Board of Trustees
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is governed by a Board of Trustees dedicated to CPIC’s mission of preventing cancer before it starts. The Board meets on a regular basis to provide a guiding hand that has helped CPIC earn its reputation of excellence as a world leader in cancer prevention research and outreach. The following individuals are members of the Board:
Founding Director EmeritusSaul Rosenberg, M.D.
Elona Baum has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2014. She is managing director of DEFTA Partners.
Baum formerly served as vice president and associate general counsel of Coherus Biosciences. Prior to this role, she led the position of general counsel and vice president of business development for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Earlier in her career, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Genentech Inc., including associate general counsel, director of regulatory policy and strategy, and secretary of the board of directors for Genentech’s Spanish subsidiary, Genentech Espana.
Baum has more than 20 years of legal experience and expertise in research funding and drug development within the life sciences area. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and serves on the commercialization advisory committee of the Rick Hansen Institute. In 2013, she served as a delegate to the G8 Summit on Dementia and was a member of the expert focus group that considered appointment of global funding models and a dementia innovation envoy.
Baum commenced her legal career at private law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in economics. She later earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law, and served as an extern for Justice John A. Arguelles of the California Supreme Court.
Joan Bloom has served on CPIC's Board of Trustees since 1988. She is a professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Some of Dr. Bloom's research interests examine psycho-social interventions to: prevent the onset of chronic diseases like cancer, encourage early diagnoses, and improve the quality of life for individuals with chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiac disease, and chronic mental illness. Her experience in cancer research includes studies of educational support groups for young women with breast cancer, breast and cervical cancer intervention among low-income and minority women, and the effectiveness of risk notification intervention for cancer survivors.
Dr. Bloom is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and earned a master's degree in sociology and a Ph.D. in sociology of education from Stanford University.
Joy Yi Boatwright has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2014. She is vice president and financial advisor of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Previously, she was vice president and senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. Her team works closely with clients to develop a comprehensive strategy for meeting long-term financial goals. Boatwright also conducts a seminar series designed to educate women on financial and life issues, and is a frequent speaker on women’s issues and work/life balance.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2002, Boatwright was vice president of business development for a consulting firm where she worked with CEOs and executives in over 150 Bay Area companies. Before that, she served as head of the global investment practice for the leading venture capital firm in Korea.
Boatwright is a cancer survivor dedicated to supporting cancer prevention research. She also supports such organizations as the Asian Art Museum, Junior Achievement of the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Symphony; and is a co-founder of the San Francisco Korean Immersion Education Alliance.
Boatwright holds a bachelor of science degree in human development from Cornell University and currently serves on the Cornell University Council.
Samuel Bronfman II served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2002 and has held the position of chair from 2004-2015. He is a managing partner of Bacchus Capital Management, a San Francisco- and New York-based investment firm focused on providing strategic capital and making private equity investments in the wine industry. Bronfman has extensive experience in the wine industry having held the position of president at Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines.
As chair of the CPIC Board, Bronfman has provided the leadership to help the organization develop a long-term strategic plan, assisted in the hiring of major scientific and executive leadership, and insured the CPIC's continued financial health.
Bronfman is a graduate of Williams College.
Pancho Chang has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2010. He is a strategic business advisor at Ravenswood Family Health Center, an East Palo Alto nonprofit. Previously he was a programmer and administrator at three local foundations. Chang began his career as a legal services attorney before running a community health center in Boston’s Chinatown. Subsequently, he was an acting policy deputy at the Federal Bureau of Primary Care and the community benefits director at Boston City Hospital, while serving as a community college trustee and a group insurance commissioner.
Chang has held Pew health policy and Kellogg leadership fellowships and served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige national quality awards.
He graduated from Brandeis University and earned a J.D. degree from Boston University.
Doris Fisher has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 1983. Her service to CPIC continues the work of her father, B.J. Feigenbaum, who, in 1974, became a founding trustee of CPIC’s predecessor organization. Mrs. Fisher, with her late husband Donald, co-founded the Gap, Inc, where she continues to serve as an honorary lifetime director of its board of trustees. Fisher is an involved and active community leader. She is a founder of the Children's Cancer Research Institute at California Pacific Medical Center, a member of the board of governors of the San Francisco Symphony, and a member of the board of trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fisher has been a major supporter to the public charter school program Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP).
