Board of Directors
David B. Zenoff, Chair
David has advised CEOs and Boards of Directors on organization development and change, strategy, and leadership in 90 organizations in 32 countries. He has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and is the former Board Chair of Larkin Street Youth Services. He taught in the Graduate Schools of Business of Columbia and Stanford Universities. David has consulted (gratis) for San Francisco Achievers, First Place for Youth, Reading Partners, Mercy Housing of California, and Mercy Beyond Borders. He received a BA from Stanford and an MBA and DBA from Harvard.
Mark is the CEO of Mursion, a virtual training environment, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. He is the founder and former CEO of Teachscape, the nation’s leading provider of online and mobile tools for teacher training and evaluation. Mark was the Senior Producer at CBS News where he won an Emmy. He is a member of the OnePurpose Founding Team. He received a BA from Yale.
Melissa is founder and CEO of MBD Partners, an organization that supports charter schools in school design, goal setting and monitoring, and performance reporting. She is the former Co-Director of the award-winning Lighthouse Community Charter School, which serves low-income Latino youth in Oakland. Melissa is a member of the OnePurpose Founding Team. She received a BA from Whitman College and MA from the University of Oregon, and was a 2002 New Leaders Fellow.
Greg is CEO and Founding Partner of Blue Marlin Partners, a marketing and PR firm in San Francisco. Prior to that, he worked for Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, InsWeb and was an award-winning newspaper reporter in Northern California. Greg is a member of the OnePurpose Founding Team. He is a former Trustee of the Schools of the Sacred Heart. Greg received his BA from Cal State University Sacramento.
Christy T. Covalesky
Christy is a Wealth Manager at Wetherby Asset Management, a leading independent investment advisory firm. Christy started her career at Cambridge Associates, where she advised endowments and nonprofit institutions on investment portfolio strategy and management. She has two children and enjoys seeing the world through their eyes. She received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sue has worked as a nonprofit consultant in accounting, finance, and human resources. She is the former Business Manager and Controller at San Francisco University High School, Treasurer of the Junior League of San Francisco, and Controller at the First Nationwide Investment Corporation.
Stephen is a Partner at Banneker Partners and has been an active investor in technology companies since 2000. Prior to Banneker Partners, he co-founded Vista Equity Partners, was a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston, and practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law in New York with Debevoise & Plimpton and Kirkland & Ellis. Stephen graduated from Carleton College and has a JD and MBA from Columbia University. He and his wife Jill Cowan have three children.
Peter recently retired from the biotechnology industry. Most recently he was Vice President, Corporate Communications of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest biotechnology companies in the U.S. Previously, he led investor relations and corporate communications for several other bioscience companies, including Applied Biosystems. Before entering the biotech industry, Peter was a journalist with US News and World Report, the San Francisco Chronicle and Fortune Magazine. He received an AB from Brown University and a MBA from UC Berkeley.
Josh works at Getty Images in strategic sales and business development. He holds seats on many New York and San Francisco arts and philanthropic organizations, including the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee, Lincoln Center’s Young Patrons Committee, the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council Acquisitions Fund, the New Museum’s Curators Council, SFMoMA’s SECA, the MET Museum’s Apollo Circle Patrons Committee, the MoMA Junior Associates, Team Tassy’s Board of Directors, and Grassroot Soccer’s Ambassador’s Council.
Robert has worked with schools and nonprofits for more than 20 years, having served as a teacher and administrator in several independent schools, as well as in urban school environments and social entrepreneurship agencies. He currently is a Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach with JONES, a firm that specializes in diversity-based organizational development consulting. Robert earned his Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his BA in Economics, with a Political Science minor, from Brown University.
Lisa is a former fixed-income professional who has since dedicated 20+ years to fundraising activities that have benefitted youth in education and residential care for underserved mothers and children. She recently worked with UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s staff to successfully launch a new fundraising event to support programs directed toward the wellbeing of patients and their families. Lisa studied Business Administration and Economics at Loyola Marymount University.
Joi is a San Francisco native and the Executive Director at the 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic in her childhood neighborhood, Bayview/Hunter’s Point. Joi is also a New Leaders Fellow. During and after her undergraduate work at California State University at Hayward, she worked as a math and science teacher at several Bay Area junior high and high schools. Joi received her MA in Urban Public Health from Charles R. Drew University.
Peter is a private investor based in San Francisco. His investment interests have been in various industries, including semiconductor equipment, healthcare and investment partnerships. He has invested in mainland China for over 20 years through private and public investment entities, which he founded. Peter is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has a BA from Stanford and a MBA from Harvard.
George is a risk management and corporate development expert. He is the former Managing Partner and Owner of Grove Investments founding shareholder and Financial Officer of Visible Brands and CEO of PNC Capital Markets and Senior Vice President of Mellon Bank. George is the current Director and Former Board Chair of Mercy Beyond Borders. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Pamela is an attorney who has practiced primarily in the area of structured finance. She is a board member and former Board Chair of the San Francisco Education Fund. Her previous board service includes Ronald MacDonald House, the Jewish Community Center, and Temple Emanu El. Pamela has volunteered as a college mentor with College Track and for many years as a tutor at Cobb Elementary School. She is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Berkeley, and Lowell High School.
Linda is a real estate broker and has owned her own brokerage company, Mayne and Company Real Estate, for 29 years. She is also a contemporary artist and has worked in Art With a Pulse. In 2015, she devoted her open house to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Linda received her BA from UCLA.
Karen is President of the Board of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. She is a Senior Scholar at the Center of Adolescence at Stanford University, studying Youth Purpose. She mentors in the Stand-By-Me Mentoring Program. Karen received her BA from the University of Connecticut and MA from the University of London, Institute of Education.
Scott is Vice President, Enterprise Business Development at LinkedIn. He is the former Director of Business Development and Business Management at Yahoo! Scott is the founder, and former VP of Business Development and General Manager at eTranslate. He is an investor in Rakuten, Wealthfront, TraceLink, NerdWallet, and Sokanu. Scott is a member of the OnePurpose Founding Team. He received a BA from Yale.
Charles is Chief Development Officer for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience, including executive positions with Rohan & Stepanian, Mirror Cable Television, SFJAZZ, and Family Service Agency of San Francisco. Charles served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Ethics Commission, and on the advisory committee of the Museum of the African Diaspora. He is a past Board member of BAYCAT. Charles received his BA from California Western University and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Volunteer Committee Members