Policy Advisory Council
The Policy Advisory Council was established in 1993 for the purpose of advising the dean and supporting the School in its efforts to attain the highest level of quality in professional education, research, and service in all aspects of public health.
Richard M. Levy was chairman of the Varian Medical Systems Board of Directors (2002-2014) and is currently chairman emeritus. He was general manager of the Medical Business (1986-1999) and CEO of the company (1999-2006).
Levy has been on the board of Sutter Health, a $10 billion health care system, since 2006, and was chairman of that board from 2013 to 2014. He has served on the board of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, an affiliate of Sutter Health, since 2002. He was on the board of the United Way Silicon Valley (2002-2014) and served as its chair (2008-2009). He has been a co-chair of the advisory committee of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and an active participant in summits for CCI (Center for Corporate Innovation, Inc.), with a focus on improvement of the national health care system. That focus remains one of his primary interests today.
Other boards include the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, where he is chairman; North Hawaii Community Hospital; Ravenswood Family Health Center; the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where he is chairman; and Cancer Commons, a not-for-profit company developing information to guide patients through the complexities and variations in cancer treatment. He is a past chairman of the board of directors of the American Electronics Association.
Levy holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been married to his wife Sue since 1964. He has two sons and three grandchildren. He enjoys umpiring Little League baseball in Palo Alto, snorkeling in Hawaii, hiking with his dog, and mentoring students and employees.
Mary E. Alexander is the principal of Mary Alexander and Associates in San Francisco. She is a nationally recognized trial lawyer in personal injury and products liability. She represented 10 California cities and counties, along with a team of attorneys, in People of California v. Atlantic Richfield, resulting in a verdict of $1.15 billion. This abatement fund will be used for lead inspections and lead paint removal in tens of thousands of homes in California. She and the team received the Trial Lawyer of the Year award from San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and Public Justice Foundation in 2014.
Alexander is in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame (California State Bar), the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, and is past president of American Association for Justice and the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Prior to her legal career, she was a research scientist in medical toxicology and was director of environmental health at Stanford Research Institute, where she conducted industrial hygiene research. She obtained her JD and Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Santa Clara in 1982 and 2003, respectively, and Master of Public Health (industrial hygiene) from UC Berkeley in 1975.
Amy Bassell-Crowe PhD, MPH '83
Amy Bassell-Crowe is a practicing clinical psychologist in the Bay Area who has focused on the health and mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her clinical practice, she has been a speaker and consultant to a number of schools and community organizations including Jewish Family and Children’s Services, East Palo Alto I Have a Dream Program, Summit Public School, Menlo School, and numerous public school districts. She will also be serving as a clinical supervisor for the LifeMoves organization focusing on homeless families and individuals.
Bassell-Crowe is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and has continued her connection with Berkeley as a guest lecturer at the School of Optometry focusing on the mental health needs of patients and as a member of the Policy Advisory Council at the School of Public Health. She and her husband Jeff have three daughters and live in the Bay Area where they have been active in numerous organizations focused on effective parenting, mental health needs, and education.
Raymond J. Baxter is Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. As a member of Kaiser’s national executive team, Baxter leads the organization’s activities to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low-income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship, and support for community-based organizations. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s work in research, health policy, and diversity, and serves as president of KP International.
Baxter has more than 35 years of experience managing public health, hospital, long-term care, and mental health programs, including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. He also led The Lewin Group, a noted health policy firm. He holds a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He serves on the advisory boards of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Duke University Institute for Health Innovation, the board of the CDC Foundation, the Global Agenda Council on Health of the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium for Value and Science Driven Health Care.
In 2001 the UC Berkeley School of Public Health honored him as a Public Health Hero for his service in the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. In September 2006 he received the CDC Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast and for his longstanding commitment to improving the health of communities.
Jerry Cacciotti is a partner with A.T. Kearney in its Health Practice. He has significant experience in R&D, resource allocation, and growth strategies for pharma, biotech, and consumer health clients. He also advises life science companies on how to enter new sectors, undertake mergers and acquisitions, and realign their strategies. He has broad experience across disease categories, especially in oncology and immunology.
Before joining A.T. Kearney, Jerry was a life sciences practice leader for Oliver Wyman, IMS Health, and Strategic Decisions Group. He has also worked in finance and has served as a foreign policy and press officer for the U.S. Congress. Jerry earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Teresa S. Carlson MPH '84
Terri Carlson earned her MPH from Berkeley in 1984 and her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978. She is married to John R. Carlson, MD, a gastroenterologist and Berkeley alumnus. Their two sons both attended UC Berkeley.
