McRoskey Mattress Co. – Board Vice Chair
Robin McRoskey-Azevedo, company president and owner of the company that bears her family name, follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, Edward McRoskey, the company’s founder. Much like her grandfather did back in 1899; Ms. McRoskey-Azevedo has led the company, makers of classic mattresses and box springs, into a brand new century.
As a woman in a predominantly male industry, she has successfully transformed a manufacturing-driven company into a retail marketing-driven company, building the McRoskey brand .
In her early years, she worked for a variety of companies including an equipment manufacturer, a financial services firm and an insurance company. She took a hiatus for several years to raise her son, and then started gradually getting involved in the family business. In 1990, she officially took over McRoskey Mattress Company as President, and continues to lead this company steeped in rich history, into the bright future of tomorrow.
Robin McRoskey-Azevedo lives in San Francisco, CA. Her singular goal is to make sure that Americans sleep well, on a McRoskey of course. She is active in local San Francisco business, civic and church communities. She attended UC Berkeley, served on the Stonestown Family YMCA Board of Managers, is a member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, NAWBO, the Peninsula Executive Association (PEA),and is a supporter of KCSM Jazz Radio and the Canon Barcus Community House.. Robin also serves on the Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
Alicia Esterkamp Allbin
Pacific Waterfront Partners
Alicia Esterkamp Allbin is a Principal and Partner with Pacific Waterfront Partners, LLC . Most recently, Alicia was responsible for the historic renovation and redevelopment of Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5 on San Francisco’s waterfront. With The Piers 100% leased, Alicia successfully secured a high credit, successful tenant mix, including Bloomberg LP, Geolo Capital, Renaissance Technologies, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, The Plant Café Organic, Hard Water and Coqueta Restaurant. The Piers have been awarded with the 2006 San Francisco Business Times Deal of the Year for Best Historic Renovation, the 2007 California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award and the 2009 San Francisco Beautiful Award.
Before joining the firm in 2002, Alicia worked as a consultant performing expansion, feasibility analysis, design and scoping services for Bay Area clients. She also worked as a management and marketing consultant to several firms in Brazil and Chile. Alicia has her M.B.A. in management and marketing from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington D.C. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Architectural Heritage. Alicia and her family live in Kentfield and are passionate about supporting local manufacturers.
Pacific Gas and Electric
Rob Black is the Senior Director for Community Relations at Pacific Gas and Electric where he is responsible for leading the development and execution of community relations policies and strategies throughout Pacific Gas & Electric’s service area. Black oversees the company’s community partnerships, employee volunteer efforts, and charitable initiatives.
Prior to joining PG&E, Black served as the Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), the 1,000 member non-profit trade association that works to promote, protect and enhance the Bay Area restaurant industry through innovation, education and advocacy.
Prior to the GGRA, Black was Vice President for Public Policy with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce where he worked on the Chamber’s federal, state and local public policy agenda. While at the Chamber, Black helped found Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a national network of local chambers of commerce supporting sustainable energy policy.
Prior to the Chamber, Black served as Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, and worked throughout Asia and Africa, conducting democracy development and civil society development programs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and President Jimmy Carter’s The Carter Center. Black practiced as a campaign and government attorney with Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, LLP, and also served as the National Director for Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles.
Black currently serves on the board of directors for SF Made, a non-profit organization that works to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce
Black holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Mexico, and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Anchor Brewers and Distillers
John Dannerbeck is Senior Vice President of Anchor Brewers & Distillers. Previously he was President of Anchor Brewing Company andDirector of Sales & Marketing for both Anchor Brewing Company and Anchor Distilling Company. Prior to joining Anchor Brewing John served in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting at The White House. He graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Board Member of Maytag Dairy Farms, Inc., Director of the California Craft Brewers Association; Director of the America Craft Spirits Association and member of the Craft Distiller Advisory Council of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
Gap Corporation – Secretary
Tres is a 20+ year veteran in corporate retail in both the apparel and home sectors at almost every large company in the S.F. Bay Area. The majority of her career has been in Production or Merchandising. Tres spearheaded the successful two year collaboration with Banana Republic and SFMade, creating a pop-up shop in the San Francisco Flagship store (and eventually rolled out to additional Flagship stores in NYC, Chicago, and LA). This connection to SFMade gave her a strong desire to get more involved in SFMade by joining the Board of Directors. As of recently, Tres has moved into the Learning and Development and Organizational Development arena to focus more on people development at the Gap. Tres is an energetic and creative type who balances her “intrapenurial” spirit in corporate retail with her personal passion for costume design, yoga, trail running, and spending time with her husband Jack and daughter Olive.
