San Francisco Advisory Board


San Francisco Advisory Board

Our Board of Advisors includes some of the most innovative, dynamic and experienced leaders and executives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Advisory Board activities are easy ways to engage with the global tribe to grow your business.

Adam Botten

Managing Director of Sales, UPS Norcal

Adam is a Managing Director of Sales at UPS NorCal in Oakland, CA. Adam is a transportation / logistics expert with more than 15 years of collective experiences all while working for Atlanta-based UPS.  Adam has served in a variety of capacities at UPS and has been based in multiple locations to include Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, and most recently in California. Adam received his BS in Communications from Augsburg College.

Angela Martin

Enterprise Business Development Manager

Angela is most recently is an entrepreneur with a start-up business. Previously she was Enterprise Business Development Manager at iiPay, a market leader in enterprise global payroll services. Previously, she was the West Regional Sales Executive for Blue Marble covering Northern California and Pacific Northwest. Angela joined Blue Marble in 2015 after a 15 year career at ADP.  During her tenure at ADP, she held 9 different roles ranging from Human Resources, HCM Sales, BPO Sales, Sales Leadership and a myriad of other responsibilities. Angela’s expertise in HCM and Global payroll has been leveraged by some of the most recognized Silicon Valley companies in the Bay Area. While happily residing in the East Bay with her fiancé, Cameron, you can find Angela playing softball on her weekend co-ed league or enjoying the great outdoors at Golden Gate Park.

Dr. Carlos Baradello

Managing Partner, Sausalito Ventures

Carlos is an investor, advisor and university professor. He is leading innovation and entrepreneurship practitioner; Managing Partner of Sausalito Ventures and General Partner of Alaya CP. He advices corporate clients about the challenges encountered while breaking established business paradigms in the creation of new sustainable economic and social value across multiple business sectors, geographies and growth markets. His experience working with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world has enabled him to gain key lessons for high-growth ventures to scale globally. You can read more about Carlos via his regularly updated blog: These writings are the foundation of his future book titled Soft Landing in Silicon ValleyTM.

Carolina Mello

Regional Alliance Manager, Safeguard Global

Carol is the Regional Alliance Manager for Safeguard Global based out of San Francisco Bay Area. She works with all size companies in all industry verticals expanding globally and sourcing international talent. Advising and getting their global contractor workforce compliant and providing education and mentorship on developing go to market strategy for foreign markets. Carol has worked in the global cross-border field throughout her entire career. She has extensive experience in doing paralegal work for US work visas, opening foreign entities, managing international vendor sourcing and vetting, global mobility, tax equalization, account management, international payroll/HR operations and global compliance. She has been guiding companies on common pitfalls while establishing international operations and how to avoid costly mistakes and liability while entering foreign markets. On her spare time, she enjoys long distance running and traveling around the globe.

Chia-Lin Simmons

CEO & Co-Founder, MyPinWheel

Chia-Lin Simmons is the CEO / C-Founder of MyPinWheel, a Parenting Smart Assistant (Mobile + Big Data + AI) startup. She is also the Founder of #binderfullofwomenfounders, a mini-movement focused on helping female founders find and secure funding. Prior to RedHelicopter, Chia-Lin was the Head of Global Partner Marketing for Google's digital business Google Play Music and the Google Play Store (downloadable music, movies/tv, apps & game). During her tenure at Google, she increase music trials for Google Play Music, managed marketing for Google Play Gift Cards, launched new in-home, mobile, wireless and brand partners and increase revenue. She also worked on go-to-marketing and special projects Asia, Russia, and Latin America. Chia-Lin was the VP of Marketing & Content for Harman International (NASDAQ: HAR) for 3.5 years prior to joining Google where she was responsible for global marketing, content and marketing business development, content programming, product marketing and customer support for the company's Connected Car business, Prior to joining Harman in 2010, Chia-Lin was the VP of Marketing and General Manager of Playphone North America, a senior business development executive at AOL / Time Warner and the VP of Strategic Alliances at Audible (an Amazon company) where she managed revenue, customer acquisition/retention and business development. Chia-Lin graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. San Diego and received her MBA from Cornell University, where she was a Park Leadership Fellow. Her Fellowship project was the Big Red Incubator, a technology startup incubator for technology developed out of Cornell University. Chia-Lin also has a JD from George Mason University School of Law and is a licensed New York State attorney.

