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Advisory Council

Sage advice

Our advisory council provides a wellspring of critical thinking, hands-on practice, and lessons learned. They are national leaders in a wide array of fields including business, public service, communications, finance, and public policy.

If you are interested in joining REDF’s Advisory Council, please contact us at

Kristen Ace Burns

The Grable Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA

Associate Director and former President of REDF

Jed Emerson

Blended Value Group

San Francisco, CA


Adam Fless

Paine + Partners

San Mateo, CA

MD, Portfolio Performance

Lyn Hikida

BRIDGE Housing

San Francisco, CA

Vice President of Communications

Nike Irvin

California Community Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

Vice President, Programs

Tom LaTour

LaTour Hotels and Resorts

San Diego, CA


Paul C. Light

New York University

New York, NY

Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service

Susan Lucas-Conwell

Siemens TTB

Berkeley, CA

Innovation Catalyst

Connie Matsui

San Diego Foundation

San Diego, CA

Board Chair

Cynthia Miller


New York, NY

Senior Fellow

Lisa H. Neuberger-Fernandez


Washington, DC

Managing Director

Barbara E. Pierce

Transformative Giving

Mill Valley, CA


Susan Portugal

Bank of America

San Francisco, CA

Senior Vice President

Steven Raphael

Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Professor of Public Policy

Vincent Robinson

The 360 Group

San Francisco, CA


Ellen Sloan

Social Capital Advisor

Los Angeles, CA

Nora Sobolov

Community Forward Fund


Founder and Senior Advisor

Gabriel Speyer


San Francisco, CA

Project Manager

Leela Stake


San Francisco, CA

Global Impact Chair

TaMiya Dickerson Stallworth

Grant Thornton LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Partner – Business Advisory Services

Melinda T. Tuan

Melinda Tuan Consulting

Narberth, PA

Principal and former Managing Director of REDF

Adlai Wertman

Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship