BOARD OF DIRECTORS



Marily Mondejar            Marily MondejarChief Executive Officer
Filipina Women’s Network
(President)


Marily Mondejar is a senior business leader with wide-ranging global experience as an entrepreneur, strategist and advisor to leading organizations.

She advises executives on leadership and career derailment issues, and consults on corporate image strategies, merger implications, scenario planning, and how to maximize performance, through work with executive teams, alliance-building, and inter-cultural communications.  Select clients included Cemex, Siebel, and Webex.

IMarily, the Founder & CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), has dedicated the last decade to transforming how global Filipina women view themselves and how others perceive them. The transformed image is of women initiating influential activities. Her initiatives to bring about this transformation have included producing alternative and more positive search results on the Internet for the term “Filipina,” embracing Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to launch a campaign to end domestic violence, and facilitating the creation of a pipeline of Filipina leaders with the skills to compete at all levels in all economic sectors. As the sixth of 13 children, Marily learned early how to get her voice heard by her family and carried this over throughout her career in roles as a community and business leader, as a board member for organizations working on improving the status of women, and as commissioner on various commissions and task forces appointed by San Francisco Mayors Wille Brown, Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee.

Marily also draws from her experience as a survivor of an abusive relationship, a single mother, and a U.S. immigrant who started from scratch to promote networks for advancing the status of Filipina women globally. Marily has helped shift the language of mentorship to “femtorship,” and the mindset of Filipina women from being a silent force in society to a catalyst in changing the face of power in America and worldwide. Her impact can be measured by the countless number of women she brought along with her and those they will in turn bring along with them to positions of leadership.

Marily serves (and has served) on nonprofit boards and commissions including Leadership California, the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group, the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, Image Industry Council International, the American Society for Training and Development, to name a few. 

In 2010, she was honored by the California Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus (nominated by Speaker Pro Tem Fiona Ma) with the Award for Excellence in Civil Rights; in 2012, she was selected by KQED as Local (S)Hero to celebrate Women's History Month; in 2013, California Woman of the Year; for Kapit-Bisig Women's Human Rights Award by Westbay; for Community Service by Asian Pacific Labor Alliance (APALA); in 2014, the Circle of Courage Award by the Women's Intercultural Network.

Marily was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure (CCII), the successor agency for the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission. CCII exercises land use, development and design approval authority for development projects which include Mission Bay, Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point and Transbay Terminal and manages the former Redevelopment Agency assets in Yerba Buena Center. These projects represent $20 billion in assets and will create jobs, affordable housing, commercial space, parks and open space areas.

In 2011, she served on the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force convened every 10 years after the Census results are released, that redrew the boundaries of San Francisco's 11 districts, laying the groundwork for the city's political future for the next decade.


Lisa M. AdukiaLisa Adukia
Enterprise Change Leader
PG&E

(Treasurer)

Lisa Adukia is an Enterprise Change Leader focused on organizational effectiveness at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).  Lisa joined PG&E in 2008 and has held various leadership roles focused on implementing internal controls and business process improvements, and overseeing operating risks, regulatory compliance, and records management practices.  Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the Accounting, Finance and Compliance related fields. She has worked in various industries including utility, hospitality, insurance, banking, and public accounting.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a Certified Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance.  Her professional development accomplishments include UC Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business Women's Executive Leadership Program, Resources Global Professionals’ Sarbanes-Oxley Platinum Certification, Open Compliance & Ethics Group’s GRC Strategy, Process, & Technology, and additional coursework focused on risk, compliance, ethics, and change management.

Lisa is an outdoor enthusiast, marathon runner and avid volunteer in her personal and professional community.  Lisa has served on the Board of Directors for the PG&E Women’s Network for the past five years, most recently as the Vice President of Scholarships & Grants.  The mission of PG&E Women’s Network is to promote, develop, and celebrate the community of women working at the company, by: providing programs and creating opportunities that develop and enhance members’ professional skills, providing service to the community focused on women’s issues, awarding scholarships to high school seniors and facilitating grants to non-profit organizations that align with the values and purpose of PG&E’s Women’s Network.

Lisa has been awarded the Jefferson award for outstanding public service, and received a Frederick W. Mielke Jr. Award, the highest honor a PG&E employee can receive for outstanding community service.


