Meet DignityMoves

DignityMoves was founded at the beginning of the pandemic by a group of concerned business leaders who are all members of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).  Already frustrated with the state of unsheltered homelessness in our communities, we knew that the problem was about to get much worse.  We have pooled our collective expertise and resources to take a fresh look at the situation, and find innovative solutions.

Our Leadership

Elizabeth Funk – Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board

Elizabeth was one of the early pioneers in impact investing.  She founded the Dignity Fund in 2004, one of the first for-profit funds mobilizing investment capital for the microfinance industry.  She later created Dignity Capital to continue her impact investing efforts.  For several years she served as Chairman of the Board of Unitus, one of the world’s most innovative microfinance accelerators.  Since that time, she has been a tireless advocate for the impact investing movement, serving as a fund manager for several impact funds, a mentor to social entrepreneurs, and an angel investor.  She currently serves as the Senior GP at Dev Equity, an impact fund investing in economic development in Latin America.  About half of Dev Equity’s portfolio is invested in low-income housing in impoverished regions across Honduras, Panama, and Ecuador. 

Elizabeth started her career as a Product Manager for Microsoft Word and on the founding team of Microsoft Office.  She joined Yahoo! as one of the earliest employees, and was a co-founder of Yahoo! Shopping, among other Yahoo! services. Elizabeth was responsible for business development and strategic planning for services such as Yahoo! Finance, Search, Auctions, Greetings, Travel, and others.  Elizabeth was President and CEO of CML Global Capital, a publicly traded investment conglomerate based in Canada.  As CEO she oversaw several major transactions and eventually a privatization of the corporation. 

Elizabeth has been actively involved in homelessness in California for nearly two decades.  She served on the board and chaired Glide Memorial’s Community Housing initiative, which built two buildings for the formerly homeless in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.  She now serves on the board of LifeMoves, a leading homelessness services organization in Silicon Valley as well as on the real estate advisory board of HomeRise, a permanent supportive housing developer in San Francisco.

Elizabeth has served on or chaired over a dozen nonprofit and social enterprise boards including South Pacific Development Bank, Uchu (Ecuador), Candid, Root Capital, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, Deutsche Bank’s Microfinance Consortium and FINCA’s microfinance fund.

She is an active member of Young President’s Organization where she served on the International Board, co-founded the impact networks, and now chairs the YPO Impact Investing Initiative.  She is a member of Toniic (an impact investors network) and Battery Powered, among many other prominent impact-focused organizations. 

Elizabeth holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Economics with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar.

Sharon Lai – Executive Director

Sharon Lai has devoted her entire career and volunteer path to building better communities. She spent a decade as an urban planner in bay area municipalities, including the San Francisco Planning Department, and was most recently a Senior Development Director of Development in commercial real estate development. In this position, she oversaw strategy, project development, outreach, and entitlement of residential, hospitality, office, and life science projects for multiple cities nationwide. 

Sharon currently serves as a Mayoral appointed member of the SFMTA Board of Directors and Parking Authority Commission. She was formerly the Vice President for the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) board, which makes policy decisions critical to the redevelopment of 8,000 housing units, transportation, and infrastructure buildouts on the former Naval Station Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island.

Among other board leadership positions, Sharon was a board member of SF Hep B Free – Bay Area, the Junior League of San Francisco, and the March of Dimes. 

Sharon is an alumnus of University of California, Berkeley.

Email: sharon@dignitymoves.org

Jack Lorenz – Vice President, Development

Jack Lorenz has dedicated the last 20 years to serving social and economic justice organizations. He was most recently the Director of Development and Communications for Alliance for Housing and Healing, a Los Angeles based non-profit that provides services to homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS. Prior to Alliance, Jack was the Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Development at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBT organization in the United States. 

Other funding projects Jack has overseen include “Protect, Detect, Report,” a program that protects LGBT seniors from Medicare Fraud, the California State Department of Mental Health’s “Reducing Disparities Project,” and the Equality California Institute’s “Health Happens with Equality,” which was recognized by the White House for its impact.

Prior to working in the nonprofit space, Jack was a film and television studio executive supervising productions at The Walt Disney Studios, MCA Universal, and Mandalay Entertainment. He used this expertise to serve as Executive Director of the Gatekeeper Foundation, producing documentaries advocating for the fair treatment of undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable populations. 

Jack holds a Bachelor’s in Theatre History and a master’s degree in Humanities from California State University, Northridge.

Email: jack@dignitymoves.org
Phone: 310-266-0502

DignityMoves Board and Advisors

Jon Vein is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist. Jon co-founded and served as the CEO of MarketShare, a leading cloud-based, big data marketing analytics and software company. With eight offices around the world, MarketShare had a significant impact on allocating over $200 billion in marketing investments for more than half of the Fortune 50 companies, as well as many other businesses around the globe. In one of the largest transactions involving a Los Angeles-based technology company, MarketShare was acquired in December of 2015 by Neustar for $450m. In December of 2016, after the successful integration of MarketShare into Neustar, Mr. Vein moved on from the company to pursue other endeavors in the public and private sectors. Jon has recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by The Los Angeles Business Journal every year that it has published the LA 500 issue, and he was a winner of the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Los Angeles.

