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Maggie Law

Board President
Maggie is a UX team of one for Skyport Systems, an early-stage IT start-up based in Mountain View, CA. She has previously held design lead and management roles at Salesforce.com, SAP, and Peoplesoft/Oracle. At Salesforce, she managed UX teams responsible for the entire CRM application suite (Data, Service, and Sales Cloud). During the 2014 Spring semester, Maggie taught a graduate-level course on UX research methods at UC Berkeley's School of Information. A former semi-professional musician, Maggie played bass, guitar, and trumpet for Bay Area bands including The Philosophers, Venus Envy, Her Majesty the Baby, and tea. She holds a Master of Information Management & Systems and a B.S. in Classical Languages from UCB. She also serves on the board of San Francisco-based nonprofit No Means No Worldwide.

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Susan Nasca

Board Treasurer
Susan Nasca is the Senior Director of Business Group Finance, Dolby Laboratories and is responsible for the financial planning, variance analysis, and analytical support for the Broadcast, EMedia,Cinema & Home Theater, and Advanced Technology groups and support the corporate quarterly earnings preparation process. These global functions total +700 employees.

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Prachi Gupta

Board Secretary, Director of Engineering, LinkedIn
Prachi Gupta is a Director of Engineering at LinkedIn where she heads the R&D teams for messaging and groups. With over a decade of experience in consumer technology companies she is responsible for leading strategy and execution of a highly scalable and distributed technology stack that powers millions of site visits. An active supporter of diversity in STEM, Prachi also co-founded LinkedIn's Women in Technology initiative.

She holds a Masters in computer science, and has significant experience in working with startups to explore innovative solutions to real world problems; from socially driven consumer websites to enterprise business intelligence & analytics software.

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Rick Brusseau

Rick Brusseau is the Owner of Sea View Partners, High-Net-Worth and Private Client Consultancy in San Francisco, CA. Rick also serves as a pro bono Financial Consultant to businesses nationwide via San Francisco-based Pacific Community Ventures. He has previously held Executive and Financial Leadership positions at large non-profit and private companies and has worked with the Federal and State governments on the establishment and funding of Tribal TANF Programs in Northern California. Rick has taught graduate-level courses in Finance at Dominican University of California. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University. He also serves on the board of Palo Alto-based nonprofit Society of New Communications Research.

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Juliette Bouquerel

Entertainment/Digital Media Business Development
Juliette Bouquerel has 15+ years of global business development and content production experience, most recently as Head of Business Development for Spreaker. Juliette has built partnerships with some of the largest companies in the world, including Apple and Google, as well as major media entities like the BBC and Associated Press to open the U.S. market for our European podcasting platform. She held senior business development and product management roles for organizations like Live 365, Inc., SO U and the French Music Export Office.

Global Academic Background: Master of Arts (University of Technology in Sydney) and Master of Arts / Bachelor of Arts (Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris).

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Omer Cohen

COO, Lytro
Omer Cohen is Chief Operating Officer at Lytro, where he manages People Operations, Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Sales, Customer Operations, Information Technology, Facilities and Administration, and ensures Lytro is building a great workplace.

Omer is the former President and COO of the Great Place to Work Institute, the global HR advisory firm in 40 countries known for Choosing Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America. Omer began his career with Deloitte Consulting, later served in leadership roles at human capital software firms DigitalThink and Workforcelogic, and most recently ran an independent consulting practice helping companies like Facebook, Google, Autodesk and others with strategy, leadership, culture and organizational development.

In his spare time, Omer enjoys rocking out on his drums, trying to compete with younger, faster soccer players on Sundays and spending time with his 14 and 15-yr old daughters.

He holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Matt Frazier

Sales Manager, Avid
Matt has over a decade of experience in the Pro Audio industry representing leading brands like Pro Tools, Digidesign, Sibelius, and M-Audio. His background in music includes an undergraduate degree in music theory from Occidental College and a master’s degree in commercial music from Cal State Los Angeles. Matt also performed as a drummer and recorded as a multi-instrumentalist for several years in Los Angeles and around the country. He continues to maintain an active recording and mixing schedule in the Pacific Northwest.

