Cheri Pies, PresidentCheri Pies is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health with the Maternal and Child Health, DrPH and the MSW MPH Dual/Concurrent Degree Programs. She is also the Principal Investigator on the Best Babies Zone Initiative, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded project focused on improving birth outcomes by increasing resident power in neighborhoods and addressing the social determinants of health. Cheri received her MSW from Boston University and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health and DrPH in Community Health Education from U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. She is an avid traveler, loves to ride her bike and hike around the Bay Area and is proud to be a member of the HPP Board of Directors.
Margaret Lynch, Vice PresidentMargaret Lynch is an attorney who formerly had her own practice in San Francisco representing parents and children in the dependency courts, and children in the family law courts. Margaret received her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, where she was a three-year fellow with the Civitas ChildLaw Center. She also holds an M.A. from the Draper Program at New York University. Prior to attending law school, Margaret was a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Lucia, West Indies, where she worked with a resource center for families in crisis. Originally from St. Paul, MN, Margaret currently resides in San Francisco with her husband, Kevin, and twin sons.
Rick Matcovich works with management teams to create, map, and achieve both strategic and financial objectives. With a background in management consulting, Rick has recently worked with two startups to launch and grow their businesses: AquaBella Organic Solutions, which sells microbial solutions to the agricultural industry, and TrustedPeer, a business expertise network. Rick values and has been involved with efforts to stem poverty, including those of Katalysis Bootstrap Fund. Rick earned a BA in economics from Stanford University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Rick lives in San Francisco with his family.
Vince CareyVince Carey is a Principal at Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. A Bay Area native, Vince attended St. Ignatius and UC Berkeley, where he earned both a BS in business administration and an MBA. Prior to Gryphon, Vince worked in a variety of financial roles within diversified and specialty investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Thomas Weisel Partners and Harris Williams & Company. Vince lives in the Presidio with his wife, Loretta Choy, and two children, Sean and Emma Carey.
Charmaine CurtisCharmaine Curtis is a residential real estate developer whose 25+ year career encompasses a diverse portfolio of work; one that speaks to her unique perspective as an African-American woman who values providing housing for individuals and families at all income levels and developing pioneering, vibrant, mixed-use urban infill projects. Before starting her own company in 2004, she was the President of A. F. Evans Development where she oversaw the development of 4,000 units of housing. Earlier in her career, she was the Director of Housing Development for Mercy Housing California and a project manager for the first lofts in San Francisco’s South of Market. She is currently co-developing a 162-unit apartment project in Oakland and providing development consulting services to non-profit housing developers. Charmaine spends her free time with her husband and seven year old twin girls, volunteering on the board of SPUR, being an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist church in San Francisco, gardening, and knitting. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Linda GriffithLinda Griffith is a Vice President at the YMCA of San Francisco, where she serves as the risk manager and in-house counsel for this 14 branch association of YMCAs. Earlier in her career, she worked in insurance brokerage, consulting, and at private law firms. Linda received her law degree from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland. She is married with one child.
John KoeppelJohn Koeppel is an attorney and mediator, who has lived and practiced in San Francisco his entire career. He has regularly worked as pro bono counsel on cases assigned from the Bar Association of San Francisco. John served on the Board of the SF-Marin Food Bank, where he was Board Chair during the expansion of its food distribution pantries throughout the City and lead the Board to the successful merger of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. John has volunteered internationally with a children’s advocacy group in Pursat, Cambodia and a civil rights group in Ahmedabad, India, and also travelled to Eastern Europe and back to India with a group promoting mediation in civil courts. He is a proud alum of UC Hastings, where he currently sits on the Board of Trustees. Before law school, he studied government at the University of Notre Dame. John is married to Susan Rothstein. They have two children and a brand new grandson.
Fred Lambright is currently the VP, Community Development Manager/CRA Officer at Mechanics Bank. Prior to joining Mechanics Bank, Fred was the Principal at F Lambright Consulting supporting community based organizations and banks with developing and funding of affordable housing projects. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Economics, from the University of San Francisco. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Fred now lives in Oakland and has one son.
Sunita Mohanty is currently a Product Manager at Facebook. Prior to this role, she led the design and launch of parent programming as Director of Early Childhood & Parent Systems for The Primary School, an integrated health and education model in East Palo Alto. Sunita‘s prior career includes product roles in education technology and investing in education entrepreneurs. Sunita holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from University of Michigan and an MBA and M.A. Ed from Stanford University.