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As GoDaddy’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark is responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, procurement, investor relations and global real estate departments.

Before joining GoDaddy, Mark spent over 20 years holding various roles at PwC in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sector. Mark most recently was its US TMT Sector Leader, guiding an experienced team of consultants working across clients in the TMT industries.

He also served as the Global Software Industry Leader for the firm, including the global engagement partner on several of PwC’s largest multinational software and services clients. Mark has experience as a strategic business advisor, with frequent speaking engagements at industry conferences world-wide and annual workshops for financial executives, operational executives, and board members. He also lectures at colleges and universities on the subject of leadership and frequently blogs on industry and leadership topics.

Mark’s career has centered on serving clients in the technology and media industries, particularly on organizations building their digital capabilities. As industries converge, digital innovation has been a hallmark of his work and his clients’ success. A graduate of Pace University, Mark was a member of the Board at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose through 2017.

Casey is the National Portfolio Director at Green Light Fund, a venture philanthropy firm, after serving as the founding Executive Director of Green Light Bay Area for its first 5 years, where she imported their first four portfolio organizations. Prior to Green Light, Casey completed a fellowship at Room to Read, an international NGO focused on literacy and girls education in developing countries. Casey’s background has been working with literacy and education-focused nonprofit organizations in California, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. Casey earned her master’s degrees in Education from the University of San Francisco and in English from Brooklyn College. She spends her free time keeping up with her sons, reading, running and volunteering in her local community.

John is a founding principal of Oryx Partners. He is a successful real-estate investor and developer in San Francisco and other areas. His experience includes sourcing, entitling, and investing in numerous development projects, including the acquisition of property for redevelopment.

John is a nationally recognized attorney who started his legal career in 1990. During his legal career, he has advised high net worth families in the areas of real estate, tax and estate matters. John is an ACTEC Fellow and is included in Best Lawyers of America, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He was also a co-founder and director of Republic Bank, Inc.

John has lived in San Francisco since 1997. John is involved in philanthropy personally and on behalf of his clients, including causes that benefit the Tenderloin community and MMG Foundation, which has brought critical thinking programs to San Francisco public schools. He is a member of the Alumni Board and Capital Campaign Committee at the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.

John’s favorite children’s book is Charlotte’s Web.

Michael is a native of Arizona having graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance before moving to the Bay Area in 2004. Michael is a finance professional who has been in banking since 1998. He currently works for Fremont Bank as the Vice President of Branch Banking. Outside of work, Michael enjoys gardening, taking his mountain bike to the hills in the East Bay, and spending time watching his son play volleyball.

Favorite Children’s Book: Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Nicole has 20+ years of banking experience with the majority of time spent in Business Banking in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently the head of SBA-sales and strategy and manages a business banking team for the Northern California region at City National Bank.

She is well versed in structuring complex commercial credits; an expert in conventional/SBA lending, knowledgeable in treasury management; and she is effective and successful in business development and relationship management overall.

Nicole has also become a thoughtful leader, a credible project manager and is skilled in developing executional strategy plans. She graduates in September 2022 with an executive certification in banking at Pacific Coast Banking School.

She remains active in the community. She is a passionate supporter of equality and in helping local small businesses grow here in the Bay Area. She is also an advocate for the underserved, from children, youth to seniors.

Sara Jo founded her own law firm in Honolulu, Hawai’i focused on family law after working in several small firms in Honolulu and San Francisco. She prides herself on being client-focused and empathetic, applying her client’s needs to current law. She also has an extensive background in non-profits, including as an Executive Director, other staff positions and as a board member. She spends her free time traveling, enjoying the ocean, or hiking. She has two adult children who are pursuing their higher education on the mainland.

Sara Jo received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.

Kristen is a wife and a mother of 4 children with 30+ years of leadership in education. She began as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in DOD and Title 1 schools, served as Head of School for an early childhood and elementary program, and provided assistance to at-risk and special needs students as an educational advocate. She has spoken at national and international conferences to parents and teachers on reading readiness, literacy development, and classroom management, among other topics. Kristen believes strongly that introducing children to literacy early should be about igniting interest, expanding knowledge, building imagination, and inspiring a lifelong love of learning and a connection to books. Kristen has a Bachelors in Education and Business Administration, a Masters as a Reading Specialist and a Doctorate in Education/Curriculum and Instruction. .

Favorite Children’s Book: Miss Rumphius

Aimee Sueko Eng is a non-profit and philanthropic professional with over 15 years of experience in the field. She most recently served as Vice President of Programs at the Thomas J. Long Foundation, a private foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area where she oversaw a $90 million grantmaking program. Aimee is in her second term as an elected School Board Director for the Oakland Unified School District, representing District 2 and has served as Board President since January 2018. Aimee holds a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University.

Bret is a two-time Olympian and played 17 years in the National Hockey League (NHL), winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. Currently, Bret is the radio color analyst for the San Jose Sharks. He also helps with the USA Women’s Olympic Team as an assistant coach. In 2011 he started his own licensing company, E360 Global, and is the co-founder of and Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi. Bret’s wife, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, and their two daughters, Keara and Emma, are his highest priority.

Favorite children’s book: J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series

Hutch Hsieh is the Vice President, Associate General Counsel – Corporate and Business Operations for Thomas James Homes. Previously, he held different leadership roles at AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, including Vice President, Legal and Vice President, Real Estate. Hutch sat on AAA’s Diversity Council as an inaugural member, and was the executive sponsor of its AAPI employee resource group.

Hutch began his legal career working as an emerging companies and venture capital attorney with global law firms. He then co-founded a startup consulting practice, where he provided strategic and legal advice to early-stage tech companies.

Hutch received a J.D. from Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin
Favorite Children’s Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein