The People Behind the Mission

National Board of Directors

Jay Allardyce is the Chief Operating Officer for GE’s Power’s Digital Solutions business. He is responsible for scaling the P/L, Partner Ecosystem, IoT growth, M&A, operations creating and driving digital industrial software solutions through central generation, renewables, T&D and prosumer segments. A drive to democratize data for electricity.

Upon joining GE in February 2015, Jay was the Executive Head of Software Strategy and Solutions for GE’s Power & Water business focused on Power Generation Services. He led the overall software portfolio, business development, and marketing, growing IoT connectivity 7x and with the team won the first APM and OO customers.

Prior to GE, Mr. Allardyce spent 15 years with Hewlett-Packard and notably the last three as Vice President (GM and COO) of Hewlett-Packard Software; a $4 billion dollar enterprise software business. He was responsible for driving a growth turnaround across a portfolio focused on applications development, IT operations, big data, security and marketing solutions. Specifically, he drove critical efforts to rebuild SW’s GTM model, product management discipline, SaaS operations and M&A integration discipline driving value creation for recent acquisitions in security and big data (e.g. – Arcsight, Vertica). He helped form and run the spin-off of the marketing solutions BU ($250M), which grew double digits first year. (was acquired by OpenText in June ‘16)

Prior, Jay led the strategic business development efforts for Vertica Systems, a Boston based Big Data Company, to scale the ecosystem and channel programs across SI’s and technology partners.

Before Vertica, Jay was the founder and GM of HP’s Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM) business focused on Big Data for Cleantech and created the New Business Incubation Unit in the Enterprise Group; an incubator that scaled new businesses in healthcare, cloud, retail and media/entertainment.
Previously, he was a Director in HP’s Strategy and Corporate Development (SCD) group. He successfully led a number of acquisitions and integrations across PC gaming, mobility, thin clients, networking, software and services, ~$15B+ in value to HP. Jay started his career coding B2B and EAI solutions as a technical consultant.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He attended Oregon State University focused on civil engineering and has a B.S. in Business & MIS from CSU Chico. He started, ran and advises a number of startups and is an avid cyclist and mountain biker out of work. A native of the Bay Area, he resides in Danville with his wife and three daughters.

Mr. Boggs splits his time between the firm’s Los Angeles and northern California offices. He founded the Palo Alto office in 1998 and works principally out of the firm’s San Francisco office, which he helped to establish in 2007. Mr. Boggs chairs the firm’s nationwide Business Development Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee and Executive Committee.
Mr. Boggs’ practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, including venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, public and private securities offerings, and joint ventures.

Mr. Boggs’ expertise includes venture capital and other equity and debt financings, equity compensation matters, SEC reporting and disclosure, intellectual property licensing, complex corporate partnering transactions and corporate governance. He also represents venture capital firms in fund formation and counseling matters. He frequently assists clients in structuring creative arrangements to acquire, develop, protect and distribute technologies and products both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Boggs also represents a wide variety of financial institutions and financial services companies, including commercial banks and bank holding companies, and consumer and commercial finance companies.

University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1986.
Member, UCLA Law Review.
Stanford University, B.A., with honors, 1983.

Admitted to practice in California.
Member, California State Bar Association, Century City Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Member of the Board of Directors of BizWorld Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on teaching business fundamentals and entrepreneurship to school-children throughout the United States and internationally.

The Best Lawyers in America, 2000-2010.
Named as one of the “500 New Stars, New Worlds” in the Lawdragon guide.

Co-Author, “Deal With It,” Daily Journal, July 18, 2008.

Lisa Coca leads GE Ventures’ Corporate Practice Group which selectively invests in start-ups focused on improving corporate productivity and operational efficiencies. She is also the architect and lead of GE Ventures' EDGE program which leverages the global scale, expertise and resources of GE to provide partners with programs, tools, information, and education to help them build, grow and scale their enterprise.

Prior to joining GE Ventures, Lisa was the Managing Director, Head of GE Real Estate Global Sustainability, an energy efficiency program with a goal of reducing the environmental footprint across GE’s global portfolio of commercial real estate. Lisa’s career has also spanned a number of other disciplines including finance, sales & marketing, strategy, and business development at major financial institutions such as GE Capital, Bankers Trust, and Deutsche Bank.

Lisa is a member of the Executive Committee for the Bay Area Women’s Philanthropy Network and also serves as a mentor for SHE-CAN which builds female leadership by supporting disadvantaged young women from post-conflict countries in their pursuit of higher education.  She graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and lives in Los Altos with her husband and three children.


