Darius Anderson, Founder
Darius Anderson is Founder and CEO of Kenwood Investments, LLC, a California Real Estate Development and Opportunity Fund and is the Founder and Managing Member of Sonoma Media Investments, LLC.
He is a passionate art collector and owns world-class collections of both baseball and Jack London memorabilia. Darius Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Sonoma.
Elizabeth Gore, Chair
Elizabeth Gore serves as the President and Chairwoman of the Board for Alice, the first-ever artificial intelligence platform for business owners. As a social enterprise, Alice is open to all entrepreneurs and prioritizes services for women, minorities, and veterans. Elizabeth previously served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell Technologies, where she drove initiatives to support Dell's goals around helping small and medium business scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship.
Elizabeth personally advices the growth of purpose-driven companies, such as ride share commuting company Scoop, and is an investing Limited Partner with the Portolia fund. In addition, Elizabeth is part owner in Gore Family Vineyards in Sonoma County. She is the Emeritus Chair of the UN Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council and previously served as the first-ever Entrepreneur in Residence for the UN Foundation and Vice President of Global Partnerships, where she founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and Shot@Life.
Elizabeth is a former US Peace Corps Volunteer where she served in Bolivia and South America. Elizabeth has also been a leader at organizations, like the Points of Light Foundation, Share Our Strength, and the Texas A&M Foundation.
She was named by People as one of the “Top 100 Extraordinary Women,” is one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Women to Watch.” She has been featured by multiple media outlets, including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour, Entrepreneur, People, and Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, a sprint triathlete, and runner, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations. Elizabeth is the Chairwoman of Rebuild North Bay Foundation, a non-profit leading fire recovery and the rebuild of Northern California after the devastating 2017 fires. Elizabeth resides in Sonoma County with her husband, James Gore, a California elected official, and has two hilarious children.
Michael Mondavi is the Founder & “Coach” of Folio Fine Wine Partners, a company he established in 2004 with his wife, Isabel, and their children, Rob and Dina. Folio is an importer and producer of quality wines from the world's premiere and emerging wine regions, including Italy, Spain, Austria, New Zealand and California. Additionally, Folio provides sales, marketing and public relations services to the wine brands it represents.
Michael’s career began in 1966 when he co-founded the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley with his father, Robert Mondavi. Until 1974, he served as the Vice President of Production responsible for winemaking. From 1969 to 1978, Michael also served as Vice President of Sales. He was named Managing Director and CEO of Robert Mondavi in 1990. Following the Company’s public offering in 1994, Michael was appointed President and CEO and later served as Chairman from 2001 to 2004.
Over the years, Michael has been actively involved in industry affairs and committed to numerous civic activities, he is a member of the California State Chamber of Commerce Board, past Chairman and CEO of the Wine Market Council, past President of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, past Chairman of Wine Institute and past Chairman of Winegrowers of California, and previous Board Member of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA.
In 1998, Michael was named “Industry Executive of the Year” by The Market Watch Leaders, a group of top industry executives. In 1997, Michael received the “Who’s Who in Food and Wine” award by the James Beard Foundation and, in 1995, he was awarded the “World of Food and Wine” Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lisa is the Regional Director 10,000 Degrees in Sonoma County. In September 2013, Lisa became the first Latina to chair the Board for Directors for the Sonoma County Fair and Events Center in its 78-year history. In February 2014, Lisa was the first member of the community appointed to serve on the Editorial Board for the Press Democrat.
Lisa currently chairs the Board of Directors for Forget Me Not Farm Children's Services and serves on the Community Benefit Committee for St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County Health Action Partnership Council, Congressman Mike Thompson’s Immigration Advisory Group, Los Cien Sonoma County Board of Directors, Sonoma County Coalition for Foster Youth, Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle Steering Committee and the Community Foundation Sonoma County Board of Directors.
Larry is CEO/President of Burbank Housing. Burbank Housing is Sonoma County’s largest builder and owner of affordable housing. Larry brings over thirty years experience in real estate, community and economic development in both the public and private sector to Burbank Housing. Most recently Larry served as the Director of Housing and Intergovernmental Affairs for Napa County. He managed Napa County’s affordable housing programs as well as the county’s Housing Authority and community and economic development activities.
