Chairman of the Board – Davis Weinstock
Davis Weinstock, Chairman of Clark & Weinstock, counsels leaders of large, complex organizations on strategies relating to reputational challenges and opportunities. Davis has counseled the Federal Trade Commission, Harvard Graduate School of Business, the New York Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Davis has provided strategies and/or counsel relating to many of the largest and best-known companies, transactions and events over the past twenty years.
As a writer and producer, Davis’ work has included a large number of films, series and pilots for three national networks and the BBC, three plays presented in New York, the feature film Tomorrow and articles in numerous national publications.
In volunteer activities, he has been president of the Board of Trustees of Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut and has headed the boards of the Nation Institute and CORO. He is a director of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University, New Visions for Public Schools, Apollo Inner-City Corporation and Impact Repertory Theater
Davis was educated at Harvard College and the London School of Economics.
President – Nancy Parrish
Nancy is an active leader in community and political affairs.
Nancy was founding co-chair of Human Rights Watch’s (www.hrw.org), Northern California Chapter, an organization “dedicated to defending and protecting human rights and focusing attention where human rights are violated” around the world”.
Nancy has worked with President and Mrs. Carter in support of their international humanitarian work at the Carter Center (www.cartercenter.org), which is “guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.”
She served two terms as development trustee of UCSF’s friends of Dept. of Psychiatry’s Hospital Board focusing on the creation of a children’s center. She has served as parent group president, board member or advisor to a number of public and private schools focusing attention on and support of kids with learning disabilities
Prior to 1996, she was founder and managing partner of Parrish, Smith Associates, a southern-based political strategy, event planning and public relations consulting firm.
Nancy is married and has two adult children.
Secretary and General Counsel – Russell H. Miller
Russell Miller, a California attorney for thirty years, is Managing Partner of Miller & Olson, LLP, with offices in Burlingame and Sacramento. He specializes in nonprofit law, including formation and operation of charitable organizations. He also specializes in Federal and state political, campaign, lobby, and election laws, representing clients located throughout California, in other states, and in Washington, D.C.
Chief Financial Officer – Kirk Pessner
Kirk Pessner is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Paralegal of Miller & Olson, LLP, has extensive and specialized expertise in campaign committee compliance, lobbyist registration and disclosure provisions, and conflict of interest disclosure for California and federal public officials. He also is an expert in the formation, operation and informational returns compliance of nonprofit organizations.
Board of Directors
Congressman George “Buddy” Darden, retired. As a member of Congress he served 11 years on the House Armed Services Committee from 1983 – 1995. Prior to being elected to Congress he served as District Attorney of Cobb County, Georgia and in the Georgia House of Representatives. Throughout his years in Congress Darden advocated maintaining a strong national defense. From 1999 – 2003 Darden served as chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for then Governor Roy Barnes. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from LaGrange College and is currently a partner in the law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge.
Nicco Mele is is one of America’s leading forecasters of business, politics, and culture in our fast-moving digital age. Nicco’s first book, The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath, was published by St. Martin’s Press on April 23, 2013. In it, he explores the consequences of living in a socially-connected society, drawing upon his years of experience as an innovator in politics and technology. He co-founded EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy and consulting firm and is also on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches graduate-level classes on the internet and politics.
Lilli J. Rey is a community activist with years of volunteer experience that have focused on protecting and restoring the rights of women. A political fundraiser as well, Lilli joined the board of Protect Our Defenders to help bring awareness to this issue with the goal of seeing change for the victims once and for all. Lilli lives in California with her four children.