Kristina DeYoung has more than 10 years leadership experience developing and executing strategic initiatives.  She is a Senior Director on Visa’s brand innovation marketing team and led a number of high priority growth initiatives for the organization.  Her responsibilities have included commercializing Visa's emerging market platform, developing the strategy for and launching Visa Checkout across 15+ countries, and now leading the strategy for global sponsorships and partnerships.  Prior to joining Visa, Kristina was an investment banker, advising growth companies on M&A and private capital raising.  

Kristina is on the alumni board of directors for her alma mateur, DePauw University.  She is also on DePauw's development committee supporting the university's $300M capital campaign.  Kristina and her husband grew up outside of Chicago and live in San Francisco.

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mr. Draper serves on the boards of Skype, SocialText, Glam, MailFrontier and Chroma Graphics. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of businesses. He was an original venture capital investor in Parametric Technology (PMTC), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), (OVER), Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO), Combinet (CSCO), and Redgate (AOL). Mr. Draper launched the Draper Affiliate Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in 26 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded Wasatch Ventures (Salt Lake City), Zone Ventures (LA), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC) and DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara). As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Mr. Draper is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV radio, and headline appearances. Mr. Draper is also the course creator and founder of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Mr. Draper launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Harry Gould has over 20 years of leadership experience building global sales and alliance strategy. Mr. Gould is the Vice President of Worldwide Alliances, and Channels at HP Software a Hewlett-Packard Company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President Worldwide Alliances at Informatica Corporation. Prior to joining Informatica, Harry Gould most recently ran WW Alliances for Mercury Interactive (now part of HP Software) for 4 years. He joined Mercury in January of 2003 and grew the alliance revenue from 80M to over 300M. He signed global relationships with the likes of SAP, Wipro, Accenture, EDS, and CSC. In addition, he built a WW Alliance Program that now numbers over 300 active resellers, regional integrators, and consulting firms. Gould was Vice President of Global Alliances for SeeBeyond Technology Corporation. When he joined the company in 1999, it ranked twelfth in market share among Enterprise Application Integration companies. Gould drove partner revenue growth to 60% of overall company license revenue as the company increased revenues eight fold. When SeeBeyond (now part of Sun Microsystems) went public in 2000, it was recognized as a market leader. As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Chordiant Software, he developed the sales, alliance and consulting strategy enabling the company to achieve $10 million in revenue its first year (1997) which paved the way for a successful IPO in 2000. Gould was at Oracle Corporation for nearly ten years (1987-1996) where he held several regional sales and marketing management positions including senior director, US marketing, which reported directly to the president of Oracle USA (Raymond Lane). A key designer of Oracle's distribution strategy, he began the global alliances programs, ultimately managing all of Oracle's strategic system integrator relationships on a global basis. His other corporate experience includes major account selling assignments for Xerox Corporation and UCCEL (now a Computer Associates company). Gould has a BA from UCLA and graduated Cum Laude.

Gould resides in Palo Alto, California and has three children. He also serves on the board of three non-profit agencies including BizWorld. Gould has also completed continuing education programs at Stanford and Wharton.

Jay is an experienced executive, with a domestic and international track record in delivering exceptional customer experience via Implementation and Operations, Cloud-based Services and IT across all channels (e.g. Contact Center, IVR, Chat and Mobile.) Her capabilities and insight as a result of her executive leadership roles in both large public companies and start-ups give her a broad range of expertise in strategic planning, turnarounds, sales operations and rapid growth environments.

Prior to joining [24/7], Jay was the Principal Consultant at Korora Partners, Chief Customer Officer of both SalesPortal and Voxify, two Cloud-based companies, the former delivering a Partnership Marketing platform and the latter operating a voice self-service solution for some of the largest enterprises in the USA.
During the company’s growth from $800M to $2B, Jay was Vice President of Worldwide Customer Operations at Autodesk and as Worldwide Sales Operations executive at Adobe Systems, she lead the introduction of some of the highest growth products. Jay also ran all aspects of the Northern California Division at Bertlesmann, the second largest media organization on the globe.

Jay has been an Advisor for the past seven years to Astia, providing mentoring and support to women entrepreneurs of emerging businesses and is passionate about philanthropy as a 20-year member of Make A Wish, serving as the Bay Area’s Chairman and currently serving on the national board. Her greatest achievement is as Wish Grantor for children.

Troy French is a senior vice president of foreign exchange sales with Wells Fargo Bank NA. Based in San Francisco, Troy is responsible for managing the foreign exchange business of Wells Fargo’s corporate relationships in Silicon Valley. He helps companies design and execute customized risk management strategies to mitigate foreign exchange exposure that arises from fluctuations of global exchange rates. He is Co-President of the Bay Area Wells Fargo volunteer chapter, representing nearly 10,000 team members in our home office location, and also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for The First Tee of the Tri-Valley. Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Sacramento State University. Troy and his wife, Kelly, live in Pleasanton with their daughters Grace and Maggie.

