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In Memoriam. Richard W. OdgersDecember 31, 1936 – September 7, 2014
With sadness we say goodbye to Dick Odgers, former Secretary, who served as Trustee since 1994. He was a retired partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Dick began his career at Pillsbury; then, in 1987, became Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pacific Telesis and Pacific Bell. He returned to Pillsbury in 1998. Dick was a former member of the California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission (2002-2011) and was Co-Chair of the California Task Force on Lawyer Support for Legal Services. Dick was also a member of the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society. He served as president of the boards of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and Legal Community Against Violence, and most recently served on the board of Immigrant Legal Resource Center. We shall miss him.

Toni Rembe - President
Toni Rembe has served as Trustee since 1971 and as President since 1994. She is a retired partner in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; a co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University; a member of the National Council for the American Theater; and a member of the advisory board (and former co-chair) of Corporate Women Directors International and a member of the board of Magic Theatre. She is past chair of the board of Presidio Graduate School, past President of the Commonwealth Club of California and past President and Chair of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In addition to her other not for profit affiliations, Toni has served on the board of directors of several public companies.

Dan Corsello Treasurer
Dan Corsello was the Executive Director of the vanLöbenSels/RembeRock
Foundation, from 1995 to 2010.  He was also the former Director of Napa County Health and Human Services Agency and founder and the former Executive Director of the Napa County Coalition of Non-Profit organizations.  Dan has served as a consultant to the Peter & Vernice Gasser Foundation in Napa County.  He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations and Commissions, including the First Five Commission, Head Start, Napa County Council on Economic Opportunities, Battered Women’s Shelter of Napa County, Legal Aid of the Napa Valley, the Napa County Community Health Clinic, and Queen of the Valley Hospital of the St. Joseph Health System.

Julie Divola - Secretary
Julie Divola is a partner with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she heads the tax practice in San Francisco.  She is a member of the Nominating Committee and past chair of the Corporate Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section.  She has served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Association Tax Section and as past president of the San Francisco Tax Club.  Julie was an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law.  She serves as co-chair of the ALI-ABA annual Course of Study on Corporate Taxation, as a member of the editorial board of the Practical Tax Lawyer and as a member of the advisory board of the NYU Institute on Federal Taxation.  She is Secretary and a member of the board of the BASIC Fund.  

Thomas C. Layton - Director
Thomas Layton is the president of The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, where he also serves as a board member. Mr. Layton serves or has served as a trustee of director of organizations including:  The Cow Hollow Foundation, The Ploughshares Fund, Interaction Associates, Inc., Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Non profit Policy Council of California, the Council on Foundations, Women and Philanthropy, the Tides Foundation, the Center for Citizen Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.  He has received numerous awards and has published articles dealing with foundations, the philanthropic process and the non-profit sector.

Brian M. Wong - Director
Brian Wong joined the Foundation as a Trustee in 2014. He is a partner with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he leads the Corporate and Securities practice in the San Francisco office. He also serves as Pillsbury’s Executive Partner for Diversity and Inclusion, overseeing the firm’s networks for women, LGBT attorneys and attorneys of color. Brian’s pro bono practice includes advising nonprofit corporations serving Northern California communities. He also serves as a director of the National Writing Project, where he chairs the Governance Committee.

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