The Carlsons enjoy participating in the advisory board for the Cal Parents Fund, which provides the Chancellor with flexible funding to invest in student programs and resources to support students. Terri Carlson's work on behalf of Cal has included coordination of a "Discover Cal" event and a Cal Aquatics event, both in Southern California. She also has contributed her time and expertise as a volunteer for many other nonprofit fundraising projects in Northern and Southern California, including educational and health care institutions.
Before raising her family, she worked in critical care nursing at UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Centers in Los Angeles, and also in London among the National Heart Hospitals, particularly Brompton Hospital. She also worked as an independent management consultant on various West Coast hospital strategic planning projects, as well as serving as a functional and space programming consultant to Anshen + Allen Architects on a variety of hospital projects.
Margaret (Maggi) Cary is a doctor’s doctor with a physician’s mind and a friend’s heart. As an executive coach, she blends a scientist’s thinking with empathy. She earned her medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine and also holds a master of business administration degree in marketing and management and a master of public health degree. She graduated from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and is a PCC-accredited executive coach. Her first business experience was to take a failing occupational medicine clinic into profitability after three years of losing money. While at the Veterans Health Administration, she envisioned, created, and directed the Community of Champions, the VA’s national physician leadership development program.
Cary is the president of The Cary Group Global, a client-focused company that provides executive coaching, training, and physician leadership development programs. She is an ICF-certified executive coach, keynote professional speaker, facilitator, and author. Cary is also a ferocious learner and serial focuser with a lifelong passion for teaching what she has learned. As one surgeon client wrote, “I always felt you looked at me as a person, with my individual strengths and weaknesses. I appreciated your more holistic approach and came to understand much better how important it was for me to be emotionally centered to be an effective leader. You are a skilled coach.”
Cary is on the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she developed and teaches the Narrative Medicine course. Her coaching clients include physician executives at academic medical centers, professional societies, research facilities, and pharmaceutical companies. She blogs on TheDoctorWeighsIn.com.
Linda Hawes Clever is founder and president of RENEW, a nonprofit aimed at helping doctors, nurses, and others maintain or regain their enthusiasm, effectiveness, and purpose. She is also founding chair of Occupational Health at the California Pacific Medical Center, and a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF.
She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University. After interning at Stanford, she had several years of medical residency and fellowships at Stanford and UCSF. She is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and former editor of the Western Journal of Medicine. She is past president of the Western Association of Physicians and served as a trustee of Stanford University for 14 years. She is the author of The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life.
Molly Efrusy is the president and co-founder of the Efrusy Family Foundation, which primarily focuses on youth leadership development and education in the U.S. and Africa. She is committed to helping young people discover their unique strengths, passion, and purpose, and supporting them in their work to change the world. Efrusy is a board member for Firelight Foundation, an organization that identifies, funds, and strengthens promising community-based organizations that support the health, resilience, and education of children in Africa. She serves on the African Leadership Foundation’s U.S. Advisory Council, is an investor in African Leadership University, and is the Bay Area chapter head for the African Leadership Academy. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. The Haas Center inspires and prepares Stanford students to create a more just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships.
Before becoming involved in the nonprofit/philanthropy sector, Efrusy worked as a health care consultant for 15 years for several companies, including McKesson Corporation. Her work focused on outcomes research, where she managed prospective and economic modeling studies to determine the cost effectiveness and quality-of-life impact of various drugs and diagnostic tests. She was also an early employee at the Institute for Global Health, a center of applied prevention and public health research at University of California San Francisco founded by Richard Feachem, as well as a researcher at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Efrusy earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a master of public health degree in Maternal and Child Health from UC Berkeley. She lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband and three sons.
Deborah A. Freund is an internationally known health economist, recognized particularly in the areas of Medicaid, health care outcomes, and pharmoeconomics, a field she is credited with founding.
She is the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair at the RAND Corporation. Previously, she served as president of Claremont Graduate University (2010-2015), was a distinguished professor of public administration and economics at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and was an adjunct professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. She served as vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University (1999-2006), and vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the faculties at Indiana University, Bloomington (1994-1999), where she was also a professor of public affairs, economics, and family medicine, as well as associate dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (1988-2004). She was assistant and associate professor of health economics at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979-1988). She received an AB in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis (1973), and an MPH in Medical Care Administration (1975), an MA in Applied Economics (1975), and a PhD in Economics (1980) from the University of Michigan.