Prior to joining Napa County Larry spent over ten years in the private sector, co founding a development company specializing in adaptive reuse of underutilized industrial property and overseeing some of the company’s largest development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area including the redevelopment of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. While in the Northeast Mr. Florin oversaw a 2,000 unit urban mixed use development project along the Hudson River across from Midtown Manhattan.
He has over 15 years experience working in senior management positions in San Francisco including executive level positions in the Mayor’s Office, Redevelopment Authority and Port. He also served as the first Executive Director of the Treasure Island Development Authority.
Throughout the years Larry has served on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Governors Task Force on Military Base Conversion, the State of California Housing Element Working Group and California Forward’s One Million Homes Initiative. He has received the San Francisco Business Times Real Estate Transaction of the Year Award and the San Francisco Mayors Manager of the Year.
Larry has a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Purchase State College.
Dr. Micheli has over 25 years experience applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs. She completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley as a NASA Earth Systems Research Fellow in 2000 and now focuses her research on relationships between watershed health and biodiversity. She is the co-chair of the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Bay Area climate adaptation research initiative. She joined Sonoma County’s Pepperwood Foundation in October of 2009 as its premiere Executive Director.
Born in 1948 in Vacaville, California & Moved to Sonoma County, California in 1961.
1970 University of Santa Clara, Bachelor of Science in Economics
1966 Bellarmine College Preparatory High School
Employed by Memorex Corporation, Santa Clara from 1970 to 1973. Returned to Santa Rosa in late 1973 to work in the family business (Bishop Hansel Ford, located in downtown Santa Rosa.) He began as a Commercial Salesperson, was promoted to Sales Manager; then to Used Car Manager, and to General Sales Manager in 1975.
In 1979, he purchased Sanderson Ford in Petaluma and renamed the dealership Henry Curtis Ford-Mercury. A beautiful renovation was completed in 2016. In 1981, he began managing both Hansel Ford and Henry Curtis Ford. In 1983, the Lincoln Mercury franchise was purchased (Prestige Lincoln-Mercury) and a new showroom was built next to Hansel Ford in 1998 when the two merged as Hansel Ford Lincoln-Mercury. Saab Subaru and Veale Motors were purchased in 1990 and renamed Prestige Imports (BMW, VW, and Subaru), and Acura-Suzuki in Santa Rosa was renamed Hansel Acura in 2010. 1991 saw the addition of Hansel Toyota in Petaluma where a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion was completed in 2015; and in 1995-1996 Bob Benson Honda in Petaluma was purchased and renamed Hansel Honda. Today, Hansel Ford Lincoln and Hansel Mazda operate from the same campus on Corby Avenue where the Hansel Ford Lincoln Showroom underwent its face-changing remodel in 2015 as well. The Hansel Auto Campus on Corby Avenue was completed in 2012 & 2013 as the new home for Hansel BMW of Santa Rosa, Hansel Volkswagen of Santa Rosa, Hansel Subaru, along with Hansel Acura … three new Showrooms plus a Parts Center, Service Building, and Detail/Carwash facilities to support all of them.
Henry is the President of the Hansel Auto Group that is comprised of ten (10) new vehicle franchises in 9 Showrooms as well as the Leasing Company and Collision Center. The Hansel Auto Group employs nearly 700 full and part-time employees at its Sonoma County locations. Henry is also a partner with Steve Pleau at Future Ford Lincoln & Hyundai in Concord, CA.
Reno Keoni Franklin is Tribal Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, a position he has held since 2013, and Vice Chairman of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project, a position he has held since 2002. Franklin previously served as Vice Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians from 2010 to 2012. He served as Director of Government Relations for the Yochadehe Dehe Wintun Nation from 2009 to 2013 and as General Chairman of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers from 2009 to 2011. Franklin served on the Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2011. He was Chairman of National Indian Health Board from 2009 to 2011 and Chairman of California Rural Indian Health Board from 2007 to 2011. He received an A.S. from Santa Rosa Junior College.
Michele Rahmn has been proud to call Sonoma County her home since 1984. She, and her husband Steve, have 3 beautiful children ages 17, 10 and 3. The family lost their recently purchased home in Coffey Park in the Tubbs Fire and they have a strong commitment to rebuild their community. She brings her life experience and a strong determination to make a difference to help Rebuild North Bay.
