Roy Bahat is the head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture fund backed by Bloomberg L.P., which invests in companies that make business work better – including media companies. He also teaches media courses at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Bahat co-founded a hardware company, OUYA, and for five years, led News Corp.’s IGN Entertainment, an online media company. Fast Company named Bahat to its “Most Creative People in Business” list. He is a graduate of Harvard College and was a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.
Phil Bronstein is executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting. Bronstein was named to the position in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. He first joined the CIR board in 2006. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers, executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chronicle’s editor from 2000 to 2008. He was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years and became a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, Bronstein was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco.
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 a past president of the American Society of News Editors and current president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is 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. Clarke is an angel and venture capital investor. 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 in television and documentary for Wired, BBC, PBS and Channel Four Films. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds and holds a Master of Science in economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Stephen Davis is a partner at Banneker Partners, a growth and 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 invested actively 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.
Blye Faust, along with her business partner, Nicole Rocklin, co-founded film and television production company Rocklin/Faust. Their company credits include the Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight” (directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci) and the Screengems thriller “The Perfect Guy” (starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy). Upcoming projects include an untitled HBO project. Prior to forming Rocklin/Faust, Faust practiced as an attorney in the Century City, California, office of O’Melveny & Myers and Santa Monica, California-based Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan. She received her J.D. from UCLA and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University. Faust also serves on the board of Sunny Hills Services, a California nonprofit serving vulnerable youth in Marin, Alameda and Sonoma counties.
Susan Mayer Hirsch is CEO of Hirsch & Associates, which works with families, foundations and corporations with the will and the means to tackle complex civic challenges, from economic equity and social justice to educational and recreational access. Her extraordinary knowledge of community needs, public policy and private philanthropy comes from her leadership as founding executive director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, the Bay Area executive director of Strive for Five – a national campaign to promote community volunteerism and charitable giving – and manager of public affairs for McKesson Corp. She is a member of numerous philanthropic associations and serves on the advisory committee of the UCSF Memory & Aging Center and on the board of Education Outside. She received her B.A. in international economics from The George Washington University.
Pete Kim is the CEO of MightyHive, a San Francisco-based advertising technology company. He previously served as global head of business development for Google Inc.’s advertising technology group and as director of product management at Yahoo Inc. He has worked with the world’s largest advertisers to improve marketing strategies across every industry vertical and has held senior positions in product management, sales and business development. Kim earned his undergraduate degree in biomechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Lockard is a private investor and the independent representative of Fundrise Advisors. For 30 years, he worked as a public finance investment banker at San Francisco-based Stone & Youngberg. Lockard has served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Stanford University associate. He also is a board member of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club in San Francisco. Lockard earned an A.B. from Stanford and an 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. He also is 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 was the board chairman of the Center for AIDS Services and was a founder of The AIDS Consortium and of Our Family Coalition. He volunteers with Not In Our Town, COLAGE, Futures Without Violence and the Berkeley Unified School District.
Jillian Manus is a managing partner of Structure VC, a Silicon Valley early stage venture fund. Prior to Structure VC, Manus has had a multifaceted career in M&A for Credit Suisse in Zurich, as director of development for Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., as a TV agent for ICM, as senior strategic adviser for Vantage Point Venture Capital and as associate publisher of Upside Magazine. She is the founder of three companies: Global Goal Sports Management, Manus Media & Literary Agency, and Broad Strategy. She attended the University of Oxford and New York University, where she also has served as adjunct professor and trustee. Manus sits on numerous boards including Box.org, DukeEngage National, Hyp3r, Iggbo, Communities in Schools and College Track. As an active philanthropist, she created the Manus Family Foundation, the mission of which is to create paths of safety and self-sufficiency for women and children.
Justin Nyweide is a managing director at HMI Capital, where he also is a member of the investment committee. Prior to HMI Capital, he was a principal at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., 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. He 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 as well as 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 worked at Square Inc. and Zynga Inc. Prior to Zynga, Selchau-Hansen was 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 vice president of policy and communications at Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Previously, Stricker served as the chief communications officer of Twitter Inc., where he led its public policy and media relations functions. He began his career 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 UC Berkeley and his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He has served on the CIR board since 2011.
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. He 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 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 an angel investor focused principally on the nexus of health and wellness, food and prevention and exercise. He brings an overarching consumer perspective to bear as a former Procter & Gamble marketing executive. He co-founded two Internet startups and pioneered factory outlet development in Northern California. In addition, he is deeply involved in a range of nonprofit organizations. Zack holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.