Board of Advisors

Lisa Congdon

Lisa is an artist/illustrator & author best known for her colorful graphic paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. Her clients span the globe including MoMA, Harvard University, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing. Lisa is the author of six books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist. Her seventh book, A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives will be released by Chronicle Books in October 2017. She is a proud feminist and active member of the resistance. 

Sonia Melara

Sonia has over 40 years of dedicated, transformational services to the San Francisco community and women at large. Currently San Francisco Police Commissioner. Executive Director of Rally Family Visitation Services of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Co-founder of California's first domestic shelter for women, La Casa De Las Madres. Co-founder of La Cocina, a business incubator for low-income women who want to start their own business in the food industry. Former Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. Appointed by President Carter to serve on the National Advisory Commission on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention   

Tait Sye

Tait is a senior Advisor at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs/Public Health (& Acting Assistant Secretary) HHS under the Obama Administration. Prior to his role at HHS he was the former national media director and spokesperson for Planned Parenthood. He was aslo former Vice President of CrossCut Strategies LLC and former deputy director of media research for Gore/Lieberman campaign. 

Katie Wang

Katie Wang is the Director of Donor Communications at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in New York City. Prior to joining EDF, she was the Communications Director for the ACLU of New Jersey, where she worked on the state’s successful campaign for marriage equality, stop-and-frisk and numerous cases protecting the right to free speech. A news hound at heart, she spent eight years at The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey where she covered everything from politics to agriculture. She was part of the Star-Ledger’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning team for breaking news.

Brooke Waterhouse

Brooke is the current founder of House of Water, specializing in art advisory and artist representation. Brooke began her career in the Chicago Board Options Exchange, but shortly thereafter shifted her focus to art. Upon completion of studies at Columbia College of the Arts, she ran a successful public relations firm catering to clients in the world of art and fashion. This ultimately led to the opening of "Project One" a San Francisco based art gallery/lounge supporting emerging local, national, and international artists. Project One received rave recognition from collectors and art critics, including the "New York Times". Project One successfully sold in 2012. 


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