The Line-Up


The Line-Up!

Christa BigueChrista Bigue is the social media coordinator for the County of San Mateo. She has more than 15 years of leadership experience in digital and print media, journalism, social media, and content marketing in traditional newsrooms and start-up settings. She’s most recently recognized for spearheading community engagement programs by building key partnerships with nonprofit and businesses to implement AOL/Patch Media Corp.’s marketing strategy. She’s worked as reporter for the Bay Area News Group and as a features editor for the Marin Independent Journal. She has a master’s degree in public interpretation, cultural resources management, and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston.

Anne Campbell FinalAnne Campbell was first elected as San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. As County Superintendent, one of her primary responsibilities is ensuring the financial and academic stability of our county¹s 23 school districts which serve nearly 94,000 students. Prior to her role as County Superintendent, Ms. Campbell served as Superintendent of the Portola Valley School District and of the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. She has also served as a middle school   principal, counselor, and teacher.

Superintendent Campbell¹s priorities include closing the Achievement Gap, expanding access to quality early care and education, and creating 21st century schools for 21st century students. Initiatives currently underway to achieve these priorities include support of local districts as they implement the Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessment; implementation of the Big Lift, a county-wide collaborative focused on increasing third grade reading proficiency through access to quality preschool; and incubation of the iZone, a public-private partnership designed to assist districts transition to 21st century learning environments, including ensuring students and teachers have the technology they need to personalize instruction to address individual student needs.

th[6]Nicky Jackson Colaco joined Facebook in 2009 and is Head of Public Policy, Instagram. She currently works cross-functionally with members of the product, engineering, and operations teams to address safety, privacy, and security issues on Instagram and across the Internet. From 2003 to 2007, Nicky managed international consumer product policy for Google in Mountain View, California and in Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Google, Nicky spent a year in a fishing village in Hokkaido, Japan teaching English. She is a mom of two, and holds a B.S. in Media and Communications from Northwestern University and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

 Dembo_Ron(72dpi)Dr. Ron Dembo is the Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, a company targeting massive, positive behavioral change. Prior to Zerofootprint, Dr. Dembo was the Founder and CEO of Algorithmics Inc., growing it from a start-up to the world’s largest enterprise risk software company until it was sold to Fitch in 2005 and then IBM in 2012. Algorithmics was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies during his tenure.

Prior to starting Algorithmics he had a distinguished 10-year academic career at Yale University cross-appointed between Yale School of Management and the department of Computer Science. Dr. Dembo is a sought-after speaker and has authored three books and over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

He has received numerous awards for his work and was honored as a lifetime Fields Institute Fellow for his contribution to Canadian Mathematics in 2007. Dr. Dembo sits on a number of boards including higher education in design, urban issues, architecture and mathematics.

Connect14 DespainAnne-Marie Despain is a respected library professional with over twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of public library service and management. She holds a Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the San Mateo County Library, she worked for the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Anne-Marie began her career at San Mateo County Library fifteen years ago as a Librarian and later worked as an Assistant Branch Manager, Collections and Information Manager, and as the Assistant Director. Five years ago, she assumed the position of Director of Library Services. The San Mateo County Library is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

Recognized as one of the nation’s top public libraries, the San Mateo County Library has a rich history of providing library service to the residents of San Mateo County and a commitment to exceptional service that endures to this day. The system’s 12 community libraries, bookmobile and eBranch provide innovative services and technology while at the same time, staying true to the traditional library role as a democratic institution of learning and equal access.

Alison DorseyAlison Dorsey is the Social Impact Manager at LinkedIn, focused on connecting LinkedIn members with nonprofit and government service opportunities as skilled volunteers and board members.  She also leads LinkedIn’s Veterans Initiative, supporting Veteran job seekers.  Previously, Alison worked in early stage social venture support in North Carolina, where she founded an incubator and a student recruiting platform.  Originally from San Mateo County, Alison is very passionate about connecting more professionals in the County with opportunities to serve here.

shawndrostShawn Drost is a Co-Founder, Lead Instructor, and Chief Commercial Officer at Hack Reactor. Shawn started coding at 15, writing games on his TI-83. At 17, he was already teaching classes on pointer arithmetic and class hierarchies. He studied Computer Science at USC and has been a software engineer ever since, most recently leading a technical team at OKCupid Labs. Shawn runs the second half of Hack Reactor’s curriculum, including the self-directed project periods and the graduate hiring program.

Hack Reactor is a three-month immersive school that turns coding novices into professionals.  This year, Hack Reactor will educate more software engineers than Stanford, Berkeley, and Caltech combined, with a 98% employment rate and an average salary of $105,000.  At Connect14, Shawn will outline the educational methodology behind this extraordinary success rate — and what it means for the higher education landscape.

Ed EverettEd Everett is a nationally known expert in the areas of Community Building and Civic Engagement. He has spoken to numerous state and national conferences on these topics, has led successful training programs in these areas and written on community building.  His passion is to help cities and communities understand and implement successful community building and civic engagement strategies.  Ed uses his 36 successful years in local government, including 24 years as a city manager, to share his research and practice in these fields.