Prior to MarketShare, Jon served as Chief Operating Officer of Michael Ovitz’s AMG (Artists Management Group) and APG (Artists Production Group), overseeing all divisions, including talent, literary, animation, sports, music, publishing, and feature film production. Jon engineered AMG’s sale to The Firm, which he joined as co-head of the M&A/Strategic Advisory Services Division.

Before joining AMG/APG, Jon was Chief Operating Officer of Film Roman,, where they produced shows such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and other award-winning shows. An Emmy Award winner, Jon produced many film and television productions, including King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Swimming with Sharks. Jon started his entertainment career as a founding partner of entertainment law firm Dern & Vein, representing a wide range of client on deals ranging from talent and corporate level agreements to intellectual property and employment agreements.

Before attending law school, Jon utilized his engineering and computer science background as a practicing engineer on the space program at Hughes Electronics and Teledyne Relays.

Jon currently advises several companies in a variety of fields, ranging from nanotechnology and marketing analytics, to refrigerants and medical diagnostics.

Jon is Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization Gold Los Angeles Chapter, as well as a former Chairman of the Golden West Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Jon serves as the Ambassador for the City of Los Angeles to secure hotel and motel rooms for the most vulnerable members of the homeless community, as well as survivors of domestic violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jon serves as president of the board of the Los Angeles Convention Center and Tourism Development Department and the US Fund for UNICEF’s Southern California Region, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the California Science Center, and as a board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, California Cultural and Historic Endowment, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the University of Haifa, Big Sunday, Step Up On Second, the Hancock Park Homeowners’ Association and Los Angeles Television Channel 36. Jon is also a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He served on the University of California’s Regents Selection Advisory Committee to the Governor of the State of California, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Jon also leads the Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund’s efforts to brand the City of Los Angeles and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Jon served on the National Finance Committee for the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, and he served as an early member of then-Senator Barack Obama’s finance committee for the 2008 election and the President’s National Finance Committee for his re-election. Jon served as a member of Eric Garcetti’s finance committee in support of his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Jon holds a US Patent in the field of tissue engineering, as well as several other patents in marketing analytics. Jon graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. Double-majoring in Material Sciences & Engineering and Electrical Engineering-Computer Science with high honors, and received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Jon is married to entertainment executive Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and has two children, Caroline and Jack.

Christina directs corporate development and governance at Corium and holds responsibility for strategic planning for the company. Prior to joining Corium, Christina spent 16 years in investment banking, serving in both advisory and portfolio management roles at Salomon Brothers, the Jim Pattison Group and J.P. Morgan. She has been involved in leadership and fundraising positions in a variety of civic and community organizations, including Sacred Heart Schools and Stanford University. Christina holds an A.B. in International Relations and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford.

Smoke Wallin, serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Wellness a leading vertically integrated consumer focused health and wellness brand company with innovative Hemp cannabinoid solutions.A multifaceted CEO and industry leader in beverage, distribution, hemp and technology, Built >$1 billion alcohol beverage distribution company before merging into now $11+ billion co. Chairman & Pres. of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, industries. 25+ acquisitions, multiple successful turn-around situations and start-ups with successful exits. Successfully raised $500+ million in debt & equity for direct ventures. Served(s) on multiple public and private boards. YPO, EY Entrepreneur of Year, Distinguished Alum Award Vanderbilt, MBA Vanderbilt University, BS Agricultural Economics Cornell University.

Ed Chan is the CEO & President of C. Pacific Foods, a 28 year importer of Asian Foods whose sole reason for existence is to delight its customers and grow its leaders.  After earning a Bachelor of Science in 1997 from UCLA and gaining work experience at Northwestern Mutual Life, Ed made the decision to apply his knowledge to rejuvenate his family’s business.  He’s been with the company for over 23 years and considers himself blessed for the platform he was given.  The company’s vision is to be a thought leader and a cultural conduit into Asian cuisine.  Ed is passionate about creating a vibrant work culture where employees coach one another as they ‘wow’ their customers with innovative food solutions.  Ed would describe his strongest professional gifting is as a ‘strategist’, who enjoys filling a white board with inventiveideas.  

Ed and his wife Elaine are entering their 13th year in marriage. Together, they share two rambunctious kids; an inquisitive 11 year old named Olivia and a happy-go-lucky 9 year old named Toby.  The family’s goal is to visit 25 countries before the kids leave for college and as of this writing they’ve conquered their 16th location and looking forward to the next trip.  

Aside from family, God and business, Ed is most proud of having summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017, but is looking forward to conquering Everest basecamp in the next few years.  Apart from trekking, he is an avid cyclist, weekend soccer coach, and a men’s Radical Mentoring Bible study leader at his local church.

Viken Ohanesian is the CEO of Boss Homes, a Harwal Group Company. Harwal Group is an international manufacturing conglomerate based out of Los Angeles, California and Dubai, UAE. With his extensive engineering background and knowledge in the manufacturing and marketing of building materials, Viken is at the forefront of leading the housing industry in advanced building systems and affordable housing.

Viken sits on several boards including the board of Harwal Group, the board of US Polymers Inc. and of Boss Homes. He also serves on various nonprofit boards including YPO California Coast Chapter as Chairman.

