Simona is a Partner at Keker & Van Nest, where she specializes in high-stakes complex litigation, including intellectual property matters, white collar criminal defense, and commercial disputes. She has an active pro bono asylum practice representing women fleeing gender-based persecution and unaccompanied minors, and is a leader in her firm’s pro bono efforts to help unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. Her groundbreaking pro bono work on behalf of women and children has been recognized by national media, including the New York Times.
Ann is the president and CEO of the S.H. Cowell Foundation. Prior to joining the Cowell Foundation in 2005, she was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco where she taught health law and medical ethics. She has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, St. Louis University Law School, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999, Ann took a sabbatical to hold public office during which she served in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office as Deputy City Attorney for Health and Human Services. In addition to chairing the LSC Board of Directors, Ann serves on the Boards of the Marin Country Day School and the Greenwall Foundation.
James currently serves as the Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity. James was a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center for over 20 years. He is a national expert on juvenile justice issues, and joined the Board in January 2002. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Death Penalty Focus, and works closely with Critical Resistance, Asian Pacific Island Law Offices, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lawyers Committee for Urban Affairs, National Indian Justice Center, and National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Mark received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School where he served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Mathew O. Tobriner of the California Supreme Court. He was a co-founder and the first managing editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and was a founding member of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation. Mark was selected through the Attorney General’s Honors Program and joined the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. after graduating from law school. He entered private practice working first at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and subsequently at Farrow, Bramson, Chavez & Baskin before founding the law firm of Chavez & Gertler LLP with Jonathan E. Gertler. His law firm specializes in class action litigation. Mark has served on numerous non-profit Boards and is currently the Chair of the Public Citizen Foundation Board.
Lily is an alumna from the foster care system and a former foster parent. She obtained her B.A. in Economics from Yale University in 2010 and her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2015. Currently she has a public interest Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the National Center for Youth Law. Before coming to NCYL she interned for local, state and federal direct service non-profits, advocacy organizations and legislative offices including the American Bar Association Center on Children in the Law, the East Bay Community Law Center, the United States House of Representatives, the US Senate HELP Committee, and Legal Services for Children. Her current fellowship allows her to work on improving the educational trajectories of youth in the foster care system by improving the training and support to their foster parents and caregivers. She is also working on work involving cross collaborative efforts between the child welfare and educational systems. The areas practiced by LSC including immigration, education, guardianship and foster care have personally impacted her community including members of her biological and foster families. Having answered the Warm-Line, and worked with these populations, she knows how crucial the services provided by LSC are.
Donna came to LSC some 30 years ago, after working for Chief Justice Rose Bird at the Supreme Court of California. She is now semi-retired, but still represents children in appeals and writ proceedings. She also serves as a director and officer of the Northern California Association of Counsel for Children (NCACC) and Chair Person of the NCACC Amicus Committee. Formerly, Donna taught juvenile law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and served as a director of the National Association of Counsel for Children, the National Juvenile Attorney Certification Advisory Board, the San Francisco Education Fund, Enterprise for High School Students, the Chinese-American Bilingual School, and the Furth Family Foundation.
Mikiko is a pediatrician on the attending staff of the CPMC in San Francisco and has a strong commitment to community involvement and social justice. She currently serves on the Board of the S. H. Cowell Foundation. She is President of the Board of At Home with Growing Older. She has also been part of the SF Aging and Disability Friendly Work Group. She is a Health and Editorial Advisor to Common Sense Media. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Friends of the SF Public Library. She has also served on the Boards of Camp Tawonga, and Marin Country Day School (MCDS). Advocating on behalf of children and their families in a variety of ways is a high priority for her.
Scott is a Partner and the pro bono chair of Morgan Lewis’s San Francisco office. He counsels emerging and established companies in business transactions. Representing clients in the biotechnology, medical device, software, data analytics, and networking and storage industries, he advises companies at critical junctures in their lifecycles. In addition to serving on LSC’s Board of Directors, Scott volunteers for the Alameda County Food Bank.
Sharon is the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinics at the USF School of Law. She was appointed by Chief Judge Robert Peckham of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as the compliance monitor for a Title VII Consent Decree in the construction industry, and before that worked as a state and federal public defender. In 1994, she assisted in the establishment of a Criminal/Juvenile Law Clinic at the University of the West Cape in South Africa, and returned to South Africa in 1998 and 2002 to assist in the establishment of a pilot public defender system. Sharon continued assisting with the development of juvenile youth court systems in South Africa from 2004 to 2006. She was also Chief Counsel at the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community Defender for several years.
Puppet is a full-time software tester in the tech industry in San Francisco. She is currently an SF CASA volunteer as a court appointed special advocate. She has a strong desire to contribute to and collaborate with organizations supporting underserved youth. She has previous experience with foster care, adolescent treatment facilities and the juvenile justice system as a youth in Reno, NV. She is also a part-time filmmaker and storyteller.
John was the Director of the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) for 35 years from 1980 to 2015. Under his leadership, the Center built a national reputation for successful advocacy on behalf of poor children nationwide. In 2007, John was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George. John joined the Board in April 1997 and chairs its Development Committee.
Gena is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice and consulting in San Francisco. She has more than 25 years of experience working in child welfare and juvenile justice and is a national expert in gender, delinquency, and trauma. She was the former co-founder and executive director of the Youth Justice Institute. In addition to her clinical work, she is currently the Chief of Victim Services for Office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.
James is a Partner at Morrison & Foerster where he represents clients in federal and state courts in the areas of consumer protection, advertising, product liability, environmental, and food law. He is an active member of the LSC Pro Bono Panel, and in 2014, received the Pro Bono Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy, leadership, and extraordinary commitment to the children of the Bay Area.
Jan is currently Deputy Director at Advokids. She has over 40 years of experience working in child welfare law and is a nationally recognized expert on child welfare law. Her experience includes an in-house counsel job at the State Department of Social Services, serving as a Deputy Attorney General representing various state health, education, and welfare agencies, and more than 20 years in private law practice in which she represented parties in both the trial and appellate courts. She is an NACC certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS), accredited by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization and the ABA, and a co-founder of Advokids. Ms. Sherwood is also a consultant, trainer, expert witness, and frequent speaker on child welfare issues.
Sue is a Managing Director at Alvarez and Marsal, a global consulting firm specializing in business advisory services. Sue’s work focuses on the application of economics, finance, statistics, and valuation principles to questions that arise in the context of litigation. She has testified on economic damages in state and federal court in patent infringement, trade secret theft, commercial litigation, fraud, and employment disputes. Prior to litigation consulting, Sue worked as a mechanical engineer on the design of nuclear submarines. To balance her daily litigation work, Sue is a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. She joined the Board in 2011.
Darren is a Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he practices commercial litigation and insurance recovery. He specializes in representing policyholders in the financial services, technology, retail, and hospitality industries in disputes with insurance companies. Darren also has an active pro bono practice, and is a two-time recipient of LSC’s Pro Bono Advocate Award. He has handled administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers, low-income tenants, and has provided litigation advice to non-profit organizations. Darren also serves on the Boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.
Board Vice Chair
Kim is PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Global Advisory Risk & Quality Leader and the member of the Office of the Global General Counsel primarily responsible for advising the Global Advisory (deals and consulting) practice. In these roles, she focuses on quality initiatives and managing risk and legal issues for PwC’s Advisory practice across the global network of PwC firms. In 2012, the San Francisco Business Times named Kim as one of the 150 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2013 Kim received Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation’s annual Ann Woodell Community Award and was an honoree at the 2013 Oakland Parks and Recreation Salute to Excellence and Community Spirit. In 2013, Kim was also named California Law Review’s Alumna of the Year. In addition to her service on LSC's Board, Kim also serves on the S.H. Cowell Foundation Board and she is a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Susan is a former business & technology lawyer who hails from Montreal, Quebec. She was an associate at Cooley Godward LLP, and subsequently worked in business development at startup technology companies. She most recently served as a career counselor at UC Hastings College of the Law, developing job opportunities for graduating students in commercial and non-profit settings. Susan currently volunteers as a career mentor with Summer Search and New Door Ventures in San Francisco.
Chris is a former Executive Director of LSC. He is currently Senior Director, Judicial Engagement, at Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care. Prior to joining Casey, he was Supervising Attorney at the California Judicial Council Center for Families, Children & the Courts and served the Executive Director of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care. Chris is the Board Secretary and joined the LSC Board in September 1996. He is Past President of the National Association of Counsel for Children, is Vice President on the Board of the National Center for Youth Law, and is President of the Northern California Association of Counsel for Children.
Chris is a vice president with Brouwer & Janachowski, a fee-only investment advisory firm providing intelligent financial management. Chris specializes in providing investment planning and management services to individuals, families, foundations, and law firms. As a member on the Investment Committee, Chris also helps formulate the firm’s investment strategy and contributes to new investment ideas. In addition to serving on LSC’s Board, Chris is on the Board for the International House at U.C. Berkeley.