The League of Women Voters of San Francisco Board of Directors is composed of the Executive Board and chair-people of each committee. Committees are responsible for carrying out much of our work and we encourage League members to join a committee and get involved in their work.
Alison Goh is the current President of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. Prior to her role as President, she served as VP of Voter Services and Pros & Cons Guide Chair. Alison is passionate about voter education, voting rights and women's representation in elected offices and has had a career dedicated to political campaigns and social justice issues. She graduated from American University in Washington D.C. with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. In her spare time, Alison enjoys running through Golden Gate Park, trying local craft beers, and eating the diverse cuisines in the Richmond District where she lives.
Elisa Bond has transitioned seamlessly from eight years in the for profit sector into the non- profit sector. She has helped several non-profits raise significant funds for their particular programs, as well as, for general operating support. She has a BA in Psychology with electives in Literature Writing and Law. She has had the great fortune of being able to live and work in two foreign countries and the international experience has broadened her world view, interest and sensitivity to other cultures and developed her ability to work with others holding different work values. With family roots in Rochester, New York, the presence and legacy of Susan B. Anthony has always cemented in her the importance of women’s suffrage and for equal voting rights. She is an avid runner and participates annually in the North Face Endurance Challenge and the Oakland Running Festival.
Danielle Deibler is the Co-Founder and CEO of MarvelousAI, an early-stage start-up. Their focus is building natural language technology to discover and expose misinformation and bias to enable advocates to devise counter-measures and immunities. Deibler has over 25 years in Internet security, networking, software engineering, machine learning, and AI technologies. She was CEO and Co-Founder of leading RegTechstart-up Compliance.ai, founder of app developer Apps54, and founder and CEO of gaming company Ignited Artists. Before that, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Trinity Ventures. Deibler has held senior leadership positions in engineering, business, and product management for KIXEYE, Adobe, DIGEX, and UltraDNS.
Martha Benioff was born in the Pasadena League of Women Voters and raised in the Mendocino MAL Unit (now the League of Women Voters of Mendocino County). It never occurred to her not to join, any more than it occurred to her not to vote. She joined the League of Women Voters of San Francisco in 1995.
Martha works for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, but soon will be a member of the new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Other non-League activities include the San Francisco Trail Advisory Group of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, the building she lives in, a co-operative built in 1927 which has 26 cantankerous owners, and the Hooker Alley Community Garden.
Kate recently relocated to the Bay Area from New York City to become a Strategy Director at Firewood Marketing, a digital media and marketing agency based in San Francisco. At Firewood, she helps clients identify new revenue opportunities by conducting data-driven consumer and market research. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from NYU's Stern School of Business. In her free time, you can find her exploring new neighborhoods in San Francisco or skiing in Tahoe.
Jenny Tse was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Humanities with electives in Religious Studies, Geographic Information Science, and Computer Science. Her career so far has been with UNITE HERE! Local 2 where she was the Child and Elder Care Plan’s plan coordinator and a research intern. Jenny is currently working as a project manager and apprentice success manager for Apprenta. She is also an active member of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and is on the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team with the San Francisco Fire Department. An avid open water swimmer, she swims in the SF Bay year round.
Nalena is a product designer at Facebook focused on business payments. Prior to transitioning into the tech field she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in the Seattle area. She has a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. She grew up moving around the world, having lived in five foreign countries. This fueled her lifelong interest in international development work and in fostering mutual understanding among different cultures. Additionally, her personal interests and passions lie in racial equity, public transit, criminal justice, finance and local government. She is also a member of SF Transit Riders and the SF Bicycle Coalition. Studies: Geographic Information Science, and Computer Science.
Leuwam Tesfai is an attorney and serves as the Communications Chair of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. Originally from San Diego, she moved to San Francisco from Atlanta, where she attended Emory University. Leuwam is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and works in the utility regulatory industry as a Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor at California Public Utilities Commission, appointed by Governor Newsom in 2019. Leuwam also serves in the League of Women Voters of San Francisco seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2016. Outside of the League, Leuwam is a speaker and educator in the international program of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in partnership with the United States Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development in Africa and South America.
De is married with 2 teenage children. She grew up in the south and midwest where her father was in the Air Force. She moved to California to attend school, graduating from SF State with a BS in Computer Science. While attending college, De worked for Multiple Sclerosis and The March of Dimes and was a Big Sister for 8 years. After graduation, she worked at Wells Fargo for 4 years in Automation and then went to work in Silicon Valley for a startup, 3Com. She worked at 3Com for 15 years, ending as VP of Sales. De spent another 2 years at a small startup, Terayon, as SVP of WW Sales. She left the industry to raise her two children and to be able to stay involved in their education and activities. De has been involved with the SF CASA organization for 6 years, served as the CASA for 2 foster youth, and now conducts CASA recruiting sessions a few times a month.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cheryl moved to the Bay Area 14 years ago and worked in the accounting departments at several top law firms in the Bay Area. She is currently working for Academy of Art University. She also supported the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly organization which help her engage the community where she lives providing her with a greater sense of family. Although she remains close with her large family in Chicago, she prefers California weather and the San Francisco environment which is more conducive to her further spiritual studies with SGI-USA, Pacific Heights District.
Julia Fasick is the Education Chair of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. Julia works as a technical program manager at Salesforce with a focus on application security. A long time resident of San Francisco, she first become involved with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco in the early 2003 as a member of Speaker’s Bureau and is a past member of the board (2009 - 2011). Her experience with the League as helped focus a lifelong interest in politics on the importance of civic engagement at all levels. In her spare time Julia enjoys running, road cycling and watching old movies at the Castro Theater.
Emilia is a Bay Area native who officially became a San Francisco resident over a decade ago. She is a professional fundraiser and has worked for several organizations including two local museums, and is currently a major gift officer for a nonprofit hospital in San Francisco. One of Emilia's favorite things about being a member of the LWVSF is the opportunity to volunteer at voter registration events.
Jacky Young graduated from the University of Wales with a BA Joint Honors in French and German, followed by an MA in German and Linguistics from Georgia State University. After graduating, Jacky turned to computer languages and co-founded a software firm, where she served as Chief Operating Officer during her 20+ year tenure. Following her tenure, she moved to London for six years with her husband. They moved back to the US to settle in California, where they established a small family winery with their son and daughter.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jennifer Wong has been a member of the League since 2015 and currently co-leads the LWVSF Observer Corps. She works as a software engineer, has written for Net Magazine and Adobe, and had projects covered by Mashable, Engadget, Gizmodo, Mission Local, and more. Jenn dedicates her spare time to several aspects of social justice including alleviating homelessness, increasing diversity in tech, and criminal justice reform. She is also a past member of San Franciscans for Sunshine, a group dedicated to strengthening and modernizing the SF Sunshine Ordinance for government transparency.
Sadie Ferguson serves as Chief of Staff to Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automatticand Co-Founder of WordPress.com. Sadie previously held key executive administrative/operational roles at Emerson Collective, FelicisVentures, TPG Growth, and Google.org. She was confidential assistant to Kamala Harris during her first term as District Attorney of San Francisco. She has been past President of the National Women's Political Caucus, San Francisco and is a former board member of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee.