Roy Bahat is the head of Bloomberg Beta, a new venture fund backed by Bloomberg L.P., which invests in a wide range of areas including media. For five years, he led News Corp.’s IGN Entertainment, an online media company with a YouTube top 10 channel, a leading website and a monthly audience of 70 million. Prior to joining News Corp., he worked in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ran New York City’s 2012 Olympic bid. Bahat served on the board of Revision3, an online video startup acquired by Discovery Digital Networks, and was a board observer at Flixster, which was purchased by Warner Bros. Bahat is a graduate of Harvard College and was a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.
David Boardman is dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia. Previously, he was executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times. Boardman is president of the American Society of News Editors and president-elect of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and a Poynter ethics fellow. Before joining The Seattle Times in 1983, Boardman was a reporter and editor at several papers in the Northwest. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He is an inductee of both the Medill Alumni Hall of Achievement and the University of Washington Communications Hall of Fame.
Suzette Clarke is a public relations and communications consultant to CEOs and boards of directors. She is the president of the board of directors of Slide Ranch, a nonprofit teaching farm established in 1970. She is a member of the Communications Committee of Marin Country Day School. From 2010 to 2013, she served as a member of the board at Brandeis Hillel Day School. Clark is an active angel and venture capital investor in research, the environment and technology. From 1996 to 2003, she was Hewlett-Packard Co.’s vice president of global communications, with responsibility for the company’s worldwide public relations. Prior to HP, Clarke was an independent producer and researcher in television and documentary film. Clarke is a graduate of the University of Leeds. She holds a Master of Science in economics from The London School of Economics.
Stephen Davis is a partner at Banneker Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in software, Internet and technology business services. Prior to Banneker Partners, Davis co-founded Vista Equity Partners, was a vice president at Credit Suisse First Boston, and practiced mergers and acquisitions and securities law in New York with Debevoise & Plimpton and Kirkland & Ellis. He has actively invested in technology companies since 2000. Davis serves on the boards of several private companies including Genesys, Ancestry.com and IQMS. He also serves as a board member for the Glide Foundation. Davis graduated from Carleton College and has a J.D. and MBA from Columbia University.
Susan Hirsch is CEO of Hirsch & Associates Philanthropic Advisors. Prior to launching Hirsch & Associates in 1999, Hirsch was the founding executive director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. Previously, she served as the Bay Area executive director of Strive for Five, a national campaign to promote community volunteerism and charitable giving, and as manager of public affairs for McKesson Corp. Hirsch currently serves on the board of Education Outside and on the Advisory Committee of the UCSF Memory & Aging Center. She is a member of the Council on Foundations Philanthropic Advisors Network, the Family Foundation Network and the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. Hirsch holds her B.A. in international economics from George Washington University.
Pete Kim is CEO of MightyHive. Kim previously served as head of ad platform business development at Google Inc. and as director of dynamic advertising at Yahoo Inc. He has worked with the world’s largest advertisers in improving marketing strategies across every industry vertical and has held senior positions in product management, sales and business development at Google and Yahoo. Kim earned his B.S. in biomechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Lockard is the vice president of real estate and institutional sales for Fundrise, leading all company efforts in California to source new transactions, develop institutional relationships, and advise on securities-related matters. Prior to joining Fundrise, Lockard was a partner at the California investment bank Stone & Youngberg and a managing director at Stifel Nicolaus after a sale of Stone & Youngberg to Stifel in 2011. Lockard has structured more than 500 municipal bond issuances representing more than $6 billion in financings. He is a member of the board of the North Beach Salesian Boys & Girls Club. Lockard received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Logan is president of the Reva and David Logan Foundation and serves on the foundation’s board. Logan is also a board member of Frame of Mind Films, an advisory board member of the Ernest C. Withers Collection and an ex-officio member of the advisory board of the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, Logan chaired the board of the Center for AIDS Services and was a founder of The AIDS Consortium and of Our Family Coalition. Logan volunteers with Not In Our Town, COLAGE, Futures Without Violence and the Berkeley Unified School District.
Jillian Manus is president of Manus Media Agency and founding partner of Broad Strategy LLC, providing platform building, branding, communications and growth strategy for clients. She was previously a TV agent at International Creative Management, director of development at Warner Bros. and Universal Studios, VP of media investment and acquisitions at Credit Suisse/Trender AG and an associate publisher of two national magazines covering the technology and entertainment industry. Manus serves as a board or advisory board member of many national and community boards, among them: Trustees for New York University, Dean’s Council for the Tisch School of the Arts, The Shriver Report and College Track. She is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and serves as a senior strategic adviser to VantagePoint Venture Partners.
Justin Nyweide is a managing director at HMI Capital, where he is also a member of the investment committee. Prior to HMI Capital, he was a principal at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. – Fixed Income, where he was the lead analyst responsible for investments in the consumer, food, gaming and energy sectors at KKR’s $12 billion-plus multistrategy credit fund. Prior to KKR, Nyweide worked at GTCR Golder Rauner, a private equity firm, where he focused on investments in the software, information technology and business services sectors. Nyweide received an A.B. with honors from Harvard College.
Susan Sachs served as the president and CEO of Common Sense Media Inc. until 2011. She is a media consultant for startup Internet companies, advising on financing strategies and business plans. Sachs worked for 17 years at Time Warner Inc., during which time she held various finance, advertising and publishing positions worldwide and held senior positions with publications such as Sports Illustrated Kids and Fortune. She is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia Business School.
Christian Selchau-Hansen is a technology entrepreneur, adviser and investor. Previously, he was head of global product marketing for Square, where he developed and grew new products and services. Prior to Square, Selchau-Hansen was the general manager for product strategy at Zynga Inc., where he led mobile and web product strategy and growth innovation efforts. Selchau-Hansen was previously at McKinsey & Co. and was a co-founder of The Bay Citizen. He holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in economics from Rice University.
Gabriel Stricker is chief communications officer at Twitter, where he leads consumer marketing, global media and global public relations efforts. Prior to joining Twitter in 2012, Stricker worked as director of global communications and public affairs at Google Inc. He refined his expertise in strategic communications through his work in the electoral arena, having played a key role on campaigns for political and governmental clients around the world. He is the author of the bestselling book on guerrilla marketing, “Mao In the Boardroom,” published by St. Martin’s Press. Stricker received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Jeffrey W. Ubben is a founder, chief executive officer and the chief investment officer of ValueAct Capital. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Ubben was a managing partner at Blum Capital Partners for more than five years. Ubben is a director of Willis Group Holdings PLC; a former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.; and a former director of Acxiom Corp., Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group Inc., Insurance Auto Auctions Inc., Mentor Corp., Omnicare Inc., Misys plc, Per-Se Technologies Inc., Sara Lee Corp. and several other public and private companies. Ubben serves as chairman of the national board of the Posse Foundation, is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and is also on the board of the American Conservatory Theater. He holds a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Howard Zack is a former Procter & Gamble Co. executive with a deep understanding of consumer markets. Zack introduced Factory Outlet retailing to Northern California as the co-developer of Six Sixty Third Center in San Francisco. He later ran Kensington Technology’s computer accessory division. Zack co-founded the leading provider of Internet kiosks at airports nationwide, subsequently sold to a Nasdaq firm and also co-founded Basement.com, an Idealab-backed pioneer of online reverse auctioneering for consumer products. He has been a very active angel investor for years, where his focus lies increasingly in the nexus of health and wellness, food and prevention. Zack holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.