Meet the Board Members

Yvonne Murray

Yvonne is a changemaker, known for building community partnerships to solve shared problems. After 20+ years of leadership in the technology space, Yvonne pivoted to a full-time focus on community activism. 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. Yvonne believes that better IS possible together, and is building connections and collaborations to make that happen. For relaxation, Yvonne enjoys attending Sharks games with her family, cycling with friends, and reading good books.

Padma Profile

Vice Chair

Padma Velmulapalli

Padma is an experienced technology executive currently leading NetSuite Platform at Oracle Inc. Prior to Oracle, she held different leadership positions at Cisco and AT&T. She specializes in building SaaS products and leading digital transformations. Padma holds an Executive MBA from Michigan Ross and a M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University. She is passionate about encouraging women in technology, STEM education for girls, early childhood education, and mentoring. She plans to bring her professional experience to contribute to strategy and growth for TGGP.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, gardening, and travelling.

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Board Development

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Michele Grisham
Over the last five years, I have served The Grateful Garment Project in various capacities. From Operation emBRAce sports bra drive, strategy and planning, and most recently board member recruitment;  I have been honored to help meet the needs of  sexual violence victims in California.  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.
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Board Member

Claudia De La Cruz-Perez

Claudia De La Cruz-Perez was born and raised in the City of Oakland. Growing up, Claudia lived in a multi-cultural neighborhood. It was a beautiful experience, and she learned from the diversity that surrounded her. Claudia obtained her BA in Psychology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice. She then obtained her Master of Science in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Batters Treatment Program. Claudia has also completed her training as a Domestic Violence Counselor, and more recently has earned an Anger Management Certification. She worked with the City of Oakland Head Start program for many years and the City of Oakland Community Police Review Agency until she retired in December 2020. Claudia is coming out of her retirement and returning to the City of Oakland to work as a Neighborhood Services Coordinator.

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Board Member

Ellen Sweeney

Ellen is an HR Consultant and Leadership Coach, formerly spending 7 years growing and scaling MeUndies as their Head of People Ops. She specializes in working with early stage companies and first time founders on building companies founded on a great people culture. When she’s not working, Ellen can be found out for a run or spending time with her family and rescue dog.

Jeff Sheibels Board Member 2022

Board Member

Jeff Sheibels

Jeff  is a principal consultant of a NetSuite Alliance Partner and the 2021 Vertical Alliance of the Year for Hi-Tech, AppWrap Inc.  Jeff has played a key role in various NetSuite integration, including leading the project to implement NetSuite at The Grateful Garment Project with which he continues to assist in various NetSuite related projects.  He specializes in NetSuite Subscription Management Module, Suitebilling, and Celigo integration, while also providing on-going support for numerous clients.  Jeff holds two Bachelors of Arts from University of Arizona Global Campus and is a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer.  Jeff is an US Coast Guard Veteran where he served 10 years on active duty.  When Jeff is not working, he spends his time volunteering in the community and is a member of the Silicon Valley Lions Club, and American Legion Post 599 in San Francisco, as well as having been appointed by President Obama to serve on the Select Service Local Board of Appeals.

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Teen Ambassador

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Elana Eisenberg

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.

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