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Young Professional Advisory Council

YPAC assists the Make-A-Wish® Board, Executive Director, and Staff by acting as ambassadors for the chapter through fundraising and advocacy activities.

The Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) is a significant resource to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, its Board of Directors and the children they serve. YPAC assists the Board, Executive Director, and Staff by acting as ambassadors for Make-A-Wish through fundraising, promotion, networking, volunteering, and general advocacy of our mission: To grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The council is made up of professionals under 45 years old who are passionate about being active and philanthropic members of their community.

The Application for our 2017-2018 board is now open, and we are looking for passionate individuals that have a proven record of leadership and volunteerism. Before submitting your application, please make sure to review the Membership Guidelines here:

Here is the link to apply: . Responses are due by 5pm Friday July 7th, 2017. If the form is not working for you, please download a paper copy of the application and send it to Leah Laderas Malfatti at Here is the link to the paper application:

Note that there are currently two YPAC groups that meet and plan events in their respective areas: San Francisco and Silicon Valley. You will have the option to apply to either or both. Please note that due to the volume of interest and limited slots on the board, we are not able to take all applicants.

FY17 YPAC Members:

San Francisco:

Executive Team

David Jensen, Chair
Katie Mulligan, Co Chair, Google
AJ Seliga, Chair Emeritus, Chipotle
Ben Liepman, Treasurer, BPM, LLP


Susan Agudo, SocioFabrica, Inc.
Brittany Bentley, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lindsey Brant, Asurion
Ronnie Brant, Salesforce, Inc.
AJ Casella, AKQA
Shayna Choulet, Google
Ashley Conrad, Wells Fargo
Shelby Decosta, UCSF Health
Jill Drish Koenen, Bon Appétit Management Company
Erin Durrah, SF Department of Public Health
Angelina Elhassan, Forrester Research
Zoe Fisher, Beepi
Matt Gallo, Merrill Lynch
Emily Greenberg, Double Forte
Nicole Hess, AlliedPRA Northern California
Mackenzie Hess, Stephen Gould Corporation
Michelle Horan, Boston Beer Company
Fernan "Joco" Joco, Golden State Warriors
Allegra Jones, Duane Morris LLP
Kaitlin Kikalo, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer
Jesse Maddex
Theresa Sciole, Bright Edge
Marisa Serrano, Larson Communications
Jackie Smith, Benefit Cosmetics
Heidi Silber, Golden State Warriors
Darcy Stevens, 18 Birdies
Heather Vega, Larson Communications

Silicon Valley

Executive Team

Kelly Esrey, Chair, Pure Storage
Peri McDonald, Co-Chair,
Marissa Cingoz, Secretary
Chris D'Ambrosia, Chair Emeritus, Cushman & Wakefield


Erin Aft, Stanford Healthcare
Michael Aft, LinkedIn
Kevin Anderson, KPMG
Jenny Eastland, Sapphire Ventures, LLC
Kristi Kim, Illumina
Patrick Luck, Sharks Sports & Entertainment
Liz Malara, San Francisco 49ers
Talia Moyal, Oracle Data Cloud
Lauren Schneider, Stanford University School of Medicine
Kate Shrout, BuckleySandler LLP
Danielle Young, BrightEdge

For more information, please contact Leah Laderas Malfatti at or (415) 402-2773.


Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area
55 Hawthorne Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 982-9474