Board of Directors
Controller, FTF Engineering
Originally from New Mexico, Dena received her Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University. She moved to San Francisco after graduating and now calls it home. She has extensive experience in both private industry and public accounting, most recently owning her own bookkeeping and consulting business working primarily with small sole proprietorships. As a single mom, Dena keeps busy taking care of her teenage daughter and three dogs. She co-leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and in her free time, you can find her reading a good book or catching a baseball game at AT&T Park.
Alexandra Costanzo, Secretary
Motivational Speaker and Small Business Consultant
Alex works part-time as a speaker in churches and other venues on topics such as Christian living, overcoming adversity and coping with breast cancer. She also consults with small businesses on growth strategy. She has more than 10 years of management consulting experience at Bain & Co. and Integral, Inc. as an innovation management specialist to Fortune 500 companies across industries including high-tech, consumer products and health care. She worked as a consultant to Kauffman Foundation’s “Project Choice,” a program aimed at increasing the number of inner-city high school graduates in Kansas City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Alex was born legally blind and has lost vision throughout her life. She enjoys cooking, the arts and spending time with her family. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and three sons.
General Counsel and Director of Security, California Academy of Sciences
In his role at the California Academy — a natural sciences museum, planetarium, aquarium and educational and research institution hosting more than 1.3 million visitors a year -– Michael has revamped physical security, workplace safety, crisis management and child abuse risk prevention capabilities. He is an experienced security and public safety executive and an attorney licensed in three jurisdictions. Michael previously worked as a police officer, legal trainer and SWAT team member in Charleston, South Carolina, and served as a line officer and judge advocate with the U.S. Marine Corps. Michael is experienced in civil litigation, risk management, compliance, land-use law and real estate brokerage. He has a BA in English from the University of Chicago and a JD from American University. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and three sons.
Keith Hitchcock, Treasurer
Vice President, Industry Vertical Consumer, Retail & Fashion, Panalpina
Keith has worked in the field of international supply chain management for over 25 years. He is currently responsible to serve customers and drive sustainable growth in the rapidly innovating consumer and retail sectors for the Americas region of Panalpina, a global leader in supply chain solutions. Keith is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife reside in San Francisco and have two grown children.
Director of human resources, Corporate Merchants, Sears Holding Corporation
Brenda is a human resources executive with more than 25 years in the retail industry. Her years of human resources experience include the areas of recruiting, training, organizational structure, change management, and employee/labor union relations. Before joining Sears in 2013, she served as human resources director for Macy’s, leading a team with oversight of as many as 4,500 employees and $750 million in sales volume. She previously served as regional director of recruitment for Northern California and Southwest Stores and spent many years in merchandising management positions with Macy’s. Brenda also serves as the president of the parent-teacher league at West Portal Lutheran School in San Francisco and has served as a director with other non-profit organizations, including Grace Infant Care Center. She is a native San Franciscan who grew up in the Sunset District, attending SFUSD schools and San Francisco State University. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband, daughter and son.
Executive Director, Sunset Youth Services
Dawn is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Sunset Youth Services. For more than two decades she has worked with youth in different programs and contexts. Dawn pioneered Girls Services in the Sunset by starting Campus Based Girls Support Groups at Lincoln High School and A.P. Giannini Middle School. Dawn worked as a Community Organizer in the Sunset district through Neighborhoods In Transition-A Multi-Cultural Partnership (NIT-AMP) from 1993-1996. During this time she started the Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition and the Sunset Community Festival. Dawn resides in San Francisco with her husband. They have a college-age son.
Donald C. Williams
Don works in private practice, specializing in at-risk children and adolescents, including adopted children who haven’t attached well to their new parents. A former board chairman, Don has served as a consultant to local foster and adoption organizations, as well as to orphanages in Brazil and Guatemala. Don received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, California and resides in Menlo Park, California.
Senior Accounting Analyst, PG&E
Jenny handles analysis, financial reporting and some human resources responsibilities for SugarSync. She previously worked at PeopleSoft, where she served as an educator, software consultant and a quality-assurance software tester. Jenny began her career at Texas Instruments in Texas as an accountant. Jenny has also volunteered at non-profit organizations in various positions, including as fundraising co-chairman at West Portal Lutheran School in San Francisco. She holds a BA in accounting from the University of Illinois and resides in San Francisco with her husband and children.
Teacher, Glen Park Elementary School
Elizabeth has been a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for more than 15 years. Since 2001, she has taught fourth and fifth grade at Glen Park, where she has also served as coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Education program, a member of the leadership team and vice president of the parent-teacher organization. Elizabeth has also helped develop district-wide curriculum in math and English and has represented her school in the math partnership among the district, San Francisco State University and the Lawrence Hall of Science. A graduate of Westmont College and the University of San Francisco, Elizabeth has extensive non-profit experience, having served on the board of Golden Gate Community Church , worked as an associate development director of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and volunteered at organizations including Real Options for City Kids. Elizabeth resides in San Francisco.