Melissa is an impactful advocate for equity in education, and is currently the Executive Vice President at the Silicon Valley Children's Fund, a nonprofit committed to improving educational and life outcomes for foster youth. Before this, Melissa was the Executive Director at Breakthrough Silicon Valley, a successful college access and teacher training program, offering six years of academic enrichment and college preparation to middle and high school students with high potential but limited resources and/or opportunities.
Prior to her leadership roles, Melissa successfully advanced in development roles at The Girls' Middle School and Eastside College Preparatory School, where she worked alongside dedicated, talented educators who were committed to creating learning environments in which all students could thrive.
Melissa holds a BS from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Erica, a practicing children’s psychologist in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, works from a strength-based perspective. She specializes in bullying prevention, relational aggression, digital drama, digital safety, and conflict resolution.
She has a passion for helping children and teens learn the skills to become their own advocates, as well as helping schools become caring communities. Her research has focused on the psychological and sociological impact of technology on the lives of children, families, schools and communities. A dedicated activist, Erica has served as a pro-bono high school counselor in East Palo Alto schools for 10 years.
Erica holds a BA from Clark University, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from New York University, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. Erica is the parent of two sons.
In addition to holding the My Digital TAT2 Board Chair position, Jennifer is engaged in many San Francisco-based community work for children. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and most recently served on the Board of Trustees of CuriOdyssey from 2010-2016. She attended Parents Nursery School (PNS) with her children from 2003-2008, where she taught and served as President.
Early in her career, Jennifer worked at PC Magazine and PointCast before pivoting to a career in education. Jennifer taught in Seattle at St. Marks Preschool, and at Little Gators Preschool in San Francisco. Jennifer’s passions include early childhood science education, marine biology and healthy technology integration into families.
Jennifer received her BA and a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco, and holds a Masters of Education from Seattle University.
Karae is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in both private and not-for-profit sectors. She joined MDT2 as the CEO early 2017, after several nonprofit leadership roles, including successfully spearheaded the merger between InnVision and Shelter Network to become the leading provider of homeless shelter and services across Silicon Valley (LifeMoves).
Karae’s professional career began in the technology sector with a role at Burroughs Corporation, progressing from coding to sales management in a variety of companies, including Oracle and several start-ups. As founder of Wellbourne International, she provided strategic consulting to emerging growth and Fortune 500 technology companies, earning her several professional awards/honors. Her early nonprofit experience leveraged her strengths as a dynamic leader as Chief Marketing Officer at the Computer History Museum.
Karae’s longstanding community service includes work with the Battered Women’s Shelter, Special Olympics, and the Girl Scouts of America. She currently serves on three nonprofit boards: The Harvard Business School Tech Alumni Association, Mercado Global, and Harper for Kids. She has held Adjunct Professorships at the University of San Francisco and San Jose State University in both Business and Engineering masters’ programs. Karae holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Management Information Systems.
Vince has over 20 years of experience driving all aspects of marketing including strategy, solutions marketing, corporate communications, demand generation, and customer engagement. At RSA, The Security Division of EMC (part of Dell Technologies), he currently manages strategy and execution for a portfolio of programs at RSA Conference, the leading global cybersecurity conference brand.
Earlier in his career, Vince held marketing, advertising, and product management roles at Epsilon, Cisco, VeriSign, RSA The Security Division of EMC and Dominion Information Services (a Verizon subsidiary). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Shana has worked in health education, research and policy at the University of California - San Francisco and The Haight-Ashbury Clinics. Earlier in her career, she was the Associate Director for a San Francisco children's health collaborative comprised of community and government organizations, activists, and educators.
Shana is passionate about building community, volunteering with Bay Area organizations including National Charity League, Girls on the Run, the Woodside School Foundation and Castilleja School. She is a Trustee at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Shana was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BA from Smith College, and returned to California to earn her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA.
Christine is currently the Project Director for the Teen Mental Health Initiative at Children's Health Council. Prior to working in nonprofit, Christine successfully worked in a variety of educational organizations, including Assistant Principal at Jordan Middle School, Dean of Students at Gunn High School, and as a Resource Specialist at Terman Middle School. Her work in social-emotional learning was instrumental at The Nueva School, and she continues to focus on this important work.
She holds a BS in Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Christine engages in a variety of initiatives in the teen community and volunteers as a Youth Team Mentor for the Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge.
Adam is a corporate attorney who works with emerging companies and businesses in the Silicon Valley. As part of his practice, he consults with professional athletes coaching them to leverage their platforms for social change within their communities.
Prior to his legal career, he founded Athletes LTD, a platform that develops life skills programming for student-athletes. His work in social media and life skills is used by the Pac-12 Conference, the Positive Coaching Alliance, and the California Interscholastic Federation's Central Coast Section. In addition, he has worked with over 100 professional athletes to help them leverage their brands. Through his work in social media and sports, he authored Student-Athletes and Social Media, which was featured in the NCAA's Champion Magazine alongside Carli Lloyd, Tim Tebow, and Arnold Palmer. He is a dynamic speaker in the world of sports on a variety of social media topics.
Adam was highly engaged in community during his time at the University of Idaho. He earned a JD from the College of Law and was a Board Member of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Prior to law school, he earned both his BS in Business - Accounting, and Masters in Accountancy with a Tax Emphasis. Active in nonprofit service, he is a member of the NFL Alumni Association and an Advisory Board Member for the Magical Bridge Playground.
Adam, an Arena Bowl XXIII and Humanitarian Bowl Champion gives back, and works as high school football coach at Menlo-Atherton High School.
Gloria has been a school social worker, educator, and program developer since 1981. She has served as a lecturer in the Graduate Program of Social Work at San Jose State University for 20 years. In mid-career, she was the Coordinator of Parents Place Community Education and founded the Bullying Prevention Center, and worked there for five years.
Gloria is a strong believer in the importance of working with educators, parents, and students to create safe, inclusive environments online and offline. Gloria has worked in educational settings advocating for children and families throughout her career.
Gloria holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Social Science from San Jose State University and a Masters of Social Work and Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Gloria is bicultural and the parent of three sons.