The Line-Up 2013!

The Line-Up!

Charlene LiCharlene Li is Founder and current Managing Partner of the Altimeter Group and the author of The New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008.

She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. Formerly, Charlene was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2010 and one of the most influential women in technology 2009. Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert and has appeared on 60 MinutesThe PBS NewsHourABC News, and CNN. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe EconomistBusinessweekUSATodayReuters, and The Associated Press. She is a much-sought-after public speaker and appeared at the World Business Forum in Radio City Music Hall in October 2010. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association, as well as The Poynter Institute. You can follow her blog at or at

Charlene is the mother of two kids and the wife of Come Lague, a venture capitalist with Nueva Ventures. She is also a self-professed geek, an avid fan of reality TV shows like Survivor, and loves to play puzzle games. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Brandon FeldmanBrandon Feldman, as Strategic Partner Manager, manages news, politics and public policy partnerships at YouTube. In his role, Brandon works with media companies, government agencies, elected officials and political organizations that leverage YouTube to distribute their content and build engaged audiences. Prior to his time in tech, he spent time on Capitol Hill and at JPMorgan. Brandon, a graduate of New York University, is based at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California.

ramya2 (1)Ramya Raghavan is the Head of Politics and Causes for Google+.  In her role, she leads partnerships and programming with politicians, nonprofit organizations, and activists.  In 2013, she developed Fireside Hangouts, a series of Hangouts with President Obama, Vice-President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the first-ever Hangout with Secretary of State John Kerry.  Prior to Google+, she managed political and nonprofit partnerships at YouTube, including the development of the YouTube Nonprofit Program, which offers premium products features to nonprofit organizations, and the creation of YouTube’s 2012 Election Hub.  In December 2012, she was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for her work at the intersection of politics, media and activism.

AjaAja Bettencourt-McCarthy is a Policy, Innovation and Engagement Fellow with the San Mateo County Information Services Department.  In this role, she helps to guide the County’s social media outreach strategy.  Working with County officials and departments she has launched and maintains the County of San Mateo Facebook page and the SMC Speakout MindMixer site. She assists departments who are interested in adding YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, Hootsuite apps, Flickr, and a myriad of social media technologies that are available today.  What she doesn’t know, she researches, experiments with and masters.

Before joining the County, Aja studied Community Development at the University of California, Davis and Library Science with a focus on Outreach at the University of Washington.

Jordan Harp - photoJordan Harp is Education and Outreach Manager at Facebook, where he works with California elected officials to use the platform to engage their supporters and leads Facebook Small Business and Safety Roadshow events around the state. In 2012, he worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a digital strategist, helping to run an online fundraising campaign that raised over $50 million during the 2012 cycle. Jordan received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

KriselleKriselle Laran, is a  Sr. Digital Account Supervisor, who leads social media and digital strategy for Zeno Group’s Silicon Valley office, with a focus on technology and business-to-business companies. Past and current clients include Brocade, McAfee, Micron, LPL Financial and Apollo Lightspeed, but Kriselle also provides social counsel for clients throughout the Zeno network. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and business administration, as well as a background in web design and development, Kriselle has a deep knowledge of both strategic and technical aspects of digital engagement. Before joining Zeno Group, Kriselle founded the full service creative agency Bullfrog Media. Notable clients included PARC, Jabra, ustream and McKesson Corp.

Previous to this venture, Kriselle consulted for the San Mateo County Elections Office as a digital strategist for the historic 2008 Presidential Election, helping position the chief elections official as a leader in technology innovation within government practices. An experienced speaker at various events such as SXSWi in Austin, Kriselle has also been recognized by Mashable as a top Twitter user to follow in the areas of marketing, social media and graphic design.

Active in her community, Kriselle served on the Board of Directors for the local education foundation, and founded the annual “Peninsula Oktoberfest,” which drew 10,000+ attendees by year three. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco chapter of the Social Media Club, founded by Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells.

PHOTO2Jon  Walton began his professional career in Computer Technology working on international engineering projects involving programming, seismic risk modeling, and visual simulation.   While working as the Deputy CIO for the City of San Jose, Mr. Walton oversaw the implementation of the city’s first ERP system and their first online permitting system. Following that as a senior manager for Unisys, he lead the implementation of a large City Customer Service Center processing over one million calls per year and worked with the Governor’s office of Alaska to establish a statewide technology governance process.  As the Deputy CIO and CIO for the City and County of San Francisco Mr. Walton, he led the migration to cloud email, the implementation of an ERP system, the virtualization/consolidation of data centers, and oversaw award winning government media strategy and applications.  Currently Mr. Walton is the CIO for the County of San Mateo leading the efforts to modernize technology for the County, improve operational services, and launch new government technology service delivery models.  These experiences and his 23 years of experience have afforded Mr. Walton with an opportunity to travel all over the United States and Internationally working with Governments, NGO’s, and the public to imagine new ways of delivering services and creating more collaborative government organizations.

