Board of Directors

Karen King : Chair

Karen King


Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer Silver Lake
Committees: Executive / Chair, Funds Development, Network Development /Chair

Karen King is Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer of Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing with about $39 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital. Karen is involved in all aspects of Silver Lake's business from fundraising to deal execution to portfolio management and liquidity, as well as risk management. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Ms. King worked at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in its Palo Alto, New York, and London offices. During her time there she worked on capital markets transactions, such as initial public offerings and high yield debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, including representing several private equity firms. Ms. King holds an A.B. from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Karen previously served on the board of Serena Software and currently serves on the boards of a number of non-profit institutions.

John C. Hollar : Vice Chair

John C. Hollar

Vice Chair

President and CEO, The Vypoint Group

Committees: Executive, Nominating and Governance Chair

John Hollar founded Vypoint in 2005 in London. He is in his third decade as an award-winning television and digital producer, institution-building CEO and leader of creative teams in the United States and Europe. In his career as an executive producer, John has managed the creation of hundreds of hours of television for PBS, the BBC, France 5, China Central Television and Channel 4. His creative teams have been won awards throughout the world, including a BAFTA and the Milia d'Or. He has structured more than 40 co-production relationships worldwide with Discovery, BBC 4, PBS, Channel 4, Shine, Paladin Invision, David Grubin Productions, Millimages, CCTV, CTV Media and ZDF. He has been a senior executive of PBS, where he co-founded in 1995, and Pearson plc, the international media company. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley from 2008 to 2017, leading the transformation of the museum into a major international institution and an innovative media producer. He is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, a Senior Fellow and board member of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley and a member of the IMPACT Advisory Board of DocuSign, Inc., in San Francisco. He is an active investor in technology and digital media companies. John grew up in Pampa, Texas, obtained BFA and BA degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.


Dotty Hayes : Treasurer

Dotty Hayes


Retired Vice President, Internal Audit, Intuit
Committees: Executive, Finance Committee/Chair,  Network Engagement

Dotty Hayes recently retired as Vice President, Internal Audit, with Intuit, where she also served as the Vice President of Finance Operations and Corporate Controller. Previously, she was Vice President and Controller of Agilent Technologies, following a decade at Hewlett-Packard Co. in financial management positions including Director of Internal Audit and Transition General Manager, where she was responsible for overseeing the separation of Agilent from HP. She also spent three years as Vice President and Controller of Apollo Computer Inc., prior to HP’s acquisition of Apollo in 1989.

Rich Braugh : Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS

Rich Braugh

Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS

Committees: Audit Chair, Executive, Network Development

Rich began his career in financial services in 1969, joining E.F. Hutton in Palo Alto. He has over 40 years of experience advising clients through at least two severe recessions, a number of bull and bear markets, and occasional global turmoil. He respects markets and the constantly changing and evolving international economic conditions, analyzing them to the benefit of his clients. He enjoys a deep involvement in the Valley community, serving on a number of boards over the years and has a passion for the Arts. Rich and his wife Sally are residents of Los Altos and have three grown children.

George Brown : Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

George Brown

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Committees: Finance

George H. Brown is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He specializes in complex multi-party disputes that involve issues crossing multiple subject matters and jurisdictions.  In 2011, Mr. Brown represented the California Citizen's Redistricting Commission in connection with its drawing of the political boundaries for California`s State Legislative districts, Congressional districts and Board of Equalization districts following the 2010 U.S. Census.  The Commission's maps were upheld by the California Supreme Court in 2011. Mr. Brown currently also teaches a course at Berkeley Law School on accounting and finance for business litigation.  He previously was a law professor at UCLA, where he taught business law, securities, and contract courses. An active participant in the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley communities, Mr. Brown serves on several non-profit boards.  He has been past co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area, and is a long time board member.  He also serves as a National Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Mr. Brown received the Jack Londen award from LCCR in 2014 for his work on education issues.  He is also a leadership fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley.


Muhammed Chaudhry : Education Consultant

Muhammed Chaudhry

Education Consultant

Muhammed Chaudhry recently stepped down as President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Under his stewardship, SVEF became the leading education not-for-profit resource preparing students for college and careers in Silicon Valley. The foundation is dedicated to elevating scholastic achievement in the critical area of STEM. Muhammed will continue as a consultant to SVEF.

He is a Board Member of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee. Muhammed is on the Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Reads and California Consortium of Education Foundation. His personal interests include golf, long distance running, and volunteering with various philanthropic causes. Prior to SVEF, Muhammed held management positions in brand marketing with The Clorox Company and Dazzle Multimedia.

Muhammed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Leadership Program. He resides in San Jose with his wife, Rabia and their twins.

Jonathan Hicks : Counsel, Employment Law, Netflix

Jonathan Hicks

Counsel, Employment Law, Netflix

Committee: Funds Development

Jon is employment law counsel for Netflix primarily focused on domestic advice and counsel and litigation.

Prior to joining Netflix, Jon was senior corporate counsel at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leading electronic design automation software and engineering company. Jon provided employment advice and counsel and managed litigation.

Before Cadence, Jon practiced at Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. in their employment law group.  He focused on counseling mid-size and large Silicon Valley companies on employment matters, including trade-secret protection, employee discipline, investigations, employee handbooks and policies, employee agreements, tax matters and advocacy, employment class-actions and general litigation.  Jon litigated cases in state and federal courts; as well as before various governmental agencies.

Jon graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in political science; and the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

Luther Jackson : Economic Stimulus Manager, NOVA Workforce Investment Board

Luther Jackson

Economic Stimulus Manager, NOVA Workforce Investment Board

Committees: Executive, Network Engagement /Co-Chair

Social entrepreneur, social connector, leader, facilitator, innovation and transformation catalyst, communicator, problem solver.

