“The Bay Area job market is changing rapidly. While companies struggle to keep pace with their own talent needs, thousands of people still lack the skills necessary to find good jobs. JVS is laser focused on bridging this gap by working with employers to help job seekers develop the most in-demand skills through classroom training and work experience. In partnership with employers and community partners, we are creating life-transforming programs to address the highest poverty rate in the nation.”

Lisa Countryman-Quiroz

Chief Executive Officer, JVS

Our Leaders

Lisa Countryman-Quiroz 


Under Lisa’s leadership at JVS, she has led the way to expand new apprenticeship programs to help close the skills gap with key employer partners. Her strategic initiatives have increased our footprint in the tech space to break down barriers for underrepresented communities to access free tech training, and has expanded our impact regionally through the development of new programming and partnerships in the South and East Bay. In 2018, Lisa was appointed a Commissioner on the State of California’s Inter-agency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, under the Department of Industrial Relations.

Lisa has over 10 years of experience developing successful public and private grant proposals, managing strategic partner relationships and working closely with program staff to develop programs that achieve significant social impact. Prior to JVS, Lisa worked at St. Anthony Foundation in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco securing grants to support the organization’s Free Medical Clinic Operations. Lisa received her master’s degree in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo and her bachelor’s degree in German and Classics from Loyola University Chicago.

Kathryn Beeley

Chief Financial Officer

Aimee Durfee

Chief Program Officer

Rachael Brown

Chief Development Officer

Bekka Rosenbaum

Director of Program Development

Dina Plotkin

Director of Information Technology

Kevin Hickey

Director of High School and Bridge Programs

Elizabeth Toups

Director of Utilities Training Programs

Board of Directors

JVS is led by community and business leaders who bring expertise in social change and the high-growth industries our job seekers are targeting.

Executive Committee

Michael Walker, Board President

Executive Vice President and Regional Executive, City National Bank

Jim Koshland, Board President Emeritus

Partner, DLA Piper US, LLP

Kari Dohn Decker, Board Vice President

Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase

Max Simkoff, Board Vice President

Founder and CEO, States Title

Kirsten Wolberg, Board Vice President

Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Docusign

René Kim, Board Treasurer

Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, Charles Schwab Bank

Ben Tulchin, Board Secretary

President, Tulchin Research

Board Members

Hubert Ban

Vice President, Reporting & Technical Accounting, Salesforce.com

Anjana Berde

 Head of Talent Development for the Americas, HR Business Partner, Union Bank

Erran Berger

Vice President, Engineering for Feed and Content Products, LinkedIn

Guy Chicoine

Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

Jeffrey Chiu

Vice President, Human Resources, UCSF

Mardi Dier

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Portola Pharmaceuticals

Hakeem Oseni II

Lead Business Systems Consultant, Wells Fargo

Mercedes Fuller

Managing Director, Accenture

Naomi Pilosof Ionita

Partner, Menlo Ventures

Maynard L. Jenkins, III

Vice President, Human Resources, Sutter Health Bay Area

Wendy Kesser

Community Volunteer

Karla Lee

Regional Director of Consumer and Wealth Management, JPMorgan Chase

Gioia McCarthy

Managing Director, Northwest Division Executive, Bank of America

Rebecca Prozan

Chief of Public Affairs, Google, Inc.

Kumu Puri

Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Accenture

Carrie Varoquiers

Vice President of Global Impact, Workday, Inc. President, Workday Foundation

Maria Lazzarini

Executive Vice President, Northern California Division, Regional Banking Group, Bank of the West

Jeffrey Rosichan

Senior Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets Group, Evercore

Emeritus Council

Jean Strunsky, Chair
Max Bernstein
Lynn B. Bunim
John Brown
Andy Elkind
Shari Freedman
Peter Friend
Craig A. Howard
Eleanor Johns
Thomas M. Kasten
Jeffrey Lager
Maria Lazzarini
Anne Libbin
Elaine Lindenmayer
Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann
Marlene Saritzky
Susan Portugal

Linda Rubinstein
Marty S. Schenker
Nancy Siegel
Dr. Linda Sonntag
Gabriel Speyer
Roselyne C. Swig
Lisa Toppin
Victoria Treyger
Sidney Tuchman
Melvin B. Wasserman
Judy Weil
Norman Zilber

Past Presidents

Dr. Natalie Berg*
Max Bernstein
John Brown
Lynn Bunim
Harry Cohn
Kenneth Colvin*
David Z. Cook
Andy Elkind
Shari Freedman
Larry Kamer
Tom Kasten
Mark Kelsey
Jim Koshland
Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann
Irving Rabin*
Leon Rosenthal*

Martin S. Schenker
Roselyne C. Swig
Sanford Tandowsky*
Michelle Waldgeir
Melvin B. Wasserman
Norman Zilber
Arthur Zimmerman*
*of blessed memory