Northern California Chapter Leadership
Lydia serves on the boards of directors of Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), a Class 1 railroad company operating in central and southern United States, Mexico, and Panama; and Aemetis Inc, (Nasdaq AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company headquartered in Cupertino, CA. Lydia chairs the Compensation, Governance & Nominating Committee and serves on the Audit Committee at Aemetis, and she is on the Nominating and Governance Committee at Kansas City Southern. She is chair of the board of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Lydia was Senior of Counsel for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 6/2015 to 7/2017, focusing on corporate law and governance. She was previously Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer of Chevron Corporation, where she spent 20 years leading the company's governance function. Lydia was a Director of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCC), until the specialty insurance company was acquired by Tokio Marine in late 2015. At HCC, she chaired the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and served on the Compensation Committee. Lydia currently serves on the governing boards of the San Francisco Symphony, Kansas University Endowment Association, and Kansas University Law Alumni and the advisory board of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Corporate Governance Center at Stanford University.
Mary Jo Potter
Nominating and Governance Chair
Mary Jo is a nationally recognized governance expert, and consultant and investor in the healthcare sector. She is a General Partner of Keiretsu Capital, a 15-year member of Keiretsu Forum, and Chair of the Global Healthcare Committee. She has been an executive with four other firms, and an entrepreneur, selling a company to McGraw-Hill. Mary Jo recently left the board of John Paul in France, having sold the company to Accor. She also left the board of Ocular Sciences when that company was sold to Cooper Companies. She has been on the boards of CHI in Denver, Dignity/CHW, and Christus in Dallas. She currently serves on the boards of Compli in Portland, Northwestern University School of Social Policy, GTU in Berkeley, and the UC School of Public Health
Wendy is Managing Principal with the Leadership and Talent Consulting Practice of Korn Ferry/Hay Group where she works with leading global organizations to ignite their human strategy potential within their organizations through developing, engaging and rewarding their people to achieve business success. Previously she was Managing Director-Executive Education Davis Graduate School of Management where she led the development of customized executive education programs specifically tailored tothe needs of organizations and companies. As former CEO of Watermark, an organization for senior women leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area, she created and launched the Watermark Institute Board Access Program to provide tools and resources for women interested in attaining a public or private board seat. Beecham serves on the Boards of the NACD NorCal Chapter, Eskaton Foundation and is on the advisory board of Illuminate Ventures. She is a former Board member of Granicus,Inc.
A five-time technology CEO, Liz has served on twelve public Boards of Directors. She currently serves on McGrath RentCorp, where she heads the Nominating & Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee, and Fox Factory, serving on both Audit and Compensation Committees. She recently was a Director and Vice-Chair for Alliant International University Inc., and has also served on the boards of Symmetricom Corp and Quantum Corp, chairing the Compensation Committees and serving on the Audit committees. Ms. Fetter also contributes as a Director to a number of technology start-ups and has been a director on over a dozen nonprofit Boards. She currently is on the Executive Advisory Committee to the President of Penn State University. Liz obtained Masters' Level Professional Board Certification in 2015.
Dennis is a senior business advisor with special expertise in finance and in the financial services and technology industries who previously spent 27 years as a partner with Arthur Andersen, and has spent the last 15 years as a corporate board director for numerous business entities, both large and small, public and private, in a variety of industries. Dennis currently serves on the boards of public companies: Blue Calypso and Owens Realty Mortgage. Dennis also serves on the corporate boards overseeing the public investment funds of Wells Fargo Hedge Funds, AssetMark Mutual Funds and Cambria ETF Funds.
Maureen is CEO of Conners Consulting and a Board Advisor at Fashion Incubator SF. She is a former Board Member of Deckers Outdoor (DECK) where she served in Chair roles for the Nominating/Governance and Compensation Committees. Maureen is a former senior executive for Gillette, Levi's and Mattel, where she helped build iconic, global brands and increase shareholder value. Her background includes launching many new products in new categories. Additionally, she has served as an advisor to many start-ups with disruptive technologies. She is also on The Smithsonian Libraries Board.
