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Susan Dworak, Chief Executive Officer

Corporate and securities analyst. Trained and mentored attorneys, paralegals, officers, management and staff through every level of transaction from incorporation to VC to IPO in tech, hospitality and other industries for more than 50 of the nation’s largest law firms and their clients. Collects unique art pieces. Travels for interesting cultural experiences. Typically found at, over or under water at remote shorelines around the world. Rescues boxer dogs. BA, Political Science, UCLA. JD, Santa Clara University School of Law.

Sonya Sigler, Chief Operating Officer

Corporate strategist. Coach in operations, legal and business development serving start-ups and other high-growth companies. Legal in-house counsel experience with Sega, Intuit and analytics-based software companies. Fundraising guru and community leader. Staunch advocate, especially for women in technology. Passions include her three sons, traveling to see friends and family around the world, and handiwork. BA in Philosophy, Minor in Music, UC Berkeley. JD, Santa Clara University School of Law.

Roger Slykhouse, Chief Technology Officer

Tech guru and rocket scientist. Extensive experience in IT project management, hardware and software development, financial estimation and tracking and other fun stuff at NASA, Southwest Research Institute and General Motors. Interests include gardening, windsurfing, investing, making cool things using electronics, laser cutters, 3D printers and other tools, traveling and helping with good causes. BSE, Aerospace Engineering, UM Ann Arbor. BSE, Computer Engineering, UM Ann Arbor. MS Business, Johns Hopkins. MS, IT, Carnegie Mellon Heinz School. MS, Software Engineering, Carnegie Mellon SCS.

Jill Finlayson, Chief Marketing Officer

Expert strategy consultant. Worked with World Bank on Striking Poverty, Team4Tech, Irvine Foundation, Skoll Foundation and eBay. For more than 25 years Jill has been building online communities, growing thought leadership, and leading marketing and branding for Silicon Valley nonprofits and startups. Mentors TechWomen from Algeria, Kenya and Egypt and previously co-chaired TechWomen Alumnae network. Passionate about entrepreneurship, open government, tech for good, education, innovation, women, and leadership. BA, Political Economy, UC Berkeley.

Maryanne Pedersen, Research and Project Manager

Research phenom. Expert in the art of locating data and the elusive needle in a haystack. Experienced in project management, deliverables calculation, resource coordination and communication strategy. Conditions horses for endurance competitions and practices dressage with her own horse at the barn. Passions include running, yoga, and cooking up new recipes at home. BA, Political Science, National University.

Amy Stabler, Research and Content Specialist

Long-time researcher, litigation analyst, investigator and all-around information professional. Known to create sculptures for Burning Man (as seen once upon a time on Rolling Stone's website) and knock back a Margarita once in awhile. Possesses a weakness for British mystery series, guacamole and chocolate. BA, History, UC Berkeley. Masters, Library & Information Science, San Jose State University.