Viken is a graduate of Pepperdine University with an MBA in Marketing & Finance and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Matt Riley leads many initiatives in renewables energy, with a specific passion to engage in the fight against climate change. As the Head of Grid-Scale Renewables at ENGIE North America, he led a global independent power producer during its transition from fossil fuel generation to a zero-carbon renewable energy future. Building more than two gigawatts of wind and solar energy projects during his tenure, ENGIE emerged as a leader in this important transition. Prior to his role at ENGIE, Matt co-founded Infinity Renewables, a leading renewable energy developer in the U.S. Infinity’s successful development of over four gigawatts of operating wind energy projects, representing the electricity use of over 1 million households, was capped by its acquisition by ENGIE in 2018.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology and a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

When Matt is not working you can find him spending quality time at the beach with his family and dog in Santa Barbara, California. His weekends often include adventuring in the hills or spending time out on the water.

Amy Wright is VICE PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL GIFTS at LifeMoves. Amy engages with individual donors to raise funds needed to support the successful programs at LifeMoves. Prior to joining LifeMoves in 2004, Amy worked in the private sector for more than 25 years in strategic marketing and investor relations in international telecommunications, internet communications, and software development companies based in Silicon Valley. Amy enjoys being engaged in her community as a board member for Jasper Ridge Farm and volunteers at other local nonprofit organizations. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Will is a Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as the President of GlobalMarc, where he serves as a professional Executive Coach. He collaborates with private business owners and their teams to help them reach their goals. Will brings five decades of

experience providing employee assessments and in-depth training in sales, management, communications

and leadership to over 500 multimillion-dollar companies. He is adept at building and leading high-performing

teams, coaching business executives and turning around underperforming business units. HIs broad-based

expertise includes strategic planning, marketing, sales processes and program management, social media,

public relations, e-learning, public speaking, negotiation and board governance.

Deanna Kangas us a C-level executive with more than 25 years of experience creating and building visionary brands, Deanna Kangas is a proven industry leader when it comes to turning around both growing and established businesses. Deanna works with top private equity firms, and most recently joined New Theory Ventures, as one of the founders –buying brands to accelerate growth or incubating brands from ideation. Before that, she served as the co-president of Ouai, the social media-driven, global haircare company.

A true expert in the industry, Deanna has lent her considerable skills in growing companies and her exceptional creativity to a number of corporations in various stages of growth. She spent five years as CEO at Stila Cosmetics where she was charged with (and succeeded at) getting the company back on track. Prior to her work at Stila, Deanna turned around the Barbie Collectors division of Mattel, founded online beauty retailer Gloss.com, launched Michael Jordan Cologne at XEL, Inc., and Bath & Body Works.

Deanna is an active member of Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW), and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Mark J. Weinstein is the President and Founder of MJW Investments. After beginning his career as an attorney, Los Angeles native Mark J. Weinstein founded MJW Investments in 1983 when he discovered the potential of real estate investment and development through several successful ventures. Under his leadership MJW has acquired approximately 1 billion dollars of real estate holdings in all asset types.

He also spearheaded the adaptive reuse of Santee Village, one of Los Angeles’ largest adaptive reuse projects of over 800,000 square ft. of mixed use in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Weinstein’s passion for, and expertise in property repositioning has been a guiding factor in the company’s growth and success.

Mark is the majority owner of the firm’s $800MM diversified real estate holdings. More recently, Mark has led the firm’s strategic growth into student housing and has amassed a portfolio of student housing properties at Michigan State, Washington State, Brigham Young University, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon, Arizona State and Texas Tech. The firm continues to expand its Southern California multifamily portfolio.

Student Housing Magazine named MJW one of the Top 25 Owners and Managers of Student Housing in 2017.

Throughout his career, Mr. Weinstein has maintained active associations and leadership with numerous civic and philanthropic groups. These include a three-year term as Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Real Estate Construction Division; and active associations with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Guardians, an agency dedicated to serving the elderly.

Some of the notable events and awards that Mr. Weinstein has achieved are

· The Mensch Award from Breed Street Shul. Breed Street provides social programming for Latino and Jewish communities.

· Urban Cowboy and Treasures of Los Angeles Award for leading Downtown Renaissance by the Central City Association

· AIPAC Latino Community Liaison with Congresswoman, Church and Temple

· Three times Voted 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal

· USC Lusk Real Estate Board

· Founding Member of Venture Philanthropy group of RPO

· YPO National Multi Family chair

· International Executive Board of YPO Real Estate Division

· Vice Chair AIPAC Real Estate Council

· LA Mayor’s Council on Housing and Development

· National Chair for UJC Philanthropy Forum (JLF)

· Executive & Board Member of Jewish Federation

· Voted Icon in Real Estate by the Real Estate Forum

Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (summa cum laude), and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School (dean’s list).

Aaron M. Edelheit is the CEO and Founder of Mindset Capital, a private investment firm. Aaron also was the Chief Strategy Officer of FLO Technologies, after being one of the first investors in the company, helping the company grow from a pre-revenue startup to raising $28 million and launching in over 500 Home Depot stores. FLO was acquired in January of 2020 by Fortune Brands.

In his previous role as CEO of The American Home, Aaron founded and grew a company from 16 rental homes to one that owned 2,500 single family rental homes and was sold in April 2015 to a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust.