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Catherine Lacavera

Director of IP and Litigation, Google
Catherine Lacavera joined Google in 2005. As Director of IP and Litigation, she manages a team of over twenty-five intellectual property attorneys and technical advisors. She oversees a global litigation docket that has included more than 500 patent and other intellectual property matters, including the Viacom and other copyright litigation against YouTube, and the Apple, Microsoft and Oracle copyright and patent litigation directed at Android. Ms. Lacavera also advises on complex licenses and acquisitions, including the acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, the acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion and the sale of Motorola Home to Arris for $2.2 billion. She has been named one of Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, a U.S. Rising Star by Legal500, one of the most innovative in-house counsel by the Daily Journal, a Rising Star in the Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards, and among the top 40 under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for significant contributions to the community. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Lacavera practiced IP litigation in New York City at a large global law firm.

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Linda Naugle

Director of Development, School of Management, University of San Francisco
Linda Naugle more than 17 years of experience with university, international education, conservation and humanitarian non-profits. Increasing revenue growth averaging $3 million per year from individual clients. Currently leading the alumni engagement and fundraising efforts for the School of Management at the University of San Francisco.Responsible for all development activities for the School of Management which includes the undergraduate business majors as well as the MBA, Executive MBA, and other graduate business programs.
*Manage advisory boards for various departments including the MBA Advisory Board, the Hospitality Advisory Board and the Dean's Circle, a prestigious philanthropic advisory board.
*Manage a portfolio of 150+ major gift prospects to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies utilizing faculty, staff, and volunteers as needed.
*Collaborate with a team of 6 fundraisers to support and lead strategies for the overall major gift fundraising efforts to ultimately raise $300M for the University of San Francisco.

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Mary Owen

Business Operations Manager, Cisco Systems
Mary Owen has had a successful career in high tech as a senior technical writer and Program Manager at major tech companies but is also a top ranked ice hockey referee including a gig at the Winter Olympics in 2002 and the NCAA Division I finals. Mary visits her elders on the Navajo Nation twice yearly and volunteers for the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. The Program supports the traditional Elders who live in the cultural and spiritual traditions of The Dine’ (Navajo) People.

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Deborah Quick

Of Counsel, Morgan Lewis
Debbi Quick is a Senior Associate in Morgan Lewis’ San Francisco office. Deborah E. Quick represents clients in complex civil appeals, and in trial court litigation conducted in anticipation of possible appellate review. She also represents clients seeking land-use entitlements, compliance with environmental statutes like the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and in defending in litigation entitlements that have been granted. Deborah’s appellate experience encompasses analysis and arguments across many different issues for clients on matters involving banking, retail, energy, manufacturing, insurance, patents, and the environment. Her undergraduate honors degree in French Literature and law degree were both granted by UC Berkeley. Debbi is an alumnus of the French Horn sections of the Berkeley Youth Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, with which she performed in world premieres of works by Laurie Anderson and Lou Harrison, among others, and toured in Italy and Switzerland. She is a head coach of San Francisco High School’s Mission High mock trial team, and serves on the ballot measure advisory committee of SPUR (formerly the San Francisco Urban Research and Planning League).

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Nancy Valente, M.D.

Vice President Product Development Hematology/Oncology, Genentech/Roche
Nancy Valente, M.D. is Global Head of Hematology Development at Genentech where she leads the clinical development of hematology medicines. A board certified hematologist and medical oncologist, she is focused on continuing to improve outcomes for people with blood cancers.

Dr. Valente, who has more than 16 years of industry experience, joined Genentech in 2003. She is strategy responsible for clinical development for an extensive hematology portfolio, with medicines that span diverse mechanisms such as antibodies, antibody drug conjugates, apoptosis, immune therapy and signaling. She oversees a team of 40 medical directors and clinical scientists located at three global sites in California, England and Switzerland. During her time at Genentech, she has overseen the development programs for several new indications for Rituxan, as well as Gazyva, the first medicine with Breakthrough Designation to be approved by the FDA.

Dr. Valente started her career as a practicing oncologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she specialized in breast cancer as UCSF faculty. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri and completed internal medicine training at Oregon Health Sciences University, followed by fellowships in hematology at Stanford University and oncology at UCSF. Dr. Valente has published research in hematology, solid tumors and immunotherapy in leading scientific journals and is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Society of Hematology.

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Adelmise Roseme Warner

Lead Counsel-Employment, Pandora Media, Inc.
Adelmise Warner is Lead Employment Counsel at Pandora Media, Inc. (Oakland, CA). She advises Human Resources and management on all employment issues and is a critical partner in promoting diversity at Pandora. In addition to working with Human Resources to develop and implement key employment strategies and initiatives, she also manages employment litigation and administrative claims. Over the course of her career, Adelmise has represented private companies and government entities. Prior to joining Pandora, she was Senior Employment Counsel at Electronic Arts Inc. Before Electronic Arts, Adelmise was a Senior Labor and Employment Associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, served as a seconded in-house employment counsel at Gap Inc., and was a Labor and Employment Attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Adelmise received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She previously served on the Board of the Latin America Community Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides services to deserving communities in Latin America and Haiti (her home country). Adelmise has 3 children, including a 12-year-old daughter who loves music and ballet, and enjoys using technology creatively. Adelmise also enjoys a variety of music and the performing arts, especially musicals and the symphony.

