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 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.
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 Campbell
Technology and Commercial Transactions Attorney Salesforce.com
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.
Senior Vice President
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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.
Valerie 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.