SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 1, 2019) — The Northern California Chapter of the NACD, the advocate for the profession of directorship, today announced the addition of Christa Steele as a new member and Mary Jo Potter as emeritus member of the Board of Directors.
“As we enter 2019 it is exciting to note that our chapter Board and our services to the sector continue to grow with vibrant new members and dedicated emeritus members,” said Maureen Conners, NACD Northern California Chapter board member.
“We salute the work of our viable Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which has done such important work in locating excellent board candidates,” said Lisa Spivey, executive director, NACD Northern California Chapter.
About Christa Steele
Christa Steele became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career spans close to 25 years, which began as a bank teller while attending college. As a former public company CEO with $500 million in market cap and revenue in excess of $120 million annually, she improved core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the bank’s value in less than two years, and successfully led the bank’s sale for a premium in 2015.
Steele is a partner of a highly successful investment bank with 10 locations across the United States. She currently serves on the board of directors for FIG Partners in Georgia, Sasser Family Holdings in Illinois, the NACD Northern California Chapter, and Pacific Coast Banking School in Washington. Her expertise leading a complex, highly scrutinized, and regulated company provides a desirable and diverse skill set transferable across multiple industry verticals.
Steele was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a most influential leader in Bay Area business and by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement. For the better part of three years, her time has been spent on a variety of digital technology initiatives in and outside of financial services. She is a well-known speaker and thought leader of blockchain technology, digital disruption, and why artificial intelligence, big data, and the use of predictive analytics must be considered when evaluating a company’s overall digital and corporate strategy.
In addition to being a qualified financial and audit expert per NASDAQ, NYSE, and PCAOB corporate governance requirements, Steele has an in-depth understanding of how to manage market growth, expansion, divestiture, recession, corporate litigation, shareholder lawsuit, legacy ownership, conflict resolution, and human capital.
“Christa Steele brings both rich knowledge and corporate skills to our board. Additionally, she is based in Lodi, so she will assist with our chapter goal of increasing our geographic outreach,” said Nora Denzel, board member, NACD Northern California Chapter.
About Mary Jo Potter
Potter has been an active entrepreneur and investor for 30 years. After selling a business to McGraw Hill, she became active in angel investing in Chicago, and upon moving to the bay area, she joined Keiretsu Forum. She has invested in a variety of entities but is now focused on the healthcare sector. Potter is currently managing partner of Healthcare Angels, a GP in Keiretsu Capital, an LP in Purple Arch Ventures (Northwestern University's venture fund), and a member of HealthTech Capital. She has held executive positions with BDC Advisors, Highperlink, Sibson, Omega, and Oxicon. Her clients have included Kaiser, Trinity Health, WebMD, Sutter, and Genentech. She has served or is currently on many boards, including CHW/Dignity, CHI, Christus, UC School of Public Health, Hope Unlimited in Brazil, Hanna Center, Compli, Les Concierges, Jean Paul in France, and Ocular Sciences.
Potter has a BA from Siena Heights University, where she also sat on the board; and an MA from Northwestern University, where she is currently on the School of Education and Social Policy Board. She completed an executive program at Stanford in India and is a member of Women Corporate Directors, the International Women's Forum, and the NACD.
Potter has completed three consecutive terms as a board member (a total of nine years), and as director emeritus she will continue her strong work as a goodwill ambassador and will also work on strategic initiatives of the chapter.
“Our chapter is fortunate to have the support of loyal emeritus board members like Mary Jo Potter. Her wealth of experience in the sector will further strengthen our efforts,” said Dennis Wu, chair, NACD Northern California Chapter.
ABOUT THE NACD NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
The NACD Northern California Chapter supports more than 1,300 NACD members and provides board members in the Capital Valley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley markets with forums and programming for leading board practices, emerging governance issues, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. To learn more about upcoming chapter programs, visit northerncalifornia.nacdonline.org.
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