Board of Directors

Steven N. Machtinger, Chair
General Counsel, Code Advisors LLC.  Previous positions include Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP; Associate General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; General Counsel for Hambrecht & Quist; and attorney in the enforcement branch of the San Francisco Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Board member, The Marin Symphony Association. Violist in the Marin Symphony since 1982.

Ben Bleiman, First Vice Chair
Founder and Managing Partner at Tonic Nightlife Group (TNG), which owns seven bars/restaurants in San Francisco as well as an events company, commercial real estate, and a music festival fairgrounds/ranch in Humboldt County. He is Former general Manager of Harry’s Bar on Fillmore St. and worked for Clyde’s Restaurant Group in Washington D.C. He and his brother, Andrew Bleiman founded, a website devoted to the world of weird and wonderful animal news.

William Wolcott, Second Vice Chair
William Wolcott is Vice President at JP Morgan Private Bank. Prior to joining The Private Bank in 2010, he worked in institutional equity sales for Lazard, Montgomery, and J.P. Morgan Securities. From 1993-2001, he worked at Hambrecht & Quist on the Equity Syndicate Desk. He received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and attended The Cate School.

Derith Wisnom, Secretary
Derith Wisnom is a private insurance consultant for Sweet and Baker Insurance Brokers. Currently on board of the Hillsborough Garden Club as Conservation Chair and Executive board member of the San Mateo High School Parent Teacher Organization.  Formerly owner of @YourOwnSpeed, a computer consulting company and many years of sales and marketing in financial services.  Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Davis

Aimee Brown, Treasurer
Former positions include: Founding Principal Artemis Capital Group, Inc., Vice President Goldman Sachs and Co., Managing Director-Manager Fixed Income Division of RBC Dain Rauscher. Board experience: International Bank and Trust and Holding Company of IB&T. Civic and Nonprofit experience:  Angel Island Conservancy, Chair of the Revenue Bond Oversight Committee of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Board of Fellows of Trinity College, Hartford CT, Municipal Securities Rule Making Board, Commissioner Of the California Intercity High-Speed Rail Commission, National Association of Securities Dealers Fixed Income Committee, Board of Director for the CA Public Securities Association.

Carol Lind, Immediate Past Chair
Former experience includes President of Orange County Junior League. Trainer for Southern California Coro Foundation. Development Director for ATSC Juvenile Diversion nonprofit.  Community Relations Director, consultant for The Irvine Company. Foreman pro Tem Orange County Grand Jury.  Founder and Board President for Galesburg IL Leadership Program. Director Major Gifts for Knox College, IL.  Foreman Marin County Grand Jury 1999-2000.  

Kay Carney
Former Vice President of Communications for the San Francisco Theological Seminary (graduate school of Theology); Vice President of Communications for the American Lung Association of California; National Vice President of Communications for Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund; Statewide Vice President of Communications for SEIU United Healthcare Workers – West; Director of Public Information & Public Affairs for the City of Oakland; and Director of Communications for the South County Community College District.  She also served as a Vice President with Porter Novelli, an international public relations firm. Her tenure of experience also includes working as a producer/writer for ABC, NBC and PBS television stations in San Francisco. Kay holds a BA from UC Berkeley, MPA from California State University East Bay, and a PhD (abd) from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; and is a past president of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.

Harrison “Hap” C. Dunning
Professor of Law Emeritus, UC Davis School of Law. Water law specialist, and top expert in public trust law in California. Former member, California Water Commission. Former Staff Director, Governor's Commission to Review California Water Rights Law. Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 by The Bay Institute. Received Defender of the Trust award in 2014 from the Mono Lake Committee.

Deirdre “Derry” Henderson
Board of Trustees, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine, 1995-Present;  Children's Theatre Association, 1997-Present; Board of Directors, The First Tee of San Francisco, 2006-2012; Executive Committee, San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Foundation, 1997-2004; Board of Directors, CORO Northern California, 1997-2003; San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, 1998-2001.