He has a degree in Economics from U.C. Davis and a graduate degree in Urban Affairs from Princeton University. After leading the renaissance of downtown Redwood City, Ed focused his research, study and practice on community building and civic engagement.  He understands the power and impact of community building and civic engagement and led Redwood City in establishing and implementing it core purpose: “Build a Great Community Together”.

Ed is a Senior Fellow with the Davenport Institute of Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University. He is also the Community Strategist for a start up company that has developed a website for connecting neighbors, neighborhoods and the city/county in order to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

Ed is an executive coach and helps managers who want to be more successful in their organizations.  He has done significant coaching of younger professional through the “Next Generation” program.

Girl Scout Troop 31175Girl Scout Troop 31175, established in 2004, was awarded the Silver Award in May 2013 based on their work with the Hillsborough Neighborhood Network (HNN).  HNN is a group of residents collaborating to organize neighborhoods for Emergency Preparedness at the individual, neighborhood, and community level (with then goal of being self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours in case of disaster).  The troop worked with HNN, the Hillsborough Police Department, the Central County Fire Department, and the Town of Hillsborough to develop a series of 12 video shorts, explaining the various steps of becoming prepared in case disaster strikes.  The girls wrote the scripts, interviewed various town officials, filmed all the segments, edited the shorts and produced over 100 dvd’s for distribution to HNN volunteers.

Rosanne Foust photoRosanne Foust is the current Vice Mayor in Redwood City, and was elected in 2003, 2007, and 2011.  She served as Vice Mayor from 2005 – 2007 and Mayor from 2007 – 2009.

In addition, 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.  Prior to SAMCEDA, she maintained a 20 year career with Alsace Development International USA, Inc.

Ms. Foust is Treasurer and Board Member, Casa de Redwood (senior housing complex).  She is a Board Member and Past Chair, San Mateo County Transportation Authority, 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 and past Chair of the Board, Chair of Peninsula TV and serves on several other Boards of local nonprofits.

Ms. Foust has been honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area” in 2009, 2010 and a member of the Forever Influential Honor Roll for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.  She was honored as the first Alumna of Distinction, Notre Dame de Namur University (2013).  Ms. Foust was honored by the Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and 2013 as Person of the Year and in 2002 as Businesswoman of the Year.  Ms. 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 lives in Redwood City with her husband and daughters.

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson serves as a member of the City Council in San Carlos, California.
He currently works at Netflix, where he is Director of Product Innovation. Prior to Netflix, Cameron was Director of Product Management at Yahoo.
Cameron also serves as Chair of the San Mateo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission. He previously served for four years on the San Carlos Economic Development Advisory Commission.
Cameron has an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA in political science from Reed College. He and his wife, Celina, have two young children.

Zain KhanZain Khan founded iConstituent “on a single idea – to improve our democracy by connecting government and constituents through technology.”

A recognized technology pioneer, innovator and entrepreneur with nearly 15 years of experience in technology , Zain Khan is the founder and CEO of iConstituent, a leader in cloud based government to constituent communications.   Through Zain’s leadership, iConstituent went from a start-up with just one product and a handful of clients to a company that powers the vast majority of Congressional eCommunications.

Prior to founding iConstituent, Zain had a background working in the tech industry with a number of e-commerce endeavors and startups.  On the personal side, Zain always had an interest in government and politics.  Founded in 2000, iConstituent allowed Zain to merge his professional experience with his interest in politics and begin his career in government-constituent communications.   His expertise managing fast growth, internet software companies, coupled with a passion to enhance government-constituent communications has been critical to the company’s success.

As a result of his success with iConstituent, Zain is widely recognized as an expert in government-constituent communications and has been frequently interviewed on the subject by many respected news outlets, including National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Zain holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.  Although iConstituent is headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zain lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

LK headshot_informal_by MikeLaurie Kretchmar is a social media & PR strategist for great companies and causes. A former journalist (most notably at FORTUNE magazine), Laurie was among the first news media people to go digital in 1995 when she became Editor in Chief & VP of, the first major web network for women, which was later bought by NBC.

Laurie enjoys coaching people on how to use social media and email marketing in a way that extends their influence, builds their community and works for them. She’s worked with a variety of clients including renewable energy business and nonprofit leaders, a law firm, an environmental coalition, a college president, a Supervisor and a Congresswoman.

In the last few years, she has served as media director/consultant for a national campaign and a state campaign to increase the low number of women in politics. Close the Gap CA, which focuses on recruiting women for open seats in the CA legislature, now has 4,000+Twitter followers, an active presence on Facebook and a growing one on YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.

You can find Laurie on Twitter at @LKhere and @closethegapCA

New photo kriselleKriselle Laran
leads digital marketing for Zeno Group’s Silicon Valley office. Her work with technology and business-to-business clients have achieved national recognition, including recently receiving Silver awards for the 2013 Bulldog Reporter Digital PR Awards for Best Word of Mouth campaign and Best Social Network Messaging Strategy. Kriselle’s past and current client list at Zeno Group includes Apollo Education Group, Bausch + Lomb, Jabra, LPL Financial,  McAfee and Micron, but  Kriselle also serves as senior  social counsel for her colleagues throughout the agency.

