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Georgia is a passionate nonprofit executive and consultant with experience leading bold change throughout all life cycles of an organization. She has served as Executive Director of Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County, for over three years. Her previous roles include CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside, Director of Education & Training and Senior Consultant for the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Georgia is a founding board member for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. She also served as a trustee for the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation and board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton. She is on the Advisory Council for Gatepath, an advisor for the SF Urban Film Festival, and a graduate of Leadership San Mateo. Georgia has her M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Keith Battle has been working in the video industry for 15 years producing content for Bay Area schools, non-profits, musicians and martial artists. His current project, “Beyond the Gap”, will tackle the complex issue of the “achievement gap”, in which many students of color find themselves left out of the tremendous benefits and opportunities of the tech boom. He shares his passion for visual storytelling in classes and workshops he conducts at the Bay Area Video Coalition. He is the co-instructor of SFUFF’s storytelling for urban planners workshops alongside Dimitri Moore. Keith has been building imaginary cities, skateparks, and community centers from an early age influenced by his mother who is an architect and city planner.
Noah Christman leads the public education efforts at SPUR, a member-supported, urban policy think tank based in the Bay Area. He oversees the ideation and execution of hundreds of programs, tours and exhibitions for the public annually at the organization’s offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Since joining SPUR in 2011, he has led the creation of over 1,500 events for more than 75,000 attendees. Prior to his current position, Noah worked as an urban designer on both domestic and international projects, including mixed-use urban infill in California, new town concepts in China and a sustainable school for women and children in rural Tanzania.
Mary Corley joined Rosen Consulting Group in January 2017. She leads business development, client management, research collaborations, and partnerships for RCG. Most recently, Ms. Corley was responsible for equity capital raising for BRIDGE Housing Corporation, a West Coast developer of affordable housing. Prior to BRIDGE, she served as Executive Director for University of California, Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics. She has authored and contributed to research on capital markets, California housing policy, the California economy, and trends in real estate markets. Ms. Corley received a Master in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. from San Francisco State University. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, and co-chaired ULI-SF’s sponsorship committee. She is currently teaching a seminar for U.C. Berkeley’s Master in Real Estate Development + Design program.
Julie Doherty is a career fundraiser who is passionate about cities and civic engagement, and the vital role that visual arts can play in building community. Currently, she serves as Interim Development Director at AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Prior to that, she raised significant funds and awareness for affordable housing at TNDC and for Project Inform, a national HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy organization. For her, fostering effective partnerships among staff, volunteers and a wide array of stakeholders is both a privilege and a joy.
Adhi Nagraj is Senior Vice President of McCormack Baron Salazar, a leading national developer of affordable and workforce housing, and in this capacity leads all development activity for MBS’ Bay Area Region. Mr. Nagraj has financed over 1,600 affordable apartments in the Bay Area in his career. He previously served as Director of Development for BRIDGE Housing, overseeing a team of project managers on entitlements, predevelopment, and construction activities for BRIDGE’s Northern California pipeline. Mr. Nagraj lives in Oakland and was an Oakland Planning Commissioner for two terms, serving as Chair of the Commission for two years. He was also appointed by Governor Brown, and re-appointed by Governor Newsom, to the Board of the CA Housing Partnership Corporation, the state’s leading affordable housing finance and public policy organization. Mr. Nagraj is a licensed attorney, and a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School.
Leah Nichols is an award-winning filmmaker and designer based in San Francisco. She is best known for the animated short film, 73 Questions (2018 San Francisco Film Festival selection, 2018 SIMA Creative Activism award winner). She served as the animator/designer for the documentaries, Building the American Dream (2019 SXSW Film selection), A Woman’s Work (2019 Tribeca Film Festival selection), and Only the Moon (2019 Full Frame Film Festival selection). Her work seeks to celebrate connections across differences, expand media representations of marginalized communities, and eliminate stigmas related to mental health.
Lydia Tan is Managing Director, Real Estate for the Oakland Athletics, where she leads efforts to build the Team’s new Howard Terminal ballpark and mixed-use district, and redevelop the Oakland Coliseum site. Prior to joining the A’s, Tan was Senior Vice President and U.S. Head of Development at Bentall Kennedy, one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisors. Tan has additional experience as Executive Vice President and Director of Northern California Operations at Related California. She was also the Executive Vice President at BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Tan and her husband are Resident Fellows at Stanford University, where they work to create an enriched residential experience for 270 undergraduate students. She holds a BA in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from Stanford University. She is a Registered Architect in California.