David Saltzman

Principal at Squire Patton Boggs

David Saltzman represents companies around the world in a variety of legal issues and business transactions, both domestic and international. His clients range from small emerging growth companies to large multinational corporations, and most are in the technology and/or life sciences industries. David advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity and debt financings, and corporate governance matters.  David’s practice includes substantial experience and knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), international business transactions and other commercial transactions. He also has extensive experience in counseling companies and investors in federal and state securities laws including SEC filings and disclosure issues under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. David is a frequent speaker on key issues for global companies, and has presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel's Bay Area Chapter on the FCPA as well as mergers and acquisitions in China. In addition, David has authored several published articles and hosted seminars on the FCPA, and other trade and compliance issues for Silicon Valley companies.

Deep SenGupta

CEO at DSG Global

Deep SenGupta is the Founder & CEO of DSG Global, LLC (, whose mission is to provide international trade compliance services & training to importers and exporters. Prior to DSG Global, Deep was the head of FedEx's international trade consulting group where he assisted numerous companies with their global trade challenges. Prior to joining FedEx, Deep was with KPMG’s Tax & International Trade practice. Deep learned the meaning of “globalization” early, since he spent his childhood in the United Kingdom, Canada and India. He obtained his initial legal education in India (BA and LLB), arrived in the USA for his Masters in Law-Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Washington and received executive education on International Trade from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Deep has been privileged to assist both the US Government agencies involved in Imports and Exports, as an industry expert. Deep is a sought-after speaker on international trade issues and addresses trade associations around the country.

Donaji Montes Estrada

CEO at Intechnational

Donaji Montes Estrada is the CEO and founder of Intechnational LLC, a​ consulting firm based in the Silicon Valley that helps technology businesses with their international business and projects.  Donaji is a bilingual and bicultural professional with 11 years of experience working with technology companies. Donaji worked for The US Mexico Foundation for Science Inc, in the Technology Business Accelerator program (TechBA) in Arizona and Silicon Valley. Donaji holds a BA in Management and Business Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a University of Cambridge Diploma on Strategic Roadmapping, and a Global Innovation Leadership Workshop Diploma from Stanford University.

John D. Thomas

CEO, Helix Motors, Inc.

John is CEO of Helix Motors, Inc., which develops an innovative, patented and technically advanced three-wheel vehicle to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution, while also helping to conserve natural resources. Prior to Helix, John had experience at all levels at Fortune 500 companies in addition to earning several stripes in the startup community. John worked his way up in the “Big-3” automotive industry with 16 years in product & production engineering at General Motors Fisher Body and Ford Powertrain followed by 13 years of increased responsibility at major Tier 1 automotive suppliers and OEMs such as GKN, Collins & Aikman and Magna Steyr before moving to Tesla Motors where he was selected to be the first Head of the Model S program and General Manager of its Michigan and future factory operations. John honed this art for several years at Tesla Motors followed by founding and running his own startup ALTe Powertrain Technologies for over 5 years before establishing international operations for clients in the electric vehicle and cleantech space in China, Australia and the EU. Over the last 8 years, John has been sought out to be a speaker and presenter at many conferences in the US and globally where he shared his views on technology, rebuilding the middles class and disruptive business models which can result in a win/win outcome for all stakeholders. Speaking engagements included the Clinton Global Initiative, Deutsche Bank, Wedbush and Pacific Crest Investor Conferences along with multiple cleantech conferences. John was honored to have his startup ALTe Powertrain selected by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” in 2011 while also being selected twice by Ernst & Young two years in a row as one of the “EV100” which is a designation given to the top 100 people in the world shaping the electric vehicle industry. John holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University in addition to an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. He also has certifications in Lean manufacturing & Six Sigma.

Ken Reich

Deputy Director at Global Chamber San Francisco and CEO/founder Global Reach Solution

With a wealth of experience spanning 12 years working with global firms expanding into new markets, Ken and his team work with organizations that want a centralized partner capable of helping expand anywhere in the world. And that's just right with Global Chamber, too! Global Reach Solution's consultants are certified HRCI GPHR certified professional, and are currently Global Executive MBA Candidates at a top 11 business school. We have worked with organizations in a variety of industries; including Technology, Non-profit, Human Resources, Real Estate, and Manufacturing. Our industry experience involves both working as an outside consultant and an internal employee. We specialize in working with organizations to establish: a market entry strategy, foreign entity setup, foreign payroll registry, foreign employment contracts, global and foreign payroll needs, and international treasury services. We help to effectively project manage every aspect of my clients' projects, from the design stage all through to the implementation and execution. We manage each step to make sure that we produce excellent services that are both delivered on time and within a specified budget. More

