation and park development organization. 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 and Secretary

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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Kate Karpilow, Vice 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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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

Sandra Fluke
Attorney and Social Justice Advocate

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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Lisa Gasperoni
Chief Political Consultant, California State Senate, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

Lisa Gasperoni is the Chief political consultant to California State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, is proud to announce the launch of her political consulting firm LG Campaigns.

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Deb Parsons
Independent Consultant, Strategy and Impact Investing

Deb Parsons has over 10 years in the social enterprise and financial sector working in business development, operations and leadersip roles. She currently works with investors designing and implementing investment strategies.  She led the global fundraising efforts at WomanCare Global, a UK based charity that provides women access to safe affordable reproductive healthcare products.

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Linda Pfatteicher
Partner, DLA Piper

Linda Pfatteicher is a partner based in DLA Piper's International Tax group in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. Ms. Pfatteicher concentrates her practice in international tax and operational structuring, cross-border mergers, acquisitions and post-acquisition integration and international tax controversies.

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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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Kavita Tankha

Kavita Tankha is a political activist and fundraiser, committed to supporting democratic candidates and ideals, electing a new generation of leaders and energizing our democracy.  She is a member of the National Finance Committee (NFC) for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and a member of the Northern California Finance Committee for President Barack Obama.

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Thuy Thi Nguyen
General Counsel, Peralta Community College District

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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