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 6.02.17 PMRon Vinson is Chief Marketing Officer for the Department of Technology for the City and County of San Francisco. In his current position, he is responsible for leading web and e-services in the City & County of San Francisco by encouraging City departments to leverage new media and technologies in creative new ways.

Specifically, he is:

  • Leading the development and execution of a new media strategy that leverages social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to better engage the community. Developing new applications for mobile devices bringing government services to constituents on demand.
  • Pushing the boundaries of government TV by encouraging the development of new programming and expanding access to video content online.
  • Fostering the adoption of new technologies across communities through the TechConnect program linking residents of San Francisco to computers and technology, while also enabling access and coordinating services to improve quality of life.
  • Policy and Planning services – These services support electronic governance and include cable franchise administration, development and administration of Citywide technology policies, enterprise IT planning, and recommendation, advocacy and monitoring of technology ordinances, such as the city telecommunication plan. Policy and planning services include processing video franchise applications.

Prior to becoming the Director of Media, for the City and County of San Francisco, Ron Vinson worked as Director of Administration and in charge of all technology contracts and procurement, human resources and finance for the Department of Technology. Ron was also Customer Services Manager for IT related functions for client departments and agencies. He also worked as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and Deputy Press Secretary for the Office of Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr, former Mayor of San Francisco. Ron also worked as Deputy Press Secretary, Office of Mayor Bill Campbell in Atlanta, Georgia and Anchor/Reporter for WAOK/WVEE, Atlanta, GA’s top radio station.

Vinson is originally from Long Island, New York and currently resides in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. Vinson is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

James WagstaffJames (Jim) M. Wagstaffe, partner and co-founder of the law firm, Kerr & Wagstaffe; he handles a diverse range of litigation matters and also leads the firm’s successful Federal Practice Group.  His practice focuses on complex litigation, professional and governmental representation, legal ethics and First Amendment matters.  In addition, Jim is recognized as an authority and frequently is consulted by other law firms and clients alike on complicated civil procedure, attorneys’ fees and trial practice issues. Jim’s practice includes substantial work on virtual world issues, including electronic discovery, related legal ethics questions, and Wi-Fi technology. He is considered one of the most sought after First Amendment/defamation lawyers in the country.  He has represented broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, celebrities and public officials, as well as a host of others – both as plaintiff and defendant. In addition to Jim’s courtroom experience, he has authored and co-authored a number of publications, including the widely-usedFederal Civil Procedure Before Trial (TRG 2013 – Three Volumes, 3,500 pages, cited in over 1,000 published decisions), the nation’s leading practice guide on federal court practice.  Jim’s other publications include Game Changers: New Federal Rule Amendments (Thomson Reuters 2011); California Legal Ethics(TRG 1999); Commencing and Removing Actions to Federal Court (TRG 1986); “Much Ado About Doe Defendants,” 5 Cal. Lawyer, No. 9; and “Life After Remand” Federal Litigation.  In addition to his legal publications, Jim authored Romancing the Room (Random House), a spirited step-by-step guide to effective public speaking.  He also was a contributing author with Donald Trump, Larry King, and Ira Glass, among others, to The Expert’s Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do (Clarkson Potter 2004).  More about Jim:

2012 GML head shot v2Glenn Levy, Deputy County Counsel of San Mateo County, has more than a decade of legal experience.  After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center cum laude, Glenn clerked for a year for the Honorable Robert Henry with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  He thereafter was a litigation associate at two law firms.  Glenn started his private practice as a complex commercial litigator at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco, working on cases which included a utility bankruptcy, a billion-dollar insurance coverage action, contract disputes, a major securities investigation, and the City of San Francisco’s challenge to the California ban on same-sex marriages.  Next, Glenn worked for two years as an intellectual property litigation associate for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Silicon Valley, working on various trade secret matters.  Since starting with the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office, Glenn has been handling matters for clients including the San Mateo Medical Center, the County Manager, and the County’s Health System, Elections Division, Child Protective Services, and  Information Services Department.  Glenn provides counseling to clients in many areas, including employment issues, social media and technology, statutory interpretation, election procedure, contract negotiation and drafting, patient privacy, and medical ethics.  In addition, Glenn handles various litigation matters, including bringing and defending eminent domain actions and defending tort-based actions.

wilson 1Marshall Wilson spent 18 years as a professional journalist in the Bay Area before joining the County of San Mateo as Communications Director. He currently works daily with the news media and is responsible for developing communications strategies for a diverse array of projects and issues. His focus is on engaging the public in a conversation rather than “pushing out” information. Dubbed “the dapper spokesman for San Mateo County” by the Los Angeles Times, Marshall has extensive experience in media relations, public affairs, community outreach and crisis management. Before joining the County in 2006, Marshall was an assignment editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he spent more than 10 years as a reporter and editor. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Peninsula Television, a non-profit station based in San Mateo County, and hosts “Peninsula Newsmakers,” a 10-minute weekly program. He is also currently President of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, a professional organization for journalists and public relations professionals. This summer he taught a workshop at Stanford Continuing Studies, “Media Relations: Crisis and Opportunity.” He received an MA in journalism from Stanford University and a BA in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Marshall lives in San Mateo County with his wife, Gina, and their 5-year-old daughter, Isabella.