Fisher's support of CPIC over the years has been unwavering. In 2004, CPIC established the Doris Fisher Community Leadership Award, recognizing leaders who raise understanding of cancer and improve the quality of life for individuals living with the disease.
Fisher is a graduate of Stanford University.
Louisa Gloger has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2011. She is the co-founder of Triple Step Toward the Cure, a nonprofit that raises awareness of triple negative breast cancer and provides education and support to the women and communities affected by this uncommon form of the disease. Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at age of 31, Gloger was alarmed that this type of breast cancer disproportionately affects younger women and minority women. She vowed to use her personal experience as a survivor to raise awareness and to empower women at risk for breast cancer.
Gloger also has an art advisory practice in which she works with private clients to curate and manage museum-quality private collections. She is a graduate of Williams College.
Marianne Jackson has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2014. A human resource and communications executive, Jackson’s expertise includes organizational effectiveness, executive coaching, workforce optimization, strategic planning and culture shaping in the healthcare and technology industries. She is president of 3g Human Capital Consulting, a company she founded to assist organizations with improving competitiveness by linking business strategy to a targeted people strategy. Previously she served as chief learning officer at eBay and senior vice president of human resources, communications and community relations, at Blue Shield of California. She has held executive human resources positions at Palm Inc., Cisco Systems, SanDisk Corporation, Logitech, Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems.
Jackson speaks on such topics as human capital planning, culture shaping, corporate wellness and C-level succession planning. She also serves as a trustee for the Health Trust of Silicon Valley and on the advisory board for Saama Technologies. Her prior board positions include the Blue Shield Foundation and Catholic Charities.
Jackson holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She completed graduate courses in counseling psychology at the University of Santa Clara.
Alan Lewis has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2016. Lewis has led a number of large and small biopharmaceutical research organizations, including oncology organizations. He is president and CEO of Diavacs. Most recently, he was CEO of Medistem. In previous positions he held the position of chairman, president and CEO at cancer drug developer Ambit Biosciences. Prior to this role, he held the position of president and CEO at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation following his role as president and CEO at stem cell company Novocell. Earlier in his career, Lewis served as CEO and a director of Signal Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Celgene. Lewis then was named president of Celgene's Signal Research Division, where he directed its integrated drug discovery program in oncology and inflammation. He spent the previous 15 years at the pharmaceutical company Wyeth-Ayerst, where he was vice president of research. Lewis also is on the board of directors for a number of companies, including BioMarin Pharmaceutical, where he chairs the science and technology committee.
He has contributed to advancing more than 20 molecules into clinical development and overseeing five investigational drugs that have reached the market; he has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and is an inventor on several patents.
Lewis holds a bachelor of science from Southampton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales. He completed his postdoctoral training at Yale University.
Judith Luce has served on CPIC's Board of Trustees since 1995. She is clinical professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she served as chairwoman of the Protocol Review Committee at its Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also former director of oncology services at San Francisco General Hospital.
Luce graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned her Doctor of Medicine at UCSF.
Beverly Mitchell has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2006. She is the director of the Stanford Cancer Institute and is the George E. Becker Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Mitchell began her professional career in research in the department of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Michigan, where she was on the faculty for 16 years. She then led the molecular therapeutics program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she also served as associate director for translational research and chief of the division of hematology/oncology. Mitchell has maintained an active research program relating to the development of new therapies for cancers of the blood.
Mitchell has served as president of the American Society of Hematology, chair of the medical and scientific affairs committee, vice chair for medical and scientific affairs of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
She graduated from Smith College and earned her doctor of medicine at Harvard University Medical School.
Hilary Newsom Callan has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2000. Newsom Callan is president of PlumpJack, a hospitality management company that oversees 14 individual businesses including hotels, wineries, restaurants, retail stores and clubs. Newsom Callan collaborates with all department heads and oversees the brand identity, culture, marketing and public relations of the company's individual businesses as well as focusing on new business development. Newsom Callan has been highly instrumental in the concept and development process surrounding numerous PlumpJack entities.