With over 13 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 technological aspects of digital engagement. Before joining Zeno Group, Kriselle founded the full service creative agency Bullfrog Media. Notable clients included PARC, Jabra and ustream. 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 the PRNews Digital PR Summit, SXSW and Women Who Tech, 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,” a charitable event featuring craft brews that drew 10,000+ attendees by year three. She also currently serving her second term on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco chapter of the Social Media Club, founded by Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells.

brian moura

Brian Moura is a consultant for Regional Government Services specializing in city management, finance, budget, citizen engagement, technology, franchising and economic development.  He has extensive experience in local government – serving in management positions for the cities of San Carlos, Hayward and San Francisco as well as Contra Costa County.  He is a Board Member of CSCDA, a statewide finance JPA founded by the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties.

While in San Carlos, Brian held the positions of Interim City Manager, Finance Director, Human Resources Director, Interim Parks and Recreation Director and Interim Economic Development Director concurrently with his work as the City’s Assistant City Manager.  He also served as the Co-Chair of the 42 agency Silicon Valley Climate Protection Task Force.  Brian is a leader in bringing technology, regionalism and government agencies together.

In 2013, Brian received the Connect 2013 award for Improving Public Engagement through Technology.  The previous year, Brian was selected as one of three PTI Fellows nationally by Public Technology Institute for his contributions and innovative use of technology in local government.  In 2011, Brian received the Outstanding Public Service Award from San Francisco State University’s Masters in Public Administration Program for being “An Inspiration and Role Model for Our Students.”

He has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Cal State University, East Bay.

1016505_10151497165451545_1128978882_n[1]Crystal Patterson is a Government & Politics Outreach Manager for Facebook. She has more than a decade of experience in digital strategy and communications.  With experience working on Capitol Hill, campaigns and both the private and non-profit sectors, Crystal now works with elected officials, government agencies, non-profits and political organizations to optimize their Facebook experience and results. A graduate of Northwestern University, Crystal is originally from northeast Ohio and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Olatunde Sobomehin Head Shot Olatunde Sobomehin has a lifelong commitment to youth and social entrepreneurship. While a student at Stanford University, he co-founded Esface, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company that aims to “make popular culture positive” by providing innovative technological, athletic, and educational programs to youth in the Bay Area.

Today, he serves as Chief Officer of Vision & Innovation where he develops new strategies and programs, primarily focused on culturally-relevant technology and new media. In his role, he leads the Esface Excelerator, a seed accelerator that provides space, seed money, community, and connections to culturally-relevant entrepreneurs and businesses. He also works on the StreetCode Academy, a non-profit/for-profit partnership that onramps youth to high tech jobs by connecting urban culture innovation to the tech industry.

Prior to his current role as DVI, Olatunde was influential in creating the other portfolio projects of Esface, including the NuFace, a street art & fashion collection promoting the 2008 Obama campaign, and Team Esface, a youth basketball academy with a mission to use sports to inspire growth, build character, and create community. Outside of his work with Esface, Olatunde served as Deputy Director for the Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP), an award-winning arts non-profit that educates, empowers, and inspires youth through the arts, and Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Eastside College Prep, where they won California’s Central Coast Section (CCS) Championship. He was a public speaking lecturer in Stanford University’s School of Engineering and currently teaches public speaking at LPFI’s Summer Math And Science Honors Academy at Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

Olatunde earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Stanford University in 2003, where he became the first non-recruited walk-on and was voted Most Inspirational Player on the nationally-ranked Varsity Men’s Basketball Team. His proudest moment of college is meeting his wife of 10 years, Tamara. Together, they have four children: Olatayo (9 years old), Temilola (8 years old), Tatiola (7 years old), and Olataiye (2 years old).

AndrewTurner_dcsocialAndrew Turner is  a neogeographer and purveyor of personal cartography. An aerospace engineer by background, he became passionate about using this technology as a way to have the world tell me about itself and help people share and connect with their stories about place.

He is the Chief Technology Officer of Esri R&D Center in Washington, DC developing open tools for everyone to build and share maps of our world. Through this work we create collaboration between citizens, government, business, and researchers to solve meaningful problems.

Andrew also develops open-source tools and wrote “Introduction to Neogeography” and Where2.0: State of the Geospatial Web.

Jon WaltonJon Walton began his professional career in Computer Technology working on international engineering projects.   Following his time as a consultant he was the Deputy CIO for the City of San Jose, a senior manager for Unisys, and the CIO for the City of San Francisco. Currently Mr. Walton is the CIO for the County of San Mateo leading the efforts to create a more transparent and adaptive government using innovative technology.

WILSON_Marshall 07Marshall Wilson worked as a professional journalist in the Bay Area for 18 years, including 10 years as a reporter and assignment editor with the San Francisco Chronicle. He has extensive experience in community outreach, public affairs, crisis management and media relations. This fall he is teaching a workshop at Stanford Continuing Studies called “Media Relations: Opportunity or Crisis.”
Wilson grew up in San Mateo County and attended the College of San Mateo before earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University.