Ken Rosenberg

SVP & Manager, International Banking Department at Bridge Bank

Ken Rosenberg is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in international banking and trade finance and heads up the International Banking Group at Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank. Mr. Rosenberg is an expert in international banking, trade finance and export trading company operations and has conducted business in 35 countries.  He has extensive experience in the creation and delivery of unique international financial products and services. He pioneered the concept of outsourcing inventory ownership of goods in the supply chain and developed the concept of using trading company techniques to finance international trade transactions. Mr. Rosenberg has developed and implemented business plans for several major banks including the start-up of an international banking corporation, a foreign accounts receivable factoring company and a supply chain finance division.

Mr. Rosenberg has testified as an expert witness on Export Trading Companies before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  He is currently a member of the NorCal District Export Council and Co-chair of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance International Trade and Investment Committee.

Kim Findlay

Director of Marketing, UPS North California District (NorCal)

Kim is the Director of Marketing at UPS NorCal in Oakland, CA. During her more than 30 year career at UPS, Kim has served in a variety of capacities and in multiple fields ranging from finance, healthcare to marketing.  Kim received her MBA from National Louis University in Chicago.

Liga Hoy

Honorary Consul, Republic of Latvia (Northern California)

Over her ~17 year career as an international economist, Liga has worked for a variety of leading organizations and agencies ranging from the U.S. Department of Treasury – Internal Revenue Service, Charles River Associates International, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton Investments, DLA Piper, to her most recent post at Agilent Technologies, where Liga is a Director and manages an international team focused on IP, services and product pricing policies, advanced pricing agreements and international audit defense. She maintains extensive expertise and specialization in transfer pricing experience based on her global tax and trade consulting, government policy development, and internal corporate advisory experiences. Since 2011, Liga has also worked as an Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia (Northern California). In this capacity, Liga supports the long-term development of Latvia's -- NATO and EU member state -- economy and civic society in the SF Bay Area by creating opportunities for tech innovation and growth of trade, investment partnerships as well as cultural and educational exchanges for current and next-gen Latvians. Liga received her Bachelor of Arts, Quantitative Economics & Applied Mathematics from Stanford University; MA (PhD Program) International Economics, Trade & Finance Concentrations from the UC Santa Cruz; Advanced Accreditation in Russia Language Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; and Advanced Accreditation in Latvian Language & Cultural Studies from Western Michigan University. Liga speaks Latvian, Russian, & German.

Lucie Newcomb

President and CEO/CMO of The NewComm Global Group

Lucie is President and CEO/CMO of The NewComm Global Group, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based international management consulting firm, specializing in Global Business success  and a founding Collaboration Partner of the Global Chamber of San Francisco. Focusing on the B2B Technology and Services sectors, Lucie builds client brands and revenue streams worldwide, including Emerging Markets. A former resident of both the UK and South Africa, she specializes in the EMEA and ASEAN regions, working with leaders, such as Cisco, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. State Department, as well as startups and governments.

In addition to her role at NewCommGlobal, Lucie has been on the Advisory Board of Brand2Global, a leading global marketing and international brands conference, and is an active member of the Silicon Valley ecosystem with memberships in the Churchill Club, Women in International Trade and the United Nations Association. She has served as a mentor and advocate with the U.S. Department of State’s Global Science, Innovation and Technology program (GIST), TechWomen, 3Plus International and has advised accelerators in Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan. Lucie is a frequent public speaker, including SXSW, on Global Leadership, Marketing, Public Diplomacy and Global Business. She has been selected as a Women of Influence Honoree by the Silicon Valley Business Journal; a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit; and an expert presenter for the esteemed U.S. Department of State’s Speaker Program.

Prem Talreja

Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor      

Prem is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, advisor and mentor. He is a Resident Advisor at The Fabric and Emergent VC and has extensive experience in semiconductors, cloud infrastructure, machine learning, predictive analytics, and enterprise SaaS applications. He specializing in early stage customer acquisition, product definition, value mapping, competitive analysis, and marketing communication. For several years, he has been a lecturer at UC Extension in Silicon Valley. Prem holds a BSEE from BITS-Pilani, India, MSEE from Univ. of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Duke Univ. Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC.

