Selections Panelists

Our nominations and selection process was developed to provide the widest possible lens as we determine which companies will be highlighted as examples of excellence in providing economic opportunities in the Bay Area. JobTrain is honored to have such a distinguished and thoughtful group of panelists.

Our nominations and selection panels are separate, in an effort to ensure that our process is as independent as possible and that both nominees and finalists are chosen on the merits of the opportunities they offer to expand economic opportunity in the Bay Area.

Our selections panel includes luminaries from some of the Bay Area’s most important institutions and all have shown a particular interest in the importance of addressing economic opportunity in the Bay Area. The panel will review our 18 finalists, and choose the 6 winners who will be announced at the Awards event in February.

Dr. Emmett Carson
Founding CEO, Silicon Valley Community FoundationEmmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $7.3 billion, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation. SVCF’s 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Founder & Chairman, JOYUS Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is Founder and Chairman of JOYUS. Before starting JOYUS in January 2011, she spent almost 20 years as a leading consumer internet and media executive at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Polyvore, Yodlee, and News Corporation.In addition to her role at JOYUS, Sukhinder currently serves on the boards of TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Ericsson. She has previously served as an advisor to Twitter, on the Advisory Council for Princeton University’s Department of Computer Science, and as a board member of J. Crew Group. Inc.
  Paul Chamberlain
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Editor in Chief, San Francisco ChronicleAudrey Cooper is the editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, the first woman to fill the role in the company’s 151-year history.  She is also the youngest woman ever named as the top editor of a major U.S. newspaper-based company.Under Audrey’s leadership, The Chronicle has emerged as one of the country’s most innovative media outlets. Among other things, she started an in-house incubator program to explore new types of digital journalism. She started the SF Homeless Project, a first-of-its-kind collaboration of more than 80 news outlets dedicated to reporting on solutions to end homelessness.
Meg Garlinghouse
Head of Social Impact, LinkedInMeg Garlinghouse leads the Social Impact programs at LinkedIn.  In this role, she is responsible for programs that leverage the LinkedIn platform to create positive social impact for the world.  Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience working in the technology and philanthropy sector. She spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!’s global community relations function.She also has a background in international development, working in the private sector development department of the World Bank and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.  She currently serves on the Boards of VolunteerMatch and KQED.
Daniel Lurie
CEO + Founder, Tipping Point CommunityBefore founding Tipping Point Community in 2005, Daniel Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley presidential campaign, Accenture and the Robin Hood Foundation. September 11th, 2001 occurred within Lurie’s first week at Robin Hood, which led the organization to leverage the generosity of the nation in targeted relief efforts for low-income New Yorkers. Over the following few years, Lurie adapted the Robin Hood model to his home community, the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised over $120 million to educate, employ, house and support more than 600,000 people in need.
Rick Williams
Chief Executive Officer, Sobrato Family FoundationRick Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sobrato Family Foundation (SFF), one of Silicon Valley’s largest philanthropic organizations. SFF’s mission is to promote access to high-quality education, career pathways, and essential human services, as it seeks to make Silicon Valley a place of opportunity for all its residents.Prior to joining SFF, Mr. Williams founded and was President of Realize Consulting Group, a management consultant firm focused on creating effective and sustainable solutions for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.