Jeff runs the incubator at Envestnet | Yodlee, helping fintech startups grow. When not at work he mostly chases his two young sons around the house. Jeff serves on the Compass board to help support an organization that transforms lives.
Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Chief HR Officer Twitter Member Since 2018
Jennifer moved to San Francisco in 2017 from NYC and is Vice President and Chief HR Officer at Twitter. Prior to joining Twitter, Jennifer spent eight years at American Express in various HR roles, and she also spent two years as a Special Assistant to the President of the United States in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Jennifer started her career in the federal government working on community safety programs and implementing offender re-entry initiatives. She joined the Compass Board so she can help make an important difference in her new community of San Francisco.
Principal Squar Milner LLP Member Since 1990
Bob was a Founding Partner of DZH Phillips, with extensive experience in audits, reviews, compilations and tax planning, strategic planning, and succession planning. His expertise also includes management consulting and advisory assistance, involving forecasting, budgeting, business planning, and financing. Bob currently serves as the treasurer at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, and is a past treasurer of the Educational Foundation of Orinda. Bob joined the Compass board to help provide lasting solutions for homeless San Francisco families.
Development Committee Co-Chair
Board Whisperer Member Since 2019
A fifth-generation San Franciscan, Steven is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. He has worked as a program and financial analyst for the San Mateo County Manager’s Office, as a Deputy District Attorney (San Mateo), as owner/publisher of San Francisco magazine, and as an active small investor in the film commercial, restaurant, electronics component and real estate industries. Steven was motivated to become more deeply involved with Compass as homelessness has persisted as the preeminent challenge facing our beloved City.
Community Volunteer Member Since 2010
Dennis had a career as a corporate and banking law attorney. Now retired, he spent most of his career at Wells Fargo Bank, where he was Senior Vice President and Assistant Chief Counsel until 1998. Prior to joining the Compass board of directors in 2010, he served on the board of another homeless services agency, Central City Hospitality House. He believes that service on the Compass board of directors supports an organization that transforms the lives of its clients every day.
Community Volunteer Member Since 2000
With over 20 years of commercial banking experience, Doug began as a financial analyst, and then assumed roles in product management for deposits and cash management services. Eventually, he was responsible for marketing to commercial clients with over $2B in assets. Doug also has been an entrepreneur, co-founding two successful businesses. Doug serves on the board because he believes that every child deserves a safe and stable home.
Community Volunteer Member Since 2017
Meghan is an Executive Producer for the San Francisco based production company Liars & Thieves. She is a seasoned entertainment executive with 15+ years of experience that includes roles as Executive Director, Creative Affairs for Viacom and Disney. Meghan has also produced and managed a number of successful nonprofit marketing campaigns and events for independent schools in San Francisco. Meghan believes that Compass’ individualized services and multi-tiered approach are paramount to finding solutions for families facing homelessness in SF.
Valerie Garcia Houts
Managing Director, Senior International Financial Officer Merrill Lynch Member Since 2019
Valerie spent six years at Montgomery Securities in the Private Client Department prior to joining Merrill Venture Services in 2002. Valerie received her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Irvine and her MBA from the Haas School of Business. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Project Glimmer, a non-profit supporting disadvantaged young women & girls, and is active in leadership at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. She and her husband Tim live in San Francisco where they are raising their three daughters.
Office Service Associate Morrison & Foerster LLP Member Since 2019
Carine is a human resources professional from Cameroon. She and her family moved to the United States in 2013. Compass Family Services helped her family to secure stable housing and adjust to life in a new country. Carine lives in Oakland and enjoys every moment with her family.
Carine has worked as an Office Service Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP since 2014. She also completed a Business Management Degree to advance professionally.
Carine is passionate about her career in human resources. She is grateful for what she says is immeasurable help from Compass and the San Francisco community. She is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors and for the opportunity to give back, help others with her life experiences, and advance the mission of Compass Family Services.
Partner Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass Member Since 2019
Lauren Kowal is a partner at the law firm Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients in both state and federal court in a wide range of matters, including securities law, antitrust, employment, intellectual property, consumer class actions, real estate, and other complex contract and business disputes.
