REDF Board of Directors
George R. RobertsChair
George R. Roberts graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1962. He attended Claremont McKenna College, graduating in 1966 and attended the University of California (Hastings) Law School, graduating in 1969.
He is one of the founding partners of KKR in 1976. KKR specializes in finding, financing and investing its own capital in management buyouts. Since its inception, KKR has invested approximately $100 billion in more than 75 transactions. Prior to founding KKR & Co, Mr. Roberts was in the corporate finance department of Bear, Stearns & Co. from 1969-1976, having become a partner at the age of 29.
He has been the director of several public and private corporations as well as cultural and educational institutions. Civic organizations include: Board of San Francisco Symphony, Board of San Francisco Ballet, Board of Fine Arts Museum and the Board of Trustees for Claremont McKenna.
Stuart DavidsonVice Chair/Treasurer
Stuart Davidson has been investing in early stage companies for over 15 years. He is a Managing Director of Labrador Ventures. Previously, Mr. Davidson was CEO of Combion, Inc., which was acquired by Incyte (NASDAQ:INCY), and President of Alkermes (NASDAQ:ALKS). Mr. Davidson also worked for MCI Communications and for Warner Communications, where he was responsible for the development of a number of information technology business opportunities.
He is a Trustee of the Phalarope Foundation, which focuses on enterprise development, and the Woodcock Foundation. He is an advisory director of the Cancer Research Institute and serves on the boards of The Acumen Fund, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and REDF. Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Lande Ajose is the Deputy Director at California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy. Prior to joining California Competes, Dr. Ajose was the Managing Directer at BTW where she used her expertise in research, evaluation, analysis, and communication to design and direct complex organizational planning and evaluations related to poverty and educational issues. Dr. Ajose was also a Researcher at MDRC, where she specialized in qualitative and implementation research; and a Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation, where she managed the workforce development and civic culture programs, and helped to establish the Foundation’s leadership awards program.
A graduate of Occidental College, she earned a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a doctorate in urban and regional studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Northern California and Common Sense California.
As the founder and managing director of H. Barton Asset Management, Harris Barton actively manages a $30 million fund that specializes in providing investment capital to up-and-coming VC-backed technology startups. Prior to H. Barton Asset Management, Mr. Barton was a founding partner of HRJ Capital, an investment firm specializing in private equity funds of funds.
Mr. Barton became a private equity investor during his football career, where as an All-Pro offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers he earned three Super Bowl wins. Today, he brings the same passion, dedication and teamwork to both his financial and philanthropic endeavors. In 2004, Mr. Barton founded Champion Charities with his friend and former NFL teammate Ronnie Lott. Dedicated to eradicating brain cancer and helping those afflicted with the disease, the charity has raised more than $7 million for research and patient care. Embracing his mantra of “always give back,” Mr. Barton also focuses his energy on helping and inspiring disadvantaged youth through motivational speeches, volunteer programs and fundraising events. Mr. Barton holds a BA in Finance from the University of North Carolina.
Elizabeth Y.A. Ferguson
Elizabeth Y.A. Ferguson is the Managing Director of the Drexel Oceania LLC. Prior to joining Drexel Oceania LLC, she was the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Bay Area Family of Funds at the Bay Area Council where she managed private equity and venture capital funds: Bay Area Smart Growth Fund I and II, Bay Area Equity Fund I and DBL Equity Fund – BAEF II. The Family of Funds are “double bottom line” funds created to deliver market rates of return, and at the same time, significant social, economic and environmental returns to low- and moderate- income communities.
Ms. Ferguson was also a financial executive with Bank of America for over twenty years. She most recently served as Managing Director and Head of Marketing for Bank of America’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank. Ms. Ferguson's broad background in financial services includes management positions with Bank of America in the U.S. and Asia, with industry expertise in technology, energy, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and consumer products. She has held senior roles in corporate and investment banking, strategic planning, marketing, and finance.
Ms. Ferguson is a native of San Francisco and a resident of the Bay Area. She is a summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.A. in political science and has an MBA from Stanford Business School. Ms. Ferguson serves as Board President of California-Asia Business Council and on the boards for the Alliance for Community Development, Drew School, On Lok, Inc., REDF, Summerbridge and the Bay Area advisory board of US Bank.
Chet P. Hewitt
Chet P. Hewitt has more than 25 years experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors, and has served as the President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation since September 2007. During his tenure at Sierra Health, Chet has been credited with increasing the foundation’s impact by establishing new mission-driven grant programs and creating local, state and national partnerships.
Prior to joining the foundation, Chet spent five years as the Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency, where he was credited with transforming its child welfare system into a national model. He also worked as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and established and managed the West Coast office in San Francisco. Chet has received several national awards, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Leaders Fellowship and the 2009 Black Child Welfare Administrator of the Year.
Chet is a frequent lecturer on philanthropy and public sector leadership, and advises localities around the country on issues related to the transformation of public systems. Chet serves on several boards, including Grantmakers in Health, Social Interest Solutions, Public Policy Institute of California’s Advisory Board, United Way of the California Capital Region, Sacramento Metro Chamber and Valley Vision.
Born and raised in New York City, Chet credits life experience as the source of his commitment to serve those less fortunate than himself. In addition to his work, he enjoys cycling and gardening. Chet and his wife, Laura, are active partners in raising their sons, Chet and Stephan.
