- Luby and Andy Aczel
- Dillon Auyoung
- Alex Banh
- Thijs Boekhoff
- Nicole Bohn
- Anni Chung
- Catherine Cullen
- Peter De Haas
- Angela Di Martino
- Kate Eppler
- Dan Gillette*
- Kami Griffiths
- Anne Hinton*
- Jim Illig
- Marie Jobling*
- David Knego
- Algis Leveckis*
- David Lindeman*
- Scott Mauvais
- Shireen McSpadden*
- Lana Nieves
- Cathy Spensley
- Jeremy Wallenberg
- Kate Williams
- Tiffany Yu*
* Steering Committee Members – co-chaired by Anne Hinton and David Lindeman
Luby Aczel – Founder, Board Chair and Executive Director of The Specialists Guild (TSG)
Luby Aczel is cofounder of TSG, a social enterprise providing technical training to adults with Autism. Luby has been involved as a volunteer, as an advocate and as a professional in causes aimed at disability awareness for over 30 years. Prior to TSG, Luby has worked for the Canadian Museums Association, the Duke Medical Center, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and was Center Director of Autism Social Connection in Redwood City, California. Luby has degrees in Anthropology and Education, and a Masters of Museology.
Andy Aczel – Founder, Board Member and CTO of The Specialists Guild (TSG)
Andy Aczel is cofounder of TSG, a social enterprise providing technical training to adults with Autism. Andy has over 30 years of experience in software development and real time media delivery. Prior to TSG, he was founder and CEO of Packet Island Inc., a cloud based company for converged media networks. Andy was also involved with three Silicon Valley startups as the leading engineering executive. Prior to moving to California, Andy held key technical and marketing positions at Nortel and Bell Northern Research. Andy has degrees in EE and Anthropology and holds patents in Communications Technology.
Dillon Auyoung is Comcast’s Director of Government Affairs and is a seasoned and accomplished government affairs leader with almost two decades of experience in balancing multiple interests to produce positive outcomes under often intense, high-profile situations. Dillon has an extensive knowledge of legislation, public policy, and stakeholder engagement, and has led successful legislative and community relations programs at the local, state, and federal levels for entities in California, the Pacific Northwest, and DC. He was the local government affairs lead for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the head of government affairs for SamTrans/Caltrain, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and a technology policy analyst for the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of State. He was also a Presidential Management Fellow in DC.
Dillon holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Public Policy from the University of California at San Diego. He completed additional graduate work at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center at the US Department of State in Project Management, and studied Language and Culture at Nanjing University in China. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and spent time in Taiwan teaching after college. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and daughter.
Alex Banh is the Digital Inclusion Officer for the City and County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information Technology (COIT). In this role, he is tasked with managing citywide efforts to improve technology access and digital skills among underserved populations.
Alex is committed to digital inclusion to empower individuals and communities. He previously co-managed San Francisco’s federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant with the Department of Technology, funding a variety of digital skills training programs for audiences from youth to seniors. He also served as Senior Manager of The Asia Foundation’s global IT team, where he oversaw IT projects and training programs for the organization’s local staff and partners throughout developing Asia.
As a native San Franciscan, Alex is excited about the Tech Council’s work to expand access to technology to the city’s senior and adults with disabilities populations. He holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, a BA in Political Science from UCLA, and is a veteran of the US Air Force.
Thijs Boekhoff is the founder and director of Healthcare Innovation Transfer, a public-private partnership that is facilitating Dutch-American cooperation on advancing healthcare solutions in the United States and Europe. Thijs brings the essence of the Dutch healthcare innovation and the energy to create advanced healthcare solutions to San Francisco.Thijs founded a successful management consulting firm in the Netherlands, and worked in North America and Europe on business challenges in healthcare, innovation and knowledge management. He graduated from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Niccole Bohn is the Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability. In her role, she works to ensure physical, electronic and programmatic accessibility of all City funded programs and services. As a member of the SF Tech Council, she helps to address the technology needs of San Franciscan’s with disabilities, especially the important intersection between access to technology and employment. Nicole assumed office on January 23, 2017.