Aaron also founded and ran a successful money management firm, Sabre Value Management from 1998 to 2011.

In 2018, IdeaPress published Aaron’s first book, The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle. The book makes the case for taking one day off from work, email and smartphones for a more productive, healthier and more creative life.

Aaron has served on the boards of non-profits such as the Moishe House Foundation and Global Village Project. And he is also a member of Social Venture Partners in Santa Barbara, California.

Aaron has also been featured and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, and CNBC among others and has given lectures on business and entrepreneurship in the U.S., Canada and South Africa.

Bryan Henson is the President and CEO of BevyHouse, with a vision is to make designing and building a home easier than it has ever been before, to make great architecture and quality design accessible to everyone, and to relentlessly drive down the cost of housing. Bryan is a nationally recognized leader in the custom residential and remodeling world. He grew his former company, Allen Construction, to one of the top five remodeling companies in the US. While at Allen he expanded the company from 45 to 130+ employees, increased the company’s geographic reach from Paso Robles, CA to Los Angeles, CA, and initiated multiple divisions within the company to serve their clients. Bryan is passionate about sustainable, healthy homes and has been a guest speaker for Dwell magazine, has taught masters level courses on sustainable design, and has personally overseen multiple LEED platinum and passive house certified projects.

Eric Schiffer is a venture capitalist, real estate developer and business advisor to retail companies. He is a principal of Gratitude Ventures and Au Zone Investments. Eric was CEO of 99¢ Only Stores from 2005 to 2013, and its President from 2000 to 2004. He joined the company in 1991 when it had 24 stores in Los Angeles, and as an operations executive, helped lead its profitable growth to over 300 stores across multiple states and $1.5 billion in sales. Eric oversaw its successful NYSE IPO in 1996 and $1.6 billion “going private” transaction in 2012. Previously, he was a venture capitalist for Oxford Partners and an electrical design engineer for Texas Instruments. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an engineering degree from Duke University. Eric and his spouse live in Los Angeles and have four adult children. He serves on the boards of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and The Posse Foundation.

Adam Waldman, based in Studio City, CA, is the co-founder & Creative Director at The Refinery. The boutique creative advertising agency creates key art, trailers, on-air promotional materials and social & digital campaigns for the entertainment industry. The Refinery’s clients include Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., and almost every other major entertainment network, studio or streamer. The agency is one of the top global forces in entertainment creative, with offices in Los Angeles and the EU.

Jessica Hawthorne-Castro is the CEO of Hawthorne Advertising, an award winning technology-based advertising agency specializing in analytics and accountable brand campaigns for 35 years. Hawthorne has a legacy of ad industry leadership by being a visionary in combining the art of right-brain creativity with the science of left-brain data analytics and neuroscience. Jessica’s role principally involves fostering long-standing client relationships with the company’s expansive base of Fortune 500 brands to develop highly strategic and measurable advertising campaigns, designed to ignite immediate consumer response. From strategy, creative and production to media and analytics, Jessica is committed to premium quality and innovation throughout all agency disciplines. Hawthorne Advertising is a Women Owned Business, a certified Great Place to Work, and on the Inc. 5000 List. In addition, Jessica was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Los Angeles as a Transformational Leader.

Jessica is a member of many professional organizations and serves on several boards including YPO/Young Presidents’ Organization Pacific U.S. Regional Board, YPO Los Angeles Board, YPO Global Editorial Advisory Board, Association of National Advertisers ECHO Awards Board, and is a Climate Change Reality Ambassador. She and resides in Los Angeles with her husband, son and newborn daughter.

Jieho Lee is co-founder and managing partner of Knighted Ventures, a specialized company servicing the casino industries in California and Florida. Prior to Knighted, Jieho oversaw business development and marketing for the Asia territories at POM Wonderful. Jieho also served as general partner at Blue Horizon Capital, where he co-led an investment strategy team focusing on acquisitions in the business information sector. Previously, Jieho pursued a career in the entertainment field: writing and directing commercials for clients such as Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret and Tommy Hilfiger. He wrote and directed the feature film “The Air I Breathe” (starring Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Brendan Fraser, Kevin Bacon and Sarah Michelle Gellar) and oversaw development of projects for Lionsgate Films and Circle of Confusion. Jieho also worked as a classical music producer with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and Sarah Chang. He produced a top-selling aria album with soprano Sumi Jo, that received the South Korean presidential award for excellence by then president Kim Young-Sam. Jieho received a bachelor’s degree in the college of letters and in cinema studies at Wesleyan University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of YPO, Beverly Hills, and resides there with his wife, Korean film actress Min Kim, and their daughter, Shaye. Jieho is a 2018 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Remco Waller is a seasoned global executive with more than 30 years’ experience in industry leading retail, consumer goods, manufacturing and commercial real estate companies including senior roles in Europe, USA and Asia (China and Korea) and is currently co-owner and CFO of MGM Transformers. He relocated with his family to Los Angeles area in 2006 to start the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood markets franchise. During his international assignments, he has been active as Board member of multiple Chambers of Commerce, CFO forums and International School boards. He is currently a member of the United Way of LA Community Impact cabinet and serves on the Board of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. He holds a master’s in business economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands and a Post-Graduate Controller degree of the Vrije University of Amsterdam.