Captain Peter McIsaac
President and Port Agent of San Francisco Bar Pilot Association. Peter (or Captain McIsaac) has been a pilot since 1994 and a professional mariner since 1977. The San Francisco Bar Pilots navigate commercial ships to and from the nine ports within San Francisco Bay and the Port of Monterey. He is the Pacific Region VP of the American Pilots Association.

Dean Morehous
Dean Morehous is an experienced trial and litigation attorney at the San Francisco office of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP with over thirty years of experience representing clients in a wide range of technology, business and other complex matters. Dean has an accomplished record as an advocate before juries in state and federal courts across the country. He has been consistently recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” during his career. In addition to his successes as a trial attorney, he has broad experience representing established and emerging companies in a wide range of intellectual property (i.e., patent, copyright and trade secret), business litigation, licensing and insurance coverage disputes. He is also the former President of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and a long time board member.

Bethany Patten
For the past fifteen years Bethany has built a career in real estate, specializing in sales of residential and investment properties in San Francisco. She is currently a top producing agent with Pacific Union International. Bethany started her career in corporate finance and worked in investment banking and equity research for Dillon Read in New York City. She specialized in the Entertainment and Telecommunications industries. While in New York, Bethany realized that she wanted to follow a more entrepreneurial career path so she went to the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) and earned an MBA in 1999. At that point she shifted her focus from finance to real estate and moved from the East Coast to the Bay Area. A strong theme in Bethany’s life has been environmental awareness. She grew up on a tree farm in north Georgia and her family has been instrumental in preserving large tracts of land by donating conservation easements and building greenways for public use. Bethany helps manage these projects. Bethany graduated from Trinity College with a degree in psychology and economics in 1994. She is a member of the Edgewood Children’s Home Auxiliary and co-chairman of the Groton School Women’s Network. Bethany is married to Ken Neal who co-founded the non-profit Call of the Sea and currently works for Naturener, a multi-national wind energy company. They live in the Presidio with their three children, Lily (14) and Will (11), and Annabel (1).
Scooter Simmons
Scooter is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area restaurateur from an entrepreneurial family that conceived and created San Francisco’s well-known landmark, PIER 39. Today, Scooter runs his family’s several successful restaurants on PIER 39: Fog Harbor Fish House, Pier Market, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Biscoff Coffee Corner. Scooter is also an investor and board member in the Bay Area based concepts, Left Bank, a five-unit French brasserie concept, Pacific Catch, a six-unit Pacific Rim fusion seafood restaurant and Roots for Peace.

In 1986 Scooter co-founded a pioneering restaurant concept that hung its hat on making fresh Mexican food from scratch, Chevys Fresh Mex. Scooter was CEO of Chevys and grew the company to 37 restaurants before selling it to PepsiCo in 1993. After selling Chevys, Scooter took his four kids out of school and travelled around the world for 10 months. Upon their return Scooter continued to create and develop successful restaurant concepts and companies like San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. and University Coffee Café (1996), Village Bistro (2000), acquired Chic’s Seafood (2002) then remodeled and rebranded Chic’s into Fog Harbor Fish House (2007), created Wipeout Bar & Grill opening two units (2005 and 2008), then the Biscoff Coffee Corner (2010). Scooter has created and developed over a dozen different restaurant concepts in his life, and has built and opened more than 50 restaurants to date.

Morgan Tarr
Morgan Tarr is a Vice President at Delegate Advisors, a multi-family office in San Francisco. Previously she was a partner at Fort Point Capital Partners, a wealth and asset management company. Prior to Fort Point, she was an associate at Presidio Financial Partners LLC. She began her wealth management career at Merrill Lynch. Morgan graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and attended UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Base Program.

Angelique Tompkins
Angelique Tompkins is a Project and Program Manager with expertise in healthcare, non-profit, financial and IT services.  Angelique is also a passionate community and non-profit leader, driven to develop and deliver mission focused strategies for local non-profits.  Her volunteer efforts include contributing to strategic planning, fund development, and programming.