Nicole began her professional career in 1997 providing crisis intervention and reasonable accommodation counseling services for individuals with disabilities. Nicole worked at the University of San Francisco from 1997 to 2008, during which time she was progressively responsible for managing and overseeing the University’s reasonable accommodation program and policies. From 2008-2017, Nicole served as the Director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center at San Francisco State University, leading and coordinating centralized compliance efforts for the campus, and educating others on principles of Universal Design. Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin; and a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Anni Chung oversees and manages Self-Help for the Elderly, a Bay Area community-based organization that provides a comprehensive range of health, educational, social and recreational services to over 35,000 seniors a year. Computer and internet training is a major program of the organization. Self-Help started in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1966 and now serves seniors in four Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda. Anni has been Self-Help’s CEO since 1981.
Self-Help started its first TIE (Technology Information and Empowerment) Center in 1989 to advocate for digital inclusion for low-income, monolingual, or limited English-speaking seniors. Self-Help strongly believes every senior in San Francisco should get access and training to computer and internet knowledge and skills. Anni joined the SF Tech Council to connect Asian seniors to these tools and opportunities. Self-Help for the Elderly currently offers classes in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian in many senior centers in San Francisco as part of the SF Connected Network.
Catherine Collen is Senior Program and Grants Officer at Metta Fund. She brings over 15 years of programmatic and grants management experience in the philanthropic sector along with a deep commitment to supporting community health and social justice efforts. Prior to Metta Fund, Catherine worked at Tides in a variety of roles over her decade-long tenure, including Senior Philanthropic Advisor where she managed national funder collaboratives and a portfolio of donor advised funds supporting issue areas, including health equity, reproductive justice and civic engagement. Catherine works closely with Metta Fund staff and grantees to ensure alignment with Metta’s goals and objectives. Catherine also oversees Metta’s day-to-day grantmaking operations and manages the technology for Metta’s grantmaking system. She holds a degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Peter has been building successful and creative programming for individuals with all types of disabilities for nearly 30 years. Through individual advocacy, education, vocational and residential programming, Peter builds lasting relationships with the individuals he serves and the broader communities. Peter is a professor of American Sign Language at San Francisco State University, the Director of Disability Resources & Academic Accommodations at Golden Gate University and has recently founded the San Francisco Bay Area Disability Business Alliance.
Angela Di Martino has a B.A. in English and History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master’s degree in Integrated Health Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She joined Curry Senior Center in 2014 as a Project Coordinator for Senior Vitality and Healthy Living Aftercare Group, two healthcare improvement programs, and is now the Wellness Programs Manager for the agency. Prior to joining Curry, Angela was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley, overseeing the management of three West Coast offices. She is a certified Integrative Health and Wellness Coach, and holds certifications in Wellness Management and Guided Imagery. Angela has volunteered with organizations aiding the elderly for many years, serving on the Board of Directors of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly for over 10 years, and is currently coordinating Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s “Seniors for Seniors” adoption and outreach programs.
Kate Eppler is the program manager for San Francisco Public Library’s The Bridge at Main, a literacy and learning center with a focus on digital literacy and technology skill-building. More than 2,000 people every year attend free classes and technology help sessions at the Bridge. Eppler coordinates San Francisco’s award winning Connect with Tech Week, which brings community partners from nonprofit, business and government together to produce a vibrant week of technology education events. She has developed and implemented technology classes of all levels, as well as maker programming, information literacy instruction, and other opportunities to help users better understand their world. Eppler holds an MLIS from the UCLA Department of Information Studies and has worked in public libraries since 2006.
