Leadership committed to making an impact

Our Board of Directors


Chad Dyer


Community Volunteer

Member Since 2016

Chad became a Compass supporter when he and his wife discovered the inspiring work of Compass Children’s Center. They witnessed the children of Compass clients getting the same type of quality early childhood education that their own daughter was getting. Chad joined the Compass board in hopes of getting better at understanding and working against structures that perpetuate inequality. He also serves on the Community Committee at Hamlin School.

Lauren Kowal


Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass

Member Since 2019

Lauren's law practice focuses on complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients in both state and federal court. Lauren has been a long-time donor in Compass' annual Adopt-a-Family holiday project.

Adam Tait


Wealth Planning Associate, UBS

Member Since 2019

Adam's service on the Compass Board of Directors began after learning more about the housing crisis and touring Compass programs. With a strong sense of community and responsibility, he has been active in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Golden Gate Business Association, SF Marin Food Bank, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Beth Roy Jenkyn

Governance & Strategy Chair

Community Volunteer

Member Since 2019

Beth joined the board because she feels Compass does an excellent job helping those who need it most. She's grateful for the support she received at critical junctures in her life and wants to make sure others in our community have the supports they need. Beth served as a consultant for McKinsey & Co and has held a variety of positions in nonprofit and public sector focusing on family welfare.

Tim Moffet


Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase

Member Since 2017

Tim is a San Francisco native and is passionate about his work with Compass and the impact the organization has on the community. He has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Tim is also currently on the alumni fundraising committee for University High School.


Dalana Brand

Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee

VP People Experience and Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Twitter

Member Since 2020

Dalana Brand is a seasoned human capital executive with global leadership experience in corporate finance and human resources. She has led global teams to design and develop innovative people programs that equitably engage employees, create a fair and inclusive culture, and help advance the business strategy of the company. Firmly believing in “lifting others while climbing,” Dalana is always involved within her community and supports several non-profit organizations.

Dennis Gibbons

Board Member

Community Volunteer

Member Since 2010

Dennis is retired from serving as a corporate and banking law attorney. 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 has a long dedication to his board service with Compass and believes the organization transforms the lives of its clients every day.

Anne Parish

Board Member

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.

Robert Daoro

Board Member

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.

Doug Goelz

Board Member

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.

Linsey Thornton

Board Member

Vice President - Americas iShares COO Team, BlackRock

Member Since 2021

Linsey has served for 10+ years within BlackRock's iShares business. Linsey also leads BlackRock's local volunteer and grantmaking programs and as part of this became a proud supporter of Compass in 2015. Since then, Linsey has managed BlackRock's engagement with Compass and served as a member of the Compass Leadership Council for two years.

Steven Dinkelspiel

Chair, Development Committee

Board Whisperer

Member Since 2019

Steven is a fifth-generation San Franciscan and 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, a Deputy District Attorney (San Mateo), owner and publisher of San Francisco magazine, and an active small investor in the film, commercial, restaurant, electronics component and real estate industries. Steven was motivated to become involved with Compass as homelessness has persisted as the preeminent challenge facing our beloved City.

Valerie Garcia Houts

Board Member

Merrill Lynch

Member Since 2019

Valerie received her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Irvine and her MBA from the Haas School of Business. She is also currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Project Glimmer, a non-profit organization supporting disadvantaged young women & girls, and is active in the leadership at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. Valerie and her husband Tim live in San Francisco where they are raising their three daughters.

Alison Engel

Board Member

Partner, Literary Masters Groups LLC

Member Since 2014

After a career in advertising account management, Alison is a small business owner and book group moderator for parents, children and adults. She is a founding board member of Taking Out Toxo, a nonprofit devoted to finding a cure for toxoplasmosis and an owner of Petrali Wines, which donates 100% of proceeds to this cause. Alison co chaired Compass' Centennial celebration and campaign in 2014 and strongly believes that Compass' approach to housing and deep support services will allow her adopted hometown of San Francisco to reduce and eventually eliminate family homelessness.

Michael McCarthy

Board Member

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.