Lauren received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was Order of the Coif and an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Following her graduation from law school, Lauren served as a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Conner of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She previously worked at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.
IT Consultant Member Since 2002
Mike is an innovative and results-driven Community Broadband Engineer with 15+ years of community-based IT experience, including designing and directing city-wide fiber and Wi-Fi initiatives. Mike currently manages a community-based ISP that provides internet access to over 8,000 users every day in San Francisco. Mike was also part of the Compass staff for 12 years, helping start Compass’ homeless family program back in the early 1990s. He stays involved with Compass because he knows firsthand the tremendous long-term benefits families receive from being part of the Compass family.
Real Estate Committee Chair
Principal McInerney Group Member Since 2008
Brian is the Founder of the McInerney Group, providing C-level project leadership for organizations and projects. His previous incarnations include CEO of the Jimmy Doolittle Center Education Foundation, Executive Director of the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus, Director of Operations for the Mayor’s Office, Captain in the US Merchant Marine and Commander, US Navy (retired). As a native San Franciscan, Brian understands we are all part of one interwoven community and together we must address its needs - Compass is a critical part of improving the social fabric, and thus the lives, of all of us here in San Francisco.
Board Governance & Nominating Committee Chair
Founder POPSUGAR Member Since 2017
Krista is Founder and EVP of Culture and Corporate Citizenship at POPSUGAR, which is a global media and technology company. Krista joined the Compass board in 2017. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Town School for Boys and sits on the SFGives Kitchen Cabinet. Krista was introduced to Compass through her involvement with Tipping Point/SFGives and decided to join the board after seeing firsthand the great impact of Compass’ work while volunteering at Compass Family Shelter.
Architect Member Since 2007
Lisa is principal in Lisa Odyniec Design, specializing in Residential and Interior Architecture. Previously, she worked at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead) in New York and SOM in San Francisco, as well as other boutique architectural and design firms. Lisa serves on the Compass board in order to actively engage in helping families in need in the context of a results driven organization.
Community Volunteer Member Since 2009
Anne worked for many years in adventure travel marketing with Backroads. While raising two daughters, she returned to the University of San Francisco for an MBA, and actively volunteered for 10 years with events and fundraising at Katherine Delmar Burke School. Anne is active on the Trails Forever committee to raise funds for the trails and programs in the Golden Gate National Parks. Since joining the board, Anne has chaired the Spring Benefit, Centennial Campaign and Annual Fund. Anne serves on the Compass board because she wants all children to have a place to call home.
Leadership Council Chair
Program Associate Hirsch & Associates, Philanthropic Advisors Member Since 2017
Laurel is a Program Associate with Hirsch & Associates, Philanthropic Advisors where she provides in-depth issue research and analysis, strategic planning, and program management to help individuals, families and foundations maximize the impact of their philanthropy. Previously, Laurel worked as Program Coordinator for International Specialized Programs at the University of Washington, managing in-bound study abroad programs for international students. Laurel is proud to serve as the Leadership Council representative on Compass' Board of Directors, and is motivated by the organization's commitment to providing comprehensive and personalized support to homeless families.
Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Sales Executive Marriott Marquis Member Since 2019
Adam has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the last 6 years. With a strong sense of community and responsibility, he is active in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as ambassador for the past 4 years. Adam supports and volunteers with Golden Gate Business Association, SF Marin Food Bank and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. His service on the Compass Board of Directors began after learning more about the housing crisis in the Bay Area and touring Compass programs.
Community Volunteer Member Since 2011
Katie is a community volunteer who, as Co-Chair of Compass Family Services’ Spring Benefit for the past several years, has helped conceptualize, coordinate, and implement the multifaceted and largest fundraising event for Compass. She also has served as Co-Chair of Marin Country Day School’s Live Auction, and created, solicited, and delivered various highly desirable auction items/experiences for the school’s fundraiser. Previously, Katie was a Sports Marketing Account Manager, initiating, coordinating and running special events for various clients including NBA, Nike, and Gillette. Katie joined the Compass board because she was seeing so many families in need. She continues to serve because she believes that the support and services that Compass provides truly make a difference in the lives of homeless and at-risk families.
Partner Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Member Since 2012