Passionate about philanthropy since childhood, she is a compassionate and committed fundraiser on behalf of several charitable organizations, including the Tahoe Fund and the Holy Family Day Home. In her support of CPIC, she and her husband Geoff Callan founded the annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic in 2000. Through their annual efforts, this event has raised more than $2.8 million for the fight against breast cancer.
Newsom Callan is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Pete Sittnick has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2013. He is the managing partner of Waterbar and EPIC Roasthouse, two of San Francisco’s most popular restaurants located on the Embarcadero waterfront. He has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, including a 12-year career with the Kimpton Group, where he helped grow their nationwide restaurant portfolio from four to 25.
Sittnick has taught, consulted and established scholarship programs for the hospitality school at City College and the University of San Francisco. He has been on the board of directors of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association since 2001 and currently serves as board president. Sittnick has been an avid supporter and friend to Glide Memorial Church.
Sittnick is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Thomas T. Thomas has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2016. Thomas has over 25 years of experience as a financial executive with experience in developing financial plans, assessing/mitigating enterprise risks and building high performing teams. In his current role, he provides financial and risk management consulting to public and private companies. In addition, he is the founder of Thomas T Thomas Vineyards where local wineries produce wines from his vineyards. Previously, Thomas held the positions of interim chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at the Stupski Foundation. Prior to joining Stupski, Thomas spent twelve years at Genentech, Inc. in various financial roles including corporate treasurer. Thomas also held financial positions at Del Monte Foods and GE Capital Corporation.
Thomas is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a mentor in the Ivy Exec Mentor Network. He has served on the boards of the San Francisco Security Analysts and Hospitality House.
Thomas received his MBA from the University of Cincinnati, College of Business, where he was a graduate fellow, and he has a bachelor of music in voice performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Lou Weller has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2010 and assumed the position of chair in 2016. Weller is managing partner of Weller Partners, LLP, focusing on tax planning for real estate transactions. He was previously a principal in Deloitte Tax, LLP, where he served as national director, real estate transaction planning and led Deloitte Tax’s like-kind exchange practice group. He is a frequent speaker in the fields of tax, business law and real estate and is author of many articles and a treatise relating to these subjects.
Mr. Weller is an elected fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. His civic and community activities have included membership on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and service on the Town of Tiburon Design Review Board and Planning Commission.
Mr. Weller graduated from Yale University and earned joint J. D. and master’s of public policy degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kim Wright-Violich has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2011. She is managing partner of Tideline, and co-leads the firm’s strategy, operations, and client engagement work. Wright-Violich is also the acting president of Echidna Giving, a giving fund that is working to advance girls’ education in the developing world.
Prior to Tideline, Wright-Violich was the CEO of Schwab Charitable, a nonprofit corporation founded by Charles Schwab & Co. to provide charitable asset management and philanthropic services to investors. In her time as CEO, she oversaw Schwab Charitable’s growth from a start-up to become the second-largest donor advised fund in the United States.
A recognized influential voice in the industry, she is widely published and quoted, including in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Bloomberg, Investment News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy and Trusts & Estates Magazine. Wright-Violich has taught and lectured on impact investing and strategic philanthropy at Haas School of Business, the University of California, Berkeley and guest lectures on governance at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and the Center of Social Sector Leadership at Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley.
Wright-Violich is a graduate of Stanford University. She completed the business school executive program at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, post-graduate work at the Mass Media Institute at Stanford, as well as coursework in governance at Harvard Business School.
Jay Yu has served on CPIC's Board of Trustees since 2006. He was a cloud practice director for Computer Media Technologies (CMT). CMT provides cloud computing, IT infrastructure and managed services for businesses. Prior to joining CMT, Yu was the co-founder and president of Invisible IT, a company providing consulting and managed IT services for medium-sized businesses. His professional experience also includes his roles as director of worldwide technical support for Plumtree Software and as director of network operations for dNet and for Global Networking and Computing (GNAC). Yu has held a variety of systems administration, IT management and consulting roles with companies such as Microsoft, Align Technology, Synopsys, Adobe Systems, Xerox PARC, IBM, Covad, Lattice Semiconductor, and the Stanford Medical Center.
Yu is a graduate of Stanford University.
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