Who we are

BCF is an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, incorporated under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are governed by a diverse board of directors of distinguished civic leaders who have experience in business, law, government, philanthropy, academia, and community service.

Current Board Members :

  • Jessica S. Pers, President
    Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, San Francisco
  • Chuck Fanning, Vice President
  • Ann Smulka, Secretary
    Game Design Consultant, Strategic Arts
  • Stephanie McKown, Treasurer
    Finance Director, Galileo Learning
  • Marcia Argyris
    Program Officer at S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Penelope Mayer Finnie
    Chocolatier, Bittersweet the Chocolate Café
  • Susie Goodin
  • Oseyi Ikuenobe
    Product Manager, Walmart Labs
  • Jackie Krentzman
    Strategic Communications Consultant, Krentzman Communications
  • Diana Meckfessel
    Educational Consultant
  • Rachelle Owen
    Social Worker
  • Victoria Robinson
    Development Consultant
  • Amrita Singhal
  • Janet Tam
    Principal and CEO, Noll & Tam Architects
  • Jules Tippet
    President and Executive Producer, Tippett Studios
  • Michael Traynor
    Chair of the Council and President Emeritus, The American Law Institute

Advisory Board:

  • Narsai M. David, Chairman Emeritus
    Food and Wine Editor, KCBS Radio, San Francisco
  • Skip Battle
  • Martin Paley
  • Charles F. Robinson
  • Dorothy Walker

Staff :

  • Joleen Ruffin, Executive Director joleen@berkfund.org
  • Lynn Walker, College Success Coordinator lynn@berkfund.org