Darius Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, a full-service government affairs firm that ranks in the top five of California government advocacy companies. With offices in Sacramento, Orange County and San Francisco, Platinum Advisors provides lobbying, strategic advice, government relations, project development, procurement, public affairs and strategic consulting to local and regional governments and agencies, trade associations, corporations, entrepreneurs, and non-profit groups. Mr. Anderson founded the firm in 1998.
Between 1993 and 1998, Darius Anderson served as Chief of Staff for The Yucaipa Companies and as Vice President of External Affairs for Ralphs Grocery Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. During that time, Darius was responsible for business development for The Yucaipa Companies, including property acquisition and development, and for government affairs, community relations, external corporate communications and public relations for Ralphs Grocery Stores. He also served as the Executive Director for the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation.
Widely recognized as one of California’s most effective political strategists, Darius has successfully advised many of California’s highest-ranking political and business leaders. In 2010, Darius was appointed to California’s Political Reform Act Task Force. Darius is also involved in a variety of civic, charitable and governmental activities. He previously served as the Chair of the National Advisory Council for the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and the Board of Directors of the George Washington University Graduate School of Public Management’s Council on American Politics, Californians Building Bridges, Sonoma State University Green Music Center and Co- Chair of the Friends of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health (CRH) Advisory Board.
Darius Anderson is also the 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 is the Entrepreneur-in Residence at Dell, where Gore drives initiatives that support Dell's goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship, thereby creating jobs that will drive the world economy. Gore is extending Dell’s global advocacy efforts to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally.
She is also personally advising the growth of companies such as the women’s accelerator Circular Board; ride share commuting company Scoop; online and mobile fundraising platform Classy; and innovative water company SOMA.
Ms. Gore is the Emeritus Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, which builds global partnerships that positively affect the UN’s most pressing humanitarian issues. Through a Dell partnership, Elizabeth Gore works with the UN and the UN Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Ms. Gore previously served as the first ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the UN Foundation, as well as Vice President of Global Partnerships, and also founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and Shot@Life .
Before joining the UN Foundation, Ms. Gore served as the director of development and corporate relations for the Points of Light Foundation. Her consulting experience includes the launch of The Great American Bake Sale, an anti-hunger initiative for Share Our Strength, ABC television and Parade magazine.
A former United States Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Gore served in Bolivia, South America, where she wrote, received and managed a USAID grant to better the food availability and economic situation for the Chaco.
Ms. Gore 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 across multiple media outlets including ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, Fortune, Glamour and Time . She is a World Champion Equestrian, a sprint triathlete, runner, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with Summit to Summit to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations.
Ms. Gore currently serves on the leadership council of the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, but is originally from Texas, where she holds a bachelor of science in Animal Science and a master in Education Administration from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Gore resides in Sonoma County, California, with her husband James Gore, a California elected official, and her 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.
Ralph has been the Executive Director of the Sonoma Land Trust since 2003. He graduated from Occidental College and has a Master ’s degree in English literature from UCLA and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. Prior to joining Sonoma Land Trust, Ralph served as Orange County Deputy County Counsel, legal counsel to a major land development company, and had a 24-year career at the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in San Francisco as General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, helping grow TPL into one of the nation’s leading conservation organizations. Ralph served on the founding board of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, is past board chair of Save the Bay, and past president and board member of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. He has consulted on land conservation projects in Chile, New Zealand and Cuba.
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.
- President and Board Member, Northern California Ford Dealers Advertising Association
- Current Board Member of the Northern California Honda Dealers Advertising Association
- Past President and Board Member, Northern California Toyota Advertising Association
- Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Weill Hall and the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University & one of the two Community Members selected to participate in the hiring of the new President at SSU
- Board Member, Hennessy Advisors, Inc., a Public Company
- US Bank San Francisco Advisory Board
- Board of Trustee, Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties
- Founding Director of the Bank of Petaluma (acquired by Greater Bay Bancorp and later acquired by Wells Fargo)
- Past Chairman of the Board, California New Car Dealers Association (when it was CMCDA)
- Past Board Member, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
- Past Board Member and Chairman, United Way of the Wine Country, Named 2006 Philanthropist of the Year and the Hansel Auto Group has achieved a number of other Campaign Excellence awards
- Past President, Petaluma Rotary Club
- Past Chairman Dealer - Company Governmental Affairs Committee, Ford Motor Company
- Past National Chairman, Ford Dealer Council
- Past Board of Regents, Cardinal Newman High School
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.
Dr. Judy K. Sakaki became Sonoma State University’s seventh president on July 1, 2016. She is the second female president on the campus and the first Japanese American woman president in the nation to lead a four-year college or university. She is a first-generation college student, a product of public education and a graduate of both the California State University and the University of California. She has devoted her entire career to issues of access, affordability, inclusive excellence, educational opportunities and achievement for all students.
Since her arrival at Sonoma State, Dr. Sakaki has reprioritized the academic mission of the University and has focused on student success. She helped SSU achieve eligibility as an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is developing an Undocumented Student Center as well as a transition center to better support transfer students. In keeping with her focus on inclusion and opportunity, during her first weeks as president she hosted the largest group of young people in the University’s history when nearly 500 elementary and middle school students visited Sonoma State to experience a taste of college life. The students were from an ethnically diverse, economically challenged area of Sacramento.
Prior to Sonoma State, Dr. Sakaki served as Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of California, Office of the President. There she worked on admissions, financial aid and student success initiatives. Before that, she was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UC Davis, Vice President and Dean of Students at Fresno State and Executive Director of Student Academic Services, including the Educational Opportunity Program at CSU East Bay. She has taught university classes; managed departments and divisions ranging from 45 to 1,000 employees; and has testified before Senate and Assembly Committees regarding financial aid, academic preparation programs, gender equity in athletics and student mental health. She has a strong commitment to vulnerable populations including underrepresented students, undocumented students, veterans and LGBTQI students, faculty and staff communities.
In 2009, Dr. Sakaki co-chaired a system-wide faculty and administrative task force to award honorary degrees to approximately 700 Japanese American University of California students who were unable to complete their degree due to their internment during World War II.
Dr. Sakaki is a former American Council on Education Fellow, a Millennium Leadership Institute Fellow, an Executive Fellow of the California State University and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. She attended the MDP/IEM Harvard Management Institutes and was a member of the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan.
She has received numerous honors and awards. Most recently, Dr. Sakaki was honored with the Pillar of the Profession award by NASPA, the national organization of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Human Development and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from CSU East Bay and a Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley.
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.
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.