Our Board of Advisors includes some of the most innovative, dynamic and experienced leaders and executives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Managing Director of Sales, UPS North California District (NorCal): Adam is a Managing Director of Sales at UPS NorCal in Oakland, CA. Adam is a transportation / logistics expert with more than 15 years of collective experiences all while working for Atlanta-based UPS. Adam has served in a variety of capacities at UPS and has been based in multiple locations to include Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, and most recently in California. Adam received his BS in Communications from Augsburg College.
Enterprise Business Development Manager, iiPay: Angela is the Enterprise Business Development Manager at iiPay, a market leader in enterprise global payroll services. Previously, she was the West Regional Sales Executive for Blue Marble covering Northern California and Pacific Northwest. Angela joined Blue Marble in 2015 after a 15 year career at ADP. During her tenure at ADP, she held 9 different roles ranging from Human Resources, HCM Sales, BPO Sales, Sales Leadership and a myriad of other responsibilities. Angela’s expertise in HCM and Global payroll has been leveraged by some of the most recognized Silicon Valley companies in the Bay Area. While happily residing in the East Bay with her fiancé, Cameron, you can find Angela playing softball on her weekend co-ed league or enjoying the great outdoors at Golden Gate Park.
Dr. Carlos Baradello
Managing Partner, Sausalito Ventures: Carlos is an investor, advisor and university professor. He is leading innovation and entrepreneurship practitioner; Managing Partner of Sausalito Ventures and General Partner of Alaya CP. He advices corporate clients about the challenges encountered while breaking established business paradigms in the creation of new sustainable economic and social value across multiple business sectors, geographies and growth markets. His experience working with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world has enabled him to gain key lessons for high-growth ventures to scale globally. You can read more about Carlos via his regularly updated blog: www.carlosbaradello.com. These writings are the foundation of his future book titled Soft Landing in Silicon ValleyTM.
CEO & Co-Founder, MyPinWheel: Chia-Lin Simmons is the CEO / C-Founder of MyPinWheel, a Parenting Smart Assistant (Mobile + Big Data + AI) startup. She is also the Founder of #binderfullofwomenfounders, a mini-movement focused on helping female founders find and secure funding. Prior to RedHelicopter, Chia-Lin was the Head of Global Partner Marketing for Google's digital business Google Play Music and the Google Play Store (downloadable music, movies/tv, apps & game). During her tenure at Google, she increase music trials for Google Play Music, managed marketing for Google Play Gift Cards, launched new in-home, mobile, wireless and brand partners and increase revenue. She also worked on go-to-marketing and special projects Asia, Russia, and Latin America. Chia-Lin was the VP of Marketing & Content for Harman International (NASDAQ: HAR) for 3.5 years prior to joining Google where she was responsible for global marketing, content and marketing business development, content programming, product marketing and customer support for the company's Connected Car business, Prior to joining Harman in 2010, Chia-Lin was the VP of Marketing and General Manager of Playphone North America, a senior business development executive at AOL / Time Warner and the VP of Strategic Alliances at Audible (an Amazon company) where she managed revenue, customer acquisition/retention and business development. Chia-Lin graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. San Diego and received her MBA from Cornell University, where she was a Park Leadership Fellow. Her Fellowship project was the Big Red Incubator, a technology startup incubator for technology developed out of Cornell University. Chia-Lin also has a JD from George Mason University School of Law and is a licensed New York State attorney.
Partner, Cooley LLP: Gordon is a partner in the Cooley Business department in the Palo Alto office. Gordon counsels both private and publicly traded companies on a full range of transactions and matters. He also represents a diverse set of investors, including seed and angel groups, venture capital funds, family offices and corporate strategics, in connection with their financial and strategic investments in innovative technology and life sciences companies. Gordon counsels companies in a wide range of industries, including internet, consumer electronics, digital and social media, life sciences and healthcare, energy innovation, software, mobile, fintech and online funding. He was recognized as a Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyer in California by The Daily Journal, and selected on the AlwaysOn Power Player legal list. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Prospect Silicon Valley, a technology development and demonstration center partnering with the City of San Jose and leading technology companies to catalyze the validation and commercialization of next generation urban systems and transportation innovation. Gordon also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA), a leading Silicon Valley technology business network focused on promoting the success of U.S. and Asian technology enterprises. He is a frequent presenter, moderator and speaker at various trade and technology events in Silicon Valley and beyond. He received his law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1997. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1993 at the University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics.
Past Executive Director, Global Chamber® San Francisco: Henry is a global executive with extensive venture capital, cross-border advisory, corporate finance and entrepreneur experiences. He focuses primarily on FinTech / blockchain and frontier technology investments and ventures based on his collective experiences to date to include 10+ years as a VC in Silicon Valley and Asia. Henry is also an advisor to multiple blockchain and tech startups and also continues to serve as a mentor for accelerators & incubators worldwide. Additionally, Henry is also a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Henry began his career at Price Waterhouse LLP as a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Later, he focused on sell-side M&A and other corporate finance transactions within the IT and consumer & industrial product sectors before transitioning to direct investments. Henry holds a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC.
