Yvonne has 20+ years of leadership in the technology space and community activism working to solve critical social problems. She is currently Director of Business Operations at Adobe. Her strong sense of purpose, along with a talent for collaboration, and her ability to get things done are a powerful combination both in business and her work in the community. Yvonne is known for balancing a practical, pragmatic approach to problem solving, with a deep and compassionate understanding of the personal impact. By looking at both hard data and personal impact, she is able to find common ground for collaborative problem solving on difficult topics. For relaxation, Yvonne enjoys attending Sharks games with her family, cycling with friends, and reading good books.
Nadia Ahmad is the Silicon Valley Marketing Leader, and has held various positions in KPMG in Silicon Valley. Nadia previously specialized in auditing venture backed companies through the IPO process, and leading west coast diversity hiring. Nadia sits on the KPMG Network of Women board in Silicon Valley, the Turkey Trot steering committee and the Corporate Leadership Council of the San Jose Art Museum. Nadia holds a Bachelors of Science from San Jose State, and outside her professional responsibilities enjoys traveling with her husband and two teenage boys, working in the garden and knitting for friends and charity.
Ashley serves as senior counsel for X (formerly Google X), where she advises on emerging technologies, such as Loon (balloon-powered Internet), Makani (energy kites), Waymo (self-driving vehicles), and Glass (smart glasses). Prior to joining Google in 2011, Ashley was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, working on a broad range of intellectual property, technology and commercial matters. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law. Ashley lives in Los Altos with her husband, their two daughters, their two dogs and cat.
I am honored to have served with The Grateful Garment Project since October 2016. My objective is to bring my professional and personal experience to a critical non-profit serving the needs of Californians. I have more than 25 years of marketing and business development experience at Cisco Systems and G2 Research (acquired by Gartner). My passion is making a difference every day, leveraging my strategy, facilitation, and team collaboration expertise. For enjoyment, I spend time with my family, travel, and explore food and wine.
Alison Barr is a partner of the global accounting firm, KPMG. Alison has held various positions in KPMG’s Audit practice, and has spent time working in their Silicon Valley and New York offices. She specializes in accounting and auditing for technology companies. She also is the leader of KPMG’s Silicon Valley chapter of the KPMG Network of Women, focusing on recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting high potential women and championing diversity and inclusion. Alison holds a Bachelors of Science from Santa Clara University. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling to new places and spending time with her puppy.
Joan is a native of Los Altos Hills with a lifelong passion for leading meaningful change. She has been in high tech marketing in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and worked most recently as Vice President, Digital Marketing at SAP in Palo Alto. Prior to SAP Joan led marketing programs for various technology companies including Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer. She also enjoys mentoring, and delivering strategies that inspire and deliver results. Joan spends her spare time hanging out with three terrific daughters, community service and coaching budding executives. She maintains her work/life balance by being an ardent foodie, running, hiking and cycling throughout our beautiful valley.
Elana originated the position of Teen Ambassador at The Grateful Garment Project and led the development of the Volunteers Amplifying Dignity program, which launched in April 2021. Throughout high school, Elana served on the Leadership Board of E3 Youth Philanthropy, as the Youth Liaison and a member of the Marketing Team on the Compassion Week Planning Committee, and as a member of the National Honor Society. Starting in the fall of 2021, she will be attending UC Berkeley. In her free time, Elana enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, playing field hockey, and writing music.