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ARUN BHATTARCHARYA

Currently works at Adobe Inc. as a Product Marketing Director in the Digital Marketing / Analytics space. Over the past two decades, he has held similar leadership positions across global technology companies like Intel, Hewlett-Packard, CA Technologies, Citrix Systems and Cadence Design Systems. He has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from India and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Arun has been associated with multiple volunteer / non-profit organizations serving the underprivileged communities in India and the US for over 35 years.

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IBE EWALT

Director of Business Operations and Program Management, 3D&1 at Adobe. With over 20 years of experience in M&A, Business Operations, Marketing and Sales Operations, her expertise is to generate data-driven insights to steer strategic initiatives, drive processes optimization and form excelling teams. A highly active member of her community, she is a Girl Scout troop leader, Chair of the Auction Committee at her children’s school and an avid volunteer in a number of non-profit organizations. Ibe holds a B.S. in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College and is currently completing the Stanford LEAD certification program from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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ENEDINA RUIZ-OROZCO

Board TreasurerAssurance Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CPA. She has over 8 years of public accounting experience servicing large multinational clients in the San Jose Bay Area.  Has volunteered with various nonprofits, including Sunday Friends. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Santa Clara University. 

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ASHLEY PAPAGNO 

Board Secretary, Product Manager, Customer Engagement at UserTesting with years of experience in B2B SaaS. Prior to UserTesting, Ashley was the Product Manager for PayPal's Reporting and Insights, Invoicing, and Marketing Solutions for Large Enterprise products. In her time at PayPal, she additionally earned a spot in PayPal's 2017 and 2018 Top 20 Innovators list and led volunteer efforts for Women In Product, Kiva, and the Spark Program. She holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

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RENE RAMIREZ

Board President, Chief Operating Officer at HomeFirst with over 20 years of non-profit and community service experience in the areas of education, mental health, and homelessness. He has held positions with the City of San Jose's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services division, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and the Alum Rock Counseling Center. He holds a BA in Psychology from San Jose State University.

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SEBASTIAN BECK

Chief of Staff for PayPal’s Global Diversity & Inclusion team with responsibility for company culture and employee engagement. A Diversity & Inclusion professional with more than 13 years of experience building strategies around workforce, workplace and marketplace inclusion at global companies. Prior to PayPal, Sebastian worked at Amazon, where he led that company’s participation at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as Amazon’s internal gender diversity conference and the company’s Affinity Groups. He previously worked at The Walt Disney Studios where he helped start Women@Disney and built the business case for D&I. Sebastian began his D&I career at Macy’s. Sebastian earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is originally from Chile, and has lived all over the world, including in Japan, Spain and Saudi Arabia. Sebastian currently lives with his wife and daughter in Silicon Valley.

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TASHIYA GUNESEKERA

Senior Financial Analyst at Adobe. Prior to Adobe, Tashiya worked for four years as a management consultant for BERK, a Seattle public sector consulting firm, where she worked on projects that ranged from economic development to early learning education to urban planning. Before BERK, Tashiya spent two years working as an Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she taught English to 7th and 8th graders and built the first library in her rural community. Tashiya was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. Having experienced the short and long term challenges of immigrating to the United States, Tashiya wants to use her multi-faceted skills to listen and work towards empowering families to break the generational cycle of poverty. In her free time, Tashiya likes to challenge herself by going on long hikes and traveling to foreign lands.

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JANIS BARON. Founder, Prior to founding Sunday Friends in 1997, worked for 15 years at Apple, Intel and other companies, including start-ups, in a variety of roles, including engineer, project leader and manager. 46 years of volunteer work, including tutoring, suicide prevention, inner-city community projects, work with developmentally disabled and mentally ill populations and creation of after-school curricula and community service clubs and events. She holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

RODRIGO CANIDO. Attorney with LORIC Immigration Solutions, formerly with the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield and the Law Offices of Dominic E. Capeci. Immigration lawyer focusing on a wide range of permanent and temporary immigration, deportation, deferred action, asylum and other issues. Experience at 5 different law firms. years of community service involvement, including leadership of university student government. MBA in Business and JD in Immigration Law from American University in Washington; BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

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