Linda Calhoun

Linda Calhoun
Founder
Career Girls

(Communications Chair)

While growing up in Connecticut, Linda Calhoun was fascinated with the arts, sciences and technology. Determined to create a career based on these interests, Linda studied hard in school and headed to college where she earned a degree in Communications. 

Starting her professional life as a public relations assistant, Linda began a journey that would include planning fine-art events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; developing public databases and policies for the state government of Connecticut; and working as a consultant in foreign affairs for The World Bank. 

As a result of her many vocations, Linda has traveled across the United States and lived around the world, spending time in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, South Africa and France. She currently serves as the Executive Producer for Career Girls; works as the co-founder, along with her husband Ed, of the EL Films production company; and is an established, independent artist.


Louise McGinnis

J. Louise McGinnis Barber
Associate Vice President
HDR, Inc.

J. Louise McGinnis Barber, Associate Vice President, currently serves as the Western region director and principal of science and technology for HDR, Inc., a global architecture and engineering firm specializing in the planning and design of technologically advanced facilities focused on science and healthcare. Louise has worked in the A/E/C industry for a variety of firms for over 30 years.  

A graduate of CSU Sacramento, she has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career including president of Northern Kidney Foundation; corporate president of California State Association of Counties; trustee for the Los Rios District Community College District Foundation; president of the American River College Foundation; board of directors, Sacramento Opera Association, Sacramento Theatre Company, Junior Achievement, Girls Inc. and Walden House; Sacramento Leadership Program; and executive director for California Institute for Economic Diversity. She currently serves on the board of the bay area chapter for RECON, an organization focused on the commercial real estate and construction industries.

Louise recently worked with the Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology to create efficiencies and initiatives to keep biotech companies within the state of California by partnering strategically with the legislature, the academic community and vocational training agencies to create a future science and technology workforce. She worked  with FTC & DMEA to create programs and support for mobile STEM labs.

A longtime resident of Sacramento, Louise moved to the Bay Area about three years ago and lives in Pacifica. She has a daughter and three beautiful grandchildren.


Dr. Emily Moto MuraseDr. Emily Murase
Executive Director
San Francisco Department
on the Status of Women

(Ex-Officio)

After serving on the Commission on the Status of Women, Dr. Emily Moto Murase was appointed Executive Director by Mayor Gavin Newsom in July 2004. Dr. Murase  previously served as a director in the first Clinton White House.

A Founding Sister of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, she currently co-chairs the Parent Teacher Community Council of her daughter's public elementary school, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program West. She holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, a master's from the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, and a PhD in communication from Stanford.

Emily resides in San Francisco with her husband Neal Taniguchi, Chief Fiscal Officer at the San Francisco Trial Court, and her two daughters Junko Taniguchi (5), Chief Negotiator, and Erin Murase (2 1/2), Chief Curiosity Officer of the Murase/Taniguchi household.

Marjan PhilhourMarjan Philhour
President & CEO
Philhour & Associates

(Vice President)

Marjan Philhour's career spans over two decades in government, politics, private consulting and community advocacy. As President of Philhour & Associates, she leaders the firm's outreach and strategy in serving clients that range from campaigns to nonprofit organizations.

Marjan spent years on Capitol Hill serving as a legislative aide to key Members of Congress. Her areas of expertise included women's issues, health, labor, and the environment, through which she was able to advocate for policies with national impact.

After her time in DC, Marjan returned home to California where she served as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff in the Administration of Governor Gray Davis. Her background in legislative advocacy and crisis management continues to enrich her perspective and ability to provide strategic advice as a consultant, strategist, and community organizer.

Over the past ten years, Marjan has grown a practice, which takes a holistic approach to client campaigns and projects, offering services ranging from fundraising to strategic advice to effective external relations and outreach.

In 2011, Marjan was selected as one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States, an honor bestowed by the Filipina Women's Network. The award is presented to individuals for exceptional work in the their fields of expertise and for their inspiring leadership and achievements in the American workplace and in their communities. Marjan is committed to "building the bench" of women in politics and business and speaks on topics ranging from women's representation in government to integrating professional goals into daily life.

Marjan graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in political science.