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Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments

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Michael Lacorazza is Executive Vice President, Head of Integrated Marketing at Wells Fargo. In this enterprise role, Michael leads the development of scaled, integrated marketing campaigns across all lines of business and the management of key customer touch points: retail, media, digital and direct.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Michael was the Managing Director, Retail Marketing at TD Ameritrade. His responsibilities included creation of an enterprise-wide marketing plan and segmentation strategy, leading CRM initiatives, and all digital marketing efforts for the firm. Before TD Ameritrade, Michael was Vice President, Group Director at Digitas - where he led relationships across a variety of clients, including automotive, hospitality and media. Michael also held senior marketing positions at Marriott International and the Lexus Division of Toyota.

As a recognized thought leader with more than a decade of pure-play software and channel marketing experience, Parouty brings extensive knowledge of building, innovating and selling products across various channels, both geographically and vertically. Prior to Brandmuscle, Parouty served as the head of revenue and business development for Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Application Delivery Management business. In this role she was the key strategist across sales, product, marketing, support, Finance and IT. In addition, she chaired the leadership organization for HP Austin called Leaders in Motion. Previous leadership roles included strategy and operations roles in the security software space and global client services focused on Fortune 100 clients.

Rhonda’s deep expertise with channel management and incentive programs make her an excellent resource for Brandmuscle’s clients. In her role, she leads all efforts related to channel marketing optimization and helps to ensure that Brandmuscle’s products and services continue to support clients’ evolving needs while pushing innovation in local and channel marketing.

Rhonda is a certified facilitator and has traveled globally delivering leadership and management training to software leaders. She is an active part of the Austin Children’s Shelter, Dress for Success and the Girl Scouts of South Texas, and was previously on the board for the Women in Tech Summit in Austin.


Jennifer Johnson is an executive vice president and chief operating officer for FranklinResources, Inc. In this role, she oversees Global Transfer Agency operations, InvestmentManagement Services, Global HR and Compensation and the company's bankingsubsidiaries. She has global responsibilities for software development andinfrastructure/systems support. Ms. Johnson is an officer of Franklin Resources, Inc. andserves as a director of Fiduciary Trust Company International and several othersubsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. She joined the company in 1988.

Ms. Johnson received the 2012 Robert L. Gould Award presented by global investmentmanagement association NICSA, recognizing outstanding achievement in helping themutual fund industry better serve investors through customer service, thought leadershipand technology. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by the San Francisco BusinessTimes as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. In 2002, she was named "E-commerce Executive of the Year" by mutual fund industry publication, Fund Action (now Fund Industry Intelligence).

Ms. Johnson earned B.A. degrees in economics from the University of California atDavis. She is a board member of Riva Financial Systems and She is also a trustee at Crystal Springs Uplands School.

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Michael Righi leads U.S. Bank’s middle market commercial banking Group in the Pacific Northwest region and also serves as market president for Northern California. 

Michael joined U.S. Bank in September 2013 after several years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he most recently led the global commercial bank’s banking teams throughout the Greater Bay Area. With industry coverage emphasis on private equity, technology, and diversified industries, the group was instrumental in growing their revenues in areas like IPOs, Currencies and Markets, Debt Capital Markets and traditional core banking solutions.   

In the San Francisco community, Michael is a governing trustee for the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) in San Francisco, a board trustee for the Bay Area Council, and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.  He also serves in Seattle, as an board trustee for Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the Pacific Coast Banking School held at the University Of Washington‘s Foster School of Business.

Michael is a graduate of Seattle University and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and holds a series 7, 24 and 63 FInra security licenses.  He is a San Francisco resident. 

Thais Rezende is the CEO of and has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit world, with a special focus on micro-enterprise development. For 8 years she led the growth of innovative programming and organizational expansion at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. Rezende initiated and led the agency’s successful expansion into Contra Costa and Marin Counties, as well as the Silicon Valley. As the lead developer of the successful business propulsion program “SuccessLink”, she set a new national standard for entrepreneurship support services that are now a national model. During her tenure as Program Director, Rezende focused on scalability and efficiency and as a result, the agency tripled the number of women it served. In 2009 Rezende was promoted to become the Women's Initiative Executive Director in San Francisco and Marin County and she subsequently took the same position in the East Bay.  

