Board of Directors
Community and Nonprofit Leader, Development and Strategy
Regional Representative (Northern California), Human Rights Educators USA
Doctoral Student, International & Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
Jane comes to human rights education through both her lived experiences as well as approximately 17 years working on education-related matters in nonprofit, government, and business contexts. As a daughter of parents who both fled a country when they were young, human rights and education have been driving forces throughout Jane’s life and career.
Specifically, Jane has worked to enhance educational access and quality, and improve circumstances for children and families by coupling her business, analytical, and strategic planning background with her passion for education and human rights. Previously, Jane has worked at Refugee Transitions as Director of Strategy and Development; WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies as Director of Resource Development and Senior Program Associate; and the Canadian Consulate as a Business Development Officer.
Jane holds a BMATH from the University of Waterloo in Canada, a MBA from Clarkson University, a M.A. in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in International and Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco. Jane also currently serves as a regional representative (Northern California) for Human Rights Educators USA.
She joined the Refugee Transitions Board of Directors in 2016.
Director of Service Learning, The Urban School of San Francisco
Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco
Amy Argenal completed her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where she also received her Masters in the same area of study. She received her second Masters in Human Rights from Mahidol University in Thailand. Her doctorate research focuses on human rights activism in Myanmar. Amy is the Director of Service Learning at an independent high school in San Francisco and through her work in that capacity has published on critical service learning and presented at various conferences on teaching race, power, and privilege. She is also an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco teaching in the School of Education, the Masters of Migration Studies, and the Critical Diversity Studies programs. Recently she has been working with immigrant rights groups in the Bay Area in building solidarity between Central America and the Bay Area. She lives in Oakland, and loves spending time with her two young children. Amy joined the RT Board in 2018.
Newport Board Group
Michael Evans is the Managing Director for the Newport Board Group; a national Board and CEO Advisory firm. Prior to Newport Board Group, Michael L. Evans had been with Ernst & Young. During his many years with the firm, he served as a tax, audit, and consulting services partner. Prior to Ernst & Young, Michael was with Interregional Financial Group and a law firm engaged in corporate law.
Michael served as an advisor to Concern Worldwide and as project and country manager for various Maternal and Child Health projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, project managing maternal and child healthcare projects and internal financial reviews in several countries in Africa. Michael currently serves on various for-profit and nonprofit companies.
Michael is a CPA and attorney. He joined the RT Board in 2016.
Strategic & Leadership Communications Executive
Jane is a communications executive and Principal at Silicon Valley-based Genuity Public Relations. She provides strategic and executive leadership communications services to science-based technology companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Her passion is the protection and advancement of human rights, especially the rights of disadvantaged women and children. She supports RT and its programs with a deep belief in self-empowerment, and by applying her entrepreneurial experience and communications know-how.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Jane holds a B.A. degree in English Literature from Santa Clara University in California.
She joined the RT Board in October 2016.
GK Law Firm
Galorah Keshavarz is a licensed CA attorney who has focused her career on serving disenfranchised communities. From civil rights litigation to immigration law, she has worked with CA prisoners, refugees, asylees, unaccompanied minors, inner city youth, victims of crimes, and Dreamers. In 2014, she visited a refugee camp in Jordan, which inspired her to dedicate her life to helping refugees. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has partnered with local nonprofits, organizations, and foundations to help better the lives of immigrants, refugees, at-risk youth, and those living in poverty. She continues her pro bono practice of representing those without means to the judicial system. Galorah received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Education from U.C.L.A. Galorah lives in San Francisco with her husband. She joined the RT Board in 2017.
Ko Ko Lay
National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB)
Ko Ko Lay is a Burmese activist who continually struggles for peace, social justice and freedom in Burma. While living on the Thai-Burma border, he served as Secretary of Information for the Central Executive Committee of the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF). After moving to the United States, he received an A.S. degree in Photography; B.A. degrees in Industrial Design and Global Peace; and an M.A.I.A degree in Social Change Design and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in International Conflicts. He is a founder of the Open Students Network for Burma at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Ko Ko has also served his third term as a member of the Strategic Coordinating Committee, the only worldwide Burmese coalition group including the National Coalition Government Union of Burma (NCGUB) and National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB).
In 2008, Ko Ko acted as a representative of 88 Generation Students Exile group during their Asia Five Countries Tour, and ran as an Operations Director for the Credential Challenge campaign at the General Assembly of the United Nations. He was elected President of the International Foundation for Burma National Congress (IFBNC) which was founded at a conference in Buffalo. Currently he is serving as the President of the IFBNC, Director of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) in San Francisco, and as a core member of 88 Generation Students Exile. Additionally, Ko Ko owns a photo and design studio in San Francisco. He joined the RT Board in 2012.
Chief Operating Officer
Mission Economic Development Agency
Jillian Spindle is the Chief Operating Officer, previously Director of Development at the Mission Economic Development Agency, a San Francisco nonprofit agency that works to achieve social and economic justice for the Latino immigrant community. In her time at MEDA she has helped grow the organization’s programs and services, and launch the Mission Promise Neighborhood, which is building a cradle-to-career continuum of services in SF’s Mission District. Prior to MEDA, Jillian worked on community technology, workforce development, and youth development initiatives in Chicago, Jamaica, and Honduras. She has a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined the Refugee Transitions Board of Directors in 2014.