Tim Draper2Timothy C. Draper. Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  His original suggestion to use “viral marketing” in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by hundreds of businesses.  On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tim currently serves on the boards of DoAtGlam,  Prosper, and Miartech.  DFJ’s previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and hundreds of others. Tim launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded DFJ ePlanet (global), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), Zone Ventures (LA), Epic Ventures (Salt Lake City),  Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), DFJ Vina Capital (Vietnam), and DFJ DragonFund (Shanghai). Tim recently founded Draper University of Heroes, an immersive boarding school in San Mateo, California for students 18-24 years old, dedicated to encouraging proactive entrepreneurship. Tim is the course creator and Chairman of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He also serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. Previously, Tim served on the California State Board of Education.  In November of 2000, Tim launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election.  He was a member of Singapore’s International Economic Council and Ukraine’s Orange Circle.  He was on the Board of U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

PHOTO1Jack Madans manages Government Partnerships at Code for America. His work with CfA government partners ranges broadly from innovation policy and open data efforts to change management and community organizing. He cut his teeth as a community organizer early on when he founded the pilot project, FoodCycle, while studying at the London School of Economics. While interning at the White House, Jack assisted with policy production in the the Office of Urban Affairs and outreach to the nation’s Mayors in the office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Jack earned a degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley.  He just happens to be a millenial. Jack’s hoping that the local government entities in San Mateo County will join the  Peer Network created by Code for America to foster collaboration among government agencies.

RWC Police Officer Chris RasmussenChris Rasmussen, Social Media Officer has been in law enforcement for 22 years, having served in both the San Francisco Police Department and in Redwood City Police Department since 1997.  He is one of the founding members of the RWC Police Social Media Team where he helped to develop the citywide social media policy. Chris was also one of the founding members and coordinator of the Bay Area Law Enforcement Social Media Group (#BALESMG).  Chris has 20 years of experience as a Law Enforcement Trainer in a variety of fields – including social media. He is part of the Police Honor Guard, Patrol Rifle Team as well as the Technology Committee, a position where he has had the opportunity to shape policy, implement social media tools and use it to engage and inform the public. He’s going to talk about Redwood City Police Department’s Emergency Alert Apps.

EPA_Chica_Squad_Team_PhotoVanessa Tostado, Ashley Davis and Margarita Tenisi, & Rose Valencia of East Palo Alto.  Self-dubbed the “EPA Chica Squad,” three Eastside Prep sophomores and one Sequoia High School freshman competed in the Technovation Challenge, a global competition that uses online curriculum to guide teams of middle school and high school girls through the process of developing mobile-phone application.  The competition had 114 entrants from all over the world.  The Chica Squad created an Adroid app called “Tag It” that allows users to take a picture of graffiti, vandalism or trash in their neighborhood, tag its location and create an “event” to get it cleaned up.  They placed in the top 20 worldwide and in the top 5 from of the Bay Area. What got them started? They watched a video in Computer Science class that showed how very few girls enter the field of engineering. They will ‘show and tell’ the story of their app.

Scott SchwaitzbergScott Schwaitzberg recently moved to San Francisco from New York City where he spent much of his career in business management and technology consulting. In his current role at, Scott is partnering with cities in a philanthropic and technology context to improve connectivity between residents and government, specifically with regard to services and civic engagement. Scott also serves as an advisor to the City of San Francisco on information technology as the first appointed public member of the San Francisco Committee on IT. Previously he has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson in New York City and worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. Scott received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin.

RoseanneFoust5599Rosanne Foust, President  & CEO, SAMCEDA (San Mateo County Economic Development Association).  Rosanne Foust is President & CEO of SAMCEDA which was founded in 1953 to promote business issues that enhance and sustain the economic prosperity of San Mateo County and the greater Bay region. In addition, she is a past Mayor and current Council Member in Redwood City, CA. Foust holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Economics and has completed Executive Management training at UCLA and Stanford University. She is the immediate past Chair of the SMC Transportation Authority and a current Board Member, Board Trustee of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Board Member of the SF Bay Restoration Authority, Deputy Chair of the RWC-SMC Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Peninsula TV and serves on several other Boards of local non-profits. For the past three years Ms. Foust has been honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area. Foust lives in RWC with her husband and two daughters.