Richard Simpkins

Co-Founder, EVAOS

Richard  is the Co-Founder of EVAOS (Electric Vehicle Add-On Systems), a disruptive Silicon Valley Startup transforming trucks into both hybrid and all-electric vehicles with mobile power stations for the Department of Defense and commercial customers.  Richard developed a complex corporate eco-system for EVAOS comprised of Tesla suppliers and corporate partners that participate in the investment, design, and assembly of their technology. In addition, the eco-system has led to the cultivation of other disruptive technology startups inside and outside of the automotive space. Prior to EVAOS, Richard served as the first Quality Manager for the Model S (code named White Star) for Tesla Motors in Rochester Hills Michigan.  He went on to lead the Supply Chain Manufacturing and Quality for all parts across all Tesla Programs including Roadster, Model S, Rav 4, Smart Car, and the Mercedes A Class power trains. He authored the guidelines and requirements for all manufacturers doing business with Tesla Motors around the globe. Richard spent his early automotive career in the technical management ranks of American Specialty Cars. Throughout his career with the Japanese, German, and US automakers, Richard launched 3 ground-up manufacturing facilities, revolutionized robotic 3D laser scanning technology (for which he holds patents),  and successfully launched OEM programs for Mitsubishi, Toyota, and BMW on time, on cost, and on Quality with less than 0.5%ppm.

Tatyana Kanzaveli

CEO & Founder, Open Health Network

Tatyana is a seasoned entrepreneur, thinker, leader, mentor, advisor and investor. She has held senior executive roles at large enterprises and startups and has extensive B2B and B2C experiences. She is the CEO & Founder of Open Health Network, a smart mobile health platform. She is also a Resident Mentor at 500 Startups, Mentor at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, an Advisor to Activity Hero, is the CEO of TEDxBayArea, and the Executive Sales, Social CRM, Social Media/Network Marketing, Business Development Consultant for Social CRM World. Tatyana was previously featured on the White House Science and Technology Blog and had the opportunity to demo her Open Health Network platform at the First White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama. She has spoken at the United Nations and many international and US conferences. She was recognized as one of top 10 Influential Women In Health IT in 2015.

Veronica Li

Energy Advisor at Tesla

Veronica works with Tesla as energy advisor and has been their top consultant in the USA. She is an entrepreneur with more than 13 years of experience working in technology and having significant achievements in product strategy, marketing, and sales. She helps tech companies set their business model and develop product and marketing strategies to effectively monetize and grow. She started in data analysis marketing at eBay in 2005 and developed the international e-commerce market in China and Korea Market. At Baidu, Veronica grew mainland China e-commerce industry marketing at 50% rate per year through strategic SEO/SEM campaigns from 2011 till 2013. She also worked with Tencent on their ground-breaking product: Cisco Tencent, and is also the marketing advisor for tobacco industry specialized in trade sales and marketing. Veronica graduated from Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business with M.B.A degree.

Vinayak Gupta

Operations Executive

Most recently, Vinayak Gupta served as Zero Mass Water's Chief Operating Officer. managing global manufacturing, supply chain, quality, reliability, Network Operations, Field Installs and Commercialization of products. Under his tenure the company drove cost reduction in excess of 50%, achieved industry best product reliability, and scaled Field operations to 30 countries in just under 3 years. Prior to joining Zero Mass Water, Vinayak Gupta was responsible for the global manufacturing supply chain operations at SolarCity (acquired by Tesla Motors), where he was instrumental in establishing the US Solar Gigafactory, the largest solar manufacturing plant in the western hemisphere. Before joining SolarCity, Vinayak held executive positions as SVP of Global Operations and VP of Supply Chain Operations at SunEdison, where he scaled their operations globally to a multi-billion dollar enterprise while delivering solar farms and establishing global manufacturing in multiple countries. Prior to SunEdison, Vinayak spent 17 years productizing, scaling and commercializing complex semiconductor products globally at Tier-1 companies like Cypress, AMD, RMI and Netlogic Microsystems.  A firm believer in driving business growth by fueling the power and passion that is created from Purpose and clearly curated/articulated vision,  Vinayak is a multi industry global leader  in design and operations infrastructure and a global executive and entrepreneur who has setup and scaled low cost industry-leading operations from Zero to multi billion Dollar revenues in multiple industries across many countries. An expert in re-vitalizing local economies and infrastructure, Vinayak places a focus on localized development benefiting the community and businesses alike. Vinayak holds an MBA with focus on Finance, Operations, Entrepreneurship; and an MS in Computer Engineering.