Nora is currently a public company board member of Ericsson and AMD. She previously served on the public boards of Outerwall, Saba Software and Overland Storage. She also serves on the nonprofit board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Nora is an experienced corporate executive, having held senior executive positions at HP, IBM and Intuit along with being the interim CEO of Outerwall.
Evelyn is a recognized leader in building highly motivated teams in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Evelyn is the former President and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management. She is a sought after speaker on leadership and strategy. Evelyn currently serves on the Boards of: Aeropostale, Inc., Blue Shield of California, Tempur Sealy, Health Equity, Protiviti and Bailard Real Estate Fund. Her nonprofit Boards include: The Commonwealth Club of California, Cal State East Bay Educational Foundation, Northern California Chapter NACD, Blue Shield Foundation and Women Corporate Directors
Matthew has been the General Counsel at CalPERS since July 2014. He is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the CalPERS Legal Office, the Office of Audit Services, and the Legislative Affairs Division, and advises the Board and executive team on complex legal issues relating to pensions, health care, investments, and corporate governance. He also represents CalPERS in litigation. Before moving to CalPERS, Matthew was a litigation partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), and before that, was the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. Since 2009 he has served on the Board of WEAVE, the primary provider of domestic violence and sexual abuse services in Sacramento County.
Bob is a partner at Camberview Partners, LLC. Before joining Camberview Partners, Bob was Chief Policy Officer of Glass Lewis, overseeing the policy development of Glass Lewis' proxy voting guidelines and the analysis of over 20,000 Proxy Paper research reports on shareholder meetings of public companies in more than 100 countries. Previous to Glass Lewis, Bob was the Director of Investment Proxy Research at Fidelity Investments where he managed the proxy voting of 700 mutual funds and accounts, holding 5,000 securities worth $1 trillion. He serves on the board of the Northern California Chapter of the NACD. Bob serves on the advisory boards of the University of Delaware's Weinberg Center on Corporate Governance and Enlight Research. Bob authored an article entitled "Good Governance and Shareholder Expectations-an Investor's Perspective" published by the London Stock Exchange in its 2012 book Corporate Governance for Main Market and AIM Companies. Bob frequently speaks at industry conferences and has appeared on CNN, NPR, CNBC, Fox Business News, Business News Network, BBC, Board Member's This Week in the Boardroom, Swiss TV and Bloomberg television. Bob was named one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance by Directorship magazine from 2008 through 2012, and in 2015. Bob was a panelist on the Public Consultation panel on Corporate Governance and the Financial Crisis at the OECD in 2009 and served on the OECD's Latin American Roundtable Task Force on Related Party Transactions in 2012.
Dennis Wu is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of WuHoover & Co., LLP, a professional CPA firm, after a 37-year career at Deloitte & Touche. Dennis was the creator and founding national partner of Deloitte's Chinese Services Group. He has served as the partner in charge of Deloitte's Financial Services Industry Group in Northern California, the San Francisco Emerging and Midsize Business Group, and the National Southeast Asia Desk Program. He also led numerous diversity projects while at Deloitte and served as one of five national leaders for the firm's diversity initiative. Dennis currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Recology, a 100 percent employee owned company. He is also member of the Board of Committee of 100, a national organization of prominent Chinese Americans.
Don is a serial business builder having served as the CEO of several companies including United Healthcare Vision and the VSP Family of companies. He was also formerly a Managing Director at Ernst & Young and a management consulting partner. Don has been a Board Director of numerous companies and currently serves as an independent Director on the Board of Blue Diamond (recognized as 2017 Private Company Board of the Year) where he chairs the Audit Committee, as well as OC Communications and Valley Healthcare. His experience ranges from fast growth mid-market environments to the Fortune 100. He has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is an NACD Leadership Fellow.