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Dan Gillette works at the intersection of design and culture, with a special focus on co-design, education, public health, disability, civic life, and healthcare. Dan currently serves as co-director of Tech for Social Good and senior research scientist at the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley, and program director of the PHI Design Center at the Public Health Institute (PHI). CITRIS projects include: Tech for Social Good and Putting AI to Work. PHI projects have included work around aging and the built environment, co-design methodologies, workforce development, skills-based volunteer programs, design education for public health professionals, and mid-career fellowship programs. Dan holds a B.A. in human development from the Lesley College Graduate School, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Kami Griffiths is the executive director and co-founder of Community Tech Network, a nonprofit with the mission to transform lives through digital literacy. With nearly 15 years of experience working in the public sector, Kami has developed a passion for helping people gain access and better utilize technology after witnessing firsthand how the digital divide and low literacy levels were aiding the cycle of poverty.
Kami has worked for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation, managing 27 public access computing centers, teaching computer classes and establishing their volunteer trainer program. As the Training and Outreach Manager for TechSoup Global, Kami greatly expanded her knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit technology field, having conducted over 200 interviews with librarians and producing over 100 webinars. She is a founding member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and speaks nationally about digital inclusion.
Anne Hinton’s career spans more than 40 years including 10 years as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services which serves older adults and younger adults with disabilities. In this capacity she had responsibility for the Departments 4 divisions: In Home Supportive Services, Protective Services, Office on Aging/Veterans Services and Office of Long Term Care. Her prior positions include the following: Director of Home Care, Care Management and Fiduciary Services Department for the Institute on Aging, Director of Aging Services for San Francisco Catholic Charities and Director of South San Francisco Senior Services.
In the past she has served on the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Board of Directors and the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging Board. Ms. Hinton was also an attendee of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and the first recipient of the Justice in Aging 2016 Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award and the Community Living Campaign 2015 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award.
Currently Ms. Hinton is a co-chair of the San Francisco Technology Council, a member of the Northern California, Northern Nevada Alzheimer’s Board of Directors as well as the Boards of Self Help for the Elderly, Institute on Aging and San Francisco Village. She also serves as a Livable Communities Advisor for AARP California, where she is Chair of the Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup.
As Community Health Manager, Jim Illig is responsible for the development and management of Kaiser Permanente’s strategies and programs to enhance community health and support its social mission for six Bay Area hospitals. He was Director of Government Relations at Project Open Hand for 18 years, responsible for HIV and senior service contracts feeding thousands of persons on both sides of the Bay each year. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of Baker Places, and then Continuum HIV Day Services, both pioneering nonprofits serving persons with mental illness, substance abuse, and AIDS.
Jim has also been an advocate for collaboration among nonprofit service providers as a founder and leader of the HIV/AIDS Provider Network (HAPN), the Human Services Network, the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE), and the Tenderloin Hunger Task Force. In 2004, Mayor Newsom appointed Jim to serve on the San Francisco Health Commission, providing governance leadership for the $1.6 billion Department of Public Health during two four-year terms, with half of that time as elected President or Vice President.
Jim joined the SF Tech Council to connect vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities to the health and social supports they need to live independently in their communities.
Marie Jobling is Executive Director of the Community Living Campaign (CLC) in San Francisco and an active member of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council. She has led the CLC team in developing several large Community Forums and Summits in San Francisco on topics such as Elder Economic Security, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Healthy Aging, and the 2012 Aging and Disability Technology Summit.
She continues to play a leadership role with the City’s SF Connected Program and is excited by the potential of the SF Tech Council to help bridge the digital divide for seniors and adults with disabilities. She works with an awesome team of paid Community Connectors that have created CLC’s Connections for Healthy Aging Workshops and our employment-related SF ReServe Program. CLC is growing its impact through an increasing number of neighborhood support networks for older adults and adults with disabilities, grocery delivery networks in several SF neighborhoods, and by providing more than 200 hours of computer training each month.
Marie was Executive Director of Planning for Elders in the Central City for 14 years. Past positions also included Director of Parish and Community Services for Catholic Charities of San Francisco, the Boards of TURN and the California Public Interest Center on Long Term Care and planning and board leadership to a number of affordable, low-income housing developments.