New Resource Bank – Board Chair
In addition to having more than 12 years of banking experience, Gary has a commitment to socially responsible banking and community service. Gary believes a diverse community and economy is the key to keeping San Francisco an amazing place. He currently serves as Board Chair of SFMade and also serves on the board of directors for San Francisco Baykeeper, and he is an advisor for Pacific Community Ventures and Sustainable Surf. An active outdoorsman, Gary enjoys surfing the cold waters of Northern California. Gary lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
San Francisco Giants
Jon Knorpp currently serves as the Managing Director of Giants Development Services where he oversees entitlement and development of Seawall Lot 337/Pier 48 (Mission Rock), a 27 acre mixed-use master plan at the northern end of Mission Bay as well the San Francisco Giants South American facility improvements. Jon has over 35 years of real estate investment and development experience with urban residential, mixed-use and master plan properties nationwide. Prior to joining the Giants, Jon was a founding/senior partner with Wilson Meany Sullivan (WMS) where he oversaw design, development and construction for several of the firm’s signature assets as well as third party asset repositioning for some of the Nation’s foremost banking institutions and private equity clients.
A full member of the Urban Land Institute, SPUR, Lambda Alpha, and active board member for SFMade, Place Made, Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy and Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board, Jon contributes much time to bettering the San Francisco and Larkspur communities. Knorpp attended University of Nevada, Reno and resides in Larkspur with his wife Carol and two sons Jack and Griffin.
Olle Lundberg is the principal of Lundberg Design. Founded in 1987, the firm specializes in high-end modern design, with no particular emphasis on building type. While the core of the practice is architectural, LD remains committed to providing design at many levels and is often involved in product, landscape, graphic and sculpture design. Lundberg Design recently completed a research and development facility for Autodesk, as well as the new Twitter Headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco. Current projects include a new production facility development for Anchor Brewing Company and a restaurant for renowned Moroccan chef Mourad Lahlou. Lundberg Design has its own dedicated 4,000 square foot metal fabrication shop for custom design work and experimentation. All of the work is centered on the qualities of materials –how they can be plied, bent and cut to produce a visual and tactile result. Olle graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1979, and also holds degrees in English Literature and Sculpture from Washington and Lee University.
Rosemarie Ovian is Co-Owner of Cut Loose, a women’s clothing company based in San Francisco. Her interest in apparel and textiles started at an early age from both a family background and as a native New Englander. Three of her grandparents worked in the apparel trades when they immigrated to the US; both grandmothers as seamstresses and a grandfather as a Master Tailor. They instilled a love of sewing, handwork and a sense of pride in making a tangible product. Growing up in New England gave her exposure to the old mills and traditions of domestic manufacturing. Fortunately her parents nurtured these interests and helped her to find a school that specialized in educating students for the textile and apparel industries: Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, currently known as Philadelphia University. She received a B.S, in Textile Technology and minored in Apparel Production. An opportunity with Koret of California brought her to San Francisco and after a brief training period was promoted to the former manufacturing facility at 375 Alabama Street. At that time, there was close to 500 employees in the building; cutting, sewing, and pressing clothing. Her responsibilities included formulating piece work wages for the Union employees, setting up the floor plan for 100+ sewing machines and establishing an efficient flow through the factory. In 1989, she began her 25+ year tenure at Cut Loose as General Manager, overseeing the day to day running of the business. As the company grew, her involvement expanded to include overseeing an independent sales force and design. In her role as a business owner, the responsibilities have further diversified her skills by getting into the real nuts and bolts of maintaining and growing a viable business.
Cut Loose remains committed to manufacturing in the Bay Area, selling primarily to specialty/independent stores throughout the US, Canada and UK, and maintaining a niche product of very diverse garment-dyed clothing.
Richard Slinn is a Managing Director and senior investor at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where also he leads the investment teams in San Francisco and Palo Alto. He has over 20 years investment experience working with individual, family and non-profit clients.
Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2010, Richard was a member of both the US investment strategy committee and the US operating committee at HSBC Private Bank, and led its West Coast investment practice. Previously, he was a portfolio manager and investment advisor at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, and a portfolio manager and member of the capital commitment committee at a Forbes 400 family office.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Richard received his B.A. with honors in history and Italian literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his M.A. in international affairs with an emphasis on public policy analysis and finance from Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco and in Inverness, California with his wife and two children.
Moss Adams, LLP
Wenli Wang started her public accounting career with Moss Adams in 1995. As a tax professional, Wenli is committed to providing effective tax planning and consulting services to closely held businesses and their
owners in the Distribution and Manufacturing industries and high net worth individuals. She has a solid technical understanding of tax laws, procedures and compliance related issues and is capable of providing a wide range of tax services, including tax compliance, state and local tax planning including California enterprise zone credits, tax entity selection, tax accounting method consultation, and individual income tax planning. Wenli believes in providing proactive services to her clients. She keeps her clients up to date with abreast of the issues facing them. Through frequent and regular interactions with her clients, she has been able to build and maintain many solid long-term professional relationships.
Rickshaw Bagworks – Board Chair Emeritus and Founder
SFMade was conceived by Mark Dwight, a San Francisco entrepreneur, business owner and resident. Mark is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Bagworks, which he started in 2007. The company designs and manufactures its own branded products in its own San Francisco factory located in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood. Rickshaw sells directly to consumers via its own web site, and select specialty retailers. Prior to founding Rickshaw, Dwight was CEO of Timbuk2 Designs, another San Francisco-based bag manufacturing company.
Dwight is a Bay Area native, with 20 years experience in high-technology and consumer marketing, product development, and manufacturing operations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Small Business Commission. Dwight has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (’82) and an MBA (’89), both from Stanford University.