Avanthi Shah is an accomplished entrepreneur and Board member whose work experience has spanned global operations across multiple geographies including United States, India and Africa in the fields of technology, micro-finance and renewable energy.

She’s enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by the convergence of emerging technologies in the fields of Spatial Web, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, AI, VR/AR, IoT, Medicine and Fintech and their immense potential for positive impact on the societal and the environmental eco-systems.

The two areas of impact that she’s particularly interested in are the elimination of poverty and the empowerment of the vulnerable in society.

Avanthi is Gold Medalist from Osmania university, an honorary Gold Medalist of the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management and winner of CRISIL-ICICI-CNBC TV18 Woman Entrepreneur of Year award. She was also recognized as “Young Turk Transformer” by CNBC TV-18.

She is passionate about emerging technologies and enjoys playing a significant role in ventures that rank high on innovation as well as impact.

Currently, she serves on the Board of FINCA International, Washington DC and as an Investment Council member of San Francisco based Venture Fund, How Women Invest.

DignityMoves Board & Advisors

Brian Weiner is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Audent Family Wealth

Advisors, where he leads the firm’s global family office services program,

outsource Chief Investment Officer (CIO) platform and next-generation

education program.

Brian began his career as the Deputy Trade Commissioner for the Government of

Israel, where he facilitated joint ventures and strategic partnerships on behalf of

U.S. and Israeli companies.

In 2000, Brian was recruited by Citigroup-Smith Barney, where he quickly

developed a significant family office practice. In 2003, Brian Smith Barney to

form Allied Advisors, a multi family office, which quickly grew to oversee in

excess of $3 billion of family wealth. Brian sold Allied Advisors in 2008 and

joined BNY Mellon as a Senior Director. He later went on to form another multifamily

office consultancy which grew to represent over 20 families, on a global

basis and advising in excess of $12 billion of family wealth.

Brian is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where he studied political science and

economics. He received a juris doctorate from Suffolk Law School in Boston and

is currently an active participant in Columbia Business School’s CEO Academy.

Brian is a member of YPO’s Pacific One Chapter and is an active speaker for YPO

and Tiger 21.

Brian Greenberg, Ph. D manages the LifeMoves programs. He is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience developing and managing behavioral health and housing programs. Prior to his current position, Dr. Greenberg oversaw research and evaluation, adolescent services, and development for 18 years at Walden House. Brian also serves as a clinical consultant for drug treatment programming and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals concerning his work with substance abuse treatment research and housing. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his Mater’s degree and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, Ca.

Clarence is a multicultural, multilingual business leader with more than 30 years of experience in technology, engineering and construction. Having started several companies, he is the CEO and founder of Fortis Engineers, a world-class electrical and mechanical engineering firm and 3D Construction, a home builder that uses 3D printing technology to build affordable homes, both headquartered in Phoenix.

McAllister is also a licensed professional engineer, registered communications distribution designer and commercial pilot.

He was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration and serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Alternative Business Structure Board.

He is an active member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Young President Organization, the honorary board of advisors for addiction and PTSD treatment center Warriors Heart and Chairman of the board of DreamSpring, a small business microlender, Board member of the ASU Alumni Association and Chairman of the Board of Western Rare Earth.

Clarence holds a BS in electrical engineering, MS in electrical engineering, both from Arizona State University, and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

 

Clay Grubb is the CEO and chairman of Grubb Properties, a vertically integrated real estate fund manager founded in 1963 that is today focused on the Essential Housing space through its Link Apartments brand. Clay started
working at the company at age 12, specializing in residential mortgage collection, and has seen how important long-term perspective is to successful
investment strategies.

Since 2002, when Clay became the CEO of Grubb Properties, the company has grown significantly and been a top quartile producer of returns for its real estate investment funds. The company has received numerous sustainability designations and recognitions. It maintains corporate offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Charlotte, Cary, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; and San Jose, California.

Clay leads the long-term, strategic vision for Grubb Properties and plans an
active role in all investment decisions. Under his leadership, Grubb Properties
successfully transformed from a family-owned business to an employee- and board-owned company. The company has been profiled in numerous
publications including The Wall Street Journal’s Deal of the Week and the cover
of Business North Carolina.
Clay is an adjunct professor of real estate at Tulane University. He received his Juris Doctorate in law from The University of North Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Management from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, with a concentration in finance and a second major in economics.

Joanne Price is VP of Real Estate at LifeMoves, responsible for project management and execution of Mountain View site. With over a decade in real estate development, Joanne started her career in managing Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) purposely established to implement the first wave of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in the UK. She received her BSc (Hons) Architecture, Building, Planning & Environmental Studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London) and MSc Project Management (major Private Finance Initiatives) from the University of Reading, UK.

Jordan Pynes is the President of Thomas Safran & Associates where he oversees the development, acquisitions and management/operations for all affordable, luxury and retail properties in the TSA portfolio. Mr. Pynes has extensive experience and expertise in all facets of affordable housing operations including management, development, financing, regulatory compliance for Section 42 low-income housing tax credits and HUD (Section 8) programs, marketing, lease-up procedures, ground-up development and rehabilitation.

