Helen Bean – Senior Advisor
Helen Bean began her career in the Tenderloin as a community organizer for the North of Market Planning Coalition where she worked with neighborhood residents and businesses on a rezoning initiative that preserved the neighborhood’s residential status. Her experience with this effort led her to earn a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career she has focused on revitalizing communities through economic development, enhancing public spaces, and building strategic partnerships. Helen also brings a wealth of experience and expertise in affordable housing, city planning, public art, and community preservation.
She served as the Economic Development/Redevelopment Manager for the City of Concord for 17 years and as Director of Economic Development and Housing for the City of Emeryville for 7 years. One of her key accomplishments was reinventing and activating Concord’s central downtown plaza, by integrating plaza improvements with event planning, and building partnerships between downtown merchants and the City.
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Carmela Gold – Board President
Carmela is a long time staff member of the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA, culminating in a 17 year career as the Executive Director. The Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA has been a leading provider and essential partner in meeting the needs of the Tenderloin community in social development and wellness services for 100 years. She continues to be in community initiatives and is currently serving on the Saint Francis Foundationcommittee for the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership (TLHIP).
Terrance Alan – Board Treasurer
Terrance is the first President of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, Chairman of the San Francisco Late Night Coalition, Founding Board member of the California Music And Culture Associationand an arts & entertainment business owner in the Tenderloin. He is currently working for sensible policy reform at California Cannabis Voice.
Aashish R. Karkhanis – Board Vice President & Secretary
A patent attorney and computer engineer by training, Aashish manages analysis of patents in software and financial technologies at RPX Corporation. His analysis has included presenting guidance on patent policy and analytics at Stanford Law School, Berkeley Law, and Berkeley Engineering. Aashish’s professional background spans private law firms in Silicon Valley and the District of Columbia, and the public interest at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Aashish has also served campus and statewide progressive organizations as an executive officer, coordinating voter outreach, designing primary debates for statewide office, and staffing campaign offices for progressive candidates.
Byron Chung – Board Member
A veteran of nearly 20 years in education administration, Byron Chung is the president of The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. Byron has overseen campus growth with new program offerings, including culinary, digital filmmaking, audio production, and has driven campus expansion from 65,000 sq ft. to 105,000 sq. ft. As President of The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, he is responsible for the academic quality, operational effectiveness, human resources development, and growth of the campus, as well as the quality of education for students and graduate success.
Deanna Sison Foster – Board Member
Deanna Sison Foster is the co-owner of the restaurants Farmerbrown and Little Skillet. Victory Hall and Parlor is the latest addition to her ventures, a relaxed bar and event space in the heart of SOMA.
As a San Francisco business owner and entrepreneur, Deanna has a knack for hospitality and strives to build her businesses around diverse communities. Previously, she was a producer for several PBS cooking shows, combining two passion: food and production. She believes that small businesses are the true fabric of any neighborhood, and provide the building blocks for a strong community.
Stan Riddell – Board Member
Stan is a real estate and litigation attorney in San Francisco and a nearly 20 year resident of the Tenderloin. A graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, he has represented numerous owners of properties, large and small, commercial and residential in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area for the past 15 years. Prior to earning his law degree, he spent 20 years in construction, primarily as a member of the Laborers International Union of North America. Stan has been a member of NOMNIC’s board for a little over three years.
Michael Warr – Board Member
As Principal at WarrConsulting, Michael assists nonprofits in organizational capacity building including executive leadership transition, strategic planning, cultural competency, assessment/evaluation, and more. He is a member of the 950 Center for Arts & Education Board of Directors and the Leadership Team of the Red Poppy Art House. He is co-author of Leveraging Assets: How Small Budget Arts Activities Benefit Neighborhoods and has co-founded / directed several nonprofits, including the Guild Literary Complex, Englewood Community Cultural Planning Council and DanceAfrica Chicago. Michael is also a published and award-winning poet, writer, and educator.
Annie Vue – Board Member
Annie is a Bay-area native and a graduate of UC Davis. She has been a Paralegal for 10 years, and is currently a Contracts Manager for Square, Inc. She has a passion for traveling, philanthropy, and serving as a volunteer for the Global Village Program in Nepal, Costa Rica, and Vietnam to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity International. In addition, with the help of family, friends, coworkers and strangers, she created multiple fundraisers that allowed her to assist the Somaly Mam Foundation in Cambodia, orphanages and leprosy villages in Vietnam and Nepal. A Vietnamese-American, Annie joined TEDP to help develop the neighborhood and empower the small merchants of the Tenderloin.
Nathalie Walton – Board Member
Nathalie is a Strategic Partnership Manager on the Google Shopping Team/Emerging Business Development Team. At Google, she works with retail partners, data providers and mobile technology companies to close revenue generating partnerships and first-in-kind deals.
Prior to Google, Nathalie was on eBay’s Incubation and Innovation Team, where she specialized in launching new business ideas, scaling existing business, and entering APAC. She led the strategy, operations and business development of eBay’s entry into 3-D printing through the creation of an iOS app, Ebay Exact. Nathalie also led the business development efforts of eBay Wholesale deals that included signing 50 partners and entering China.
Before joining eBay, she graduated from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. During her time at the GSB, she interned at the e-commerce start up, bloomspot.com, and Credit Ease, a P2P lending company in Beijing, China. Prior to Nathalie's transition to Silicon Valley and the tech space, she lived in NYC, where she was an analyst at JP Morgan and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Nathalie graduated from Georgetown University earning an undergraduate degree in Economics.
Shaun Fernando – Board Member
Shaun is a Strategy and Economics consultant at PwC; he works with governments as well as the private sector on a range of urbanization, city, smart city, infrastructure and technology issues. He has worked extensively with a range of clients to frame issues and develop strategies to plan for and embrace demographic, economic and technological change.
Shaun joined the NOMNIC Board in August 2016 to develop its new Strategic Plan for its next phase of growth, and to strengthen its economic development expertise. He is a native of London, UK and has bachelors and masters degrees in physics and engineering from University College London (UCL).
Desi Danganan - Board Member
Desi is a serial entrepreneur. As the managing director of Plinth Agency, he has successfully grown businesses through strategic branding, design, and crowdfunding. He brings 15+ years of experience creating, funding, and branding unique business concepts which span the food, music, technology spaces.
His past achievements include the Summit SF, one of the nation’s first café and co-working spaces and the Poleng Lounge, a Filipino restaurant and nightclub which was named one of SF’s Top 10 New Restaurants in 2006.
As a dedicated community advocate, Desi is currently leading the strategy for the economic development of SOMA Pilipinas, a newly designated cultural district in San Francisco. He believes community consciousness and culture are the keys to developing today’s thriving commercial ecosystems.