Is A "Single Focused" Approach An Answer?
Moderator: Jessica Stanfill Mullin
Jessica Stanfill Mullin is a Sustainability Program Manager for the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, where she oversees housing and alternative transportation initiatives and projects. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Jessica served as the Regional Public Affairs Manager for the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities. She also worked as a Community Development Specialist for San Mateo County’s Department of Housing, a senior field representative for Former Assemblymember Gene Mullin, and as a staff assistant for Congressman Jerry Kleczka. Jessica has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in History and Political Science from Marquette University. She is a native of San Mateo County, growing up and currently living in South San Francisco with her husband, Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin, and their rescue beagle Sunshine.
Panelist: Sherri Costa
Sherri Costa, Communications Manager, San Mateo Union High School District, has been in communications for 20 years. For five years, she served as a Public Information Officer with the City and County of San Francisco where she oversaw citywide events and community engagement efforts on key projects such as the new Octavia Boulevard. She was then an Account Supervisor with a small San Francisco public relations firm, Fineman & Associates. Sheri joined the City of San Mateo team for eight years, first as the Marketing Manager for Parks and Recreation followed by the Public Affairs Specialist with Public Works where she led the team on website creation and community engagement campaigns on high profile projects such as High Speed Rail. Prior to SMUHSD, she served as the Communications Manager for the City of Redwood City where she performed crisis communications, produced two films showcasing Redwood City and performed marketing on major developments such as Crossing 900. As SMUHSD’s communications manager, she guides the team on crisis communications, media relations, community engagement, publications, marketing and social media. She received her Bachelors of Mass Communications from Boston University and her Masters of Public Administration from San Francisco State University. She currently resides in Half Moon Bay with her dog Morgan.
Panelist: Bruce Dorfman
Bruce Dorfman currently serves as Senior Managing Director for Trammell Crow Residential’s Northern California Division, a developer of high-density, mixed-use properties in core Bay Area locations. He is also a co-founder of Education Housing Partners, Inc. a California non-profit, public benefit corporation that exclusively focuses on the development of workforce housing for public school districts and agencies. EHP has been on the forefront of building workforce housing since being selected by the Santa Clara Unified School District in 2000 as the design/build developer of the award winning Casa del Maestro community.
Previously, Mr. Dorfman was a co-founder of Thompson | Dorfman Partners, LLC. Prior to founding TDP, Mr. Dorfman and his partners sold their firm to the Irvine Company. He has directed site acquisition and development activities creating a portfolio of 5,000 apartment homes, worked in the real estate investment, banking, and construction industries.
Mr. Dorfman obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and received his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the boards of a number of local non-profits, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land use economics society.
Panelist: Hon. Don Horsley
Hon. Don Horsley, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 3 Supervisor, is in his second term as a Supervisor, serving as President of the Board in 2017. A former San Mateo County Sheriff with 37 years in career law enforcement, Don also served as a board member of the Sequoia Healthcare District after his retirement. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and again in 2014. He has focused his time in office on health, agricultural and transportation issues. His leadership created a repair project on Highway 1 at Surfer’s Beach that kept that crucial road from being washed out. Don also takes pride in the creation of the Devil’s Slide Trail County Park, which he spearheaded. From championing a new Cordilleras Mental Health Facility to creating innovative programs to assist farm labor housing and the county’s agricultural economy, Don has focused his political energy on helping the people of the Third District in San Mateo County. A San Francisco native who went to Westmoor High School and then San Francisco State University, Don began his professional life as an elementary school teacher before choosing law enforcement as a career. He lives in Emerald Hills with his wife Elaine. When possible, he loves to golf.
Panelist: Dr. Wendy S. Tukloff
Dr. Wendy S. Tukloff has served as the Superintendent of Pacifica School District since July, 2010. Her career has spanned over 30 years of service in public education, beginning as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles Unified. A majority of her career was spent in Fresno Unified School District where she served as a teacher, reading specialist and in various administrative positions. Prior to coming to Pacifica, Dr. Tukloff served as Assistant Superintendent in Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified and San Francisco Unified. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts Degree in Reading from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program from California State University, Fresno and the University of California, Davis. Along with supporting various organizations within the Pacifica community including the Pacifica Education Foundation and the Pacifica School Volunteers, she is a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Pacifica and co-chair for the selection of participants for the AAUW Tech Trek Camp, a summer Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) camp that is designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering eighth grade.