Mr. Pynes is an active member of YPO (Young President’s Organization), ULI (Urban Land Institute), Westside Urban Forum and volunteers for several charitable and political groups. He currently serves as a Regional Advisor for Syracuse University and served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest chapter of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) for over 12 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for The Westside Family YMCA for many years and is a mentor, speaker and advisor for many other local charities. Mr. Pynes received an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Fordham University and a B.S. from Syracuse University.

Frank Rodriguez is Chairman of Miramar Group and Chairman Emeritus of Corporate Creations. He serves on the board of directors of several private companies. He is a member of YPO and Florida Council of 100, which are prestigious networks of business leaders. He is a contributing author and editor of the first edition of Florida Law of Corporations and Business Organizations published by Prentice Hall. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur when he founded Corporate Creations in 1993, he worked as a corporate attorney at the predecessor to Squire Patton Boggs in West Palm Beach, Florida. He served on the board of directors of United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He received his J.D. degree in 1989 from Harvard Law School, and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Miami where he received his B.A. degree in Economics. Frank and his college sweetheart reside in Jupiter, Florida. They have two sons. Frank and his family have visited all seven continents, and Frank has visited 41 states and 48 countries.

Mr. Gilyard is a Senior Advisor with The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting company, and serves on the boards of three publicly traded corporations. From 2012 to 2017 he was Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. From 1996 to 2012, he held various positions with The Boston Consulting Group, including Partner and Managing Director and Education Practice Area Leader in the U.S. for non-profit institutions. Mr. Gilyard began his career as an officer serving in the United States Air Force. He earned a B.S. degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Matt Toledo is a businessman and civic leader. He holds the title Publisher Emeritus of the Los Angeles Business Journal where he served as Publisher from 1994 -2017. Now, as CEO of ProVisors he is building the largest and fastest growing membership organization exclusively for trusted advisors.

He served as an active and engaged board member of several civic organizations: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (Chairman 2009), Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. (Chairman 2007), United Way of Greater Los Angeles, The Civic Alliance, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.

An avid traveler and endurance cyclist, Matt has traveled around the world twice and rode from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in a solo trip and continues regular long-distance excursions throughout California. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

DignityMoves Regional Councils

Los Angeles Regional Council

Jon Vein is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist. Jon co-founded and served as the CEO of MarketShare, a leading cloud-based, big data marketing analytics and software company. With eight offices around the world, MarketShare had a significant impact on allocating over $200 billion in marketing investments for more than half of the Fortune 50 companies, as well as many other businesses around the globe. In one of the largest transactions involving a Los Angeles-based technology company, MarketShare was acquired in December of 2015 by Neustar for $450m. In December of 2016, after the successful integration of MarketShare into Neustar, Mr. Vein moved on from the company to pursue other endeavors in the public and private sectors. Jon has recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by The Los Angeles Business Journal every year that it has published the LA 500 issue, and he was a winner of the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Los Angeles.

Prior to MarketShare, Jon served as Chief Operating Officer of Michael Ovitz’s AMG (Artists Management Group) and APG (Artists Production Group), overseeing all divisions, including talent, literary, animation, sports, music, publishing, and feature film production. Jon engineered AMG’s sale to The Firm, which he joined as co-head of the M&A/Strategic Advisory Services Division.

Before joining AMG/APG, Jon was Chief Operating Officer of Film Roman,, where they produced shows such as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and other award-winning shows. An Emmy Award winner, Jon produced many film and television productions, including King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Swimming with Sharks. Jon started his entertainment career as a founding partner of entertainment law firm Dern & Vein, representing a wide range of client on deals ranging from talent and corporate level agreements to intellectual property and employment agreements.

Before attending law school, Jon utilized his engineering and computer science background as a practicing engineer on the space program at Hughes Electronics and Teledyne Relays.

Jon currently advises several companies in a variety of fields, ranging from nanotechnology and marketing analytics, to refrigerants and medical diagnostics.

Jon is Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization Gold Los Angeles Chapter, as well as a former Chairman of the Golden West Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Jon serves as the Ambassador for the City of Los Angeles to secure hotel and motel rooms for the most vulnerable members of the homeless community, as well as survivors of domestic violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jon serves as president of the board of the Los Angeles Convention Center and Tourism Development Department and the US Fund for UNICEF’s Southern California Region, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the California Science Center, and as a board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, California Cultural and Historic Endowment, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the University of Haifa, Big Sunday, Step Up On Second, the Hancock Park Homeowners’ Association and Los Angeles Television Channel 36. Jon is also a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He served on the University of California’s Regents Selection Advisory Committee to the Governor of the State of California, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Jon also leads the Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund’s efforts to brand the City of Los Angeles and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Jon served on the National Finance Committee for the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, and he served as an early member of then-Senator Barack Obama’s finance committee for the 2008 election and the President’s National Finance Committee for his re-election. Jon served as a member of Eric Garcetti’s finance committee in support of his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Jon holds a US Patent in the field of tissue engineering, as well as several other patents in marketing analytics. Jon graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. Double-majoring in Material Sciences & Engineering and Electrical Engineering-Computer Science with high honors, and received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Jon is married to entertainment executive Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and has two children, Caroline and Jack.

Mark J. Weinstein is the President and Founder of MJW Investments. After beginning his career as an attorney, Los Angeles native Mark J. Weinstein founded MJW Investments in 1983 when he discovered the potential of real estate investment and development through several successful ventures. Under his leadership MJW has acquired approximately 1 billion dollars of real estate holdings in all asset types.

