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Our Team

Board of Directors

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Dean Florez

Dean Raymond Florez was a California State Senator from the 16th Senate District from 2002 until the end of his second term in November 2010. Florez was born and reared in the Central Valley. He was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1998 and served two terms. With over three decades of experience and prior service in the California Legislature, he is an expert at guiding established and start up tech companies through regulatory processes and spaces, including industry-specific expertise in risk management and policy strategy for startups in the sharing, gig, on-demand and collaborative economy. Dean is a trusted advisor to key stakeholder groups, board of directors, investors, and policymakers.​ A graduate of Harvard Business School Dean also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.

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Kenneth Goldman

Kenneth Goldman, President Hillspire and Former CFO Yahoo. Goldman is the former chief financial officer of Yahoo. Prior to joining Yahoo, Goldman served as chief financial officer at Fortinet. Goldman also served as chief financial officer of Siebel Systems. During a professional career spanning more than 40 years, Goldman served as chief financial officer of multiple public and private companies and helped take three companies public. In addition, Goldman's experience includes board director, audit committee chair and financial advisory roles at more than 40 corporate boards, of which over 10 have gone public while he was a board member.  Ken is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Cornell University.

Dr. Joseph Brown

Dr. Joseph Brown, Graduate Diversity Recruitment officer, and Associate Director, Diversity & First-Gen Office at Stanford University.  Joseph  works to support new generations of scholars that reflect the diversity of intellectual perspectives in society. He develops programs tailored to the specific needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and guidance toward the completion of their academic goals. Joseph has a Ph.D. from Stanford University with research work under the tutelege of  Dr. Claude Steele.

Timothy Michael Kral 

Tim is a corporate finance executive, assisting, leading and advising corporations through complex capitalizations, expansion, and capital market transactions.  Tim’s experience in technology extends from private to public commonality, PARC facility, Netscape Communications, OpenWave, AirFlash LBS, and Plum Ventures. Series funded tech startups, planning and financing to IPO / M&A, and public company corporate governance. Tim is originally from Palo Alto, from a family of researchers at Stanford, studied Finance, The Wealth of Nations, Social Ethics and Political Geography, Windy Hill Prep Academy, and is an avid surfer and Sealfit enthusiast.

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Sandra D. Pham

Sandra is a strategic and operational expert in higher education, with extensive experience and oversight of enterprise-wide operations for postsecondary. Sandra implemented top-tier practices and strategic insights to address long term objectives, supporrting University expansion initiatives,  campus planning, operations, new market channels for increaesed diversity enrollments.  Sandara drove program innovation and growth by addressing capacity, scholarship discounting and structural impediments limiting diversity. Sandra championed personalized marketing and outreach initiatives to expand  student recruitment for all students seeking higher ed. Yale University Master of Public Health.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Degree Master of Business Administration (MBA).                                        

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Randall Martinez

Randall Martinez is an Architectural Engineering Construction industry executive and a responsible civic leader with board-level ESG experience.  He is the Executive Vice President & COO of a nationally recognized civil engineering and construction services firm where he directs and oversees the operating sectors of the company and is responsible for maintaining the organization's position as a leader of public infrastructure development. He also serves as a board member for the Smithsonian Institution's American History Museum, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Resources Legacy Fund.  Since 2015 he has served as the California Attorney General's appointee to the Energy Commission's $5B Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board, the state's premier clean energy and jobs program. Martinez earned his degree in business administration/finance from the University of Southern California.  He is licensed in California as a general engineering contractor.