Joyce H. Lopes serves as Sonoma State University’s vice president of administration and finance and the campus’ chief financial officer. A certified public accountant, Lopes earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Lopes assumed her new post on Aug. 14, 2017. Lopes has held the same position at Humboldt State since 2012. Before working at Humboldt State, Lopes spent two years as chief business officer and assistant superintendent for the Western Placer Unified School District in suburban Sacramento. Prior to that, she was director of finance for the Sierra Joint Community College District from 2004 until 2009.
She also spent two years, 2002–2004, as director of grants and contract administration at the Sacramento State University Foundation and was controller at Colorado College in Colorado Springs from 1991–1999, SSU’s announcement stated.
Mr. Jack A. Buckhorn earned an Associate of Science degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Prior to working for the NBLC he served twelve years as the Business Manager and Financial Secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 551. From 1989 to 1998, he was Training Director for the Redwood Empire Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Mr. Buckhorn is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties Building and Construction Trades Council; President of the Marin County Building and Construction Trades Council; a member of the Sonoma County Health Action Partnership Council; a commissioner on the California Apprenticeship Council and the California Health Facilities Finance Authority.
Judy Coffey, RN, has been the Senior Vice President and Area Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma service area since 2004. She is the chief executive for hospital and health plan operations in Sonoma and Marin counties, with over 300,000 members. Ms. Coffey is currently chair elect for the Northern and Central California Hospital Council Board of Directors, served as the chair of the North Bay Hospital Council for two years; is a board member with the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board, United Way of the Wine Country, and Empire College; and is a member of the Sonoma County Health Action Council and Sonoma County Health Alliance. She is also Treasurer for the American Heart Association's Western States Affiliate Board, Chairman of the AHA Operations and Finance Committee, and a member of the AHA Hospital Accreditation Business Management Committee. Ms. Coffey is a registered nurse, holds a bachelor’s degree in management, and has a master's degree in business administration.
Early adventures to legendary vineyards and wineries around the world with his father, photographer Andy Katz, rooted Jesse in a passion for place and respect for creative crafts. Jesse is inspired by the relationship of unpredictable nature in the vineyard, precise science in the winery, and a craft millennia in the making. His winemaking centers on selecting unique sites, then pairing diverse farming and winemaking techniques to extract the deepest expression of each vineyard.
Today, Katz creates terroir driven wines for his brands: Aperture Cellars,Devil Proof Vineyards. Aperture, a collaborative project with his father, focuses on Bordeaux varietals and demonstrates an expression of art both inside the bottle and out. Devil Proof Vineyards, Jesse’s flagship wine, is a single vineyard, dry farmed 100% Malbec, whose first release received the highest rating of any Malbec from California from both Robert Parker, Jr. and Wine Spectator, and was named “Cult Winery” of the year. Jesse's new winery and vineyards slated to open in 2019 will showcase sustainable wine growing and production, while expanding capacity.
In 2010, Katz was the youngest-hired head winemaker in the US at Lancaster Estate, where he brought to bear his handcrafted style of terroir driven winemaking and established their Roth Estate brand. During his five-year tenure, he orchestrated the building of the new Roth winery, production facility, and tasting room on Chalk Hill Road, grew the Roth line over 800% and received 90+ scores on every wine scored by Robert Parker, Jr and his wine was designated as Top 100 Wines by Wine Spectator. During this time, he also pivoted farming and winery practices, making both certified sustainable. His experience spans 15 harvests at wineries like Pétrus and includes time on the winemaking teams at Screaming Eagle Winery, Robert Foley Winery, and Viña Cobos and Bodega Noemia in Argentina.
Jesse has been named 40 Under 40 Tastemaker by Wine Enthusiast and was the first winemaker on the Forbes 30 Under 30. Aperture Cellars was recently selected as a Rising Star by Wine Spectator and a bottle of his 2015 The Setting Wines just became the most expensive single bottle of wine ever sold, earning $350,000 at Emeril Lagasse’s annual charity wine auction. Jesse puts his abilities to work raising funds for good causes, such as Becoming Independent, Navy Seals Foundation, United Way and Roots of Peace whose “Mines to Vines” program works to restore economic stability to war stricken areas of the world through agriculture. He also produces custom wines for athletes and celebrities like Tony Hawk, Superbowl MVP Von Miller, Shep Gordon, as well as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's wedding wine. He has also been featured by multiple media outlets, including: Wine and Spirts, Food and Wine, Drinks Business, Wine Advocate, Worth, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, People, ESPN, Forbes, People, AOL, Esquire, and others.