Jenni Yoshida Smith
Mother, HR Professional, Volunteer
Jenni had built her career in Human Resources focused in the high tech industry, holding positions at Charles Schwab, Apple, and Facebook. These positions spanned program management, diversity, training and development, and human resources business partner roles. People succeeding has always been at the center of her focus and what she was most passionate about. After 17 years in high tech, Jenni decided to refocus her time on her family and giving back to the community. She has two children in elementary school. She volunteers at their school, a coding nonprofit “Code for fun”, and tutors through Refugee Transitions.
Jenni received her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Boston College. She joined the Refugee Transitions Board of Directors in September 2015.
Newport Board Group
Eran Tagor is a partner with the Newport Board Group, a national Board and CEO Advisory firm. Prior to Newport Board Group, Eran was the Chairman of the Board and CEO of PowerSines Ltd., an international energy efficiency company. Previously, Eran worked with Goldin Associates, one of the top U.S. turnaround and restructuring firms, involved in the restructuring related to some of the U.S. largest bankruptcies, including Enron Corp. and MCI/WorldCom, and served as an expert witness in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Prior, Eran was a managing director with a New York based investment bank, where he was responsible for public and private financings as well as mergers and acquisitions. In his early professional career, Eran was a corporate attorney.
Eran earned his MBA degree (finance) from the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, and holds a law degree from the Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Eran joined the Refugee Transitions Board of Directors in 2017.
Charles R. Conradi
Vice President - Tax and Treasurer
The Clorox Company
Chip Conradi joined The Clorox Company in 2000 as Vice President – Tax, and was appointed Treasurer in 2004. In this role, he is responsible for global tax, treasury and credit activities for the Company and its affiliates. His duties include, among other things, advising the Company’s fiduciary committee on investments in the Company’s benefit plans.
Prior to joining Clorox, he was a Senior Vice President and head of the International Tax Group at Bank of America in San Francisco. Chip has held other tax positions in industry, including a 3-year assignment in Tokyo, Japan.
Chip received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor, with honors, and his Masters Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Chip is a member of the California Bar.
Yuliya A. Oryol
Yuliya A. Oryol is Co-Chair of the Public Pensions and Investments Practice Group at Nossaman LLP and serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Oryol represents public pension plans and other institutional investors, government agencies, multi-national corporations and privately held companies in a broad range of investment, corporate and real estate matters. Ms. Oryol appears before boards of directors to present on issues related to investments and works with investment officers and in-house counsel on investment related matters. She also regularly speaks to industry and professional organizations on alternative investments and other investment related matters and also publishes on this subject.
From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Oryol worked in Seoul, South Korea where she performed corporate transactional work for American, Asian, and European clients, including South Korean institutional investors and financial institutions.
Prior to private practice, Ms. Oryol was a Judicial Intern for the Hon. Daniel M. Hanlon, California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District and a Judicial Extern for Chief Magistrate Steele Langford, U.S. District Court, and Northern District of California.
Ms. Oryol is fluent in Russian and proficient in Spanish. She was an RT Board Member from 2015 to 2018.
Clemantine Wamariya is an internationally renowned speaker, a NYTimes bestselling author, and an accomplished human rights advocate. Her memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads debuted with Crown Press in April 2018 and is published in 5 languages and dozens of countries. In “vivid prose,” the book describes Clemantine’s journey from her idyllic childhood in Kigali, Rwanda up until 1994 to seeking refuge in eight different countries throughout Africa, to finally receiving a refugee status in the USA in 2000.
Clemantine received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2014 and built her career as “a compelling storyteller and fierce advocate" (Amy Poehler). Clemantine has appeared four times as a guest on The Oprah Show and was appointed by President Obama in 2016 to serve on the board of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She brings her powerful perspective to various organizations, from her 2018 TED Talk to the boards of Women for Women International and Refugee Transitions.
Co-Chairs Emeriti (since 2015)
Chief Operating Officer
Yaacov is the Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Partner of Rimon, P.C., a law firm based in San Francisco. Rimon is a California Benefit Corporation and a certified B Corporation, in recognition of its civic and environmental stewardship. As part of that commitment, Yaacov often acts as pro bono counsel to clients of Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, a division of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Yaacov received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Yeshiva University. He was on RT’s Board from 2013 to 2018, and was Board Co-Chair in 2015-2018.
Vice President, Finance
Nabeel is a finance executive and currently the Vice President, Finance at Vocera Communications, a company that provides integrated, intelligent communication to instantly connect people in mobile, mission-critical environments. Formerly, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Wanderful Media, a mobile advertising solution for retailers, and Chief Financial Officer of MarketTools, a provider of software and services for online market research. Prior to MarketTools, Nabeel was at eBay, Inc. in a variety of finance leadership roles at eBay's San Jose headquarters as well as in Germany and Switzerland. He started his career at Ernst & Young in Toronto, Canada. Nabeel's undergraduate degree is from Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Canada, and he has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Nabeel lives in San Jose with his wife and twin boys. He was on RT’s Board from 2013 to 2019, and was Board Co-Chair and Treasurer in 2015-2018.