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Trustees and Staff

TRUSTEES

Toni Rembe - President
Toni has served as Trustee since 1971 and as President since 1994. She is a retired partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP; a co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University; a member of the National Council for the American Theater; and a member of the advisory board (and former co-chair) of Corporate Women Directors International and a member of the board of Magic Theatre. She is past chair of the board of Presidio Graduate School, past President of the Commonwealth Club of California and past President and Chair of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In addition to her other not for profit affiliations, Toni has served on the board of directors of several public companies.

Julie DivolaSecretary
Julie has been a van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation trustee since 2009 and currently serves as Board Secretary and member of the Audit Committee. She is a partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, where she leads the firm's San Francisco Tax practice and specializes in federal income tax planning for business and financial transactions. In addition, Julie serves on the board of the BASIC Fund and as a Council Director for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. Julie regularly teaches Corporate Tax as a Visiting Professor at the UC Davis School of Law.

Brian M. Wong - Treasurer
Brian joined the Foundation as a trustee in 2014 and sits on the Audit Committee. He is a partner with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, where he leads the Corporate and Securities practice in the San Francisco office. He also serves as Pillsbury’s Executive Partner for Diversity and Inclusion, overseeing the firm’s networks for women, LGBT attorneys and attorneys of color. Brian’s pro bono practice includes advising nonprofit corporations serving Northern California communities. He also serves as a director of the National Writing Project, where he chairs the Governance Committee.

Thomas C. Layton - Director
Tom is president emeritus of the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation, which he led for more than 35 years, and currently serves as a trustee/ director of the Stupski Foundation, the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, and the Cow Hollow Foundation. Other organizations in which he served as a trustee or director include the Ploughshares Fund, The Council on Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers (founding Chair), Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Women and Philanthropy, Tides Foundation, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Tom has published articles dealing with the philanthropic process and the nonprofit sector, and has received numerous awards including the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in Urban Studies, both from Occidental College. Tom joined the Foundation in 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Irma HerreraDirector
Irma Herrera joined the Foundation as a trustee in 2016. She is a Bay Area social justice activist, and a playwright and solo performer of her one-woman show, Tell Me Your Name. She previously served as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) for almost 15 years. ERA is one of the nation’s premier legal organizations that advocates for fair and equal treatment of women and girls. In her 30+ year career as a public interest lawyer, Irma also worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and other legal aid organizations. Beyond her work as a lawyer, Irma has written on race, class, gender, and all manner of social justice issues for New America Media previously known as Pacific News Service. Her writing and opinion pieces have appeared in publications that include The New York Times, Los Angeles Lawyer, and The Huffington Post. Irma serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations, the Public Interest Law Project (PILP), and Prospera (formerly known as WAGES, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security), and on the Advisory Committee of the Butler Koshland Fellowship Program.


STAFF

Nancy WiltsekExecutive Director
Nancy was named Executive Director at the Foundation in September 2014. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the University of San Francisco’s Master of Nonprofit Administration program, Nancy has trained and supported leaders and emerging leaders of NGOs here and abroad for more than 20 years. She has served in leadership positions at a variety of family, corporate and independent foundations, and founded the online Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program at Golden Gate University where she also teaches. Her board service includes the Gagarin Trust and IGNITE: Political Power in Every Young Woman. A third generation San Franciscan, Nancy has deep roots in the City and a passion for cooking, reading, and good conversation.

Jenny ChanProgram Associate
Jenny Chan joined the Foundation in April 2016. She has worked as a speaker recruiter for the Center for Nonprofit Success, as well as a grantwriter and grants coordinator for Boat People SOS-Houston. She has also worked as an assistant to the production manager at Houston's renowned Alley Theatre. Jenny is originally from Hong Kong and moved to the U.S. to attend Rice University in Houston, where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. She now lives in Berkeley and in her spare time she enjoys making art, visiting zoos, and performing improvisational comedy.


TRIBUTES

Dan Corsello
Dan was the Executive Director of the van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation from 1995 to 2010, after which he remained on the Foundation Board as a Trustee until retiring in March 2017. Dan has been an invaluable asset to the Foundation throughout his years of service and we wish him all the best as he moves on to the next chapter.

Gail Shuster
The Foundation’s longtime Grants Manager retired as of April 18, 2016. Gail began at the Foundation as our Program Administrator in November 2001. We are appreciative of her years of service and know many of you join us in wishing her the best.

Richard W. OdgersDecember 31, 1936 – September 7, 2014
Dick Odgers, former Secretary, served as Trustee since 1994. He was a retired partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. Dick began his career at Pillsbury; then, in 1987, became Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pacific Telesis and Pacific Bell. He returned to Pillsbury in 1998. Dick was a former member of the California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission (2002-2011) and was Co-Chair of the California Task Force on Lawyer Support for Legal Services. Dick was also a member of the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society. He served as president of the boards of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and Legal Community Against Violence, and most recently served on the board of Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Dick passed away in September 2014. We shall miss him always.


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