“JVS is proud to be strengthening the Bay Area community by working with employers and community partners to train people with the in-demand skills and make the connections necessary for them to get good jobs and transform their lives.”

Abby Snay

Chief Executive Officer, JVS

Our Leaders

Abby Snay


Abby began her career with JVS in 1975 and served as Assistant Director before becoming Executive Director of JVS in 1984. Since then she has become JVS’s Chief Executive Officer, and under her leadership, the JVS budget has increased from $300,000 to close to $13 million, the staff has grown from 15 to a team of almost 100. Abby is a board member and former chair of the National Skills Coalition, is a member of the OneCiti Forum, was appointed by Governor Brown to the California Workforce Investment Board and the State Rehabilitation Council and was appointed as the Workforce Representative of Mayor Lee’s Our Children, Our Families Council. Abby holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Education from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also completed executive education programs at Harvard School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kathryn Beeley

Vice President, Finance

Rachael Brown

Vice President, Development

Lisa Countryman

Vice President, Grants and Program Development

Lesley Davidson

Director of Human Resources

Aimee Durfee

Chief Program Officer

Jenn Gross

Director of Healthcare Programs

Kevin Hickey

Director of High School and Bridge Programs

Patty Kwok

Director of Technology Training Programs

Sarah Jo Neubauer

Director of Job Search Accelerator

Dina Plotkin

Director of Information Technology

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

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

Erran Berger

Vice President, Engineering for Feed and Content Products, LinkedIn

Jeffrey Chiu

Vice President, Human Resources, UCSF

Kari Dohn Decker

Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase

Michelle Di Gangi

Executive Vice President, Bank of the West

Mardi Dier

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Portola Pharmaceuticals

Maynard L. Jenkins, III

Vice President, Human Resources, Sutter Health Bay Area

Wendy Kesser

Community Volunteer

Karla Lee

Northern CA Region Operations Executive, Bank of America

Greg Morgan

Executive Vice President, Region President, Greater San Francisco Region, Wells Fargo

Rachel Polish

Director of Communications, Kaiser Permanente

Rebecca Prozan

Chief of Public Affairs, Google, Inc.

Kumu Puri

Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Accenture

Alexis L. Rask

Founder and CEO, Future Consulting, LLC

Michael Righi

President, Northern California & Regional Commercial Banking Executive, PNW Marketings, U.S. Bank

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