Tara Sharp is a senior marketing executive with 15+ years’ experience in leading and managing multi-channel businesses, branding, e-commerce, CRM, product development, sales and strategy with P&L responsibility.
She has a passion for innovative and disruptive technological approaches to evangelizing and driving product adoption. Seasoned general manager with a track record of recruiting and developing high performance teams who work well in cross-functional and matrixed organizations.
Steve Malnight is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company's energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level.
In developing and implementing the company's strategy and policy, Malnight oversees Federal, State and Local Government affairs, Corporate Sustainability, and Community Relations, along with PG&E's Energy Procurement organization that provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves.
Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before accepting his current assignment. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, where he oversaw PG&E's regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Malnight also served as Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President, Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President, Renewable Energy. Before being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman's office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company's budgeting and planning process.
Malnight holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Malnight is also active in national policy and community engagement, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities.
Tuck Beckstoffer creates world-class wines. As the President of Tuck Beckstoffer Wines he produces a dozen of Napa Valley’s most exciting and sought-after wines. Working with a spectrum of varietals, Tuck gives the consumer unparalleled quality in a range of prices.
Pioneers of the Napa Valley grape growing industry, the Beckstoffer family made the vineyards both their lives and their livelihood. When not playing in the vineyards, Tuck was learning about them. 1975 marked his first harvest, and since then Tuck can’t remember a harvest when he hasn’t tasted, smelled and picked the fruit straight from the vine.
Extensive viticultural knowledge drove a desire to learn more about the winemaking process. Studies with winemaking legends in wineries both at home and abroad only whetted Tuck’s appetite to create a wine of his own. After making Tuck Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997 to critical acclaim, collectors and connoisseurs asked for more. That demand continues today. His Semper Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are among the highest rated and most critically acclaimed Sonoma Coast wines produced today. Melee Grenache was hailed an “elegant expression of the land and a joy in the glass.” His Mockingbird and Tuck Beckstoffer Cabernets have been praised as “wines of remarkable character. A treasure to drink and to collect.” His Seventy Five Wine Company has been championed as “pedigreed wine for people who are above pedigree.”
Tuck has lived in the Napa Valley since 1975. After a lifetime among the vines, he continues to thrive on making wines that are an expression of the place he calls home.
The Chandi Group began, like any good restaurant story, as a fifteen year-old Sonu worked the line during the Friday night dinner rush. Three years later, the Chandi brothers helped their father open up his own restaurant. There they cut their teeth negotiating leases, managing vendors, building a team, gaining the experience, and growing the excitement that would cement their decision to own their own hospitality group.
In 2007, the Chandi Group purchased their first restaurant, a Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Rohnert Park. Still in college and with little guidance from the corporate offices, they learned their lessons - from scheduling to handling to every other aspect of owning a franchise - the hard way. And, the right way. Since then, they’ve become the Northern California Mountain Mike’s Development Agent, opening six new locations, with one on the way, and piloting the Mountain Mike’s Tavern concept, which brought a full bar experience into the family friendly atmosphere.
Along the way, Ren joined the team, and family, helping guide them as they branched out into independent restaurants. Together, they took over Stout Brothers Irish Pub and Restaurant two days before St. Patrick’s Day in 2013. The success of Stout’s and the vibrancy of downtown Santa Rosa has propelled them into two more restaurants, Bibi’s Burger Bar and County Bench, with Beer Baron on the way.
Though it all, the Chandi Group has been guided by their deep-rooted commitment to their community, to their work, integrity, and their philosophy of continuous improvement. At every step, they’ve challenged themselves to learn and grow, and strive to always be better.
Cynthia Murray is President/ CEO of North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC). Murray served eight years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors and seven years on the Novato City Council, including one term as Mayor. She received the 2010 Women in Business award from the North Bay Business Journal for her achievements in economic development. Murray serves on the boards of many organizations including the North Bay Life Science Alliance, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; First 5 Sonoma County Commission, Sonoma County Health Action Council, Healthy Marin Partnership, Marin School to Careers Partnership and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Policy Advisory Council.
Murray is a graduate of Rutgers University, spent 20 years in sales and marketing, and is an adjunct professor at Sonoma State University and Dominican University.