Board of Directors & Advisors

Duncan Beardsley, Chair

Director, Generosity in Action

Duncan Beardsley manages Generosity in Action, an organization which supports international travelers’ philanthropy. He is the former Director of the Stanford Alumni Association Travel/Study Programs. He also served as the Marketing Director and Executive Vice President of Royal Cruise Line and as President of Seabourn Cruise Line.

William E. Green

Attorney, William Green & Associates

William E. Green, founder of William Green & Associates, is a lawyer in Palo Alto. Prior to starting his private practice in 1974, he was Assistant General Counsel for Boise Cascade Corporation. He was also a member of the legal staff of Sybron Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Green received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh and an L.L.B. degree from Dusquene University School of Law. Mr. Green is a member of the National Board of Governors of the American Red Cross.

Albert J. Horn

Attorney, Anderson, Yadzi, Hwang, Minton & Horn LLP

Albert Horn is a founding partner of Attorney, Anderson Yazdi Hwang Minton + Horn LLP. He was formerly a partner at Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson + Horn. Mr. Horn has more than 50 years of experience advising families on strategies to acquire wealth. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and received his law degree from Stanford University. Mr. Horn was a founding board member of the Peninsula Community Foundation.

Jackie Speier

U.S. Representative,12th District of California

Jackie Speier has represented California’s 14th Congressional District since 2008. Previously she had served the residents of the San Francisco Peninsula while on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and later in the California State Assembly and State Senate. Jackie serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee. Jackie received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law.

Moira C. Walsh

Managing Attorney, Office of the San Francisco City Attorney

Moira is the Managing Attorney of the Office of the San Francisco City Attorney. Previously, Moira served as the COO and Associate Executive Director at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation for 10 years. Prior to joining PVF, Moira was a partner in the law firm of Carr, McClellen, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn PC, where she practiced law for 12 years. Additionally, she has worked with, led and served on the boards of numerous Bay Area nonprofit agencies and foundations.

Cole S. Wilbur

Former President, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Cole Wilbur is the former President of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He also previously served as Interim President of the California Wellness Foundation. Mr. Wilbur received the Council on Foundation’s Distinguished Grantmaker Award in 1999. He was previously Executive Director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation. Mr. Wilbur received his undergraduate and Master of Business Administration degrees from Stanford University and is the co-author of “The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics.”

Sheryl Young

CEO, Community Gatepath

Sheryl Young is Chief Executive Officer of Community Gatepath and She has over 25 years of managerial experience in operations, finance, and marketing. Young is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, and also earned an M.A. of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, a M.A. in Special Education from Ball State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University.

James Higa

Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

James Higa is Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. He brings 28 years of executive experience from Silicon Valley, working with Steve Jobs to change the face of technology. He was at the birth of the personal computer revolution as a member of the original Macintosh team and was deeply involved in the creation of many products and services at Apple over 3 decades. He has a long history of public service as a board member of Stanford’s Haas Center and in grassroots relief efforts.

Bill Somerville

Founder, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

Bill Somerville is Founder of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. He has been in non-profit and philanthropic work for 50 years. He was the director of a community foundation for 17 years, and in 1991 founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation where he serves as President. Bill has consulted at over 400 community foundations, on creative grantmaking and foundation operations. Bill is the author of “Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker.”

Board of Advisors

Janet Camarena

Director of Transparency Initiatives,

The Foundation Center

Dien Yuen

Managing Director,

Kordant Philanthropy Advisors

Kathy Kwan


The Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation

Leonard Edwards

Former Judge-in-Residence,

California Administrative Office of the Courts

PVF Close-Up: Board Member Praise for PVF's Grantmaking

Learn about PVF Board Member Cole Wilbur’s take on PVF’s grassroots grantmaking approach.

“PVF has taken philanthropy from the traditional grantmaking paper shuffle, to the neighborhoods and classrooms. Bill Somerville’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with his willingness to experiment and trust, has reinvigorated crucially important non-profit groups while helping to save lives on the edges of American society.”


– Jackie Speier, US Representative, 12th Congressional District of California