Marjan PhilhourMarjan Philhour
President & CEO
Philhour & Associates


Marjan Philhour's career spans over two decades in government, politics, private consulting and community advocacy. As President of Philhour & Associates, she leads 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.

Kathleen Brownell
Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the Commercial Bank Division City National Bank                                 (Treasurer) 

Kathleen's career has been in public/private accounting and banking.  She is native to Minnesota, but have lived in several great states, with her wonderful daughter Kaela Tiller, now 26.  She is involved with several nonprofit missions focused on education, children, seniors and Avon39 cancer.  Kathleen is looking forward to supporting the Friends and the COSW help women improve their lives.

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.

Karen McMillan

Financial Advisor

Merryl Lynch

Laurie Shakur  

Director and Senior HR Business


MUFG Union Bank

(Communications Co-Chair)

Laurie has spent most of her career in Human Resources supporting executives in achieving their goals through human capital programs, initiatives and projects.  Extremely passionate about causes that support women and children she volunteers her time to organizations that make a difference.  A native Chicagoan, she’s made the Bay Area her home with her two daughters and 90-something father.

Lisa M. AdukiaLisa Adukia
Enterprise Change Leader

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.

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.

Linda Calhoun
Career Girls

(Vice President)

Linda Calhoun  is Founder and Executive Producer of, a free, noncommercial, online  platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models  sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures.

Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 400 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta and Los Angeles - everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges. 

She began her professional life as a public relations assistant, and went on to plan fine-art events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; develop public databases and policies for the state government of Connecticut; and work as a consultant in foreign affairs for The World Bank.

The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years experience leading teams in the design of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.

Linda has traveled around the world, visiting all seven continents by her fortieth birthday and has lived in the Kyrgyz Republic and France. In 1994, she had the honor of being a member of the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) as an election monitor in the KwaZulu Natal Province. 

In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University, she also received a certificate in International Marketing from the American University of Paris.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California’s International Relations Member Led Forum. She and her husband Ed live in San Francisco, are co-founders of EL Films production company and established, independent artists.

Patricia M. Bovan CampbellPatricia Bovan
Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney


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.

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.

Valerie Ashford HalVal Ashford Hal
Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Valerie Ashford Hal is a business focused HR leader. In her role as a client facing Senior Human Resources Business Partner with ADP, she works with business leaders in a variety of organizations and industries such as Professional & Financial Services, Venture Capital, Retail, Healthcare, High Tech, Construction, Nonprofit, Restaurant, Education, and Public Sector agencies. 

Valerie partners and coaches executives, management teams and employees to drive engagement and organization-wide performance. Her expertise is in assessing business models to increase organizational performance, strategy alignment, leader coaching, strategic rewards, HR and labor.  

She develops and directs activities designed to meet organizational development needs, develops and facilitates training for her client companies, implements compliance & inclusion programs to mitigate risk, and other workforce activities.  She has navigated companies through numerous employee issues affecting business performance during business turnarounds and in tough business environments. Valerie is comfortable leading projects of any size, including transformation initiatives.

With over 20+ years of experience, Valerie’s work experience has included the opportunity to work in and with small and large global organizations. She is a professional who puts her finance background and consulting skills to work on building and driving innovative solutions to complex issues affecting leader, team or organizational performance. 

Prior to joining ADP Valerie managed the Executive Human Resources function for Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Hospitals; career centers for DBM/LHH as a Senior Consultant, Domestic and International Payroll Operations for Hambrecht & Quist, LLC  & JP Morgan Chase H&Q; as well as other senior roles.  

Valerie holds a bachelor of science in business administration and is seeking her MBA in Global Innovation. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) by the HR Certification Institute, carries the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®, and has been a member of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) since 1990. She was also an invited speaker to the Global Diversity Tour.    

As a Bay Area native, Valerie has a long track record of community service as a former member of the SF Junior League and volunteering with West Coast Green and Clean Tech. 

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


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.

Andrea Shorter
San Francisco Commission 
on the Status of Women


Andrea Shorter has served on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2001. A longtime advocate in the women's community, she has served as President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women, Founding Board Member of the International Museum of Women, and Board President for both La Casa De Las Madres, and Standing Against Global Exploitation. The former Deputy Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Andrea is the co-author of a groundbreaking report on the status of girls in San Francisco's juvenile justice system that is still widely referenced as a catalyst for reform.

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