Board of Directors
Leigh Phillips, Board Chair
Director, San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment
City and County of San Francisco
Leigh Phillips is the Director of the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment (SF OFE). She has worked for Treasurer José Cisneros since December 2004, launching the Office of Financial Empowerment and implementing major initiatives including the “Bank On” program, JoinBankOn.org, Kindergarten to College, the San Francisco Smart Money Network, and CurrenC SF.
Prior to working for the City and County of San Francisco, Leigh worked in development at the University of California, San Francisco. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Social Sciences and a Masters of Economic and Social Sciences in Women’s Studies from the University of Manchester in her native United Kingdom. She received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2008 and was named one of the Bay Area’s “Top Forty Under Forty” in 2013.
City of Daly City, Economic & Community Development Department
Ms. Do has experience in economic & community development working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She analyzes demographic data as well as real estate market information for the city of Daly City’s Economic & Community Development Department, and collaborates with non-profit organizations, city agencies, and legislators to develop appropriate city policies.
Director of Programs & Advocacy, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD)
Jane Duong is the Director of Programs & Advocacy for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD). Jane leads the development and implementation of National CAPACD’s housing counseling, asset building, capacity building and advocacy strategies to support a coalition of community-based organizations serving low-/moderate-income Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Previously, she served as the Housing Program Manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Jane graduated from University of California, Berkeley in Sociology and received her Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Jenny C. Flores
Community Affairs Manager, Bank of the West
Jenny is the Community Affairs Manager for Bank of the West and oversees the company’s Charitable Investments and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. She manages a national team of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring that the Bank effectively meets the financial and credit needs of low-to-moderate income consumers in its 19 state footprint. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Jenny Flores served as the Community Development Director for Citi in Northern California. She was responsible for managing the company’s Community Reinvestment Act program which included oversight of grants and charitable contributions, the development of high profile partnerships as well as corporate social responsibility, marketing, employee engagement and risk mitigation. Earlier in her career, Jenny served as the Executive Director of the Congress of California Seniors, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to assisting seniors and low-income families with issues of health care, affordable housing, transportation, technology and consumer protection. She also has extensive experience in strategic initiatives and legislative affairs through her position with the Greenlining Institute and her work in the California State Legislature. She has held numerous board positions with non-profits and currently serves as the National Board Chair of Juma Ventures, a social enterprise dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college education. Jenny also volunteers on the Board of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in San Francisco. Jenny earned a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA at the FW Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Executive Director, Alliance for West Oakland Development
Mr. Herbert is the former Executive Director for the Alliance for West Oakland Development. He has a long history of professional involvement with non-profit organizations working on community development issues.
Senior Attorney, Financial Services
Michelle Jun is an attorney whose expertise is in consumer financial services. She provides guidance in the areas of consumer financial services, payments, and privacy to financial tech startups, as well provides advice to individuals and nonprofits on a variety of compliance issues. Previously, Ms. Jun was a Senior Attorney with Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumers Union, where she worked closely with government policymakers and regulators at the federal and state level, payment entrepreneurs, industry, advocates and individual consumers. Ms. Jun is a member of the California Bar, obtained her J.D from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Associate Director, California Reinvestment Coalition
Kevin Stein is the Associate Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. At CRC, Kevin works primarily on housing issues, including efforts to fight predatory mortgage lending. Kevin was the primary author of CRC’s reports, “Stolen Wealth: Inequities in California’s Subprime Mortgage Market,” which investigated subprime and predatory lending practices in the state, and “Who Really Gets Home Loans? Years Ten and Eleven and “Who Really Gets Higher Cost Home Loans,” analysis of home lending that explore the relationship between race and the cost of credit. Before coming to CRC, Kevin was Supervising Attorney at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, working on community economic development issues. Prior to that, he worked at HomeBase, a law and social policy center on homelessness. Kevin is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and Stanford University.
Co-founder, Tech Entrepreneur
Originally from Houston, Texas, Jesse found his way to San Francisco in March 1997 where he first experienced what it meant to work for a startup. As employee # 27, he got to see firsthand the building of a Silicon Valley company (funded by Sequoia Capital). This company ultimately grew into a thousand employee+ Corporation in less than a year. It was later acquired for $180 million by Frontier Communications.
Jesse’s experience and access to his new mentors/advisors, led him to cofound, along with his brother in 1998, one of the first U.S. online bilingual Latino communities (Picosito.com) which was recognized by a U.S. Congressional Record by the House of Representatives in 1999. They were recognized for their efforts in technology in the Latino Community. Jesse and his brother raised $2.3 million in seed capital and had two acquisition offers in less than six months.
After the dot com era, Jesse went back to corporate America. He spent over 10 years in the BPM industry & has worked with industry leaders such as Xerox Global Services, IKON, & Kofax. He was a Business Development Manager with these industries.
Jesse has recently emerged into the tech scene and is the co-founder of his third startup, 41 Ads. He also spends the his time as co-founder of two of his personal passions – Latino Startup Alliance (Global non-profit supporting Latino Tech Entrepreneurs) and Youth Startups (A non-profit introducing tech entrepreneurship to youth in under-represented U.S. public schools).
Owner, Cartagena Consulting
William Ortiz-Cartagena, born and raised in the San Francisco’s Mission District, has over ten years in the hospitality industry enjoying a successful career with Joie de Vivre hospitality. After leaving Joie de Vivre William founded several companies. He now focuses his efforts in the challenges experienced by underserved communities in San Francisco. William currently serves on the board of directors for the Mission Economic Development Agency and is a Commissioner on the San Francisco Small Business Commission.
Executive Director of the University of California Student Association
Over the past ten years, Matt has worked as an advocate, educator, organizer and policy analyst. As the Executive Director of the University of California Student Association, he works directly for over 200,000 students in the UC system.
He served as a Legislative Aide and State Senate Fellow for State Senator Joe Simitian in Sacramento and as a member of his education policy team. At Stanford Law’s Youth and Education Law Clinic, Haney assisted with a major school funding equity case in which SFUSD was one of the plaintiffs. He served on the SFUSD Public Education Enrichment Fund (Prop H) Community Advisory Committee and as an appointee to SFUSD’s Restorative Justice Taskforce.
Haney holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford University School of Education, and a JD from Stanford Law School with a focus on education law. Haney lives in the Hayes Valley neighborhood.