David Knego, MSW, joined the management team of Curry Senior Center as the Executive Director in February 2007. David has a history working with the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods since 1989. Most recently David served as the Executive Director of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, where he expanded the agency’s volunteer-based programs supporting homebound and isolated elders. David also worked at Central City Hospitality House, a community center for low-income and homeless adults.
David’s current community involvement includes serving as: a Board member of Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly where he Co-Chairs the Advocacy Committee; Board President of the Community Living Campaign; Board President of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium; and as a member of the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Community Advisory Board. David holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Biology and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Algis Leveckis is a Principal at GlobalBridges.co. Al is an entrepreneur and advisor to global firms, helping organizations to integrate business, market and product strategies in new and changing markets. In this role, he advises startups on growth and product market value, and established firms on how to gain value from relationships with startups. He has also co-founded startups and established European healthcare firms in the US with lighthouse clients and paths to scaling. Previously as a Partner in management consulting firms, Al worked with clients to clarify and focus their strategy and then execute effectively – centered on technology-enabled business advances.
Transplanted from Boston, Al has lived in the Bay Area for 20 years. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees form MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
David Lindeman, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), UC Berkeley, and Director, Center for Technology and Aging (CTA). Dr. Lindeman has worked in the fields of health care and long-term care for nearly 40 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, conducting research related to health care technology, assistive technologies, chronic disease management, healthy aging, disabilities, dementia, community-based and residential services, health care workforce, and family caregiving. Dr. Lindeman’s current focus is working with researchers, entrepreneurs and investors on the incubation, start-up, evaluation, and scaling of technology-enabled health care solutions, including initiatives that address critical health care challenges through mobile/cloud, sensors/IoT, telehealth, robotics, assistive technologies, and data analytics (AI/machine learning). These technology-enabled solutions cover a continuum of health care issues, ranging from wellness to complex chronic conditions and precision health, with an emphasis on global applications. Dr. Lindeman serves as an advisor to foundations, government agencies, businesses, and venture firms, and is working on global initiatives, including China, Japan, Singapore, and Denmark. Dr. Lindeman previously served as the founding Director of the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging; Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center; and Co-Director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
Scott Mauvais is the Director Microsoft Cities where he works with local leaders to infuse technology into existing real-world systems to make cities better places to live, learn, work, and innovate.
Scott has been at Microsoft 18 years. Most recently, he was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center, an innovation lab where Microsoft’s top architects work hand-in-hand with Fortune 500 companies to envision, architect, and prove out solutions based on Microsoft’s newest technologies.
Prior to that, Scott worked for Microsoft Consulting Services where he ran early stage projects for customers in Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program. He has written extensively for Microsoft Press and Ziff-Davis.
Scott serves on the national boards of Upwardly Global, City Innovate Foundation, and the Urban Age Institute and co-owns of The WELL, the ground breaking online community founded in 1985. When not working, Scott enjoys skiing in the winter, backpacking in the summer, and seeing—and photographing—as much live music as possible year-round.
He lives in San Francisco.
Shireen McSpadden was appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging by Mayor Edwin Lee in December of 2015. Prior to that appointment, she served as Deputy Director of the department since 2003. Shireen has more than 25 years’ experience providing services to people with disabilities and seniors, in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She has served on the boards of local community organizations and committees such as Glide, Habitat for Humanity San Francisco, Rebuilding Together San Francisco, and the advisory board of UCSF’s Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. She has also served on statewide organizations such as the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the California Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians, and Public Conservators, and the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee of the California Judicial Council. She is an alternate board member, representing California, for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Shireen earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Lana Nieves is the executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF), a not-for-profit organization that focuses on the rights of people with disabilities, with an eye towards a future when full access for all is the norm.
It is her belief that technology will be the key, in the 21st century, to a fully accessible community. Lana and her staff are often called upon by the tech industry, as consultants with regards to accessibility of new and emerging technologies, and ILRCSF has, as the jewel in its crown, The Nick Feldman Device Lending Library: a free lending library open to any person with a disability who is interested in trying out various types of technology in an effort to bridge gaps in access at work, in school, and in daily living.