He also spearheaded the adaptive reuse of Santee Village, one of Los Angeles’ largest adaptive reuse projects of over 800,000 square ft. of mixed use in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Weinstein’s passion for, and expertise in property repositioning has been a guiding factor in the company’s growth and success.

Mark is the majority owner of the firm’s $800MM diversified real estate holdings. More recently, Mark has led the firm’s strategic growth into student housing and has amassed a portfolio of student housing properties at Michigan State, Washington State, Brigham Young University, UC Santa Barbara, Oregon, Arizona State and Texas Tech. The firm continues to expand its Southern California multifamily portfolio.

Student Housing Magazine named MJW one of the Top 25 Owners and Managers of Student Housing in 2017.

Throughout his career, Mr. Weinstein has maintained active associations and leadership with numerous civic and philanthropic groups. These include a three-year term as Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Real Estate Construction Division; and active associations with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Guardians, an agency dedicated to serving the elderly.

Some of the notable events and awards that Mr. Weinstein has achieved are

· The Mensch Award from Breed Street Shul. Breed Street provides social programming for Latino and Jewish communities.

· Urban Cowboy and Treasures of Los Angeles Award for leading Downtown Renaissance by the Central City Association

· AIPAC Latino Community Liaison with Congresswoman, Church and Temple

· Three times Voted 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal

· USC Lusk Real Estate Board

· Founding Member of Venture Philanthropy group of RPO

· YPO National Multi Family chair

· International Executive Board of YPO Real Estate Division

· Vice Chair AIPAC Real Estate Council

· LA Mayor’s Council on Housing and Development

· National Chair for UJC Philanthropy Forum (JLF)

· Executive & Board Member of Jewish Federation

· Voted Icon in Real Estate by the Real Estate Forum

Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (summa cum laude), and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School (dean’s list).

Mr. Gilyard is a Senior Advisor with The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting company, and serves on the boards of three publicly traded corporations. From 2012 to 2017 he was Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. From 1996 to 2012, he held various positions with The Boston Consulting Group, including Partner and Managing Director and Education Practice Area Leader in the U.S. for non-profit institutions. Mr. Gilyard began his career as an officer serving in the United States Air Force. He earned a B.S. degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jordan Pynes is the President of Thomas Safran & Associates where he oversees the development, acquisitions and management/operations for all affordable, luxury and retail properties in the TSA portfolio. Mr. Pynes has extensive experience and expertise in all facets of affordable housing operations including management, development, financing, regulatory compliance for Section 42 low-income housing tax credits and HUD (Section 8) programs, marketing, lease-up procedures, ground-up development and rehabilitation.

Mr. Pynes is an active member of YPO (Young President’s Organization), ULI (Urban Land Institute), Westside Urban Forum and volunteers for several charitable and political groups. He currently serves as a Regional Advisor for Syracuse University and served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest chapter of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) for over 12 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for The Westside Family YMCA for many years and is a mentor, speaker and advisor for many other local charities. Mr. Pynes received an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Fordham University and a B.S. from Syracuse University.

Matt Toledo is a businessman and civic leader. He holds the title Publisher Emeritus of the Los Angeles Business Journal where he served as Publisher from 1994 -2017. Now, as CEO of ProVisors he is building the largest and fastest growing membership organization exclusively for trusted advisors.

He served as an active and engaged board member of several civic organizations: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (Chairman 2009), Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. (Chairman 2007), United Way of Greater Los Angeles, The Civic Alliance, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.

An avid traveler and endurance cyclist, Matt has traveled around the world twice and rode from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in a solo trip and continues regular long-distance excursions throughout California. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Fiona Banister is a multidisciplinary catalyst for human rights, social good, climate resilience and sustainable development worldwide. Her goal is to create positive impact and innovate change. With a global team of scientists, farmers, technologists, social impact investors, youth and family offices, she curates decarbonization impact investing climate summits and an ongoing panel series: decarbonized.org. Aligned with an international network, her current focus is on cultivating core impact projects that help the environment and empower humans to invest and participate with the lens of the 17 UN SDG Goals. This includes collaboration on sustainable infrastructure for regenerative forest holdings (Arboreal), ocean technology, inclusive health technology, renewable energy, eco-green low-income housing, blockchain, fin-tech, IoT, organic food and micro-finance. Driving for an equal access to opportunities for the “inbanked”, she is involved in a disruptive fin-tech banking system using a smart biometric ID/wallet for peer-to-peer payment technology. Ethernom.com. Fiona and family are impact investing members of Toniic and NEXUS. She is an alliance builder for conservation and sustainable projects: Oceaneos.org, Soileos.com, Futuroforestal.com, X-Prize Rainforest (co-team leader ), Thegenerationforest.com, Amazonaid.org, Mcmef.org, Wildbirdtrust.com. Inspired by the vital human rights actions of the Indian environmental lawyer M.C.Mehta, advocates for environmental education programs to cultivate the next generations of climate leaders and stewards. As a trained Waldorf teacher, parent, biodynamic gardener, herbalist and yogi, her alchemy is in respecting biomimicry and learning lessons from nature. Fiona believes that if you can see a problem, then you can collaborate to create the impact solution and plant an organic seed for the next generation to grow.