Mack Jenkins is the Chief Probation Officer for the County of San Diego. Named "Law Enforcement Official of the Year" by the San Diego County Crime Commission in 2011, Chief Jenkins has more than 33 years of experience in the criminal justice field. Prior to joining San Diego County in December of 2007, Chief Jenkins served as Director for the Orange County Probation Department in Anaheim California.
While with the Orange County Probation Department, Chief Jenkins managed the Adult Field Services, Juvenile Field services and Adult Court Services Divisions for Orange County Probation. In those roles, he was responsible for the supervision of more than 6,000 adult offenders, 2,800 juvenile offenders, 3,500 felony substance abuse offenders, and almost 500 felony chronic drug offenders in Orange County Drug Courts.
During his career, Chief Jenkins has also been responsible for the design and implementation of an intensive supervision program for sex offenders, overseen the development of a special supervision program for domestic violence offenders, and has also worked with incarcerated juvenile offenders as the Assistant Director of a Juvenile Detention facility.
Chief Jenkins is a former adjunct instructor of criminal justice with the Rancho Santiago Community College District in Orange County and holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from California State University at Long Beach.
Julia I. Lopez
Julia I. Lopez is the President and CEO of College Access Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Julia served as Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. In that position she had overall responsibility for strategic oversight, management and integration of the Foundation’s programmatic and administrative functions. Prior to being named Senior Vice President, Ms. Lopez was Vice President, and before that she led the Working Communities unit as Program Director for nearly nine years. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Lopez served in various senior level positions in state and local government, including General Manager of the San Francisco Department of Social Services, several senior staff positions in the California Legislature and Director of Planning and Administration for the New Mexico Department of Criminal Justice.
Chris O' Donnell has been acting professionally since the early 1990’s. He appeared in major motion pictures including Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Scent of a Woman (1992), Mad Love (1995) and Vertical Limit (2000). Mr. O’ Donnell earned much of his fame from his acting roles in NCIS: Los Angeles (2009-present) and Batman (1997). He took an interest in philanthropy using his celebrity to bring attention to important social concerns. In 2000, Mr. O’ Donnell participated in a golf event, raising over $500,000 for the Motion Picture and Television Fund. He was featured in a video for America Wants You campaign in 2012, urging companies to think about the 800,000 unemployed veterans first when making hiring decisions.
Mr. O’ Donnell was born in Winnetka, Illinois. He attended Loyola Academy (Chicago) and UCLA and graduated from Boston College in 1992 with a BA in Marketing. Aside from his current involvement in acting and philanthropy, Mr. O’Donnell is also dedicated to spending time with his wife and five children.
Bob Peck is a Managing Director of FPR Partners. Prior to founding FPR in 2003, Bob held investment management positions with the Perot and Murchison family offices. He serves on the boards of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Fremont Group. He is also president of the Day School Foundation, which is affiliated with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in San Mateo, CA. Bob received an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Bob graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in History.
Dan Rose is the Vice President of Partnerships and Platform Marketing at Facebook. Dan is responsible for Facebook’s worldwide business development and M&A activities, and he leads product marketing and partnerships for Facebook Platform and Credits. Dan joined Facebook in 2006 after seven years at Amazon.com where he held various positions in business development and general management, including his last role where he helped incubate and develop the Amazon Kindle. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and attended the University of Michigan Business School for one year before joining Amazon. Dan currently sits on the board of Borders Group, Inc.
Richard M. Rosenberg
Richard M. Rosenberg is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive officer of BankAmerica Corporation.
Under Mr. Rosenberg’s leadership, BankAmerica significantly strengthened its retail franchise as well as its corporate operations with the acquisitions of Security Pacific Corporation and Continental Bank Corporation. The company also achieved record earnings, stock price and dividend levels during his tenure, and firmly established itself as a leader in Community Reinvestment programs.
He was appointed to chairman and CEO in 1990 and served until 1996. Prior to joining Bank of America in April 1987, Mr. Rosenberg served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Seattle-First National Bank and Seafirst Corporation. He served as Vice Chairman and Director of Wells Fargo Bank and was with that organization for 22 years.
A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Rosenberg holds a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University in Boston, and both a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate of jurisprudence from San Francisco’s Golden Gate University.
He is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, a member of the California Bar Association, a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a past president of The Bankers Roundtable, the Bank Marketing Association, the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System and a past Chairman of MasterCard International.
He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Buck Institute for Age Research, Health Care Property Investors, Inc., the San Francisco Symphony, the Naval War College Foundation and chairman of the University of California San Francisco Foundation and the Executive Council of the University of California Medical Center. He has served as the Chairman of the Board for ABX Air, and as a director of Airborne Express Corporation, Bank of America, SBC Communications, UCSF-Stanford Health Care, Chronicle Publishing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Premier Pacific Vineyards, Exigen Group, and the United Way of the Bay Area.
Adam M. Smith is a Director of Product Management at Google. Adam is responsible for Google’s product management efforts in Japan, China, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, and Australia. He joined Google in 2003 and played an integral role in launching and growing Google Book Search. In addition, he has managed several Google search products including News, Finance, Scholar, and Blog Search.
Prior to Google, Adam was a VP of New Media for Random House Inc. (Bertelsmann), where he was responsible for digital strategy and new technology initiatives including digital distribution and venture capital. He also worked in media and telecommunications investment banking in New York and Hong Kong. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.