Workforce development manager with significant cutting-edge experience through the NOVA Workforce Board and the labor movement in creating solutions to help workers and employers understand and navigate a fluid economy driven by rampant technological advances and globalization.

Current work includes:

• Directing workforce research on tech and other key Silicon Valley clusters
• Seeking development opportunities through partnerships
• Building community workforce coalitions
• Developing outreach strategies through traditional and social media

Webb McKinney : Management Consultant

Webb McKinney

Management Consultant

Committees: Nominating and Governance

Webb McKinney is currently a management consultant with a primary focus on merger integration. He also serves on the boards of four nonprofit organizations, besides Civic Ventures: Resource Area for teaching, the American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley and ALearn. McKinney also serves on the board of SMART Modular Technologies. Prior to retiring from the Hewlett Packard Company after 34 years in November 2003, McKinney was the Executive Vice President leading HP's ongoing merger integration and global citizenship efforts, as well as HP's organizational effectiveness and governance initiatives. Previously, McKinney co-led HP's postmerger integration team. His responsibilities included planning and leading the integration of HP and Compaq's systems, processes and people. Before the merger, McKinney served as President for the Business Customer Organization at HP, with responsibility for worldwide sales of HP products and services and worldwide marketing and delivery of HP products to large companies and small- and medium-sized businesses. McKinney was born in Upland, Calif. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

C.S. Park : Director, Seagate

C.S. Park

Director, Seagate

C.S. Park, former Chairman and CEO of Maxtor Corporation, is currently serving as the lead independent director of Seagate Technology, a global leader in data storage solutions, and a member of Global Board of DLA Piper, a global law firm. Previously, Park was Chairman and CEO of SK Hynix, a leading semiconductor memory manufacturer based in Korea, and Managing Director of H&Q Asia Pacific, a private equity firm.

Park is currently serving for a few non-profit organizations, including American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley (Board Member), Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University (Advisory Board Member), and ALearn (Board of Advisors).

Rolanda Pierre Dixon : Retired Assistant District Attorney, County of Santa Clara

Rolanda Pierre Dixon

Retired Assistant District Attorney, County of Santa Clara

ALF National Representative

Rolanda Pierre Dixon is the retired Assistant District Attorney for Santa Clara County. She also served as the county’s expert on domestic violence and as Human Trafficking liaison for the District Attorney’s office.

Ms. Pierre Dixon is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA degree in Political Science. She received her JD from the University of Santa Clara in 1980. She has handled all types of criminal prosecutions; including drunk driving, assault and battery, child abuse, robbery, juvenile, narcotics and domestic violence.

She established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County in 1991 and was the supervisor of the unit until January 2006 when she was promoted to Assistant District Attorney. She also supervised the Family Violence Unit which includes domestic violence, child abuse, physical elder abuse and child abduction. In this capacity the unit members prosecuted over 5,000 domestic violence cases per year and were considered to be one of the premiere units in California.

She also supervised the Dependency Unit, Burglary Assault Unit and Narcotics Team, as well as the Narcotics, Burglary/Assault, Victim Restitution, Victim Witness and Dependency Units. She chaired the Domestic Violence Death Review Team beginning with its inception in 1994.

Randy Pond : Senior Executive Vice President, Operations Cisco – Retired

Randy Pond

Senior Executive Vice President, Operations Cisco – Retired

Committees: Finance, Funds Development

As Executive Vice President of Operations, Processes, and Systems at Cisco, Randy Pond oversees the functions of Corporate Affairs, Corporate Quality, Customer Service & Support Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal Services, and Worldwide Manufacturing. He also co-chairs the Connected Business Operations Council and is a key leader on the Commercial (SMB) Business Council, the Quality Experience Council and the Emerging Countries Council. To help fuel growth, drive innovation, and increase Cisco's productivity, Pond is currently leading a comprehensive business transformation across Cisco by re-engineering business processes, re-architecting IT systems, and redefining the role of Cisco leadership.

Marion Rittler : Global Vice President, SAP

Marion Rittler

Global Vice President, SAP

Committees: Network Development 

Marion has over 20 years’ experience in the high tech business sector. Currently, she is a Global Vice President at SAP and leads the Sales Enablement teams for the Platform Business and the Channel. She focuses on leveraging technology and best practices to create an environment of learning in the sales organization and her teams. In her previous roles at SAP, she has led the Industry Go-To-Market teams as well as Business Development for Partnerships. Prior to SAP, Marion worked at Palm, a Mobile Device Innovator, as a leader in Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. Before Palm, she was an Investment Banker at Broadview focused on M&A in the Supply Chain Sector. Marion has a strong interest in the transformative power of continuous learning for both children and adults. She is actively involved in Boys and Girls Club’s College Bound program and is an ALF Senior Fellow, Class of XXXI. Marion graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics. She holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Lisa Sobrato Sonsini : Board President of the Sobrato Foundation

Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

Board President of the Sobrato Foundation

Committees: Executive, Funds Development Chair

Lisa Sobrato Sonsini is Board President of the Sobrato Foundation, a private grant making foundation established in 1996 which invests in strong community-based organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote self-reliance among residents of Silicon Valley. Trained as a corporate attorney, she is passionate about working with at risk youth, currently serving as Board President of the Silicon Valley Children's Fund and Past President of Child Advocates of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Today’s Youth Matter and The Good Tidings Foundation. Lisa is also active in promoting philanthropy, serving on a variety of boards and speaking on panels around the country.


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