Pathway, PLacement, Perceptions: How Do We Create A Local Pipeline Of Jobs?
Moderator: Andrea Vizenor
Andrea Vizenor is the Director of the Center for Career and Workforce Programs at Skyline College. She joined California Community Colleges in 2013 as a Deputy Sector Navigator for the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) sector. Ms. Vizenor acts as a catalyst for the advancement of career education programs, thoughtful industry engagement, K12 pathway expansion and educator professional development. Ms. Vizenor has a vast background in industry and K12 education where she began her role in the hospitality industry as a travel agent and moved quickly into a career with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. During her 10 years in management with Hyatt Hotels she held the following positions: Rooms Manager, Executive Housekeeper, Director of Guest Services, Employment and Training Manager and Director of Training. Through valuable partnerships established with education during her Hyatt Career she was afforded the opportunity to teach K12 Hospitality and Entrepreneurship Career Technical Education (CTE) programs for 8 years. In her role as Director of Career and Workforce Programs, Andrea continues to pave the way for new program development, adult school bridge to college programming, high value employer partnership creation as well as the creation of valuable work-based learning opportunities. Andrea earned a B.A. in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Panelist: Ron Groepper
Ron Groepper is Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente in Greater San Francisco, the service area encompassing San Francisco and South San Francisco medical centers. Groepper has held this position since 2015. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and Area Manager for the Sacramento service area. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2011, Groepper was the Chief Operating Officer of Tenet-Creighton University Medical Center, in Omaha; President of Wheaton-St. Joseph Medical Center, in Milwaukee; and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Hospital Sisters St. John’s, in Springfield, Ill. He holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he began his career as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Health Services-St. Luke’s, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Groepper currently serves on the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California and the San Francisco Center for Economic Development.
Panelist: Lamoin Werlein Jaén
Lamoin Werlein Jaén is a Senior Labor Educator and Director of Leadership Development Programs at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (UCLRE). Before joining the UCLRE, he was Lead Representative for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21 in San Jose, CA, and was President of the San Mateo Labor Council from 2013 to 2016. Prior to this he worked for 18 years at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco, serving as the elected Vice-President from 2000 to 2006 and elected Secretary Treasurer from 2006 to 2012. In addition, he was a faculty member and taught at San Francisco City College in the Labor and Community Studies Department from 2000 to 2013. Lamoin came to the United States in 1981 from the Republic of Panamá, moving to Madison, WI before coming to California in 1995. He earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University.
Panelist: Eileen Yang
Eileen Yang is part of the Corporate Citizenship team at Genentech, managing the Futurelab initiative - Genentech’s science education program in deep partnership with South San Francisco Unified School District. Eileen consulted for the Gates Foundation, Chicago Public Schools, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America on social impact measurement and evaluation processes. Most recently, Eileen was Head of LinkedIn’s Innovation Connect Program where she and her team provided innovation consulting services to LinkedIn’s global enterprise customers. She began her career in management consulting after graduating from Yale University with a BA in Political Science. Eileen’s a first generation college student, daughter of refugees from Vietnam, and life-long beneficiary of educational opportunities.
Panelist: Ryan Zervakos
Ryan Zervakos, Senior Relationship Manager, LinkedIn, has been in the eLearning industry for close to 10 years working specifically with colleges and universities. LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in mid-2015, providing Mr. Zervakos with the opportunity to begin working for LinkedIn shortly after that. In this role, he acts as a consultant with current colleges and universities interested in using Lynda.com and LinkedIn as a resource for students. With the challenges of this job market for students, the focus is on making a difference at scale. Ryan enjoys working directly with students to empower them with tools they can use to enter the workforce.
Mr. Zervakos received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.