Our board includes the executive board, chairs of each committee, and directors at large. Committees are how we organize toward success.
Become a LWVSF board member, and you’ll grow our impact on voter education and public policy, all while developing strong leadership skills. To be eligible, you must be a LWVSF member, commit to a two-year term, attend meetings, and adhere to our nonpartisan policy.
Alison Goh is the current President of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. Prior to her role as President, she served as vice president of Voter Services and Pros & Cons Guide chair. Alison is passionate about voter education, voting rights, and women's representation in elected offices, and her career has been 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 is a financial services analyst with experience in development and helping nonprofits raise significant funds for programs and general operating support. She has a B.A. in psychology with electives in law. Elisa has been fortunate to live and work in two countries. This 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, a natural language technology startup to expose bias and misinformation in online media. She started at the League of Women Voters of San Francisco as a volunteer on the Pros & Cons Guide, and values the guide for making voting decisions. Danielle has worked at League voter registration events and on the Speakers Bureau. Danielle leads threat intelligence at global nonprofit Quad9 and she has decades in internet security, networking, software engineering, machine learning, and artificial intelligence technologies. She was CEO and co-founder of leading reg-tech company Compliance.ai, CTO at internet gaming company KIXEYE, and entrepreneur in residence at Trinity Ventures. Danielle has held senior leadership positions in engineering, business, and product management.
Martha Benioff was born in the League of Women Voters of Pasadena and raised in the Mendocino Member-at-Large unit (now the LWV of Mendocino County). It never occurred to her not to join the League, 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 Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Her other non-League activities include the San Francisco Trail Advisory Group of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, the cooperative building she lives in (built in 1927 with 26 cantankerous owners), and the Hooker Alley Community Garden.
Kate Erickson joined the League of Women Voters of San Francisco in the fall of 2019 after learning about the League’s involvement with the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee. Kate was previously a volunteer with the San Francisco Jewish Federation’s Fed Fellows program, a 15-month intensive program designed to educate the next generation of nonprofit leaders who want to serve the greater Bay Area Jewish community. Kate is currently a strategy director at Firewood Marketing, a digital media and marketing agency based in San Francisco, where 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 MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In her free time, you can find her listening to podcasts or visiting her family in Carmel.
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 as a chief of staff and legal advisor at California Public Utilities Commission, appointed by Governor Newsom in 2019. Leuwam held the League of Women Voters of San Francisco seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force from 2016 to 2020, appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise on protecting the public's interest in open government. Outside of the League, Leuwam is a speaker and educator on energy and climate regulations in the international program of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Africa and South America.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jenny Tse has been a member of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco since 2016 and a director on the LWVSF board since 2017. She currently serves as LWVSF’s Advocacy Co-Chair and has a background in nonprofit, labor, and social justice work. Jenny was a founding member of the LWV of California Criminal Justice Task Force in 2018 and helped to develop its criminal justice position that was adopted in 2019. In 2020, Jenny became co-chair of the LWV of California Criminal Justice Committee. She is an avid open-water swimmer, swimming year-round in the San Francisco Bay.
Nalena Santiago 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, Washington, area. She has a master's degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University. Nalena grew up moving around the world, having lived in five foreign countries, which 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 justice, public transit, criminal justice, finance, and local government. She is also a member of SF Transit Riders and the SF Bicycle Coalition.
De Moore is Membership Co-Chair of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. She is a retired sales and marketing executive having worked in the banking and technology industries. De moved to California from the Midwest to attend school, graduating from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. While in school and throughout her career, De worked for and supported nonprofit organizations focused on children and families. She served as a Big Sister for eight years and for the last nine years has worked with San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) supporting foster youth. De is the mother of two teenagers and caretaker of three energetic dogs. She enjoys long walks with her dogs and family on the beautiful beaches of Northern California, making jewelry, and traveling the world.
Originally from Iowa, Mallory VanderZanden moved to San Francisco 13 years ago to pursue a career in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration and interprofessional leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. Mallory currently works in clinical research at UCSF's Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also a member of the LWVSF Fair Maps SF Team that helps shine a spotlight on redistricting in an effort to create a more equitable and transparent redistricting process for all San Franciscans. In her free time, you can find Mallory searching the city for the best cup of coffee and spending time with friends and family.
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 longtime resident of San Francisco, she first became involved with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco in early 2003 as a member of the Speakers Bureau and is a past member of the board (2009–2011). Her experience with the League has 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 De Luz is a Bay Area native who officially became a San Francisco resident more than a decade ago. For nearly 15 years she has worked as a professional fundraiser for various nonprofit organizations in the city, working on capital campaigns, as well as major and annual giving. She currently works for Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center as an individual giving officer focused on strategic and priority hospital programs. Emilia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Elections and voter enfranchisement are long held areas of interest. When not focused on grant writing or other advancement work of the Development Committee, Emilia’s favorite thing about being a member of LWVSF is volunteering at voter registration events.
Connie Leonard is the Pros & Cons Guide Chair for LWVSF. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco for two years, mostly volunteering with the Voter Services Committee. Connie works as a civil engineer, project manager, and consultant, focusing on water resources, energy, and resource recovery. She brings this experience to the League, along with an interest in infrastructure, climate resiliency, and planning. Connie studied civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley, moved to Southern California for a while, and moved back to the Bay Area in 2018. She enjoys biking to work and takes longer bike rides or hikes on the weekends, enjoying the outdoors in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Connie is a cat mom to an 18-year-old tabby named Malone.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cheryl Harris moved to the Bay Area 16 years ago and has worked in the accounting departments at several top law firms. She currently works for Academy of Art University. She has served on LWVSF’s board as treasurer, co-treasurer, membership co-chair, and is now a director at large, assisting the treasurer and other areas of the League. She has supported Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, an organization which engages 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 spiritual studies with Soka Gakkai International-USA, a Buddhist organization.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jennifer Wong has been a League member since 2015, currently co-leads LWVSF's Observer Corps, and serves in LWVSF's seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. She works as an engineering manager, has written for Net Magazine, Adobe, and Mission Local, and had projects covered by Mashable, Engadget, Gizmodo, SF Weekly, and more. Jenn dedicates her spare time to social justice focusing on alleviating homelessness, increasing diversity in tech, and addressing criminal justice reform. She is also a past member of San Franciscans for Sunshine, a group dedicated to strengthening and modernizing the city’s Sunshine Ordinance for government transparency.
Ann Merrill joined the League of Women Voters of San Francisco to honor the hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the League’s commitment to empowering voters for more than a century. Over the past decade, Ann has been a leader in Bay Area grassroots organizations working to increase national voter participation and has volunteered on multiple political campaigns. She brings a data-driven approach to these efforts from her 30-year career in the technology industry and financial sector. Ann has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. Her favorite way to recharge is by hiking long-distance paths in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.