Charles Froland DrPH, MPH, MBA has spent over 30 years in leadership positions in a wide variety of institutional investment management settings serving endowments, foundations, and both public and private pension funds on a global basis. He was most recently CEO and CIO of Performance Equity Management, a private equity and venture capital investment firm. His prior roles included being a managing director of several major institutional funds including the Stanford University Endowment and the GM Pension. Following his retirement in 2016, he has continued as an adviser to Performance Equity Management and has also been an independent investor in real estate, buyouts, and venture capital.
Charles has also had a long commitment to working with community health and educational organizations. He serves on the Board of the Exchange Club of New Canaan, Connecticut, which raises funds for health services agencies serving needy families in Fairfield County. He is an advisor to the Friday Harbor Marine Laboratory of the University of Washington. He has also worked on boards with the Boys Town Children Services of Omaha, Nebraska, and the Beacon School in Oakland.
Mark B. Horton is a physician and public health professional with 18 years of experience in the clinical practice of pediatrics, and more than 15 years of experience directing state and local public health agencies. He was appointed to the position of chief deputy director over public health programs for the California Department of Health Services in 2005. In 2007 he was appointed state public health officer and the first director of the newly created California Department of Public Health, where he served until early 2011. Horton has also served as the deputy agency director for public health programs and health officer for the County of Orange Health Care Agency, vice president for community programs at San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center, and state public health officer and director of health for the State of Nebraska. He currently is a health leadership consultant working with the Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California.
Horton received his medical doctorate from St. Louis University School of Medicine. After two years of pediatric residency at Northwestern University, he completed an ambulatory pediatric fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Duke University. He received his master of science in public health degree from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sarah Ismail earned her MPH degree in Maternal and Child Health. She currently works as a scaling-up consultant with ExpandNet, where she consults on reproductive health, girls’ education, and environmental projects in order to see that the work serves more people on a lasting basis. Prior to that, Ismail was a UC Berkeley lecturer and public health consultant for the Population Council office in Egypt, where she worked on a national survey for youth and other sexual and reproductive health issues of marginalized populations, particularly those affected by HIV. She is a Bay Area native who grew up in both the United States and Egypt and is a proud and practicing Muslim who wears hijab. She is also a raja yoga instructor, KonMari tidying consultant, loves to be in nature, participates in drop-in improv classes, and has been to 30+ countries.
Anthony B. Iton is senior vice president of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, the state’s largest private health foundation. His primary focus is on the foundation’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative, the goal of which is to create communities where children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Before his appointment to The Endowment, Iton served as both the director and county health officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. In that role, he oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California’s low-income communities.
For three years, Iton also served as director of Health and Human Services and school medical advisor for the City of Stamford, Connecticut. Concurrent with that, he served as a physician in Internal Medicine at Stamford Hospital’s HIV Clinic. In addition, Iton served for five years as a primary care physician at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Iton’s varied career also includes past service as a staff attorney and health policy analyst for the West Coast regional office of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.
Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. He earned his bachelor of science degree in Neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University, his Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Lauren LeRoy PhD is a strategic advisor to foundations and nonprofit organizations focused on health and policy issues. Her current professional interests and activities include: advice on organizational positioning, programming, and strategy; executive coaching; and facilitation of high-level meetings and forums.
Previously, LeRoy was president and CEO of Grantmakers in Health; executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a nonpartisan congressional advisory body; executive director of the Physician Payment Review Commission; associate director of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone; assistant director of the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and director of its Washington, D.C. office; and health analyst in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Her research interests and published works include Medicare reform, the health workforce, health care for the elderly, health system reform, and the work of health philanthropy in improving people’s health, access to care, and health equity.
LeRoy is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance; a fellow of the National Academies; has chaired several Institute of Medicine study committees; is a member of the dean's Policy Advisory Council at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health; chairs the National Advisory Council of the California Health Benefits Review Program; and is a senior fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She holds a doctorate in Social Policy Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jim Losi has been a faculty member at St. Mary’s College of California since 2010, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students studying international development aid in Rwanda.
Previously Losi spent more than 25 years in the private sector, holding senior leadership positions in the financial services field. He created the Community Investor strategy for the Charles Schwab Corporation, which served the philanthropic interest of the company's 27,000 employees and began the Community Investor Education initiative. He also held senior leadership positions at Citicorp and Bank of America.
He currently serves on the boards of the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, Gardens for Health International in Rwanda, and the Catholic Institute for LaSallian Social Action. His past board service has included CARE, UNCF, the American Red Cross, and Make-A-Wish Foundation (SF). He was also president of the Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation from 1998 to 2001. Losi has founded two nonprofits: the Kundebana Foundation, a nonprofit development agency focused on solving the issues facing child-headed households in Rwanda and Uganda, and The Foundation for The Prevention of Child Abuse, an international agency dealing with child abuse legislation and issues.
Losi earned two MA degrees in Political Science and International and Area Studies from UC Berkeley in 2003. During his time at Berkeley, he was a Rotary Peace Fellow focusing on development issues in Africa. His MBA is in marketing and finance. He is currently working on an EdD, focusing on service learning in the developing world.
Mary A. Pittman is chief executive officer and president of the Oakland-based Public Health Institute, one of the largest and oldest nonprofit public health organizations in the country. PHI is home to more than 600 employees working in virtually every area of public health, in California, across the country, and around the world. A nationally recognized leader in improving community health, addressing health inequities among vulnerable people, and promoting quality of care, Pittman leads efforts to bring health care and public health together to improve population health and create greater health equity. Under her leadership, PHI has expanded its global portfolio, increased its policy and advocacy work, and been recognized as one of the 50 best nonprofit places to work in the nation.
Before joining Public Health Institute, Pittman was president of the Chicago-based Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. As such, she led the growth and development of HRET, synchronized the efforts of board members and research and educational professionals, and served on the executive staff of the American Hospital Association.
Before taking leadership of HRET, she was president and chief executive officer of the California Association of Public Hospitals. From 1984 until 1990, she served as director of planning and evaluation for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. From 1996 until 2007, she also served on PHI's board of directors. Over the course of her 30+ year public health career, Pittman has been recognized as a strong leader and advocate for public health. She has authored several books and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, and developed public policy and legislative proposals to reduce health disparities and expand access and quality of health care to underserved populations. She received her master's and doctoral degrees in public health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and also received a master's degree in city planning from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley.
Mary Jo Potter is currently CEO of Healthcare Angels and a senior advisor at BDC. In these roles, she is a consultant and investor in the health care sector, working most especially with the scaling of newer companies and ideas. She previously had been a partner or principal in three other consulting firms, working across industries in corporate mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and diversification. She built and sold a software company to McGraw-Hill and helped grow another start-up that went public and was subsequently sold.
Potter has more than 90 person-years of board experience, well over half of it in the health care sector. These included CHW/Dignity, CHI in Denver, and CHRISTUS in Dallas. She currently is on the boards of John Paul in Paris, Compli in Portland, the National Association of Corporate Directors in San Francisco, Hope Unlimited in Brazil, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and Goodwill in the East Bay. She received her master's degree from Northwestern University, her bachelor's degree from Siena Heights University in Michigan, and attended the Stanford Executive Program in India.
J. Leighton Read, former chair of the Advisory Council, is a general partner with Alloy Ventures, investors in the information technology and health care industries. He joined Alloy Ventures as a general partner in October 2001, after 14 years as a biotechnology entrepreneur and investor.
In 1987 he co-founded Affymax NV, under the direction of Dr. Alejandro Zaffaroni, serving initially as its executive vice president and COO and later as president of the Pharma Division and as a managing director of the parent company. He founded Aviron, a biopharmaceutical company focused on vaccines for infectious disease, in 1992, serving as chairman and CEO until 1999 and director until its acquisition by MedImmune in 2002. Aviron developed FluMisttm, the first intranasal influenza vaccine.
Read received a BS from Rice University in psychology and biology in 1973, an MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1976, and completed internal medicine training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, where he held appointments at the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health and conducted research in the fields of medical decision-making and cost-effectiveness analysis.
He is a director of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Cambrios Technologies, and Seriosity, Inc.; has served as director for a number of other biotechnology companies; and is on the executive committee of the Biotechnology Industry Association. He currently serves as a board member or trustee of BioVentures for Global Health, The Santa Fe Institute, BeneTech, and the UC Berkeley Foundation.
As co-inventor of the Affymax technology combining photolithography and combinatorial chemistry, he received the Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper of the year in science and the Distinguished Inventor Award of the Intellectual Property Association. In 1998 he was named the Northern California Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year.