Peg McAllisterPeg McAllister
Senior Vice President
Lee Hecht Harrison

(Nominating Committee Chair)

Peg McAllister is Senior Vice President in the San Francisco office of Lee Hecht Harrison.  In this position, Peg consults with corporate clients for Career Transition and Outplacement, Career Development and Leadership and Change Consulting and Executive Coaching, providing customized solutions.

Peg has more than 25 years of experience in the Northern California market in leading and creating human capital solutions.  Peg served as Vice President of Adecco Employment Services, where she successfully integrated the Western Division of Olsten Staffing Services ($770 MM). She has extensive experience in building national strategic business relationships with Fortune 500 companies and developing strong, high performance service teams.

Peg holds an MBA from California Lutheran University.  Her professional development includes coursework in leadership development, teamwork and change management.  She was awarded Olsten’s highest honor, The William Olsten Line Leadership Award for exceeding goals by 52%, building customer relationships that foster loyalty and her achievements in human capital development.  She has received multiple Lee Hecht Harrison Presidents’ Awards for Outstanding Performance and Team Excellence.  

Peg is an Executive Board Member of the Bay Area Council and is active with the Strategic Development Committee.  She also serves on the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on Status of Women, as a mentor for Bay Area Girl Scouts, and a ChristCare Leader at Trinity Lutheran Church. She is often called upon by media and the community to comment on employment, workforce regeneration, retention and leadership trends.



Patricia M. Bovan CampbellPatricia Bovan
Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney Salesforce.com

(Secretary)

Patricia’s career has focused on negotiating and closing pivotal technology contracts, revenue generating deals and strategic corporate transactions for HDS, Sun, Symantec, Kellogg and Atomic Tangerine, an SRI technology start-up.

She is active in women’s and community issues. Recognizing the importance of gender equity (both from a business success and simple fairness perspective), she collaborated with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women to implement the Gender Equality Principles initiative (GEP), and is a member of the GEP Advisory Council.

Patricia was selected as a Mentor to women in technology from the Middle East and Africa as part of the TechWomen program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and joined the State Department delegation to Morocco and Jordan. She is a member of the Board of Pocket Opera, which performs classical opera re-imagined in the English language.  She is a member of the Leadership California Class of 2011, and a past Co-Chair of the Women for Women International San Francisco Circle.

Patricia received the Queen’s Bench Bar Association Annual Merit Award.  She was appointed Queen’s Bench Officer and Director in 2007 and also served as Director of the Queen's Bench Foundation in 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations granted an Annual Public Service Award to a Mentoring Program she led at Juvenile Hall for five years.

Patricia received her B.A. from Cornell University, and J.D. from Case Western Reserve.


Faye MellosFaye Mellos
Senior Vice President
The Mellos Group at 
Morgan Stanley

(Membership Chair)

Faye has been working in the financial services industry for over 30 years.  She enjoys helping families to make informed decisions related to their financial health.  The breadth of her knowledge of the investment business is something she enjoys sharing with them on a daily basis.

The Mellos Group is comprised of three investment professionals and one registered service professional. By discussing client’s life goals and showing them how to put their money to work, they help clients achieve their financial aspirations. The Mellos Group strives to provide an active level of service customized for each client.

Over the years Faye has worked with clients and their families with a primary focus of tax efficiency; preservation of wealth and creating a plan to pass assets to the next generation.  It is this holistic approach that has allowed Faye to advise clients in a fashion that helps them understand the intricacies of investing and estate planning.  Many of her clients are women and she enjoys the opportunity to help them address their unique issues to assure security now and in retirement.

 It is her expectation that during market hours client calls are answered personally by one of the group members.   She also believes one of the Mellos Group’s greatest strengths is how effectively they resolve client’s issues when the inevitably arise.

Faye graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree.  In 2001 she attended The Wharton School of Business and completed an executive education program.  In 2011 she completed the curriculum at the College for Financial Planning.  Education is an important component of how the Mellos Group stays current on world events that affect their client’s financial security.

Faye is an active member of the community serving on the Executive Board of That Man May See, the fund raising arm of the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology.   In addition she is a 30+ year member of Zonta International, an international service club with the sole focus of advancing the status of women throughout the world.

Faye and her husband, Michael live in San Francisco.



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