Lana has over 30 years’ experience in the not-for-profit field, both in the U.S. and overseas, with a focus on the needs of underrepresented communities: people with disabilities/serious medical issues, seniors, the homeless, immigrants, and survivors of trauma.
Cathy Spensley, LCSW, is the Senior Division Director at Felton Institute, overseeing programs that serve over 5000 older adults a year. Her areas of specialization include mental health, senior services, workforce development, and advocacy. She is active on many committees and advisory boards, including San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council and the San Francisco Tech Council. She presents at annual conferences on policy and service level needs of older adults. Cathy believes older adults and people with disabilities should have access to technology that is useful and relevant to their lives and that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to meet that need. Cathy has a BA in Communications from American University and a MSW from UC Berkeley.
Jeremy Wallenberg is a Director at Ground Floor, helping to drive policy, build relationships and advise clients navigating our region. He manages a diverse portfolio of clients that include innovative companies in both technology and development, some of the most impactful nonprofits, and more. His portfolio also includes work with San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi). In 2017, Jeremy was appointed by Mayor Lee as Commissioner, Department of Aging and Adult Services, term ending in 2020.
Prior to joining Ground Floor, Jeremy worked on both political campaigns and in state government. His campaign experience has ranged from field to communications to management at the national, state and local levels. In 2009 and 2010, he served as Legislative Assistant to a House member in the Virginia House of Delegates, Virginia General Assembly. A fifth generation San Franciscan, Jeremy is dedicated to public service working to improve the lives of others.
Kate Williams serves as Director of Employment services at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ms. Williams served in HR Generalist and Recruiter capacities for ten years with Allergan Pharmaceuticals, receiving special commendation for recruitment and retention of minority employees. She continued her career as an Executive Recruiter before developing career coaching and employment workshops for people who are blind or have low vision. Ms. Williams has founded two employment programs for blind jobseekers. In 2014, Ms. Williams was awarded a prestigious PURPOSE PRIZE for her work designing and leading the Employment Immersion program at LightHouse.
Ms. Williams serves on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council, the National Federation of the Blind’s National Employment Committee, and is a past member of the board of the Northern California Human Resources Association. Ms. Williams is an innovative and dedicated leader whose passion is supporting blind job seekers and helping them secure employment in the competitive job market.
Tiffany Yu is the CEO & Founder of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise to rebrand disability through the power of community and the Founder of the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, a monthly micro-grant for disability projects that has awarded $33.5k to 34 projects in 7 countries. She was appointed to the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council by San Francisco Mayor London Breed in 2019. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, working on over $14 billion of announced transactions. She has also worked at Bloomberg, Sean Diddy Combs’ REVOLT Media & TV, and a venture-backed real estate startup. She has been featured in Marie Claire, the Guardian, and Forbes and has spoken at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, TEDx, and Stanford University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
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Andrew Broderick currently serves as research program director at the Public Health Institute, were his research interests focus on advancing digital health practices and policies for underserved populations.
He has extensive research experience in the evaluation and assessment of digital health solutions for underserved populations, leading user experience research, and conducting focus groups and interviews with key opinion leaders across the care continuum. Before joining PHI, Andrew served as Research Director at the Health Technology Center, and spent more than ten years at SRI International as a senior consultant where he led research projects on new business opportunity searches, conducted technology and market assessments in health care and the life sciences, and supported strategic planning on a broad range of emerging technologies.
Andrew holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Geography from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, as well as an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Karla Suomala is Principal of Suomala+ Consulting which focuses on content development, media design, and campaigns, especially around topics and issues that impact older adults. Prior to becoming a Project Co-director of the SF Tech Council, she worked as Senior Educator at the Jewish Community Relations Council and before that as Professor at a liberal arts college in the Midwest. She currently enjoys volunteering with Covia’s Well Connected Program, leading sessions for older adults across the country on topics related to aging and wisdom in the world’s great religious and philosophical traditions as well as the relationship between religion, illness, and disease.
Karla holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Hebrew Union College. She recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a MA in Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on adult learners.