Steven A. Schroeder is the Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, where he also directs the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. The Center, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Truth Initiative, works with leaders of more than 80 American health professional organizations and health care institutions to increase the cessation rate for smokers. It has expanded the types of clinician groups that support cessation, developed an alternative cessation message (Ask, Advise, Refer), created new ways to market toll-free telephone quit lines, and engaged the mental health and addictions treatment community for the first time. The Center's current work is focused especially on how to reduce the huge health burden from smoking that falls upon those with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders. SCLC works collaboratively with SAMHSA, HRSA, the CDC, and multiple health professional groups to provide technical assistance to help strengthen smoking cessation capabilities. The Center has also facilitated meetings involving 18 states that conduct tobacco cessation summits, enabling states to achieve targeted reductions in smoking rates among behavioral health populations.
Between 1990 and 2002, Schroeder was president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. During that time the Foundation made grant expenditures of almost $4 billion in pursuit of its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. It developed new programs in substance abuse prevention and treatment, care at the end of life, and health insurance expansion for children, among others.
Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer of the CDC. He held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington, and UCSF. At both George Washington and UCSF, he was the founding medical director of a university-sponsored HMO, and at UCSF he founded its Division of General Internal Medicine. He is a director of the Marin General Hospital, the Marin Community Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and the Robina Foundation; former member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (for 19 years); and former chair of the Health Care Services Board of the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine). He formerly chaired the American Legacy Foundation (now Truth Initiative), was a council member of the Institute of Medicine, an overseer of Harvard, president of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association, and director of the James Irvine Foundation. In 2014 he was named a public member of the Congressionally mandated federal Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. He has won numerous awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees and the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine. He and his wife Sally live in Tiburon, California. They have two physician sons and four grandchildren.
Loel Solomon joined Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program in 2003 and currently serves as vice president for community health. In this role, Solomon oversees the design, execution and evaluation of the organization’s community-based programs, and leads efforts to ensure the Community Benefit Program’s responsiveness to evolving community health needs. He also works closely with other health plan and medical group leaders to develop and implement Kaiser Permanente’s multifaceted strategy for addressing the social determinants of health, including its efforts to identify and address the social and non-medical needs of its members and the communities it serves.
He is a co-founder of the Convergence Partnership, a collaborative of national funders that advances policy and environmental approaches to community health, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Solomon served as deputy director of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for Healthcare Quality and Analysis, where he oversaw the state’s hospital outcomes reporting program and analyses of racial and ethnic health disparities. He served as a senior manager at the Lewin Group in Washington, DC, and as a member of Senator Edward Kennedy’s health staff. Solomon received his PhD in health policy from Harvard University and a Master of Public Policy degree at UC Berkeley.
Kenneth S. Taymor JD
Kenneth Taymor is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Taymor practiced law for over 20 years as an attorney with MBV LAW in San Francisco, where he specialized in real estate, land use, and corporate law. His clients included commercial development firms, nonprofit and for-profit homebuilders, local governments and community development corporations.
Taymor graduated from Yale Law School in 1982, where he was article and book review editor of the Yale Law Journal and cofounder of the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1974. From 1982 to 1988, Taymor was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, and from 1988 to 1993, he was special assistant (business and finance) to the San Francisco city attorney, serving as the city's chief legal advisor in real estate and development matters. From 1993 to 1997, he practiced at Cassidy & Verges.
Taymor also teaches and has created courses on community development, small business, and regional economics growth at the Stanford Law School and Stanford Business School. He has also been a visiting professor of law at UCLA.
Barbara Terrazas is the director of planning, development, and policy at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, one of the leaders in delivering multiculturally and linguistically appropriate health care services in Southern Alameda County. She was the CEO of Catholic Charities of Alameda/Contra Costa—the largest social service provider in the East Bay—for more than 10 years. Previously she was vice president of regional operations at "Just Say No" International, director of affiliate relations and planning at the American Lung Association of California (where she held oversight responsibility for 21 local affiliate organizations and developed the association's first strategic plan), and executive director at La Clinica de la Raza.
Terrazas has more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning, governmental relations, grants and contract administration, resource development, and community affairs. She was a founding member of the Multicultural Institute of the Franciscan School of Theology and an active advocate for youth violence prevention and breast cancer research. Her passion for the preservation of accessible quality health care for the underinsured and uninsured has advanced the national, state, and regional public health agenda.
She holds a BA degree in sociology from Mills College and earned her MPH from UC Berkeley in 1976. She sits on the board of trustees for Mills College, the board of directors for CompassPoint, and the New American Community Foundation board. Her community leadership honors include the Marcus Foster Alumni Award from Oakland Public Schools (1983) and the Public Affairs Award from the Latina Foundation of Northern California (1988).