The Jamestown Council: Fundraising for Our Mission

Annual Spring Council Events - 2019

  • Mission District - February 28th - Keynote Speaker: Rafael Mandelman, District 8 Supervisor

  • Pacific Heights - March 21st - Keynote Speaker: Mele Lau Smith, Executive Director for Community Schools and Family Partnerships, SFUSD

Jamestown was lucky enough to have two events hosted by our generous Council this year. Council member Sarah Witt and her husband Andy Charmatz opened up their lovely Mission District home to a warm group of Jamestown supporters. District Supervisor Rafael Mandelman served as keynote speaker for the evening; he shared an inspiring story about overcoming a difficult childhood and the importance of having adults in his corner who believed in him and his potential.

Guests were also able to hear from Jeanine “Nini” Villela, a current member of our Youth Apprenticeship Program who grew up in the Jamestown community. She is a shining example of the Jamestown youth development pathway, moving from youth participant to her current role as a YAPster supporting the skateboard program at James Lick Middle School.


Nini shared her inspiring story again, a few weeks later at the home of Council member Amy Carr and her husband Brian. She was joined by current Jamestown staff members, who spent the evening sharing their experiences and discussing their roles with the group of supportive guests. Mele Lau Smith, the SF School District’s Executive Director for Community Schools and Family Partnerships gave the keynote speech for the evening. Mele is an inspiring and true believer in the work Jamestown does. She is a powerful and passionate ally we are grateful to have on our side.  

Jamestown is lucky to have such a strong network of individuals who believe and support us in our mission of cultivating a San Francisco where all youth and families have access to the opportunities they need to grow and thrive. Thanks to our dedicated Council members we were able to raise $143,000 from these council events.


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Lisa has been a volunteer with Jamestown since 1997 when she started tutoring a third grader. Since then, she has assisted with fundraising and overall governance as a founding member of the Jamestown Council and a Board member since 2005. 

Lisa is a 5th generation San Franciscan deeply interested in giving back to the diverse city that nurtured her interest in global cultures, particularly in Latin America. She earned her Masters Degree in Latin American politics and International Economics from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 2010, Lisa went to work for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department helping to foster public-private partnerships to support parks and recreational programming in SF. She lives in SF with her husband and two children.

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Amy is currently leading CRM and Consumer Insights for Sephora. She enjoys working for consumer companies that are passionate about bringing together data and insights to create a unique experience for customers. Prior to Sephora, she spent 10 years at Gap Inc. where she built brands, built their retail credit card programs and was involved with digital experiences.

Originally, Amy is a native of West Marin.  Her great grandfather was one of the early settlers of the county.  However, she spent almost 20 years outside California living in the Washington DC area, Chicago and New York before returning home in 2004.  She holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in Accounting form the University of Maryland.

Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, Brian and their 3 children.


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A nonprofit development consultant whose clients have included Jamestown and the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Shannon Cogen chairs the board of trustees of the San Francisco Friends School and is a trustee of Urban High School. She earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her two children. 


Lamisse Droubi

A San Francisco native, Lamisse Droubi believes in giving back and supporting her community. She is proud to be a Council Member of Jamestown and to be a part of an organization that continues to support the city's youth. Lamisse has been a real estate agent for 21 years and is the founder of the Droubi Team at Generation, a boutique real estate company established in Noe Valley. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Together, they love traveling, experiencing new things, and being outdoors.

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Anthony grew up in SF, where he attended Lowell High School and the American Conservatory Theatre's actors training program. After working as an actor and producer in theatre, film, and tv, he switched careers and worked as a trial attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, the United Stated Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and private practice, along with serving as a clerk for the Hon. Jerome Farris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Anthony currently is the Director of Professional Development at Farella Braun + Martel LLP.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford.

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R.D. Kern

R.D. Kern is an equity investment analyst at Capital Group with research responsibility for U.S. gaming, hotel, airline, cruise line and household products and personal care industries. Prior to joining Capital in 2003, he was a research analyst for Silver Lake Partners and an investment banking analyst with Robertson Stephens. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Kendra and their two daughters.

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Kendra KLang

Formerly a radiologist, Kendra now works as a radio producer for KALW 91.7, a Bay Area NPR-affiliate. Kendra earned a B.A. in Biology at Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at Stanford University School of Medicine. Kendra lives in San Francisco with her husband RD and two daughters.

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Theresa is a tax attorney working in the Advance Pricing Mutual Agreement Program of the Internal Revenue Service.  Prior to this, she was an attorney in the National Office of the Chief Counsel for the IRS. She was also an associate and partner in a law firm, focussing her practice on business/tax planning for corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. 

In addition to be a "tax nerd", she is the mother of two daughters. In her free time, she trains for triathlons, skis, reads, and cooks. 

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Martin is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group.  He is president of Capital Research Company, Inc. and serves on the Capital Group Companies Management Committee. He has 23 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 22 years.  Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered the global chemicals industry, mortgage and consumer financials, and select conglomerate companies.  He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. 

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Eric spent several years as a consultant and manager at Bain & Company in SF advising private equity and corporate clients.  He currently does similar work independently, while teaching and tutoring with Breakthrough San Francisco and First Graduate and volunteering with other area non-profits.  Eric earned a BS in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School. He and his wife Jessica have three daughters.

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Jessica covers U.S. retail, branded apparel and footwear. She has 21 years of investment experience, 15 with Capital Group. Prior to joining Capital, Jessica was a private equity analyst for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and an analyst in mergers and acquisitions for Morgan Stanley. She holds MBA and bachelor's degrees from Harvard.

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Jeff Spaulding

After 18 years working in e-commerce for companies like PayPal and StubHub, Jeff Spaulding served a two-year term on the Marin Country Day School (MCDS) Parent Board. He remains active in fundraising efforts at MCDS and participating on other charitable boards (SF Board of Camp Kesem). As a native of San Francisco, Jeff is excited to help expand the reach of the Jamestown Council. Jeff earned a B.S. from Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two children.

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Sara and her husband, Andy, own and run a 10-person mom-and-pop software company. Born in Wisconsin, we moved all over the country and I walked through seven school doors by the 7th grade while watching my parents open their doors to other kids needing a temporary place to live. I was raised to always be open to the next experience and constantly reminded that "you might just meet someone who changes your life around the corner." I tell our two daughters this story to remind them to always be welcoming.  I still enjoy going to new places and meeting new people, volunteering, helping run our company, and raising our two daughters and two dogs in this city that we love. And I'm incredibly happy to be a part of strong and caring communities like Jamestown!