Thais comes to BizWorld with extensive business experience, working as Public Relations Manager in her native Mexico. During this time she fostered her commitment to public services when she helped open three virtual libraries and consistently provided shelter, schooling, and coverage of basic needs to more than 300 homeless children. Rezende moved to the Bay Area, 15 years ago, and worked for the Mexican Consulate as part of The Mexican Communities Abroad Team where she helped implement and develop health, educational and business trade programs. Her background includes journalism work both in TV and print covering technology topics. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from her native Mexico and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Steve Silver has over 30 years experience in the jewelry industry. In 1980 he founded S.H. Silver Company Estate and Fine Jewelry. The company has established itself as a highly successful wholesale and retail business. Through his illustrious network of worldwide contacts, Steve has acquired some of the most rare and finest stones in the world. Among the most prestigious examples include an exquisite, one-of-a kind vivid orange diamond, a six-carat vivid blue diamond that is one the rarest and largest blue diamonds ever cut and the second largest red diamond ever cut, nicknamed the "cranberry."

Additionally, one of the highlights of his career was attaining the famous Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace, which he acquired directly from the Cullinan family. Steve has become known as an estate jewelry expert within the industry. Two notable collections include jewelry belonging to the late Eva Gabor and Irving Scott, the founder of Union Iron Works of San Francisco, which built the famous battleship USS Oregon. By leveraging his well-developed global network of contacts in the jewelry trade, Steve is able to acquire almost any item, for any client around the world.

As a large donor and supporter of the trade, Steve was inducted into the Gemological Institute of America’s (G.I.A.), Circle of Honor for his continued contributions to the G.I.A. Historical Museum Collection of gems and jewelry. To ensure new and young talent continues to be cultivated within the trade, Steve has made a ten-year commitment to G.I.A. to fund an annual scholarship for low-income students to study jewelry design. In 1999, Steve founded and served as chairman of Miadora, an online jewelry eCommerce site and recently, Steve co-founded Delamina, a new jewelry and fashion web site designed specifically for women to shop and play in an environment with direct access to top designers and information about the latest trends.

As an avid golfer and community philanthropist, Steve co-founded the annual Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament, which has raised millions of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Children’s Hospital over its 24-year history. He attended San Diego State University where he studied Geology and holds a graduate Gemology degree from G.I.A.

Steven Singer has more than 26 years experience in venture and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, high net worth individual, corporate and partnership taxation and strategic planning. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was V.P. of Finance for Callixa, an enterprise-based data integration software provider where he was responsible for all corporate finance and accounting issues. He has acted as interim CFO for numerous high technology firms and advisor for a variety of manufacturing, wholesale and distribution companies for whom he raised over $25MM in seed and venture capital. As Partner at Stadtler, Rosenblum & Saris, Steve concentrated on debt and equity planning, successfully negotiating improved rates and increased amounts on bank and institutional financings. Steve holds a B.S. degree in Business from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.

Tracy Tuens is a Managing Director at Ascent Private Capital Management and former director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management where she advised family office clients and private investors of the firm’s Family Office and Charitable Solutions group. Tracy joined the firm in 2012.

Previously, she spent seven years with Wells Fargo Family Wealth, as senior vice president and director of client management. In that capacity, Tracy was responsible for client acquisition and relationship management for families located throughout the United States. Her prior experience consists of new business development and client relationship management at US Trust Company, Bank of America Private Bank, and Robertson, Stephens & Company. She’s also worked internationally in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tracy is a member of the San Domenico School Investment Committee, where she has served for 5 years. Through The Bank of New York Mellon, Tracy is an advisor member of the Family Office Exchange (FOX) and the Institute for Private Investors (IPI). Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from the University of California, Berkeley.


Principal, Alesco Advisors

Maya co-leads the San Francisco office of Alesco Advisors, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm servicing the investment needs of institutions, foundations and high net worth individuals. Previously, she led BlackRock’s U.S. Institutional Index Asset Allocation business, responsible for over $200B across all asset classes, investment styles and vehicles. Over the last 20 years, Maya has held senior risk management roles at firms such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and GE Capital.

Maya is a graduate of Pomona College and holds an MBA in international finance from the University of Washington.

Maya Tussing, led BlackRock's US Institutional Index Asset Allocation team managing over $200B in risk managed assets across a broad spectrum of asset classes, investment vehicles and investment styles.

Prior to her current role, Maya led the Americas West Corporate Risk team within BlackRock's Risk & Quantitative Analysis Group. Her team oversaw operational risk identification, assessment and analysis for Business groups, Operations functions, Regulators and Committees across the BlackRock fund complex. Prior to BlackRock, Maya held risk management roles at GE Capital and Visa International with a particular focus on product development and six sigma process improvement for the retail financial services market.

Maya earned a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from the University of Washington.

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