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Aniyia Williams

Founder & CEO, Tinsel
Aniyia Williams is Founder & CEO of Tinsel, founded in response to the lack of tech products developed with women in mind. After coming up with the idea of an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry, she decided to leave her role as Head of Marketing with Voxer in 2014 and build a company to address the tech needs of women.

Her unique background in tech and the arts spans beyond marketing into brand building, community management and business development. After a decade of training as a singer of classical music and opera, and time spent fundraising major gifts for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Arts and the Levine School of Music, she joined the mobile messaging startup Voxer as a Community Manager and worked her way to leading the Marketing team. Aniyia proudly serves on the board of Women’s Audio Mission.

Emeritus Board Members


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Dina Ciraulo

Founding Board President
(1963-2016)
Dina Ciraulo was the Founding Board President and an integral part of the launch and ongoing success of WAM. She was a Professor of Cinema at City College of San Francisco and a seasoned and passionate educator for over 18 years until she passed away in 2016 after a year and a half battle with ovarian cancer. Dina was the partner of WAM's Founder and Executive Director, Terri Winston, for over 20 years. Dina had a profound love of teaching and her students, and was passionate about diversity and gender equity in the media.

Ciraulo’s feature film Opal, about self-taught naturalist and cult icon Opal Whiteley, premiered at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival. Opal was awarded the Nell Shipman Directing Award from the Long Island Film Festival, two screenwriting awards, an Individual Artist Grant from San Francisco Arts Commission, a FilmHouse Residency from the San Francisco Film Society, Honorable Mention from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and a spot in the Ninth Street Film Center Artist Incubator Program.

Ciraulo’s short films have screened internationally, including the Telluride Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the European Media Art Festival.

She attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, where she was awarded the Van Lier Scholarship and had BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.

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Jenny Sparks

Past President and Emeritus Board Member
Jenny Sparks is a Vice President of Sales for IBM and has over 20 years experience in the music industry. She studied Music at the Lamont School of Music of Denver and graduated with honors from the Percussion Institute of Technology. She has recorded and toured with many bands including Word recording artist Rachel Rachel and Letnom artist Cat B'lues. She founded a successful hi-tech women-owned business and currently holds a sales executive position at IBM. Jenny is a past President of WAM’s board, on which she served for more than 7 years.

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Patti Moran

Emeritus Board Member
Patti Moran is the Director of Marketing at Bigge Crane and Rigging, where she is responsible for digital marketing, demand generation, communications and events for an education software company. Patti has been on the Women’s Audio Mission Board for 6 years. Prior to joining Teachscape, Patti was Senior Director of Global Certification Marketing at CompTIA, the IT trade association, directing marketing efforts in the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Prior to CompTIA, Patti was Director of Marketing at Coremetrics, leading all aspects of demand generation, email and event marketing. Her early career was focused on sales and marketing programs for technology companies. Patti holds a B.A. in Communication/Journalism from California State University, Long Beach.

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Andrea Steves

Emeritus Board Member
Andrea is a multi-platform artist, musician, and ecologist who lives in Oakland, CA. Andrea currently manages environmental sustainability programs at Google.org. She previously held sustainability and product management roles at Amazon.com, Google, and Toyota, and was a Partner with Design Less Better, a small consultancy which focused on ethical design. Andrea holds an MBA with emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She also holds degrees in Performing Arts Technology (Saxophone/Media Art) and Computer Science from Michigan. Andrea is co-founder of FICTILIS, an art collective who has shown work both internationally as well as in the Bay Area at venues such as SOEX, ProArts, The Lab, The Red Poppy Art House, and Interface Gallery. FICTILIS ran a gallery space in Seattle from 2010-2012. Andrea is an accomplished saxophonist and sound artist and has played saxophone and electronics in a number of bands and in ensembles such as the Creative Arts Orchestra and University of Michigan Saxophone Studio quartet. She has served on the Board of Women’s Audio Mission since 2013 and is an Advisor to Drip.fm, a platform for independent record labels and artists.