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Young Professional Advisory Council

YPAC assists the Make-A-Wish® Board, CEO 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.  YPAC assists the Board, CEO, and Staff by acting as ambassadors for Make-A-Wish through networking, fundraising, promotion, volunteering, and general advocacy of our mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.  The council is made up of professionals under 45 years old who are passionate about being active and philanthropic members of their community.

We are currently seeking Supporting Members for YPAC SF. 

FY21 YPAC Members:

San Francisco:

Executive Members

Michelle Horan, Chair, Samsara
Andrew Tiemeier, Vice-Chair, Union Bank
Rishi Dixit, Treasurer & Trivia Lead, Valiant Capital
Gordon Hwee, Secretary
Kayla Doty, Marketing Lead, Calm
Theresa Sciole, Auction Lead, Asana
Vanessa Gregson, Membership Lead, C100
Katie Abrams, Comedy Night Lead, Form Boxing
Danielle Hake, Wish-Granting/Mission Lead, Carmel Partners
Heidi Silber, YPAC Fun Lead, Golden State Warriors

Council Members

Sarah Barner, Airtable
Ronnie Brant, Salesforce
Faraz Fatemi, Bain Capital
Vanessa Gatihi, Slack
David Jensen, WeWork
Michelle McClanahan

If you are interested in joining YPAC, please click on the links below for more information on membership guidelines and levels. Application links can be found inside the membership levels page.

Membership Guidelines

Membership Levels

For more information, please contact Lynne Durie at or 415-402-2771.



Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area
1333 Broadway
Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 982-9474