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Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

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Michael Bernick, Board Chair:  Mr. Bernick is the former director of the California labor department, the Employment Development Department, serving from 1999-2004. He currently is Counsel with the Sedgwick LLP law firm in San Francisco, and a Research Fellow in Employment with the Milken Institute. He is a graduate of Harvard College (BA), Oxford University (Balliol College, B. Phil), and the University of California Boalt Hall law school.  Mr. Bernick was one of the founders of the San Francisco Renaissance Center, the job creation/job training agency, for which he served as Executive Director from 1982-1986, and was on the Board of Directors of the BART regional rail system from 1988-1996.

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Bruno Peguese, Board Member:  A lawyer by trade, Mr. Peguese spent the last 17 years with the Bay Area Rapid Transit District dealing in Real Estate.  From 1995 to 2002 he was part of the team who acquired the land needed to expand the BART System to the San Francisco Airport (SFO).  Mr. Peguese was a key player in acquisition and relocations of residentiala nd commercial realty.  After 2003 to the present, he has become one of BART’s Principals in the implementation of transit oriented Development (Sustainable Transit Communities).  Has an extensive background in the Law and is a licensed Private Investigator.  he has had working experience with a number of corporate law firms including Morrisson & Forester; Arnelle & Hastie and Bronson, Bronson and McKinnon.  Recognized for experience in Real Property Law.  Educated at the University of San Francisco; BA in Political Science ’72 and Juris Doctor ’75.

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Martha Amram, Board Member:   Martha Amram is the Founder and CEO of WattzOn, a company she started to unleash the power of energy savings in households across the U.S.  Through WattzOn’s energy-saving programs offered in cities and military bases, Martha has developed expertise on the role of energy, green jobs and technology in the local economy, and is often asked to speak on their economic impact.  Previously, Martha was Director at Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI). She is also the author of two books published by the Harvard Business School Press (Value Sweep and Real Options), and a third book published by McGraw-Hill. Martha is a frequent speaker on residential energy efficiency and business strategy. She is a Senior Fellow of the Milken Institute, where she has written reports on financial innovations in the biotech and cleantech industries. Martha holds a PhD in Applied Economics from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Tracey Grose, Board Member

Tracey helps leaders optimize an ever-changing context.

Working with business leaders, startups, nonprofits and public sector leaders, Tracey is passionate about helping teams target greater impact and new sources of growth (e.g. new business models, strategic partnerships, economic vitality).

She is a seasoned professional with cross-sectorial skills in business development, strategic development, quantitative/qualitative analysis and organizational management.

She has a knack for framing complex ideas and relationships for busy leaders and broad audiences. She designs innovative analyses and collaborative discovery engagement processes that help business and public leaders better understand how markets and the economy are transforming and where new opportunities are emerging.

Her advising, engagement and analysis helps leaders better anticipate change, adapt to it and develop concrete metrics for tracking progress toward their defined goals. Areas of impact include international corporate development, organizational development, adaptation to structural economic and market changes, cultivation of regional innovation hubs and cross-border partnerships, adaptation and new business models in the energy transition, novel application of technology in the developing world, and economic strategy.

Consulting in the US and internationally, Tracey is fluent in German and conversational in French.

Tracey is founding principal of TG Strategic Insights and is member of the board of directors to SalesPhase, a CRM software startup. She serves on the board of Growth Sector, a growing and impactful workforce development organization. She co-chairs the Cleantech Industry Group of the German American Business Association. Formerly, Tracey served as Chair to California State Controller Betty Yee’s Council of Economic Advisors. She publishes on www.Medium.com, and on the Ford Foundation’s www.Urb.im platform, she writes on emerging technology and practices that support agile and low-emission development in cities in the developing world. Formerly, as Vice President, Tracey directed research and business operations at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Prior to that, she served as Research Director at Institute for the Future and as Vice President and Director of Research & Strategic Development at Collaborative Economics. Tracey has a Master’s degree in Political Science with minors in Economics and Sociology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Jesse Martinez, Board Member

Jesse Martinez is the co-founder and co-chair of the Latino Startup Alliance, a non-profit supporting global Latino tech entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems.  He is also the co-founder of AVION Ventures, the 1st pre-accelerator focused on Latina women working on a startup and based in San Francisco.

Martinez co-founded along with his brother in 1998 one of the first U.S. online bilingual Latino communities (picosito.com) which was recognized by a U.S. Congressional Record by the House of Representatives in 1999 for their efforts around technology in Latino community. He was also the co-founder of his 2nd startup – Giggo, a groupon-like venture delivering their messaging all in Spanish, and the co-founder/COO of his 3rd startup – Relevance, where he served as the country director under the Startup Brasil Program. 

Martinez is also an advisor to several startups, for Hackers/Founders Co-op, for #YesWeCode, for SXSW 2016 Accelerator, TechCrunch 9th Annual Crunchies Board Member, for the Global EIR Coalition Community Advisor Committee Member. In addition, a 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Attendee, a team leader for the U.S. White House on Tech Inclusion, and a previous Board Member for MEDA (Mission Economic Development Agency).

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