John D. Thomas
CEO, Helix Motors, Inc.: John is CEO of Helix Motors, Inc., which develops an innovative, patented and technically advanced three-wheel vehicle to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution, while also helping to conserve natural resources. Prior to Helix, John had experience at all levels at Fortune 500 companies in addition to earning several stripes in the startup community. John worked his way up in the “Big-3” automotive industry with 16 years in product & production engineering at General Motors Fisher Body and Ford Powertrain followed by 13 years of increased responsibility at major Tier 1 automotive suppliers and OEMs such as GKN, Collins & Aikman and Magna Steyr before moving to Tesla Motors where he was selected to be the first Head of the Model S program and General Manager of its Michigan and future factory operations. John honed this art for several years at Tesla Motors followed by founding and running his own startup ALTe Powertrain Technologies for over 5 years before establishing international operations for clients in the electric vehicle and cleantech space in China, Australia and the EU. Over the last 8 years, John has been sought out to be a speaker and presenter at many conferences in the US and globally where he shared his views on technology, rebuilding the middles class and disruptive business models which can result in a win/win outcome for all stakeholders. Speaking engagements included the Clinton Global Initiative, Deutsche Bank, Wedbush and Pacific Crest Investor Conferences along with multiple cleantech conferences. John was honored to have his startup ALTe Powertrain selected by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” in 2011 while also being selected twice by Ernst & Young two years in a row as one of the “EV100” which is a designation given to the top 100 people in the world shaping the electric vehicle industry. John holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University in addition to an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. He also has certifications in Lean manufacturing & Six Sigma.
Director of Marketing, UPS North California District (NorCal): Kim is the Director of Marketing at UPS NorCal in Oakland, CA. During her more than 30 year career at UPS, Kim has served in a variety of capacities and in multiple fields ranging from finance, healthcare to marketing. Kim received her MBA from National Louis University in Chicago.
Honorary Consul, Republic of Latvia (Northern California): Over her ~17 year career as an international economist, Liga has worked for a variety of leading organizations and agencies ranging from the U.S. Department of Treasury – Internal Revenue Service, Charles River Associates International, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton Investments, DLA Piper, to her most recent post at Agilent Technologies, where Liga is a Director and manages an international team focused on IP, services and product pricing policies, advanced pricing agreements and international audit defense. She maintains extensive expertise and specialization in transfer pricing experience based on her global tax and trade consulting, government policy development, and internal corporate advisory experiences. Since 2011, Liga has also worked as an Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia (Northern California). In this capacity, Liga supports the long-term development of Latvia's -- NATO and EU member state -- economy and civic society in the SF Bay Area by creating opportunities for tech innovation and growth of trade, investment partnerships as well as cultural and educational exchanges for current and next-gen Latvians. Liga received her Bachelor of Arts, Quantitative Economics & Applied Mathematics from Stanford University; MA (PhD Program) International Economics, Trade & Finance Concentrations from the UC Santa Cruz; Advanced Accreditation in Russia Language Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; and Advanced Accreditation in Latvian Language & Cultural Studies from Western Michigan University. Liga speaks Latvian, Russian, & German.
Co-Founder, EVAOS: Richard is the Co-Founder of EVAOS (Electric Vehicle Add-On Systems), a disruptive Silicon Valley Startup transforming trucks into both hybrid and all-electric vehicles with mobile power stations for the Department of Defense and commercial customers. Richard developed a complex corporate eco-system for EVAOS comprised of Tesla suppliers and corporate partners that participate in the investment, design, and assembly of their technology. In addition, the eco-system has led to the cultivation of other disruptive technology startups inside and outside of the automotive space. Prior to EVAOS, Richard served as the first Quality Manager for the Model S (code named White Star) for Tesla Motors in Rochester Hills Michigan. He went on to lead the Supply Chain Manufacturing and Quality for all parts across all Tesla Programs including Roadster, Model S, Rav 4, Smart Car, and the Mercedes A Class power trains. He authored the guidelines and requirements for all manufacturers doing business with Tesla Motors around the globe. Richard spent his early automotive career in the technical management ranks of American Specialty Cars. Throughout his career with the Japanese, German, and US automakers, Richard launched 3 ground-up manufacturing facilities, revolutionized robotic 3D laser scanning technology (for which he holds patents), and successfully launched OEM programs for Mitsubishi, Toyota, and BMW on time, on cost, and on Quality with less than 0.5%ppm.
CEO & Founder, Open Health Network: Tatyana is a seasoned entrepreneur, thinker, leader, mentor, advisor and investor. She has held senior executive roles at large enterprises and startups and has extensive B2B and B2C experiences. She is the CEO & Founder of Open Health Network, a smart mobile health platform. She is also a Resident Mentor at 500 Startups, Mentor at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, an Advisor to Activity Hero, is the CEO of TEDxBayArea, and the Executive Sales, Social CRM, Social Media/Network Marketing, Business Development Consultant for Social CRM World. Tatyana was previously featured on the White House Science and Technology Blog and had the opportunity to demo her Open Health Network platform at the First White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama. She has spoken at the United Nations and many international and US conferences. She was recognized as one of top 10 Influential Women In Health IT in 2015.