Bay Area Regional Council

Christina directs corporate development and governance at Corium and holds responsibility for strategic planning for the company. Prior to joining Corium, Christina spent 16 years in investment banking, serving in both advisory and portfolio management roles at Salomon Brothers, the Jim Pattison Group and J.P. Morgan. She has been involved in leadership and fundraising positions in a variety of civic and community organizations, including Sacred Heart Schools and Stanford University. Christina holds an A.B. in International Relations and an A.B. in Economics from Stanford.

Pam Baer is a native Texan who graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a marketing/finance degree. Pam started her career in New York City in the financial services arena. After getting married she navigated cross country managing her business while starting her family in San Francisco. Since then Pam has used her talents and resources to become a San Francisco-based community leader whose philanthropic work includes projects related to social good and healthcare for the vulnerable.

 

Pam joined the board of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation in 2002 and served until 2018. She was named a lifetime director in 2018 and remains very involved.

 

Pam also serves as a Founder’s Circle Member of Every Mother Counts (EMC), a Board Member of the Giants Community Fund and an Advisory Board Member of Nest, an organization dedicated to improving women’s well being and preserving important cultural traditions around the world.

In addition to her foundation work, Pam has held many trustee and board positions such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Jewish Women’s Giving Circle along with schools and initiatives that benefit her local community. Implementing solutions for society’s vulnerable issues is a passion.

 

Pam is married to Larry Baer, CEO of the San Francisco Giants, and together they have four children.

Joanne Price is the VP of Real Estate at LifeMoves, the largest homelessness services agency in Silicon Valley. Among other things she is responsible for all new shelters and interim housing projects for the agency. She led the management and execution of building the LifeMoves Mountain View project, funded by Project Homekey. Jo has over a decade in real estate development experience. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Architecture, Building, Planning & Environmental Studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a MSc in Project Management (with a major in Private Finance Initiatives) from the University of Reading, UK.

Ms. Hala Hijazi, an appointed Commissioner serving on San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission, is a Public Policy Leader with 20 years of public service, government, business, and social entrepreneurship experience collaborating with and representing high-level government, Fortune 500 companies, and diverse constituency stakeholders in highly charged and sensitive environments addressing complex policy issues, delivering infrastructure, housing, economic and political solutions, and advancing human and civil rights.

 

Hala has dedicated her life to public service and fighting for marginalized communities. Whether as a long-time public servant at the City and County of San Francisco or now as a small business owner leading a government affairs consultancy, Hala is a champion for inclusive and sustainable development. Hala serves as a strategic advisor for large-scale infrastructure and housing developments projects in California that have led to the entitlement of over 20,000 residential units with a high percentage of affordable units.

 

Hala began her career in public service as Special Assistant to 2-term former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and went on to serve as Deputy Director of Marketing, Project Director, and Project Manager in several City departments, including in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and as a Manager in the Infrastructure and Labor Division.

 

Hala has dedicated herself to supporting women in public office, serving on the Board of Directors of Emerge America and Emerge California and now on the NARAL Pro-Choice California Privacy PAC.

 

Hala’s experiences as an immigrant and a Muslim woman led her to address bias, stereotypes, racism, and xenophobia after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. Hala formed and continues to manage the Professionals VIP Network, an educational forum, to address the lack of racial and cultural diversity and representation in both business and civic sectors including the lack of voter participation by engaging  citizens and public leaders in civic dialogue and calling them to action on key legislative philanthropic initiatives.

 

Hala has been instrumental in mobilizing resources, outreach efforts, and GOTV across California and the nation, including serving on the National Finance Committees and Leadership Councils for President Obama, President Biden, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, and many other local, state, and federal public officials.

 

A trusted and an effective philanthropic and civic advocate, Hala has raised over $2,000,000 for causes.

 

For her public service and social entrepreneurship, Hala was honored by the League of Women Voters, San Francisco Chapter as a “Rising Star”, presented with Commendations by the City and County of San Francisco, featured by KTVU Channel 2 News, and interviewed by the NY Times and the SF Chronicle, and led the San Francisco Women’s March in 2019.

 

Hala has extensive experience serving in diverse leadership roles to connect marginalized communities with elected officials and policymakers:

 

  • Commissioner, Human Rights Commission, City & County of San Francisco
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Interfaith Council
  • Board of Directors, NARAL Pro-Choice California Privacy PAC
  • Co-Director, SF Chapter, Truman National Security Project
  • Member, Leadership Circle, Foreign Policy for America
  • Chair, San Francisco’s Police Chief Muslim Advisory Committee
  • Appointee, AD-19 Delegate to the California Democratic Party
  • Appointee, District 2, SF County Transportation Citizens Advisory Commission
  • Board of Directors, Emerge America & Emerge California
  • Board of Directors, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Other Advisors

 

 

Marlys Boehm — BOMA investments (impact investing)
Jeff Brothers — VetGrow (Veterans)
Matt Potter — Pray.com (faith-based organizations)
Steven Rottman — Rottman Investment Management Services 
Tirzah Shirai — Blinkbar (entrepreneur)
Buddy Teaster— Soles for Soles (social entrepreneur)
Matt Wideman-– Susquehanna Holdings (real estate development)